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    Hi, I'm Bianca. I've been reading MDA for about a month now, ever since my mom sent me to it. She's been trying to get me to go primal for about a year. I'm a stay at home mom of two kids who are 1.5 and 2.5 now. I'm fairly comfortable with my body, but I would like to lose 10 - 15 lbs and be able to feel like I'm in excellent shape. I've also suffered from seizures since I was 7 years old. After being off meds for a few years, I had to go back on about a year ago because my husband and I felt like it would be unsafe for me to take care of our two babies alone with the risk that I could have a seizure. I've heard of low-gluten diets being prescribed for kids with intractable epilepsy, and I really want to see if that might work for me, so I could go off of my meds again.

    Your location: NYC

    Age (If you want): 28

    How Primal are you: Not very

    Do you consume dairy: Yes...I love whole milk, cheese, and plain greek yogurt

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasionally, but I try to avoid caffeine cause it makes me feel icky

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to lose 10-15 lbs. of weight. I keep telling myself that this is residual "baby weight", but the truth is, I've felt slightly overweight since I was 14 or 15. Enough so I'm not super comfortable in a bikini, but not enough to have ever been super motivated to do anything. Also, now that I have two babies, I want to raise them with healthy mindsets about food, and hopefully prevent them from growing up with a terrible sweet tooth, like me.

    Favorite exercise: I'm not a big gym person, so I try to get exercise in more game-y ways, like roughhousing with my kids, dancing, playing ultimate frisbee, etc.

    Favorite Primal food: Good, old-fashioned steak.

    Best part about being Primal: Not sure, cause I'm not really there yet!

    Worst part about being Primal: Sweets cravings


    • My name is Mike, I have been a semi-obese guy most of my life. The only exception was when I was training MMA, at one point for a fight I got down to 154lbs, although due to the extreme methods to cut the weight for a fight I was "skinny fat". Post training I ballooned back up, and now currently weigh 225lbs, I am 5'7" so that is obviously not good. I had resolved to begin training and controlling my diet and shared with some friends, one of which suggested the Primal Blueprint and here I am. The concepts really do not seem all that revolutionary to me, in reality it all reads like common sense to me. Yet somehow we just ignore that common sense and do not live that way. The nice thing was when reading it, it all made sense, and makes it easier to just jump in and follow it. My major goal is to get healthy and get off of my blood pressure medication, and my cholesterol medication. I also take thyroid meds which I don't see going away anytime soon, and also I take medication for being bi-polar. While the last two seem like something I would be stuck on for the rest of my life, who knows, maybe with good clean and proper "Primal" eating my body will balance itself out and I wont have to take any meds. That would be ideal.

      Your location: Washington State

      Age (If you want): 40

      How Primal are you: Just starting, learning more everyday. I look at everything with the question "Would Grok eat it?"

      Do you consume dairy: Not so far since I only started a couple days ago, but I would imagine I probably will on some level.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee on occassion.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm overweight, and really it just makes sense when you think about it.

      Favorite exercise: I love deadlifts, and benchpress.

      Favorite Primal food: Steak

      Best part about being Primal: It's easy to explain to people, contrary to other eating lifestyles or diets, this literally makes the most sense and it is easy to defend. Plus I love meat.

      Worst part about being Primal: Is there such a thing? I guess if I had to pick a "worst" part it would be just be the retraining my brain to stop with current day "conventional" thinking, although its really "unconventional" in nature, and think Primal.


      • The Questions:

        Your location: Charlotte, NC

        Age (If you want): 70

        How Primal are you: 90%???

        Do you consume dairy: Heavy cream and butter.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee. Iced coffee, cold brewed.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Inability to control my blood glucose ... and it worked!

        Favorite exercise: Biking

        Favorite Primal food: three actually; rib eye steak, snails in butter and garlic, and salmon with lemon

        Best part about being Primal: after 50 years of cooking for my family, it's a delight to cook so simply. Everything comes together quickly, no worries about setting out 'sides.'

