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  • Your location: Austin, TX

    Age (If you want): 36

    How Primal are you: 95-100%

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, but not daily. Greek yogurt, Kerrygold butter and aged cheddar cheese.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I was morbidly obese (just obese now) and miserable. I live near a very hipster downtown area and am tired of being stared at. I couldn't eat out at a restaurant without getting dirty looks so I stopped going out. I can't wait to be thin enough to go to a restaurant and ENJOY it without worrying about people judging my food choices based on my current weight.

    Favorite exercise: Night walking. Walking at night.

    Favorite Primal food: All beef and butter, anything cow related.

    Best part about being Primal: Feeling good and losing weight without much effort; I love that I can eat things that taste good (like steak and butter and FAT!).

    Worst part about being Primal: None yet, but I hope I don't lose weight and become a fatty hater (or judger) like I've noticed some people do... We all have our own battles to fight and have to start somewhere.

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    • Your location: Berkeley, California

      Age (If you want): 40's

      How Primal are you: beginning, should I say zero?

      Do you consume dairy: cheese yes, milk no

      Do you drink coffee or tea: tea and sometimes espresso shots at work

      Motivator for switching to Primal: weight, health, energy

      Favorite exercise: right now riding my bike, roller skating

      Favorite Primal food: first place goes to grilled veg and after that chicken (I eat all the time) and beef steak (which right now I almost never get.) I think committing to grass-fed, pastured and free-range meats is going to be an enormous benefit, I can't wait to taste the difference.

      Best part about being Primal: I'm not there yet, I hope I feel like the old me, as I remember, a healthy animal. Lately I've just been feeling like an Old Me. Boo.

      Worst part about being Primal: I already know that treating food as an emotional crutch is my problem, so I don't look forward to the fight to keep my frikken chin up when I want to collapse and eat some comfort.

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      • Your location: London, England

        Age (If you want): 22

        How Primal are you: fairly primal, have processed carbohydrates maybe once a week.

        Do you consume dairy: milk from time to time

        Do you drink coffee or tea: both, litres of the former.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: shedding fat.

        Favorite exercise: going for mahoooooosive walks

        Favorite Primal food: roasted chicken on a bed of salad, sometimes the whole chicken!!!

        Best part about being Primal: I love meat, I'm a massive meat eater, and the idea that the main proponent of this diet is meat.. well that's just mega win for me :-)

        Worst part about being Primal: I've still got a lot of "bro-science" engrained in me, eat loads of carbs postworkout to refuel the muscles & stoke the metabolic fire. It's a load of crud, but I still do have the odd bowl of porridge oats from time to time.

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        • nice!

          Originally posted by Sissypants View Post
          Your location: Austin, TX

          Age (If you want): 36

          How Primal are you: 95-100%

          Do you consume dairy: Yes, but not daily. Greek yogurt, Kerrygold butter and aged cheddar cheese.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I was morbidly obese (just obese now) and miserable. I live near a very hipster downtown area and am tired of being stared at. I couldn't eat out at a restaurant without getting dirty looks so I stopped going out. I can't wait to be thin enough to go to a restaurant and ENJOY it without worrying about people judging my food choices based on my current weight.

          Favorite exercise: Night walking. Walking at night.

          Favorite Primal food: All beef and butter, anything cow related.

          Best part about being Primal: Feeling good and losing weight without much effort; I love that I can eat things that taste good (like steak and butter and FAT!).

          Worst part about being Primal: None yet, but I hope I don't lose weight and become a fatty hater (or judger) like I've noticed some people do... We all have our own battles to fight and have to start somewhere.
          So proud of you! I totally know how you feel! Let's keep in touch and keep each other motivated!

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          • Location: Let's just say a not very large city somewhere in Europe (in case I do end up posting IMU pics on the before and after thread; I want to feel like I can recommend colleagues to this site without fear).

            Age (If you want): 40 for just a few months – still adjusting. And I tell you seeing all the smokin' hot 40+ folks on this site has made me feel much better about the whole deal.

            Degree of Primalness and dairy/caffeine consumption: Just starting down the path to primalness and decided to try not to give up everything at once - my penchant for perfectionism having bitten me on the ass more than once (actually many, many times). I said goodbye to sugar and grain with dry eyes. OK, I might have choked back a sob as I binned the last of the sourdough rosemary bread (do you blame me?), but I did it and moved on. They weren’t good to me. And dairy, I suspect dairy is little better, but I’m just not ready to let go, you know? It’s the dairy-caffeine combo that gets me out of bed in the morning – that and my dog. We walk to a very dog-friendly cafe about 15 minutes from my house (with frequent pauses for sniffing and other important business) and there we stand, eyeing the barista with the same intense look of expectation until she hands over the goods: for my dog, some sort of unpalatable looking pellet that is, appearances not withstanding, pretty darn delicious if you’re a dog and for me a goat’s milk latte with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon on top, which is the highlight of my day and hopefully not quite so bad for me as a cow’s milk latte. And then there’s cheese. I moved to this country for the cheese and the tall men! I will kick them to the curb eventually (dairy, not the tall men), but not just yet.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I want (and need!) to lose some weight, but the #1 reason I’m doing this is to recover some sense of well-being and the desire and energy to do more than the bare minimum it takes to survive – keep my job, a roof over my head and the lights on. I’m a veteran of Atkins and the Zone and have come to the stunning but kind of obvious conclusion that I felt better on those diets not so much because I was getting thinner (although that didn’t hurt) but because the whole mechanism was working better, including the part that controls the happy chemicals. Ding! I read the Primal Blueprint in one sitting (well, actually I wasn’t even sitting; I was lying down) and it made total sense…except for a few small things that I’m willing to take on faith.

