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  • Hi, im a newbie both to primal and to forums, so not sure what im doing ...

    Your location: NSW Australia

    Age (If you want): 34

    How Primal are you:

    Newbie, in conversion in relation to food, have cut out all grains, legumes, low fat products, sugar, eat mostly organic, and local where possible.
    I live surrounded by forest, have a great work/life balance, and play as much as I can

    Do you consume dairy:

    Yes, at the moment, brew kefir, have yoghurt, butter.
    I am open to taking milk out too

    Do you drink coffee or tea:
    Coffee, although am eyeing this up to delete

    Motivator for switching to Primal:

    IBS, energy crashes and looking for a sustainabke way to eat that is aligned with my worldview

    Favorite exercise:

    Im an adventure sports fanatic - mtb, skydiving, horse riding, climbing

    Favorite Primal food:

    Prawns and avocardo

    Best part about being Primal:

    Eating all the yummy stuff

    Worst part about being Primal:

    Im very worried about getting fat eating all the deliciousness


    • Hi there! New to the blog, not new to trying out versions of Paleo/W30/Paleo. My docs have advised that to lose weight (I don't have much to lose- the weight loss is more for vanity than health) and to try to get my fertility hormones/PCOS worked out, low carb is generally the most successful.

      I have decided to do Primal and include dairy because I want this to be long term and more flexible. I feel more satisfied including hard cheese and yogurt and cottage cheese and feel like this is a process and if I have to reduce fruit to avoid insulin spikes, and reduce (but trying to eliminate) beans and starch, I want to keep dairy in. However, I noticed that too much of dairy doesn't help me either so I'm trying to get into a Primal style and can always continue to refine- but long story short this is where I'm starting. I tend to eat emotionally even if I am not very hungry, and haven't yet learned to "embrace hunger" or "just wait for the next meal" without having to consciously remind myself of that. Hopefully over time it becomes more natural and less forced.

      One emotional tie I have is to breakfast. I LOVE having a lot of food the first meal of the day but know this is driven by a psychological way to deal with postponing stress of starting my day and going to work. It's nice to have that food for comfort when I wake up, but since this is very much a crutch I know all things used for pure emotional numbing is something to strive to break. So that is a medium term goal.

      However, I get SO HUNGRY during the night/ around 5am and it takes forever to go back to sleep unless I eat. I do t think the timing of the meal impacts my weight much, but having an excess snack or meal and then also eating at 7 is just excess intake. However if I eat a big hearty meal at 5 I have noticed it really does hold me until lunch,, so at least it's satisfying me.

      Anyway sorry to role! I am 5 feet 3 inches and about 128-130. I am trying to break up with my scale though, as this is as much about changing my relationship with food and getting healthy as it is about taking off 10 lbs. but it would be nice to drop those...

      Any suggestions are much appreciated!!!!

      Sent from my iPhone using Marks Daily Apple Forum


      • Sorry to ramble is what I meant. I am on my iPhone so I am sure there were lots of errors in that post!

        Sent from my iPhone using Marks Daily Apple Forum


        • Hello from a Primal wannabe!

          Hi everyone! I've come here after (so far) reading a few chapters of The Primal Blueprint, and I think being able to use it as a resource will be invaluable. I won't lie, for me, I find the book quite hard to read in some ways. Not because it's poorly written, quite the contrary. However the biology and chemistry for me are really not topics I have much knowledge about at all, so even after reading a few times times over I don't fully understand. I'm hoping that a little bit of blind trust will pay off, however, as I embark on my primal journey!

          In fact nutrition as a whole is really alien to me. I sound like one of the case studies from Mark's book, if I'm honest. Good intentions, on and off diets, exercise not at all but then think I need to do hours of cardio in the gym... the list goes on. The whole cutting out grains thing was a big eye opener for me. Bread alone takes up such a massive part of my diet. If this really is the best way to go then I will surely see a massive difference in how I feel.

          After such a long time being unfit, failing countless times and diets and such, I decided I had to do something a little bit extreme to make sure I don't quit. I started, about a month ago, a video blog and post to YouTube my progress. I don't really like being so open and honest about it all, but it has really spurred me on to not just quit, because friends and family see it and I'd be even more embarrassed to give up. For my first 30 days I decided to cut out a whole host of food and drink completely as a challenge, these are things that I had on a daily basis. It was only after I'd started it for a short while when a friend told me about The Primal Blueprint book. I bought it in iBooks and have been fascinated since.

