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  • Your location: New York

    Age (If you want): 22

    How Primal are you: I was 100% primal at the start of 2013 for the first three months, but since I graduated college and started studying for the CPA exam I have stopped and gained back all the weight and problems that I had once lost and now I want to get back to the healthier version of myself, when I was more primal

    Do you consume dairy: I made the switch to almond milk around 7 months ago and haven't had "real" dairy milk since, although my only cheat has been on ice cream.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink coffee (black) every morning! (it's a must to get through the day!)

    Motivator for switching to Primal: As mentioned above, I have tried it before and the benefits were amazing! I regret going off of it and I seem to have blamed it on graduating from school and moving back home, but I have decided I can't use that excuse anymore and it is time to get back to the healthier me!

    Favorite exercise: I just started doing Bikram (hot) yoga, and I love it! I also do interval sprints on the treadmill and different circuit training with a kettlebell.

    Favorite Primal food: Chicken! Also, I love any type of salads... especially with chicken!

    Best part about being Primal: Feeling a natural source of energy and virtually no stomach (digestion) pain ever! (keeps you super regular... if you know what I mean.)

    Worst part about being Primal: My weakness has been peanut butter... I'm obsessed. I also get major cravings sometimes for potato chips and/or chocolate.

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    • Your location: Superior, WI

      Age (If you want): 28

      How Primal are you: As close as I can be, but it falls apart during holidays!

      Do you consume dairy: Yes, kefir, yogurt and cheese occasionally

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Both!!

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Grassfed ground beef with a raw egg yolk

      Favorite exercise: Running! YES, I know about "chronic cardio". Leave me and my half-marathons alone!

      Favorite Primal food: Just one?! Hm, salmon.

      Best part about being Primal: Feeling healthy and energized

      Worst part about being Primal: The social aspect of it is by far the most difficult

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      • Your location: New Jersey USA

        Age (If you want): 43

        How Primal are you: Virgin - Just learning about this awesome way to live

        Do you consume dairy: Currently yes

        Do you drink coffee or tea:Coffee

        Motivator for switching to Primal:I want to get fit, stay fit, and feel balanced

        Favorite exercise:I enjoy playing any sport with my kids.

        Favorite Primal food:I am sure I'll enjoy the steak and spinach

        Best part about being Primal:Sound like I will get rid of the dreaded sugar crash

        Worst part about being Primal: I am sure living with non-primals is going to be tough

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        • Your location: Bournemouth, UK

          Age (If you want): 30

          How Primal are you: Newbie - learning the whole process.

          Do you consume dairy: No

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Green Tea only

          Motivator for switching to Primal: Plateauing on previous diets and my personl trainer suggested Paleo.

          Favorite exercise: The Gym, anything except Burpees

          Favorite Primal food: Steak

          Best part about being Primal: Getting fit, losing weight and having an amazing life

          Worst part about being Primal: Not sure, will have to come back to answer this one.

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          • About to begin...

            In other forums I've been a member of in the past - at least for small communities - there's been a 'introduce yourself' thread with some questions that people can answer. I know that there are people reading this forum that are fully primal, partially primal, and are considering it. I thought that I'd put some questions together to cover these things just to get an idea of who's out there.


            The Questions:


            Your location:memphis

            Age (If you want):43

            How Primal are you:starting this weekend

            Do you consume dairy:yes

            Do you drink coffee or tea:coffee

            Motivator for switching to Primal:lose weight, health, energy and for my kids

            Favorite exercise:5:30 bootcamp

            Favorite Primal food:steak and avocado

            Best part about being Primal:hoping to feel cleaner

            Worst part about being Primal:scared to start

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            • i just got here after reading will comment

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              • Mostly Gizzards aka Jim

                Hello!

                My name is Jim and I have been a fan/lurker of MDA for a while. I have a great family, wife & 4 kids and we live in the fantabulous state of Arizona. I'm originally a resident of Missouri (or Misery if you don't like humidity) and I've recently decided to go Primal 100% and not turn back. I have had moments when I have eaten better, and some really embarrassing moments in recent history. I have SO much to say about my goals and my life's experience with bad food and not being happy with my overall health, but those can wait for future posts.