        Worst part about being Primal: I was a good baker ... and loved breads. The physical action of working the bread was like meditation for me. Thinking about it, I do actually miss the activity more than the eating. But the very worst thing about being Primal is that I've come to this Primal life so late in my own life. 70 years of grains and legumes and processed foods is a lot of bodily damage.


        • Your location:Atlanta, GA (in the southeastern USA)

          Age (If you want):30

          How Primal are you:Just beginning. Really, the only thing I've had much success with is the barefoot transition. The rest is coming SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWLY.

          Do you consume dairy:Currently, but I have cut back. The only things I'm having trouble with now are occasional butter and cheese.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Nope.

          Motivator for switching to Primal:My health and fitness. I'm overweight, out of shape, etc. Need to change it.

          Favorite exercise:Shovelglove! Also, barefoot anything.

          Favorite Primal food:scrambled ggs with shredded ham and bacon.

          Best part about being Primal:Still new, so most of it's a work in progress, but my favorite part is my barefoot hiking.

          Worst part about being Primal:Struggling to adjust my eating patterns, and forcing myself to remember I don't have to do cardio every day to be healthy.


          • Hello all I'm 'opticyellow' like the message on the can of tennis balls. I'm exploring the primal blueprint to address an growing issue with candida overgrowth which I believe I am suffering from.

            Your location: California

            Age (If you want): 42

            How Primal are you: Not very just yet.

            Do you consume dairy: You mean today? Yes, but I know it's not good for me.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: The milk I should not be consuming is for the coffee I also should (at least) cut down on!

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Health Reasons

            Favorite exercise: Golf, Tennis, Cycling, Walking, tough to narrow down really.

            Favorite Primal food: Not sure yet, steak??

            Best part about being Primal: Living life without sugar excess.

            Worst part about being Primal: Dietary limitations of foods I've come to to enjoy since a very young age.

            So that's me in a nutshell!


            • Hi there my name is Tim. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who's contributed their "story" to this thread. I've enjoyed reading them and find them insightful and motivating.

              So this is me:

              Your location: San Diego, CA

              Age (If you want): According my birth certificate - 43. According to my mind and body - 25

              How Primal are you: I had been avoiding grains or processed food for years, but I'm relatively new to full on Primal. I eat organic as much as possible.

              Do you consume dairy: Yes: Milk (coffee), Kefir (smoothies) and cottage cheese.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Both. I'm having a cup of Yogi Egyptian Licorice tea at this very moment.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: I wanted to take my already healthy lifestyle to the next level. I originally stumbled on MDA by accident. After reading a bit it made so much sense to me I had to give it a try.

              Favorite exercise: Hiking. I live minutes away from a state park(Torrey Pines) that overlooks the ocean. I hit the trails or the beach 5-6 days a week. I just started SUPing and that's a whole lotta fun too.

              Favorite Primal food: Grain free meatloaf. I make it with 50/50 grass fed beef and organic turkey. I always have some in the fridge.

              Best part about being Primal: Feeling fantastic physically which in turn makes me feel fantastic mentally. I guess it's kinda corny, but I feel like a clean, efficient machine.

              Worst part about being Primal: I wouldn't say there's a worst part.

              Cheers folks, Happy 4th



              • Age (If you want): 27

                How Primal are you: Just started

                Do you consume dairy: No

                Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cup coffee

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss, energy, trying to find the best way to eat

                Favorite exercise: biking, yoga, jogging, hiking

                Favorite Primal food: fish

                Best part about being Primal: dont know yet

                Worst part about being Primal: dont know yet


                • 1. Location : IL

                  Age (If you want): 51

                  How Primal are you: Adopting the Primal Lifestyle with ever increasing enthusiasm.

