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  • Your location: Cebu , Philippines

    Age (If you want): 21

    How Primal are you: just about 70%

    Do you consume dairy: Yes , At times .

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I dont drink coffee , yes , tea , I drink a lot .

    Motivator for switching to Primal: better lifestyle

    Favorite exercise: running , hiking and swimming

    Favorite Primal food: meat

    Best part about being Primal: better lifestyle , healthier

    Worst part about being Primal: none


    • Hello friends,

      I'm 28 and am coming out of a lot of depression in my life. I'm fairly intelligent, but underachieving, although not in an especially bad way, more just mediocre way that leaves me somewhat above functional financially. Not that any of these details are necessary, but they are the image through which I experience my current position and are thus largely related to the force through which I am motivated to eat healthy, work out, and do whatever I can to maximize my corporeal experience.

      The depression largely came through terrible conditioning and a tumultuous family life combined with more immediate factors such as having a chronic and horrifying genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis, which can have symptoms ranging from mental retardation on the mental side, to complete bodily disability and disfigurement on the physical side, usually in the form of dozens to hundreds or even thousands of usually-benign tumors occurring anywhere on and in the body. I luckily so far have avoided mental symptoms it seems, although I do have social problems. I don't have many tumors yet, but I did have my lower left leg amputated in middle school after years of attempts by surgeons to save it.

      Anyway, in my late twenties, after really being dragged through the absolute lows of misery and despair in a lot of ways, I am emerging on some level a hyper-motivated person to maximize this life, get the most genuine joy out of it, and do whatever I can to take care of this body and minimize the impact of my illness, if possible. Doctors offer little help other than to say there is no current treatment to minimize the disease. So ultimately, like a lot of people who have come back from serious illness, I am saying I have to try anyway, and find out stuff on my own, mainly with supplements, diet, and exercise. My new girlfriend, the first girl I ever went on a date with, took that approach to life after contracting Lyme Disease and other health conditions, and it really inspired me.

      I will become more involved with the forum as time goes on. Right now I'm just ensuring I eating fresh meals at home rather than going out for lunch and maybe dinner every day, and I am thinking of going non-organic until I have the budgeting/system down. Because I'm trying for the first time at anything in life, sometimes this just means scooping sauteed vegetables into my mouth with grass-fed Applegate hot dogs, even if I don't like it. I am detaching from the idea of getting super excited for food and using it as a joy-based experience, and directing it more towards a spiritual experience of nourishing my body.

      Anyway, hello.
      Last edited by Sunyata; 09-21-2013, 11:56 AM.


      • Hello, from British Columbia!

        I have been on pretty close to primal (without knowing it) for the last year & a half, only my diet was not including dairy or fruit. And I ate oat bran every day for my grain. I'm intolerant of processed foods & going to a naturopath for adrenal fatigue, so she put me on more restrictions than I had already put on myself. (dairy)!
        I lost 42 lbs over that time & have been maintaining that loss for a year.
        My latest goal is to drop a couple more lbs. & build my metabolism up, while enjoying fruit.
        Today was my 5th day on the changes I've made, and I've been really happy with how its going.
        I switched to cream for my coffee (just can't quit coffee), and have been enjoying greek yogurt instead of my oat bran breakfast
        I enjoy walking, x-country skiing, elliptical, strength training, stacking wood.
        Looking forward to getting the book (ordered yesterday).
        I probably have more questions about primal then knowledge. I've seen a few things that have me wondering "what is that"?
        like: steak & eggs?
        & 80/20 ?
        But I imagine those things will be answered by the book.
        don't know what primal food is favorite... I'm loving all my foods... and least favorite... lack of sweeteners.


        • Your location: Fishers, IN

          Age (If you want): 35

          How Primal are you: 5 days in

          Do you consume dairy: Yes, don't intend to quit

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee

          Motivator for switching to Primal: Lost 30 pounds from the end of January to the end of May, then I stalled out. I've read about the carbs, and it makes sense, so I'm going to give it a try

          Favorite exercise: I enjoy running, training for another half marathon right now

          Favorite Primal food: Probably eggs

          Best part about being Primal: Encouraged to eat eggs and sausage and bacon

          Worst part about being Primal: Bread. I love bread, and even kept a sourdough starter for a couple years. Getting off the bread will be tough.


          • Your location: Italy

            Age (If you want): 50

            How Primal are you: Very when I want to be and I want to be again...

