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  • Your location: Waterloo, ON

    Age (If you want):

    How Primal are you:
    About 80%

    Do you consume dairy:
    A bit of cream in my coffee every day, the occasional yogurt or slice of cheese. Not much, though. I've always been a little lactose intolerant and being vegan for two years threw it into full-blown OUCH territory (that's my theory, anyway).

    Do you drink coffee or tea:
    Both. Coffee pretty much every morning. Sometimes a shot of espresso before a workout. Lots of herbal and green tea throughout the day.

    Motivator for switching to Primal:
    I'd been reading MDA for a year or so, but was vegan so couldn't go fully primal. Then, when doctors began telling me I had to choose between my tofu or my thyroid, and my grains or my gut, I started re-thinking my priorities. Not only does Primal make sense, but it's pretty perfect for soy-intolerant, gluten-intolerant, dairy-intolerant freaks like me. Also, I'm pretty fit, but I've always had a layer of body fat I couldn't shed, no matter how much/little I worked out, or whether I ate really well or let myself go. Re-setting my setpoint is an attractive concept. I'd like to see physical results of my workouts, not just feel better and stronger. Lastly, the only time I really had success with weight loss was when I did near-zero-carb one summer (I was sort of miserable, but it sure did work), and that's always stuck in my mind.

    Favorite exercise:
    Running, especially in my Vibrams. Alone, not in a group--running is my alone time. But I've cut my running down a lot since going Primal, down from 4 or 5 5-mile runs per week to just a couple 3-ish mile runs, and instead incorporated more HIIT and sprints. This has actually made my runs more enjoyable, as I'm not so obsessive about my miles, pace, or route. I just go where the wind takes me. I also do a lot of yoga; I volunteer at a local Moksha studio in exchange for free classes, so I do a 90-minute hot Moksha series 4-5 times per week. On off days, I work on my "fun" poses at home with a shorter Ashtanga practice. I'm hoping to do Moksha teacher training next spring.

    I should also mention that I've gotten really into lifting recently after trying P90X (I got through the first 3 weeks and couldn't keep up the time commitment, so I've modified it for my own puposes). I love deadlifts! And I can now do approximately 300% more pushups than I ever could. Still can't do a pullup, though. Someday!

    Favorite Primal food:
    MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT *ahem* sorry, um, that would be meat. (Did I mention I was vegan for two years, and vegetarian for six before that?) Runners-up are eggs (the perfect food, IMO) and coconut (I would live inside a coconut if it were possible).

    Best part about being Primal:
    I feel awesome, I look awesome, I'm no longer obsessed with miles/reps/logging my FitDay/counting calories. My sleep is much better, especially since dabbling in IF. I eat very, very well. I cook all my own food, occasional restaurant trips excepted. Most of all, my eyes have been opened to a whole world of exercise I never thought about before: every rock, stop sign, tree branch, grassy hill, etc. I see now is a potential workout. I feel more connected to the world.

    Worst part about being Primal:
    Watching friends/family scarf down the grains and sugar and then berate me for my bacon--all the while complaining that they don't understand why they're so tired and headachey all the time.


    • location: inkster north dakota
      age: 43
      how primal am I?: read the book a week ago, haven't had sugar of grains since. need to work on exercising.
      dairy?: not really. maybe cream with berries or coffee, do eat cheese
      coffee or tea?: not a lot. i just tried lipton teabags in the coffee maker. it's convenient.
      motivator for going primal: stumbled on the book from a barefoot running page. Information hits home and makes sense.
      favorite excercise: easy, easy, barefoot running down a dirt road
      favorite primal food: early stages. like steaks
      best part about being primal: KNOWING that it's right
      worst part: haven't gotten there yet.


      • Hello all,

        My name is Clay and I am very excited about the Primal Blueprint. I have been using P90X for almost 1.5 years now and have had great results. However, I have not been able to get that "really" lean look that I desire. I am only half way through the Primal Blueprint and now understand more about my body and how I need to eat more than ever before in my life. I played college basketball and would eat like a horse ... all day long and whenever I wanted to. Once I reached the age of 28 I began to see some weight gain for the first time in my life. I was excited, but did not understand what I was in for. About 1.5 years ago, I had reached the sad weight of 230 lbs. (keep in mind my college playing weight was 175 lbs and I am 6'3"). I was very discouraged and needed to do something. So, while eating some ice cream while watching a movie late one night ... I saw a commercial for P90X. It was that moment that I put the ice cream down and decided to do something about my health issue. Long story short, I lost 30 lbs at the conclusion of my first P90X quest. However, I still had some adipose tissue that I wanted to get rid of. I have maintained 200 lbs since the end of that first 90-day session. Once I started reading Mark's book ... I realized very quickly what I had been doing wrong. The other thing is that I am a husband and a father of 5 kids who look up to me. Now, I can begin to shape my entire family's food intake to make sure they never need to lose 30 lbs somewhere down the line. Again, I am excited and look forward to sharing with all of you.

