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  • Your location: East Sussex, England

    Age (If you want): 33

    How Primal are you: I only started today but I'm cutting out all grains and sugar

    Do you consume dairy: Yes

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes - My caffeine addiction can be looked at after I've adjusted to this new way of eating

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Fat loss and energy

    Favorite exercise: Martial arts and Pilates

    Favorite Primal food: Steak or bacon

    Best part about being Primal: Too early to tell but I'm hoping for a better body shape. Oh, and cheese!

    Worst part about being Primal: No more bread products


    • Your location: Glasgow, UK

      Age (If you want): 47

      How Primal are you: mostly

      Do you consume dairy: small amount, goats cheese, little milk in coffee sometimes

      Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee - love it

      Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss and health

      Favorite exercise: running and my TRX

      Favorite Primal food: steak

      Best part about being Primal: all of it - much leaner and stronger

      Worst part about being Primal: sometimes miss bread but not often


      • Hi,

        I'm Jason and my wife and I have decided to go primal. It's been about a week and so far so good.

        The Questions:

        Your location:
        Central Florida (USA)

        Age (If you want):

        How Primal are you:
        I'd guess 90%

        Do you consume dairy:
        Very little

        Do you drink coffee or tea:
        Both, unsweet

        Motivator for switching to Primal:
        Losing some pounds, gaining energy, being more fit.

        Favorite exercise:
        Not a fan of exercise. Right now mostly walking. I do like biking but am in need of a new bike. I also TRY to golf.

        Favorite Primal food:
        Only been doing this a week. So far my favorite was chicken drumsticks with a balsamic glaze.

        Best part about being Primal:
        So far the 4 lbs I've lost

        Worst part about being Primal:
        Having a hard time finding some of the ingredients I need for certain meals. Some of the ingredients are very expensive also.


        • Your location: Atlanta

          Age (If you want): 32

          How Primal are you: 99%? I'm still learning, so I'm sure there's some slips.

          Do you consume dairy: butter (ghee), and heavy cream occasionally

          Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf tea. I've had 1 or 2 cups of coffee since going primal at the end of July 2012

          Motivator for switching to Primal: In trying to start a family I came to find out I have PCOS -- and possibly an auto-immune disorder, but they have been triggered from going primal, but that's a whole different thread! Out of fear of going on insulin regulating medications I researched a low-carb diet because I know this is usually recommended for PCOSers. That's how I found MDA and it's been awakening and dumbfounding at the same time! Finally, I can eat without the barrage of questioning in my brain of should I, could I, how much, when , why aghhh! It makes sense.

          Favorite exercise: Jane Fonda's Workout! Totally, radically old-school, I just wish I still had legwarmers. I also dabble with P90X.

          Favorite Primal food: Steak dipped in egg, a dusting of crushed pine nuts and sauted in ghee. Yuuuuuummm.

          Best part about being Primal: I wake up refreshed. My skin cleared up, no more dandruff, and I have a waist again!

          Worst part about being Primal: Listening to people gripe about their weight, how they feel, poor sleep, etc. I say I felt bad, too but not since going Primal and they look at me like I'm speaking crazy!


          • Location: Leeds, Mass USA

            How Primal are you:
            I am just starting out, so far I am really enjoying the life style, I have been using five fingers for almost 2 years had no idea about the whole primal movement until a while ago. I tried the whole Natural Hormone Enhancement(NHE) style of eating/living for a while. It just got to crazy keeping track of what day of the cycle that I was on so it did not work for me.

            Do you consume dairy: yes, small amounts of hard cheese, as well as Greek yogurt and sour cream on rare occasion

            Do you drink coffee or tea:

            Yes Tea and coffee vary rarely

            Motivator for switching to Primal:

            Looking to get back in shape so that I can do the things I enjoy such as hiking and rock climbing with out feeling winded.

            Favorite exercise:

            Climbing, Hiking, Rock Climbing, and Bag workouts.

            Favorite Primal food:

            So far I have really enjoyed the pancakes from this site as well as the green goddess dressing

            Best part about being Primal:

            Makes me feel good

            Worst part about being Primal:

            Navigating Eating out


            • Your location: Charlotte NC

              Age (If you want): 24

              How Primal are you: 80%

              Do you consume dairy: no

              Do you drink coffee or tea: yea!