            Do you consume dairy: Yes

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Live healthier

            Favorite exercise: Hiking

            Favorite Primal food: Coconut

            Best part about being Primal: Energy

            Worst part about being Primal: None
            Got my life back September 23rd 2013...Female 5'6"

            HW 210lbs
            SW 202lbs

            The best feeling is not feeling depressed

            My journal


            • Hi everyone, glad to be among you.

              Your location: England

              Age (If you want): 44

              How Primal are you: Recently started so just learning the ropes, but hope to be right up there with best of 'em.

              Do you consume dairy: Milk and a little cheese. (I stopped smoking in March, easy! Cheese may be a habit that's with me forever, I'm afraid.)

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, 2 cups each per day (with milk)

              Motivator for switching to Primal: A few weeks ago I was told by my doctor that my cholesterol level was high. I asked "why is that relevant?" and my journey of discovery began; I quickly re-educated myself on what my diet should look like (grains, fats, etc.) and started exercising properly again. I have recently found PB, all the little bits of info I'd been reading about diet and heart health suddenly fell into place, the package works for my head which means it's likely to work for my whole.

              Favorite exercise: Sprints. They send the dog nuts, she's getting fitter too.

              Favorite Primal food: Anything's flesh

              Best part about being Primal: Eggs for breakfast... and a slightly smug feeling about being one of the few in possession of this golden knowledge. I will spread the word but I'm not going to become a primal bore.

              Worst part about being Primal: Controlling my sugar craving, jeepers!! I had no idea I was so addicted. I'm sure the pain will pass.


              • The Questions:

                Your location: Dallas, TX

                Age (If you want): 47

                How Primal are you: Just starting, but I would guess 75 to 80 percent

                Do you consume dairy: Cheese and heavy cream in my coffee

                Do you drink coffee or tea: mostly decaf

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Dr. visit tagged me as pre-diabetic and upon reviewing the illness determined my problems with extreme drowsiness are linked and so out with the sugar. Found this lifestyle and out with the grain. Doing much better and now those couple of pesky pounds are going away too.

                Favorite exercise: Swimming, Jogging, Bicycling. Looking to get into playing some kind of sport.

                Favorite Primal food: The meat!

                Best part about being Primal: Confirmation of building thoughts that sugar is evil and fat is good.

                Worst part about being Primal: When work brings in sandwiches for lunch. Tough to get enough to eat with all that filler gone.


                • Hi,

                  Age: 40

                  How Primal are you: started my primal journey 7 weeks ago. Aiming high at the moment - maybe eating 85-90% primal. Will adjust when I get to target weight and feel more confident about what and when to eat.

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes - I love it - I live in New Zealand so grew up eating plenty of butter, creamy milk and cheese!

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Black coffee or flat whites

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: feeling bloated, tired, heard about Wheat Belly and started to research a bit on line. Developing ideas that white flour and sugar are baddies. Found Daily Apple, the approach resonated with me, so gave it a go!

                  Favorite exercise: sprint swimming, walking my dog in the forest.

                  Favorite Primal food: breakfast - bacon, mushrooms, egg and greens, cooked in coconut oil

                  Best part about being Primal: Way more energy, weight dropping, feeling younger and my skin is looking great

                  Worst part about being Primal: Husband is skeptical. Although he's enjoying my results so far!


                  • Hello Friends,
                    I myself Christoper Rupert from Emmaus United States. Just joined MarksDailyApple to know your all experiences and to share my own stories. Looking forward for a valuable read...


                    • I am a 56 year old female that discovered this web site and ordered some of the books a couple of weeks ago. I have done a few things like this before - low carb type lifestyles - and I always feel better when I eat this way. Have been doing this now for 3 days. So far so good. I have not found a program that is quite as comprehensive as this one, so all the information here is really good. I do have a question. Off and on over the last year I have done green smoothies and just wondered if what I am putting in them would constitute a "Primal Breakfast". Yes I am substituting eggs a lot, but on the days that I want to do green smoothies will these ingredients work. I do not juice. I do whole foods. So here is the ingredient list: apple, celery, cucumber, ginger, parsley, spinach, coconut milk, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, sometimes frozen mango, sometimes almonds, almond milk and protein powder. The protein powder is Garden of Life (vegan ,ala the Clean Gut program of no dairy), but I find that the unsweetened all organic whey protein makes a way better smoothie. I have to get more calcium into my diet. I suffer from kidney stones and they are entirely calcium oxylate stones, so need more calcium to bind up oxylates and my diet tends to have a lot of oxylates - you know all those really healthy things like spinach and nuts cause kidney stones - at least for me. So I want to know if this would work as a Primal Breakfast??


