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  • I have my LIFE back!

    Hello,
    I am new to the forums, but not MDA. I've been lurking a bit. I am busy, so don't get as much time to read as I would like. I find the computer can be a big black hole that consumes time and energy I could be using to get outdoors...so I don't know all the ins and outs of forums (Fori?)
    I live in Southern New Mexico, USA.
    I am (just) 53.
    I started primal living on March 2, 2013, after a few months of lurking, and lots of exploring sites. In an odd way, this is FINALLY getting back to the way we lived on the farm when I was a child, except for the no grains thing. We ate lots of biscuits!
    I am still learning about primal/paleo so I can't answer the How primal are you ?question too well. I eat NO grains and soy only by accident, lots of fat, meat, meat, meat, and some fruit on occasion. Having spent a fortune on an expensive bag of whey protien powder, I still eat it when i am really rushed in the morning, though it has a few ingredients like soy lecithin which i don't want to eat. When its done, i will buy some primal fuel for this purpose if I can afford it. If not, I will use straight whey.

    I do eat pastured cream, pastured butter, and cheese from pastured cows. I make my own milk based kefir. I was in the middle of trying to convince my husband that raw milk is better for you, and getting a cowshare. I miss the raw milk from my past. BUT, since reading more on primal eating I may just skip it. Some of the allergy reduction and immune system benefits I sought from raw milk have already happened since I cut out grains. My son is nine, though and loves milk, so I probably will continue the fight or buy a cow!

    I come from the land of the ETERNAL Iced tea pitcher, and have been a coffee addict since I was a tiny kid. My "meemaw" always kept a pot BOILING on the back of the stove. However, since I have changed my eating habits, I have gone from a POT or two a day of coffee and bottomless iced tea when we eat out, to a cup of coffee or so a day and water all the time.

    My motivation for primal? At 53, I have a nine year old son and last fall I wasn't sure I was going to live to see him reach his tenth birthday. His daddy and he need me and want me around, and nothing was helping! I am ashamed to write all this, but I have/had fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue, hypertension, horrible allergies, migraines, chronic pain, IBS, swelling, bloating, stomach cramps, chronic diahrreah, stress, irritability, a truly Horrific beginning of menopause, adult ADHD, hypothyroid, hypoglycemia, clinical depression, obesity, slow wound healing, apnea, sleep disturbances, a history of eating disorders including anorexia, dysmorphia, and bullemia, and a whole bunch of other issues.

    We have eaten no boxed or junk foods for years and years. Frankly, it is expensive, tastes like crap, and I prefer to cook anyway. BUT when in a hurry, broke, or exhausted our fall back foods were pasta, rice, couscous, and local hole in the wall Mexican restaurants. Homemade tortillas are still tortillas, right?

    My favorite exercise right now is wrestling on the floor with my son and husband, who still can't believe that I can DO that without excruciating pain. Also walking, running (or as close as I can get right now) with the first grade class I work with, and horsing my monster hog around. Believe me, a 750 pound motorcycle is exercise when you are only 5 3. I add something new every day, and one of these days I will get back to being the jock i used to be before it all fell apart. Some people have flying dreams, but I dream of RUNNING again, of backpacking,longdistance motorcycle rides, dirtbiking, rockclimbing, bicycling, sailboarding, weight lifting, horseback riding, slack rope, surfing when on vacation, martial arts, fencing, and tennis. Now when I wake up I can smile and say I am getting one leap closer every day. Getting our giant poodle off his butt and out for a walk is great too!
    There is a difference--as a teenaged OCD jock I did chronic cardio to the point of bleeding feet-- the scale, my warped body image and calories ended up ruling my life, and I starved myself till I would faint, then gorge because my body and spriit was craving sustenance. My obsession ended my life as an athlete and almost cost it altogether. Now I just want to move, dance and PLAY!

    My favorite primal food-- all of it! coconut oil! bacon fat! MEAT~! FRESH VEGETABLES~~~ 100 percent cocoa chocolate!
    Wild salmon!

