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  • sick of trying to find a nice guy on the bar scene….oops wrong website. ANYWAYS - have been lurking on this site for far too long and decided it was time to give posting a whirl. a friend of mine passed recently and after spending too much time in hospitals, etc, finding healthful, primal food sources wasn’t the easiest and i fell off the bandwagon (there’s always an excuse, isn’t there?). i have put on a few lbs since being primal-compliant and with that gain, i have lost confidence in myself (5'5" from a solid 135 to a not-so-solid 151 --- eep). i have decided that writing this down would force me to hold myself accountable and get my sh*t together. so, here it goes…

    Location: Boston

    Age: 23

    How Primal are you: about 85%...would like to be 95% (ideally, 100%, but i'm not quite sure that’s the world i live in)

    Do you consume dairy: kerrygold butter and brie, on occasion

    Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, both. not daily.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: i feel, look, and sleep better when primal. i get to eat delicious foods that make my body feel and look great. i love to cook and have had so much fun trying new recipes, and re-creating old ones, primal style.

    Favorite exercise: anything and everything…love being active. i really enjoy soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, and my sprinting sessions.

    Favorite Primal food: oh god. how much time do you have?

    Best part about being Primal: feeling confident in my own skin

    Worst part about being Primal: the comments: ”are you on atkins?”/”you need healthy whole grains”. trying to date in this city and dudes taking it the wrong way when i tell them i don't feel like splitting an appetizer -- it's not you, it's the deep fried nonsense that would ultimately leave my stomach in knots 30 minutes post-consumption. CW bs, in a nutshell.

    it is so nice to finally "meet" all of you -- look forward to posting more in the future!


    • Your location: San Diego

      Age (If you want): 47

      How Primal are you: NO Idea what they means, but based on answers below....Probably not very

      Do you consume dairy: no

      Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cup coffee in the am

      Motivator for switching to Primal: not sure that is what I want....looking for advice

      Favorite exercise: none...I quit! After doing 8 months of Insanity with a trainer, and following their diet, not losing 1 inch, lb or oz, I gave up!

      Favorite Primal food: ?

      Best part about being Primal:??

      Worst part about being Primal:[/QUOTE] ??


      • Your location: Las Vegas, Nevada (yea Sin City)

        Age (If you want): 33

        How Primal are you: More and more each day

        Do you consume dairy: I do, but whittling it away little by little…started cold turkey as of today (8/26/2013)

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea (1c every morning)

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Healthier, longer life with a healthier family

        Favorite exercise: Martial Arts (all forms)

        Favorite Primal food: Rib-Eye Steak (Sea salt/Cajun seasoning/cracked-pepper rub, cooked medium on a cast-iron skillet)

        Best part about being Primal: Easier meals, easier shopping and better overall health

        Worst part about being Primal: Giving up the occasional bag of Lays Potato Chips!!!

        Overall, I see this as being a good lifestyle change for my wife and I…I am off and on into my fitness and would like to stay ON permanently and I feel this lifestyle change will be the ticket. All the fad workouts seem to be just that…FADS! Whereas this lifestyle change incorporates (more like encourages) a moderate daily workout and/or just getting out and moving.

        I have two boys, 7 and 10yo, and both of them deserve my wife and I in the more active forms of our youth…we contently regale them with our childhood stories of how we were able to play outside and blah, blah, blah, but they don’t get to experience that nearly as often. This lifestyle, for me, is an opportunity to change that…hitting up the park, getting them both in the backyard with me as I train my Thai Boxing/Jeet Kune Do and just all around moving will go a long way for the health and togetherness of the family.

        Thank you Mark for the development of this lifestyle and thank you all (members of this forum/family/lifestyle) that provide updates/recipes/ideas/modifications/information and an overall entertaining place to be. Many of my friends and family think I am crazy for this change, but when they see the results I am SURE they will be singing another tune!

        Primal Kas


        • Your location: Calgary AB

          Age (If you want): 42

          How Primal are you: Gluten free, limited dairy, no refined/process foods. I am interested in helping my find ways to get my 6 & 4 year old more involved in understanding the benefits of paleo/primal eating.

          Do you consume dairy: 1 serving/day

          Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

          Motivator for switching to Primal: feel way better since going gluten free and believe in the long term health benefits of the eating philosophy

          Favorite exercise: push ups, pull ups & abs (can't choose)

          Favorite Primal food: almond meal pancakes with apples & cinnamon

          Best part about being Primal: feeling better at 42 than 22

          Worst part about being Primal: beer
          Last edited by collin; 08-26-2013, 10:44 AM.


