If this is your first visit, be sure to
check out the FAQ by clicking the
link above. You may have to register
before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages,
select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
Hello Grokette_wannabe! I'm pretty new, too. I complete my 2nd week today. So scale appt. tomorrow morning 6 am sharp
Anyway - not sure if this will help you or not, but my first week I made sure to concentrate on having more protein at each meal then I ever did before & added to the veggies to that. The high protein kept me from starving between meals after the 1st couple days (1st days I allowed a handful of nuts between meals if I felt hungry). I found that it was easy in the second week to eat smaller meals and not needing to snack as much. I also found I sometimes wanted to skip meals. I never had the carb-flu, either. (probably just lucky on that point). Anyway - best of luck on your continued Primal journey.
Last edited by Karapn; 05-13-2013, 11:10 AM.
Do you consume dairy: Yes... grass-fed butter and cheese occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea with lemon regularly
Motivator for switching to Primal: I got tired of the plateaus of the other "diets" (Abs Diet, vegetarian, whole grain everything, etc.) and still felt deprived of energy, still had intestinal issues, still just didn't feel "right"... I just wanted to get lean and toned and feel better.
Favorite exercise: Anything outside... love trail running in my VFFs!
Favorite Primal food: There are so many... nothing beats grass-fed beef/steaks... I also really dig spaghetti squash and homemade sauce!
Best part about being Primal: No more post-lunch carb coma, better sleep, better play, better body composition, odd looks when I have to eat out and order a bunless burger, eating eggs and bacon for breakfast, no more intestinal distress or gas, creating Primal meals, Elevation Burger is 5 minutes away from the office, Big Ass Salads, having my doctor shocked at my awesome blood profile without whole grains.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out is no doubt the biggest challenge. Red Robin and Elevation Burger have saved the day many times. I wish more places offered lettuce wraps for burgers. Otherwise, I'd rather starve and/or wait to get home and cook. Another pet peeve of mine... having people ask how I got to be in such great shape, and then they either say "I couldn't live without my bread/pasta/pizza/other carb-and-sugar-laden food" or "I'm gonna have to do that" and then have a million excuses as to why they couldn't a few weeks later.
Do you consume dairy: Flavored creamer in my coffee and various cheeses.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee 2-3 times a day and tea when it suits me (sometimes every day, sometimes once a month).
Motivator for switching to Primal: Hitting 460lbs with various permanent injuries that hinder most basic exercises, thus needing a diet that could shed a decent amount of the fat with little-to-no exercise.
Favorite exercise: At present, wrist/arm curls for rebuilding my arms after an auto accident last year put me in a place where neither arm had much strength left.
Favorite Primal food: Vanilla cream flavored whey protein smoothies made with frozen mixed berries and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
Best part about being Primal: It works. Last year (before the accident mentioned above) I started a primal diet, going cold turkey on everything wrong in my normal diet and going hardcore on primal foods. The result? I lost 52lbs in two months. Once the accident occurred injuries & depression put me in a bad spot and I regained it all plus more. The past three months I've been steadily ramping up the primal in my diet again and am once again loosing weight, down another 45lbs so far this time.
Worst part about being Primal: Not being able to eat my roommate's awesome cooking!
How primal: Just starting actually. In fact, halfway through the book, but I have also read "the paleo diet", so I have a pretty good grasp on the basics I think.
Dairy: not anymore. I used to drink several glasses of milk/chocolate milk a day, in BIG cups. I think I may have one occasionally in the future, I'm sure.
Coffee or Tea: not a drinker of either.
Motivation: Getting fat and unhealthy again. Many years ago when low carb was all the rage, I lost about 45# down to 190# which was the healthiest I'd been in my adult life. Then the holidays came along and I fell off the wagon...who knew the tailgate was so slippery...
A few years ago, I got into triathlons. My eating style was the CW of the triathlete crowd. Got down to about 205-210.
Then about 3 years ago, I was in the middle of a remodel of my house, and I felt I had to give up working out in order to get the house moving. I also slipped into eating fast food again, almost every day on the way to work (I work nights).
Now I'm up to a whopping 254#, have aches and pains, and a CPAP machine (already down to 247, probably water weight and dropping the fast food, etc). Primal seems to be the better way right now...remember, I'm just starting out.
Favorite exercise: I guess it'll be walking and biking for the moment. I'll get into lifting later this week. Sprints will wait till I drop a few more #.
Favorite food: Nothing yet really. I'm still trying several recipes.
Best part of primal: don't really have an opinion yet.
