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  • Your location: Albany/Menands, NY

    Age (If you want): 28

    How Primal are you: I started the primal diet about 1 month ago and i've already lost 14 pounds. I went from being a vegetarian for about 17 years to eating some meats. I still haven't mustered up the guts to eat red meat, but i've been eating all types of fish and seafood as well as poultry and bacon. I also eat loads of fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and even the occasional bit of rice or potato (in moderation). I include dairy but only full fat and fermented dairy products, like full fat yogurts, cheeses and local heavy cream.

    Do you consume dairy: Guess I already answered this one above lol

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes both, but with no added sugars.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Dr. Mercola's grain-free diet actually lead me to this site. I was researching ways to control my acne and he mentioned a grain-free diet. This correlated with exactly what I should have been doing for years because I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with PCOS and insulin resistence. I was put on metformin and spironolactone and told to keep taking birth control. I'm an environmental studies major and i've always been into natural foods and holistic approaches. The last thing I wanted to do was fall into the conventional medicine trap for the rest of my life. So, I jumped on the primal wagon to help me with weight loss and to help reverse its associated symptoms: PCOS and acne along with depression and insulin resistence, which has only caused me to become very obese and heavy around the mid-section. I have completely stopped taking all meds (except I take a probiotic/zinc/borage seed oil supplement for my skin which helps a lot) and I feel better than i've ever felt before in my LIFE. My energy has sky rocketed and my depression is already 100% gone. I'm also losing inches like crazy which is especially noticeable in my clothing. The best part is my boyfriend noticed I lost some weight already, which is something I haven't been able to do for years with calorie-restricting diets and chronic cardio.

    Favorite exercise: I have always loved going on long hikes but hated how winded I became, especially after gaining a lot of weight due to insulin resistence/PCOS. Now I feel like I can hike for miles longer without losing my energy. I love it! I love nature and hiking. Also, I love doing sprints outdoors and I really think it helps to shed some pounds.

    Favorite Primal food: Bacon! Haha also I love making shakes in my nutrabullet. I've been using a paleo whey protein I found on amazon and blending it up with fruits, greens, chia seeds, cinnamon (great for insulin sensitivity and also tasty!), almond milk and/or almond butter, sometimes a small amount of cream and ice. I do different variations and it's always so tasty and satisfying. Also I love making mashed cauliflaur... I came across a really yummy version of a shepards pie which uses mashed cauliflaur, veggies and meat and coconut milk. SO good!

    Best part about being Primal: Well like I mentioned before, I feel absolutely amazing! Lots of energy, no depression, but the absolute best part is I rarely ever feel hungry. I could sometimes eat just once a day and feel completely satisfied. Before eating primal, I was constantly hungry... nothing ever satisfied until I ate to the point of feeling guilty and disappointed in myself. Now I can eat some bacon and eggs, or a large salad with grilled chicken and avocado, or even a handfull of raw nuts and some fruit... and feel full. Amazing.

    Worst part about being Primal: There are few convenient foods. This is not the diets fault in itself, but rather, the way the modern American diet is structured. I'm a busy person because I work full time while working on my thesis. Sometimes, I just want to grab something quick to eat, but there are few options for that. So, eating primal does require that you plan your meals ahead of time and always remember to bring along some primal-approved foods if you know your day will be busy. Occasionally, it's ok to somewhat cheat (like I do once in a while with chinese or indian food).


    • Welcome and good luck. Sounds like you are making great progress.


      • Hi Everyone,

        Today is day one of my journey in what seems an endless search for a healthy life style. I'm very new to primal, just started reading the "Primal Blueprint". Thank you Mark for a fresh and sensible approach to a healthy life. I'm sure there will be challenges along the way, but I plan on giving it all I can to develop the Grok

        Your location: Albany, NY

        Age (If you want): 49

        How Primal are you: Just getting started

        Do you consume dairy: Some, try to stay with organic

        Do you drink coffee or tea: morning cup of coffee, occasional gren tea

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Looking for sustainable healthy lifestyle

        Favorite exercise: running, weight training

        Favorite Primal food: eggs, steak

        Best part about being Primal: the simplicity

        Worst part about being Primal: no more pasta or homemade bread


        • The Questions:

          Your location: I live in Costa Rica

          Age (If you want): newly 46

          How Primal are you: Great when I have no outside influences. I have been sugar and processed food free for at least 10 years.--my daughter has never understood that. I still have issues with "cheating," especially with bread, and corn tortillas (and pay for it greatly afterwards).

          Do you consume dairy: I try not to. I have totally eliminated milk, yogurt, and non-aged cheese.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: One cup of coffee every morning with coconut milk.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: We have been living in Costa Rica full-time for 2 years, so when we first settled here in Costa Rica, we (my husband and I), started the "Typical" diet, which includes beans and rice. Also, a large amount of the diet is pasta, corn and flour tortilla--these items are all a reduce price. After several months of this "Typical" diet I became very uncomfortable. After complete misery--I looked for the possible causes---and found out that my diet could be the main factor.

          Favorite exercise: There are none. But I do force myself at least 3-4 times a week.

