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  • Your location: Windsor, CO

    Age (If you want): 69

    How Primal are you: One month+ and dedicated!

    Do you consume dairy: only full-cream greek style, some cheese

    Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Sugar and carbs have always been my enemy; I am not only 25 lbs. overweight, but have arthritis in my hands and feet, have always had trouble with constipation and get migraines from too much sugar. I've already seen a difference in my overall health since switching.

    Favorite exercise: walking

    Favorite Primal food: eggs and bacon

    Best part about being Primal: my energy level is going up.

    Worst part about being Primal: going through the detox period and getting rid of years crud caused by carbs.


    • Your Location: Melbourne Australia

      Age: 42

      How primal are you? Currently half way through day 2

      Do you consume Dairy? I had some butter yesterday. Usually I eat a lot of dairy, but suspect its something I shouldn't be eating due to sinus problems, so it's something I want to experiment with.

      Do you drink tea or coffee? No, I have never liked either.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been suffering from a severe lack of energy and motivation for a while now so increased health, weight loss, and the possibility of reducing my epilepsy medications if all goes well.

      Favourite exercise: Remembering I'm only on day 2, I can only say I like stretching exercises as I used to be a dancer, so stretching my muscles still feels good.

      Favourite primal food: not sure yet

      Best part of being Primal: hopefully more energy

      Worst part of being primal: I'm expecting a really bad detox period and also as a chocolate addict I am still not convinced I can cope without it.


      • Intro for LazyKitty & LazyDog

        Your location: King City, CA moving to Hemet, CA (7 hours South) December 1.

        Age (If you want): LK: 64 LD: 65

        How Primal are you: We began eating Primal in May, NO exercise just food changes. It works even if you jump off, which we did every time we traveled (about 10 days a month).

        Do you consume dairy: Heavy cream with 1 cup of coffee, ususally every other day or so. I am trying to quit, so I limit my intake to just 1 cup and enjoy the heck out it! LD will probably never quit.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes and lots of water.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 8 months after we retired. He did external radiation therapy; 6 months later his PSA went down to 2.9 (began at 6.0); 6 months passed PSA=3.2, an increase. Docs concerned but not worried, well I was worried! Began searching the internet, found Gary Taubes book, and then Paleo info then Primal Blueprint. OK, we can and will do this. August 1, his PSA=1.5!! Hooray.

        I said if his PSA went down, we would begin the exercise portion of PB.

        Favorite exercise: Wall squats; although my knees complain a lot, I am ignoring them. LD likes the pushups (big showoff).

        Favorite Primal food: Bacon, without a doubt and no guilt! Woohoo.

        Best part about being Primal: Knowing that we are giving our bodies the fuel to fight any and all invaders, who attempt to shorten out life spans.

        Worst part about being Primal: I miss bread, he misses cookies.

        Thank you for being the light at the end of the tunnel. We really appreciate it.

        Favorite saying:

        If you always DO what you always DID,
        You will always GET what you always GOT. Be flexible, CHANGE is GOOD.


        • Your location: Chicago

          Age (If you want): 28

          How Primal are you: About 80% I'd say. I eat mostly organic veggies and fruit, I eat a lot of fish, and mostly try to eat grass-fed meat, but that isn't always the case. I'm in my third week now, so still adjusting.

          Do you consume dairy: Yes. I have cheese maybe once a week with a meal, and use half and half occasionally.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: I tried tea out, and apparently I'm not very fond of it. I drink coffee occasionally, maybe once or twice a week.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: There are about 6 other people in my office who are Primal. I kept hearing them talking about it and asked one of them a few questions. Next thing I knew a couple of them had an intervention with me, and I was sold on the idea. My husband and I are doing pretty well with it. He's lost about 6 lbs, I've lost about 3.

          Favorite exercise: I like Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Love that it's a short workout, but it's no where near easy.

          Favorite Primal food: This is a hard one. I love to eat steak and eggs, but I also loooove strawberries.

          Best part about being Primal: I feel great. Not schlumpy, bloated, and all around feeling crappy like I used to.

          Worst part about being Primal: Hmm, watching my coworkers eat pie and cake, and pizza from Giordanos. I still have to use lots of willpower.


          • Just read the book and am ready to start the 21 day challenge. Today is day 1 of a new life.

            Your location: Cape Cod Mass.

