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    Your location: San Francisco, CA

    Age (If you want): 28

    How Primal are you: 80%

    Do you consume dairy: Yes. I'm Northern European by descent, and I tolerate it well. That said, I'm not drinking milk. But cream, yogurt, and cheese are all on my menu.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both

    Motivator for switching to Primal: It makes sense to me. I followed CRON for a long time but didn't like all the rules. Primal is so much easier to manage. And it's the ONLY way of eating that gives me both a full belly and a flat belly.

    Favourite exercise: Walking up and down the hills of SF.

    Favourite Primal food: Too many to choose from! Roasted veggies with bacon fat, a nice fat grass fed steak, the gorgeous melty fat on a pork chop... Chances are if there's a slab of fatty meat and something green, I'm a happy camper.

    Best part about being Primal: People looking at me and asking how I'm not 300 lbs.

    Worst part about being Primal: Knowing that what other people are doing to try and be "healthy" is slowly poisoning them.


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      Your location: Central London

      Age (If you want): Late 30s

      How Primal are you: Over the last five years I've probably been 70% Primal - without describing it as such. Diet wise I've never really liked having too much rice/starchy veg/bread etc and have always had a preference for meat/fish etc. I've adopted the same approach when eating out or with takeaways. Since reading the PB about a month ago I'm probably 90% compliant. My main issue surrounds the carbohydrate content of wine/beer which seem to be a necessary part of sociable London living and rugby watching! Drinking more primal drinks for a day full of rugby watching with friends is not a sensible option.

      Exercise wise I've realised (after reading the PB and Body by Science) that I'm probably over-training and would see increased gains with less working out. A historic weekly exercise plan would have included 3-4 resistance sessions, 3-4 cardio sessions and 2-3 sessions of pilates. I'm going to reduce this and focus on big movements for the next month with increased sprinting on the rowing machine. I've always walked a lot - in and out of the centre of London when I go out for the evening - and will increase this further.

      Do you consume dairy: Yes. Love decent cheeses - ideally unpasturised. Thankfully there are plenty of cheese shops and markets selling great cheeses in London. Have never really drunk milk - never really liked the taste. I use cream with egg dishes and have always used a lot of butter in my cooking.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Proper coffee up until the early afternoon (again thankfully plenty of proper coffee shops around here) and then mint/green tea for the afternoon and evening.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: After being quite overweight in my 20s (too much drink/takeaways/bad instant food choices) I decided about ten years ago to take control of my life and food choices. Since then I've over time increasingly adopted what would be seen as a primal approach - without describing it as such.

      Bodywise I'm an ectomorph and want to decrease my body fat percentage fruther to the 5-10% range while increasing lean muscle. Currently my weight is 79kg/175lbs (height 188cm/62). My bodyfat percentage is around 10% which is down from about 12% a month ago since I increased my adherence to the primal approach. I take daily measurements on a body composition scale and record on an iphone app. Muscle mass has increased slightly with body water percentage remaining broadly the same. My weight about a year ago would have been around 92kg with a 20% bodyfat percentage. I'm really adopting this approach to take this to the next level. I don't have a weight target.

      Favorite exercise: Increasingly it's body weight exercises - pull ups/push ups/press ups.

      Favorite Primal food: Meat/offal/fish. So many choices!

      Best part about being Primal: Over the last month - after initial headaches after reducing carbs to around 10% of my diet - an increase in energy levels and awareness. It also seems counter-intuitive that having increased my fat intake to 50-60% of my diet that my bodyfat percentage decreases but it did! I also noticed at dinner last night that my taste buds seem to have increased in sensitivity as well - there seemed to be an intensity which I don't think that I could taste before.

      Worst part about being Primal: The fact that I should not have as many beers as I do - due to the carb content. We will have to see how this goes but there are so many great british beers...! Trying to explain to people that this isn't the Atkins diet is also becoming a bit tedious. I've also noticed that I'm becoming less tolerant of people who don't make the effort and don't take responsibility for their actions when it comes to making poor dietary/exercise choices. I'm not sure that's a bad thing though....


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        Been lurking on the forums for a couple months now...

        Location: Torrance, California

        Age: 28

        How Primal: I made the conscious decision to officially "go primal" on my 28th birthday, December 12 of 2009. After some initial struggles I am now about 85-90% dietarily compliant. Exercise is not quite as much but making progress.

        Dairy: I drink goat kefir (just started making my own after buying for months) and eat goat or sheep cheese daily. Butter is my primary cooking oil. Cream or half and half only with coffee.

        Coffee/Tea: Occasionally (1-2 times a week) drink coffee. Try not to drink too much or else the caffeine makes me jittery.