    Best part about being primal- ALL OF IT. Maybe the very best is NO FOOD cravings or hunger except for honest hunger. No sudden hypoglycemic moments where I am shaking and about to pass out if I don't get my blood sugar up quick, followed by a "carb coma". In one month I have lost 2 pants sizes. I am still leery of the scale since I was its slave for so many years, and every time I see a swing up or down I freak out-- so I just don't weigh too often. ENERGY!
    Menopause has paused! No hotflashes, no night sweats, on a normal menstrual cycle for the first time in my life! Happiness!
    Playing with my son after school instead of begging for a nap before i had to cook supper and crashing afterwards too tired to even read a book. Blood pressure normalized on meds for the first time in years, and slowly dropping the dose-- I hope to zero. No migraines! No stomach issues! Ideas! Dreams! energy! Leading the first graders in a jog! Not exhausted after backing my motorcycle out of a parking space! The list goes on and on and I am on ONE MONTH and a couple of days and my daily pain factor has gone from a constant 10 to a 1 or even nothing for the first time since I was a toddler. Allergies are totally GONE!
    Depression: GONE! I am at peace even though I am in a really stressful phase of work right now and doing two people's jobs.

    Worst part of being primal== None so far. It is hard to explain to people. Eating out is challenging and I still have to do this a couple of times a week with job/family. I am more assertive about asking what is in foods and requesting substitutions. I haven't "Cheated" (as a former anorexic and chronic dieter I hate that word) except for a glass of wine once with dinner. It was great and I still only had 85 carbs for the day. Salt intake is hardest in restaurants, because that is there even when I get them to leave out the soy, sugar and grains.

    If I never lost another pound I would consider this an incredible sucess story, but I keep losing and improving my health. Now I am seeing that my son and husband are slowly adding more and more primal foods and cutting out the grains. My son (Tall, thin, and naturally "cut" said "Gee mama, I don't need to lose any weight but I am going to have to quit eating grains so that I can keep up with you. I can't "win" anymore when we wrestle." My neolithic biker husband won't say anything, but I noticed he cut out the bread and pasta so i am feeling really good about the changes in our house.

    Can't wait to submit my success story some day when I can get both legs into one former sized pant leg.
    Last edited by Paleo-MotorcycleMama; 04-06-2013, 09:11 PM. Reason: spelling issues, sentence fragments and confusion

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    • Good luck and don't get discouraged by the inevitable small setbacks. Stay focused and the changes will be steady and dramatic.

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      • Finally going primal...

        I am sorry, I posted twice. Removed message.
        Last edited by UBstaring; 04-08-2013, 12:13 AM. Reason: Double post, i'm sorry

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        • Finally going primal...

          Hi, I'm new here! I do not consider myself Primal yet, but I am on my way to become Primal. I have been reading on this site before, and I felt drawn to the lifestyle. When I was a little girl, (a little bookwurm, very weak, and I really hated sport and moving) I liked to do (play) things 'that make you strong'.
          I still have that feeling, I think it's in the same category as carrying around my swiss knife, and reading the SAS handbook. I wanted to be prepared for ... Well, whatever could be around the corner. Ironically I always have been a person with a lot of pain and diseases (I have had a bad back since I was 7yo, always had pain in my stomach and intestines so running (school) really hurt so much that I often cried from the pain it caused. I always had the feeling that there was a couple of stones in my belly, that rolled over when I did some sports or tried to run) (in fact I think that i've had fibromyalgia all the time, even as a child I was very stiff and always in pain, I have never been able to touch the floor with my fingers!)

          Fast forward: though I had been a very tiny and lean girl, I started to gain weight after my children were born. And a few years ago, when we had some problems, I gained weight even faster. When my weight was 80 kg, (and me being only 1.66m) I decided to do something about it. That was two years ago. So I did Weight Watchers online, and lost 17 kg. I did it not the usual way, (with light products or eating ricecrackers all the time), I ate nuts and butter and cream and full fat yoghurt. I made sure I didn't go above my daily points, but I always wanted to eat real foods.

          All the time I received MDA newsletter and I read on MDA now and then. I thought it was interesting, but, you know, I couldn't afford to buy all organic meat, or live without bread .... I baked my own wholewheat bread and that was irresistable good!

          September 2012 I did a 'sugar challenge'. Didn't eat sugar for one month. That is: I gave up after three weeks, because I felt sick (feverish, weak, cold).

