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  • SoulFull be sure not to accept Prilosec, Nexium or other stomach acid inhibitors long term. Buy some raw vinegar, put a couple of capfulls in 1/2 a glass of water and drink with a straw. This vinegar once was hard to find. It contains 'mother' which is what our grandparents used to make vinegar from apples much as we make sour dough bread from starter. It has the 'good bugs' and it aids digestion. Its not too great on enamel, however, so the straw works best.
    Without the stomach acid and mother in raw vinegar, our body can't break down the minerals it needs. We see knee and hip replacements. We see back surgeries and we see carpel tunnel, etc.. none of which I have and I'll be 70 this winter. Its okay to take medicine for a short spell, but I have friends who take these medicines for years.

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    • last night I watched Harper on Turner Classics and his wife makes bacon and eggs. I notice this a lot in the old movies and none of those folks are obese.. except maybe Shelly Winters.

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      • Originally posted by Nydra View Post
        SoulFull be sure not to accept Prilosec, Nexium or other stomach acid inhibitors long term. Buy some raw vinegar, put a couple of capfulls in 1/2 a glass of water and drink with a straw. This vinegar once was hard to find. It contains 'mother' which is what our grandparents used to make vinegar from apples much as we make sour dough bread from starter. It has the 'good bugs' and it aids digestion. Its not too great on enamel, however, so the straw works best.
        Without the stomach acid and mother in raw vinegar, our body can't break down the minerals it needs. We see knee and hip replacements. We see back surgeries and we see carpel tunnel, etc.. none of which I have and I'll be 70 this winter. Its okay to take medicine for a short spell, but I have friends who take these medicines for years.
        hey nydra, thank you for your post. I intent only to take natural dessicated thyroid shortish term...give it a boost and chance to rebuild before reducing it as I feel it can get better and heal. I tend to stay away from the muck that the drs would have me take. I save them for broken bones and the likes

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        • Home, Woonsocket Rhode Island, age 51 years, how Primal? Full Speed Ahead, coffee yes black ever since I been drinking it for ever, reason for going primal, sick of feeling sick, favorite exercise, I have never really been at gym guy, I have always worked in the construction field, never had a need for the gym. But know that I am 51 and my work load is lighter, I'm enjoying all the exercising that I am doing, even the sprints. Food, hmmm Steak very rare "black and blue". Best part, not feeling sick. Worst part about being Primal, knowing that the my favorite breakfast place will most likely never be primal. I've been handing out my toast to my breakfast buds, I let them pick the type they would like. And then cus at the grains sitting in there plates.

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          • New primal mom in Kansas City

            Hello everyone! My name is Kim, I'm a wife and mom of 3 in Kansas City. I've found my comfort zone in the modern world thanks to the primal way of life. I'm not 100%, but working on it. My health has to be top notch, I want to be around to see my babies through everything!

            I took advantage of Mark's offer of the free PB audiobook with his new cookbook and I just love it. Thought I'd check out this forum to find answers and fill in some gaps. I'm going to submit a request for a Mark's Daily Apple topic, but wanted to introduce myself first.



            Your location: Kansas City, Missouri...grass-fed beef wonderland!

            Age (If you want):39

            How Primal are you: Finally got validation for going barefoot all the time...as for eating, I'm completely off of processed foods, fast foods, grains, and only use sugars such as maple sugar, honey, sucanat in moderation...and the only thing I really grasp onto it is...*see next question!

            Do you consume dairy: Raw milk and homemade kefir, cutting back on yogurt...love goat cheese! I eat way more dairy that I think I should, I have no problem digesting it, but I want to trade it for something completely primal. Working on it.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Daily, sometimes double daily!...but just decided to cut it in half, to see if I can "wean" from my organic coffee with heavy raw cream...and drink more green tea.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Babies. I couldn't keep up with my toddler, and I was tired of being a chunkster. I also despise getting the cold and flu...living primally is the best defense.

            Favorite exercise: My toddler and I "stalk" each other. I'll turn around to see her sneaking up on me, and then we attack each other and it escalates into a chase around the house.

            Favorite Primal food: Bacon

            Best part about being Primal: Snagging all the size 6 skirts from people who can no longer wear them because they eat too many muffins...

            Worst part about being Primal: Dealing with people who think treating my kids means buying them donuts...and, thinking about all the years I spent wearing a size 16....ahhhg!!

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            • Hello!...I am looking for fellow Newfoundland Primal support...I am starting to feel a bit uneasy about going actively outside by myself now with weather, daylight changes etc...I need that extra motivation and company!

              The Questions:


              Your location:

              St. John's, Newfoundland

              Age (If you want):

              34

              How Primal are you:

              I started about 3 mths ago and am about 90% Primal?

              Do you consume dairy:

              Yes for Cheese.