        Motivator: I've had immune system issues most of my life. I developed GI issues about 8 years ago after an aggressive round of antibiotics. I never really recovered and have slowly lost about 50 lbs since then (down to 100 lbs from 150 on a 5'11" frame). I've also got some pulmonary issues that are exacerbated by being underweight and malnourished in addition to a recent prolonged acute bacterial infection.

        Favorite exercise: My exercise tolerance is fairly low as I have lost a lot of muscle mass. My Lift Heavy Things workouts consist of bodyweight exercises (squats, pushups, situps) and I have done a couple "baby Tabata" workouts on the exercise bike. They are grueling but some masochistic part of my psyche likes them.

        Favorite food: I love getting grass-fed bison from the rancher who comes to the local farmer's market.

        Best part: So far, the food is the best. I kind of like being mostly carnivorous and am discovering the magic of grass-fed meat. I've also noticed significant strength gains with just a half dozen or so workouts over the last couple weeks.

        Worst part: Mainstream media, especially advertisement, is really annoying now. Even kids' cereal commercials tout the importance of healthywholegrains and beneficialfiber. Ick. It's also tough seeing how my parents eat although I have accepted that I'm not going to change anything by lecturing. Hopefully my (mostly-as-yet-to-appear) health improvements will be catalytic.


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          I wish I had found this site two months ago.

          I am currently on the Quick Weight Loss Center program. If I had found this site two months ago I would be much happier and $2200 richer.

          I did so love the Atkins low carb plan years ago but could not stay with it.

          I like what I read here. I just ordered the book. My Darling Wife likes what she sees here too.

          I will lurk around for awhile. My goal is to eat and exercise my way off of my blood pressure and cholesterol meds.



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            Hi everyone. My name's Brooke and I'm happy to be here amongst all of you. I have never been one to struggle with weight, always been active and athletic, but as the responsibilities of life have increased the time available to move my ass has rapidly evaporated. That, coupled with the comfort I have in my life now, having spent several years in an abusive relationship- struggling to make ends meet while my ex fed his various drug addictions... have led me to gaining a few inches and some pounds.

            I'm 5'6" tall and was weighing 165lbs. Too big, yes- but not beyond hope. And actually I had done some of the gaining intentionally, being transgendered I was "growing my curves", and I guess I let them get a little overgrown. Being Transgendered presents another problem too, with regard to working out.. can't let my old muscles come back too much. I used to be a gym rat and a US Marine, all with the hope of 'curing myself', but that's not how it works. So I was a pretty big guy- for five and a half feet tall- very cut too.. so long story I know, but at 26yrs of age I began my transition, now almost 39 and I am cutting back the extra fat, as with a clay sculpture, to reveal what is underneath.

            Your location: New Jersey, USA (south Jersey)

            Age (If you want): 38 ...thirty nine in April

            How Primal are you: 90-95% I think

            -it's hard to tell since I just started reading MDA a couple months ago and in the beginning I thought I was eating 'the good stuff' only to find out, not so good. BUT- I've been an avid reader and re-reader of everything I could on here, so I'm thinking I got it down pretty good now.

            Do you consume dairy: YES. Whole milk and some cheeses.. it's maybe my one and only vice.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Sometimes. I used to live for coffee, but I cut out sugar months and months ago and found without all the sweetness it's not what it once was for me.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: ...Well, I knew I had been slowly and steadily gaining weight for a few years now, and it was actually a video of me at Thankgiving last year that got me to say "WHAT THE!?!" -is that what I look like???

            sooooo... I decided to make the effort to get back down to 'fighting weight' so to speak and I was inspired by the P90X infomercial. I got a few disks from a friend at work and was hunting around thinking I'd cough up the cash and buy the whole thing and get it done the right way ---- WHEN LOW AND BEHOLD...

            I stumble across the PRIMAL BLUEPRINT 101 link on some coach's website.... well I started reading and it just made sense to me.

            Favorite exercise: Ballroom Dancing.. I have just started taking lessons - right about the time I started eating Primal. I have always wanted to learn!

            Favorite Primal food: BAS

            Best part about being Primal: I actually love all of it! The food tastes so good now... I mean it's the same food but without all the sauces and dressings saturated with sugar and salt- it's amazing how sweet a Red Bell Pepper really is. Also I have begun to really enjoy grocery shopping now- I pretend I'm hunting and gathering.

            Worst part about being Primal: Watching all the people I love still eating themselves to painful diseases and lowering their quality of life.

            Yesterday is History
            Tomorrow's a Mystery ~ Today is a Gift...
            That is why they call it THE PRESENT


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              Location: Hailey Idaho (ski country)

              Age: 32

              How primal are you: 85%-90% very primal during the week, a little more liberal on the weekends (read more alcohol). I can count three times total that i have had wheat or wheat products over the course of my 2 months doing this.