          Then I found out about a book 'Wheat Belly' I read the reviews on Amazon, and how people got rid of their pains by quitting wheat and sugar, so I decided to give it a try (again). This time I quit sugar and wheat, because I hoped that the fibromyalgic pains and stiffness would go away.

          And after two days I realised that quitting sugar and wheat is one step closer towards a primal lifestyle, and once again I read and read and read on MDA, and my plan changed: i will have no sugar and no wheat for one month, and when the results will be fine, I will quit grains, and legumes also. That was almost four weeks ago.

          So far I'm flabbergasted. My chronic backpains are gone. My stiffness is gone. I have lots of energy. This time the 'low carb flu' lasted only three days. I wake up early and exercise for half an hour.(!) Two days ago I worked in the garden and normally that would have been followed by one week of feeling sore and having musclepains. Now... Yesterday I felt so good, I worked in the garden again! And today, 06.50 I was ready for some exercise. I am amazed by myself.

          What surprises me is that quitting both sugar and wheat, is easier than just quitting sugar. I think the wheat makes you crave sugar. Now, I don't crave sugar at all.

          So i definitely will go primal now. Finally.


          The Questions:
          Your location: The Netherlands

          Age (If you want): 38

          How Primal are you: started 3 weeks ago by quitting sugar and wheat

          Do you consume dairy: a little

          Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea only

          Motivator for switching to Primal: the successstories that spoke of less pain in joints and muscles

          Favorite exercise: squats

          Favorite Primal food: any food. Vegetables, eggs, nuts.

          Best part about being Primal: indeed: no more pain! I forgot to mention that I always have had severe menstruation pains, too. And this time, wow, I didn't even have to lie down ... I just could do everything, walking the dog, doing the chores around the house...life is so much better!

          Worst part about being Primal: the nightmares in which I eat sugar before I know it, and then regret it very much.

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          • Your location: Denmark

            Age (If you want): 38

            How Primal are you: not sure ... mostly I would say

            Do you consume dairy: butter / ghee, aged cheese and occasional whipped cream or crème fraîche in cooking.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: both, coffee in morning, green or rooibos tea during the rest of the day

            Motivator for switching to Primal: my and my wife's health were going the wrong way ...

            Favorite exercise: moving in general (walking, running, biking, skating, swimming, etc), not a fan of any particular exercise

            Favorite Primal food: eggs / bacon - fish and and fatty meats - organs (especially liver) but I like all those with a good amount of veggies / occasional berries and butter - all grass-fed / organic.

            Best part about being Primal: feel great and it fixed most of our health issues, even my wife's decade long hormonal issues!

            Worst part about being Primal: misunderstanding from close circle of non-primal family or friends, especially since we adopted the one meal a day eating schedule. We don't care too much though because we do feel excellent
            Last edited by dkJames; 04-08-2013, 02:53 AM.

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            • Originally posted by dkJames View Post
              Your location: Denmark

              Age (If you want): 38

              How Primal are you: not sure ... mostly I would say

              Do you consume dairy: aged cheese and occasional whipped cream or crème fraîche in cooking.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: both, coffee in morning, green or rooibos tea during the rest of the day

              Motivator for switching to Primal: my and my wife's health were going the wrong way ...

              Favorite exercise: moving in general (walking, running, biking, skating, swimming, etc), not a fan of any particular exercise

              Favorite Primal food: eggs / bacon - fish and and fatty meats - organs (especially liver) but I like all those with a good amount of veggies / occasional berries and butter - all grass-fed / organic.

              Best part about being Primal: feel great and it fixed most of our health issues, even my wife's decade long hormonal issues!

              Worst part about being Primal: misunderstanding from close circle of non-primal family or friends, especially since we adopted the one meal a day eating schedule. We don't care too much though because we do feel excellent
              For completion sake: I went "primal" 7 months ago, lost 11kg (24 lbs) and refined my eating habits. I gathered tons of knowledge about nutrition and well-being and helped my wife getting rid of her hormonal issues (almost 20 years of accepting what is not normal but so common). Now that winter finally decided to end in Denmark, we will be a bit more outdoor (we are in general but this winter had been very long up here).

