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  • The Questions:

    Your location:

    Olathe, Kansas (outside of Kansas City), US

    Age (If you want):


    How Primal are you:

    Brand New... I have done the research, and I am ready to commit! Looking for motivation as I move from a grain based diet, but looking forward to it. feeling great already!

    Do you consume dairy: Less then 1 serving a day, first thing in the AM

    Do you drink coffee or tea:


    Motivator for switching to Primal:

    Looking to feel better, lose weight and rid my body of the toxins that come with processed foods.

    Favorite exercise:

    Dance aerobics, walking, yoga

    Favorite Primal food:

    Nothing like a steak off the grill!!

    Best part about being Primal:

    Actually saves $$ in the long run, and I feel terrific!

    Worst part about being Primal:

    Difficult in social situations at first, but that wears off.


    • Hi everyone, warm greetings from Rosa Michelle
      I am from New Jersey and am 24 years old

      How Primal are you: quite a bit

      Do you consume dairy: sometimes yes..

      Do you drink coffee or tea: tea coffee, coffee tea.. both!

      Motivator for switching to Primal: low-carb

      Favorite exercise: running, cycling, swimming (tri)

      Best part about being Primal: keeps me moving and keeps me healthy!

      Worst part about being Primal: social pressure!


      • England!!!


        I can't remember the last time I ate grains

        I do eat dairy! my ancestors were vikings, how can I forgo dairy?

        Rarely do I drink tea and coffee

        Motivator was to overcome an eating disorder, from which I have suffered for 15 years. I wanted an eating plan which was reliable and wouldn't alter my weight drastically so I could get into good habits. The eating plan was primal and turns out I feel amazing on it and have not looked back.


        Roast chicken

        Feeling great, vibrant and full of life

        not eating carbs and sugar, which are unfortunately f*****g delicious


        • Hi! I'm excited about the Primal Blueprint. I was really into the Daniel Quinn books when I was younger and always had a hard time explaining them to others ... "Agriculture is... bad?" I put on a lot of weight in my 20s and developed some really uncool health problems (chronic GERD, horrifying PMS). I had lots of weight loss success with the South Beach diet 2 years ago, but my illness stuff didn't go away. My default for a hurried day on South Beach would be to eat string cheese and peanut butter. Also, tons of fake sugar. I stopped the diet at some point and gained most of the weight back. My husband suggested "going paleo" about 2 weeks ago and I ended up here and more enchanted with Primal Blueprint. We have been following it for about 8 days now.

          The Questions:

          Your location: Tucson, AZ

          Age (If you want): 34

          How Primal are you: Following the diet almost completely, but still drink lots of coffee and wine. Am working on being a primal sleeper and have done about half of the fitness plan... I need more outside time -- hard to do in the Sonoran desert this time of year while also parenting.

          Do you consume dairy: not yet -- will add good cheese later

          Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

          Motivator for switching to Primal: fatness/illness

          Favorite exercise: sprinting! I was so excited to see this was recommended because I love to run fast and I HATE to jog

          Favorite Primal food: avocado/herbs

          Best part about being Primal: no upset stomach

          Worst part about being Primal: having a little boy who eats little boy food and feeling nervous about what we are feeding him


          • The Questions:

            Your location: Sierra Foothills, California

            Age: 49

            How Primal are you: Probably 75% - looking to up that percentage

            Do you consume dairy: yes - butter, cream, and a little cheese

            Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

            Motivator for switching to Primal: To be as healthy and strong as I can be and try to avoid so many illnesses that come with age - which is really caused from poor food choices, not just the aging process.

            Favorite exercise: walking/hiking and kettlebells

            Favorite Primal food: Oh - so many! Eggs, steak, avocados...

            Best part about being Primal: Increased energy levels, no stomach bloating, just plain 'ol feelin' good!

            Worst part about being Primal: Not much - other than having to plan a little more in advance for my meals.


            • Hi everyone! I'm Kathleen, and I recently started blogging at

              Your location: I'm in Portland, Oregon

              Age (If you want): 30

              How Primal are you: the kind of primal that never eats grains but occasionally indulges in ice cream.

              Do you consume dairy: yes, indeed.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee -- down to one cup a day.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: weight gain, sluggishness

              Favorite exercise: indoor rock climbing. long walks outside. playing.

              Favorite Primal food: vegetables.

              Best part about being Primal: how I feel, how my skin looks, my energy levels.

