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  • Your location: The South, US

    Age: Mid 40's

    How Primal are you? Depends - Sometimes 80/20 - Most of the time 90/10 or 100%

    Do you consume dairy? Yes - Whipping cream in my coffee and an occasional glass of organic low-fat milk when I crave it

    Do you drink coffee or tea? Coffee - Would drink tea if I enjoyed it sweetened with Stevia

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Bloating from grains - would like to get to my ideal weight before menopause

    Favorite form of exercise: Treadmill

    Favorite Primal Food: Bacon

    Best part about being Primal: No more heartburn or bad dreams, hours more sleep at night, positive changes in my body's appearance

    Worst part about being Primal: Eating away from home -- restaurants don't have 100% primal options, no more southern peas and butterbeans or organic sourdough bread sandwiches
    Paleo Diet: 8-25-13 Wt: 185 BF% 27
    Primal Diet (Lower Fat/Carb): 9-27, Wt: 176.4
    Potato Hack Diet (Rotation): 11-12, Wt: 171.2
    Primal Diet (LF/C): 1-23-14, Wt: 159.6
    1-30-2014 - 157 (lowest weight since 2004)
    GAPS/SCD 12-29-2014
    CW: 164 GW: 130-135 CBF%: 24.38
    49 - 5'7.5"
    Macros (PFC) 30/40/30


    • I'm loggewd in as AussieDave. I've been a fitness finatic and google researcher for years. In my early thirties I obtained the ability to put on fat despite lots of exercise. After a few years of trialing differents methods to combat the fat, I stumbled on some information about diets incouraging natural release of human growth hormone. From there I've stumbled onto mountains of information which pull apart the carbs based diet, I've live on my whole life.

      Your location: I live in Biloela, a small town in Central Queensland, Australia

      How Primal are you: My diet has changed based on recent research and isn't specifically primal. My diets consists of 50% fat, 30% carbs and 20% protein.

      Do you consume dairy: No diary at all.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: No cafeinated or sugered drinks.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: 20 years of conventional training and getting fat.

      Favorite exercise: Cycling

      Favorite Primal food: Home masterchef, hundreds of favourite meals.

      Best part about being Primal: Huge dinner meals and inpenetrable immune system

      Worst part about being Primal: Suffering on the bike while waiting for fat adaptation


      • I should have done this a while ago! My name is actually Matt; from Australia.

        I've been struggling through a few helath problems, and PB has helped immensly, although I'm not all the way there and have started including more starch, as per PHD.

        Your location: Tasmania

        How Primal are you: Less than I would like to be...

        Do you consume dairy: Very occasional sheep or goats cheese and yoghurt.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea, black.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Personal illness, family friends, research.

        Favorite exercise: hiking, sometimes kayaking.

        Favorite Primal food: There are too many! I'll say lamb cutlets.

        Best part about being Primal: Improved health!
        Also no longer worrying about eating things I supposedly "shouldn't"; like coconut cream and crispy skin, as well things I never liked but thought I should, like margarine and wholegrain toast.

        Worst part about being Primal: Eating at friends places and restaurants (sometimes).
        Last edited by Mutton; 11-14-2013, 09:56 PM.


        • Hello Everyone!

          My name is Finra (pronounced Fin-rah) and I'm from Hong Kong, living in New Zealand.

          I am 22, and I'm 85 to 90% primal. (I think.)

          I consume dairy in terms of cheese and cream. I substitute cow milk with coconut milk.

          I don't used to drink coffee, but this year I have started drinking coffee. My favourite coffee is Flat White; and if I wanted a blend, it would be Mocha, but then that wouldn't be primal anymore (unless I make my own with cocoa powder?)
          As a Chinese, tea is a general practice; I don't drink it often, but when there's tea served I will drink it.

          My motivator, in terms of getting fit and 'ripped' would be my ex-boyfriend who is MIA in the Mexican Defense Force for the past few months now.

          Then there is a guy called SanosukeX that I've met on Dangerously Hardcore Forums, where I was in my first few weeks to 2 months of the induction phase entering ketosis, and then onto carb backloading. From there I changed to Carb Nite since I don't lift at all. Then I begun to lift after looking into it a bit more and I was told as an endurance athlete I really need those carbs, so sometime here and there I let myself eat a kumara.

          My favourite exercise is apparently, lifting. I love seeing my muscles tense up and form appearing in front of me in the mirror looking all muscular yet still feminine (heck, I at the moment can only lift 20kg to 25kgs!) I also enjoy doing Wing Chun, but I don't really look at Wing Chun as doing an exercise but "working on a painting."

          My favourite primal food would be bacon and eggs cooked in coconut oil. Roasted macadamia nut meringues would come second!