              Motivator for switching to Primal: optimal health

              Favorite exercise: Turkish Get-Up

              Favorite Primal food: Eggs

              Best part about being Primal: reading MDA of course!

              Worst part about being Primal: having no excuse to eat krispy kremes


              • Your location: Ohio

                Age (If you want): 57

                How Primal are you: Maybe 60-70%

                Do you consume dairy: yes primarily fermented (kefir, yogurt) but use pasture butter and organic heavy cream

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Continued health issues, severe insulin resistance, and weight gain (fluctuations)

                Favorite exercise: walking

                Favorite Primal food: cage-free turkey or grass fed beef

                Best part about being Primal: whole unprocessed foods

                Worst part about being Primal: No grains


                • Hi everybody. I'm the FNG mdonch3. I start Primal November 1. Thank you in advance for all your help!

                  Your location: The Biggest Little City

                  Age (If you want):43

                  How Primal are you: November 1...100%

                  Do you consume dairy: Nope

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Hell to the yes!

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: A friend said I should give it a try.

                  Favorite exercise: Love XFit.

                  Favorite Primal food: ?

                  Best part about being Primal: ?

                  Worst part about being Primal: ?

                  I hope I posted this correctly.
                  Last edited by Mdonch3; 10-29-2012, 10:27 AM.


                  • Originally posted by Anonymous 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 location: Halifax, Canada

                    Age (If you want):58

                    How Primal are you: just beginning. The extent to still be determined.

                    Do you consume dairy: yes

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I joined a low carb forum because I have the big 3. My mom recently passed away due to the same conditions. My brothers and sisters have also gone low carb so they convinced me to give it a try. My brother is a big fan of primal and directed me here.

                    Favorite exercise: I love running but haven't run in quite some time. I tried a few months ago but overdid it. Soon to start again, but at a slower pace.

                    Favorite Primal food: I love vegetables and meat almost equally. Maybe a slight edge to meat, but not by much. By veggies I mean the good stuff, not mashed potatoes and French fries ....

                    Best part about being Primal: I like to cook so now I have a new challenge in the kitchen.

                    Worst part about being Primal:
                    you need to plan and organize in order to follow any food plan. My wife will tell you I'm terrible in organizational skills.....


                    • Your location: Somerset, England.

                      Age (If you want): 45

                      How Primal are you:hmm, just come home from holiday so may have to get back to you on that one.

                      Do you consume dairy: yes

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: started with IF, started reading more about nutrition and the ideal diet and now am looking to significantly reduce the role of grains and sugar in my diet. I have had problems with hypoglycaemia, psoriasis, pcos and depression certainly since uni days and probably before (in the case of sugar addiction and depression).

                      Favorite exercise: Walking.

                      Favorite Primal food: surprisingly, salads.

                      Best part about being Primal: clear thinking and a waistline.

                      Worst part about being Primal: having to smile sweetly and eat the puddings my children(12 and 14) lovingly concoct because it seems like a good idea to them at the time and wonder how I can wean them off the sugar since it has given me so much trouble over my life time.
                      In the past year I have discovered that I am gluten, grain, dairy and legume intolerant.

                      I am trying to make sense of it all through my blog:


                      • Hi, I am new to the forum but have been half hearted about low carb/high fat for a couple of years. I just need to clean up my act so thought I would follow Mark's 21 day transformation plan. Day 3 today and going ok so far.

                        Your location: Exeter, Devon, UK

                        Age (If you want): 58

                        How Primal are you: only just!

                        Do you consume dairy: some - love cheese and like cream in my coffee occasionally. Been intolerant to milk since childhood.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: yes - decaff and black (most often)

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: attempting to get back into low carb/high fat to lose weight and get lean and fit

                        Favorite exercise: walking and cycling (mainly in gym as weather is dreadful here)

                        Favorite Primal food: beef

                        Best part about being Primal: feeling clean and in control

                        Worst part about being Primal: the temptation of the dessert menu (but I am hoping that will disappear over time)


                        • Your location: Lake Forest, California

                          Age (If you want): 41

                          How Primal are you: I'd say 80/20. No grains, little dairy. Avoiding sugar except in some jerky and marinades.