              Worst part about being Primal: being "that person" in restaurants.


              • Hi, my name is Rachel and I'm 26. I recently started the Primal way of life because my friend Jen got on her soap box one day about carbs. She introduced me to Mark's Daily Apple and I was instantly hooked. A lot of the things really clicked with me and so I started my Primal journey on May 18th, 2012. I'm currently doing well with it, I have had a couple falls off the wagon with Peanut Butter M&Ms but after they knocked me out yesterday and made me feel really bad I don't think I'm going to be having them any time soon. The Primal Blueprint has dramatically helped with my Bipolar Disorder Type II and Anxiety issues. My doctor says this has something to do with the large amount of Omega-3s in the diet. I have felt much much better and despite the lack of weight loss I am happy to have energy and not feel so tired. Perhaps once things settle down more I'll lose more weight. In the mean time I'm happy being me.

                So I'm 26

                I'm trying to be as Primal as possible for the first 30 days and then see how things go!

                I do consume dairy as in butter, cheese, and greek yogurt. Not so much whole milk as the milk gives me facial acne pretty bad.

                I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day

                My motivation for going Primal was my lack of energy and my recent weight gain of 10lbs in less than 2 months.

                My favorite exercise is waterskiing or running

                My favorite Primal Food is probably Shrimp. I <3 Shrimp so very much, Salmon comes in a close second.

                Best part about being Primal is the amount of energy I have, how happy I feel, I don't feel rushed anymore.

                Worst part about being Primal is people who don't understand and tell me the way I'm eating is really unhealthy. Yeah... like they know... because they look fantastic with what they're doing >.> NOT.



                • Hey guys...I am new to the forum and the Primal Lifestyle. My name is Justin, and I'll continue my introduction by answering the questions.

                  Your location: Michigan

                  Age (If you want): 31

                  How Primal are you: I have made the full commitment for 3 complete days. Today is day 4. The only thing I still have to do is convert to all grass-fed or organic meat...same goes for my fruits and veggies.

                  Do you consume dairy: So far just a couple ounces of extra sharp cheddar on my bun-less burger...going to incorporate some vitamin-D milk a couple times a week I think.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to coffee. Two cups every morning.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss was my primary motivation until I read Mark's book. Now my motivation is to get my body working in proper order. I never knew that eating carbs was actually damaging.

                  Favorite exercise: I like walking outside I'd kill two birds with one stone! (exercise and sunshine!!)

                  Favorite Primal food: So far for me it has been the chicken thighs I cooked on my smoker...The scrambled eggs each morning have been good too.

                  Best part about being Primal: I feel great every morning....I mean really great...I am losing weight, but I just feel better...kinda hard to quantify.

                  Worst part about being Primal: has been the walking around bare-foot more often. The bottom of my feet hurt like hell the first couple days, but they are better today. Also I have been getting headaches the past two days around 3 or 4 pm. I chalk it up to my body trying to get me to indulge myself in some sugary carbs, as today's headache is much less severe...almost non-existent.


                  • The Questions:
                    Is it okay to snack and if so, what are the best snack foods?

                    Your location:
                    Atlanta, GA

                    Age (If you want):

                    How Primal are you:

                    Do you consume dairy:
                    Greek Yogurt & Almond Milk

                    Do you drink coffee or tea:
                    2 cups coffee every morning with Stevia sweetener

                    Motivator for switching to Primal:
                    After being a lifetime member of WW and extremely strict dieting, I am beginning to put on a "belly". I couldn't understand why. Also, I have severe acid reflux quite often. After visiting my son, he told me I wasn't eating enough fat and protein. He recommended Primal and showed me the website. I was inspired after reading the website, and began only just this past Saturday. So I've only done Primal (100%) for 6 days so far, but I've dropped 4 lbs so far and NO acid reflux!!

                    Favorite exercise:
                    Strength excercises with weights and walking.

                    Favorite Primal food:

                    Best part about being Primal:
                    I can eat fat!!

                    Worst part about being Primal:
                    I miss my popcorn snack!


                    • Your location: England

                      Age (If you want): 15

                      How Primal are you: I'm 90% there on the diet, nearly always get enough sleep, play far too much, get next to no sun in England, and the only exercise I get is walking home from school - I do really need to improve the exercise part, I'll be working on it over the summer hols.