        Your location: Ashburn, VA

        Age (If you want): 39 (Nov/1970)

        How Primal are you: I am going all the way! I want those abs back that I once had.

        Do you consume dairy: A very small amount. 8 oz of skim milk with my morning eggs and banana.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: I occasionally drink green tea

        Motivator for switching to Primal: That last layer of adipose tissue that is just hanging out enough to make me want to not sit on the edge of the pool ... if you know what I mean

        Favorite exercise: I love Yoga-X and playing full-court basketball. I will be incorporating some new workouts into my weekly routine once I finish the book and design around my current P90X workout.

        Favorite Primal food: All of it --> Seriously

        Best part about being Primal: I have more energy and the crazy part is the fact that my mood is a lot more even these days. Damn insulin ...

        Worst part about being Primal: Well, I would have to say the worst part about being Primal is also the best part ... I am impatient and want my fat to just go away with one workout. The correct way to become more healthy takes time ... 1 or 2 lbs of fat per week ... I want more, but realize it takes time to burn.



        • I am almost 1 month in, and i must say: I love this lifestyle. I honestly have not felt better in the last 12 years. I have consistent steady energy levels throughout the day, I am thinner and actually look younger. I honestly see this is my lifestyle from here on out.... I find that i am rarely hungry. I do not feel tired the same way that i used to at 9am, when i would feel like i needed something to eat. Some of my pants went from a little tight, to almost too big in just a few weeks.

          Your location: Richmond, VA
          Age (If you want): 36
          How Primal are you: 90%
          Do you consume dairy: Yes (heaving whipping cream and cheese mostly, i do not drink milk)
          Do you drink coffee or tea: Daily
          Motivator for switching to Primal: Health
          Favorite exercise: Running, Full Court basketball, body weight exercises
          Favorite Primal food: 2 Egg, Sausage & Mushroom omelet, beer-can chicken
          Best part about being Primal: steady energy levels and vibrancy
          Worst part about being Primal: having to see the looks on my family and friend's faces when i decline their standard american - make you fat diet foods....


          • Your location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
            Age (If you want): 41
            How Primal are you: 90% (unless I'm on a chocolate binge)
            Do you consume dairy: Lately cream in coffee (used to be black), occasionally cheese
            Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee, but felt better when I only drank tea (thinking of going back to it)
            Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss. The older I get the harder it is to loose
            Favorite exercise: Crossfit wods mostly. Anything with barbells and chalk
            Favorite Primal food: meatballs made with grassfed beef and almond flour instead of bread crumbs.
            Best part about being Primal: Did a Paleo challenge last summer and felt great! Somehow got lost in old habits and need a restart
            Worst part about being Primal: Knowledge. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. (watching friends and family eating SAD makes me sad)


            • Your location: Chicago

              Age (If you want): 29

              How Primal are you: In the past 9 days - 95%, before that, 65-70%. I have not eaten fast food since I was 21, I do not drink soda, beer or juice.

              Do you consume dairy: Goat cheese, cheddar, I like butter too... but stay away from most of it.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: I have an espresso about once every 4-5 months, that is the extent of my caffeine consumption.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Vanity

              Favorite exercise: I'm a crossfit cultist... burpees are the greatest.

              Favorite Primal food: Any filet, medium rare with a giant side of arugula salad.

              Best part about being Primal: Control and forcing me to learn to cook. It is nearly impossible to overeat when being Primal, I have become a more patient eater as eating veggies takes a longer time than wolfing down a sandwich.

              Worst part about being Primal: I am an Italian, that loves Italian food and I live in Chicago...


              • Your location: Virginia

                Age (If you want): 49

                How Primal are you: Still occasionally eat a protein bar - at least while my supply exists. Other than that, consumption is almost pure primal at this point.

                Do you consume dairy: no

                Do you drink coffee or tea: black coffee

                Motivator for switching to Primal: It was on the list of things to try to relieve life long stomach problems.

                Favorite exercise: Incurable mountain biker.

                Favorite Primal food: Bacon and eggs. Used to avoid these.

                Best part about being Primal: No stomach ache, none!

                Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain to others why I don't want to try some of (insert some nasty sugary confection others like to eat). Some of my friends and family members can be quite persistent.


                • Hello, my name is Veronica (I am imagining how my students would sound saying that). I'm an American ex-pat currently working as an English teacher.

                  Your location: Jeju-do South Korea. It's the southern most island in Korea! Sub-tropical, and really lovely.

                  Age (If you want): Too young to worry, too old to tell y'all .

