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  • Hi everyone, super excited to finally be approved on here! I am new new new to primal living (1 week!) but so far I'm loving the change and reveling in it.

    Your location: Wichita, KS

    Age (If you want): 21

    How Primal are you: 75%? I've only just begun, and have almost entirely cut out grains, but my palate is still adjusting to natural sweetness so the few times I've tried a primal dessert I've ended up adding some sugar to make it edible. Whoops!

    The last real "grain" item I need to give up is potato bread, which we've been buying gobs of lately, before I decided to go primal. I'm still eating the occasional turkey sandwich, but I've cut down from two sandwiches to one and I'm loading up on extra turkey.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, though I have gone to Vitamin D for milk (from Skim & 1%, my mom thinks I'm mental), and I've been using heavy cream when I want something more filling. I'm also still enjoying cheese, but I'd like to taste a raw milk variety to see if I could switch. Unfortunately, raw dairy is not particularly plentiful 'round these parts.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: My big guilty pleasure lately has been an Iced Coffee drink that comes in cartons at the store, which unfortunately is loaded with sugar. I'm planning on using up what I have and trying to make something myself that's just as good.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I've rarely been self conscious about my weight since I'm a pretty confident, self-assured kind of person, but I'm realizing that a lot of my attitude towards food has been really naive and uninformed. I've never dieted, but I definitely had in the back of my mind the conventional wisdom ideas that if I wanted to lose weight, I'd have to go vegetarian, or low-fat, or start counting calories, and I know myself well enough to realize that I would never stick with that in the long run. The primal blueprint is something I can definitely do, the transition has been practically painless and I'm eating more delicious foods than ever AND still losing weight, it's been melting off!

    Favorite exercise: Walking/Hiking, I've embraced the "park really far away from everything" lifestyle change and it's been great so far, with the bonus that I'm getting my Vitamin D while I walk across the hot parking lot!

    Favorite Primal food: Steeeeaaaaaaaak. This week, I learned how to cook a steak! Most people on here would probably retch at how "brown" mine are, but man are they tasty. Also, raw macadamia nuts are the STUFF.

    Best part about being Primal: Energy! The comparison between how I feel after eating a huge bowl of pasta to how I feel after eating a big steak and a pile of vegetables is ridiculous. Also, my dad is diabetic and has been incredibly supportive of my trying out this new lifestyle, I'm hoping to eventually wean him off of grains entirely. He's just over the moon that I want to cook meat and vegetables for us every night.

    Worst part about being Primal: Confusion about what to buy! Just about everything I go to purchase I'm left scratching my head, mainly because of the limited options at the grocery store. I'm still buying relatively un-primal meats, but I'm trying to work within my current budget and if an when I can afford to go more organic, I will. I like to think that the organic part is just the icing on the cake, so to speak, of eating primally, so for now I'm just happy to be eating more meat and veg, even if it isn't top quality.

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    • Morning/Evening All
      Your location: Melbourne, Australia - Originally from the UK, have been in Australia for 3 years (2yrs Brisbane/ 1yr Melbourne)

      Age (If you want): 27

      How Primal are you: Very strick for the first 30, now more like 60/40 (I know need to work harder!) have been doing this for 6-7 weeks so far, so still very new!

      Do you consume dairy: Yes. whole milk in Morning coffee, cheese now and again.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both and green tea

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Read Paleo Solution then found Marks Primal book, just made sense to me.

      Favorite exercise: Boxing/Cardio circuit training (I know this isnt primal but like classes) - but want to get more into Lifting and more play.

      Favorite Primal food: Steak followed closly by Bacon/Eggs!!

      Best part about being Primal: More energy, sleep better. less bloated.

      Worst part about being Primal: I miss beer/pizza

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      • Your location: New Zealand

        Age (If you want): 33

        How Primal are you: About 90%. Been doing it about months now

        Do you consume dairy: Little bit but trying to have less each week

        Do you drink coffee or tea: only herbal tea

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Was introduced to it by Crossfit coaches - the promise of more energy had the biggest appeal

        Favorite exercise: Crossfit

        Favorite Primal food: Almond Butter - favorite food ever

        Best part about being Primal: More energy, better moods

        Worst part about being Primal: That friends/workmates think I have an eating disorder because I am careful about what I put in my body and bring primal lunches to work instead of a pie!

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        • The Questions:


          Your location: Kuwait

          Age (If you want): 41

          How Primal are you: Pretty much. I'm doing the whole30 right now, and it's working like gangbusters so I might just stay like this forever (or as much as possible in a real world.)

