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  • Hi! It's great to be here.

    Your location: Indianapolis, IN, USA

    Age: 33

    How Primal are you: I would love to be 100% primal, but I have been falling off the wagon lately due to stress. I will say that I give a lot of thought to every meal, even if I don't make it into the Primal category. I have been doing Whole9 for almost a year now, but haven't been able to find much middle ground. I miss grass fed yogurt and butter and some complex carbs that aren't strictly allowed with a paleo framework. I'm hoping Sisson will shed some light on this for me.

    Do you consume dairy: I'd like to add healthier dairy choices (grass fed) back into my diet. I don't seem to have too much of a problem with yogurt or butter. Ice cream and cream cheese definitely make my tum gurgle.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Ugh, yes. I love black coffee and teas. I have symptoms of PMDD and I want to do everything I can to make it better. I think reducing caffeine might help. I really want to believe that PMDD and a lot of psychiatric illnesses can be cleared up with removing foods that cause inflammation, reducing stress, and getting better sleep.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Paleo seems arbitrarily strict to me now, although the jury is still out. Sisson seems to really follow research very closely. I like how he feels and what he knows about seeds like chia, for instance. I also feel absolutely terrible lately because I haven't been able to stay strict with my whole9 foods. The siren call of sugar is what has landed me in hot water again. I've got central obesity and stiffness everywhere caused by systemic inflammation. I just feel so, so good when I eat better. Cannot wait to get back there!

    Favorite exercise: For now, only walking the dog and yoga. I need more exercise to make serotonin, as I suffer from depression. I'd like to join a crossfit gym for the camaraderie while I work out. Still haven't decided, but I know I need a social component to my workouts to keep me interested and motivated.

    Favorite Primal food: Deconstructed burger salad with all the condiments. This meal makes me feel incredible!

    Best part about being Primal: Feeling so much better in pretty much every way. Without eating clean, I know I am a very unwell individual; all of my health problems seem to be diet related. Also, not being an absolute slave to sugar is priceless.

    Worst part about being Primal: It is a lot more challenging to make dining out and eating with others worth it. Eating out can be really great and fun, but I have to find compliant, exciting restaurants that are willing to let me ask questions (when they're not busy, of course). I will not patronize a place where the staff isn't accommodating. Sadly, a lot of places employ servers that act put out or ignore requests. Still, there are more and more places popping up with a primal vibe. I also dislike the food fixation and pushing from the rest of the world, but this is something everyone in our community has to put up with and eventually get over.


    • Just getting started. I have spent a lot of time reading information from this site. I can already see a change in my body with less than 2 weeks of eating changes. 2 new books (The Primal Blueprint and The Primal Blueprint 21 Day Total Body Transformation) will arrive today and I will be able to speak the language a little better, hopefully.

      Your location: Dublin, VA

      Age (If you want): 40

      How Primal are you: I'm not sure I can answer that question yet. I still have a lot to learn. Right now I am eating organic fruits and vegetables and making the best meat/egg decisions I can based on availability and what I understand so far. I have cut out 98% of the breads/cereals/grains/sugar/potato chips/etc that I used to eat. I have reduced the amount of fruit I eat. I have tried IF for periods of about 15 hours with success. Excercise includes pushups/pullups/planks/squats 2 times a week with a dumbbell workout 1 day a week, walking 4 days a week, but I have yet to sprint in my first 2 weeks after discovering MDA. I'm still working on getting more sleep and I have had a hard time getting sunshine with all of the rain we've had lately. I enjoy the outdoors and hunting so getting out in nature is not a problem for me.