          So, starting on Saturday, I am going to do the 21 day Primal Challenge, hoping that it goes really well and that I can continue after with a positive experience. I will continue to video blog about the experience, good or bad. But if I can finally make the necessary changes to my life, feel fit and look good for the first time in well over a decade, then I'll be absolutely over the moon. It looks good, I'm giving it 100% of my effort, so hopefully any of that "blind faith" I spoke about will become more knowledge and experience instead. Wish me luck!

          As for my details, some of them don't make sense seeing as I haven't started yet, but here we go:

          Your location: Hull, England

          Age (If you want): 29

          How Primal are you: Not at all, yet! I am probably a horrible candidate, with the amount of grains I eat!

          Do you consume dairy: Yes

          Do you drink coffee or tea: On a rare occasion I have a cup of tea (maybe once a month) but I've never liked the idea of being "dependant" on them - which is ironic because that's how I've become with food.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I don't just want to be thin, I want to be healthy. I don't want loads of medication and I want to be there for my wife and young family for many years to come.

          Favorite exercise: So far I really couldn't tell you! Probably some sport-based one, but I'm seriously lacking in this department still! I would love to be able to run.

          Favorite Primal food: Has to be steak, even though it's just been my general favourite food so far!

          Best part about being Primal: Can't answer - but if it works, then my motivator will certainly be the best part

          Worst part about being Primal: I'm guessing it will be "no bread!"

          Nice to meet you all. I think my first course of action is to try get a better understanding of what kind of foods I can eat (meat, veg, a bit of fruit, etc, but I still feel like I don't really understand enough). I'm sure these forums will help!

          If anyone would like to spur me on, see my progress or just plain throw me a bit of abuse to keep me on the straight and narrow, then my video blogs are up at LeonardChallis - YouTube. I apologise if it's not etiquette to post a link on your first, introductory post!



          • Your location: Belfast, UK

            Age (If you want): 28

            How Primal are you: Just starting

            Do you consume dairy: Pretty much just greek yoghurt, very rarely milk

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, black, 2-3 cups a day, some green tea

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, nothing to "fix" as such, just becoming more aware of health and primal living appeals

            Favorite exercise: Legs day - would LOVE to try Ultimate Frisbee but Belfast doesn't have much going on....

            Favorite Primal food: I make an excellent Chicken salad and love my Chicken BBQ slow cooked meal

            Best part about being Primal: My Vibrams - in love already

            Worst part about being Primal: Social situations with food present.

            I made a more details hello post here!



            • your location: Abu Dhabi UAE

              Age (If you want): 34

              How Primal are you: 12months

              Do you consume dairy: Yes - organic whole yoghurt, organic whole milk and raw cheeses.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Fresh homemade filter coffee every morning.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Read about the negative health impacts of wheat and vegetable oils and sugar (in all its disguises) and decided to make a change

              Favorite exercise: Swimming, DDP yoga, walking my dogs, just about to start cross fit...

              Favorite Primal food: Hard one! I love breakfast which is organic whole yoghurt, nuts and berries with some vanilla powder and bee pollen!

              Best part about being Primal: The feeling of damage limitation and the freedom from sugar/food cravings. Also love the new found fun in making stuff like water kefir, crackers, chocolate, sauerkraut.

              Worst part about being Primal: Difficulty in sourcing Primal food in the UAE. I started a blog about it as it is so hard!!


              • Your location: chicago

                Age (If you want): 48

                How Primal are you: 5 months

                Do you consume dairy: no

                Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                Motivator for switching to Primal: cure an autoimmune disease

                Favorite exercise: hiking (walking outdoors); in the gym it's the bike or elliptical with sprinting sessions

                Favorite Primal food: sockeye salmon

                Best part about being Primal: knowing that I'm feeding my cells the proper nutrition they need to heal

                Worst part about being Primal: still learning to cook good tasting primal meals that don't take too long to make or clean up
                "On a snow covered mountain time stands still and clarity enters the mind"
                "I want to find out what happens if I don't give up"


                • Hey ho!

                  Your location: Galway, Ireland

                  Age (If you want): 40

                  How Primal are you:Hmm - only just started the 21 day challenge 3 days ago, but I am relatively primal unconsciously for about the past 4 months (experimenting with my private mix of ideas of Gary Taubes, Jonathan Bailor, Abel James, Daniel Vitalis and Precision Nutricion workout advice - so overall that comes pretty close to this)

                  Do you consume dairy: some goats cheese and greek joghurt, no milk

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: yes. both.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: I wanted a "whole" approach not just diet and exercise advice - I am very interested in sleep and re-organising my work to that I sit less on a chair etc.

                  Favorite exercise: "sprinting" , in the "swimming as fast as I can" version, in the sea - which also gives me sun exposure.

