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  • Your location: Upstate NY

    Age (If you want): 28, Androgyne identified but your forum makes me pick a sex, so I went with my bio-sex.

    How Primal are you:
    Barely. I'm a newb and I'm still easing myself into these waters. I don't think I'll ever be 100%. I'm addicted to Mountain Dew and don't see that changing anytime soon, but I used to eat pasta 6 nights a week, at least, and snack constantly on packaged carbs, and bulk candy. Now I eat meat for nearly every dinner, and count carbs, and I nearly completely cut the snacking.

    Do you consume dairy: Bunches, especially legit soft mozzarella, and Milk.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea. I like Tea. Nice Black Tea. None of that spiced or herbal stuff. Leaves of a freaking tea plant.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: My friend Molly is a full on Primal. I eat two meals a night at her place, and she's educated me on it some. Even if I can't do it all the way getting partway there is healthier than what I used to do (subsist primarily on pasta.)

    Favorite exercise: Dancing. I'm not a good dancer by any means... but I get great cardio trying and failing to learn new dances, or just dancing like no one's watching and I don't care. I'd probably love Zumba, but why pay for that when I can just dance badly in my own home for free?

    Favorite Primal food: Sashimi.

    Best part about being Primal: All my favorite meats are AOK.

    Worst part about being Primal: Giving up boredom/stress eating. I'm not hungry for junk food... I'm just bored... or I'm stressed out and eating just feels good. I knew that and I did it anyway when I had the metabolisim of a humming bird. I'm still bored and now I choose not to and I don't feel hungry at all... I feel BORED AS HECK, even when I'm doing something else. I need to do like 3 things at once to not be bored, and eating was an easy way to tie up one of the tracks of my multitrack mind. The stress eating wasy 10 times easier to give up than the boredom eating.


    • Hi there

      Your location: London, UK

      Age (If you want): 41

      How Primal are you: Just started, 3 days in. Have just had some bread, but the cupboards are bare and that's all that was in. I did top it with butter instead of margarine though!

      Do you consume dairy: Yes

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I lost 60lbs last year using CW, then put 28lbs back on. I also still felt sluggish and lacking in energy. I read PB, and realised I could feel better and still lose weight.

      Favorite exercise: None, but I hope I will start to like it!

      Favorite Primal food: Any meat, and cheddar cheese.

      Best part about being Primal: Too early to say, but if the last 3 days are anything to go by, it's feeling full without feeling stuffed and sluggish.

      Worst part about being Primal: Not knowing if I'm doing it right! Is it ok to eat bread if it's within my carb limit? I have struggled to increase my fat intake, and my protein intake is quite high (it is always more than i should have for my LBM). I've also struggled to eat more than 50g of carbs, how can I fix that?

      I'm a married mother of 6 on a budget, wanting to move away from a convenience and lazy lifestyle.


      • Your location: Geraldton, Western Australia

        Age (If you want): 44 and proud of it

        How Primal are you: I am currently on day 17 of a Whole30 detox which is my first toe in the Primal Lifestyle Pool!

        Do you consume dairy: Used to but haven't since 31st December 2012.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: As a "white and one" coffee drinker I have struggled with coffee without milk so I have chosen to do without it instead ... so far so good, no casualties!

        Motivator for switching to Primal: My former eating lifestyle was making me feel tired and sluggish and bloated so I decided to try gluten free to see if that helped. Talking to a friend on New Year's Eve introduced me to paleo which I had never heard of before. I ordered some books online, discovered and decided to undertake a Whole30 starting 1st January (which is the only time of the year I have any motivation to do anything new haha) and when my Primal Blueprint book arrived and I started reading it, everything suddenly made sense.

        Favorite exercise: Walking on the beach, can't beat fresh salt air!

        Favorite Primal food: I am still very much a newbie at this so don't really have a favourite primal food but I am a bit in love with all things coconut.

        Best part about being Primal: Even though I am only 17 days old - primally speaking - the long lasting energy is pretty impressive. Can't wait to see how good I feel a bit further down the track.