                      Do you consume dairy: Very little - I use butter for cooking but have next to no milk/cheese/yoghurt.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee if I've done an all nighter or had little sleep (rare), and tea only when it's offered to me. I don't for either really, especially without sugar which I'm not allowed to add.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Living a long happy life. Also have a strong interest in science, evolution etc. (read On the origin of species, and The Selfish Gene) so the whole idea appeals to me anyway.

                      Favorite exercise: Cycling, swimming, horse riding, rock climbing.

                      Favorite Primal food: Berries!!! Also fresh grilled salmon, delicious. And bacon and eggs of course.

                      Best part about being Primal: Delicious food, needing less sleep, educating others.

                      Worst part about being Primal: Not allowed ice cream, dislike some green vegetables like Kale, cooked spinach(it's fine raw), but I love Romaine Lettuce and have it every day.


                      • Your location: Stanhope, NJ

                        Age (If you want): 43

                        How Primal are you: Beginner

                        Do you consume dairy: Very limited. I usually have a Greek yogurt in the morning for breakfast

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Avid coffee drinker by day and herbal tea drinker by night.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Body composition improvement.

                        Favorite exercise: Running

                        Favorite Primal food: Any and all seafood.

                        Best part about being Primal: I'll revisit this in a year.

                        Worst part about being Primal: If I can't share cheesecake with my wife, there will be trouble..


                        • Your location: Oklahoma City

                          Age (If you want): 21

                          How Primal are you: Beginnner

                          Do you consume dairy: Yes

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Wanting to feel my age, strong and healthy

                          Favorite exercise: Anyone that helps

                          Favorite Primal food: Meat.

                          Best part about being Primal: I'm lookiong forward to the health benefits

                          Worst part about being Primal: IDK


                          • Your location: Chicago burbs

                            Age (If you want): 27

                            How Primal are you: ehh I do pretty good mon-fri.... weekends some days are better than others

                            Do you consume dairy: yes- not much milk, but I do love cheese

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: tea occasionally

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: A seminar I took on anti-inflammatory diet (Dr. David Seaman)

                            Favorite exercise: Just started crossfitting!

                            Favorite Primal food: Egg scramble with all the veggies I can find!

                            Best part about being Primal: So many vegetables!!! I can eat a ton of food and not gain weight!

                            Worst part about being Primal: No more Chicago style deep dish pizza (although I have had some pretty tasty cauliflower crust pizza!)


                            • My name is Lee. I've been eating GF for about 6 months and started moving towards primal a couple months ago, and got really serious about it 2 weeks ago.

                              Your location: Springfield, MO

                              Age (If you want): 31

                              How Primal are you: Not as much as I would like, but more so every day.

                              Do you consume dairy: Yes, mostly in the form of cheese and yogurt

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Both

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Through self experimentation determined I was gluten intolerant and my diet (slightly modified SAD w/ Kararite style Kosher elements) was largely responsible for all the pains and stomach issues I had began to consider normal.

                              Favorite exercise: Don't really have one yet, but I have been walking more, and have always preferred to go bare foot.

                              Favorite Primal food: Would have to say a big steak.

                              Best part about being Primal: Energy levels are better, pain is down, weight is dropping away.

                              Worst part about being Primal: I'm the only one in my household who eats this way, and also due to travels or such periodically have to eat out. It's always been difficult, especially for breakfast.


                              • Your location: Portland, OR

                                Age (If you want): 46

                                How Primal are you: newbie, but about 85% - not quite ready to do without occasional oatmeal and beer

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes, but not much. 6 oz Keifer per day, a dollop of sour cream here and there, half & half in my coffee and a little cheese sprinkled on salads and scrambled eggs

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Was feeling crappy and wanted to see if this way of eating made me feel better... uh, YES, it does!!

                                Favorite exercise: walking, running, hiking, yoga, weights, frisbee, old-doggie-walking at a leisurely pace (aka sniffing and peeing - him, not me)

                                Favorite Primal food: so far, cauliflower "rice" LOL Never knew about it before and I and my family love it. Already a meat and veggie lover, so this works for me.

                                Best part about being Primal: Feeling great! been doing this for about 2 weeks, and lost 8 lbs so far, too - bonus! Also, the fact that I can now proudly eat the fat on my steak, the skin on my chicken and of course, BACON and I don't give a flying fart what people think cuz they's jus' misinformed.

                                Worst part about being Primal: The realization of how much unhealthy food I raised my kids eating .... I wish I had known about this while they were younger. But, they are totally on the bandwagon now, and at least they're starting early (18 and 15).