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              • Hi, brief intro...12 yrs ago I quit smoking, gained weight, then was able to lose it via calorie restriction, better eating(organic for the most part) and circuit training w some treadmill and walking/running. I have a lifelong love of of "learning" about wellness, my grandmother was a dietician, I feel like wellness is in my blood. (Right, I was doing "buns of steel workouts in my 20's and 30's, and still smoking oh dear!) I have numerous certifications including wellness coach, lifestyle and weight management, etc etc, but the ones that I feel are still relevant after discovering Paleo (since CW is no longer how I would coach someone) are mind-body fitness and food psychology coach. We all have to have pleasure from however we choose to eat, otherwise its not going to last and feeling deprived or guilty doesnt help anyone, and, I am really into visiualization techniques


                Your location:Western Colorado, between Aspen and Grand Junction

                Age (If you want): 50

                How Primal are you: mostly

                Do you consume dairy: very little. Working on it.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee and tea. Much less coffee than I used to...

                Motivator for switching to Primal: After reading "Intro to Paleo" by Abel James, everything clicked. How the foods we choose to eat(primal) combined with crossfit style exercise etc, it just all clicked and made so much sense. How the heck are there so many personal trainers, "diets", studies, etc etc etc, and (speaking about the US for the most part) sooooo many people getting bigger and more unhealthy every year?! Add in the information I am learning about gmo, grains, agriculture and it all makes so much sense. Also wanted to get my husband off cholesterol medication. ( I am still freaked out about changing his diet so drastically where that's concerned, even though I know how they work/ don't truly work etc)

                Favorite exercise: body weight/circuit training/HIIT/hiking / don't like "cardio for hours" yay no marathons for me! It's so sad to see someone calorie restrict, eat a muffin, then beat themselves up and force themselves to burn 600 calories on a treadmill. Stop the insanity!

                Favorite Primal food:bacon! I also love yams when I can find them, with some jalepenos! Try it its so good

                Best part about being Primal: feeling empowered and knowing I am not participating in all the food lies.

                Worst part about being Primal:sharing it with others whose mindset I know is restrict, binge, guilt, treadmill, and repeat.

                *****

                I am looking forward to learning and sharing here!

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                • Hi all, great to be here.
                  Five days grain-free and going as primal as I can day by day. Just hope I can stick with it.

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                  • Your location: Newfoundland

                    Age (If you want): 31

                    How Primal are you: Gradually increasing. I do some heavy lifting (Stronglifts, progressed to 3x5), sprint, and eat as much real unprocessed food as I can. Things I need to work on are more slow-movement exercises (the weather's improving, so this should increase over the next few weeks!) and getting more sleep.

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes. I eat some cheese (mostly feta on salad), dark chocolate, and cream in my coffee. I also don't generally turn down foods due to dairy content (such as at restaurants or when I'm a guest in someone else's home).

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, coffee in the morning, peppermint or earl grey at night.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: For the past few years I've been experimenting with different diets and workouts. I'm not overweight, but I'm not in fantastic shape, either. Over my vacation last year I put on some extra weight (going up to 190+ from around 175-180 at 6' tall). Started doing Stronglifts (was previously doing split body days) but wasn't seeing any weight loss or fat % decrease. Cut out potatoes, grains, sugars, etc after reading this site and dropped under 190 after the first month, seeing a visible decrease in the amount of belly jiggle.

                    Favorite exercise: Hiking, swimming, climbing trees.

                    Favorite Primal food: How do you choose?! Roasted, unsalted almonds for a snack. Steak or pork chop with greek salad for a meal.

                    Best part about being Primal: Honestly, I'm really enjoying the way I'm eating now. I don't feel deprived of anything, and I'm making delicious meals.

                    Worst part about being Primal: Though I don't feel deprived, I DO sometimes miss the taste of certain foods - poutine, kettle cooked ketchup chips, sticky rice on sushi.

                    I've allowed myself a few breaks on my diet. Over spring break I had a creme egg and some mini-eggs, I do enjoy beer, and I munched on a handful of chips at a party. I don't beat myself up over these things, I just make sure I eat mindfully the rest of the time.