          • Location: South Oxfordshire
            Primal Status: Probably very, but still transitioning.
            Some dairy, but always prefer raw or at least not mucked about with,
            Decaff tea and rooibos. Coffee 2 - 3 a week max
            I loved Jack Kruse book which lead me to Marks. What I love about the way Mark has put 'Primal' together is the 100% no nonsense approach. I have NEVER counted calories, and only put on weight after significant period of stress. The only other 'diet' I have used for improving mental clarity, energy and immune is the blood type diet, which works really well, but I like things based on epigenetics.
            Working on our farm for exercise, but am looking forward to taking dance classes.
            Home grown (organic) meat and veggies
            Knowing I am doing what my genes have been crying out for for years (actually nearer decades).
            Worst part is still transitioning!

            For the last 11 years I have been researching health and its correlation to health (unpaid) after my then baby had horrific eczema that our health service did NOTHING to help. We now have a 95 acre (non certificated organic - it nearly killed us the paperwork) farm on the banks of the Thames, producing our own meat, eggs and veggies.

            Our produce has achieved in the small window of retail we did, many accolades from customers and chefs, even awards for our sausages (no artificial s**t).

            Am presently studying Meta-Health, and would love to do more with this forum, but time ahhhhhh


            • Your location:
              New Zealand


              How Primal are you:
              Reasonably primal. Am hoping to become 100 % :-)

              Do you consume dairy:
              Yes. Milk, yoghurt and cheese mainly and have also cut down a lot recently

              Do you drink coffee or tea:
              Occasionally if i feel like it. Its not something included in my every day plan

              Motivator for switching to Primal:
              Want to become a more healthy person and get my body into the greatest shape :-) and just want to feel great, sounds like such a good thing to do with myself.

              Favorite exercise:
              Running, small ab weights and yoga/pilates

              Favorite Primal food:
              Vegetables and Chicken-free range.

              Best part about being Primal:
              Makes me feel good about myself. A sense of achievement :-)

              Worst part about being Primal:
              Haven't experienced anything bad about it yet


              • Your location: Chapel Hill, NC

                Age (If you want): 37

                How Primal are you: I could make up a number if you'd like. Ummmm... Blue.

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

                Do you drink coffee or tea: I prefer coffee, about a half a pot a day, I'd cut back, but that's ridiculous. I can quit whenever I want.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: My wife talked me into it. We're just getting started.

                Favorite exercise: Leg Press. I can move a lot of iron.

                Favorite Primal food: grilled chicken

                Best part about being Primal: I don't have to count all of my macros.

                Worst part about being Primal: I will miss you, doughnuts.


                • Your location: NYC

                  Age: 50's

                  How Primal are you: Easing in since last Thursday - about 80%

                  Do you consume dairy: allergic,

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee love...but 2 cups a day

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: health sucked! Female issues, fatigue, thyroid condition...pasty skin, tongue... Female thing: GONE (I'm on this ONE WEEK!), fatigue...what fatigue?! I literally sprung out of bed this morning! Thyroid: cyst shrank...can't wait for Oct. sonogram results and bloodwork. Skin and tongue - cannot put in words the difference. Oh...and my hair!!!! Hello!

                  Favorite exercise: Just getting into it after too long away....don't have a fave at this moment.

                  Favorite Primal food:'s seasonal so for now: seared tuna and grilled chicken

                  Best part about being Primal: See Motivator q!

                  Worst part about being Primal: NONE


                  • Your location: Michigan

                    Age (If you want): 23

                    How Primal are you: just started yesterday

                    Do you consume dairy: yes

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: no

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to be healthier and be fit and show others that just because you are small and look kinda skinny doesn't mean that you are healthy (me now). I want to be toned and prove that just because I used to look "thin" didnt mean I was fit. I want to show my daughter the healthy ways in life and my husband too.

                    Favorite exercise: walking. I also enjoy yoga and swimming occasionally. I love riding my horse as a play activity as well as playing with my dogs and daughter. I want to try paddle padding sometime too!

                    Favorite Primal food: Steak!

                    Best part about being Primal: I don't know for sure yet, but getting into shape and all the bacon will probably be my favorite parts!

                    Worst part about being Primal: I can't eat Oreos! But I'll get over it


                    • Howdy Y'all, I am WHataburger from Houston, Texas, I am 41 years old, I want to be primal! I currently drink milk. I do like coffee but not a regular user. I am fat and out of shape, I dont want to be anymore! and I like this going back to the basics train of thought! I love to run!My favorite food is eggs! I am not sure about the best and worst parts of being primal yet I am sure I will learn!