          Favorite Primal food: I enjoy most of the food--I have found a new favorite--Beef Tongue--wonderful.

          Best part about being Primal: Feeling good.

          Worst part about being Primal: Nothing, except I have no will power to avoid bread, and corn tortillas when presented to me.

          I do have several things to overcome living in Costa Rica---there are no alternative flours--have to make my own--it is not easy to find alternative oils (vegetable shortening or oil is the choice)--have to learn how to render my own lard.

          I will overcome these things---there is one thing I must do and that is find the will-power to NOT eat the things that cause me discomfort when presented in front of me. I must learn how to make the alternative food.

          My ultimate goal is to feel great, and to no longer have this bloating and round stomach. I was very strict for 45 days, and felt great, but then my daughter came for a visit, and we went to several wonderful restaurants and I ate bread, rice and tortillas. Ever since then I have not been able to get back on track.

          Wish me luck.


          • The Questions:

            Your location: Currently in Galway, Ireland for a few months, from Rhode Island though

            Age (If you want): 20

            How Primal are you: 80%

            Do you consume dairy: Minimally (cream in coffee, occasional cottage cheese or Greek yogurt)

            Do you drink coffee or tea: both

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight and get healthier after gaining the freshman 15

            Favorite exercise: Jogging

            Favorite Primal food: Avocados!

            Best part about being Primal: Eating delicious food and feeling great

            Worst part about being Primal: Having to explain to people that it is indeed possible to live without bread, cereal, rice, and sweets.


            • The Questions:

              Your location: Ipswich, UK

              Age 37

              How Primal are you: day two of primal. 80% I would say as still very early days

              Do you consume dairy: only small amount of cheese. May eat Greek yoghurt

              Do you drink coffee or tea: black coffee & green tea

              Motivator for switching to Primal: battling with weight for years. Always been a gym goer and enjoy lifting heavy weights but with that I eat to much especially starchy carbs

              Favorite exercise: Squats , military shoulder press.

              Favorite Primal food: Steak & eggs

              Best part about being Primal: feeling less bloated

              Worst part about being Primal: giving up oat meal , bread , potato chips and breakfast cereal. I ate a lot of breakfast cereal at all times of the day


              • The Questions:

                Your location: Vanderhoof, BC

                Age: 46

                How Primal are you: 80/20, sometimes 70/30 sometimes 90/10. Started with Whole 30 to kick it off in October, 2012.

                Do you consume dairy: small amount of Greek yoghurt

                Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea

                Motivator for switching to primal: inflammation in joints felt like arthritis; weight loss and injury prevention; to prevent my daughter becoming pubescent too soon.

                Favorite exercise: Anything outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing, swimming, sprinting, trampoline ( when was the last time you jumped on the trampoline?), and pull ups.

                Favorite Primal food: Fish, sashimi really.

                Best part about being Primal: feeling awesome. All. The. Time.

                Worst part about being Primal: uh. Nothing. What's so bad about it? Primal! We love it!


                • A couple of thoughts on lack of convenient foods. If you are going to be out for awhile, eat a fat-heavy meal and you will likely stay satiated all day: Yesterday I had a piece of fat from the corned beef I prepared to finish the meal, maybe 3" by 3" and felt like I was stuffed for a few hours after. So that avoids the issue.

                  If I want to have a snack handy I have a couple of things I use. One, there are always nuts and a few go a long way, I'm careful not to overconsume. For variety I will sometimes combine nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes and perhaps cut up pieces of jerky. For the jerky it can be tough to find it without sugar so be careful. Again a little goes a long ways especially if you had a fat-heavy meal beforehand. (For breakfast, I will make an omelet with two or three eggs, veggies, perhaps bacon and cooked in plenty of butter or bacon grease. Easily gets me through a day)


                  • Hi everyone!

                    Here goes:

                    Your location: Mission Viejo, CA

                    Age (If you want): 61

                    How Primal are you: 95%...?

                    Do you consume dairy: yes

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf coffee occasionally, decaf iced tea, yes.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: makes sense, trying to lose weight, want optimal health for my age.

                    Favorite exercise: dancing to my playlist of fav fast songs.

                    Favorite Primal food: steak, of course.

                    Best part about being Primal: feel light, and weight just dropping right off. And the knowledge it's so healthy!

                    Worst part about being Primal: I honestly can't think of one, at the moment!
                    My blog:


                    • The Questions:

                      Your location: Melbourne, Australia

                      Age 35

                      How Primal are you: ?? mostly, feeling poor after not eating right is making it easy

                      Do you consume dairy: Ghee, heavy cream in coffee and on fruit

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee - 1 large in the morning

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Feeling poor working a physical job.

