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    Location: Brighton, UK

    Age: 39

    How Primal are you: 2 weeks today!

    Consume Dairy: Nope!

    Drink Coffee or Tea: Nope! Only herbal tea

    Motivator for Switching: I cut out gluten and dairy as part of an anti-inflammatory 'test' diet after diligently going to the gym and eating 'healthily' for a year with no real change to my body - muscles under the stubborn fat, bloating and all-round feeling rubbish.

    Favorite Exercise: Definitely lifting weights.

    Favorite Primal Food: Steak

    Best Part of Being Primal: Losing an amazing amount of fat in 2 weeks, seeing my muscles rather than just feeling them, feeling healthier, more alive, more positive...

    Worst Part of Being Primal: Absolutely none. I feel no urge to eat any of things I used to before! So far, of course...!


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      Your location: Seattle, WA (I'm seeing quite a few of us!)

      Age (If you want): 54

      How Primal are you: almost 2 months, lost 10 pounds already!

      Do you consume dairy: cream in my coffee

      Do you drink coffee or tea: 2 cups per day

      Motivator for switching to Primal: General health benefits, plus weight loss

      Favorite exercise: walking

      Favorite Primal food: steak

      Best part about being Primal: I get to eat all my favorite foods, plus feel healthier than I have in years.

      Worst part about being Primal: Hmmm, nothing comes to mind. I love the food, and greatly appreciate that it all makes rational, logical sense, so it's something I can live with for the rest of my life. I also really love to sleep, so that's easy. What's not to love about living the way I was born to live?


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        The Questions:

        Your location: Maryland

        Age (If you want): 27

        How Primal are you: I've been at this for about 2 months.

        Do you consume dairy: a little bit

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea mainly

        Motivator for switching to Primal: I gained about 15 unexplained lbs in the last year. I've eliminated almost all of them by abstinence from grains and sugar, so I'm pretty motivated to keep going.

        Favorite exercise: Walking, hiking, swimming.

        Favorite Primal food: Eggs and Bacon

        Best part about being Primal: Lots of delicious food to eat.

        Worst part about being Primal: Not much.


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          I discovered MDA from posting at and have greatly enjoyed working my way through the archives. So much useful information!

          Your location: Oahu

          Age (If you want): 29

          How Primal are you: Ish. I've only been at it for a couple weeks, at least intentionally. I've been eating in the direction of primal since starting crossfit almost a year and a half ago. I'm far less concerned short-term effects (weight loss, strength gain, etc.) than I am in long term health benefits. I've watched my grandparents' and parents' generation get bigger and bigger and I refuse to accept that as normal. I want to be in better shape when I'm 70 than I was at 18.

          Do you consume dairy: Some: cream for the coffee, some greek yogurt and cheese

          Do you drink coffee or tea: I try to limit my caffeine intake, but the ante meridian coffee is part of my morning ritual, and tea just my water taste so much better

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I don't particularly care about weight so much as composition, and I've had a long interest in health and nutrition.

          Favorite exercise: Crossfit, though that's pretty over-arching. I like to Lift Heavy Things, and the snatch is probably my favorite there. Kettlebells are great fun, especially when you get proper form down. I like to run, hike, yoga, climb stuff, do handstands and lots of other stuff that stretches me and expands my horizons.

          Favorite Primal food: Bacon. Bacon makes everything better. And meat. Meat makes everything better, too. So does cream! And the BAS!

          Best part about being Primal: Projecting healthy living decades ahead. And the great food!!

          Worst part about being Primal: Grocery shopping. I know too much about what's available, so I end up running around a lot more. I find a cooler or two helps a GREAT deal.


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            Your location: Chicago

            Age (If you want): 37 on Sunday!

            How Primal are you: Very

            Do you consume dairy: Goat butter & sometimes goat cheese

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I was veggie for years and wound up suffering from crazy nutritional deficiencies. Had to get back on meat, and feel a ton better.

            Favorite exercise: Sprints, Weights and Salsa Dancing

            Favorite Primal food: Bison

            Best part about being Primal: I get to eat meat again.

            Worst part about being Primal: I miss all the carbs. I don't miss the way they made me feel though.


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              Your location: Boston

              Age (If you want): 38

              How Primal are you: usually 80-90% (started about a month ago); main change has been diet -- I've exercised, played and slept adequately (mostly) for years now

              Do you consume dairy: cream in occasional coffee, grass-fed goat's or sheep's milk yogurt sometimes (unsweetened), organic ghee

              Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea daily, occasional coffee

              Motivator for switching to Primal: IBS- started an 8 wk elimination diet to determine my trigger foods (so no sugar/sweeteners, grains, beans, soy, dairy -- just added back small amts of dairy above) My IBS symptoms are virtually gone now. I'm really shocked at how different I feel!