                  How Primal are you: I'm new to it, my chocolate cravings keep me from being more primal, but other than that I'm pretty good. It's easy to find all the foods I need here versus back in the States.

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes, but it's hard to find plain yogurt (everything labeled 'Plain' has artificial sweeteners in it).

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, but not as much as most Americans.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Family history of diabetes and obesity despite 'healthy' diet made me think that maybe something was wrong with 'healthy.' It's been an easy switch, I love vegetables, meat, and fruit, and they're all cheap and easy to come by where I live. Most junk food is actually more expensive here !

                  Favorite exercise: Swimming, running, scuba diving, frisbee, kuk sool, footy...I like to move!

                  Favorite Primal food: Anything with curry in it !

                  Best part about being Primal: Eating meat while all my friends eat 'low cholesterol diets!'

                  Worst part about being Primal: Sometimes I really want to eat a whole loaf of bread, it's a good thing the bread here is pretty bad (think sugar on garlic bread).


                  • Your location: Austin, TX

                    Age (If you want):24

                    How Primal are you:

                    I'd say I get pretty close to 95% usually. I make my own breakfast and lunch in the mornings and take it to work. I cook at home about 4x a week. I love to cook! So, I get to be really primal for the most part. The only times this is called into question is when I'm dining out (non-organic, non-grassfed meat is usually the only option) And, last weekend was my birthday, and my mother made me a carrot cake (she doesnt really understand my food choices, its ok though) and so I had to eat some because she made it for me. But, after being off sugar and wheat, I can tell you, I did not enjoy it! (poor mom...its the thought that counts, right?) Id also say Im a good primal person because I love love love love being active!

                    Do you consume dairy:
                    I use butter and heavy whipping cream pretty regularly. no milk though.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea:
                    Both, coffee maybe 3 times a waek (about 4 oz, not a lot at all) And organic green sencha or chamomile at night.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal:
                    I am committed to achieving the best health possible.

                    Favorite exercise:
                    running (sorry! I know its "chronic cardio" but I can tell you I dont run far, and I run at a relaxed pace, about 3 times a week) I used to run a lot harder and farther before I went primal if that makes it any better.
                    after that, probably soccer.

                    Favorite Primal Food:
                    OH so many! Steak (the closer to RAW the better---but I'll order it rare to avoid odd looks), all seafood! Im a seafood NUT, and avocados! oh, and 85-90% organic dark chocolate.....yea..its all about the chocolate!!!!

                    Best part about being Primal:
                    The general sense of well being that comes with knowing you are not poisoning your body, but nourishing it. And, I look forward to my 40s, 50s, 60s because I know I'll be in optimum health!

                    Worst part about being Primal:
                    Family get-togethers. I like to see my family a lot, and its hard because I'm afraid I am hurting peoples feelings by not eating food they have prepared. Another bad part is no more chips and salsa. my former lover!


                    • Your location: Sydney, Australia

                      Age (If you want): 20

                      How Primal are you: 95% (im a runner, and i know grok didnt run 160km a week)

                      Do you consume dairy: No

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: No

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to be able to go for a run when im 100

                      Favorite exercise: Running/swimming in the ocean

                      Favorite Primal food: My morning omelet

                      Best part about being Primal: Having a chiseled body

                      Worst part about being Primal: having a water when dad and i go for a beer on Friday nights


                      • Hey there.

                        Your location: Newport News, VA

                        Age: 47

                        How Primal are you: 90%

                        Do you consume dairy: Yogurt and cream.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee twice a week, Green Tea the rest of the week.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I was 30 lbs overweight, suffering from "intestinal discomfort," my HDLs were a mess, and frankly I was unhappy with my physical condition. Plus I have a family history of heart disease.

                        Favorite exercise: Walking with my wife and Sheltie (Doc).

                        Favorite Primal food: Bacon, eggs, steak

                        Best part about being Primal: Watching the belly melt away

                        Worst part about being Primal: Nothing I can figure out.

                        My story: I retired from the Coast Guard seven years ago, went into teaching and went from 175 to 207 lbs. When I jumped on the scale and saw 207 I had a fit, I am a former long distance runner who enjoyed the fact that I could shed five or ten pounds quickly, but 30+? So I started a "six meal a day" diet and hit the road. A week after I started I read an article on one of my favorite websites. I am one of those serious individualists who read Lew Rockwell. Frankly the article made sense so I ordered Mark's book. As I read the book, it all worked in my mind. I handed it to my beautiful wife, and I asked her if she would be willing to change our lifestyle? She agreed, now let me make it clear, she had no reason to, she is stunning and looks fantastic in a bikini. But she thought it wouldn't hurt to lose a couple pounds and wanted to support me. So the boxes were packed for the food drive and we made some trips to Trader Joe's, Fresh Market, and Harris Teeter. We restocked our pantry and a month later I am down to 188. My loss slowed because I pinched a nerve in my back, but it slowed, it did not reverse. Additionally I feel great. I must admit my Mom is gluten intolerant so I wonder if I am not as well. Anyway my plan is to get down to about 170, but who knows? We have had a lot of great meals, and I am looking forward to my doctor's visit in September. I suppose that is all for now, but hello everyone.