Worst part: Having to start eating veggies again. That's been a problem with all "diets" for me. Salads are pretty boring, but I'm seeing some recipes in the user contributed cookbook that look tempting, plus the meat recipes with the "built in" veggies look tempting, such as the pork stuff peppers in the same cookbook. Also, I'm still having to buy conventional store bought meats, as organics aren't in the budget yet. I think they'll gradually be added on as I "stockpile" frozen primal meals so I can stagger purchases.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, all pastured dairy, except I'm not a big milk drinker.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, BP coffee in the morning and iced tea when it's hot outside.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I started strict paleo the first week of January, and had great weight loss results, but I wanted to re-incorporate dairy.
Favorite exercise: Jumping on and off of pretty much anything. Squats (did I just say that out loud?).
Favorite Primal food: Steak.
Best part about being Primal: Weight loss, feeling great.
Worst part about being Primal: Giving up a lot of *convenient* foods, but meal planning has helped with that. Also, my live-in DB does paleo but doesn't eat any dairy (LI), which means he can't eat everything I can, but for the most part it doesn't seem to bother him.
My name is Clent and I am a full time firefighter paramedic. I had really gotten slack over the last couple of years after taking several promotions and being less utilized as a work horse and more in the leadership position. Just about all of the guys in the house are in top shape and several follow the primal way. I must admit that as a skeptic, I now believe in the change of lifestyle! I have more energy now than I have had in several years. I have been changing a lot of bad habits and trying to stay as strict as I can with the plan. I have been on the primal plan for 26 days and have lost a total of 16 lbs. I have a good bit more to lose but I am well on my way. Stats requested below.....Thanks!
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: about 65% right now but getting better since I am figuring things out.
Do you consume dairy: only cheese occasionally, but can take or leave it
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: seeing other people around me with tons of energy!
Favorite exercise: I walk a 5k cross country trail 3-4 times a week
Favorite Primal food: Ribeye steak!
Best part about being Primal: renewed energy and libido
Worst part about being Primal: probably the bread and mexican restaurant chips and salsa
How Primal are you: Started the Primal Lifestyle a little after January of 2012. Took about a month to have my metabolism adjust to the new lifestyle, and for my urges to eat lots of grains and carbs to die down. But after the first month, lbs were shedding weekly. Lost a total of 60 lbs in 3.5 months. Then decided to stop and enjoy the food of Seattle, but still remaining partially primal. Kept my grain and rice portions as small as I can. Asking for substitutes whenever I can. I just restarted being fully primal just earlier this month. So at the moment, I am back to being very primal. Been lifting 3 days a week. In between the lift days, I swim 2 days a week. One day out of the week I go for a 15+ mile urban walk through the local trails or just wander through the City of Seattle. I go clubbing twice a week, and believe it or not, I go to dance and sweat my ass off. My rest day is usually Sunday.
Do you consume dairy: Very rarely. PS. I still occasionally cheat once in a while with a spoonful of ice cream
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: To feel good!
Favorite exercise: Walking long distances. Swimming.
Favorite Primal food: Chicken.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling more alive than before. And having so much energy!
Worst part about being Primal: Sucks when eating out. Practically no where to go eat
How Primal are you: I am brand new to the Primal lifestyle and truthfully just started reading the website yesterday.
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and herbal tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I am obese and need to find a way to get to a healthy weight. Though I don't have any health problems, I'm starting to feel some aches and pains and would rather not go down the road of severe health issues in the long run.
Favorite exercise: Walking, swimming
Thank you for creating such a wonderful resource for those of us who don't know where to start, but have a long road ahead.
Hi! Introducing myself feels pretty daunting, as I've been lurking for quite some time!
I'm a mum of a 3yo boy who had the unfortunate fate of following the CW diet religiously, and consequently ended up over 102kg earlier this year
Looking for solutions has led me here, thanks to a gentleman that I really owe an apology to (for being a pigheaded CW loyalist!!!!)
Anyway, I'll start a journal to introduce my self a bit better
Your location: Melbourne, Australia
Age (If you want): 29
How Primal are you: 95% - my only treat is a hot chocolate (raw cacao and Cadbury drinking chocolate 1:1)
and a primal chocolate cake for my son's birthday (but it's way too sweet now!)
Do you consume dairy: minimal, grated cheese or yoghurt twice a week.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss, and a desire to find the best mum I could be
Favourite exercise: walking!
Favourite Primal food: enjoying it all really, tastes so much better these days.
Best part about being Primal: Not having a yucky tummy all the time! Feeling so much better
Worst part about being Primal: Explaining it's not a 'fad', it's not a 'lifestyle', it's how I feel the best!