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  • Your location: Charlotte, NC

    Age (If you want): Turning 50

    How Primal are you: I am still learning while dealing with Reactive Hypoglycemia.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, hard cheese, plain greek yogurt, cottage cheese

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Green and Mint Tea a couple of times a month

    Motivator for switching to Primal: A better way. I have been dealing with this Reactive Hypoglycemia, eating small meals and portions and still felling crappy.

    Favorite exercise: Biking

    Favorite Primal food: Anything from the sea.

    Best part about being Primal: Simple and pure.

    Worst part about being Primal: Travel can be difficult. We will see.

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    • Hi everyone,
      Here's a little run-down...then, the questions answered from the 1st post...

      I'm unhealthy and scared I've waited too long. I didn't know until recently at an acupressure appointment that my diet could be hurting me worse. We eat pretty healthy (or so I thought) and I never thought about cutting gluten or nightshades to help with my inflammation.
      I have chronic migraines from a car accident in 2009 and hurt most days from mid back up. They've put me at 40% disability. So far, I can't do any upper body exercise without going full-blown-crawl-on-the-floor migraine.
      We're (my husband) just getting started with paleo and are looking into starting cross-fit next month. The owner of the gym said he'll work with me personally to find work-outs that I can do without causing headaches so, I can keep a schedule.

      Questions --

      Your location:

      Colorado, USA

      Age (If you want):

      42

      How Primal are you:

      None, yet. We're just getting started. Trying to figure out how to purge the bad from the house without being too wasteful.

      Do you consume dairy: Often...but, I'm going to try to go without for at least the 1st few months of Paleo.

      Do you drink coffee or tea:

      Tea - Cold and Hot

      Motivator for switching to Primal:

      My health and overall fitness for me and my husband.

      Favorite exercise:

      I used to enjoy weight lifting of any sort.

      Favorite Primal food:

      I don't know yet.

      Best part about being Primal:

      I don't know yet.

      Worst part about being Primal:

      I think giving up dairy will be hard for me. I'm also giving up nightshades to start with...so, that will be hard as well because tomatoes and peppers are about my favorites.

      Thank you for this site! I'm hopeful!

      ~Shana

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      • Motivator for switching to Primal: Being as healthy and fit as possible is like a sport for me. I love to experiment with the way I live. But being healthy, having a lot of energy, looking good and being in shape to do whatever life throws at me is the major ones.
        Thank you.
        georgedmercado

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        • Originally posted by Purtyred View Post
          Hi everyone,
          Here's a little run-down...then, the questions answered from the 1st post...

          I'm unhealthy and scared I've waited too long. I didn't know until recently at an acupressure appointment that my diet could be hurting me worse. We eat pretty healthy (or so I thought) and I never thought about cutting gluten or nightshades to help with my inflammation.
          I have chronic migraines from a car accident in 2009 and hurt most days from mid back up. They've put me at 40% disability. So far, I can't do any upper body exercise without going full-blown-crawl-on-the-floor migraine.
          We're (my husband) just getting started with paleo and are looking into starting cross-fit next month. The owner of the gym said he'll work with me personally to find work-outs that I can do without causing headaches so, I can keep a schedule.

          Questions --

          Your location:

          Colorado, USA

          Age (If you want):

          42

          How Primal are you:

          None, yet. We're just getting started. Trying to figure out how to purge the bad from the house without being too wasteful.

          Do you consume dairy: Often...but, I'm going to try to go without for at least the 1st few months of Paleo.

          Do you drink coffee or tea:

          Tea - Cold and Hot

          Motivator for switching to Primal:

          My health and overall fitness for me and my husband.

          Favorite exercise:

          I used to enjoy weight lifting of any sort.

          Favorite Primal food:

          I don't know yet.

          Best part about being Primal:

          I don't know yet.

          Worst part about being Primal:

          I think giving up dairy will be hard for me. I'm also giving up nightshades to start with...so, that will be hard as well because tomatoes and peppers are about my favorites.

          Thank you for this site! I'm hopeful!

          ~Shana
          Hey purtyred, Do you know what type of migraine? I have a friend who gets cluster migraines, where his eye will start to tear up. He used to go out for a brief jog and the headache would go away. He now does oxygen therapy. When he gets a cluster migraine at work he goes out to his car and breathes oxygen for 10-15 minutes and the headache goes away. Hope this was helpful!

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          • Location: Stamford, CT (The Cove)

            Age (If you want): 40

            How Primal are you: 90%

            Do you consume dairy: No

            Do you drink coffee or tea: No

            Motivator for switching to Primal:

            I was diagnosed with hypertension 2 years ago. It was bad...180/110. I was put on 2 pills and the blood pressure stabilized.I exercised on and off and spend alot of time outdoors hiking, canoeing, fishing, biking but I was never consistent. This year I decided to do something about that and started the Insanity workouts. I was really happy with the results and started looking harder at my overall health inculding my diet. Then one day I found this site and I was looking for information on paleo.

