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  • Your location: San Antonio, TX

    Age (If you want):Almost 49

    How Primal are you: 90% ish? I use coconut sugar in my coffee and consume minimal dairy.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, cottage cheese, occasional greek full fat yogurt and very occasional cheese.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee daily and sometimes rooibos or white tea

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I was fit (5'6" 117), but to get to the next level I knew I needed to commit to a Primal diet

    Favorite exercise: Interval sprints, squats and Yoga

    Favorite Primal food: My vegi scrambled eggs and (bacon!!)

    Best part about being Primal: Knowing my body is running at peak. No more low blood sugar!

    Worst part about being Primal:[/QUOTE] I think it irritates people who think it's crazy.


    • Hello Everyone,

      So my primal journey begins... As when one door closes another opens.

      Your location: Canada

      Age (If you want):


      How Primal are you:

      I think I'm almost at the 80% mark

      Do you consume dairy:

      I was using just a little over 5 months ago non-homogenized milk, now I make my own coconut milk ( good) and I use the free range eggs or egg whites

      Do you drink coffee or tea:

      I'm officially 2 months cafferinated free....woooo hoooo

      Motivator for switching to Primal:

      So the old saying is things happen or come in 3's well mine did...

      All my life plaque with mirgraines, arthritis, starting of osteoporosis, sinus issues constantly, inflammation.....I just seemed to always have something wrong....and mother nature was just the worst ......

      July 2011 was the starting point of my research as I had been trying to figure out what was wrong with my body had so many things going on at once I didn't even know where to begin...I had internal bleeding of the bowels nothing huge but when that happens you kind of now that isn't normal...So I had my first colonoscopy...My doctor(s) couldn't figure out what was wrong I giving them a list of things but thought it was in my head so to I finally got my doctor to get me in for a CT Scan....Well that day was the worse and best day...I alomst died that day from anaphylactic shock to the contrast dye. I had started to lose weight finallly I had aways had weight problems I had used Active 2 through my PS3

      March 2012 I ended up injury myself at work I was about 40 pounds less right proud thought I'm doing it ....Oh I did it alright so right that I had 2 separate herinated disc close to the tail bone and in the shoulder blade area which had me off work for about 3 months and had to re-learn on how to properly use my body again....I had a happy go lucky personality as I always did.....This was testing at times because of my injury my weight went right back on and then the time round 3 happen I was at 240 pd....I honestly thought we ate healthy but I love my food, and my Timmies coffee, and I was also a smoker (quit Jan 2013)....

      Feb / Mar 2013 What round 3 wasn't confirmed but what I told my doctor he told me it was possible stroke from my sypmtoms I had....but nothing could be confirmed as I didn't go to the hospital for I was starting to not like going there as after all prior stuff was beginning to be just to he did blood work...Well blood work came back and my cholestrol was through the roof....My doctor was just trying to help but he wanted me on Lipitor and I how do you say refused or no I stalled is a better word... that is when my reach for lower my cholestrol and rid me of also my fatty liver....From my initial research came either a low cholestrol diet or vegan had shown the best results....

      I thought about it over my 3 months of trying to lower my everything....hahhaha....So I ended up starting the gluten free diet I was use to baking up a storm so I figured out what worked and what didn't and that was an expensive little process let me tell you and thought when I went again for blood work it be better and my doctor wouldn't want me to do Lipitor well I was wrong he still did and my numbers for him weren't great but I was inpressed with my results...So I stalled again....This time I was doing alot of reading on what my body was actually telling me....I gave up bread & pasta now being almost 5 months....

      Aug 2013 was when I found Paleo and just about 1 1/2 months for Primal.....My body hasn't felt this great since I was 13 years old eyesight improved to the point I had progressives I'm now back into my previous glasses, I've lost 50 punds ( was size 18 now 13) with just eliminating all processed foods, my last trying item is chips that is my last hang up..I also use grass fed beef, pasture pork, free grain & range chicken....

      Learnt but not confirmed that I have or had 3/4 of and AI diease celiac, which was why my cholestrol was so was trying to fix what I contantly undoing all it's work....not now.....I'll be going next year to be retested and to fine tune my healing process for my digestion...