          Do you consume dairy: Not at the moment, but I do miss yogurt and cheese. I understand you can make yogurt and yogurt cheese out of coconut milk, and I expect to be giving that a go as soon as this whole30 is over.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink a cup of black coffee, every morning. I could probably do without it, at this point, but I enjoy it so much (*cough* ADDICT *cough* PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPENDENCE *cough*) that I am not too eager to try.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to be able to live a long time, and enjoy my life. I have been searching for years for a diet/lifestyle that works for my body. It wasn't working right. It's working much better now.

          Favorite exercise: Dancing.

          Favorite Primal food: It's a toss-up between steak and avocado. LOVE smoothies, too.

          Best part about being Primal: Not having swollen/bloated feet and hands! I used to have pitting edema in the tops of my feet and hands at the end of every day. I still retain a little bit of water in my extremities, but not anything near to what I used to. Also, I can now go up stairs without running out of breath!

          Worst part about being Primal: Living in Kuwait, it's very difficult to find food that even has proper labels. Is my meat grass fed? Not a snowball's chance in hell. Are my veggies organic? Sometimes, when they are identified, I buy them, but I also buy whatever I need to to manage my family. It's a desert, man. Not a lot of pasturing land, you know? But seriously, I got used to this super-quick. It doesn't seem a pain at all. I can't wait for my coconut aminos to arrive. I really miss soy sauce in cooking, though.

          Thanks, and Hello!

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          • Hi there.

            Your location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

            Age (If you want): 57

            How Primal are you: Brand new and learning.

            Do you consume dairy: Yes, attempt to get Raw dairy when possible. Plan to raise my own dairy animals in the future.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee sometimes

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Maintain weight after diet.

            Favorite exercise: Not sure I have one. Hope to horseback in the future.

            Favorite Primal food: So far Chili

            Best part about being Primal: Good food.

            Worst part about being Primal: too new to know.

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            • Hello! Yay, my first post!
              I live in southern CA and am 53 (!) years young. Right now I would say I'm 100% primal. I've just come off a whole 30 challenge and am still following that plan (except for the honey I added to the granola I made) I don't consume dairy (but I may soon) and I definitely drink coffee!

              I love the health benefits from eating this way. I no longer take cholesterol meds and my numbers are spot on! My favorite exercise is no exercise but if I have to name one, I'd say walking. As far as fav primal food, I guess it depends on my mood. I made some wonderful granola and am thrilled to have cereal for breakfast (with almond milk)

              Best part about primal is trying new foods I would never have eaten before. The worst part is all the prep I have to do for all meals.

              Well, I hope my post isn't a snooze fest. Thanks for reading!

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              • The Questions:


                Your location: Tropical Florida

                Age (If you want): 29

                How Primal are you: Starting out

                Do you consume dairy: Not straight up milk, but cheese and sometimes yogurt

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Both

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Husband looking for a new diet

                Favorite exercise: Pilates (used to do gymnastics/dance so I don't feel like I work out unless I'm pointing my toes)

                Favorite Primal food: Not sure yet

                Best part about being Primal: Having more energy

                Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain it to other people

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                • Your location: New York State

                  Age (If you want): 29

                  How Primal are you: just starting out...so maybe 75%?

                  Do you consume dairy: yes. whole fat greek yogurt, whole milk in my coffee, sometimes cheese and ice cream.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: yes! with raw honey and whole milk.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: my kids. I want them to grow up in a healthy attitude about food house....and I'd really like to fix some of my stomach issues.

                  Favorite exercise: Hiking or long walks with my family.

                  Favorite Primal food: avocado hands down.

                  Best part about being Primal: not there yet! but I do love that when my daughter asks "what is this made out of?" I can say "it's just that...grapes are grapes, bananas are bananas"

                  Worst part about being Primal: I love breads and baked goods....an cutting them out feels incredibly daunting.

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                  • Originally posted by Betorq View Post
                    Once you become fully fat adapted, you can make & enjoy your own home made primal Reese' Pieces or Reese' Cups...
                    I'm looking forward to that - I need to get my head around eating dark chocolate again, but I imagine a primal version would be delicious

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                    • Your location:Tennessee

                      Age (If you want):soon to be 45

                      How Primal are you: I started converting to Primal in Feb 2012. In the past 3 months I would say I have been at 95% Primal

                      Do you consume dairy:Just Heavy Cream with coffee

                      Do you drink coffee or tea:coffee

                      Motivator for switching to Primal:I have Celiac and after a bad reaction to some gluten free crud and worsening health, I found out a GI Dr in Chicago was advocating Celiac's follow a diet of unprocessed meat, vegetables, and fruit, due to so many Celiac's having problems with a gluten free diet....I was curious enough to give it a try.

                      Favorite exercise: Walking in the mountains, riding my motorcycle.

                      Favorite Primal food: mmmmmm meat in all it's wonderful forms!!!