          Best part of being primal is that I can eat more carbs as opposed to being on Carb Nite or in a Ketogenic Diet and eat more good fatty foods!!

          Worst part? hmm.. that'll have to be when I can't cook my own dinner but eat what my brother makes.. and if none is primal, I refuse to eat it!! He usually adds sugar and salt and pre-made sauces into his cooking which I would never ever put in if I was the one cooking. A similar bad side about that is when I eat out I need to be cautious of what I eat and how often I go out to eat. I in general dislike dining out either way as I really enjoy cooking

          I will be writing my journal soon!

          Nice to meet you all~
          Last edited by Finra; 11-15-2013, 02:20 AM.


          • So far, so GREAT!
            Your location: Washington, DC

            Age (If you want): Early 30’s

            How Primal are you: 90%+

            Do you consume dairy: (real) butter, occasional healthy cheese, cream in my decaf

            Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf coffee

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I’ve encountered/found/learned many of the things Mark suggests over the years, and they have all improved my life some. After reading the Primal Blueprint, I feel like it’s time to tie it all together and be the healthiest, happiest me I can be!

            Favorite exercise: Barbell Deadlift (with turkish getup a close second)

            Favorite Primal food: See my username.

            Best part about being Primal: My health and mood have improved! Also, see my username.

            Worst part about being Primal: Honestly, seeing all the sick people killing themselves and leading sad painful lives, and not being able to help them. For so many people, they simply won’t stop trusting conventional wisdom and doctor’s advice.

            Hi, everyone! Props to all of you who are improving yourselves and setting such fine examples

            I’ve been discovering many of the things Mark recommends over the last several years. My 20’s (from active work to desk job – sound familiar?) were a downward spiral towards being unhealthy and overweight (5’10” 200lbs of not-so-skinny-fat). I had a stint of cardio that I burned out on, then eventually started powerlifting and kettlebell workouts for strength. Fortunately I’ve stuck with that and it’s helped my body composition a lot – but I never did get to a place where I felt and looked ABSOLUTELY GREAT. Sure having more muscle and less fat will make you look and feel better, but I never lost my ‘wheat belly’, general look of softness, or my ever-present fatigue.

            I’ve been on a recent crusade to fix my sleep and energy levels. After getting treated for low thyroid and sleep apnea, then obsessing about how to get good sleep and compensate for my extreme night owl tendencies (while working a early morning day job), I’ve come a long way and enabled myself to do some good things in my life over the last few years.

            I can’t remember what it was that got me more curious about the paleo diet, but I went looking for literature and stumbled across the primal blueprint on Amazon – found my way to his website and downloaded the audiobook, then listened to it at 2x speed and finished it in two days of commuting. It tied so many things together, and jived with my recent reading (and love) of Desmond Morris’s ‘The Human Zoo’, and made SO MUCH SENSE, that I was hooked and did a lot more research and immediately started living as primal as I could.

            Today is day 10 going primal. So far, it's AWESOME:

            - My chronic hayfever/allergy sinus swelling has basically gone (I breathed through BOTH nostrils last night! – Vitamin C megadoses helped but didn’t cure...).

            - My mood has become more confident and calm.

            - I’ve had more success with my methods of controlling my circadian rhythym (orange glasses in the evening, melatonin 5-7 hrs before spontaneous sleep time, sleeping in the dark, dawn simulation, etc..)

            - My bowel function has improved.

            - The bumps I've always had on my upper arms have significantly improved.

            - Intermittent fasting is much easier and more enjoyable.

            I’m a pretty muscular 205 lbs (still 5’10”), and I’m looking forward to losing 10+ lbs and keeping it off – maybe some before/after pics will be coming in a month or two... Either way, 10 days has been enough to convince me that we're all on to something great here

            Thanks to Mark and everyone who’s shared!!
            Randy (I_EAT_COWS)
            Last edited by I_EAT_COWS; 11-15-2013, 12:00 PM.


            • I have been running Primal for about three years now (Late 2010 / Early 2011) with varying degrees of "hardcorness" but recently, since a friends wedding about three months ago, I have been appaling and want to get back into it. As I am struggling I thought I would start fresh hence this...

              Your location: Unted Kingdom

              Age (If you want): 34

              How Primal are you: 85-95% normally, a shamefull 40-55% at this moment.

              Do you consume dairy: Yes, real butter - full milk with Kefir and occasion some cheese with an om'let!

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, decaff though.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Realising that my depression wasn't a load of old horsesh#t related to modern living but was actually a chemical deficiency that I needed to redress in order to function correctly.

              Favorite exercise: Three really, walking (away from civilisation!), climbing trees and hitting things with a sledgehammer.

              Favorite Primal food: Eggs, Onions, Steak and brussel sprouts - not always together but sometimes.