              Favorite exercise: running, yoga, rock & ice climbing, hiking

              Favorite Primal food: all veggies!! & eggs from pastured chickens

              Best part about being Primal: how good I feel!

              Worst part about being Primal: meat, other than fish. Fish is the only kind of meat I can stomach. And I anticipate it might be challenging to travel overseas & not try local foods that aren't primal. ie. traveling to Paris and not eating croissants or cheese! )


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                Hi, I just found this website and this book (ordered on Amazon which says "out of stock"- hope not), after looking for "The Answer". Tried Veganism and Macrobiotics but always felt like they weren't 100%- even tried raw, which was closer but no cigar, and always felt like eating meat was right- but not factory farmed meat... more "wild" seemed appropriate to me. Maybe I ought to listen to my instincts more... :-)

                Your location: Bay Area, CA

                Age (If you want): 34

                How Primal are you: Not enough yet, need to cut out carbs, dairy, soy milk, etc...

                Do you consume dairy: like to eat cheese (though it hates me)

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Chai in the morning with soy milk, am going to switch to almond or coconut milk... currently sweeten with agave too.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Have fat ass and am fed up... plus I don't feel good and am easily ill

                Favorite exercise: yoga, hiking, swimming

                Favorite Primal food: little tasty birdies (quail, duck, pheasant) or venison, mushrooms, greens and fresh fruit

                Best part about being Primal: Back to Nature! No bullsh*t faux meat products, no heavy carb loading

                Worst part about being Primal: I think I'll want my cake once in a while... especially for 35th birthday coming up in December.


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                  Location: Rochester Hills, MI

                  Age (If you want): 23

                  How Primal are you: I'd say 50-60%

                  Do you consume dairy: Only cheese

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea, occasionaly

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and weight loss

                  Favorite exercise: Walking, sprinting, team sports

                  Favorite Primal food: All of it!! Barbacue!!!

                  Best part about being Primal: No sugar crashes or hyperglycemia

                  Worst part about being Primal: All the sugary, starchy things I used to enjoy.

                  Hi!! I'm new here and I am very excited to be part of this community. I am really enjoying learning new recipes. I also started a regular workout plan and hopefully I can continue and eventually see success.


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                    Your location: Tampa, FL

                    Age: 32

                    How Primal are you: Maybe 70%.

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes. But I'm looking for more & better ways to get calcium since my levels are low.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Oh God Yes.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm prediabetic at 5'3" and 115 lbs. Grr.

                    Favorite exercise: I enjoy almost all forms of HIIT and strength training.

                    Favorite Primal food: Mmm, all food is tasty!

                    Best part about being Primal: Switching to a high-protein, low- carb diet has helped me get into better shape than I was in during high school. And I don't have to feel guilty about not wanting to run marathons.

                    Worst part about being Primal: Dining out is hard.


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                      I didn't see this thread before, but I've only posted 2 or 3 times anyway...

                      Your location: New Jersey

                      Age (If you want): 29 (30 next month)

                      How Primal are you: I'm just beginning, really. Trying hard to eliminate grains and sugar first. I still allow myself a diet soda or sugar free pudding here and there. Once my transition to no grains/sugar is more solid, I'll cut that stuff out too.

                      Do you consume dairy: Yes, but I've both cut down on it substantiall, and I now seek out higher quality stuff, such as nice aged cheddar over processed American, etc.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. Coffee with heavy cream, and green or herbal teas.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and weight loss. Two years ago I did a low carb diet for a month, and dropped about 15 pounds. But, more importantly, I have ulcerative colitis and asthma, and I noticed substantial improvements in my symptoms while on the grain-free diet. I'm ready to make that my every day life. Also, I started a new job about a year ago, and quickly put on 30+ pounds. I'd like to get rid of that weight and then some, improve my health and stamina. I'm getting married next year, so I want to get myself in the best shape/health possible for me, for my future wife, and (down the line) our kids.

                      Favorite exercise: Heavy squats, deadlifts, and presses. I also like martial arts (BJJ and boxing primarily), and biking.

                      Favorite Primal food: Bacon, grass-fed sirloin (found at Wegmans for the first time last week - sooooo good!)

                      Best part about being Primal: Health benefits.

                      Worst part about being Primal: The most convenient meals/snacks seem to be the non-Primal ones. I have a hectic job, so it's easy and tempting on the long, crazy days to just want to grab a sandwich or slice of pizza, or 3 dozen Hershey's miniature. Oh, did I mention I have a crazy sweet tooth? Cuz I do. I'd love some cake right now ...


