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  • Hi I'm Neil from Ireland aged 28! I've been flirting with Mark's Daily Apple for a long time and continue to be impressed by the success stories! I've started and stopped Primal eating so many times I've lost count. The same thing has occurred over and over...I clear out the pantry, buy primal food, look up a bunch of recipes....and then 3-4 days later I quit due to fatigue, bloating or some other reason. I know it's carb flu but I can't seem to get through it. I don't know why as in other aspects of my life I'm quite motivated and committed.

    This is my first post and I hope that I will get some support to get through it and lose my body fat before I go crazy!

    Slán abhaile as éirinn!


    • Hi, I am new to the forum. I live in Greece. I am really hoping the primal eating can help me as I have both celiac disease and Hashimoto's hypothyroidism. I have been really struggling to get my blood results near to normal and my weight stabalised. Now I have done that (after two years) my energy is back. I am looking for a way to drop my bodyfat levels back to what they were two years ago.

      I am 57 years old and still weight train to keep fit. I last competed two years ago before my thyroid and celiac disease were properly diagnosed. I cannot tolerate any grains at all and I am allergic to soya. The only good thing is that I now seem to be able to build muscle easily and keep it! I have no idea how that works......

      Hoping to take an active part in this forum and meet new friends. If you are struggling with the same issues I would love to hear from you.

      OOOppppsss....forgot to say I am female
      Last edited by 2tonsils; 11-17-2012, 12:06 PM.


      • Your location:Greece

        Age (If you want):57

        How Primal are you:Just starting but I eat no grains/soya/simple carbs due to allergies

        Do you consume dairy: Feta and local raw milk, Sheeps/goat milk yogurt

        Do you drink coffee or tea:Mostly tea/herbal tea

        Motivator for switching to Primal:sick of trying to lose bodyfat and failing on all diets since having thyroid problems

        Favorite exercise:heavy weight training/deadlift/squat/benchpress

        Favorite Primal food:Veal steak

        Best part about being Primal:Being able to eat a lot

        Worst part about being Primal: Having to carry my own snacks with me due to lack of availability


        • Hi, my name is Aaron

          The Questions:

          Your location: Simi Valley, CA

          Age (If you want): 26

          How Primal are you: 95%

          Do you consume dairy: Not usually, but on occasion

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Rarely

          Motivator for switching to Primal: Health issues and overwhelming evidence of health benefits

          Favorite exercise: Pilates Reformer

          Favorite Primal food: Roasted sweet potatoes with onions, garlic, and coconut oil

          Best part about being Primal: Showing people that "Conventional Wisdom" isn't always right about health. And the non-believers who just look at me funny when I tell them what I eat

          Worst part about being Primal: Being around my childhood treats


          • Your location: Michigan USA

            Age (If you want): 24

            How Primal are you: Just starting out

            Do you consume dairy: Occasional

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and tea

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I haven't been able to stop gaining weight and am plagued be near constant cravings for carbs

            Favorite exercise: Roller skating

            Favorite Primal food:

            Best part about being Primal:

            Worst part about being Primal:


            • Your location: Oconomowoc, WI

              Age (If you want): 51

              How Primal are you: newby

              Do you consume dairy: Very little, and when I do, only organic whole cow milk or yogurt, or whole goat milk from powder.

              (I gave up non-organic greek yogurt and cheese over a year ago when I read of a possible link between cow milk dairy and cystic acne. It worked. I gave up all dairy and my complexion cleared. Ten months later, I started consuming dairy again, but only in the form of organic whole milk, 18 ounces daily for about three months, and sometimes goat's milk. My complexion remained clear. I dropped dairy again in September this year when a dermatological issue resurfaced on my arms (!), similar to what happened last April. That cleared within two weeks with homeopathic treatment, but I continued to avoid dairy. This week, I bought organic unhomogeonized whole cows milk yogurt to see whether I can tolerate that without getting complexion issues. At this same time, I am switching to Paleo.)

              Do you drink coffee or tea: I used to drink green tea daily, but I quit for three months last Summer because there just wasn't room for another beverage at the time because I was drinking a lot of water and three 6 ounce glasses of organic whole milk daily. Started drinking tea and/or coffee again recently, but I need to quit because I always associate the caffeinated beverage with something sweet or high carb, and this is wrecking my diet, as it is a comfort food habit for me or a response to the insulin trigger.)