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                    • Hi! I've been lurking since the first of the year - not much of a poster. I had 4 spinal fusions a few years ago - gained 80#, lost 60# low calorie - gained 40 back instantly. I'm looking for a lifestyle change, not a diet.

                      Your location: DeKalb, IL

                      Age (If you want): 56

                      How Primal are you: 95%

                      Do you consume dairy: small amounts - cream, quality cheese

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee yes - ordered some MCT oil and may try bulletproof coffee

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I knew low carb worked for me in the past. I was really searching for anti-inflammatory diets, which led me to MDA

                      Favorite exercise: walking my dog - although Chicago climate doesn't always cooperate. I do belong to the Y and go about 5 days a week. currently have rotator cuff/tendonitis issues so basically doing cardio machines (lower intensity) and lower body exercises.

                      Favorite Primal food: quality steak, butter

                      Best part about being Primal: I can't remember the last time I felt this good and had this much energy.

                      Worst part about being Primal: preparation required to have the right foods at all times

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                      • Hello everybody.

                        I'm pretty new to the whole thing. I had already tried to go primal for some time, but did not manage to maintain my new routine for more than a week. I bet this is too short to adjust to the diet and I'm gonna start it again this week.

                        I've lacked support from other people and that's why I decided to write this message. I'd be much more calm knowing that there are people helping me.

                        I've always been fit, good at running, but always lacked something. Maybe my skin problems contributed to that, I have a burnin desire to change my live by 180 degrees - get on a higher level.

                        One question: is there any possibility to start a topic on this forum where I could share my progress and ask about all my concerns?

                        By the way, I'm 17.

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                        • New guy here. Wife and I are a little over a month into eating primal. We've been moving frequently at a slow pace and sprinting once per week but I have really slacked off on lifting heavy things. I do not have any large weights so we got a gym membership this week. Deadlifts and squats, here we come (as soon I am over my apprehension of lifting free weights with no experience).

                          My reason for going primal might be different than some of you. I have become sort of a prepper this past year. After gathering supplies and forming plans I decided that the most important prep of all is being in shape. Durability and strength are important things to possess in any situation. So here we go!
                          The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.

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                          • Saying hi to fellow new members! Aliphian I like your reasoning for getting in shape heh. Reminds me of my fb cover image

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                            • Originally posted by MountainQueen View Post
                              Saying hi to fellow new members! Aliphian I like your reasoning for getting in shape heh. Reminds me of my fb cover image

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                              The above should be viewed as complete and utter nonsense.

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                              • Hi everyone!

                                I've been primal for about a month now. Before that I'd call myself a 'real food eater', but I ate grains. My main motivation for going primal is to clear up my severe acne, which I've had for 9 years. Also to help with my anxiety and depression. So far my face has cleared up quite a bit, still not 100% but it's getting there. My depression hasn't gotten much better.


                                Your location: Wisconsin (It's been a long depressing winter)

                                Age (If you want): 23

                                How Primal are you: I'd say 95%. I'm learning new things every day to get closer to nature!

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes, a little. But not conventionally farmed dairy. Organic grass fed: ghee, raw cheese, and butter. No milk.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: No, not anymore. I used to be addicted to coffee for years. I loved the taste mostly with cream and sugar, and the 'energy boost' it gave me, but it made me crash soon after, and I'd want more! I quit drinking it 5 months ago to try healing my adrenals and my skin from severe acne. I haven't noticed much of a difference though, so i'm thinking about adding it back again. (organic fresh ground this time, of course!)

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: 1) To cure my acne problem that's been holding me back for 10 years. 2) For more energy, vitality, and to be healthy and happy!

                                Favorite exercise: Foundation Training, tennis, hiking, trail running, doing push ups and pull ups at the park.

                                Favorite Primal food: Venison steak, green smoothies, and eggs and bacon.

                                Best part about being Primal: Taking control of your life and your health. No longer being a slave to the big corporations, drug companies, and modern agriculture. Supporting local farms. Clearing up your skin and looking and feeling great!

                                Worst part about being Primal: The lack of support from friends and family. Unfortunately, most people aren't willing to change their ways, or don't believe there's anything they can do. Also explaining to people why you choose not to eat certain foods, and they're like "but whole grains are healthy." Kinda frustrating...

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