      Favorite exercise:

      walking..... and with my back injury didn't want to re-injury it so I'm selective with what I do and I've increase my energy level big time...

      Favorite Primal food:

      flavorable foods that are nightshade vegetables free & nightshade spices free,grain free

      Best part about being Primal:

      I'm losing weight with still eating lots of great foods and reclaiming me,

      I'm being pain free and can pick out when I eat something that I'm not suppose to it'll cause inflammation or migraine instantly

      My husband is doing most of what I'm doing but he still has his coffee, smokes, and the other processed foods but not as often for them....but he is attempting so its better then not and I'm very proud of him for travelling this journey with me...Also I want to learn how to dance....

      Worst part about being Primal:

      I'm an home cook and I'm trying to figure out mayo and dressings for my salads

      I had a few times when I was just ready to toss in all my effects I accomplished in the trash....Then I shook my head....silly girl.....

      I keep going on my journey as I have better sleep now, my joints are no longer causing me pain, no pill taking for anything skin has no blemishes now and its so soft.....weight lose, bundles of energy, I'll putting that energy to good use this spring/summer for my own vegetable garden....wooo hooo....

      Thank you for having me nice to see I'm not alone in this journey of quality and quanity of life ... Have a Fantastic Day Everyone
      Last edited by Sunshine2013; 12-13-2013, 07:44 PM.


      • Your location: Hong Kong

        Age (If you want): 40 something

        How Primal are you: Trying hard but have to face the realities of living in a big city

        Do you consume dairy: A little cheese now and then.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasionally coffee but like tea

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Wanted to build strength for running

        Favorite exercise: Running

        Favorite Primal food: Eggs, salmon and greens for breakfast

        Best part about being Primal: Have lost weight, built muscle, and am happier and more relaxed.

        Worst part about being Primal: Going to a restaurant with friends and being a fussy eater.


        • Mayo is easy, my 10 year old daughter makes mine:
          egg + olive oil + lemon juice + herbs/spices = yum


          • Hello Everyone. The introduction of the primal diet into my life has been the single biggest change to my overall health in years.
            I am thrilled to be a part of the community here.

            Your location: St. Louis, MO

            Age (If you want): 35

            How Primal are you: I am closer to 95/5 than I am to 80/20. I still have a few lingering foods from my old diet that I have been reluctant to give up (Greek Yogurt), but am most of the way there.

            Do you consume dairy: Yes

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Daily

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I have been trying diets for the last 10 years, looking to get my body weight back down to a healthy level. Nothing has worked, until I tried the Primal diet.

            Favorite exercise: I am a runner at heart. I don't do marathons, but run 4-5 times p/week and compete in 5Ks throughout the year.

            Favorite Primal food: All seafood.. Salmon Sashimi is my very favorite.

            Best part about being Primal: Feeling like I am 10 years younger.

            Worst part about being Primal: Missing Chocolate (altho Dark Chocolate holds me over)[/QUOTE]


            • Your location: Washington, DC area

              Age (If you want):26

              How Primal are you: about 85%. I eat more sweets and fruit than I'd like, but i'm working on that.

              Do you consume dairy: yes, mostly cheese and yogurt. I really want to try the raw stuff though.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both

              Motivator for switching to Primal: A desire to 'heal myself' when I finally realized that modern medicine was 'sick care' rather than 'health care'.

              Favorite exercise: I've been taking taekwondo for the last 2 years and I love it!

              Favorite Primal food: I have to pick just one? A well roasted leg-of-lamb is pretty high up on my 'foods I love' list.

              Best part about being Primal: A new feeling of control over my health.. which was rapidly deteriorating because of my prior diet and lifestyle.

              Worst part about being Primal: I miss beer, more than any other grainy, gluten-y thing... I really miss going to the pub and sampling seasonal craft brews and having a pint here and there.


              • Hi, it's nice to be here. I've read all the success stories and been blown away with how well those people have done. One day my story will be there too. Here's my details:

                Your location: Wellington, New Zealand

                Age (If you want): 61

                How Primal are you: Just starting this week, and aiming for 90% to begin.