      Do you consume dairy: about 8oz of Organic milk 3 times a week, occasional yogurt

      Do you drink coffee or tea: no

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I was excercising daily and saw little change. I felt sluggish and weak. A lack of progress also meant a lack of motivation. I bounced around from website to website with conflicting advice everywhere I went. I stumbled on to crossfit. The hours of my local box didn't really work with my schedule so I searched for alternatives. One of the searches brought me to MDA. I read articles, forum posts and viewed some of MANY success stories. I decided to experiment a little with this "Primal thing". After the first week I noticed changes in my body composition and how I felt. Excercising was fun. I wasn't discouraged by my efforts, instead I was motivated to complete my workout. I have more energy. I REALLY enjoy the food I've been eating. I also though back to a period of time when I felt really healthy. During that time I did a lot of walking. I guess the motivator for me is that Primal seems natural to me. Primal is all of the things I enjoy. Meats, vegetables, walking, sleeping, bodyweight excercises, playing chase with dog (sprinting), hunting, getting outside, enjoying the sunshine.

      Favorite exercise: it's toss up between pushups and walking

      Favorite Primal food: Bacon, eggs, ground beef.

      Best part about being Primal: It's natural and it's easy. I hate that it took me 40 years to find it.

      Worst part about being Primal: The worst part would be finding food subsitutes when you go out with family/friends. I don't always choose the location. This is where the 80/20 rule would come in I guess.

      Thanks for letting me share. I am generally a lurker, and there are plenty of threads to read.


      • it's me... DesertDave!

        Well, I'm just discovering this part of my path... A Brief History of Dave: 53 Retired Navy guy living in the Middle East since 2000... never very fit but on and off attempts.

        Feb 2011 - 218lb, high cholesterol (controlled with lipitor), able to "jog" a 5k in about 55 min!! you get the picture.... Start on a 'fitness kick', guy gives me some Vibrams, I read Born to run and start loking into things.

        Nov 2011 - 188lb, cholesterol in norms, taking niacin, fish oil, garlic. run Rock n Roll Half Marathon in 2:31.

        then till now... slow creep in weight, some minor fatigue issues... still running etc. Found the Primal meet up and it led me to this site. Just bought the PBP and cook book. Met the local PBP ninja and looks forward to learning more n more!

        The Questions:

        Your location: Central TX

        Age (If you want): 53.648

        How Primal are you: medium

        Do you consume dairy: Some yogurt.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: yes!

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Haven't gotten there yet...

        Favorite exercise: running, circuit training are ok... but mostly I love to get out in the woods and run, jump, swing, and do push ups sit ups etc as I go.

        Favorite Primal food: Love me some chicken or beef - local grass fed longhorn! i like Buffalo and elk etc.

        Best part about being Primal: Feeling clean on the inside!

        Worst part about being Primal: Pain in the butt if your family isn't there yet. Small thing.


        • Welcome... i'm new too. What is CW and GW?


          • The questions makes it easier, so here it is

            Age (If you want): 45 years old

            How Primal are you: 90/10 most days

            Do you consume dairy: cream in my one cup of coffee, a sprinkle of cheese or a dollup of sour cream occasionally

            Do you drink coffee or tea: One cup of coffee and depending on the day a few cups of herbal tea.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Felt like I was heading towards the Metabolic syndrome, want to be healthier and a good role model for my kids.

            Favorite exercise: Swimming but my access is limited, so I utilize my treadmill and bike riding with my family.

            Favorite Primal food: eggs, almonds, avocados, bacon, strawberries, spinach, kale...

            Best part about being Primal: It is fresh and it feels right.

            Worst part about being Primal: Explaining why I eat they way I do and people say, "I could never do that." My favorite response is, "If your life depended on it, I bet you could and would."

            I have 3 struggles right now; I want to see some more weight come off (so I am starting the Primal fitness), I am trying to get my kids (soon to be 13 and 11) to eat this way and for the most part they are ok with it, and being able to go organic for all my meats (right now, I can manage and afford hormone and antibiotic free.)


            • Hi there!
              51 year old restaurant owner/chef from New Orleans! I do eat dairy, but am trying to keep it raw. I love meat, fish, vegetables, etc...and try to keep with the program 100%. I do know that when I do cheat, it's going to be for pasta...something I've been eating since I had teeth.


              • Your location: Baghdad Iraq, with US State Dept.

                Age (If you want): 46

                How Primal are you: Just getting started

                Do you consume dairy: No

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Herbal tea once in a while

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Have struggled with my weight and health for years. Was googling around and came across this. Have been eating this way for almost a week now and can say I see a difference.

