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  • The Questions:

    Your location: Silicon Valley

    Age (If you want): 54

    How Primal are you: 80%.

    80% Primal: I only eat plants and "wild animals" which pretty much limits me to fish and other sea food. I avoid processed foods and grains for the most part. I have a 25 minute light aerobic bike commute to work. I do about 3x30 minutes of resistance workouts a week.

    20% Non-Primal: I really like cycling and probably do too much aerobic according to what I'm reading. I won't cut out the long weekend rides, but started riding less during the week. I rely on soy milk and beans to provide low cost protein and I occasionally eat whole grain toast with almond butter. I still need to try to try out the sprint program.

    Do you consume dairy: No

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Green Tea and coffee only on weekends

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I kind of backed into it. I tried 99% plant for about 3 months to see if it would help me with improving general health, energy levels, improve sleep, digestion, weight loss, etc. That worked out very well, but I felt like I needed fish for variety, Omega 3 and to balance things out. Then I came across the MDA web site and most of the information here made more sense than anything else out there. So, now I call myself primal.

    Favorite exercise: road biking (3-6 hour weekend rides with lots of hill climbing), lat pull downs, bench presses

    Favorite Primal food: wild king salmon, lots of nuts and seeds, veggie stir fry, dark chocolate

    Best part about being Primal: Watching the body fat just burn off, feeling stronger and about 20 years younger

    Worst part about being Primal: I still haven't gotten other family members converted, so we often eat different things at meals.

    BTW, I still don't get the high fat diet thing that many advocate. I eat a ton of plant food (veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc ), fish and legumes. I use plenty of EVOO, virgin coconut oil, hemp seed oil, walnut oil, etc. I know that I get enough calories from what I eat -- even with the amount of aerobic exercise I do. I would probably start eating beef, pork, poultry and eggs if I knew that they were natural and if it weren't so darn expensive for the healthy stuff. But then again, Grok didn't eat domesticated animals, so why should I?
    Last edited by miata; 12-04-2012, 11:02 PM.


    • Hey all! Glad to be a part of the growing community .

      Some info:

      Your location: Ottawa, ON, Canada <3

      Age (If you want): 25

      How Primal are you: Hmmm this is a tough one. What does being primal really mean? I think it means different things to different people. To me it means eating whole, healthy, freshly prepared foods (no processed foods) along with living an active lifestyle which allows me to enjoy my body and all the things taking care of myself properly allows me to do! If I had to rate myself as being primal along those terms, I'd give myself a 10!

      Do you consume dairy: No not really. I have tried incorporating raw dairy (from a local farmer) but it didn't agree with me and I didn't feel great after having it. I look at it as something I don't need, and since I don't miss it, it doesn't bother me.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yep. Probably 4 or 5 small cups of coffee a week and toonnnssss of tea. I LOVE tea (real tea that is, not the little dried baggy stuff) and I usually have a thermos full wherever I go .

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I was feeling really unwell for a long time and I had no idea why. I was exhausted, anxious, weak, irritable and just generally miserable. I would suffer from horrible bloating and pains after eating what seemed like everything. I'd get terrible crashes after binging on carbs (in an effort to give myself some energy) and it was starting to affect my family, my friends and my work. I needed a change but had no idea where to start.

      Favorite exercise: I love lunges and all out sprints.

      Favorite Primal food: Fresh whole fish, all seafood, fresh young coconut and salted duck!

      Best part about being Primal: Honestly I could ramble on and on here about all the reasons!
      -Looking and feeling amazing!
      -Rolling out of bed at 6am rearing to go (no alarm needed) and not stopping until 10pm without feeling any lag in energy
      -More in touch with my mind and my body's needs and responses
      -Physically and mentally stronger
      -Tons of energy
      -Clear skin, strong nails and shiny hair
      etc etc etc!! My life has changed tremendously and it's all for the better!

      Worst part about being Primal: Is this a trick question? I guess maybe the looks people can give you when you tell them (crazy hippie!!) but I know what's best for me and body and I always try remember I used to think the same thing they do. I try to turn it into a positive thing and take the opportunity to share some of the benefits if they're interested -- and if they're not, well, I'll see how their lifestyle is working for them 10, 20, 30 years down the road... and then maybe they won't think I'm so crazy.
      Last edited by Lindsay; 12-04-2012, 02:55 PM.


      • Hi Everyone! My name is Larry aka IrishSodaBread
        (An appropriate name being one of my "former" favorite foods and two things I have given up as of late. (Diet Soda and Bread-grains) I found out about this site and the PB thanks to Steve and his "Jedi Council" over at NerdFitness. My answers to the questions:

        Your location: Northern NY (Think Canada)

        Age (If you want): 34

        How Primal are you: 80/20 maybe a bit more as of a week ago (NEWBIE!)