            Age (If you want): 37

            How Primal are you: Day one today....a work in progress

            Do you consume dairy: Yup...but had my coffee black today

            Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee....probably to much

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Read the Primal Blueprint and it made sense to me....we are animals and the processed food is going to kill us off I think

            Favorite exercise: treadmill

            Favorite Primal food: steak or chicken

            Best part about being Primal: hopefully a heathier lifestlye

            Worst part about being Primal: get back to ya


            • Hi! REALLY enjoying this site and benefitting from the information. I know he drill - here's my story in a nutshell:

              Location: Phoenix

              Age: 43

              How Primal are you: 70-80%, depending on whether the Dbacks are in a home stand

              Do you consume dairy: Yes - heavy cream in my coffee and occasional cheese in what Mark calls a "big ass salad". Not much more beyond that.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. One HUGE cup every day (probably 20oz)

              Motivator for switching to Primal: wanted to find a way to eat that would not only be healthy AND easy to follow, but I need to believe that it will get me out of the rut of metabolic syndrome and heart disease my family experiences.

              Favorite exercise: Running, but I ruined my feet and knees with competitive running in HS and college, so I'm constantly getting injured when I try to get going again. I'm really enjoying CrossFit, though, and hope to correct whatever mechanical imbalances I have so I can eventually SPRINT!

              Favorite Primal food: ribeye, steak, or just about anything that used to moo.

              Best part about being Primal: it just feels right in every possible way.

              Worst part about being Primal: my family is not on board -yet.


              • Your location: Phoenix

                Age (If you want): 58

                How Primal are you: Pretty darn primal.

                Do you consume dairy: Sometimes... Or no sugar almond milk.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 weak cup per day now. Caffeine stimulates insulin.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: The tsunami of obesity, and I gained weight this year...

                Favorite exercise: Walking, running, swimming, hiking, worrying.

                Favorite Primal food: Eggplant, okra, onions, kale, garlic, fish, meat, nuts, eggs.

                Best part about being Primal: More energy, clearer mind. The only way to lose weight.

                Worst part about being Primal: Can't grab fast food. You have to get the chicken at Costco...

                Good noc, folks.


                • Hi Everyone

                  I am Marta, I am from Poland and I sure am primal right now.
                  I am a mom of a yo, i train heavy and mean and i am a runner too.
                  I've been struggling with my weight and my health since i remember, right now i am on my way to happy bouncy healthy and fit. But it took me a long time. Various diets, crash diets (like dukan which was the worst), than i started some weightlifting and found out that it is better. than i started paying more attention on WHAT i eat.
                  and here i am

                  I currently weigh about 70 kg (164cm tall) i already lost about 10 since eating clean with proper amount of fats and proteins, my carbs are around 50 - 150 (150 on training days)

                  Your location: Warsaw Poland (so I will be writin at wicked hours for most of you )

                  Age (If you want): 34

                  How Primal are you: right now - 100% (with a little dairy though) i used to eat clean (whole grain that is ) than I decided to ditch grains. and I am blooming right now.

                  Do you consume dairy: yup, but home made cottage cheese and sour milk from a happy cow i buy kefir (is rthat the English word for it?)

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, though i reduced coffees to max 1

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: my brother. He switched primal a year ago (he is a sporty type, he's always been but he ate macdonalds and other junk food, he switched primal and puff all his problems are gone and he is truly a beast now)

                  Favorite exercise: jerk&clean. plus I am a runner, I plan to run a marathon next year

                  Favorite Primal food: beef jerky.

                  Best part about being Primal: my skin! and the way i feel right now

                  Worst part about being Primal: my work collegues. geez.


                  • The Questions:

                    Your location:


                    Age (If you want):


                    How Primal are you:

                    Just starting so just learning, think I'm doing ok so far...

                    Do you consume dairy: cheese, oh cheese :-) butter, yogurt, cream, sour cream & a little bit of milk (very little now I don't eat cereal)

                    Do you drink coffee or tea:

                    tea, usually peppermint

                    Motivator for switching to Primal:

                    need to lose weight!

                    Favorite exercise:

                    I enjoy pad work in the gym & walking my dog

                    Favorite Primal food:


                    Best part about being Primal:
                    you can eat lots of good stuff

                    Worst part about being Primal:



                    • Hi Primal People, I have been lurking for the past week and I am looking forward to the accountability on the boards. I am only primal for 8 days, my man and son are not. Still have pasta lurking about in the pantry. I am making dinner a primal event to get them used to this lifestyle. I don't want my son to grow up to be a part of the epidemic of obesity, and I need for his Dad to be healthy and in our lives for a very long time. My weight loss goal is modest from my current 160 lbs to 140.

                      The Questions:

                      Your location: Atlanta, GA

                      Age (If you want): 48 in 10 more days!

                      How Primal are you:90%

                      Do you consume dairy: Half and half in my coffee, cook with butter, and I enjoy cheese on my BAS

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Love both, coffee in the morning and peppermint tea in the afternoon

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I am going back to work next week after taking 3 months off (= 10 pounds). I need the extra energy!