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                        Your location: Boston

                        Age: 20

                        How Primal are you: Probably 90%

                        Do you consume dairy: Not as often as I used to but I love whole fat yogurt now and I use butter

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: tea a few times a week

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Losing weight and being more conscious of myself and my body

                        Favorite exercise: free weight stuff, free speed squats

                        Favorite Primal food: Coconut Oil- and Butter-laden chicken breasts and scrambled eggs

                        Best part about being Primal: I feel better than ever, I'm gaining muscle mass at a scarily accelerated pace, I'm losing weight, and I'm healthy!

                        Worst part about being Primal: carb-loving family


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                          Your location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

                          Age (If you want): 28

                          How Primal are you: About 90%

                          Do you consume dairy: Cream in coffee and tea, some cheese occasionally.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Lots of tea (I'm British!) and the occasional coffee.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been type 1 diabetic for 23 years. I realised long ago that the high carb diet recommended by diabetes "experts" makes you sick and gives you complications. I've eaten this way for a long time, I only realised others did the same recently.

                          Favorite exercise: Walking and swimming.

                          Favorite Primal food: Rare steak, seafood, curry, coconut oil & veggies.

                          Best part about being Primal: Feeling great.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Dealing with PMS carb cravings.


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                            Your location: New Zealand

                            Age (If you want):41

                            How Primal are you: about 95% on a good day, on a bad day its really really bad.

                            Do you consume dairy: Yes, pretty much only butter, milk and cheese sorta disagree with me.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Hell yes, one of my goals in life is to find the Perfect Latte. I intend to search high and low. When I drink coffee its always real coffee and no more that two a day, if I have tea its black Lady Grey or Earl Grey.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Every spring for the last god knows how may years I suffer really bad sinus, which usually turns into a cold which turns into a chest infection which means antibiotics (which I hate)I saw a naturopath iridologist two years ago who suggested ditching grains and dairy. No sinus problems in the last two years. (yeah me) I read a book called Going Against the Grain and then one thing lead to another and I ended up here approx 18 months ago. I have also suffered from depression in varying degrees since I was a teenager, and I am convinced that that has alot to do with grains, dairy and the chemicals thay put in our food. The more I read the more convinced I am. Having said that the bloody wee opium like peptids in the proteins of grains hook me in if I have a scone then that turns into a binge. I think its a bit like being an alcoholic you can't just have one scone. Damm it.

                            Favorite exercise: I'm basically really really lazy, but if I have to, walking.

                            Favorite Primal food: Almonds and Steak and chicken and veges. Real Food. I like the anology that if my dear departed Nanna Bridie wouldn't know what it was, or recongise the ingredient I shouldn't eat it.

                            Best part about being Primal: Eating REAL FOOD.

                            Worst part about being Primal: Scones, muffins, cake biscuits, lollies all the rubbish I know is bad for me, but for about two seconds I enjoy eating then go what the hell did I eat crap for.


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                              Your location: Pacific NW, USA

                              Age (If you want):18

                              How Primal are you: 100% currently, have been on & off a year or so

                              Do you consume dairy: Butter, always grass-fed, often local.. occasionally cream or raw cheese.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea, no coffee (everyone drinks coffee here in Stumptown, there's a shop every other block!)

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: I knew my dermatologist was an idiot when she said diet had nothing to do with my terrible acne, found the Paleo diet, went into crazy research mode for the last year, came out of it mostly carnivorous and with perfect, glowing skin!

                              Favorite exercise: Hiking, swimming, (not in chlorinated water) weight lifting.

                              Favorite Primal food: Salmon! Also bone marrow & blackberries.

                              Best part about being Primal: Not having to worry about being hungry/tired/blemished/chubby/depressed. No cravings, like ever.

                              Worst part about being Primal: Veggie friends, city life is just that much more sad.


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                                Your location: Del Mar & Santa Barbara, CA

                                Age (If you want): 41

                                How Primal are you: Just discovering it. I am pretty much 100% organic, whole foods, dabbling in raw foods

                                Do you consume dairy: Not much, mainly just yogurt, occasional cheese, will try whatever this PB approach prescribes

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee in the morn before my run, then yerba mate or tea if I want it in the afternoon

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I have been dabbling in raw foods the last few years but I know I will not give up fish or eggs or the occasional yogurt. Trying to find what works and am committed to whole, fresh foods that I make myself, nothing processed

                                Favorite exercise: Running and am a member of Valerie Waters' Red Carpet Ready Club. She has fantastic circuit training that she uses with clients such as Jennifer Garner. I love her workouts.

                                Favorite Primal food: Grilled salmon or seared ahi

                                Best part about being Primal: Just getting started but I think this is probably not going to be too hard for me to follow, I don't really eat any processed foods

                                Worst part about being Primal: I am a little concerned about the fat but will give it an honest go, assuming that I will get my post workout carbs from a green smoothie with a little fruit and some protein powder

                                Really excited to get into this book and put it into action. I think it adds what I've been needing in my diet