              Do you drink coffee or tea:

              Yes for both daily.

              Motivator for switching to Primal:

              For a few years now I had been eating CW means of 'healthy'...already active of what one 'should and shouldn't' be eating with added daily strength training at the gym. Ultimately looked the best I have ever been but something still didn't add up to what I was seeing in the mirror and what I felt on the inside. I thought with this effort I should have seen stronger, leaner results. I started to get discouraged and started to waver from 'clean eating' and became my nautral emotional/comfort food eater and then I became pregnant (2nd child; with the 1st child being 10yrs earlier). This only opened the door for me to say 'I'll eat what I want for next 9 mths and once baby arrives...get right back into it again". (It will come off quick after the baby; just like the first time! hahaha) The second pregnancy came and went...lost half the weight...then PLATEAUEDDDDD at 3mths post-baby....and I was trying my best nutrition EVER! (or so I was brought to believe) This sent me to BLAH LAND...'comfort food, take-out cravings and sugar cravings)...which of course made me feel like the biggest failure! I couldn't understand it...I was eating my 'best' and still felt bloated, emotional and REALLY guilty because I couldn't get all my 'daily water' intake or my workouts in because the baby was really fussy and wouldn't let me out of her sight! So the cravings for take-out took over...no workouts, mood highs and lows....so one day being REALLY DESPERATE...I googled something along the lines of How to stop eating junk food/take-out...and it brought me to Mark's blog! I got the book from the Library and haven't looked back...all my thoughts and questions of why I still felt yucky eating clean when I should be feeling fantastic...for a while I thought it was all in my head and that I should just be working out more or eating less!!!!! OHHH THE GUILT...it used to keep me up at night...as well as the baby. I would be doing 8:00 pm, midnight, 3:00 am, or 5:00 am feedings and be feeling sooo guilty during the day and night that I wasn't working out enough or didn't have my 8 glasses of water today (so I couldn't possibly lose weight) because I was too busy with the baby! PHEW sooo much 'weight' was lifted off my shoulders!

              Favorite exercise:

              Grok Walking, Spartan 300, Animal movements, Yoga

              Favorite Primal food:

              Avocado, Bacon, Omelets and Spinach

              Best part about being Primal:

              Eating and feeling great on the inside and finally seeing the results on the outside as a reflection of that! Being 'active' in my life....getting myself out of my comfort zone.

              Worst part about being Primal:

              Ummmm...I am a big Peanut fan, I have given them up tho for most part (I am even allergic to them...I'm sooo bad I know!) and beans...I did enjoy some beans now and then....
              Last edited by ActiveLivingLesley; 12-14-2012, 07:40 PM. Reason: Realized after reading I am probably more Primal than I thought??

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              • Hi...my name is Jacqui...wife and mother of 3 in Ontario, Canada....have been off work for the past year due to disability...arthritis in both knees, very little cushioning between the joints...can no longer work in my field as a training manager for a fast food restaurant....orthopedic surgeon says I need new knees sometime in the next 10-15 yrs..can you say wake up call!!!Started researching...joined Goodlife fitness here in town and started work on muscles around the knees, however still following the CW diet...eating 5-6 times a day etc....found Mark's blog in September and have been working on being paleo/primal for the past few months...



                Your location: Milton, Ontario, Canada

                Age (If you want): 51

                How Primal are you: 80-85%

                Do you consume dairy: yes, cream for coffee, aged cheese

                Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea, one cup of coffee daily

                Motivator for switching to Primal: health reasons

                Favorite exercise:

                Favorite Primal food: bacon

                Best part about being Primal: no 2pm energy slump, weight loss (fat)

                Worst part about being Primal: loose skin in the arms from weight loss...will this get better with more work on the arm muscles???

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                • Your location: Frederick, CO

                  Age (If you want): 38

                  How Primal are you: As of today, VERY

                  Do you consume dairy: Heavy whipping cream

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: No

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of holding my breath while I tie my shoes!!

                  Favorite exercise: Really? People have a favorite? Guess I will soon find one.

                  Favorite Primal food: bacon

                  Best part about being Primal: Hopefully weighloss, will find out soon enough.

                  Worst part about being Primal: Im a nighttime eater....bad!

