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  • Your location: London, UK

    Age (If you want): 33 (almost 34!)

    How Primal are you: trying to be very primal

    Do you consume dairy: no

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea, roobios tea, herbal teas and water.

    Motivator for switching to Primal:want to be healthy and, if possible, beat my auto-immune condition.

    Favorite exercise: still learning to like this...!

    Favorite Primal food: steak.

    Best part about being Primal: discovering lots of lovely new healthy food.

    Worst part about being Primal: having to remember to bring my own food to work.

    p.s. does anyone know how I can add my profile photo? Thanks.


    • Hello folks! I've been on MDA almost every day for a few weeks. I'm new to the lifestyle, but so far, I'm really diggin' it!

      Your location: Florida

      Age (If you want): 25

      How Primal are you: Most of the way there: ditched grains, sugar and processed crap. Haven't quit legumes yet, though. My goal is to be completely primal by the time I finish Primal Blueprint (I just got it a week go and have about 50 pages left).

      Do you consume dairy: Yes; raw milk after weight-training, Greek yogurt, and some cheeses.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee every morning (no sugar), and tea once or twice per week.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: "Diseased" people around me who eat like crap, don't exercise, and make other poor lifestyle choices. Not that I'm so concerned with living for a long time, it's that I don't want the last years of my life to be agonizing.

      Favorite exercise: Kettlebell swings, snatches, cleans & presses, and pull-ups. I'm working a regimented plan using only these exercises, along with practicing martial arts twice per week.

      Favorite Primal food: Oven-roasted chicken from MDA's recipe section. Soooooooo good.

      Best part about being Primal: I opened myself up to trying new foods. Before this, I would only eat a handful of different types of veggies, and I would only eat chicken, turkey, and some pork. Now that I'm eliminating much of my prior diet (grains and sugary treats), I feel that I should try new things, and that's pretty exciting! In just two weeks, I've tried fish, lamb, and duck.

      Worst part about being Primal: My friends and family thinking I'm an elitist now because I won't eat their food.


      • Ready to get primal! In brief, I have been in and out of exercise and diet programs many times. I competed in a bikini competition last year and had a blast. But the exercise regimen was extremely time consuming and wore my body down. As well as the diet towards the end. I felt depleted and deflated. I quickly bounced back to my normal weight, because I didn't know how to transition back effectively to a more normal diet/exercise approach. I have never been overweight, but lately I have been feeling less than great about my body and want to get it in check! I'm only 23 but I want to prepare my body for the rest of my life. Especially kids, being able to come back faster after having them and even teach them a healthy lifestyle! Looking to start Crossfit this week. Worried about the carb stance with being Primal. I depleted so much with the competition I trained for that I had the carb flu horrendously bad. I couldn't focus and my work was affected. So I may need to transition that very slowly, instead of cold turkey!

        Excited to see what happens and meet all of the people that have taken the plunge into the Primal world!

        The Questions:

        Your location: Colorado

        Age (If you want): 23

        How Primal are you: halfway there. Scarce processed foods (bagels, cheerios here and there, dont go to restaurants much maybe once a week if I'm lucky) Need to eat more veggies and less fruit!

        Do you consume dairy: yes but not much, never have. Occasional cereal or glass of milk, cheese sprinkled on something I cook or frozen yogurt mmmm

        Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee everyday :/ only in the morning

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Overall healthy, its a not a non-gimmick quick fix approach, lifelong health

        Favorite exercise: Oooo...well I love Yoga! If I had to break it down I would say running/stairmaster/cycle for cardio and arm workouts for lifting

        Favorite Primal food: I love snacks, so the trail mix, nut, celery and cream cheese ideas are awesome

        Best part about being Primal: Well if all of our accustomed food sources ever go away in some world-ending event, we will be prepared! Have to get back to your roots!

        Worst part about being Primal: no grains.....I understand the concept and accept it but worried about my bodies reaction


        • Your location: Oakland/San Leandro, California

          Age (If you want): 28

          How Primal are you: Not very. I've been stuck in a SAD way of living for a while, but have recently made a few changes.