                Favorite exercise: Swimming and yoga

                Favorite Primal food: All of it. Eating without guilt is devine

                Best part about being Primal: Energy level and lack of stomach pain

                Worst part about being Primal: Still trying to find my place with the workouts. I have back and shoulder injuries that raise their heads when I do certain things, most of the things asked for in Primal. Would be interested in any suggestions from others. Pull ups and push ups almost cripple me same with lifting heavy things. Any and all input welcome!


                • 56 and loving it!

                  After lurking here for several months, reading and absorbing everything I could, I figured it was time to step up and say hello!

                  I have found the PB and MDA to be my "go to" place for motivation, inspiration, and information.
                  The success stories have never failed to inspire, and the information and recipies have helped keep me on track when things became mundane.

                  The short version (yes-this really is the short version. I've never been accused of being short on words):
                  I am a retired LEO here in Florida, former member of the military reserve community, and now the owner (or they own me!) of two (2) businesses which keep me pretty much on the go.

                  Long time martial artist and an old school "gym rat" who had let himself go for various reasons (excuses).

                  Formerly: 252# (October 2012)
                  Currently: 200# (today).
                  Age (If you want): 56

                  How Primal are you: About 85-90% now. Previously about 90-95%, and going back!

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes. On occasion I may use a little cheese in my otherwise Paleo omelets, a small amount of low fat sour cream with the internal makings of a fajita (minus the bread), and on the rare occasion that I have coffee, I usually use a small amount of half & half cream.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Rarely drink coffee. Tea usually consists of herbal teas such as Samurai Chai or Green Tea.
                  The rest of the time, it's water with lemon or lime.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Several, not the least of which is my 7 year old live in granddaughter. Since her dad decided not to remain (or even really enter) her life, I knew that I needed to be around for her. She's a ball of fire, and absolutely loves her "papa", and he's going to try to be around for a long time!!

                  Additionally, I was feeling like crap most of the time, and knew it was time for a change. The loss of several close friends my age, and watching others near my age that "appeared" to be in relatively good health, have multiple by-pass operations, strokes, etc., was a real eye opener!

                  Favorite exercise: Sex...what!? that doesn't count?
                  Aw, ok, of you're going to be that way, then I guess I would have to say deadlifts and rowing.

                  Favorite Primal food: I can't really say! I've come to enjoy so many foods that I would have previously never even considered! I haven't really found a favorite yet, but the experimentation is great!

                  Best part about being Primal: Of course the weight loss, but aside overall added health that it has given me.
                  As one of the above members stated, I have had stomach issues for as long as I could remember. Certain foods really tore me up, and some would literally double me over (so why eat/drink then you say? Good question!)

                  Since going Primal, all of those issues are GONE! and I feel fantastic!

                  Also, the clarity of thought and focus, the renewed energy levels, and new perspectives the associated levels of fitness and appearance have given me, are worth their weight in gold.

                  Worst part about being Primal: I went "cold turkey" primal in October 2012.
                  The most difficult thing at that time, was getting past the doubters, that saw the lifestyle change as just another passing fad.

                  Aside from that, the ridiculous cost of organic foods was and still is a bit prohibitive, but as I have mentioned to others.
                  While the cost of food is high, the cost of health care is considerably higher!!

                  As far as the training goes, I'm still a "newbie" when it comes to PF.
                  I was a crossfitter for about 6 months, until an old military injury reared it's ugly head and took me out of the game for a bit.

                  At present, I have lost 50# (+/-), and have witnessed increases in muscularity and endurance, that I haven't seen since my late 20's and early 30's. Furthermore, I've seen definition in my body that I've NEVER seen!

                  I attribute the definition and overall increase in health, directly to the PB way of life, including the crossfit style of training.

                  Unfortunately, I met with an ortho-doc yesterday, who reviewed an MRI of my left shoulder, and diagnosed the persistent pain as a rotator cuff tear.

