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  • Your location:Spain

    Age (If you want):19

    How Primal are you:Not at all . . .yet

    Do you consume dairy:yes but not daily

    Do you drink coffee or tea:yes but not daily

    Motivator for switching to Primal:Because it makes sense and I need to change for the better

    Favorite exercise:rock climbing and gymnastics which I used to do as a kid but now dont however I will soon start them again

    Favorite Primal food:My mums homegrown pork

    Best part about being Primal:Not sure yet

    Worst part about being Primal: Quitting the sugar . . . .


    • Scarlet Begonias
      Your location: Massachusetts

      Age (If you want): 29

      How Primal are you: About 90%

      Do you consume dairy: No

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Rarely Coffee

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I all of a sudden was in a lot of pain in September 2012, when I finally went to the ER in October they found a large amount of fluid surrounding my lungs. I saw so many specialist and went through a procedure to have the fluid removed. The doctors could not figure out was causing this, still haven't. When I started to feel a little better I decided I was going to go gluten free to help with inflammation and that's when I found Mark's Daily Apple. It has totally changed my life in a short amount of time.

      Favorite exercise: Walking (just started to be able to exercise again)

      Favorite Primal food: Bacon!!!!!!!!!

      Best part about being Primal: I don't ever feel like I am starving and I am losing weight with little effort! Also I feel great. You know what, everything about being Primal is great!

      Worst part about being Primal: Everyone asking "Can you eat this?"


      • Hey guys, I'm Amadeu.

        Your location: Portugal

        Age (If you want): 23

        How Primal are you: I'm switching to Paleo.

        Do you consume dairy: No

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, daily

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Mark!

        Favorite exercise: Pullups

        Favorite Primal food: -

        Best part about being Primal: Health

        Worst part about being Primal: Sugar cravings


        • Hi! I need some help to start, some questions about exercising...

          I'm Karin from Chile (so please excuse my English if I make mistakes, it is not my first language!)

          I'm 46, always struggling with weight control, I'm insuline resistant (so is my young daughter, it runs in the family I guess). I do not take any medicine since I've controlled it with diet for years. I do eat pretty much primal, maybe with more cheese than I should and I used to give me a "day off" a week to eat whatever I feel like or whatever it may be at that dinner party I got invited (I'm going to try primal for 3-4 weeks without days off). I do drink a lot of teas and some coffee (no sugar nor sweetener)

          I am 5'3 and 137 pounds, I'm quite muscular but still have some fat and I'd like to drop 10 pounds or so. And I haven't been successful with that.

          I bought the book, I know what I have to eat. My questing is regarding exercise:

          I practice Karate Shotokan 2-3 times a week for 45 min each session and I'm not willing to give it up or cut that down. I've been doing it regularly for about 10 years. Since I am asthmatic in order to be able to endure my Karate training, I do 30 minutes of elliptical at moderate pace 3 times a week.

          My question are
          1) Is there anything else/different I need to do regarding exercise?
          2) If I want to drop some weight do I avoid fruits completely or my exercising levels call for some fruit?

          Thank you very much for your help!!!



          • Hi guys, I'm Greg. I've been lurking for several months and almost started primal eating several months ago but backed out at the last minute. I've been into fitness since I was 18 years old and started eating 'clean' around 5 years ago. I eat what most people would consider to be 'healthy' food, but after checking out this site and reading The Paleo Diet, I know I can still improve quite a bit. I eat way too much processed food (wheat bread, cereal, granola, protein bars, protein powders) and not nearly enough fresh vegetables and fruits. I'm finally going to quit making excuses, and starting next Monday I'll finally be eating primal. I'm a very disciplined person and know that with the new friends I'm sure I'll meet on here, I'll be successful in making a change. I look forward to talking and interacting with you all!

            Your location: Southwest Virginia

            Age (If you want): 33

            How Primal are you: I'll be starting next week.

            Do you consume dairy: I plan on including some dairy.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm a coffee junkie.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Hoping that by eliminating processed foods, I'll have more energy and I'm sure I'll be more healthy.

