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  • Hi--Been lurking and learning for a little over a month. I started April 15, with 4HB and found MDA the next week. Have been going strong ever since! I am 47. I have lost 17 pounds so far and am loving it! Have done every "diet" out there. I was once even a WW leader for about 3 long, hungry years! I used to love to run, but an old knee injury from vball in college finally caught up with me, I am need of a new knee. Just trying to put it off as long as possible. I started primal to help with weight loss, thinking it could give me more far so good! I am loving the weight loss, but for once if I don't lose in a week I don't stress over it. I will be doing this forever, and wherever I end up will be great! I so wish I had found this before! I am a Chiropractor, and send patients to this site on a daily basis. So frustrated with all the CW out there, I know there are so many people that could benefit from paleo/primal......and the looks I get from patients when trying to explain to'd think I had grown another head! So I keep trying, and those that are ready to learn will, and they will end up here! Thank you all for all the info and the "education"! Tami


    • Your location: Anchorage, Alaska

      Age (If you want):47

      How Primal are you: Newby---However, I am looking for support here in Anchorage, Alaska. Please!!!

      Do you consume dairy: not much

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Loose weight & gain energy

      Favorite exercise: ??

      Favorite Primal food: Learning

      Best part about being Primal: Learning

      Worst part about being Primal: Learning


      • Another newbie from Australia

        Hi everyone,

        I've been researching paleo/primal for a few weeks now and I'm convinced that this is the answer for me. I've got myself into such a rut that I can't believe I've let myself down so badly. I'm 47 with type 2 diabetes (insulin-requiring) and to top it all off I've recently lost the big toe on my left foot to an infection which was exacerbated by the diabetes. The wound is taking a long time to heal because of my weight (I'm about 170kg or 375lb) so I have to get the weight off. Currently, I'm riding an exercise bike every day interspersed with the exercises Mark recommends (what I can do allowing for my foot injury, of course). I've just spent the last week eating primal food and have already lost 5 pounds, so things are looking up! I've just bought Nora Gedgaudas's book "Primal Body Primal Mind" and I really can't thank Mark enough for his generosity of spirit in providing this website. It's what got me started and I'm sure it will be essential to my success. Looking forward to the day when I can submit my own success story!

        Here's my answers to the questions at the beginning of this thread:

        Your location: Melbourne, Australia

        Age (If you want): 47

        How Primal are you: About 80%

        Do you consume dairy: Yes, some raw milk and a little cheese.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: I love a cup of tea, but will try to reduce this in favour of water.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: My health!

        Favorite exercise: Lifting heavy things and walking.

        Favorite Primal food: I can't go past a good steak or bacon!

        Best part about being Primal: I love the food!

        Worst part about being Primal: Giving up carbs, but I'm finding it easier already.

        Best wishes to all out there on their own primal journeys!


        • Hi peeps,
          I'm on day 3 of a primal diet and so don't have any stories to tell. yet. I won't bore you with my life history, so here's the facts:

          Your location: New England

          Age (If you want): 44

          How Primal are you: too soon to tell. no grains since Friday though.

          Do you consume dairy: yes. greek yogurt, cream in coffee (not much) and cheese.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee and some tea, black and green.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: to shed 40 pounds of fat I've put on in the last 10 years

          Favorite exercise: walking, used to love weightlifting, but haven't done it in years

          Favorite Primal food: beef jerky (homemade)

          Best part about being Primal: too soon to tell

          Worst part about being Primal: too soon to tell
          5' 9" 47 YO F
          PB start June 2, 2012
          Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
          Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs

          PB Journal


          • The Questions:

            Your location: LANCASTER PA

            Age (If you want): 28

            How Primal are you: I'm more Paleo I believe then Primal, but I'm 100%. I'm grain free, legume free, and dairy free.

            Do you consume dairy: no, but I didn't prior to beginning the Paleo/Primal approach. I'm lactose so I avoided dairy in large amounts due to that reason alone. I can handle small amounts of minimally processed cheeses or heavy cream (VERY small amounts) but that's about it.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Both. Lots of. Decaf as well. I'm a huge herbal tea drinker

            Motivator for switching to Primal: To be honest I read/researched the Paleo primal approach for close to 2 years before giving it the 30 day try by Robb Wolf. Im a national level NPC Figure Athlete so body composition is of the utmost importance to me, and I'm always looking for new ways in which to maintain internal health while sporting an externally pleasing body composition and physique, since I compete. I had realized that the consumption of certain foods bothered me, and doctors kept mis-diagnosing me as having IBS and all sorts of other digestive issues. I removed grains and legumes for the 30 day period I had committed to and the results spoke for themselves. I had better energy, improved digestion, and my body fat decreased despite my not being in prep for a show.