              Do you consume dairy: Yes, some heavy cream in my daily two cups of coffee. Other than that i have found cheese and milk to have stalled my weight lose goals. So i keep them to a bare minimum. Not being dairy intolerant as a whole i will reintroduce it once i have lost the 40 extra pounds i have.

              Do you drink coffee: i completely blame my wife!!!!! i used to not care so much about coffee until she became a barista and introduced me to to the wonderful world of GOOD coffee. So yeah...i drink my usual two cups in the morning.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: After doing research on why i was having such terrible weight/gut/bowel/chronic heart burn issues. Even after switching to a mostly veggie and organic whole wheat eating program (in fact it got worse) I was watching a Dr Oz rerun about a lady that had celiac disease, i notice that all my symptoms matched hers! One link lead to another...then i found MDA...oh what a god send! After staying up till the wee hours of the night reading the info on the site, i switched the very next day. Of course it wasn't until after reading the book and visited the forums for a while that i considered my life style to be totally in harmony with BP.

              Favorite exercise: Any body weight exercise. Hiking with my 2 year old on my back.

              Favorite Primal food: BACON...bacon and more bacon!!!!

              Best part about being Primal: Feeling good again! The instant relief of gut issues (i was truly amazed at how fast it happened). Mass amounts of energy. Dropping 15 pounds all ready. Being able to sleep at night. Sex drive is back and better than ever. Learning how to cook and appreciating REAL food.

              Worst part about being Primal: umm havent found one yet.


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                Location: Hamilton, NZ (originally from UK, and returning there in July)

                Age: 28

                How primal are you: 90% - 95%. Tend to relax it a little at the weekend with a glass of wine and a nibble of chocolate.

                Do you consume dairy: In teeny-tiny amounts - usually just a little knob of butter to scramble eggs or fry mushrooms in.

                Motivator for switching to Primal:

                1. I have PCOS and its the best way to fight the weight gain and improve my chances of conception.

                2. Although the biggest I reached was 154lbs at 5ft 8 (really not that big, I know), I was chubby/ skinny fat enough that I hated my husband seeing me naked. Not a good place to be.

                3. Wheat makes me so farty, its gross! Personal record was my gut waking my husband in the middle of the night because the smells coming out of it were so terrible! Really!

                4. My Mum was morbidly obese for most of my life, but in the last two years has shed over half of her body weight and is now down to about 150lbs and looks great. She unwittingly did it by going 80% Primal - despite never having heard of primal or paleo eating. She just worked it out for herself.

                Favorite exercise: Hiking

                Favorite Primal food: Beef. Although 85% chocolate mousse made with just eggs and chocolate is pretty high up there.....

                Best part about being Primal: I've lost 17lbs since Christmas!

                Worst part about being Primal: The smell of fresh baked hot cross buns when I do the grocery shopping.


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                  Hahaha... Squeaker, I am totally not always winning that hot cross buns battle at the supermarket!


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                    Your location: London

                    Age (If you want): 30ish.....

                    How Primal are you: up ans down constantly but about 60 -70%

                    Do you consume dairy: yes i do now but never really liked milk. Now have cream in my tea and have raw cheddar, brie, camembert, parmesan. Like goat cheese but can't find a raw source that not super duper expensive.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, more tea than coffee

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Diana Renata!

                    Favorite exercise: Used to love the treadmill but having a crisis of faith, plus need an ipod

                    Favorite Primal food: sausages, bacon, stews, thai fish curry, pate...never ending

                    Best part about being Primal: Being able to eat in restaurants; eating food that tastes good for the first time; not feeling constantly guilty; not craving fat; feeling full for the first time ever, enjoying cooking...

                    Worst part about being Primal: you know there isn't one. I miss rice, fresh pasta and sour dough bread but then I'm still eating those, also eating at friends houses and not wanting to stand out so eating whatever I'm served.... this is what my bf wrote as a response to a wedding invitation about dietary requirement last year.

                    "Mia is currently vegetarian and low fat though that may change by the wedding date; also if the meat looks good on the day she may have some"


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                      Your location: Ontario, Canada

                      Age (If you want): 25

                      How Primal are you: About 70%, but am thinking about going 95%+ (I am unlikely to give up the occassional glass of organic white wine or tsp of ghee)

                      Do you consume dairy: Yes, but usually only pasture-fed ghee and 24 hour fermented goat milk yogurt (the lengthy fermentation period eats up most, if not all, of the lactose and helps to predigest the proteins, while providing high amounts of probiotics). I am thinking of cutting all dairy.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Herbal tea, on occassion.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Desire to be as healthy as possible in all respects.