                      • Your location:Marbella, Spain

                        Age (If you want): 44

                        How Primal are you:
                        Getting more primal every day...a personal trainer of mine always told me to put on lean muscle and keep fat down i had to eat like a caveman...finding this site has re-enforced that idea.

                        Do you consume dairy:
                        Yes...I love my cheeses but am trying to quit

                        Do you drink coffee or tea:
               tea more these days but I do love a strong coffee in the morning

                        Motivator for switching to Primal:
                        Lose body fat increase lean muscle mass

                        Favorite exercise:
                        Turkish get-ups....they are sheer murder but it feels great to finish your sets

                        Favorite Primal food:
                        Steak...I love fresh raw steak carpaccio

                        Best part about being Primal:
                        the first 200,000 years of mans existence cant be wrong

                        Worst part about being Primal:
                        Do i have to give up beer ??


                        • Well I pretty much was eating primal before reading the book. I work as a personal trainer/fitness supervisor and have been interested and fascinated by health and fitness for the better part of my life.

                          I am currently living in St. Paul, Minnesota.

                          I am 31 at the moment.

                          How primal am I? Well if I had to say I would say I am as primal as I need to be and happy with where I am at but always looking for ways to improve myself. I walk everyday, stick to the basics mostly for working out, do not chronic-fast paced cardio. I pretty much eat no-carbs minus the occasional burrito when I feel like it. I avoid almost all dairy with the exception of real grass-fed butter.

                          My motivation for switching to primal is that I feel like I have always been wired to be this way and a lot of signals in my life have been leading me down this road and now that I have found Mark's book I feel like it really has just solidified what I have known all along or tried to do. I must admit the eating more fat thing has probably been the part that has messed with my mind the most.

                          Favorite exercise is easily the push-up. I will do close to 200 hundred in one of my 20 minute workouts. I also love pull-ups but more so because they challenge me so much.

                          Favorite primal food is probably venison tenderloins with butter and fresh garlic. Only get them once a year but I look forward to them every time. Otherwise anything with fresh bison in it.

                          Best part about being primal is the energy I have.

                          Worst part about being primal is that I can be very cynical sometimes and when I walk through places like the state fair last night it hurts me and bothers me to see so many people poisoning themselves. But it is their body and their choices so...

                          I am happy to be a part of this community and look forward to getting even more primal and learning from everyone on here.


                          • Your location: Richmond, Virginia

                            Age (If you want): Will be 37 next Tuesday!

                            How Primal are you: I just started and I'm still learning more about it....Ideally, I would be 100 percent primal, but realistically it will probably be closer to 90 percent.

                            Do you consume dairy: Yes.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Black tea--hot in the winter, iced in the summer. I don't like coffee!

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Health issues over the past year--I had high blood pressure from my last pregnancy (which seems to have finally come down). Recently, my doctor said my cholesterol is elevated (although just barely) and she wanted to put me on medication right away without even discussing any other options until I asked. I started researching and decided I want to have a healthier lifestyle instead of being stuck on a medication with potentially debilitating side effects.

                            Favorite exercise: I've always enjoyed walking. I'm finding that I really love dancing to music in our living room. Yes, I look like a complete fool, but I don't care!! It makes me so happy and it's a really fun way to get moving.

                            Favorite Primal food: Avocados--yum!

                            Best part about being Primal: I'm only on day 3 but I'm amazed by how much easier it is to move around. I suddenly feel light on my feet (hence the dancing!). My little aches and pains are gone. I almost have more energy than I know what to do with!

                            Worst part about being Primal: I get hit with some serious hunger pangs!


                            • Your location: Anchorage, Alaska

                              Age (If you want): 31

                              How Primal are you: Just starting

                              Do you consume dairy: Yes, milk kefir, cheese, butter, and yogurt

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea, herbal tea, no coffee (because of the caffeine) wish I could though

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Multiple health problems

                              Favorite exercise: I enjoy walking

                              Favorite Primal food: I'm not sure yet

                              Best part about being Primal: It's closer to the way my people eat (Athabascan) which included Moose, Spruce Grouse, Rabbit, Ducks, Geese, Fish, Mushrooms and edible plants.

                              Worst part about being Primal: Detoxing from carbohydrates


                              • Questions: Too many to ask at the present time.

                                Location: North Carolina, USA


                                NOT PRIMAL, yet.

                                Dairy: little right now but enjoy yogurt normally
                                Coffee: daily 2 cups
                                Motivator: 50 and living more healthy.
                                Favorite exercise: really, none till I get into it
                                Favorite Primal: Not eating primal, but I love steak
                                Best part of being Primal: unknown as of yet
                                Worst part: Learning the "ropes"