            Favorite exercise: Plyometrics

            Favorite Primal food: Grass fed/grass finished bison, BACON, and salmon. And salad in large amounts- I could literally eat salad at every meal.

            Best part about being Primal: The food of course. I always felt better on a higher fat higher protein diet prior to going primal/paleo.

            Worst part about being Primal: I haven't truly found a downside. Initially I think I was afraid I'd miss certain thing in my diet, specifically my morning oatmeal, but frankly I don't. I find I crave less and if I do crave its genuinely more of what I'm already eating. I find the approach to be so simple, basic, and adaptive that I'm shocked more people aren't turned on by it. There are no shakes to buy, bars to eat, calories to count, funky pills to swallow- it's just a set of guidelines and a framework- a way of approaching food and nutrition that allows for each individual to find the path that best suits them.


            • The Questions:

              Your location:

              Ontario Canada
              Age (If you want):


              How Primal are you:

              95% I think, very little non primal foods, but not grass fed beef yet!

              Do you consume dairy: yes, butter, and very little cheese once and a while

              Do you drink coffee or tea:

              Yes 1 mint green tea in the AM
              Motivator for switching to Primal:

              Been over weight for 15+ years, spent all of that time trying to figure out the RIGHT way to lose the weight. Primal / Paleo just makes sense.
              Favorite exercise:

              weights, hockey and anything outside.

              Favorite Primal food:


              Best part about being Primal:

              feel great since the switch, no heartburn, etc. Aswell as the ability to eat meat!
              Worst part about being Primal:

              too many questions still.


              • Your location: Southwest Michigan

                Age (If you want): 31

                How Primal are you: I am a beginer, but I am doing pretty well. I would say about 80 percent.

                Do you consume dairy: Some, mainly full fat cottage cheese and full fat plain greek yogurt. A small amount of cheese.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: A friend of mine recommended this website to me.

                Favorite exercise: Walking.

                Favorite Primal food: Ribeye, mmmmm...

                Best part about being Primal: I have been able to stick with it for 2 weeks. This beats my record with any other healthy lifestyle change by 1 week and 6 days. I honestly feel like I can and will do this for the rest of my life.

                Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain why I will not "just try this" or "just have a little of that".


                • My name is Paul

                  Your location: Orangeville, Ontario Canada

                  Age (If you want): 33

                  How Primal are you: just starting out. Slowly eliminating cards from my daily intake.

                  Do you consume dairy: only a bit of cream in my morning coffee.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf coffee and some flavored caffeine free teas.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: the more I read, the more it makes sense to be eating this way. I have been struggling for a while now and in a serious need for a change of lifestyle.

                  Favorite exercise: walking, jogging, anything involving full body or circuit.

                  Favorite Primal food: eggs

                  Best part about being Primal: not having to really be obsessed with calorie counting.

                  Worst part about being Primal: so far I do not see one...
                  Sunday October 7th, 2012.
                  Start Stats: 227.1lbs, BMI-30, Body Fat% 29.

                  My Journal:

                  Facebook Page: [URL="!/paul.benoit.739"]

                  Twitter Page:


                  Email contact:


                  • Name: James Mohler

                    Your location: Lexington, Mo

                    Age (If you want): 24

                    How Primal are you: I would say I stick pretty close to 80%

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes but very little

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Both: Try to stick with a coffee a day, even though I no longer feel like and I need it, and then just tea whenever it sounds good.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: When first reading up it all just made a lot of sense, and then there is the bacon and eggs

                    Favorite exercise: If I can use a hammer I am happy

                    Favorite Primal food: bacon and eggs. Although the bacon explosion jumped pretty far up my list when I made that.

                    Best part about being Primal:Having then energy to do whatever I want whenever I feel like doing it.

                    Worst part about being Primal: I may have to get back to you on this one.


                    • I am two weeks new to primal, but I can tell already that it is the best decision I have made regarding my health in years. I have a long way to go, but I finally feel like I'm on the right path. So to introduce myself, here are the answers to the questions.

                      Age (If you want): 35

                      How Primal are you: Doing really well for a beginner I think. Well enough I have dropped 10 pounds and 10 inches in two weeks and haven't been hungry or felt deprived once. Probably around the 80 percent mark, but my diet was bad enough before that is a huge difference.

                      Do you consume dairy: Not at this point.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Only the occasional decaf tea when I'm tired of plain water.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I have been overweight for too long, and was recently told I am pre-diabetic. I have three young boys and finally have figured it out if I don't take care of me I can't take care of them.

                      Favorite exercise: Walking and weight lifting.

                      Favorite Primal food: Who doesn't like bacon?

                      Best part about being Primal: How much it has changed the way I feel already, and the weight loss is a definite perk!

                      Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain to my traditional eating family (parents, brother, etc.) why I am eating the way I am.