                      Favorite exercise: Walking/hiking while my 3 yo son rides his bike.

                      Favorite Primal food: Meat!!

                      Best part about being Primal: The energy, I have been back on for 8 days and can already feel the surge.

                      Worst part about being Primal: Last night, I was craving a beer and/or a chocolate chip cookie! I settled for sharing a banana with my son. Giving in last night would have derailed 8 days of hard work.


                      • Already two weeks Primal!

                        Your location: Ioannina (very temporaly), Greece

                        Age (If you want): 27 years, 6 months, 2 days and...a couple of hours old

                        How Primal are you: No grains - no sugar - no dairies - no nuts. I am still battling to stop the bad diet-soda-habit and be able to not overindulge in dark chocolate (it's really hard for me to have a whole chocolate bar in my house and restrict myself to 30gr each day)

                        Do you consume dairy: Not anymore. But it was really hard for me to get rid of dairies (cottage and low-fat yogurt have been my weaknesses for such a long time). Dairies (and dark chocolate) are my weaknesses

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink lots of coffee (no sugar and milk added). I don't like tea.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Improve my eating lifestyle radically! I am already feeling the positive impact of Primal

                        Favorite exercise: weight lifting generally

                        Favorite Primal food: chicken breast will a lot of paprika!

                        Best part about being Primal: experiment with healthy food-options

                        Worst part about being Primal: I wouldn't say that there is sth 'worst'.
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                        • Your location: Raleigh, NC USA

                          Age: 31

                          How Primal are you: 80-90%

                          Do you consume dairy: very minimal, once or twice a week 2tsp or less, but this might increase

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: yes two cups of coffee per day, black one cup of tea in the evening

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: I realized that i was gaining weight and feeling worse every day. So I quit smoking six months ago and then started gaining more weight and still felt worse. I switched to primal once I realized that weight was only one part of the formula. So far so good.

                          Favorite exercise: Kettlebell swing + squat

                          Favorite Primal food: Any large chunk of fatty beef slow cooked with a sweet potato and an onion

                          Best part about being Primal: My knees do not hurt anymore

                          Worst part about being Primal: I still miss crusty bread


                          • Ok, so here goes! I've been browsing these forums for the last month, but never registered until yesterday!

                            Your location: Northern Virginia

                            Age: 23

                            How Primal are you: Just about entirely, I Just came off a Whole30, and haven't changed anything since finishing

                            Do you consume dairy: No, it doesn't agree with me

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee black, maybe 2 cups per day, and herbal teas a few times a week

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: A general interest in gut healing and an overall lifestyle "reset"

                            Favorite exercise: walking, cycling, running, more recently kettlebell swings!

                            Favorite Primal food: Eggs, avocados, beef, salmon jerky, young coconut, beets

                            Best part about being Primal: Hormonal calm- no PMS! I feel stronger and recover faster.

                            Worst part about being Primal: Traveling and socializing when I travel (visiting people, and going out to restaurants and bars with them) is inconvenient. I mean, I'm happy to eat my nuts, jerky, and tuna, but it sucks having to really think about that stuff when you're trying to have a relaxed day out with people who are "I want to try anything and everything" foodies.

                            But I love being primal! I'll take a little inconvenience over ill health and unhappiness, and I'd rather be open and share about how I eat and live rather than keep it secret at home


                            • The Questions:

                              Your location:Sonoma CA

                              Age (If you want):58

                              How Primal are you:

                              Do you consume dairy: cream for coffee & some Freek Yogurt

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:coffee

                              Motivator for switching to Primal:long term improvements to overall health

                              Favorite exercise: weightlifting

                              Favorite Primal food: bone broth

                              Best part about being Primal:haven't had an asthma attack in months & ran my 1st 2 5Ks this year

                              Worst part about being Primalarticipating in some of the conventional outings with friends


                              • Hi I'm Sara. I've been dabbling in being Primal for a little over a month now. I have been doing really good with it and surprised at how easy it is to stay Primal! Figured it's about time I quite lurking in the shadows of MDA and say hello in the forums.

                                Your location: Los Angeles, CA

                                Age (If you want): 33

                                How Primal are you: Haven't yet incorporated strength training, but I've been following the food recommendations. Want to be MORE PRIMAL! RAWR!

                                Do you consume dairy: Occasionally. Yogurt maybe twice a week.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea daily.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: An overall feeling of sluggishness and heaviness. Something has got to change.

                                Favorite exercise: Dancing and hula hooping.

                                Favorite Primal food: Kale! Coconut! Eggs!

                                Best part about being Primal: The increased energy and absence of abdominal bloating. And holy cow my skin looks great!

                                Worst part about being Primal: Looking at all these awesome recipes online and not having time to try them all, right now!