            Favorite exercise: Currently I do strength training (alot of bodyweight exercises, dumbbells, kettlebells, and core work) three days a week, some form of cardio (running, hiking, rowing, and plan on doing more sprinting) three days with one rest day.

            Favorite Primal food: I haven't started yet, but I did low carb several years ago and made a chili that would be primal and was absolutely delicious.

            Best part about being Primal: I'll be more healthy and have more energy.

            Worst part about being Primal: I'm a big fan of whole grain cereals and oatmeal, so it'll be tough giving those up. I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run.


            • Your location: Katy, Texas

              Age (If you want):38

              How Primal are you: Just starting but have been Primal-minded my whole life.

              Do you consume dairy: Not anymore

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and occasionally some Green Tea

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Training and completing an Ironman without losing all my belly fat. I have tried all kinds of diets, but have never gotten rid of sugar completely so I thought I would go Primal and see what happens.

              Favorite exercise: Swimming

              Favorite Primal food:Meat

              Best part about being Primal: Feeling clean (after I get through this nasty Sugar Detox)

              Worst part about being Primal: Sugar Detox


              • Location - Stockton, CA
                Age: 61
                How Primal: Totally. My husband and I purged our cabinets and only have Primal food in the house
                Dairy: none
                Coffee/Tea - both
                Motivator - weight loss
                Exercise: walking mostly some workouts on my Wii
                Favorite Primal food: like them all, but it's nice to have nuts
                Best part: I feel so much better and no carvings
                Worst part: other people don't always get it


                • Hi! My name is Stephanie, I'm 30 years old tomorrow and I have lost and gained weight in the past four years more than I have at any point in my entire life! (Having two kids will do that!)

                  I live in Langley, BC, Canada; and my Primal journey has just started last week. I find that, for myself, pure abstinence from carbs/fruits/sugar is the best way to go, although I've had crazy withdrawal symptoms and was set back on Sunday because of it.

                  I have been dairy free for 8 years now, and gluten free for 9 months; my girlfriend went Primal and lost tons of weight just by doing nothing, so I became rather intrigued and curious as to how I could also do nothing and lose weight! Haha!

                  I drink tea, caffeinated and decaffeinated, but only with Stevia - it makes me feel like I'm having a "sweet treat." That was one of the reasons I quit the SAD diet, my consumption of sugar was making me a really horrible person to be around. And if I went one or two days with low-carb, I would binge eat on whatever candy, sugar, chocolate or baking I had in the house.

                  I love eating fish and steak, pork is my all time favourite - I can eat a pound of bacon to myself! I think that's my favourite part about eating Primal, I can eat pork without feeling "fat!" But so far the worst part about becoming Primal is my withdrawal symptoms, which I suspect are what drug addicts go through - I almost threw up Sunday morning (after two days of keeping my carbs under 20%) but I've otherwise felt great!


                  • Location: Ohio

                    Age: 47

                    How Primal Are You: Mostly. I eat mostly fat with moderate amounts of protein and very, very low carb. I need to add in much more exercise.

                    Do you consume dairy: No

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, coffee.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss and better health.

                    Favorite exercise: Walking and weightlifting

                    Favorite primal food: Bacon

                    Best part about being primal: Looking good and feeling good.

                    Worst part about being primal: Other people frown on it and think I'm crazy for doing it.


                    • Please pardon my newness to forum -- have only been following marks blog and others similar blogs ;; finally started using apple app recently - very nice.

                      I'm now 43, stopped eating carbs November 2011 -- was over 320 pounds; pre diabetes ; liver inflammation ; hyperlipidemia ;

                      My basic / only focus the first 12 of the past 18 months was keeping carbs around 20 gram per day.

                      The recent ~ 8 months, I have gradually made more Primal food choices, began IF once or twice a week, Primal exercise -- I'm slow to write up -- sometime soon I intend to post an in depth report of what I did -- my best statistics are going from 50 inch waist Levi jeans to 38 inch designer slim jeans ; all metabolic syndrome lab work now 'pristine' (quoted by my personal physician)

                      So many other amazing pearls to note; my lifelong-size-6 wife took up low carb fall 2012 and now is wearing size zero...