                The Questions:


                Your location: Phoenix, AZ

                Age (If you want): 38

                How Primal are you: 99% for 2 weeks. I sneak some Sriracha on my eggs in the mornings.

                Do you consume dairy: Currently no.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: No

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Health

                Favorite exercise: Pushup-Situp-Squat - in the form of x pushups, 2x situps, 3x squats. 5 rounds. Steadily increasing the value of X.

                Favorite Primal food: A perfectly cooked steak is hard to argue with.

                Best part about being Primal: I'm not afraid to say "I'm not eating" when there are no natural food choices. I just fast now. I used to believe the whole "eat 6 small meals a day to keep up your metabolism" which lead me to snack constantly. Fasting is awesome!

                Worst part about being Primal: I let myself get annoyed when I try to explain in simple terms what I eat and what I don't and 9/10 get "Oh you're on Atkins!"

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                • Your location: Denver, Colorado
                  Age (If you want): 33

                  How Primal are you:Start last week, loving it, 95%. In time, may sprinkle some potatoes or rice occasionally, but never again wheat!

                  Do you consume dairy: grass fed butter

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: healthy lifestyle, food is excellent, debunk misconception.

                  Favorite exercises: jog with my dog, and Blunt Force Training!

                  Favorite Primal food: chicken or bulletproof coffee!

                  Best part about being Primal: more enegy and more lean

                  Worst part about being Primal: Colorado craft breweries!

                  Question: anyone know if celery root is paleo or more tubular?
                  Last edited by jsmooth2327; 07-09-2013, 06:26 PM.

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                  • Hello everyone!

                    Your location: North-Western Sydney, Australia.

                    Age (If you want): 28

                    How Primal are you: I've mulled on this for a little bit, and I'd say about 70%.

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes, but very limited.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I started to test things out in August of last year. I did it for gut health reasons, and that's still my big motivator. But the weight loss has made me add fitness related goals to the list too.

                    Favorite exercise: Theatrical sword fighting, and the warm up stretches. That counts, right?

                    Favorite Primal food: sweet potatoes

                    Best part about being Primal: Having energy!

                    Worst part about being Primal: Meal planning. Still not very good at it. Every week's a new start at it though!

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                    • Your location: Texas

                      Age (If you want): 46

                      How Primal are you: Just started - mostly primal

                      Do you consume dairy: very Minimal - just a little cheese in eggs or on salads

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: No coffee ever, ice tea occasionally

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Health

                      Favorite exercise: I am very limited to to medical conditions/injuries.

                      Favorite Primal food: Beef, Almonds

                      Best part about being Primal: Health improvements

                      Worst part about being Primal: Missing pasta!!

                      I have been researching for several months different ways to improve my health. Have had a couple heart attacks, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, etc. Watched the perfect human diet and fat head among others and decided to throw out everything I been told by governemnt and others as proper nutrition and make the decision which diet is best using common sense - which said they way our ancestors ate before agriculture. As of today, I have been on the paleo diet for 4 days, as has my wife and 14 year old son. In those 4 days we have all found ourselves with a lot more energy, and not feeling hungry throughout the day. I have no urge after dinner to snack or eat until lunch or even dinner the next day. In a month or so I will have blood tests done to see how things are going..hope all stays good..

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                      • Your location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                        Age (If you want): 26

                        How Primal are you: Starting a 30 day primal challenge now, previously varying stages of Paleo.

                        Do you consume dairy: I am allergic to dairy, it's a huge deal for me to avoid it.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee. Lots of coffee. Leaving it will be a big deal for me.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I am training for the Highlander V obstacle course race and I'm getting GREAT results, but I want to see how far I can go.

                        Favorite exercise: Crossfit, all day. Helen is my favorite named WOD by a long shot!

                        Favorite Primal food: Zucchini, all day, every day!

                        Best part about being Primal: I'm about to find out!

                        Worst part about being Primal: No more processed, quick-and-easy pick-up foods.