                  Favorite Primal food: freshly caught sea food (thanks to living at the Atlantik coast, but I am also happy to have re-discovered liver (which I loved as a child before the low fat propaganda infected my family)

                  Best part about being Primal: Feeling so well in my body and all of a sudden optimistic about the future

                  Worst part about being Primal: Balancing out being an ethical consumer (not to buy animals that have been tortured in order to end up on my plate) and a tight budget. Also the endless discussions with and increasing anger of my vegan friends.
                  Last edited by Salome_Schmidt; 08-17-2014, 03:00 PM.


                  • Your location:
                    Age (If you want):

                    How Primal are you: Just started again but I hope to be about 80% to start

                    Do you consume dairy: In my coffee and Eggs

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: New job

                    Favorite exercise: Water sports, learning to surf finally

                    Favorite Primal food: Steak

                    Best part about being Primal: I remember having no joint pain

                    Worst part about being Primal: I miss Pasta


                    • Hello all... Let me answer these questions.

                      Your location: Singapore (Hard palce to live being Paleo. A lot of the things people put here that look so amazing to make i cant find the ingrediance.)

                      Age (If you want): 29

                      How Primal are you: I would say Iím about 70%-80%.

                      Do you consume dairy: Not so much now. I use to love cheese and milk but find I donít miss it. It's such a grey area I figure I'll put it back into my diet once I get to the weight and shape I want to be in and see what happens.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink Tea, never been a Coffee Fan.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: I was overweight and was sick of feeling like bad all the time.

                      Favorite exercise: Swimming.

                      Favorite Primal food: Wow that is a hard one, but I have to go with Bacon.

                      Best part about being Primal: I donít get hungry as much as I use to.

                      Worst part about being Primal: Things to drink get a little boring. I drink lots of tea and water, but after a while it gets old


                      • The Questions:

                        Your location: Ohio, right up on the lake.

                        Age (If you want):40

                        How Primal are you:not sure, i began low carb/high fat 6 days ago....

                        Do you consume dairy:butter and cream...sparingly on the cream

                        Do you drink coffee or tea:both

                        Motivator for switching to Primal:emphasis on real food

                        Favorite exercise:reading no really, i love hiking

                        Favorite Primal food:steak, coconut oil

                        Best part about being Primal:i dont know yet

                        Worst part about being Primal:i feel like crap this week....cant bicycle more than three miles


                        • I registered for the forums a few years ago. Primal is sort of the core of the way I eat. I do get lazy now and then...and now is one of those times I need to tighten things up. I've been eating less over all and have reached a healthy weight finally. Now I'd like to get shredded and deal with some skin issues that usually are the result of too much white crap. So I'm rebooting to full-on Primal and alcohol-free.

                          The Questions:

                          Your location: Colorado

                          Age (If you want):50

                          How Primal are you: Starting today 100%

                          Do you consume dairy: raw cream in coffee

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: i-2 cups of dark rich coffee a day

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Skin, mental clarity and dropping last 10 vanity pounds. Also makes ditching alcohol easier.

                          Favorite exercise: Dance

                          Favorite Primal food: grass-fed beef

                          Best part about being Primal:effortless weight loss, mental clarity and clear skin

                          Worst part about being Primal:I do love baguettes and butter


                          • Your location: VA, USA

                            Age (If you want): 60

                            How Primal are you: We are investigating alternatives and liked your format. Wanting to take a closer look...

                            Do you consume dairy: Y

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: both

                            Favorite exercise: work


                            • Hi, I'm in the Toronto Area in Canada (living in a 200 year old town just outside of the city). Due to our current financial situation, I'm not very primal at all, although I would be happy eating a primal diet - as would my husband. Our 13 year old son - not so much. I found this site doing a search on "antidepressant detox".....everything happens for a reason right!

                              I drink dairy in coffee, butter, sour cream and cheese.
                              I drink coffee - 2 cups daily in the am.
                              I don't eat sugar and can easily do without most fruits.

                              My favourite primal food would be a juicy steak.

                              I'm hoping to find more information about how the primal diet is going to affect my brain chemistry before I commit completely. In the meantime, really like what I've read on the site so far.

                              I guess that's it for now.
                              Last edited by Peggi; 08-20-2014, 05:14 AM. Reason: typo


                              • I started on the Dr. Rosedale diet years ago and haven't had junk food, sugar or alcohol for going on 3 yrs. I found Marks Daily Apple several years ago at the Crossfit gym I use to attend. Mark's ideas made complete sense to me and now my whole family is doing it, including my x-wife!

                                I'm very active, work out 2x /wk (body weight and kettlebells) spirit once a week (3 running tabatas) I take a lot of long walks and for fun I go for long backpacks in the Sierra (just got back from 8 days).

                                Wanderin Jack