                          Do you consume dairy: some butter, Organic Half N Half, Aged Cheese

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Sadly Everday, still a slave to the bean! W/Stevia and Little cream.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: getting older, getting fatter. 2 knee surgeries, pain and inflammation.Dad in son's scout den lost 60lbs in 10 months after going primal! Figure i would give it 3 weeks and i've dropped 14 lbs in 16 days!

                          Favorite exercise: None. i hate exercise, but anything that makes my arms look buff.

                          Favorite Primal food: Steak

                          Best part about being Primal: not having to worry about how much I can eat! Rich full fat foods!

                          Worst part about being Primal: I miss pizza and peanut butter, but i feel so much better i cant imagine eating grains anymore. It gets a little hard if you don't plan ahead and mix up your animal proteins!


                          • Hi, I'm new, joined yesterday, but have been visiting a few days. Followed a link from primalToad. I really am not much of a self-promoter, since I got over myself a few years ago (lol) I rely on my actions more than words. The easiest way for me to go about the rest of this, is to use the questions.

                            I live i Ohio, male 46, till Dec 2nd, Go Sagitarians!

                            99% primal--started October 16th 2012 and besides a hoho and peanut butter cup bing teh second day in and a piece of cheesecake over this weekend, I have eaten only meat, chicken fish and veggies and fruit.

                            I do drink a little goats milk, but less in the colder months, because of the muecus it creates.

                            I drink herbal and medicinal teas.

                            I was vegetarian for over a year...tired of gaining weight, belly gas and no energy.

                            mostly walking, but had some fun in the park doing some movnat stuff I saw online(haven't gone to a movnat class yet)

                            Favorite primal food, probably rotis chicken, but anything grilled is good.

                            Love being primal, no reason not to be. More energy, less feeling of the undiagnosed , onset of arthritis.

                            Worst part is that my perspective has changed to what alot of the forum members talk about. I see people eating crap and know that I was just there a couple weeks ago.

                            Favorite food


                            • Hi everyone. I've been lurking on this website for at least a month or so now. I've cut grains and refined sugars back gradually over the past 3-4 years just based on my personal experience with them.

                              Your location:NYC

                              Age (If you want):24

                              How Primal are you: 80-90%...

                              Do you consume dairy: Some cheese; also some non-fat frozen yogurt on carb refeed days.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: both. I drink green tea daily.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: History of type-2 diabetes/blood pressure/etc. problems in my family, vanity, and a natural curiosity with all things biochemistry (my majors in college were biochem and chemical engineering).

                              Favorite exercise: dancing, closely followed by some strength training + walking.

                              Favorite Primal food: Lamb. I was raised eating lots of it growing up in Xinjiang. I've got lovely childhood memories of lamb kebabs seasoned with cumin/red pepper and roasted over the open fire.

                              Best part about being Primal: Less carb crashes. I also LOVE the side benefit of being way more creative in the kitchen and learning to cook some of my favorite Xinjiang/Chinese dishes. After just a month of primalizing my food I've already come up with so many more recipes than I've ever come up with since living on my own. I've found that Asian food is really easy to primalize as opposed to American/Italian PB has also helped me get in touch with my cultural cuisine.

                              Worst part about being Primal: More expensive grocery bill on a law student budget.
                              HCLF: lean red meat, eggs, low-fat dairy, bone broth/gelatin, fruits, seafood, liver, small amount of starch (oatmeal, white rice, potatoes, carrots), small amount of saturated fat (butter/ghee/coconut/dark chocolate/cheese).

                              My Journal: gelatin experiments, vanity pictures, law school rants, recipe links

                              Food blog: GELATIN and BONE BROTH recipes

                              " The best things in life are free and the 2nd best are expensive!" - Coco Chanel


                              • Hello everyone! This is my first day and I feel like I am at the bottom of a HUGE mountain and looking up at the top. I am scared and excited and hopeful that I will make it to the top! I have about 50 lbs to lose and I cannot wait to feel more energetic and healthy! I am so happy that there are so many fantastic resources and that I have found this blog to help me with my journey. Anyone else starting this awesome lifestyle change today?