                        • Hello )

                          Your location: Georgia USA, but I'm German

                          Age (If you want): 37

                          How Primal are you: getting there

                          Do you consume dairy:butter

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: coffe, green tea

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: I read alot about low carb and found this website, it really sounds like this is the way to go. I have no food allergies, am not overweight , but I know this is the right way to eat and not the crap the Food Pyramid says.

                          Favorite exercise: Step Aerobics , running

                          Favorite Primal food: eggs cooked in butter

                          Best part about being Primal: feeling fit ( even so I'm not yet totally primal)

                          Worst part about being Primal: I admit I actually like fast food, I hope my taste buds will change. But I dont crave it anymore like I used to.I also have 2 kids ( 8,15) and they think I'm nuts, they give me these looks full of horror, they should be happy that I care about thier nutrition.


                          • Location: Currently deployed with the military.

                            Age: 39

                            How primal are you: Very. I will have a glass of red wine every once in a while or some 85% dark chocolate. I did have a piece of baklava last night, but it couldn't be helped. I was forced.

                            Dairy: I use cream in my coffee and eat cheese and butter.

                            Coffee/Tea: I'm deployed. I almost have an IV drip.

                            Motivation for switching: I wanted to lose some weight, get back in shape and not look/feel like my age.

                            Favorite exercise: Running with a rucksack on my back. Followed by lifting weights.

                            Favorite Primal Food: Meat. with butter.

                            Best part about being primal: I feel great!

                            Worst part: None. I brush off the comments about my dietary habits. I do apologize when I rip into my meat with my bare hands though.

                            I've been eating primally since May 09. Since that time, I've dropped about 45-47 lbs. I'm now at my goal weight of 200 lbs. I'm now simply cutting my bodyfat down and adding some muscle back on. I feel so much better since I've changed my diet for the better.


                            • ok, I'll play too:

                              Your location: NH, USA

                              Age (If you want): 47

                              How Primal are you: mostly

                              Do you consume dairy: just a splash in my coffee

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: there is NOTHING in this world worth doing (IMHO) if I can't have my coffee

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: tired of yo-yo dieting

                              Favorite exercise: whew....tough one. I like 'em all. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, swimming, biking...

                              Favorite Primal food: the chicken my husband cooks. slow roasted on the grill with spices tucked up and under the skin.

                              Best part about being Primal: the amazing amount of energy I have

                              Worst part about being Primal: pretty sure there isn't one


                              • Your location: Olympia, WA

                                Age (If you want): 28

                                How Primal are you: That's a loaded question! I just started about 3 weeks ago. I vacillated from a very liberal and iffy Zone diet with a little Paleo thrown in. I threw that out the window and decided to get off the fence and commit. I'd say that I'm striving for 100% Paleo now. My Primal nature is slowly emerging as I'm visiting this site nearly every day, revamping my mindset on life and health. I have to say, I've become somewhat of a paleo-zealot to my circle of friends. I've already begun my hunt for VFF's and am trying to play outside more. My biggest change has been my diet and the introduction of IF. So, how primal? I'm finding out everyday!

                                Do you consume dairy: Whipped Cream, Butter, and Cheese. I try to keep the cheese moderately low. I don't drink milk, but coffee creamer will sneak in my cup occasionally.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, depending on mood and time of day.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Waistline and CrossFit. I started off a couple years ago on the Men's Health TNT diet and lost a significant amount of weight. It's fairly similar to a Paleo diet actually, so upon finding out about Paleo, it made total sense physiologically to me. I also work with a lot of diabetics and have a family history. Hyperinsulinemia scares the daylights outta me after seeing the epidemic effects to my patients and seeing the price they pay for their lifestyle/diet choices.

                                Favorite exercise: CrossFit! Haha, and if I had to narrow it down, I like me some good ol' snatch! Can't get any better than activating every muscle in the body with neuro-pathway activation galore!

                                Favorite Primal food: That's easy - Bacon! I also have an obsession with spinach.

                                Best part about being Primal: Confidence. I have confidence in what I'm doing with my body is the BEST for it, inside and out. I have no question about assurance about my welfare and the science behind it. It makes sense. That's what the best part is: Primal is logically sound and makes sense. Mark and this online community have a lot to do with that, it's very encouraging and uplifting.

                                Worst part about being Primal: Trying to get my wife on board. I gotta live it, before she does, so it's a GOOD challenge. Oh, also, not being able to find any VFF's in my area!