            All I can say is that everything fell into place. I had all these little bits of information I had hunted and gathered but no unified concept to have all the pieces fit together. Plus, the fact that Mark is so mellow in his approach really made me comfortable that I could do this at my own pace without pressure from fitness/nutrition zealots.

            I now consider primal my lifestyle. It's just how i go about my day to day.

            Favorite exercise: Hiking

            Favorite Primal food: Homeade beef jerky

            Best part about being Primal: Feeling great every day

            Worst part about being Primal: I miss pizza

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            • Your location: Kissimmee, FL

              Age (If you want): 46

              How Primal are you: Just started so not much

              Do you consume dairy: yes

              Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

              Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss, low calorie & exercise is not cutting it, pain management overall health.

              Favorite exercise:walking

              Favorite Primal food: not sure yet

              Best part about being Primal:not sure yet

              Worst part about being Primal: possibly replacing my coffee and sugar

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              • Your location: USA, Florida

                Age (If you want): 55

                How Primal are you: Serious, but not fanatic...no grains or legumes at all.

                Do you consume dairy: limited cheese and yogurt

                Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cup of coffee and several of tea daily, sweetened with stevia.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: overall health, weight loss

                Favorite exercise: walking

                Favorite Primal food: braised salmon

                Best part about being Primal: eating more, and still losing weight!

                Worst part about being Primal: I, also, miss pizza...... And homemade focaccia... But I can't argue with the results I've achieved.

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                • Your location: Fort Drum, NY

                  Age (If you want): 33

                  How Primal are you: Just starting out this week but right now probably 95/5.

                  Do you consume dairy: Only greek yogurt and very little cheese. Never cared for milk itself.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Nope, just water!

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: I have PCOS and have tried everything else. I need to get my insulin resistance, hormone issues, and weight under control. At this point this seems to be the best way to do that. Also as a purely superficial reason, I want to be able to wear a pretty dress (and feel comfortable) at my husbands homecoming.

                  Favorite exercise: Right now I like to walk and do Zumba.

                  Favorite Primal food: Right now I don't know. I'm having fun experimenting with different vegetables. Maybe...bacon

                  Best part about being Primal: Ask me again once I get through the carb withdrawals. I haven't been bloated or gassy so that's a plus!

                  Worst part about being Primal: Pizza, I miss it already. But this is for my health and no pizza tastes as good as good health feels

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                  • Hi! I'm Suzanne


                    The Questions:


                    Your location: Columbus, OH (go bucks!)

                    Age (If you want): 23

                    How Primal are you: Fully, but sometimes cheat with corn on the weekends

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes, especially butter and cheese. I do treat myself to ice cream every now and then!

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: I start my day with bulletproof coffee. I drink hot tea whenever I get a craving for it (mostly out of boredom).

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm gluten intolerant and recently noticed that rice seems to bother me too. Sometimes I suspect I have celiacs. This is a way of living I can stick with because I feel SO GOOD. I've gotten so much stronger. I never feel guilty about anything I eat, even if it's the ice cream I mentioned above. This is the easiest way I've found to stay lean and healthy.

                    Favorite exercise: I'm a powerlifter! I love to pick up heavy things! Dead lifts are probably my favorite. I also love to do sprints a couple times per week, and I play outside with my big goofy dog daily.

                    Favorite Primal food: BACON. I love to eat it, save the grease, and fry everything else in it. Did you know eggplant soaks up bacon fat like a sponge? Try it. You'll thank me!

                    Best part about being Primal: The energy and the self confidence. I had no idea how much a poor diet can just make every day life so much more difficult.

                    Worst part about being Primal: The haters! Why do they get so upset by what I eat??


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                    • Here Goes


                      Your location: Dallas Fort Worth, TX

                      Age (If you want): 50

                      How Primal are you: 80% but only for a few weeks

                      Do you consume dairy: yes, full fat yogurt, cream, half & half, butter and Ghee

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee w/ half & half

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Dr. Lustig's lecture on Suga

                      Favorite exercise: Yoga and walking

                      Favorite Primal food: Anything spicy with meat and veggies

                      Best part about being Primal: Not feeling hungry

                      Worst part about being Primal: Cheeeesecake and onion rings

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                      • Your location:Hammond,Indiana

                        Age (If you want):29

                        How Primal are you:As primal as legally allowed within city limits.

                        Do you consume dairy:feta cheese that's about it.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea:tea lots of herbal tea that my sister grows

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Got out of a horrible marriage. I'd looked into primal years ago and realized that it was pretty much my normal habits anyway , but the ex wasn't having it(she was very large and proudly SAD).I was being compared to various carnivoruos beast regularly anyway ........So i figured Might as well go full bore.

