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  • Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA

    Age: 33

    How Primal are you: 50% on exercise, 90% on food

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, daily Greek Yogurt and heavy cream. Tillamook Cheddar weekly, fancier cheeses occasionally.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Daily coffee, with heavy cream.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: In a moment of inspiration I decided to listen to my body more closely. This started me down the path of primal. I stumbled on MDA, saw it was a great fit, and find the guidelines are a helpful reminder.

    Favorite exercise: Toddler-swings with my 32lb son.

    Favorite Primal food: Eggs, Asparagus, Coconut Oil, Butter, Zucchini

    Best part about being Primal: Food tastes better, simplified diet is mind-clearing.

    Worst part about being Primal: It’s all good


    • Your location: Alexandria, VA

      Age: 26

      How Primal are you: Just getting started, coming up on one week without grains.

      Do you consume dairy: Almost daily; only raw or fermented dairy from pastured, organic cattle.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasionally, one to two cups of black and/or green tea.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been interested in 'food science' for some time. First read The Omnivore's Dilemma approx. 2 years ago. Came across the idea of eating 'paleo' on Reddit which lead to Googling and Mark's Daily Apple. Decided I'd put off eating better for too long and wanted to do something about it.

      Favorite exercise: Hiking/Backpacking

      Favorite Primal food: Beef (100% grass-fed and organic, of course).

      Best part about being Primal: Being able to eat delicious food that's high quality.

      Worst part about being Primal: Having to give up trips to the local pizza joint and my homemade mac n' cheese.


      • Hello everyone,

        My name is Jeri

        I live in Clayton NC

        I am not sure how primal I am but I think I am at least 75% and working my way up to a higher percentage

        I do eat some dairy, mostly cheese but not a lot of it

        I do not drink coffee or tea, I have never liked either one

        I have not started doing any exercises yet I plan on seeing where I need to begin, using the primal fitness guide that I was able to download, this weekend

        I love a good steak with some grilled asparagus ro a nice piece of salmon

        The best part of being primal is that my husband is doing it with me and that makes it easier

        The worst part is I still want diet coke but I have not had one, not even a sip, for 4 weeks.

        My motivation for doing this is that my family is riddled with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure and I do not want to have to deal with those health hazzards, especially the diabetes. My husband decided to join me because 3 days before I began this journey his doctor put him on meds for high cholesterol and told him that his blood sugars were raising and he needed to loose 40 or more pounds. He watched his mother suffer with diabetes and all the complications that go along with it when you refuse to change your diet. She passed away 6 years ago in her early 60's, much to young. He has already lost 20 pounds and is feeling much better and has a tremendous amount of energy. He is loving it. I follow up with my doctor this Tuesday, but I already know my labs are good, they are actually better than they were last year, and as an added bonus I have lost 9 pounds. I also have more energy and feel better, and I also am loving it. My daughter is thinking about going Primal as well. Then I just have my two boys to work on. One lives at home so he eats primally when he eats with us and he does not complain to much.


        • Newly registered on the forum from just north of NYC. Here's my intro:

          Age: 51

          How Primal are you: 70% +/-

          Do you consume dairy: yes, home-made kefir, butter, a little heavy cream

          Do you drink coffee or tea: both, trying to substitute green/oolong tea for coffee most of the time

          Motivator for switching to Primal: concerns about fasting blood sugar, weight, waist size creeping up

          Favorite exercise: swimming, walking, gardening

          Favorite Primal food: veggies

          Best part about being Primal: more constant energy level

          Worst part about being Primal: I miss being able to eat "everything in moderation"

          Maybe its the big "M" but I was putting on weight much easier than in the past plus my annual physical showed big increase in cholesterol & triglycerides (albeit from an insanely healthy level to an enviable but less healthy level) and a fasting blood sugar of 99, which scared me since my husband was diagnosed full Type II Diabetic in June. I'd like to lose a few pounds but I'd be happy to change my body composition to more muscle/less fat. Besides eating low carb, along with my husband, I've been doing body-weight exercises and a 10 min morning ab routine. We've been eating low-carb since mid-June and I've been exercising regularly for a couple of weeks. My pants fit better - yay - but my weight, my fasting blood sugars, and, according to my body composition enabled scale, my body composition are unchanged. Guess that's completely normal. I find that making small changes over time works best so I'll cement the weight bearing routines before adding more walking or whatever. Love this site & the forums - fabulous resource.


          • Hi, greetings from Germany

            Your location: Augsburg, Germany

            Age: 46

            How primal are you: aspiring 100% - I've just started primal eating 6 weeks ago (left away all the grains, legumes, tubers, refined foods)

            Do you consume dairy: I stopped consuming dairy yesterday

            Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee - trying to cut down to 1 cup a day

            Motivator for switching to primal: Desperation! I don't want to feel so sick and tired anymore. I suffer from fatigue and have all kinds of mental problems, like eating disorders, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, insomnia, also had a few psychotic episodes and a seizure a few years ago

            Favorite exercise: walking

            Favorite primal food: I love them all - after having starved myself on a low-fat diet for decades I really love to eat all those good fats now (coconut oil, ghee, olive oil, macadamia nut oil...) and it's also great to eat to satiety

            Best part about being Primal: I almost can't believe how much better I feel since I left away all the grain stuff (for 6 weeks now) - I have more energy, my mood is much better, anxiety/panic is gone, no more trembling/fog in the head/dizziness/feeling like I'm going to collapse any moment and my skin is better, too.