          Do you consume dairy: No cow milk products (I'm allergic), but I do enjoy goat and sheep milk products

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasionally

          Motivator for switching to Primal: My main reason for looking into becoming Primal was to lose weight and get skinny fast. I still want to slim down a bit, but losing weight as soon as I possibly can is no longer my main goal. I want to lose the extra fat I'm carrying so that I'm living a healthier life in a healthy body!

          Favorite exercise: Dancing, hooping/hoop dancing, yoga, kettlebell (just started using one, and I love it!)

          Favorite Primal food: A giant yummy salad!

          Best part about being Primal: Not feeling guilty for eating tasty food since it's healthy now..not having to spend hours working out everyday and feeling guilty if I don't..

          Worst part about being Primal: Right now (as I'm just beginning) it's the battle to not eat every sweet in sight....I'm working on breaking a sugar addiction.


          • Hey all, I'm Mrs Baeb

            Your location: Green Bay, WI

            Age: 25

            How Primal are you: Mostly primal with occasional slip-ups. I have a soft spot for fast food.

            Do you consume dairy: In small amounts. Whole milk (raw, if I can get it) for my coffee, some cheese in meals.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: See above, lol. I love coffee from the depths of my soul. I CAN quit - I have in the past just to prove I can - but I don't like to go without. One mug a day and I'm set.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I tried a health "recalibration" from the book Foodist by Darya Pino Rose, which is essentially a paleo diet. In only two weeks the weight fell off me - I lost 8.5 pounds. I started researching the paleo diet but found I liked Mark's Daily Apple the best of all the websites. From there I got The Primal Blueprint and a 90-Day Primal Blueprint journal, and decided to join these forums.

            Favorite exercise: I can't say that I exercise at the moment. With losing so much weight (if I'm not careful about my fat consumption) I'm tired often, but I plan to get into it hardcore when I'm closer to my "goal weight." Goal weight is flexible, as I don't want to trust wholeheartedly the CW of my "healthy weight range."

            Favorite Primal food: A tie between bacon (big, thick, grassfed slices) and avocados/guacamole.

            Best part about being Primal: How much my body loves it and how healthy I've started to look. People tell me I look amazing and I'm only 11.5 pounds down so far. CW tells me I have 60 pounds left to lose. :-/

            Worst part about being Primal: Even with all the preparation in the world, this society does not allow primal living to be convenient.

            Looking to start my own journal on these forums very soon. :-)

            Nice to meet you all.


            • Your location:Wales, UK

              Age (If you want):45

              How Primal are you: About 75% & counting...OK 70% if I'm honest,but still counting!

              Do you consume dairy: Yes - Butter, live yoghurt, Double cream (I think you call this heavy cream over the pond in the US) and the occasional Latte.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Love coffee too much to give it up, but since I've cut right back, I treat myself to only high quality ethically sourced coffee. I'm British - of course I drink tea! - But mostly green these days and just occasionally.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: I did a review of a friend's Primal based detox/fat-loss plan for a members page I run for my local health & racket club. I was astounded at the results after just a week, did a second week and couldn't believe how much better I felt my friend told me about the Primal Blueprint book the rest is history!

              Favorite exercise: I teach Kung-Fu, so I like the broad spectrum of exercises PB fitness promotes - Kickbag sprints are a killer!

              Favorite Primal food: All of it! Trying lots of new stuff, so finding new favorites all the time, but I love the loss of guilt over red meat.

              Best part about being Primal: Feeling great physically & mentally. I've always been pretty fit but I'm now fitter, stronger & faster than I've ever been - my arthritic knee is improving too!

              Worst part about being Primal: Gotta lay off my favourite vice - McVities Chocolate Digestive Biscuits (These are a British "cookie" a bit like a Graham cracker, chocolate coated on on side but way better) I'm trying to justify eating these as my entire 20% non primal! Lol

              As we say in Welsh - Iechyd Dda! (Good Health!)

              Grok on!


              • Your location: Los Angeles

                Age (If you want):45

                How Primal are you: 95%

                Do you consume dairy: Butter, and a little bit of goat's milk yogurt and kefir

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Never touch coffee, but green tea occasionally.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: I have numerous food allergies and need to heal my gut -it's about 85% better, but I needed to tweak my diet a little more to heal. Allergic/intolerant to: wheat/gluten, corn, cow dairy, beef, peanuts, eggs, and soy. And my 4 month old spits up more if I have tomatoes, so I'm avoiding them right now, too.