              Best part about being Primal: I am master of my depression not the other way round anymore, great community and it just makes sense.

              Worst part about being Primal: Hard to keep it up with so many parties all the time - rightly or wrongly I love alcohol - so many varieties and flavours and it tickles too! Seriously though - My wife and I have three different "good friend" bases and theres always something going on in one of them and nearly always occasion to drink at the weekend.
              Last edited by PrimalJasper; 11-18-2013, 06:45 AM. Reason: I didn't make the Dairy question <b>bold</b>!


              • Hi AussieDave! Sounds like you’ve done your homework – how has your success been on your 50/30/20 diet?

                Mutton – great to hear you’re getting some benefits already. I agree that margarine and wholegrain anything were never that tasty to begin with…

                Hi Finra, so sorry to hear about your ex-boyfriend. I hope he’s found and returns home safely! Good work keeping motivated and working towards a diet that works for you!

                Hi PrimalJasper – glad to hear you’re able to take control of your depression. It seems like many aspects of the PB are known to help with mood, and I’ve definitely noticed a positive impact on mood myself!


                • Your location: Topanga, CA

                  Age (If you want): 59

                  How Primal are you: totally

                  Do you consume dairy: a little

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: originally, to fix my SIBO

                  Favorite exercise: lifting heavy things

                  Favorite Primal food: impossible to select one favorite, but bacon, grass fed ribeye, and my morning coffee with KerryGold and MCTs are at the top of the list

                  Best part about being Primal: feeling amazingly good, as if someone flipped on the "On" switch

                  Worst part about being Primal: Having all this information and being unable to help some of the people I care most about, because they are not receptive, for various reasons. It can be very, very difficult. And painful and worrisome. I have been able to help LOTS of people, but not everyone, and the ones who are in real danger and haven't yet "seen the light" threaten my otherwise fantastic, Primal sleep.


                  • The Questions:

                    Name : Kathy

                    Your location: Australia

                    Age (If you want): 34

                    How Primal are you: 75%

                    Do you consume dairy: yes every now and then

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee yes

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to live a healthy life.. and live longer I guess

                    Favorite exercise: I work out at home; runnning

                    Favorite Primal food: chicken and steaks

                    Best part about being Primal: Losing weight

                    Worst part about being Primal: Can't eat the sweet treats I have gotten used to before going paleo


                    • Great to see so many other Aussies on here. Also Lei Ho Ma and Kiaora to Finra Can't forget our neighbours across the ditch

                      I've been on the forums and commenting on Mark's Blog for a while now. I'm 30 years of age, and have been primal for a year. I consider myself "a little over halfway" in terms of my overall body transformation.

                      After years of playing Rugby, then going cold turkey on physical activity when injuries piled up, stuck in the office for crazy hours and eating junk because of the time defecit, my physique has gone through multiple transformations before now. At 5'10, I've gone from being a powerful, if chubby, 110 kgs (240 lbs), to a nerve damaged, catabolic cripple with a busted meniscus and several torn ligaments at 92 kgs (202 lbs), back up to a fat, useless, sluggish 120+ kgs (265 lbs) and have now reverted to what I consider my fighting weight, 102 kgs (225 lbs).

                      The raw numbers in my story don't come close to describing the physical transformation, as I'm sure it's true for many of you. I've dropped 40 lbs net while consistently gaining muscle. Overall, it would be a safe bet to say I've probably dropped closer to the region of 60-70 lbs net bodyfat given the lean mass I've put back on. I'm stonger in many ways now than before I was injured, have more energy, more stable moods and have not had any recurring bouts of depression that I've struggled with since my teens.

                      I'm still a work in progress and am nowhere near done yet I don't care what numbers come up on the scale, but dropping eight pants sizes has only been a good start. Benching 5 reps at my own bodyweight would have been unthinkable only months ago, but now I want to push to that next tier, and I'm loving every second of it

                      Your location: Sydney, Australia

                      How Primal are you: 90/10 most weeks, 80/20 at times. Macronutrient ratios vary according to my mood and training schedule, but a typical week is 50% Fat, 20% Carbs, 30% Protein

                      Do you consume dairy: Selectively. I hate drinking milk and eating highly processed cheese. I love my dark chocolate, white cheeses (particularly feta, good quality fiore di latte, haloumi and ricotta) and use ice cream or greek yoghurt as an occasional treat.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: I like my coffee like my women; hot, dark and bitter.... and often

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Got sick of being a fat bastard with no energy and a gigantic arse who was physically useless.