                      • Your location: Little Rock, AR
                        Age: 47
                        How primal: just starting out. Have cut a lot of carbs but still eating some. I already feel some better.
                        Motivation: to have more energy, be more mentally focused and help all this arthritic pain go away
                        Hardest thing: giving up sugar in coffee.


                        • Hi all,
                          My name is Wynn, and I am 23 years old.

                          I grew up in San Diego, but I have recently moved around a lot and ended up in Central Oregon with my parents.

                          I am not sure how primal I am right now. I am not very consistent. One meal at a time. Every breakfast is primal, and my dinners increasingly so, but everything else is the luck of the draw.

                          I consume dairy right now because of the local farmer's market. Once that is over, probably not.

                          I do not drink coffee. I drink tea every once in a blue moon.

                          I always knew there was something wrong with CW. When I read the book, it just made sense.

                          I love walking my dog, and recently started learning how to do handstands.

                          I haven't found a favorite primal food yet, but I will eat just about anything wrapped in bacon.

                          The best part of being primal is giving myself permission to have fun! Also, it gives me motivation to try new foods.

                          The worst is that it ruined several of my favorite 'foods' I can't eat them now without feeling sick


                          • Hello all!

                            Your location: Bay Area, California

                            Age (If you want): 24

                            How Primal are you: newbie

                            Do you consume dairy: raw milk kefir and heavy cream in my coffee on occasion

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: occasionally

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: looking to heal my IBS

                            Favorite exercise: hill sprints

                            Favorite Primal food: wild salmon

                            Best part about being Primal: everything!

                            Worst part about being Primal: giving up sugary pastries


                            • Hello from Saskatchewan, Canada!
                              I'm 56 years old and have been doing primal unknowingly for about 2 months, with some slip-ups only in the week before last when on a trip.
                              The only dairy I eat is a cottage cheese and flax oil mixture for breakfast that is recommended for cancer and arthritis (I do not have cancer but of course would like to avoid it).
                              I quit drinking coffee completely in July of this year following getting a flu bug. Now I drink tea or very occasionally a coffee substitute made from figs, dates, nuts.
                              I've been dealing with what seems to be immune system problems, constantly getting sick, and after coming back from a trip where I did consume some wheat, and then getting these alarming swellings on my lips, inside my mouth, and then coming down with yet another virus, I've been looking for answers. Ended up on this site and I love the whole philosophy of primal. Always was a bit of a health nut and body building way before it was common for women, however for few years, I was really down, and gave up on myself, and had terrible habits. I no longer have the nice figure I once had, even in the 40's looked better than in my 20's, but the last 5 years have been rough, and now I guess I'm 'skinny fat', lost so much muscle.
                              Haven't been exercising, was walking, but have not walked in the last 3 weeks since my beloved old rottie died. Seems weird now.
                              I love salmon, and steaks!
                              losing the cravings for junk and the health benefits
                              Difficult to stick to when not at home, has an impact on socializing, ignorant comments


                              • Hello everyone!
                                I started my primal journey with giving up sugar in April through the Sweet Poison Quit Plan which introduced me to MDA. i then progressed on to the Primal diet in August. I discovered that I consumed far too much fibre and consequently damaged my intestines resulting in serious constipation issues. I am now on the road to recovery thanks to my naturopath and the information on the Marks Daily Apple site and book The Primal Blueprint.

                                Now the questions:

                                Location: Hampshire, UK
                                Age: 55 years
                                How Primal am I: I eat meat (beef, lamb, pork, poultry), eggs, nuts and seeds, some dairy (butter, cheese, cream) and plenty of vegetables and a little fruit.
                                Do I eat dairy: Yes, I have no issues with it
                                Coffee or tea: Definitely coffee and green tea
                                Motivator for switching to primal: See above
                                Favourite exercise: Walking my dogs (a Newfoundland and a St Bernard) twice a day
                                Favourite food: All of it
                                Best part about being Primal: Great improvement in my body shape (not much weight to lose) and makes me feel good
                                Worst part about being Primal: Eating out which means making very careful choices.

                                Even after only 2 months, I feel so much better now, although I know that I still have some way to go to repair the damage of the past however many years.

                                Best wishes to you all.