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In other forums I've been a member of in the past - at least for small communities - there's been a 'introduce yourself' thread with some questions that people can answer. I know that there are people reading this forum that are fully primal, partially primal, and are considering it. I thought that I'd put some questions together to cover these things just to get an idea of who's out there.
Your location: New York
Age (If you want): 30
How Primal are you: 30%
Do you consume dairy: Yes everyday
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Intolerance to Grains
Favorite exercise: Yoga, Running
Favorite Primal food: Fruits
Best part about being Primal: Little stomach problems
Do you consume dairy: I live in Wisconsin. It's required by state law.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee (long time love affair)
Motivator for switching to Primal: I got used to being fat. Got used to being sedentary. Got used to eating garbage. I CAN'T get used to feeling old. I've been feeling achy, foggy and crabby and I hate it! Time for a change.
Favorite exercise: walking or biking
Favorite Primal food: bacon
Best part about being Primal: only been with it for a few days, but already feeling happier, thinking more clearly and enjoying more energy. Is this a fluke?
Worst part about being Primal: "Sneaking around" to avoid lectures from well meaning co workers and family members.
How Primal are you: I don't know if I can determine that yet, having just started (first day!).
Do you consume dairy: Yeah. I'm debating if I should stop, reduce, or just surrender to my love of cheese. I'm from Scandinavia, I'm pretty sure dairy is part of our genetic makeup.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee when I need a pick-me-up before a run, tea if I need caffeine during the day, though not very often.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Mom is diabetic, and she was the last one of us that I would've guessed would end up with it. Also, hormonal imbalance that I just don't want to take detrimental meds to superficially correct. "Would you like a side of cancer along with that healthy level of androgens?" No. No, thank you.
Favorite exercise: Running, BURPEES!
Favorite Primal food: Salmon.
Best part about being Primal: Don't know yet, haven't gone long enough to reap the benefits. Hoping to lose some insidious abdominal fat, feel physically and mentally vital and present, be bangin' well into my old age.
Worst part about being Primal: I'm sad about not being able to make my Swedish princess cake for my birthdays anymore. It's an unholy amount of sugar. Lots of cream and butter though...Compromise?
Hey all! I've been lurking on MDA for about 3 months now, and finally decided to dive in...
Your location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Age (If you want): 36
How Primal are you: About 60% right now, and working to improve.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Cheese, yogurt and milk in my coffee. Trying to be moderate about my consumption though.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Decaf coffee and herbal tea. I work really hard to keep my caffeine consumption very low.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Maintenance of 150 lb weight loss through a medical diet, health, discovery of food allergies, and desire to minimize/moderate hunger. Before shifting in a Primal direction, I would turn into a monster every 3 hours if I hadn't eaten, and I couldn't figure out why. Now that I'm more Primal, I can go 4-5 hours without getting super hungry, and sometimes even longer. And best of all, when I do get hungry, it's more of a gentle tap on the shoulder than a sledgehammer across the head.
Favorite exercise: Running, Bikram yoga.
Favorite Primal food: Steak. Always steak.
Best part about being Primal: Not feeling hungry all the time, and not feeling like my body is broken for feeling hungry all the time.
Worst part about being Primal: Fighting the sugar and wheat addictions, as well as the social implications of not eating what "everyone else" eats.
How Primal are you? I'm just getting started, I'm familiar with Sally Fallon and Weston A Price. I've been trying to incorporate what I've learned from those sources as much as possible for the last few years. I have ordered four Primal Blueprint books but they haven't arrived yet.
do you consume dairy? Yes, raw dairy when available
Do you drink coffee or tea? Yes, unsweetened coffee and iced unsweetened tea
Motivator for switching to Primal? Encouragement of family members and the reasonableness of the idea.
favorite exercise Do you mean what I do, or what I would like to do? what I do: housework, cooking, a little gardening, a little walking what I would like to do: play with grandchildren - swing, play catch, climb on jungle gym, swim, roll down a grassy hill, walk on the beach
favorite primal food: Pecans
worst part about being Primal: It seems that homemade baked goods are "bad guys"
How Primal are you: as fully as possible: i must have more physical activity and go to sleep sooner!
Do you consume dairy: butter, cottage cheese, milk in my coffee, full cream with vegetables occasionnally
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss and health. I always have been chubby, but since i quit smocking 3 years ago and had some thyroid troubles, i gained 28 pounds and nearly became diabetic! With a stressful and static way of life, i felt in a catastrophic shape... I am primal since nearly 3 weeks, dropped 10 pounds and feel a little better.
Favorite exercise: bicycle
Favorite Primal food: nuts!
Best part about being Primal: food is delicious!
Worst part about being Primal: food is much more expensive