        Do you consume dairy: LOVE milk/cheese but now only going to consume minimally via FULL FAT Organic Yogurt and an occassional glass of whole milk as a treat. (I always drank skim before since I drank it so often-avoiding "evil fat")

        Do you drink coffee or tea: No although I may try green tea. Don't like coffee or tea generally and I enjoy not having caffeine in my system to tell you the truth

        Motivator for switching to Primal: I realized what I've been doing my whole life wasn't making sense or working for my body/life. PB just makes sense to me. Looked at Paleo first but Primal seems right to/for me.

        Favorite exercise: Sports! Hiking/cycling as well. In terms of gym (medicine ball push ups, dips, squats, dead lifts. I want to love pull ups. They are my weak spot but I hope to grow to love them.)

        Favorite Primal food: It's early yet but my top two foods that happen to be Primal are Eggs and Fish. A nice steak/burger (no bun) is always welcomed.

        Best part about being Primal: Overall health, strength, etc. Feeling good, looking good, & it's simple.

        Worst part about being Primal: As of right now...the adjustment to becoming grain free/fat adapted as a whole. My body is definitely feeling the transition. Other than that, I really like whole concept. Thank you Mark and all of you that are a part of this site for all that you've done and do!! I am so excited to go PRIMAL!



        • P.S. In terms of Worst part about being Primal: One of my favorite things on the planet, other than milk, is peanut butter. Having to say good bye to that will take some time...and tears. LOL


          • Your location: Speedway, IN

            Age (If you want): 27

            How Primal are you: new

            Do you consume dairy: yes

            Do you drink coffee or tea: no, no

            Motivator for switching to Primal: various

            Favorite exercise: none haha

            Favorite Primal food: meat?

            Best part about being Primal: meat!

            Worst part about being Primal: I have to eat plants :/
            -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz


            • Hello! Wow, I'm on page 457 which makes me unique? My friend Phillip recommended I check this forum out for help finding pastured foods and wild game. Oh, and I'm a girl. woman. whatever.

              Your location: Denver, CO

              Age (If you want): 41

              How Primal are you: I'm actually on SCD/GAPS right now which is similar to Primal.

              Do you consume dairy: A little cheese and butter.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: I am caffeine free, but I'm considering trying Bulletproof coffee (just got my shipping notification!)

              Motivator for switching to Primal: I have a chronic GI condition and I'm in the middle of a flare up. I started the SCD/GAPS diet a few days ago. I hope to eventually transition into the Primal diet after my digestive system has healed. Before starting GAPS I was mostly vegan. I'm seeking to try Primal to manage my condition in the long term.

              Favorite exercise: Backpacking

              Favorite Primal food: Wild Salmon.

              Best part about being Primal: It gives me hope for better health and uses good science to support it's theories.

              Worst part about being Primal: My fear of factory farming (as a former vegan for several years). The reason I'm here is to ease the stress of learning how to ferment foods, find pastured meats, butter and eggs, find a source of wild game, etc.

              Thanks so much!


              • Hello tribe,
                I've been Primal and following MDA for almost 2 years now, I felt like joining the thread community.

                Love to all


                Your location:EL SALVADOR

                Age (If you want):38

                How Primal are you:85-95%

                Do you consume dairy:Some hard-aged cheeses, Heavy cream and butter

                Do you drink coffee or tea:Loads of coffee

                Motivator for switching to Primal:It simply made sense

                Favorite exercise:Hiking

                Favorite Primal food:Steak

                Best part about being Primal:The feeling of well being

                Worst part about being Primal:Sometimes I miss the crispiness of a good baguette


                • Hello Flutter_girl, welcome, looks like we are the most recent newbies


                  • Once you try almond butter (if you haven't yet) you'll forget the other stuff exists


                    • Your location: Texas

                      Age (If you want): 25

                      How Primal are you: Just starting out.

                      Do you consume dairy: Oh, yes.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Both—I don't discriminate.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Digestive problems with grain. Vanity—I want those she abs!

                      Favorite exercise: Running—long distances.

                      Favorite Primal food: I'm looking forward to lots and lots of steak.

                      Best part about being Primal: I'm just starting out, but hopefully it will be missing out on the pain of grain.

                      Worst part about being Primal: I have a feeling I'm going to be experiencing a bad case of the low carb flu.