                  So now I have the pleasure of dealing with right knee (thanks to the military), left shoulder, and lower back (law enforcement injuries) pain!!!

                  Oh well, it's just more motivation to, as my old DI used to say, "Deal wid it!":D (yes, his words, not a misprint).

                  I don't consider it a hindrance, but instead, an "opportunity."
                  An opportunity to modify my training, to try something different, and to be able to be an example to others in a similar position.

                  It's an opportunity to prove that, while "life ain't always kind", it is what it is, and you learn to adapt.
                  I will continue to look to, and lean on MDA and the PB for guidance.

                  I look forward to being an active and supportive member of the "family."

                  Thanks Mark!!!

                  Last edited by Off Duty; 05-22-2013, 05:27 AM.
                  "Live Primally, Train Practically, Prepare Tactically..."


                  • Originally posted by Happycamper View Post
                    Your location: Baghdad Iraq, with US State Dept.

                    ...Worst part about being Primal: Still trying to find my place with the workouts. I have back and shoulder injuries that raise their heads when I do certain things, most of the things asked for in Primal. Would be interested in any suggestions from others. Pull ups and push ups almost cripple me same with lifting heavy things. Any and all input welcome!
                    We have a lot in common.
                    Hang in there and you'll see the benefits much sooner than you thought possible.

                    As for the workouts, there are options.
                    I realize that you're in the sandbox, but do you have access to a pool?
                    If so, try some water based resistance exercises to build strength, endurance, and tone.
                    Building the muscle and strengthening the tendons around the area, while keeping the actual weight and pounding/pulling stresses off of the muscle and joints.

                    If not, try some resistance bands.
                    They are cheap, and come in a variety of resistance levels.
                    Hell, if you can't find a set somewhere, contact me, and I'll send you mine!
                    I'll go back to Wal-Mart and get another set.

                    Find something that gives you a moderate amount of resistance to start, and work your way up, paying close attention to form and range of motion.

                    At the very least, stick to body weight exercises (squats, etc.) and very light weight, and build slowly.
                    The one thing I had to learn early on in Cross fit, was to check my ego at the door.
                    I had to realize, that I too had nothing to "prove", to anyone other than myself, and started scaling the workouts to fit me.
                    You sound like you may be in the same boat.

                    If the PF workouts hurt, don't do them for now. Modify your exercise routine until you build up to them.
                    Take it slow and build. What you accomplish at that rate, will likely remain with you.

                    All the best and thanks for your service to our country.

                    "Live Primally, Train Practically, Prepare Tactically..."


                    • Your location:London

                      Age (If you want):A sprightly 31

                      How Primal are you:Very, I started about 2 months ago and am still on the newbie high

                      Do you consume dairy:I sure do

                      Do you drink coffee or tea:Yep, black and black

                      Motivator for switching to Primal:I wanted to get fit, have more energy and enthusiasm for life. It just felt right when I read about it

                      Favorite exercise:Um, I am about to start doing Crossfit next week so I may have to get back to you on that one

                      Favorite Primal food:Chicken liver, fennel and greens. Not the most glamourous foods in the world but they hit the spot every time

                      Best part about being Primal:Feeling in control and having steady energy. It has also made me feel that life is there for the taking again

                      Worst part about being Primal:Occasional sugar cravings, and having to explain myself to people that don't agree (but I guess I shouldn't even try really)


                      • Your location:Midlands, UK

                        Age (If you want):21

                        How Primal are you: Most of the time 100% - however recently had lots of (cardio, oh dear) training for triathlons. As a result Ive been eating appallingly!

                        Do you consume dairy: Trying to avoid it at the moment

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Black coffee, herbal & green teas

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Increased enegry levels, healthier relationship with food

                        Favorite exercise: As a triathlete it should be one of the three disciplines - but I love circuits. And running in fields.

                        Favorite Primal food: On the bone meat, bacon, coconut, salted almonds

                        Best part about being Primal: Increased energy, knowing my body will give out what I put in - Goodness!