            Worst part about being Primal: I really miss the cream in my coffee...


            • Hi! I am from Gold Coast in Australia

              I am 33

              I am only on day 5 but feel pretty good - a couple of slips ("gluten free, dairy free" cookies sorry!)

              No Dairy

              I do drink black coffee and black & green tea, trying to reduce my coffee as it seems to give me headaches!

              I wanted to try this lifestyle as I always noticed I was bloated after oats and wheat foods and sneezed after drinking milk. I also have the auto-immune skin condition Vitiligo

              I compete in powerlifting under the guidance of my strongman boyfriend.

              My favorite primal food is steak, chicken skin, over ripe bananas, cashews and walnuts.

              I am enjoying not feeling bloated and knowing what I eat is highly nutritious.

              I am missing milk chocolate and peanut butter the most but i know those cravings will subside eventually.


              • Your location: Naples, Florida

                Age (If you want): 27

                How Primal are you: Diet and exercise I'm mostly primal, working on the rest.

                Do you consume dairy: Cheese, cottage cheese, and butter.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Green and herbal teas.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Health.

                Favorite exercise: Walking.

                Favorite Primal food: Cherries.

                Best part about being Primal: I feel a lot better.

                Worst part about being Primal: Comments about how the cholesterol is going to kill me.
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                • Your location: St. Paul, Minnesota

                  Age (If you want): 23

                  How Primal are you: Working my way up to 100%! Right now -- probably around 75%

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes -- cheese and greek yogurt!

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Green Tea mostly once or twice a day!

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm one of those people who has tried everything. I used to look at Primal and think, "No way I could ever do that." I tried it a couple months ago for about a week or two and felt much better than I had in a long time. Less bloating & gas and I felt full all of the time. Got off track for a while, but now I'm back on!

                  Favorite exercise: Lifting heavy things!

                  Favorite Primal food: Just about everything!

                  Best part about being Primal: Feeling great about what I eat / in general and losing the sugar cravings!

                  Worst part about being Primal: Having to explain my lifestyle choice to people who aren't following it and hearing negative feedback.


                  • Your location: USA

                    Age (If you want): 29

                    How Primal are you: 60%

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and tea

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I've suffered from GI issues off and on as long as I can remember. While searching for answers, I came across MDA about a year and a half ago. Although not cured, I feel I can manage my symptoms much better through diet. I've also read a dozen or so paleo/primal books that inspire me to stay motivated. I still carry an extra 10 pounds consistently, but I feel great when I comply with primal and I'm satisfied knowing I have my health.

                    Favorite exercise: Walking

                    Favorite Primal food: Avacados

                    Best part about being Primal: No colds/flus for past 16 months, more energy, less cravings

                    Worst part about being Primal: Living in a non-primal world. I too often give in to eating foods I know I shouldn't.


                    • Your location:
                      vancouver canada

                      Age (If you want):39

                      How Primal are you:
                      almost completely except for the occasional full fat greek yogourt and aged cheese.

                      Do you consume dairy: yes

                      Do you drink coffee or tea:no i only drink water or sometimes sparkling water

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I decided to give it a try to loose weight as a buddy of mine lost so much weight in such a short of time so bunch of my co workers and friends all decided to give it a try. though most of us all lost quite a bit of weight in the two and half month, i am the only one that is still sticking with this. maybe because i am the only one who not only noticed the weight change but my over all improvement of health. depression, mood swing, hypoglycaemic episode, irritable bowel, acid reflex, bloating and insomnia are all gone. and for the first time in my life, food craving has no control over me.

                      Favorite exerciseush up and chin ups. i am never this strong in all my life though i use to work out 3 hours a day just to get fit. for the first time in my life, i can do over 25 push ups and 4 chin ups . can't believe this happened when i am near 40 not 18

                      Favorite Primal food:eggs, bacon, avocado and raspberries

                      Best part about being Primal:happiness, positive attitude and energy

                      Worst part about being Primal:trying to explain your life style to people


                      • Your location: Baton Rouge, LA

                        Age (If you want): 23

                        How Primal are you: 80-90%

                        Do you consume dairy: Nope

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee on occasion, mostly when I am duck hunting

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Gluten Allergy and also to get in shape for life

                        Favorite exercise: As a previous crossfitter my favorite lift was the power clean to press, but since joining primal fitness blueprint, I have found that I am not very bodyweight to weight strong. So i have dropped the weights and are now concentrating on the pull-ups.

                        Favorite Primal food: Ribeye

                        Best part about being Primal: Sustained energy and less/ to almost none gastro problems

                        Worst part about being Primal: I can't eat sandwiches !!