              Motivator for switching to Paleo: Lost a lot of workout time in past ten months because of dermatological issues. I have suffered off and on stomach issues for years, whenever I deviate from the fine line that is my ideal diet. Not happy about being sidelined and inactive due to illness. Through Paleo, I hope to not only feel well in terms of digestion, but also build a stronger immune system so I can say goodbye to skin issues. I am not at all happy with the shape I am in right now, and all this sitting home is starting to get to me.

              Favorite exercise: Swimming, body building, speed and agility workouts

              Favorite Primal food: virgin coconut oil, sautéed vegetables of all sorts, especially with green leafy or sweet curry (an acquired taste in my world) and pepper spices, salmon, other fish, roast turkey, beef, buffalo, venison, bone broth soups.

              Best part about being Primal: promise of optimal nutrition compatible with lean, active lifestyle.

              Worst part about being Primal: I love whole grain and sourdough breads--baking them from sprouted wheat berries, fermenting homemade sourdough. I love the baking, not just the eating, and am probably soon to learn that all that was a waste of time, the undoing of my health. Could be worse. I can learn how to have fun making other things in the kitchen. Veggies and meat!


              • Your location: Michigan, USA

                Age (If you want): 24

                How Primal are you: Trying to become totally primal... still learning though, and cannot always afford organic foods and grass-fed natural meats.

                Do you consume dairy: Yes... yogurt, kefir, cheese, butter, heavy cream, no milk

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: After many health problems this past year, I decided there had to be a natural way to feel good!

                Favorite exercise: hiking, horseback riding, snowboarding

                Favorite Primal food: hmmm... curry roasted cauliflower

                Best part about being Primal: feeling like a million bucks!

                Worst part about being Primal: I always feel bad about turning down treats or things that people might make me or bring me.


                • Well hello there

                  Your location: Hong Kong but British born

                  Age (If you want): 43

                  How Primal are you: Not sure - I'm actually following Rosedale (please don't drum me out of the forum, you're the only people that understand...). That means that I'm VLC and more moderate in my protein intake but try to hike up my good fats. I'm just entering my sixth week of this new lifestyle.

                  Do you consume dairy: Yeeeaah.... tricky one. I'm a bit patchy with dairy, sometimes it seems fine and at others I think it is the work of the devil. I think I will give it up - the option of raw dairy is not available here - but struggle to find other things to eat. I am not a natural Grok.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Not really. But I haven't given up my 1-2 cans of diet coke a day. Let the stoning commence!

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: How long have you got? Severe mid-line obesity, idiopathic primary pituitary failure, chronic fatigue, extreme insulin resistance... I read Rosedale and felt that if I wasn't prepared to give it a go I might as well give up and take to my bed for good.

                  Favorite exercise: Hiking, yoga, cross-trainer. However not doing any at the moment due to huge chronic fatigue attack

                  Favorite Primal food: Eggs, eggs, eggs. I love me some eggs.

                  Best part about being Primal: I feel clean inside, my fat is melting from all the right places and I finally feel as though I have some control over my life.

                  Worst part about being Primal:I miss my sauvignon blanc and am afraid that I may one day commit murder over a crusty French loaf


                  • Originally posted by IMKarla View Post
                    I'm over 50 and I'm not dead yet. You might night want to tell your mom she's wrong though. :-)
                    Yes well on the weekend I drove the 3hrs to get to Sydney to visit my parents and in-laws.

                    Both my mother and mother-inlaw avoided giving me pasta, however some of the meat dishes was spiked with breadcrumbs.

                    I told them that no bread also means no bread crumbs too, but I still ate it because of 80/20 rule. I knew that after the weekend I'd be back to my nearly 100% primal routine and that it was not worth worrying about.

                    I did notice some bloating by Sunday afternoon however.


                    • Hi everyone!

                      Your location: Maine, USA

                      Age (If you want): 20

                      How Primal are you: I'll say 90%, I do occasionally hit situations where maintaining the primal lifestyle is hard, but I am always trying. That's the key right??