            Favorite exercise: Kettlebells – swings, cleans, snatches, squats, presses, deadlifts, farmer carrys, turkish get ups – well, you get the idea. Debated about the expense of getting a trainer, but god bless the man, he’s one of three people who can reliably motivate me out of bed - along with the barista and my boss (at a rather distant third).

            Favorite Primal food: Bacon makes everything better, but avocados are pretty awesome too.

            Best part about being Primal: I’m hoping that it will be having more energy and not feeling such a slave to food, oh and also being able to breathe freely through my nose at night (got a bit of an Afrin addiction to kick too).

            Worst part about being Primal: All my friends are full or aspiring vegetarians or married to vegetarians and they think I’m nuts...except maybe the 'married to vegetarians', who I think are actually a little envious. Plus I work in a field which is lousy with anti-carnivores (“Do you know what all those cow farts are doing to the planet?! We’re all going to fry and it’s your fault, you irresponsible meateater, you!).
            My primal journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread63591.html

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            • Hello!

              The Questions:


              Your location: UK

              Age (If you want): 21

              How Primal are you: Treading lines...I exclude most of the foods on the list (except for dairy and gluten free grains...); I just need to ensure that I cook a decent meal of protein.

              Do you consume dairy: Yep. But I've been going over the top on dairy this year, so I'm experimenting with eating it much less...but then I end up eating too many almonds :O

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Nope, and nope. I savour my natural energy (well, it's provided by thyroid meds, but still...)

              Motivator for switching to Primal: I have a weird, but really interesting stomach condition which some people in science know about but don't really understand, so my diet is one great experiment which was more or less perfect last year (but not Paleo) and then went haywire this year. I have to eat every three hours, and I would really rather not regurgitate as frequently as I have been.

              Favorite exercise: swimming

              Favorite Primal food: I tried the paleo oatmeal... I love it!

              Best part about being Primal: I feel healthy, and eating out with a stomach condition, on a Paleo diet, is actually much easier than it was when I was afraid of everything on the menu. Now I just pick the fish or meat, and it comes fairly plain which equals digestion!

              Worst part about being Primal: Working out how and what to eat every three hours again...I can't follow the 'only eat when you're hungry rule'.

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              • Hello, friends! Looking forward to interacting with you. I am very excited about the paleo/primal life style, and I have lots of questions and maybe even some answers.

                The Questions:


                Your location: Portland, Oregon

                Age (If you want): 28

                How Primal are you: I try to be very strict with my diet, as much as my wallet and willpower allow.

                Do you consume dairy: I try to avoid it, but do not beat myself up if I consume some.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, but I am weaning myself off of it. I used to drink two pots of coffee a day (or more!), and am currently down to 1-2 cups per day in the mornings. As with any addiction, quitting is a process.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: I was vegan for 15 years, and doing everything "right," but began gaining more and more weight despite constant low fat dieting. After I heard about Primal/Paleo from another ex-vegan, I dared myself to try it. The excess weight began melting away, and I immediately felt considerably healthier and more energetic. The rest is history!

                Favorite exercise: Yoga, long walks with my dog

                Favorite Primal food: Homemade kale chips, acorn squash, chanterelles that I forage myself!

                Best part about being Primal: Digestive issues have completely gone away. I used to deal with daily unpleasantness, and it miraculously disappeared, especially after I removed *BOTH* legumes and grains from my diet. I've actually tried adding back one or the other, and it does not work for me.

                Worst part about being Primal: Being on a strict diet can make it difficult to enjoy eating out with family and friends. It's hard when they skeptically ask the same questions over and over about my funny "dinosaur" diet. However, researching and answering all of their questions have made me pretty smart about primal/paleo and LC, so maybe it isn't so bad.

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                • Originally posted by TheEscapeArtist View Post
                  Worst part about being Primal: All my friends are full or aspiring vegetarians or married to vegetarians and they think I’m nuts...except maybe the 'married to vegetarians', who I think are actually a little envious. Plus I work in a field which is lousy with anti-carnivores (“Do you know what all those cow farts are doing to the planet?! We’re all going to fry and it’s your fault, you irresponsible meateater, you!).
                  I can totally relate with this. Portland, Oregon is a huge vegetarian/vegan hot spot right now, and it can be difficult to not butt-up against the people around me. Because I used to be a vegan, I simply say this: "I was vegan for a long time, and then I went paleo. It's the next step."

                  Also, if they start talking about cow farts and you are feeling sassy, you can crack some jokes about vegan farts. A friend of mine once wrote a comic about a vegan superhero who got her way by clearing the room with classic-vegan bad gas. Her fuel: re-fried beans and dried apricots. Very funny!