                        • primal for a whole 3 days now- read primal blueprint three times before starting. MDA is loaded with more than enough information-great sight
                          Loc. small town Ohio - Age.. 50 - (male) - How primal.. so far at least 90% - dairy.. very little - coffe/tea no - Motivation for switching.. my belly, success stories, just feels right - Favorite exercise.. jog/hike (cant wait to try grok ball!)- Favorite primal food meat - Best part is just that it fits and sounds right, results will be the best part - Worst part is finding the right foods easily. Lost 20 lbs since Jan 1 but cannot drop anymore. Down to 193 - started jogging more, 193. trained for and ran my first triathlon, 193. ran even more (which meant more carbs), 193. Still have at least 15 to go. I am ready. done4


                          • Your location: Columbus, OH

                            Age (If you want): 25

                            How Primal are you: Just started today!! (Only meat, eggs, veggies and nuts -- so almost 100% Grok?) Feeling hungry, a little groggy, and a little fuzzy-headed

                            Do you consume dairy: No

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Black Coffee (no cream, no sugar)

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to take control of my hunger pangs by not having any, and control my weight without hours and hours of cardio

                            Favorite exercise: Jugging

                            Favorite Primal food: EGGS!!

                            Best part about being Primal: Who knew you could eat bacon and fry some eggs in its grease and lose weight?!

                            Worst part about being Primal: The keto-adaptation stage.... When will it go away!!


                            • Your location: Boise Idaho

                              Age (If you want):50

                              How Primal are you:Very for 30 days now

                              Do you consume dairy:Fermented,butter

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:Coffee

                              Motivator for switching to Primal:Couldnt loose my last roll..Was being very carb conscious but still thought wheat was good!

                              Favorite exercise:Hiking into a lake , but cant do that often! Lift ,PEMs, run a bit LOVE COLD WATER SWIMING, cycling Xcountry ski.

                              Favorite Primal food: DANG! MEAT rocks. but Picture this Gollum when he caught that trout in lord of the rings. All singing and dancing..except i do fry them IN BACON!!!ALWAYS HAVE! AND the fins and tail all crunchy.
                              Best part about being Primal:So far im pushing through that last roll pretty ez!

                              Worst part about being Primal:Have to put more thought into meal prep..but getting easier.Trying to strech grocery dollars..


                              • Your location: I currently live in Eastern WA, near the nation's largest Superfund Clean up site

                                Age (If you want): 45

                                How Primal are you: I just started about 3 weeks ago. 75 to 80% diet, working on the exercises, play and getting enough sleep.

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes! I LOVE cheese. I wanted to lose weight, but hated that most diets said I couldn't eat as much cheese as I wanted. I get grass fed, minimally pasteurized local milk for the family.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea. Earl Grey. I drank coffee until about 8 months ago when I realized that my stomach upset was relieved on a day I didn't drink coffee. Small amount of sugar, no milk.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I keep gaining, slowly, slowly, and I am very frugal so buying new clothes because I am bigger is maddening. I hate being hungry on a diet. Several years ago I realized I did much better in the morning with an egg than I did with cereals. I knew I needed the protein. A friend linked to big farm industry and grains, and when I read a few other articles I could see that this made sense for "my" body. I had all the signs of the sugar rush in the afternoon, feeling shaky and reaching for Triscuits to make it through to dinner. The first 3 days off, I was foggy, but when I took multivitamins and ate almonds and cheese, I felt so much better - and lost 10 lbs without being hungry at all. I got the book from the library and my 12 year old daughter read it with me. (We homeschool, and I think Primal Blueprint will be the basis of the "health" requirement that we need to do for all of my kids as they get to the stage of needing that credit.)

                                Favorite exercise: I really love to swim, but our above ground pool is too small. Running is my back up, biking with kids and playing street hockey.

                                Favorite Primal food: Meats. Beef, really rare with horseradish and good mayo.

                                Best part about being Primal: I am losing weight, I am not hungry, in fact, I need to learn to cut back on the amount I eat as I am feeling too full after meals due to before needing to eat more to get the protein I needed. I have more energy. I don't feel cold all the time.

                                Worst part about being Primal: My kids do animals for 4-H, and it is near impossible to find grainless items to eat at fair for the week we are there. My kids still want comfort foods such as pancakes and waffles. I know I should not worry about recreating them, but, well there are some things that need to be recreated so they don't go off and gorge on carbs as soon as they are out of sight.

                                My hopes: I would like to get down to 125 or so. (I started at 160.) I want to avoid the diabetes, autoimmune diseases and such that seem to run in the family. I really hope that I can convince my type 2 diabetic brother to do this as his prognosis is not looking good for him keeping his feet. I want especially my youngest son who craves carbs and bread constantly to kick the cycle because I see it leading no where good and probably ending up like his uncle. I am looking forward to a winter when I don't need to go to bed at dark because I tended to eat more carbs in the winter to help keep me from feeling cold all the time.

                                Thanks for letting me share.