                  Do you consume dairy: In a limited fashion: greek yogurt, butter, cheese.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, black coffee and herbal sun tea.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Health issues related to an inflammatory condition and being more than 30 lbs overweight

                  Favorite exercise: long walks with my dog, yoga, pilates, biking, swimming-love to move everyday preferably outside

                  Favorite Primal food: poached eggs, pork carnitas, big ass salads for lunch everyday

                  Best part about being Primal: 50 lb weight loss and boundless energy all day long. Sleep like a baby every night. Have never felt better in my entire life.

                  Worst part about being Primal: I can’t think of anything negative about being Primal


                  • Your location: Washington State

                    Age (If you want): 59

                    How Primal are you: about 70/30

                    Do you consume dairy: Very very rare occasion (less than 1x a month)

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee - 2c daily...

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Just need to feel better!

                    Favorite exercise: Boxing, weights

                    Favorite Primal food: nuts & seeds, green vegetables

                    Best part about being Primal: It's sooo intensely terrific not to get the mid afternoon insulin slump!!!! Got rid of my headaches, got rid of my eczema, hardly snore now, lost weight... what is there NOT to say!!!

                    Worst part about being Primal: Well, that's why I'm writing... I need help with "on-the-go" meals for this lifestyle. Due to limited time, I sometimes have to grab whats convenient instead of what's good - mostly because I am consistently running on many different fronts. Since I'm the only "primal" eater in the household, it's still stuffed with things like bread, sandwich makings, etc. (Note: Am working on spouse. <grin>) If I don't spend many hours preparing foods over the weekend, I'm outaluck.

                    I'm pretty resigned to the fact that there WILL be prep for meals that don't fit the 'fast food' paradigm - but there has to be a few things out there that are easy/quick!!!?

                    I cannot eat whole eggs (they completely STOP my digestion) - so thats out as a grab&go meal.

                    Any suggestions!??



                    • Hi there!

                      I've been stalking this website for the past fortnight soaking up all the wonderful wisdom and thought i would take the plunge and join in if it's ok

                      My name is Elaine, discovered Primal Blueprint after looking for info on bile reflux (ewww), after having my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago.... I came across Chris Kresser's 9 Steps to Perfect Health..his take on reflux was really interesting, I wanted to fix this before it got out of hand and don't want to need a prescription from the doc to do it! After a few pages of that, feeling all fired up about how to fix this naturally I came across a link for Mark Sisson...and am so glad I did!

                      I'm a Scottish girl living on the south coast of England, have been a sugar and bad carb junkie all my life and following the birth of my beautiful daughter 5 years ago (I'm now aged 43) this approach to food has nearly wrecked me, I have never lost my 'pregnant' look, not sleeping, hardly any protein in my diet etc.

                      I followed Slimming World for nearly a year and lost nearly 2 stone, this is a really low fat diet, lots of pasta, rice and potatoes etc. It was great when I could get into smaller jeans but it really didn't solve the problem of my binge eating, in fact now I know a bit more about insulin and carbs I can understand that it was probably the worst thing I could have done to myself. I was always hungry too, so is no surprise i couldn't keep the weight off...

                      I started Primal 10 days ago, already I've lost 5lb!! I have a lot of belly fat though and am pleased to say that my profile is already changing (am sure my belly looked smaller after only 3 days)

                      Here are my things

                      Your location: Brighton, England UK

                      Age (If you want): 43

                      How Primal are you: 80%

                      Do you consume dairy: yes, cream and butter

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee, i can't give it up!!

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I read the Primal Blueprint, it made more sense than anything diet-related had in a very long time, it was worth giving it a go as I knew how addicted to bad carbs and sugar i was

                      Favorite exercise: walking

                      Favorite Primal food: big salad, little bit of goats cheese, either mackerel fillets in olive oil or roast chicken or steak leftovers, cherry tomatoes, loads of leaves, celery, toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, red or yellow peppers...covered in EVOO and balsamic vinegar...OMG is to die for

                      Best part about being Primal: I don't feel hungry, my reflux is practically gone already

                      Worst part about being Primal: Am still a little worried I might drop dead from a coronary with all the fat i'm eating, is hard to undo the beliefs drilled into you over a lifetime!

                      thanks for reading


                      • Your location: Sheffield, UK

                        Age (If you want): 36

                        How Primal are you: Getting there, doing the food bit, working towards the rest.