                Favorite exercise: Meh, exercise. I love rowing machines, but my gym doesn't have one. Walking is okay.

                Favorite Primal food: Lamb

                Best part about being Primal: I'm nursing, and was told in the hospital to eat 2800 calories a day, so I'm enjoying eating a very lush array of foods, AND I have lost 8 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks.

                Worst part about being Primal: I've been testing various foods to see how my body responds to them, and I'm bummed that some old favorites cause reactions. I am hoping that I can eat eggs again in a few weeks (months?)


                • New Grok-star signing in...

                  Your location: Denmark

                  Age (If you want): 33

                  How Primal are you: Well - I just decided yesterday to start being Primal, but in my mind Im all GROK!

                  Do you consume dairy: A bit of yoghurt for my vegetables.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm fat and I also always thought that the food that surrounds us today, is unhealthy for us..

                  Favorite exercise: Rowing

                  Favorite Primal food: MEAT! BACON!

                  Best part about being Primal: Just started...

                  Worst part about being Primal: Just started.. a bit nerveous about many things.


                  • I've been lurking/learning and following MDA on Facebook for a while-- this forum is so helpful. Today is my 41st day of Whole 30 and I've already experienced so many positive changes. I have a long way to go to optimal health but I feel like I'm on my way step by step. I love love love this lifestyle and have no plans to switch back. I have about 90 pounds to lose but have been keeping the focus on pictures every 30 days to check for change and am not weighing.

                    Your location: Virginia

                    Age (If you want): 35

                    How Primal are you: I follow Whole 30.

                    Do you consume dairy: No.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. Mostly drinking half coffee/half Crio Bru these days. I love green tea.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Hit my own rock bottom in terms of weight, looks, mental wellness low.

                    Favorite exercise: I am starting back exercising after a long hiatus of not at all. When I have exercised I've always enjoyed it.

                    Favorite Primal food: Eggs from pastured chickens. I eat a lot of them and cannot believe how good they are.

                    Best part about being Primal: Life is simpler, happier.

                    Worst part about being Primal: There is no worst for me.


                    • Your location: Fair Oaks, CA

                      Age (If you want): 37

                      How Primal are you: 90%

                      Do you consume dairy: Only goat and greek yogurt (if I could find goat greek yogurt I'd be stoked) and very little

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Both

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Host of health issues, and to lose some weight!

                      Favorite exercise: Zumba and weights

                      Favorite Primal food: Steak

                      Best part about being Primal: I feel better

                      Worst part about being Primal: I am a fruit eater (10 servings a day sometimes) so cutting back on the fruit is hard


                      • Hi everyone :-)

                        My location: Perth, Western Australia (born and bred in Singapore)

                        Age: Just hit the big 3-Oh!

                        How Primal are you: I've just finished reading the Primal Blueprint, and am about a chapter into the 21-Day Total Body Transformation as well. Ironically, I downloaded them on my iPad when I was first told to read them, which doesn't help the cause toward reducing my exposure to artificial light! Hahaha...

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes I do. I love butter and I have a weakness for blue cheese, especially Stilton.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink green tea or lemongrass and ginger tea everyday at my desk at work because I love the way they smell and taste, and I have the occasional Nespresso out the husband's coffee machine.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I was diagnosed with PCOS about a year ago, and soon (and after about a million tests, including for thyroid function, cholesterol levels, fasting glucose, etc.) I was diagnosed with insulin resistance. It was devastating because, being fully aware of how awful my family's history of diabetes is (Granddad died from complications resulting from his Type I Diabetes and Mum, Dad and my sister all have Type II), I never drank sugary drinks, don't eat chocolate, eat lots of vegetables, meat and tons of seafood, and avoided sugar where possible because I was always brought up thinking too much sugar equals diabetes. The only plus? Finding out that my cholesterol levels (HDL, LDL, etc.) were, I quote, "phenomenal" and "fantastic" -- they reckon it's a result of my seafood-heavy diet. As a result of my insulin resistance, my endocrinologist and GP recommended I go on a low carb, low GI diet, which sounded horrific to me because I have been bred on a mostly Asian diet. We're talking noodles and rice at every meal (yes, we eat rice porridge for breakfast!) accompanied by dahl curries, tofu, tempeh, and the lot. But they never told me just how bad noodles and rice were, and instead recommended that I try basmati rice and mung bean noodles (glass noodles). Since going with their recommendations, I have lost 7kg but every time I ate rice especially, I got the worst migraines, sugar rushes, low energy levels, etc. You name it, I went through it. Then last month, my endocrinologist actually recommended the book to me after he picked it up off Amazon. Now I really understand how all the carbs and grain affect me, and I am hoping to turn things around for the better. I am here to prevent myself from become diabetic, to become healthier, and to reverse my PCOS so I can have children naturally one day.