        Worst part about being Primal: Being a newbie I'm always worrying I might be eating something I shouldn't! But other than that love everything about it


        • The Questions:

          Your location: North San Diego

          Age (If you want): 43

          How Primal are you: about 70% food wise, need to get to exercising more

          Do you consume dairy: been switching over to coconut milk, I eat cheese some times

          Do you drink coffee or tea: hate coffee! tea aficionado!

          Motivator for switching to Primal: avoiding diabetes, slimming down, be a in great health, have a healthy family

          Favorite exercise: hiking, used love Kickboxing and yoga but some how stopped doing that

          Favorite Primal food: sashimi!, I love me some good fish, or chicken.

          Best part about being Primal: lots of variety of veggies and protein

          Worst part about being Primal: no more cheesecake or tiramisu???


          • I dip veggies cut in sticks in guacamole: carrots and cucumber hmmmmm


            • Dutchie in America over here! hoi!


              • Your location: The Southern United States

                Age (If you want): 32

                How Primal are you: Very (but I'm new and still learning!)

                Do you consume dairy: Currently, no

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, occasionally

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss, overall health

                Favorite exercise: Exploring

                Favorite Primal food: Eggs

                Best part about being Primal: Since day 3 I've felt better than ever before in my life.

                Worst part about being Primal: Eating so much meat. (I know, I know.)

                Hello, everyone. I'm new - started eating mostly primal a couple of months ago, but got really serious about it a week ago. I have a significant amount of weight to lose and I just got tired of feeling like crap. I've lost about 10 pounds in this first week alone, which blows my mind. I have a condition which makes weight loss more difficult usually, so I've definitely never shed weight this quickly. Also, since about day 3 I've felt incredible. Really excited to have found a lifestyle that feels very natural and my body seems to be responding to it amazingly. I'm glad this forum exists as I'm sure I'll have questions along the way. Nice to meet you!


                • First post!

                  Your location: Alabama
                  Age (If you want): 43
                  How Primal are you: Newbie, trying to get started
                  Do you consume dairy: Until now, mostly just in coffee, cheese, and an occasional greek yogurt. But not so much anymore.
                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, yes. Drank it straight up for the first time this morning.
                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss.
                  Favorite exercise: Walking, occasional run.
                  Favorite Primal food: Steak. Medium.
                  Best part about being Primal: Bacon.
                  Worst part about being Primal: No splenda in coffee.
                  Last edited by maelynn; 01-18-2013, 01:17 PM.


                  • Hello all

                    Your location: Finland

                    Age (If you want): 27

                    How Primal are you: 1 week old

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes and yes

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Some inner need to go back to old/ancient ways, plus wanting to reach optimal health

                    Favorite exercise: Swimming, in a lake, definitely NOT pool!

                    Favorite Primal food: At the moment - bacon (after several years of being a vegetarian... mmmm)

                    Best part about being Primal: The whole concept of returning to the roots of human race, trying to live like we are supposed to live

                    Worst part about being Primal: Coconuts, the seem to be everywhere! I really dislike the taste, but hopefully I will get used to it.


                    • Hi all I have seen the daily apple on countless google searches in search of my health and nutrition ventures and decided to give the forum a try.

                      Your location: Oklahoma,US

                      Age (If you want): 20

                      How Primal are you: I am a college student and am as primal as I can be. I rarely buy organic but completely cut out grains except for a cheat day every week and a half. I have been following a Warrior diet/ IF approach for a couple months now and only eat once or twice daily. I eat either Chicken(store bought) or grass fed beef that my rents buy as my protein sources.

                      Do you consume dairy: Butter for cooking thats about it.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: I love coffe and I'm partial to tea. Always black and usually w/ stevia unless out and about and use sweet and low.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: My family has a history of health probs and was a fat kid growing up. In search of health and weight loss.