                        Do you consume dairy: Still drink full-fat goat milk in my coffee, eat goat butter, making my own goat milk kefir. Allergic to cow's milk.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Turned down for fibromyalgia pain management help because of high BMI. Exhausted and in constant pain.

                        Favorite exercise: Walking.

                        Favorite Primal food: Cherries.

                        Best part about being Primal: Energy.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Explaining why I'm not eating the bun.


                        • Hello. My name is Mary. I live in Atlanta, GA. I am 48. I just finished Primal Blueprint and have just started my new primal journey. Today I took one step and it was totally primal. My goal is to be fully primal. I do not consume dairy. I drink one cup of coffee per day. I was motivated to switch to primal after readying Primal Blueprint which I just finished today. I was motivated to read the book because I have recently been diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease, Adrenal Stress and hormonal imbalance. I worked out so hard for so long to stay thin, that I burned out my adrenals. I used prescription diet pills to keep from eating. I am now trying to let my body heal naturally. I found a great team of Naturopathic Medial Doctors who have perscribed the right amount of supplements and naturopathic alternatives. I am on my way to having energy, vitality and health again. My favorite exerise is Swimming. My favorite primal food is chicken. The best part about being primal is feeling good. The worst part about being primal is giving up carbs. I am currently eating a gluten free diet with no dairy or soy. I love how I feel without it.


                          • Your location:Australia

                            Age (If you want):36

                            How Primal are you:2 weeks in

                            Do you consume dairy:Milk in my morning coffee, youghurt when at work

                            Do you drink coffee or tea:coffee in the morning, herbal tea

                            Motivator for switching to Primal:20kgs overweight, exercising/low fat diet produced no weight loss - no gain, but no loss either

                            Favorite exercise:Exercise is my bain, drop sugar - easy, drop grains - easy, exercise? still trying to overcome the mental litany of I can't do this - doesn't stop me from doing it, but I don't enjoy it!!

                            Favorite Primal food:Made some yummy meat and spinich muffins, I throw one in my handbag if I go out just incase I'm not home for lunch

                            Best part about being Primal:I'm feeling really great. no more tummy cramps or bloating!

                            Worst part about being Primal:exercise!! hahahaha, and if hunger strikes when I'm out


                            • Your location: Lakewood

                              Age (If you want): 45

                              How Primal are you: Just getting started. trying to maintain a good balance with very low carb. intake. will become better after learning how to shop correctly and make better selections.

                              Do you consume dairy:yes, Cheese, eggs, and more eggs, yogurt.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:1 to 2 cups of coffee and 1 to 2 cups of tea

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: weight control and better living.

                              Favorite exercise:walking, hiking

                              Favorite Primal food:Prime Rib

                              Best part about being Primal:More Prime Rib

                              Worst part about being Primal:cost of Prime Rib


                              • Your location: South Carolina

                                Age (If you want): 18

                                How Primal are you: 99/1 (Very rarely do will I eat anything but primal)

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes, but in small amounts

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: black coffee, on occasion

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I was tired of following conventional diets with little success. With primal eating, I never go hungry, can enjoy meat of all kinds (my favorite), and still be in top shape! Plus the whole better chance of living longer, whatever that means to the average person

                                Favorite exercise: Pullups

                                Favorite Primal food: A fatty, juicy, high-quality steak, preferably large

                                Best part about being Primal: My joint pain, possibly due to inflammation from excessive carb intake, has disappeared entirely. I feel like a kid again! haha

                                Worst part about being Primal: Those moments where you just crave something with 10,000+ grams of sugar but DONT need it.