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  • Hi all...I'm Amanda

    Your location: 1/2 year in Texas, 1/2 in Africa

    Age (If you want): 35

    How Primal are you: I'm just getting started. I work half of the year in Africa and we don't have contol over what we are fed so it is difficult to be primal here. But heading back to the states permanently soon so this hurdle is only short term.

    Do you consume dairy: just cheese really. I have a hard time with cow's milk so switched to soy a long time ago and then on to coconut milk after I was diagnosed hypothyroid a year ago.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea sometimes...I never drink coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: just a desire to be healthy and full of energy. I miss being full of energy.

    Favorite exercise: biking, walking, playing, was a competitive swimmer when I was younger.

    Favorite Primal food: Shrimp, asparagus, summer squash

    Best part about being Primal: The last time I was in the states, I did go without grains and dairy for 3 weeks. I felt so good and I ate great food...beautiful food. Looking forward to feeling good again.

    Worst part about being Primal: Being the minority...lack of restaurant options, etc.


    • Your location: Midwest region

      Age (If you want): 30

      How Primal are you: I'm about 90%

      Do you consume dairy: Yes

      Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Losing these last few lbs (I lost 30 from running and calorie counting)

      Favorite exercise: Running. I'm running the Chicago marathon this year.

      Favorite Primal food: Bacon

      Best part about being Primal: I feel 100% better! It's amazing. I will never go back to the way I was eating.

      Worst part about being Primal: Expensive


      • Hi everyone, my name is Serenity, and I just went primal eleven days ago. I've been frequenting MDA for a while now and tried going primal two years ago. But I didn't try hard enough (ate out all the time and didn't bother figuring out whether the sauces I was consuming contained massive amounts of sugar, which they probably did). Since nothing really changed, I just stopped after a while. But this time, I'm a lot more determined.

        Your location: Northeastern U.S.

        Age (If you want): 30

        How Primal are you: Just started. I try to be pretty primal with my diet but not super primal with other aspects of life yet.

        Do you consume dairy: Cheese and yogurt (in moderation) and butter (in larger quantities). No milk.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, coffee more frequently than tea.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Fat loss

        Favorite exercise: Running (not primal, I know) and weight training

        Favorite Primal food: Bacon, butter, avocado

        Best part about being Primal: Don't know yet

        Worst part about being Primal: I'm still having trouble figuring out how to fuel my runs--I just posted an entire long-winded post about this problem last night.

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        • Hi, I'm Julie

          Your location: Virginia (DC Metro Area)

          Age (If you want): 29

          How Primal are you: Just started this week, so I am still working on how to stock the fridge/pantry, especially when it comes to organic foods, but am aiming to be 100% strict on the diet part.

          Do you consume dairy: Normally, I eat a lot of cheese and enjoyed an occasional glass of milk or half and half in my coffee. So that will be a tough one to give up.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink coffee daily (sometimes all day long), but now that I have to drink it with heavy cream and stevia, it'll be easier to cut down!

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I have these icky 10 pounds that I would like to get rid of and have long been suspicious about all of the junk in the processed foods that we eat. Lately, I have been very irresponsible about my diet and want to make a change. Several members of my friends and family have gone primal (or very close to it) and the more I read, the more sense it makes.

          Favorite exercise: I love exercise. . . I actually teach Body Pump (not sure how primal that is) and often do the P90X workouts in addition to playing a lot of flag football and softball. I also love to hike, although I don't get too many opportunities to do so.

          Favorite Primal food: Avocado, steak, macadamias

          Best part about being Primal: No feelings of guilt over what I eat (yet), the feeling of doing something that is good for my body!

          Worst part about being Primal: Still haven't kicked that craving for sweets!!!!


          • Your location: Edgerton, WI

            Age (If you want): me: 33, hubby: 38, daughter: 5, son: 3

            How Primal are you: About to begin with the WHOLE family

            Do you consume dairy: Very little. Mostly cheeses and just started Goats Milk as I've always had an issue with cow milk giving me tummy aches as a child and NO ONE would test me for allergies!!!!!

            Do you drink coffee or tea: We drink tea (& water). Have drank other things that aren't so healthy in the past, but that is the past. Time to change everything!

            Motivator for switching to Primal: My husband & I (mostly I) are overweight. I'm an emotional and stress eater. I eat if emotional over something cuz it calms me and if I get stressed, I always grab for something.

            Favorite exercise: stretches, walking, some of the exercises on the Wii Active 2 are really fun I especially love the ones with the stretch band.

            Favorite Primal food: Fruits and veggies

            Best part about being Primal: I should lose most of the weight I need to with the Lifestyle change alone AND I can get rid of my long-time sinusitis, my daughter's constipation problems, My daughter's, son's & my allergy issues we are just discovering, my becoming a diabetic if I'm not already, decrease my chances of getting cancer............ Did I leave anything out?