                      Best part about being Primal: Doing my n=1 to optimize my health, it appeals to the scientist in me.

                      Worst part about being Primal: Finding safe places eat.

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                      • Hello!!

                        Your location: London (south east)

                        Age (If you want): 21

                        How Primal are you: 1 year on and off. Started off very well, fell off bandwagon about 3 months ago but getting back into the swing of things

                        Do you consume dairy: cheese more than I feel i should

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: nope

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: wanting to be the healthiest person i can be.

                        Favorite exercise: burpees!! (perhaps not favourite, but gives me the greatest sense of reward after completing 100!)

                        Favorite Primal food: all meats, eggs, avocados

                        Best part about being Primal: eating the foods i love and feeling fitter for it

                        Worst part about being Primal: living with others who aren't primal- being surrounded by carbs!! grrr

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                        • Your location: South Suburbs of Chicago

                          Age (If you want): 30

                          How Primal are you: I've been Primal for a month now and feel that I'm doing quite well.

                          Do you consume dairy: I've cut out milk but I'm occasionally eating greek yogurt and I love cheese so that's definitely not getting cut out, but I'm trying to cut back.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasionally

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: My mother and her brother were both diagnosed with Celiac Disease 2-3 years ago. They both have a plethora of health problems between them and now we know it's essentially due to their gluten allergy. I've not had clinical signs of intolerance or Celiac but I told my mom I was just going to be gluten free. I've been obese my entire life and have never had any energy. I've felt like I was in a haze forever. So I needed to do something drastic. Plus, my dogs are raw fed. I finally decided to feed myself as well as I feed my dogs.

                          Favorite exercise: Walking my 6 dogs. I do it in 3 different shifts. It takes a while, as you could imagine.

                          Favorite Primal food: Recently it's been the amazing Portobello mushrooms I've been cooking. But I absolutely love making brussel sprout chips. Salty buttery goodness. Ok and the almond butter I made... yeah it's too hard to choose LOL

                          Best part about being Primal: Salt, I love that since I'm not eating processed foods, I can add salt to my foods now. I used to go without, in most cases.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Pizza. I love me some Chicago Pizza.

                          I started a month ago and I feel so good I don't know what to do with myself. I've lost 18# and am already down 2 pants sizes. I've been telling everyone I know about it and hoping they want to join me. My Aunt just completed her first week and is doing well!! I just want everyone to know about being Primal!

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                          • Your location: Perth, Australia

                            Age (If you want): 35

                            How Primal are you: I'm still learning about it and probably only a small part primal so far.

                            Do you consume dairy: With my tea and coffee, yoghurt.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Just the urge to be a healthier person.

                            Favorite exercise: Hmmmm don't have one yet. I do like a nice walk though.

                            Favorite Primal food: I really like the user submitted Primal Banana Pancakes. And so did the kids.

                            Best part about being Primal: I guess I'll find out when I get into it properly.

                            Worst part about being Primal: I miss bread!

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                            • Your location: North Bergen, NJ

                              Age (If you want):47

                              How Primal are you: I just read the book and started a week ago. Trying to keep carbs between 50 and 100 grams.

                              Do you consume dairy: yes. love fage yogurt. just switched to whole milk fage. eat raw cheese when I can

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf tea and coffee

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: lost about 40 pounds logging my food in dailyburn, working out hard, watching carbs, but couldn't get below 140. Trying this to see if it works.

                              Favorite exercise: boot camp classes, zumba, running

                              Favorite Primal food: love a big salad

                              Best part about being Primal: don't feel hungry

                              Worst part about being Primal: I used to be a vegetarian so I feel bad about eating the animals

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                              • Your location: Oklahoma

                                Age (If you want): will be 50 in a couple weeks

                                How Primal are you: Not exclusively but I see the value of it.

                                Do you consume dairy: I'm lactose intolerant so I don't drink milk, and I can't tolerate much ice cream, but I love cheese, yogurt, butter, etc.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Health. I've been moving towards the Paleo diet for a couple of years but haven't been all that successful because I love bread. I saw the movie "Fat Head" about six months ago on Netflix at the urging of my son and a lightbulb went off. It was about that time that I started feeling bad when I ate bread anyway, so that was the first to be cut back. Recently I've been sick and tired of being fat so I guess that's another motivator.

                                Favorite exercise: Gardening, swimming

                                Favorite Primal food: I love everything about pigs, they are awesome. I love meat in general, but I guess if I had to only eat one thing it would be apples.

                                Best part about being Primal: I pretty much love to eat so it's great that I can eat as much as I want as long as it's low carb.

                                Worst part about being Primal: Not eating bread. But it doesn't agree with me anymore anyway so it's okay.

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