                      Do you consume dairy: I do butter (technically dairy?), and I also ocasionally have kefir

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea, but I'm trying to stop

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: To be healthier and look hot doing it!

                      Favorite exercise: Swimming, or walking with another person

                      Favorite Primal food: Oooooh um I love cooked carrots haha

                      Best part about being Primal: I can actually see myself making physical progress, and I feel great

                      Worst part about being Primal: Social situations-none of my friends are primal, so hanging out with them can be a challenge sometimes. Pizza is their go-to group food :/


                      • Your location: Who knows...

                        Age (If you want):19

                        How Primal are you: 60%... but that number might be completely made up. I am edging into it.

                        Do you consume dairy: Not intentionally

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: No

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS and it's rapid weight gain/acne/hair loss/hair growth, Thyroid issues

                        Favorite exercise: Lifting/Alone Yoga/Sprints

                        Favorite Primal food: Legumes (just so you know, I eat them)

                        Best part about being Primal: Possibly being cured

                        Worst part about being Primal: Not getting enough carbs and being fuzzy headed


                        • Hey there,

                          I'm also trying out this lifestyle in SA and loving it. I would really be keen to hear if you find and are able to source a lot of the stuff that is listed throughout this site as good options for food. It is def a struggle budget wise and availability-wise so if we could share info that would be super! Sure there are other Saffa's on the site we can also talk to. I'm in CT - you?


                          • The Questions:

                            Your location: Toronto Canada

                            Age (If you want): 37

                            How Primal are you: more primal all the time

                            Do you consume dairy: just cheese but cutting it out soon

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: fitness, health - I box and want to be stronger and have more stamina - I want to have more energy for life

                            Favorite exercise: pull ups, speed bag, cycling

                            Favorite Primal food: mushroom omelette

                            Best part about being Primal: the changes to my body and energy level

                            Worst part about being Primal: I miss soft drinks ALOT


                            • The Questions:

                              Your location:Central Alabama

                              Age (If you want):41

                              How Primal are you: I'm going on a month in and I've been mostly primal aside from Thanksgiving. I'd say a good 85%

                              Do you consume dairy: Yes, mostly in the form of cheese

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: 2 cups of coffee in the morning

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss mainly, but also just general health and getting my body back

                              Favorite exercise: hiking, and I'm kinda digging those weekly sprints. I mean, it sucks at the time but its invigorating.

                              Favorite Primal food: Steak and Salad

                              Best part about being Primal: My favorite part of being primal is that I'm eating real, flavorful food and I have no guilt.

                              Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain it to others who are trying to feed me mac and cheese and red beans and rice!


                              • Your location: Los Angeles, CA

                                Age (If you want): 28

                                How Primal are you: I was never good at percentages! I have been gluten-free and low/no sugar since 2007. I have been on and off the GAPS diet for years now, but have never been consistent - largely due to not eating enough fat and protein, I believe. Gluten-free grains and starchy veg hurt my belly, so I don't eat a ton of those, either. I've eaten a very clean diet for years, but purely primal? Just starting.

                                Do you consume dairy: Cheese here and there, but no milk or yogurt or other fresh milk products. Very sensitive to casein. Ouch! I will be avoiding it like the plague - it's not helping my gut heal!

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Absolutely not. Very occasional yerba maté, but can't really handle caffeine at all.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Have been working with a naturopathic doc over the past year to heal my very damaged digestive system, severe adrenal fatigue, and hormonal/fertility issues. Have been hanging on to the same 15 excess lbs. for 3 years. I already know I feel best when I eat meat, seafood, veg, and a bit of fruit here and there. And lotsa fat! I am excited to fully embrace the philosophy of "living primal".

                                Favorite exercise: Ashtanga yoga, free-form dance, hiking/running, cycling. My goal is to be able to do a real push up for the first time in my life. Ha!

                                Favorite Primal food: Anything involving pork, coconut oil, avocado, and massive amounts of leafy greens.

                                Best part about being Primal: Besides no belly aches and a great feeling of satiety? I'll have to get back to you.

                                Worst part about being Primal: Having to keep my mouth shut when people talk about a food item being vegan as though it's a selling point.