            Worst part about being Primal: It's going to be difficult to find ways to "treat" ourselves on birthdays and eating with extended family on holidays. We are HUGE on celebrating. Cakes on birthdays, christmas & thanksgiving pies & such. I'm not planning on telling the school that the kids CAN'T have treats from others, but I will specify that they can't have a lot of candy. Sugar and gluten is the biggest problem for their allergies to work up and getting constipated.

            My husband also has an issue with gluten. He hadn't had much nerve feeling in his fingertips and he sweat profusely before he tried the primal last year. Once he stopped ALL gluten, he stopped sweating so much and could feel the hot pot in the oven with his finger tips.


            • Your location: So Cal

              Age (If you want): 33

              How Primal are you: 80% ish

              Do you consume dairy: a cup of yogurt 3-5 times, a few oz of cheese a week

              Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee and sometimes tea

              Motivator for switching to Primal: being healthy and eating a diet humans evolved eating

              Favorite exercise: yoga

              Favorite Primal food: just one? ribeye steak

              Best part about being Primal: healthy feeling and no pseudo processed foods are going into my body

              Worst part about being Primal: knowing that cake is junk food and I can't eat it every single day!


              • Hi everyone!

                I've been eating Primal since January 9, 2012, and have lost 25lb. I'm thrilled with the way I feel. Thank you to Mark and all the others who have contributed so much terrific information to this website.

                My Location: just east of Toronto, Canada

                Age: 62

                How Primal? About 85-90%

                Dairy? Yes. Definitely eat too much cheese (mmmmmm St. André, parmesan), some Greek yogurt, butter, organic cheddar. Trying to cut down on the soft cheeses.

                Tea, coffee? Tea, black or green.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight, feel/be healthier.

                Favorite exercise: Does pounding the keyboard count? Seriously, getting moving is my next goal. I've been sedentary for too many years due to health problems. I'm determined to make Primal a way of life.

                Favorite Primal food: Berries, berries, berries, and steak.

                Best part about being Primal: Huge increase in energy, not feeling guilty about what I eat.

                Worst part about being Primal: I find the extra shopping for fresh produce and meat a little daunting, but not impossible. My weight loss and improved energy level make it worthwhile.


                • Your location: Montreal, Quebec

                  Age (If you want): 50ish

                  How Primal are you: 90 %

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes Coffee I limit to 2 a week (trying to keep the cortisol down) Tea Yes

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Hashimoto Thyroid ( I know that a grain free diet is the best for me )

                  Favorite exercise:Yoga, Walking

                  Favorite Primal food: Cheese

                  Best part about being Primal: Cheese

                  Worst part about being Primal: Love my natural Honey and Maple Syrup also dates


                  • Hello all, I'm Robin. I've very much enjoyed "lurking" on the forum for the last couple of weeks.

                    Your location: New Mexico

                    Age (If you want): 48

                    How Primal are you: 95% ish

                    Do you consume dairy: Greek yogurt, some cheese. Just recently gave up milk.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Hot tea every morning.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Lifelong weight issues. I was born at 10 pounds and it just all went down hill from there. My mom was diabetic and her poor choices killed her. My older sister was diagnosed as being diabetic last year and I started doing a lot of reading and realized that if I wasn't diabetic, I would soon be or just simply hadn't been diagnosed, and at the very least I had significant insulin resistance. I came across MDA and the light bulb came on over my head.

                    Favorite exercise: Huh? You mean I'm supposed to LIKE exercise? Rats.

                    Favorite Primal food: All of it, really.

                    Best part about being Primal: I feel better already and the puffiness has gone away.

                    Worst part about being Primal: I still dream about toast and scones for some reason. Weird, since I never ate toast all that often and rarely ate scones, though I do like them.


                    • I have been on many diets but never reached my goals. I love to cook but by the time I get home it was always easier to take a quick run to the drive thru. I have been checking the site regularly and am jumping in and figure it out as I go. I would love to see my success story featured one day! That is my ultimate goal.

                      Your location: Saskatchewan, Canada

                      Age (If you want): 45

                      How Primal are you: I need to figure it out

                      Do you consume dairy: yes, but that may change

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss, general health

                      Favorite exercise: I guess I need to figure that out too

                      Favorite Primal food: bacon, steak, avocado

                      Best part about being Primal: good food

                      Worst part about being Primal: not sure yet


                      • Your location:

                        Age (If you want): 19

                        How Primal are you:
                        Overall I would say about 90%. There are some times I will stray from the Primal diet such as Sunday (a nice meal that isn't 100% Primal) and then on very rare occasions a friend's birthday if I can't find something Primal friendly.

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes, but mainly just fresh cheeses.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee mainly but not in an addictive every morning way.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal:
                        Leading a healthy lifestyle and becoming the best version of me I can. For the greater part of my life I was overweight and I do not like feeling held back or self-conscious because of weight. Also being healthy is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
                        Favorite exercise:
                        Anything and everything from working with weights, springs, bodyweights, etc.
                        Favorite Primal food:
                        I love a good steak and some roasted asparagus/steamed broccoli. Or omelettes/ a nice egg-scramble.
                        Best part about being Primal:
                        The health and being energized; I feel so great all of the time.