                Do you consume dairy: a little milk, cream, butter, pro-biotic yoghurt if having a smoothie

                Do you drink coffee or tea: No. Do herbal tea if I'm out

                Motivator for switching to Primal: High blood pressure, pain, permanently swollen ankles, bad circulation, fat and flabby

                Favorite exercise: walking the dogs, kettlebell, swiss ball routine, Zumba

                Favorite Primal food: salmon, steak, cream, bacon

                Best part about being Primal: losing the pain

                Worst part about being Primal: missing out on my favourite Christmas fare (

                Been dieting for most of my life. Lots of health issues since going through menopause 13 years ago - time to be serious, instead of half-heartedly trying to go primal. Looking foward to being lean, strong, and pain free.


                • Your location: Auckland, New Zealand.

                  Age (If you want): 36

                  How Primal are you: Not very, but working on it...Now that I'm not travelling so much it's getting easier to shop better, and therefore eat better.

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes, a little milk in my coffee.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, but I have cut down a lot from what I used to drink

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Trying to find a healthier way, CW is definitely NOT working for me.

                  Favorite exercise: Scuba diving, swimming, walking

                  Favorite Primal food: Steak

                  Best part about being Primal: Hmmm, red meat

                  Worst part about being Primal: It can be difficult finding quality ingredients here, everything is imported, so the quality of fruit and veg is not optimal and it can be difficult to know how beef was raised (and exactly what it is sometimes, maybe buffalo maybe cow...can be a guessing game at times haha). Also, no pork here, and no alcohol unless I visit a resort for a drink or two.
                  Last edited by Bel78; 05-22-2014, 12:16 AM. Reason: Moved country of residence


                  • Your location: USA - GA

                    Age (If you want): 50

                    How Primal are you: 50%, but expect to up that shortly

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes - Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and Jarlesburg cheese

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: 1/2 caff and Green tea

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Need to lose weight, and get off the carb addiction

                    Favorite exercise: Rowing with bands, squats, push ups

                    Favorite Primal food: Salmon, clams, mussels, steak, and all the vegetables except collard and rutabaga

                    Best part about being Primal: Regaining my health

                    Worst part about being Primal: Having to deal with argumentative family who think I'm nuts
                    SW: 205
                    CW: 205
                    GW: 140

                    Measurements as of 12/23 Measurements as of 12/29
                    Neck 15.75 15.5
                    Arms L/R 15/14.5 14.5/14.5
                    Ribs 39.5 38.5
                    Hips 49 47.5
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                    • Introduction

                      My name is Craig, I live in the UK, recently began the primal/paleo lifestyle - possibly more than 3 months ago and I cannot see myself ever returning to the old western diet. At least I hope I don't.

                      The Questions;

                      Your location: Southwest England, UK

                      Age (If you want): 21

                      How Primal are you: 7/10 for primal-ness, I eat largely paleo LC, but still snack occasionally and I smoke. Haven't touched a soft drink in about 4 months and never plan to again apart from festive celebrations etc.

                      Do you consume dairy: Minimal amounts, milk in tea and coffee maybe once a day, but I do like cheese once a day (30g).

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Bulletproof every day (I swear by this) and maybe 1 or 2 ordinary tea/coffees. Slowly lowering the amount of sugar, usually less than a teaspoon now.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Anxiety, depression, being a fat mess and wanting to get in shape. I also have a rather ambitious business plan but I need to practice before I can start preaching. Hopefully, with enough practice, I won't have to preach at all.

                      Favorite exercise: Full body, weight work out, followed closely by walking/skiing/snowboarding/cycling in nature

                      Favorite Primal food: SALAD by far. Nothing better than a bowl of leafy greens bright colours and balsamic vinegar!

                      Best part about being Primal: Energy, clear mind and skin, lean muscle and my mood (when it isn't low)

                      Worst part about being Primal: Convenience doesn't exist for this lifestyle where I live.


                      • Hi, I'm Cyn and SO glad to have found a lifestyle plan I have faith in. I've only had weight issues after each pregnancy (7 of them) and struggled to lose 30-50 lbs each time. I can lose about 15 lbs now, but I'm more interested in the feeling great & health aspect and the looking good is a great plus!

                        The Questions:

                        Your location: Hudson Valley, NY, USA

                        Age (If you want): 49

                        How Primal are you: Just finishing the first book now. I cut out sugar and grains immediately last week, though I'm still eating ice cream (1-2 cups) a week. CAN I eat ice cream?