                      I ruptured bicep tendon in February turning doorknob...unusual winter and behind on many projects now

                      Many thanks to Sisson, Taubes, Attia and the many that post here on this forum and others like it.


                      • The Questions:

                        Your location:
                        Sydney, Australia

                        Age (If you want):

                        How Primal are you:
                        I've been looking into the Primal Blueprint for a while now mostly by collecting the books. I've finally decided it's time to change mine and my husband's lifestyle and become Primal.

                        Do you consume dairy:
                        I've been eating yogurt lately and I like cheese.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea:
                        I try not to drink coffee but I find it helps me wake up when I go to work. I drink black tea with one teaspoon of raw sugar. These habits will change once I fully implement the primal blueprint.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal:
                        I'm sick of feeling tired and lathargic all the time and it takes me a long time to get over illnesses. My husband plays cricket and wants to lose weight and get fit (both of us want to do this) so that is extra motivation! I'm really looking forward to the change!

                        Favorite exercise:
                        Mainly power walking but I'm hoping to start running as well. I also like pilates.

                        Favorite Primal food:
                        Chicken thighs

                        Best part about being Primal:
                        I'm looking forward to feeling better about myself and feeling better!

                        Worst part about being Primal:
                        I don't think there is anything bad about being Primal. I just need to implement it and not get overwelmed with all the information!


                        • Saying hello from Virginia. I'm on day 29 of my first Whole30 and plan on sticking close to the plan, i.e., as paleo as possible. I've heard good things about Mark's Daily Apple, so here I am. Looking forward to reading and learning, and when I don't sound quite as daft, maybe even posting a bit.


                          • Your location:


                            Age (If you want):


                            How Primal are you:

                            Follow Primal Blueprint Fitness and try to eat as Primally as possible, plus Mark Sisson is sort of my hero, so I'm pretty primal

                            Do you consume dairy:


                            Do you drink coffee or tea:

                            Usually no coffee, but I have a cup of green tea a day

                            Motivator for switching to Primal:

                            Health, fitness, and wellness are passions of mine, and I love how being Primal is not obsessive like a lot of other health regimens

                            Favorite exercise:

                            I like pushups and pullups

                            Favorite Primal food:

                            Wild-caught alaskan canned salmon, kind of too expensive for me to try and get fresh

                            Best part about being Primal:

                            Less worries, feeling good, and good health

                            Worst part about being Primal:

                            Modern world is opposed to it


                            • The Questions:

                              Your location: usa

                              Age (If you want): 39

                              How Primal are you: just starting, but trying to be pretty primal

                              Do you consume dairy: not to start out, might try kefir later (i love kefir, i make it from real kefir grains)

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: lots of coffee. its the only vice i have left. i talked to grok about it he said it was fine

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: getting older, fatter and lazier...carbs were really an addiction and i felt tired and sluggish immediately after a binge

                              Favorite exercise: running and old school strength training (starrs 5x5 and starting strength type workouts

                              Favorite Primal food: bone in ribeye

                              Best part about being Primal: so far more energy and less cravings

                              Worst part about being Primal: i have for kids, it is gonna be a problem being primal all the time, but i go with the flow...i bet grok wouldnt pass up a pizza


                              • Your location: northshore, massachusetts

                                Age (If you want): 32

                                How Primal are you: been phasing out non-primal stuff over a month, now trying to eat mostly primal with one cheat a week.

                                Do you consume dairy: a small amount, raw milk and some yogurt and a little cheese every now and then

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: a little tea and one cup of coffee on weekends.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: quoting primalmonkrocker here: "getting older, fatter and lazier...carbs were really an addiction and i felt tired and sluggish immediately after a binge." perfect.

                                Favorite exercise: long hikes in the woods and mountains, swimming in natural water

                                Favorite Primal food: chuck roast, sweet potatoes, dark chocolate

                                Best part about being Primal: lost 8 lbs this month. that is a plus. and knowing i am doing what is best for my body, healing it. i am super excited to watch my body transform into a healthy power house.

                                Worst part about being Primal: missing croissants and pizza (which now my weekly cheat meal)