                        Worst part about being Primal: I struggle with sugar cravings, particularly around extensive training. However I am reducing the amount, in attempt to go fully primal. Its also difficult when going to dinner parties/family occasions!


                        • My Location: Maine, USA

                          My Age: 54 Male

                          I'm 100% Primal right now. Just started yesterday. My plan is to stay as Primal as possible.

                          I can take or leave dairy

                          I do drink coffee - Black

                          I am switching to Primal because I feel like I'm well on my way to being a fat boy after being athletic most of my life. 6'4" and 235 pounds as of yesterday morning. I don't want to flab over my pants as I am now and I'd love more energy.

                          I have a treadmill and weight machine in my basement. Used to play volleyball, basketball, etc., but only sport now is Curling during the winter. Physically I'm a train wreck due to a lot of things, but constant pain is part of my life. Knees don't let me run much, but I'm trying.

                          Favorite Primal food: So far all I've eaten yesterday and today is Steak and eggs scrambled in lots of butter. Have to go with that I guess.

                          Best part about being Primal: I'm going to get my junk food addiction behind me and lose maybe 20 pounds of fat and get my clothes fitting again. Probably also will lose some of the chronic pain.

                          Again, I only started this yesterday, but the worst part is that I can't convince my girlfriend that I'm not nuts. Although she did call this morning to say she's going grocery shopping and did I want her to pick up anything special.

                          I'm a sales rep and my life is either at a desk or driving around New England, so I'm going to learn to make some adjustments.

                          Thanks for all of the forums, I'm piecing this together.



                          • HI all!
                            I am living in Berkeley, CA

                            in my 40s...barely!

                            Primal for 8 days now

                            Yes, I consume Diary and am trying to figure out how that exactly fits in

                            Yes for coffee and occasionally tea

                            I have been looking for a better way to lose weight, maintain it, be healthy- and saw a friend of mine who looked GREAT and he has been doing this for about a year...ALso, I have been reading THe Omnivore's Dilemma and this seems like a natural progression...

                            Exercise: Yoga, walking, lifting, rowing

                            Fave food....meat and red wine??

                            Best part so far is NOT COUNTING points...although i am keeping track of everything using my Fitbit to get a sense of exactly what I am eating....THe other, is that this seems so natural and easy.

                            Worst- not sure yet...I love baking so that may be a problem



                            • Your location: SF Bay area

                              Age (If you want): 22

                              How Primal are you:maybe 80%

                              Do you consume dairy: a little cheese, a T of half and half in my coffee, and occasionally yogurt (once a month?)

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: I made the terrible mistake of trying a vegan diet and after 3 months I had absolutely zero energy, was hungry all the time, continued to have IBS symptoms, had lost no weight, and became very deficient in B12. It was fun. Then I learned about this diet from my uncle (an MD) and read Gary Taubes and a few others.

                              Favorite exercise: I truly have not found a type of exercise that I enjoy other than walking. I do strength training, but that does not mean I like it!

                              Favorite Primal food: anything coconut, prime rib

                              Best part about being Primal: finally feeling like I am a healthy person, having energy, and losing weight

                              Worst part about being Primal: having to explain to people over and over again why it is OK to eat whole eggs for breakfast!!! I am so tired of being told my cholesterol is going to go up. If I don't know the person very well, I just try to end the conversation, but if it's a family member or close friend, let the debate begin!!


                              • Your location: The Netherlands

                                Age (If you want): 16

                                How Primal are you: Around 90%

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes, some cheese, yogurt and butter.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink some tea everyday.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I started eating this way because I wanted to be healthy. I had eczema all over my body and I was very self-conscious about my weight (although I wasn't fat at all). Now my eczema is gone and I have more self-confidence, though I'm not there yet. I want to get more strength, being stronger.

                                Favorite exercise: Yoga, doing handstands, walking.

                                Favorite Primal food: Bacon, eggs

                                Best part about being Primal: The food is lovely, I am becoming healthier and healthier, I feel great!

                                Worst part about being Primal: Family and friends think I'm really weird for eating like this. But actually I don't really care about that .