                        Favorite exercise: Yoga, walking the dogs, dancing and swimming. Yes, I definitely need to up the ante on this one! My husband is running a half marathon in August and I am hoping I can convince him to sprint with me for fun!

                        Favorite Primal food: Roast pork belly with crunchy crackling -- there really is nothing yummier :-)

                        Best part about being Primal: I've only just begun but I'm already feeling more energetic, and I don't have to deal with the sugar rush and the accompanying lull afterwards... Oh and trying new recipes!

                        Worst part about being Primal: Going out with friends to Jamie's Italian and avoiding the pasta menu, dealing with people who think I'm on the Atkins Diet for a "quick fix", and eating curries without rice! I'm just being honest!


                        • Yay perthite like me!!!


                          • Your location: Huntsville, AL

                            Age (If you want): 45

                            How Primal are you: My plan is to be 95% Primal.

                            Do you consume dairy: Rarely

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: To achieve optimal health before it's too late.

                            Favorite exercise: walking

                            Favorite Primal food: Beef

                            Best part about being Primal: Beef!!!

                            Worst part about being Primal: Limited options when travelling with a group


                            • Your location: Sofia, Bulgaria, the Balkans, Eastern Europe

                              Age (If you want): 27

                              How Primal are you: No refined anything, may have to eat some legumes/potatoes/brown rice on rare occasions because of my girlfriend (I definitely don't intend it to be more often than once in a week/10 days, and small servings at that)

                              Do you consume dairy: Cheese, occasionally, the fattier kind - sheep, blue, yellow, that sort

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: To get in better physical and mental shape, mostly the latter, and to revisit my sporting days from about 10 years ago. I feel older than my age and that sucks.

                              Favorite exercise: as of now I have trouble motivating myself for any exercise, but otherwise soccer, walking, running (not the jogging kind)

                              Favorite Primal food: Well-prepared scrambled eggs, also pork

                              Best part about being Primal: Envisioning myself in a few months

                              Worst part about being Primal: My girlfriend doesn't completely understand it yet, also I'm afraid it won't work out and/or that I'll screw it up, since it's more than a minor change in lifestyle and/or my body will somehow "reject" it. Silly, I know, but still..


                              • Your location: Milwaukee, WI

                                Age (If you want): 41

                                How Primal are you: I'm very new at this, but I would say "very." There just seem to be lots of different opinions about what exactly "primal" is, so I don't know if the fact that I eat potatoes (both white and sweet) detracts much from my overall level of being primal.

                                Do you consume dairy: No. But that's just because I don't seem to have a taste for it right now. My ancestry is predominantly Welsh/Irish and I seem to be well adapted to eating dairy.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea, but not coffee.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I am, at present, making significant changes in my life. I am significantly overweight and went from making about $60k a year before the 2008 crash to $10 an hour. I'm going back to college to get my BA in philosophy (so I can still make $10 an hour, but at least I'll understand why), and the idea of not only being the old guy in class, but also the really fat old guy in class is not appealing to me. I have recently lost 80 pounds doing a low fat diet for about a year, but felt lousy all the time. After seeing the documentary "The Perfect Human Diet" I couldn't find any flaws in the primal diet, so decided to give it a go. I have been eating primal for 3 days now and have lost 6 pounds.

                                Favorite exercise: Walking, which is also my favorite philosophical exercise. Nothing like spending a couple hours pretty much alone with your thought. That and my Hsing-I and Hung Gar style kung fu.

                                Favorite Primal food: Liver. That's been one of my favorite foods since I was a kid.

                                Best part about being Primal: I have so much more energy and my mood seems significantly improved.

                                Worst part about being Primal: I honestly can't think of one. Unless vegans just start bursting into tears whenever I enter a room.