                      Favorite exercise: Mood dependent, but likely walking, jogging, yoga, and bicycling.

                      Favorite Primal food: Dark meat poultry and vegetables

                      Best part about being Primal: Intuitive resonance with eating the way that our early ancestors ate.

                      Worst part about being Primal: Not being 100% sure that it is the absolute healthiest diet for me.


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                        Your location: Atlanta, where the players play

                        Age (If you want): 26

                        How Primal are you: I've eaten about 75% Primal naturally for the past three or four years; have moved more toward 90%

                        Do you consume dairy: I am trying to consume less and less; it doesn't agree with me very well (except for yogurt), though I am a lover of butter.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I wish I could say it was wanting to be healthier or more in tune with my evolutionary past, but, really, I just wanted to be back in the great shape I was in when I was a little younger.

                        Favorite exercise: Squats with a lot of weight, push-ups, chin-ups

                        Favorite Primal food: Artichokes with homemade mayo (hence the name)

                        Best part about being Primal: I hate cardio and processed foods. I have always hated cardio and processed foods. Now I have validation!

                        Worst part about being Primal: I really enjoy baking. I still do it, but it's less fun when you have to constantly tell yourself that the cake you're making is for other people, not for you.

                        "To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age--shamans not priests, bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poised on the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever." --Hakim Bey, TAZ


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                          Your location: NW burb of Minneapolis

                          Age (If you want): 48

                          How Primal are you: 80-90% March through October...then I fall off the wagon... trying to make it all 12 months, so I don't gain back the same 15-20 lbs every winter.

                          Do you consume dairy: Some half & half in my coffee, some greek yogurt, trying to cut out the cheese... thinking about dairy-free April 1

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been a fan for years - rarely posted, went to log in, and my account was gone.. :-( First saw Mark on Doug Kauffman's "Know the Cause" - the pieces started falling into place - and I know I feel so much better when I stay away from grains.

                          Favorite exercise: walking, hiking, biking... starting kettlebells (still in Army Reserves - have to do push-ups and sit-ups)

                          Favorite Primal food: Steak, eggs, butter

                          Best part about being Primal: Aside from breaking a lifelong grain addiction, the lifestyle makes sense and is relatively effortless... no fancy equipment, no health club memberships, I love unprocessed natural food and salad... my joint pains, fatigue and other health problems disappear when I follow PB.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Missing some of my favorite foods... pizza, bagels, pasta...


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                            Your location: New York

                            Age (If you want): 37

                            How Primal are you: 100% in terms of food choices but still working on going 100% organic and grass fed

                            Do you consume dairy: No

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: No

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: A cleaner and more natural way of life for me. I had been a very low carber for a year and half prior but my weight loss had stalled due to dairy products and an improper exercise routine

                            Favorite exercise: Right now I'm doing a 5x5 routine and loving it... along with low intensity cardio (cycling or hiking) - Looking to incorporate sprinting soon!

                            Favorite Primal food: Steak

                            Best part about being Primal: I am no longer on any medications; my blood work is textbook perfect. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in. I look and feel better now at the age of 37 then when I was 25!

                            Worst part about being Primal: None. I wouldn't change my lifestyle for the anything!

                            ZC - 100% Carnivore

                            I EAT VEGANS


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                              Age 56, Santa Fe, New Mexico.... gone primal today after reading the book -- grain vegan diet I was on before, hungry all the time, health issues....

                              anyway, I'm new to it... I will eat some dairy, but limited, just purchased some grass fed meats, especially buffalo (lots in New Mexico)..... lots of leafy greens and seeds.... won't change that.. love salads.

                              I wish you all a good success... guess I didn't answer the questions in order..


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                                Your location:New York City

                                Age (If you want):38

                                How Primal are you:Still figuring that out - only 3 weeks in

                                Do you consume dairy: Oh yes. If I had to give up dairy this whole thing would be far harder.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: 3 cups of strong coffee daily.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Doctor trying to get me on Statins in my 30s, our conversations about cholesterol prompted me to read up on the science and here I am.

                                Favorite exercise: Racquetball. Totally primal-friendly sport too! 110% bursts of activity, full body movement.

                                Favorite Primal food: Ribs. Oh, ribs. Guilt-free ribs.

                                Best part about being Primal: I would say improved mood, sleep, and energy levels, I know that's 3 but hey. Weight loss, the reason I started, is great but not the main benefit for me as it turns out.

                                Worst part about being Primal: Hard to buy a good quick meal around the office, even though it's Manhattan. Bread is everywhere! I shouldn't complain though, it's probably easier to be primal here than in most of the country.

                                If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least and this (personal fave):