                      • Your location: Kamloops BC

                        Age: 36

                        How Primal are you: Very primal...and also very new to it (6 weeks approx)

                        Do you consume dairy?: I haven't been since I cut out everything else

                        Do you drink coffee or tea?: god yes

                        Motivator for switching to primal: weight loss and ongoing GI problems

                        Favorite exercise: Yoga

                        Favorite primal food: um so far I would have to say pumpkin pancakes

                        Best part about being being primal: decreased hunger

                        Worst part about being primal: so far eating out has been the most challenging part. Its when I have struggled with being the most tempted to eat sugar and or grain products of some kind


                        • The Questions:

                          Your location: Johannesburg, South Africa

                          Age (If you want): 28

                          How Primal are you: One week in, cut out sugar a few months ago. Still learning, but its easy to get the hang of.

                          Do you consume dairy: yes, i've cut out milk now, see how that goes, but i use butter...and a bit of cheese.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Love my coffee, its tasting better and better.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Read too much on the internet to not try it out. Makes sense.

                          Favorite exercise: Right now its bodyweight, pushups, pullups, etc. Starting barbell stuff next week.

                          Favorite Primal food: hmmm. So far, its my eggs with butter breakfast (the mountain is growing!), and Chicken/Avo salad with a few mixed nuts and seeds thrown in, lots of avo oil dressing. And a huge rare steak.

                          Best part about being Primal: It feels right, it makes sense.

                          Worst part about being Primal: No I suppose. But then i have walked away from much bigger loves before.


                          • Your location: Near Chicago, IL

                            Age (If you want): 33

                            How Primal are you: Pretty primal - I occasionally eat white potatoes or a gluten free baked good. Once in awhile I'll drink a gluten free beer.

                            Do you consume dairy: Once in awhile

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink one cup of black tea (at home) and one cup of black coffee (at work) most days. We don't make coffee at home anymore, except on the weekends. I drink a lot of herbal tea in the evenings, mostly mint.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: I was diagnosed with celiac disease a little over two years ago. After trying a lot of gluten free substitutes, I've decided I feel better just going without grains. I don't miss most of the gluten foods anymore, anyway, and I find too many of the substitutes are either contaminated with gluten, or just don't make me feel good due to the weird gums and other ingredients and high carb/sugar factor. My family was already been buying grass fed beef and natural raised pork, and we joined a CSA this past year, so I've been on this trajectory for awhile.

                            Favorite exercise: Weight lifting and hiking.

                            Favorite Primal food: There's too many to choose from - brussels sprouts and rutabaga are my favorite vegetables right now, and Trader Joe's boneless, skinless sardines in olive oil are my favorite snack.

                            Best part about being Primal: Feeling good!

                            Worst part about being Primal: Getting my husband on board


                            • Hello everyone, nice to meet you

                              Your location: Oregon

                              Age (If you want): 23

                              How Primal are you: Hardly at all yet. I'm switching over from a vegetarian diet, so it's taking a little bit. I want to incorporate meat back in before dropping all the junky carbs, I think if I try both at once it will be too much. @_@ So far my stomach is handling the meat well, though I don't eat it every day. The goal is to be eating fully primal by January.

                              Do you consume dairy: I do in cheese and yogurt.

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Drink a lot of herbal teas. I used to drink a cup of coffee everyday, but I cut back to a couple of times a week about two months ago because I didn't want to become dependent.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Brain fog... fat loss would be a nice bonus, but I am primarily concerned about my brain. Being vegetarian was really easy, but my brain has gotten really foggy over the past couple of years and it just gets worse and worse. >_< I'm hoping a diet change will fix that.

                              Favorite exercise: Really enjoy weight lifting

                              Favorite Primal food: Eggs! I eat them pretty much every day... XD I can never get sick of them.

                              Best part about being Primal: We'll see!

                              Worst part about being Primal: I love bread and sweets...will be tough at first to abstain. >_>;; I just have to not buy bread at all.


                              • Hi everyone.

                                I'll skip the bullet-style of answering the questions if you don't mind, so here goes!

                                My name is Seán, I'm 39 years old and live in Ireland.

                                I've recently (past month) given up gluten and have noticed improvements in my digestion. That started me researching different ways of eating, and then I discovered this site a week or so ago.

                                I've now given up grains (might have rice sometimes though) and have started on a low carb way of eating. I have stopped using PUFAs and now use EVOO on my vegetables/salads and EVCO/lard for cooking.

                                I need to watch my budget though... so I don't eat much meat, mostly eggs and frozen fish fillets, canned fish (sardines, herring, tuna, mackerel), some chicken maybe once a week. I used to be a semi-vegetarian kind of guy, consuming lots of legumes and whole grains (which was cheap!).

                                I'm interested in changing my diet, losing some excess abdominal fat, maybe start an exercise regime in the near future.
                                I'm not sure of my exact weight... I think I weighed 74kg a few moths back, up from around 67kg a year before that! I'm 5'11' tall.

                                Thanks for reading!