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Do you consume dairy:Yes, but using coconut milk more now and loving it!
Do you drink coffee or tea: COFFEE please!
Motivator for switching to Primal: It's obvious the route I was on was not working for me. Getting fatter by the month.
Favorite exercise: I've been a competitive swimmer my whole life, but trying new things now. The big thing is I'm trying to exercise less. I lift weights 2x/wk, take 2 pilates classes/wk, and 1-2 tabata sprints.
Favorite Primal food:
Best part about being Primal: I'm getting really strong, I'm not experiencing chronic injury from running, the weight is slowly coming off. Finally, my husband and I are doing this together and we love it.
Worst part about being Primal: If I eat too much fat I gain weight.
How Primal are you: All the way, and I don't feel deprived by skipping cheat meals. Just give me steak!
Do you consume dairy: Ghee, a little cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea!
Motivator for switching to Primal: A couple years ago I went gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free because of my breastfed daughter's food sensitivities. More recently I went completely grain- and legume-free to try to address some annoying joint pain. After stumbling on MDA, I decided PB provides a really nice framework. Besides, saying "I eat Primal!" is a more positive statement than "Sorry, I don't eat grains, I don't eat legumes, I don't eat soy, I don't drink milk, etc."
Favorite exercise: Hatha Yoga. But I have to admit, aside from chasing after my kids, I'm kind of a couch potato. Gotta work on that.
Favorite Primal food: Steak with a big pile of greens.
Best part about being Primal: Zero carb cravings.
Worst part about being Primal: Had to change my mind on this one. The worst part is that I'm having trouble maintaining my weight. I was already slender, and eating lower carb makes it hard for me to keep the number on the scale from dropping. However, upping the carbs doesn't feel good either. So clearly I'm going to have to focus on building muscle.
How Primal are you: Mostly; I still occasionally eat peanuts, and oats in extreme moderation.
Do you consume dairy: No, but for moral reasons.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Sometimes tea, but not often.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Feeling better, mentally and physically. Also, I've never been fat, but I was eating an extremely high carb diet before(with plenty of grains) and looking back I'm pretty sure I was on the road to diabetes.
Favorite exercise: I've always loved to sprint. Pullups come in at a close second though.
Favorite Primal food: Roasted, lightly salted almonds. More addicting than potato chips.
Best part about being Primal: Better health, being able to go a while without food if need be. Feeling fuller, not crashing during workouts.
Worst part about being Primal: No grains. I miss my morning bowl of oatmeal, but I really am better off without it (at least on a regular basis).
Your location: Washington state. And NOT Seattle. There are other places here besides the west side.
Age (If you want): 19
How Primal are you: I'm trying to do as much as I can. It's hard though since I've moved back home (for budgetary reasons and that I'm a poor college student) and don't always have control over what the family gets.
Do you consume dairy: I'm in the process of trying to drop it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I love decaf earl grey or a nice licorice tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have struggled with dieting/eating disorders/chronic overexercising since I was about 12 years old. I bought into the whole you have to be a skeleton to even have a shot at being pretty thing. I just want to be healthy now though. I'm tired of being a slave to my latest endeavor to keep me as thin as possible.
Favorite exercise: I love/live to dance. It is where I feel the happiest and the most at peace.
Favorite Primal food: As a former vegan I never thought I'd say this but...I really could live off eating a huge juicy steak every single night. Oooo and bacon. Bacon has changed my life haha.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling so much healthier and not being a slave to eating anymore.
Worst part about being Primal: I've gained a lot of weight on it actually. Of course, I was severely underweight when I started. I am 5'10" and weighed about 115 before this. I weigh a ton more now but I probably look a lot better. I was skinnier than those damn runway models!
oh and I do miss oatmeal.
p.s. how do I put up a profile pic for myself like so many of you have? I am technologically disabled and can't figure it out.
How Primal are you: The food, 85% (I don't buy organic), the lifestyle, 50% but getting there!!
Do you consume dairy:yes, I love it and my body doesn't mind
Do you drink coffee or tea:Yes, but not a lot
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been reading everyones posts, and you will all be happy to hear that I'm a convert!! My primal friend (whom I teased and didn't believe / understand for years) wouldn't let up, and sent me a MDA link. I read it, ordered the book, and changed my life!! Now I get to be the one that's crazy, especially b/c I have a 6 month old boy who will be primal and trying to make MY mother understand that is like trying to squeeze water out of a rock! So keep it up, all of you, your "lost cause" friends may turn around eventually!!
Favorite exercise: Like I said, I don't get enough, but does shopping count? lol
Favorite Primal food:There is a roast in the oven right now that smells pretty damn good!
Best part about being Primal:I started this whole change after my son was born, and I'm happy to say that I'm 30lbs lighter than BEFORE I got pregnant. None of my clothes fit.... they're too big! And also, I was never the type to diet or restrict food, and that's why I love this, because I don't do either!
Worst part about being Primal: I miss icecream, and cakes, and ...... OK, I'm just going to stop there!
How Primal are you: I'd say 75-80% consistently (some days are better, some are worse)
Do you consume dairy: cream, butter, some cheese (LOVE goat's cheese)... wish I had access to raw dairy
Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm a college student... pretty much no way around that! (yes, I put a little bit of sugar in my coffee, and cream of course!)
Motivator for switching to Primal: never really liked grains in the first place... and I always felt hungry even when I "allowed" myself to have as much as 2000 calories a day on a CW - approved diet!
And I love the idea behind eating what our primal ancestors ate.
Favorite exercise: hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing... anything I can do outdoors!
Favorite Primal food: eggs, and wild game =)
Best part about being Primal: I feel fantastic, I never have that carby hunger feeling that I used to have all the time, I don't crave junk anymore!
Worst part about being Primal: not being able to find any decent meal at school that is truly "Primal"... I have to mix and match to the point that I'm paying 20$ for a meal and I'm getting weird looks!
"Over-thinking, over-analyzing separates the body from the mind."