                        Worst part about being Primal:
                        Probably the cravings at first. Then realizing that some of my old favorite foods make me feel terrible now! My sweet tooth had the hardest time adjusting. Also getting my family (who need to live this lifestyle) to comply. I do not think that this is something you can force someone into trying but I do know it would greatly help them.


                        • I'm in Georgia, near Atlanta
                          33 yo
                          I'd say I'm 99% primal. I've been doing Atkins since March of last year and I'm 3 - 4 lbs. away from the maintenance phase. I think I want to do Primal from now on. However, I'd like to learn more about the PB. I don't think both plans are that different.
                          Atkins is so much about tracking, percentages and rigid rules. I want to get a little more relaxed after doing all that for so long, but maintain my current weight of 124 lbs. Or lose few more lbs.
                          I work out 5 days a week. Mostly weight/strength/resistance stuff. I do plank exercise as well.

                          Low-carb, wholesome natural foods is the way to eat. I have chosen this for life. The health benefits, the mood ''highs" and energy are simply amazing.
                          The worst part: sweet cravings during PMS....'s only a couple of days a month, so I can deal with that.
                          Everything else is super easy and a second nature to me at this point.
                          Nice to "meet you" all!!!!

                          P.S. I am interested to learn about the differences between Atkins and the Primal Blueprint. Do I need to start a new thread with that topic? Thanks!


                          • Your location: Burnie, North West Tasmania, Australia

                            Age (If you want): 42

                            How Primal are you: I am trying to be as Primal as I can be...currently that is about 99% - been going for 10 days.

                            Do you consume dairy: yes, love my milk! like cheese and yoghurt.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, tea.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: health benefits, plus weight reduction. I have IBS, PCOS, under-active thyroid, hiatis hernia and am borderline diabetic...and over the coarse of the years have gained 25-30kgs more than I should only 4'9" (145cm) tall, that extra weight makes me look like an oompa loompa!

                            Favorite exercise: I don't like exercise (I overheat very quickly due to my weight & PCOS), but am hoping that changes and I get more motivated with my new life-style change going Primal.

                            Favorite Primal food: Being able to eat the fat on the lamb chops and the rind on the bacon without feeling guilty! They are the yummiest bits!

                            Best part about being Primal: I have been sticking to around 50g carbs per day for 10 days and I feel so much better inside - not stodgy, and have better clarity of mind and a huge reduction in afternoon lethargy! During that time I have lost 3.1kgs and am over the moon!

                            Worst part about being Primal: There is none, altho' it is hard for other folks to understand or grasp that carbs are no longer my friend...I loved my pasta and rice and like heaps of others out there, thought I was eating healthy foods with consuming oats and muesli for breakfast, eating wholemeal bread for my sandwiches and having all the low-fat options CW advises are the best for us... Thank God a friend told me about the MDA website - thanks Jane!!


                            • Your location: Moving to Michigan

                              Age (If you want): 27

                              How Primal are you: Was following Primal a little more than 80/20 a few months back...don't know where I went wrong.

                              Do you consume dairy: Chocolate Milk after workouts

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: A cup or two a day

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: When I was on primal I felt amazing. Now, not so much and my pants are getting tight

                              Favorite exercise: Crossfit

                              Favorite Primal food: Primal Spaghetti made with cauliflower and organic beef

                              Best part about being Primal: How great I feel while on it. So I'm working to get back on it.

                              Worst part about being Primal: BBQ!!!!! and BEER!!


                              • Your location: Flagstaff Arizona

                                Age (If you want): 33

                                How Primal are you: I cut out everything grain/sugar/starch/beans etc. the last 2 weeks =-)

                                Do you consume dairy: not anymore, I switched to heavy cream

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Love my coffee..... I add the heavy cream instead of milk now

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: My friend started doing it and she is literally glowing and has so much energy! Great motivator for sure!!!

                                Favorite exercise: Hiking and running. I feel pretty awesome when I hike! It's more like playing instead of a workout.

                                Favorite Primal food: Anything with meat and veggies! I'm becoming a fan of avacado's too!!

                                Best part about being Primal: I feel more energized, I sleep better and I feel healthy in mind and body =-) I don't feel hungry all the time and I definitely don't have the 'crash' 2 hours later like I did when I would eat my oaties in the morning! I'm a happy gal! If I don't feel like eating, I just don't. I notice that I skip dinner alot, when in the past I would come home practically starving with the shakes and the sweats and end up eating the oreo's out of the pantry =-? welp..... Not anymore! I am truely grateful to have fallen upon this new lifestyle thanks to a good friend! I love reading the success stories and the one's that are in the making. It completely changes the way one thinks. I feel like I'm eating more for survival than eating out of boredome or cravings. It's definitely mindblowing once you put your mind to it. This has definitely been one of the simplest lifestyle changes I've ever encountered! I definitely am trying to get my family on board! =-D

                                Worst part about being Primal: Haven't experienced that yet.... I'm just 2 weeks in, but am already seeing results. I can't believe the changes in my body and overall mood!