                        Do you consume dairy: (gulp) Ice cream and butter.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: No

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Manage anxiety (which can be crippling for me at times), menopause symptoms & overall health. A benign lump in my breast a few weeks ago motivated me to change my entire lifestyle.

                        Favorite exercise: Yoga!!

                        Favorite Primal food: Steak

                        Best part about being Primal: I feel better already. I haven't been doing it long enough to know the best part. Aren't they all great benefits though?!?! :-)

                        Worst part about being Primal: Giving up sugar

                        I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and very happy to have found all you happy, healthy inspirational people! - Cyn


                        • Hi, I am part of the "over-the-hill" gang! The toughest part will be changing habits of many years. I am working for a 911 service, our days are 24hrs long, but with 3 days off in between.

                          The Questions:
                          Your Location: Houston, TX


                          How Primal are you: Just starting out, in service days could be challenging.

                          Do you consume dairy?: milk no, have been known to attack ice cream

                          Do you drink coffee or tea?: Have cut out coffee some time ago, drink decaf tea when I can find it, drink a lot of herbal teas.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Heart attack and two stents about two years ago, a personality change, and a very good friend.

                          Favorite exercise: Riding on my "patrol" bike.

                          Favorite Primal food: Chopped steak (easier on the "store boughts")

                          Best part of being Primal: Just starting out, waiting on new "data"

                          Worst part of being Primal: No more goodies, particularly around the holidays.

                          Happy Holidays to all!


                          • I've been eating primally for about a year now. Like many, I came across MDA searching for a fix to a chronic condition that appeared about 4 years ago. Giving up grain based food, cold-turkey, was easier than expected, and the incentives of increased energy and elevated mood, were more than worth the sacrifice. Within the first 3 months, I shed around 35 pounds, and my body seems to be happy at its current weight. Now, I'm focusing on regaining all the muscle supposedly lost after age 30.

                            Name: Susan

                            Your location: AZ, USA

                            Age (If you want): 61

                            How Primal are you: Most of the time on target, but if there are sweets or alcohol in the house, I'll often cave.

                            Do you consume dairy: Increasingly less and less. Working on transitioning from butter to ghee and off cheese, but it's a struggle.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Love half-caff Primal Egg Coffee. Add a splash of coconut milk, a teaspoon of ghee, and a dash of 100% cocoa powder and there's a reason to get up in the morning.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: While the skin-condition I originally sought to relieve still exists (but under control) the primal life-style addressed so many other issues, physical and mental, that I can't think of a reason to pass on it.

                            Favorite exercise: Still a gym rat, and anything that burns up energy, not necessarily calories. All of it play, including hiking, biking, kayaking, and golf. (My fantasy is to follow the inspiration of Stimson Bullitt, who began climbing at 50 - so what if he had 10 years on me - and continued until he was 87! He died at 89.)

                            Favorite Primal food: Meat, fat, 100% cacao, and any combination of the three. Yum!

                            Best part about being Primal: Energy, and an expanded choice of rich foods, heretofore considered indulgent.

                            Worst part about being Primal: Watching those I love still under the thrall of Conventional Wisdom, and a Pritikin Diet mind set.


                            • Your location: Dubai

                              Age (If you want): 35

                              How Primal are you: 60%

                              Do you consume dairy: rarely

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee x 4 a day

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: children's allergies and weight loss

                              Favorite exercise: running

                              Favorite Primal food: hmm tough one, prawns

                              Best part about being Primal: lots of meat and fats

                              Worst part about being Primal: difficulty in applying it everyday life like school lunch boxes and grabbing quick primal food on the go that my kids will eat


                              • Hi, I actually signed up tonight to post a link to a kickstarter about paleo mayonnaise, though I'm a frequent visitor to the website. Hopefully no one gets too mad about it, I'm just trying to contribute what I can.

                                Age (If you want): 26

                                How Primal are you: 99%

                                Do you consume dairy: No

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Joint pain/autoimmune disorder, recommended by my brother.

                                Favorite exercise: Bicycling

                                Favorite Primal food: Liver

                                Best part about being Primal: Steak everywhere, bacon all the time

                                Worst part about being Primal: I miss pizza