                        Favorite exercise: Any animal style movement , mostly monkey and gorilla drills

                        Favorite Primal food: Anything i can kill

                        Best part about being Primal:It feels natural to me .... like I fit

                        Worst part about being Primal: haven't found one yet

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                        • Jenny from KY

                          The Questions:


                          Your location: Kentucky (The Bluegrass State!)

                          Age (If you want): 30

                          How Primal are you: Pretty darn Primal. Although that has been a recent switch. I gave up gluten a year ago after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and experiencing a lot of the classic symptoms of celiec. While I waited for my doctor to put two and two together I went ahead and cut out gluten and I've never felt better.

                          Do you consume dairy: Yes, a little splash of milk in my coffee in the morning and cheese. You would have to pry raw cheddar from cold dead hands.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Both. I have significantly cut down on my coffee consumption recently, but I enjoy tea in the afternoon.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: To feel better. Once I cut out gluten and grains I started to have more energy, but I found the more Primal I eat the better I feel. I also thought for years that the only way to look good was to restrict your calories and spend hours on the elliptical or running miles at a time. Over time that wore me down. Eating lots of healthy food and doing interval sessions are so much faster and I get better results.

                          Favorite exercise: I still love to run so I would say sprinting. I love my sprint days.

                          Favorite Primal food:BACON! (duh!)

                          Best part about being Primal: Feeling good. Shorter workout sessions so I'm in and out of the gym faster. Eating a lot of filling food.

                          Worst part about being Primal:Family and friends who think this is a trend or a way to drop weight. Also, seeing loved ones eat a SAD and not being able to get them to stop, knowing how much better they could feel. Also, as I try to really limit dairy and sugar I don't eat much ice cream anymore even though butter pecan is my hands down, favorite food on the planet.

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                          • Hey All- New to MDA

                            The Questions:


                            Your location: California

                            Age (If you want): 32

                            How Primal are you: 90%

                            Do you consume dairy: Yes, only low lactose cheeses

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: tea

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: More Energy!

                            Favorite exercise: Playing with my two girls.

                            Favorite Primal food: Avocado, coconut, onions, garlic, lobster, shrimp, peppers. I guess I don't have just one!

                            Best part about being Primal: Clarity of mind, energy, better mood

                            Worst part about being Primal: People criticizing my lifestyle

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                            • Hi all, my name is Liz and just a brief overview below. I'm going to post a more in depth blurb about myself in the main Meet and Greet.


                              Your location: Philadelphia, PA

                              Age (If you want): 22

                              How Primal are you: Just starting out sooo about 50%?

                              Do you consume dairy: No

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: I do but I haven't yet

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: I am hypoglycemic, have PCOS, and am obese. As you state in "Stigma of Obesity", Mark, doctor's don't like to dispense lifestyle changes anymore so this is all my motivation.

                              Favorite exercise: Walking, running with some sprints.

                              Favorite Primal food: Organic Cage-free eggs

                              Best part about being Primal: The community and sheer amount of info available on it. Also, coconut milk.

                              Worst part about being Primal: Adjustment to going no grains and the initial cravings.
                              Last edited by damnposeurs; 08-11-2013, 04:39 PM. Reason: Forgot location

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                              • Hello from New York! I've just recently started Primal in the last few weeks.

                                The Questions:

                                Your location: Brooklyn, NY

                                Age (If you want): 27

                                How Primal are you: I've just started and am sort of "using up" some things in my house (ex: made salmon patties with flour bc I didn't feel like going out to hunt for almond meal yet). I've also had "cheat" days here and there when I'm out with friends. But overall, probably 70-30 right now?

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes - full fat greek yogurt and cheese (regular grocery store stuff for now). No more milk in my coffee (I realized I HATED the taste of the "ultra-pasteurized" organic whole milk my roommate and I were buying, so I figured it was probably ruining the taste of the coffee).

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, both. One cup of coffee in the morning with coconut milk (my new love). Green tea in the afternoons sometimes at work, sometimes second cup of coffee at home on the weekends.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I am SO TIRED all the time and have been looking to try anything to fix it. I'd also read up on paleo/primal a lot in the last year and thought to myself that I already feel better whenever I eat primal vs grains 'n things, so why not just do it all the time? Also: sick of growing horizontally out of my clothes.

                                Favorite exercise: I haven't started a lot of primal exercise yet, so I'd say my favorite exercise right now is capoeira. I tried sprints today and sprints >>> trying to keep a jog going forever.

                                Favorite Primal food: Avocado, coconut, bacon, butter

                                Best part about being Primal: I've been in a better mood and a bit less tired (I also suspect I may have sleep apnea, so I'm planning to be tested for that as well). I've also been getting through capoeira classes much more easily. And some extra weight around my middle has come off!

                                Worst part about being Primal: I guess this is both the best & worst: I am SUPER lazy about food and cooking; always grabbing ready-to-eat stuff out of the fridge when I come home instead of knuckling down to cook something more nutritious. That's the other big reason I went primal - it will force me to learn how to cook.

                                Great to meet y'all and looking forward to primal living!

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