                      • Location: Chicago, IL

                        Age: 35

                        How Primal are you: Today is Day #5 and my 2nd totally Primal day. Plan to be pretty strict this first month or two while I retrain myself and form new habits, then aim for 85-95%.

                        Dairy: Some -- mostly butter, Greek yogurt, aged cheeses, with very infrequent milk or cream.

                        Coffee or tea: No coffee, occasional hot white or green tea and iced black tea.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Fat loss, more energy, functional strength and help with chronic health issues.

                        Favorite exercise: Any lower bodyweight... step-ups, lunges, squats, calf raises, etc.

                        Favorite Primal food: Eggs, bacon, avocado (in that order)

                        Best part about being Primal: Already noticing an increase in energy, which I imagine will only get better (especially once I get my sleep regular). Also, love to cook and discover new foods or expanded uses, so that's fun.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Right now... Carb/sugar cravings. Also struggling to plan and prepare healthy foods/snacks that are readily available when I need them.
                        My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                        I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh


                        • Gluten-Free-Aound-The-World goes Primal

                          just wanted to introduce myself. I'm looking forward to joining in the discussion and learning more about what other people are doing, and especially to share some of the recipes I've come up with.


                          My location: San Francisco Bay Area of California

                          Age: 58 but people never guess it

                          How Primal am I: Just started, but I'd say pretty primal, if my understanding of Primal is the same as yours.

                          Do I consume dairy: No

                          Do I drink coffee or tea: Only herbal

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: I have a gluten free blog, but just being Gluten Free wasn't doing it for me. I was in a constant state of unrest, and after reading a bit about Primal I figured out it probably wasn't just all the stress in my life, but my blood sugar gone wonky.

                          Favorite exercise: Yoga, walking, biking

                          Favorite Primal food: almond coated fish, almond bread, almond biscuits. I have lots of favorites already!

                          Best part about being Primal: Not feeling so unsettled and neurotic, or feeling like I'm gonna starve if I eat a little late.

                          Worst part about being Primal: My husband, who is my best friend and my chef is frustrated because he doesn't know how to cook for me anymore. But he loves all the great recipes I'm coming up with!

                          My blog: Gluten Free Around The World, Traditional Foods Make Eating an Adventure It's not primal, but some of the recipes are, and others can be adapted. I'll share my Primal adaptions here if people are interested.


                          • Your location:USA, Louisiana

                            Age (If you want):29

                            How Primal are you:I assume 99%

                            Do you consume dairy:no

                            Do you drink coffee or tea:yes and yes

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Health

                            Favorite exercise:Kettlebells

                            Favorite Primal food:If it had a face

                            Best part about being Primal: No more IBS!

                            Worst part about being Primal:Really? ummmm nothing to me. I don't the crap that makes me feel like crap so yay....ok wait got 1 I love beer!


                            • Hi, my name is Cristina!

                              Your location: Seattle, WA

                              Age (If you want): 24

                              How Primal are you: Quite! I don't intentionally do anything non-primal.

                              Do you consume dairy: No, but I am trying ghee.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: No. Very occasionally decaffinated tea.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: It sounded cool.

                              Favorite exercise: Sports! All kinds.

                              Favorite Primal food: Gosh, every time I make primal energy bars they disappear VERY quickly...hahha. But besides that, steak cooked in butter with herbs and mustard. Oh and sweet potatoes with melted ghee is also SO good.

                              Best part about being Primal: Energy like a little kid, glowing skin, tongue scum is gone, mood is a lot more stable...oh actually the best part I think is the good relationship I have with food now, due to my past history of terrible eating habits.

                              Worst part about being Primal: Hmmm, well, this has been my passion project every since I started (about 4 weeks ago,) and it has taken LOTS of time. I am starting to get a little tired of the daily grind and must find ways to simplify and save time, instead of spending an hour on the way home from work going to 3 different grocery stores for things I need for dinner, lol, and then cooking for a half hour when I get home.


                              • Hi, I'm Cori

                                I Live in Waldron, Arkansas.

                                I'm 32

                                just started first 30. So about 99% right now.

                                I consume: butter, heavy cream, some cheese.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: no hate coffee and tea

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: My son has autism(Aspergers)tried gluten-free, I came cross Paleo/Primal. I started buy the paleo cookbooks and following these great blogs and sites.

                                Favorite exercise: hiking, dancing, and playing with my kids.

                                Favorite Primal food:Curries!!!!!

                                Best part about being Primal:It wakes u up! I had know idea I was in a fog, 3weeks in and I have incresses my engery and feel good.

                                Worst part about being Primal:EGGS!!!! I hate eggs. Sorry but true. I can handle them scrambled with cheese sometimes,but rearly. So, breakfast is so hard. My son hates them to.