                      Favorite exercise: Lifting, right now. In the near future, possibly a return to rugby

                      Favorite Primal food: So many.... but if I had to pick one, a Grass Fed Scotch fillet with a kale and baby spinach salad, eggplant and cherry tomatoes. And a big ol' handful of blueberries. Close second is a sashimi trio (kingfish, salmon and tuna) with a big seaweed and mesclun salad (I totally agree with Mark - real men eat lettuce)

                      Best part about being Primal: Getting to be a fractal, flaky goofball without six regimented small meals, a stupid volume of chronic cardio or a long list of lifts to perform. And being skinnier and stronger than when I was doing that crap

                      Worst part about being Primal: Watching friends stuff themselves with pizza and not being able to join in... until I think about the bloating I'd experience


                      • Your location: Atlanta

                        Age (If you want): 30

                        How Primal are you: 85% of the time

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes. Usually cream, butter, and yogurt. Preferably grass-fed and non-homogenized.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee with coconut oil and cream.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Before Primal, I was on a non-Primal ketogenic eating plan for glucose control and to help treat my PCOS. I now realize that the quality of food is just as important as weight loss.

                        Favorite exercise: Elliptical and weight lifting. Swimming to a degree.

                        Favorite Primal food: Rare prime rib and sweet potato. Also pastured eggs.

                        Best part about being Primal: It makes me feel good and satisfied and I'm no longer second-guessing myself on the healthfulness of my diet.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Expense.


                        • Your location: ENGLAND, West Sussex

                          Age (If you want): 31

                          How Primal are you:

                          Food-wise almost 100% Its just I drink a moderate amount of beer, which I am not prepared to sacrifice. I lose weight whether I drink it or not, but there is a small amount of fat surrounding my abs, which I want to lose.

                          Do you consume dairy:

                          I have a little blue-top Milk in my tea in the morning.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea:

                          1 cup of Tea in the morning followed by 1/2 squeezed lemon in water.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal:

                          Wanted a six pack, but now after reading The 21 Day Total Body Transformation, I wish to stay Primal for health reasons.

                          Favorite exercise:

                          2 - 3 hours of Wakeboarding every week (very very intense workout) and Chin Ups

                          Favorite Primal food:

                          Rare Sirloin Steak with homemade oven cooked sweet potato chips.

                          Best part about being Primal:

                          Cutting out pointless processed snack foods such as Crisps.

                          Worst part about being Primal:

                          Having to be a pain in the bum at restaurants.
                          100% Primal if it wasn't for beer and wine...


                          • Your location: Milwaukee WI (hoping to move to TN or NC in 2014)

                            Age (If you want): 49

                            How Primal are you: Minimal grains, no wheat (but hope to get back to sour dough bread one day); I'll have to read more about being "primal" to be sure just how primal I am :-)

                            Do you consume dairy: Only whole fat. Yogurt, butter, ghee, sour cream (sometimes) cheese (only raw right now), and have my first batch of kefir grains growing right now.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: When I feel like it.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Health problems--digestion is messed up big time especially with constipation and bloating with certain foods, which I had to give up :-( but hope to heal my system and get to the point where I can periodically indulge in bread or a scone.

                            Favorite exercise: 10 minute trainer--I know it sounds lame, but my heart rate improves with it and I always have time for 10 minutes.

                            Favorite Primal food: Not sure if honey is primal, but I had a mix of lard and honey the other day; a Chinese remedy to help get things moving in the colon . . . didn't help me, but dang it is delicious!

                            Best part about being Primal: Just starting, we'll see.

                            Worst part about being Primal: Too soon to tell. Still learning about it.


                            • Hello fellow Primals ! I am pretty excited to be here and see there's a lot of good-willed people around. My name is Radu and I'm a student. Hope I'll even get some friends

                              Your location: Romania, Bucharest

                              Age (If you want): 19

                              How Primal are you: Just started.

                              Do you consume dairy: Yes, I can't imagine life without my cheese !

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea addict.

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: My low energy levels, poor focus and being overweight.

                              Favorite exercise: Squats.

                              Favorite Primal food: Steak.

                              I do hope I'll be a useful member of the community and not upset any of you, thanks for having the patience to read my post
                              Best part about being Primal:

                              Worst part about being Primal:


                              • Hi, I'm new to Mark's Apple but not new to healthy, high-protein, chemical free living.

                                I answer newbie questions below. Meanwhile, how can I learn about ways to deal with after effects of a 2-month stay in South Africa? Grew up in South Africa but lived in US as an adult. During and since going back to SA this summer, I encountered multiple extended bouts of irritable bowel, colds, & rashes. I think this relates to gallbladder but don't see info on a search of the forum or of the website.

                                Your location: Lincoln, NE
                                Age (If you want): 52
                                How Primal are you: new to Primal
                                Do you consume dairy: raw cheese & occasional Greek yogurt
                                Do you drink coffee or tea: decaffeinated tea
                                Favorite exercise: yoga