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                        • Hi, I'm Sharon, 43, from Nova Scotia, Canada. I'm just getting into the paleo lifestyle, trying to gather as much info as possible to help with food choices. I drink black coffee, green and herbal teas and I love an occasional glass of wine. I'm a smoker(boo) but I plan on quitting as I transition into this healthier lifestyle. I've been picking around the edges of Paleo since May 1st 2013 and to date have went from 158lbs to 145 very easily. My best friend was amazed and is now trying it too... she lost 9lbs in 9days! It's incredible how easy it is. My motivation was mainly to reduce the swelling in my ankles and get rid of psoriasis that had developed on the palm of my hand and bottom of my foot.... ohhh yeah PLUS TO GET RID OF MY MUFFIN TOP...lol! It's funny how little the medical community actually know about nutrition and biochemical reactions to foods... I was told by my dermatologist that I would always have the psoriasis and gave me a steroidcream (which I never used) . Well it's GONE after a month of no grains along with the swelling and the pesky muffin top too! Well, that's me.... nice to meet you all! Can't wait to crouch around the fire and "chew the fat" !

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                          • Your location: Tennessee

                            Age (If you want): 28

                            How Primal are you: mostly primal. I don't always eat organic (so expensive!) but I have cut out all grains.

                            Do you consume dairy: Yes. Full fat greek yogurt and sometimes goat cheese (I LOVE goat cheese!)

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: both, though not very often.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Health. I recently went to the Dr. and was told that my sugar was high, and that I needed to cut carbs and lose weight. I also had what they call a "fatty liver" and was told that dropping weight would sort that out.

                            Favorite exercise: Elliptical and kayaking!

                            Favorite Primal food: Eggs

                            Best part about being Primal: You don't have to count calories! Just eat good food!

                            Worst part about being Primal: It can be expensive and time consuming

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                            • Hi, first time here.
                              I'm Claudia and live in the State of Washington.
                              I'm originally from Chile though.
                              I have read the book and have been doing the Primal eating but have not lost any wight yet, I feel better, more energy and all that but the lbs should be going too.
                              I have been to doctors to make sure my system is working correctly and I'm currently working with a Naturopath who found out my adrenal systems is all screw up.

                              I do drink coffee with cream, mostly a cup of hot tea in the mornings. I still crave some chocolate but have switched to the Trader Joe's brand, dark and lower carb.

                              any ideas would be appreciated it!
                              Thanks!

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                              • Originally posted by Anonymous View Post
                                In other forums I've been a member of in the past - at least for small communities - there's been a 'introduce yourself' thread with some questions that people can answer. I know that there are people reading this forum that are fully primal, partially primal, and are considering it. I thought that I'd put some questions together to cover these things just to get an idea of who's out there.


                                The Questions:


                                Your location: Northeast.

                                Age (If you want): 44

                                How Primal are you: 80ish

                                Do you consume dairy: yes.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: both.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: saw some friends' success.

                                Favorite exercise: deadlift

                                Favorite Primal food: steak

                                Best part about being Primal:

                                Freed from hours of cardio -- running was my thing.

                                Worst part about being Primal: no cookies.
                                Hey y'all.

                                I'm a non-jock in a sedentary occupation. Most of my adult life I've stayed in a range of "in pretty good shape (for a non-athlete)" to "oh, just a little out of shape (but not bad for a non-jock in a sedentary occupation)".

                                I'm about 6'2" and at my heaviest and softest I was 190. At my lightest and leanest I was 165.

                                When in my best shape, I'd run 20-30 miles per week, but never at competitive paces.

                                But what was lacking from my life was play, enjoyment of life, and stimulating myself with new challenges.

                                Diet was about denial. Exercise was about set-jaw discipline. And pain. Or at least prolonged discomfort.

                                Before starting paleo I was on the good end of my range. Lean, and in good shape by my standards.

                                But I wanted more from life. And paleo has been giving that to me.

                                I've started using my walks to learn spanish on an audio program, a life long desire. I could never do that running, and when i was done with my run I had neither the time nor the energy.

                                Also, I usually take a second walk in the day with a member of my family. Which I really enjoy now.

                                I also am using my extra time to learn to play guitar, another life long desire.

                                But what I've really gotten out of this is a feeling that, as a member of the dominant species on the planet, life is pretty damn good!

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