                      Favorite exercise: Sprints on bike, chin-ups

                      Favorite Primal food: Fish, Eggs

                      Best part about being Primal: The eating change has revealed so many areas that have improved... eg. my poo has returned to normal - i definatley had some gluten issues, aches and pains (muscular and tendon) have gone, hayfever much improved, i sleep like baby again, i dont need to eat constantly, i eat way less overall, work output is high all day long ;-)

                      Worst part about being Primal: The worst part?... It should be the advice from doctors, governments etc. But its not, its all a massive scam. I have bloody eaten sh1t for 35 years that was making me fat and sick, but it was Kn "healthy wholegrains, eat as much as you want". Anyway, now to convince my Mum


                      • Your location: Louisville, KY, USA

                        Age (If you want):25

                        How Primal are you: 90/10%, I cheat, and I regret it everytime.. I'm getting better however now that I have been following keto for a bit

                        Do you consume dairy: Sometimes, it's never regular, butter and cottage cheese mostly

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: love both

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: gluten intolerance was really destroying my digestive system, and i slowly eliminated all grains from my diet, and then HFCS, and then regular sugar, and now on and off with carb foods i.e. potatoes

                        Favorite exercise:I love trail running, I just love being out in nature, I start crossfit tomorrow, I hope that becomes my favorite too

                        Favorite Primal food:Eggs are a gift to mankind, definately eggs and coconut oil

                        Best part about being Primal:digestion is wunderbar!

                        Worst part about being Primal:explaining why you eat the way you eat to people who don't even know there is WHEAT in bread... yes, it's a daily thing, especially in Kentucky.


                        • Ashley

                          Your location: Los Angeles, CA

                          Age (If you want): 26

                          How Primal are you: 80%

                          Do you consume dairy: cheese on occasion

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: both (Bulletproof coffee when I drink coffee)

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: lack of energy and wanted a change in diet (and my fiance started eating like this. team effort!)

                          Favorite exercise: squats now that I know how to properly do them!

                          Favorite Primal food: Grass-fed burger with avocado

                          Best part about being Primal: Easy choices, don't have to read labels as much because I'm shopping the outside perimeter of the store.

                          Worst part about being Primal: I feel guilty for the amount of fat I'm eating...


                          • Hello all!

                            Your location: Michigan

                            Age: 32.99

                            How Primal are you: At the moment, mostly.

                            Do you consume dairy: Yes, some. BUTTER. Some cheese, HWC in my coffee, ice cream when I'm slipping.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, but mostly coffee.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight.

                            Favorite exercise: Zumba

                            Favorite Primal food: Coconut oil

                            Best part about being Primal: Toss up between the weight loss and the evening out of my hunger. When I'm more SAD than Primal, when I get hungry, I'm crabby, headachey, and ready to gnaw off my own limbs. It's nice when that goes away.

                            Worst part about being Primal: Toss up between having to eat foods that I don't enjoy that much and how difficult it can be to find things on the go when I don't have time to cook.
                            Last edited by angelle321; 03-18-2013, 05:52 PM.


                            • My location: Northern Virginia

                              Age: 36

                              How Primal are you: I'm assuming I'm pretty primal. I can't afford to do organic and grass fed all the time, but I get it when I can. I don't eat fillers: bread, rice, corn, pasta or taters. I use my juicer every morning. I go to the gym at work during my lunch break or slip out for a walk. I usually eat leftovers from the night before or have enough juice from the morning. At night, I cook primal when I'm home.

                              I have to work multiple jobs and am out 2-3 nights a week working as a server and bartender in a restaurant. I've gotten pretty good at adapting meals to be suitable for Primal living. I also work once a week as a softball umpire which gets me some outside time and the opportunity to move around more.

                              Living near Washington DC, there are tons of trails and parks to explore. When the weather's nice, we're out and about. fI play baseball in an adult leagues in the spring and fall. Can't wait to get out on the diamond in a few weeks.

                              Do I consume dairy?: My mom grew up on her father's dairy farm. I don't buy a lot, but I'll have some cheese on a burger or once in a while with some eggs. It's not an everyday staple though. I will grab some ice cream with my son once a month or so.

                              Do I drink coffee or tea: Yes to both. No cream. Haven't used it in nearly fifteen years. I don't have to have caffeine. I just enjoy an americano on Sunday morning right before heading into church.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Watched a good friend start about a year ago and knew I'd be following those footsteps. Weighed myself around Thanksgiving and saw I was just short of my heaviest weight. Pants were getting tight. I couldn't button my shirts at the top and wear a tie. There was no way that I was going to buy new clothes that were bigger.

                              Favorite exercise: Pullups. I could barely do one a few months ago.

                              Favorite Primal food: Bacon

                              Best part about being Primal: Bacon

                              Worst part about being Primal: Not enough Bacon


                              • Your location: Texas (Near Houston)

                                Age 45

                                How Primal are you: day one of primal. But I have the advantage of having been approx. 50% primal to start with.

                                Do you consume dairy: Yogurt...that is going to be a hard one for me. I love expensive cheese with wine too!

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm a coffee is the first day in a very long time I haven't had a cup. I like green and white teas!

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and Energy. I am not overweight...but I want to make the most of this time I have left!

                                Favorite exercise: Squats ... all shoulder exercises!

                                Favorite Primal food: Peppers / Spinach / Seafood

                                Best part about being Primal: I'll let you know soon.

                                Worst part about being Primal: No Yogurt....chips and salsa (I'm from Texas, remember)...