                      Favorite exercise: I recently prefer to do full body or full body section workout(upper or lower body)

                      Favorite Primal food: Grass fed beef cooked in coconut oil

                      Best part about being Primal: Its easier to retain weight and feel better.

                      Worst part about being Primal: Weight loss not going as well as I'd hope


                      • Hi everyone, I've been reading for awhile and have found so much great info. Thought I'd officially join in. --Joelle

                        The Questions:

                        Your location:

                        Age (If you want):

                        How Primal are you:
                        I think very? But still learning!

                        Do you consume dairy:
                        Yes, but not a lot. Cream in my morning coffee, occasionally cook with butter, occasional cheese.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea:

                        Motivator for switching to Primal:
                        For weight loss, but already finding other benefits

                        Favorite exercise:
                        walking, gardening

                        Favorite Primal food:
                        lamb chops

                        Best part about being Primal:

                        Worst part about being Primal:


                        • Your location: Barcelona

                          Age (If you want):

                          How Primal are you: 90%, I have alcohol and dairy but no grains or legumes (except for peanut butter).

                          Do you consume dairy: Yes, if there's nothing else to eat at a party. I will continue to use butter.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both, sometimes with sweetener. Sticking to espressos though.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal:

                          I've done Atkins a long time ago (on and off) and I read BFFM but none of them made sense to me separately.
                          I think Primal is good because it is LC and there's emphasis on clean food. I am also an advocate of slow food, partly why I moved to Spain actually. The produce here is excellent.

                          Favorite exercise: Walking, dancing

                          Favorite Primal food: Confit of duck, roast pork belly, jamon iberico de bellota

                          Best part about being Primal: The focus on quality - I always felt full eating at Michelin star restaurants despite the tiny portions. This way of eating agrees with me.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Eating out with friends who are not primal. Gluten and dairy free are easy to explain. But not eating patatas baravas or paella...

                          It's also a challenge as I've been running a foodie group for about a year now. I plan to "cheat" at our dinners so no one will even notice I'm primal.


                          • Hello all! Need like minded friends to help and motivate me,so i joined.
                            Age: 31

                            How primal are you? Starting again after being very mostly primal in the past.

                            Do you consume dairy? Yes. Butter and cream.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea? Coffee.

                            Motivator for switching to primal: Well,i understand this is the best way to eat and after a while off the diet,i got concerned about my health.

                            Favorite exercise: weight lifting.

                            Favorite primal food: all.

                            Best part about being primal: the way i feel,not getting sick when everybody else around me does.

                            Worst part: dificult to find good choices when eating out.


                            • 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: California Desert

                              Age (If you want): 43

                              How Primal are you: Thinking of starting

                              Do you consume dairy: Cheese and non-fat Greek yogurt

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:Both

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: I am really struggling with white, processed, sugar carb cravings. I need to get my metabolism and blood sugar in check.

                              Favorite exercise: Martial Arts, weights. P90X is a favorite

                              Favorite Primal food: Not there yet

                              Best part about being Primal: Not there yet

                              Worst part about being Primal:
                              I am afraid that this is just another nutritional plan I will ditch. Really working on my mindset that just because I have struggles, doesn't mean I have to give up completely.


                              • Hi everyone, I'm Sarah from Wales and I'm new here!
                                I've read a lot of stuff about the primal blueprint in the last week and it makes perfect sense to me. As a child I hated bread, potatoes, and other carby stuff and it always seems to me to be pointless calories. I'm now 49 years old and weigh 198 pounds, and haven't felt well for a while - although for most of my life I've been fit and healthy, the last few years have been tough and I've developed an addiction to eating sugar and comfort foods. It can't go on! My ambition is to be back at my healthy weight by my 50th birthday in March - but any progress will be just fine :-)
                                Yesterday I started to eat primally - and today I already feel different, with so far no cravings! It's great to realise that lots of the things I really love are primal - such as olives, butternut squash soup with coconut mik, roasted veggies, and a glass of red wine!
                                Already I feel more in control...