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                  • Your location: Chatham, Ontario

                    Age (If you want): 25

                    How Primal are you: Doing really well right now while I'm on vacation... we'll see how it goes when I go back to work!

                    Do you consume dairy: A former milk-aholic, I found I couldn't handle yogurt anymore, got rid of the homogenized milk shortly after that. Pretty much just cheese and butter.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm trying to drink more tea.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, energy, weight loss

                    Favorite exercise: Squats and sprints

                    Favorite Primal food: Bacon, Butter, Sweet Potatoes

                    Best part about being Primal: Bacon, Butter and feeling good all the time

                    Worst part about being Primal: No more Reese' cups!

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                    • Your location:Oklahoma
                      Age (If you want): 24
                      How Primal are you: Just beginning!
                      Do you consume dairy: Oh my, yes!
                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Never
                      Motivator for switching to Primal: To be healthier overall
                      Favorite exercise: Walking
                      Favorite Primal food: Salmon
                      Best part about being Primal: Knowing that I am not "dieting" but eating better quality food (and just as much food) and still improving my health.
                      Worst part about being Primal: I have 24 years worth of bad habits to break.

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                      • Originally posted by Opera View Post
                        Also, if they start talking about cow farts and you are feeling sassy, you can crack some jokes about vegan farts. A friend of mine once wrote a comic about a vegan superhero who got her way by clearing the room with classic-vegan bad gas. Her fuel: re-fried beans and dried apricots. Very funny!
                        He He. I love the superhero idea. I'll work on my vegan fart quips. Thanks for the tip! BTW when I was in Delhi after they'd launched a huge initiative to convert buses and trishaws to compressed natural gas, the CNG symbols were everywhere - including on the back of the rickshaws! Got a huge kick out of it at the time. But maybe not so far from the truth given the largely vegan diet
                        My primal journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread63591.html

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                        • Originally posted by timconradinc View Post
                          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.



                          The Questions:


                          Your locationerry, N.Ireland

                          Age (If you want):50

                          How Primal are you:mostly

                          Do you consume dairy:no

                          Do you drink coffee or tea:coffee

                          Motivator for switching to Primal:to lose weight having witnessed a workmate do really well by going primal

                          Favorite exercise:kettle bells !

                          Favorite Primal food:eggs cooked any way !
                          Best part about being Primal:its soooo easy !


                          Worst part about being Primal:
                          havent really found anything so far to say negative

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                          • Originally posted by TheBross View Post
                            Your location: Chatham, Ontario
                            Age (If you want): 25
                            How Primal are you: Doing really well right now while I'm on vacation... we'll see how it goes when I go back to work!
                            Do you consume dairy: A former milk-aholic, I found I couldn't handle yogurt anymore, got rid of the homogenized milk shortly after that. Pretty much just cheese and butter.
                            Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm trying to drink more tea.
                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, energy, weight loss
                            Favorite exercise: Squats and sprints
                            Favorite Primal food: Bacon, Butter, Sweet Potatoes
                            Best part about being Primal: Bacon, Butter and feeling good all the time
                            Worst part about being Primal: No more Reese' cups!
                            Once you become fully fat adapted, you can make & enjoy your own home made primal Reese' Pieces or Reese' Cups...
                            "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
                            "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
                            "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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                            • The Questions:


                              Your location: South Dakota

                              Age (If you want): 44

                              How Primal are you: 95% since 12/26/2011

                              Do you consume dairy: heavy cream, butter & occasionally some raw cheese

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee w/ heavy cream, coconut milk & stevia or Tulsi tea w/ coconut milk

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: 3 yr breast cancer survivor (not hormone driven but lifestyle & envir. driven IMO), keeping any other disease processes at bay

                              Favorite exercise: walking & mini tramp

                              Favorite Primal food: slow-cooker, fall-off-the-bone-tender roast beast (I mean beef!)

                              Best part about being Primal: reactions from others, improved health, no more belly-aches,

                              Worst part about being Primal: when I bake bread for the non-primals in my house
                              Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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                              • Stephanie

                                Your location: Saint John, New Brunswick (Atlantic Canada)

                                Age:44

                                How Primal are you: I'm pretty close to 80/20 all the time. (Since April 2011)

                                Do you consume dairy: A shot of plain Kefir every morning. Plain greek yogurt and cheese occasionally. High fat cream in my coffee when I don't have access to my coconut oil.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: 2 cups of joe every morning blended with organic virgin coconut oil. Peppermint tea afternoon and evening.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: to lose 10 lbs and maximize my health.

                                Favorite exercise: cycling, hiking, body pump

                                Favorite Primal food: eggs, avocados, sardines, organic chicken liver...oh and of course BACON!

                                Best part about being Primal: being lean and muscular with clear skin, lots of energy and vibrant health.

                                Worst part about being Primal: The frustration of knowing that conventional wisdom is so flawed and watching people continue to eat the wrong things and expecting to see results.
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                                Age: 44, 5' 2", SW: 128 lbs, CW: 118 lbs, Primal since April 2011

                                “Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.“
                                ~Erma Bombeck

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