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                  • Your location: Delaware, Ohio

                    Age (If you want): 30

                    How Primal are you: 60%

                    Do you consume dairy: milk, some cheese, generally raw

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: the goal to change my way of life

                    Favorite exercise: weight lifting, intense workout, soccer

                    Favorite Primal food: meat and fruits

                    Best part about being Primal: motivation

                    Worst part about being Primal: none

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                    • Just started Primal and I thought I would pop in and say "HI"

                      1. Live in Japan (Okinawa).
                      2. age 39.
                      3. Just started Primal.
                      4. I consume cheese, yogurt and very little milk.
                      5. Two cups of coffee in the morning, Tea sometimes.
                      6. Recently I read what the CDC is now saying about health and inflamation, which follows in line with Primal and Paleo.
                      7. Body weight training, TRX, and kettlebells. Favorite exercise has got to be the Burpee.
                      8. Steak.
                      9. Best part: feeling full but not "I want to curl into a ball and die" full
                      10. Worst part: Holiday parties.
                      BKHp6.jpg I have attached this, you may have to zoom in, from the CDC. Thought it would be a good read.

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                      • Your location: St. Pete, FL.

                        Age (If you want): 26.

                        How Primal are you: 85-90%.

                        Do you consume dairy: Butter (for now).

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cup (black, no sugar) in the 16 days since I've started. It was finals week and I wasn't able to get good sleep the night before.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Sjogren's, asthma and an increasing amount of food allergies were zapping my energy and enjoyment of food. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, and on my own had come to realize that bread products and the like made me feel like crap, so I started investigating. Primal/paleo is where I ended up.

                        Favorite exercise: Biking/squats/deadlifts (hard to pick one).

                        Favorite Primal food: Oxtail.

                        Best part about being Primal: Feeling the best I have, since I was 19: no pain after eating, energy like I've never had, a clear headedness I wasn't sure I'd ever have again, getting relief from food allergies, not getting hunger rages.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Hearing Conventional Wisdom spouted as truth over and over again.
                        Last edited by Cet; 12-17-2012, 06:41 PM.

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                        • Your location: Oak Park, IL (suburb of Chicago)

                          Age (If you want): 55

                          How Primal are you: 90s%

                          Do you consume dairy: yes, some. Prefer raw when I can get it.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss, seemed fascinating, I hunt and fish

                          Favorite exercise: shovelgloving

                          Favorite Primal food: bacon and eggs with butter

                          Best part about being Primal: looking better and feeling stronger

                          Worst part about being Primal: missing foods I loved; some small extra time required in shopping

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                          • Your location: Luxembourg, originally from Baltics

                            Age: 47

                            How Primal are you: Started on February, worked slowly towards it, don't cheat but could do with more exercise.

                            Do you consume dairy: Some 35% cream in my coffee and occasional cheese.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee - yes, tea - almost never.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Always felt with my 6th sense that there must be something like this, now found it here. My childhood was pretty close to primal. Direct reason - being overweight.

                            Favorite exercise: Walking my dogs. Slacklining. Would love to ride a bicycle, but with 2 energetic dogs pulling it is a little too fast/uncontrollable for me. Coming from karate and horse riding.

                            Favorite Primal food: Pork, eggs, cucumbers, dills, mushrooms, leeks, carrots, raspberries, pears.

                            Best part about being Primal: Feeling like I am 18 again.

                            Worst part about being Primal: There is nothing wrong with primal, no looking back!
                            Last edited by SeaHorse; 12-17-2012, 03:39 PM. Reason: forgetfulness

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                            • The Questions:


                              Your location: Connecticut

                              Age (If you want): 63

                              How Primal are you: 50/50

                              Do you consume dairy: Yes

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes on both

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Some weight loss but mostly gain energy

                              Favorite exercise: Hiking

                              Favorite Primal food: Steak

                              Best part about being Primal: Steak

                              Worst part about being Primal:undecided

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                              • The Questions:


                                Your location: Melbourne, FL, USA

                                Age (If you want): 30

                                How Primal are you:
                                I should mention I'm a noob, and still adjusting, about 2-3 months since I started my dietary changes (first month was more Atkins based - low carb). So my answer is..as much as I can be without driving myself crazy. I avoid grains, but I do on occasion eat legumes. I also eat potatoes and consume dairy. I buy grass-fed beef when it's w/in budget, but mostly buy the hormone-free grain fed option. I strive to be more primal, but it's tough this day and age. I'll admit to cheating with a piece of pizza on occasion.

                                Do you consume dairy: Guess I answered this above, but yes, I use milk & butter. I almost never drink milk though, primarily it's a complementary item such as in coffee or part of a meal. Though for cooking I tend to use coconut milk instead.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Daily. I'm drinking Irish Breakfast Tea right now as a matter of fact.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Because it's logical. Best way I can explain it. Doesn't hurt that I feel significantly better when I don't eat grains and limit my dairy. I also love the taste of grass-fed beef. I was already eating range free chicken and eggs, and wild caught fish like salmon.

                                Favorite exercise: Swimming ( though weight lifting & bodyweight resistance training are my primaries)

                                Favorite Primal food: Ribeye

                                Best part about being Primal: Feeling 10X healthier than before.

                                Worst part about being Primal: Cost of grass-fed steaks in my area.

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