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In other forums I've been a member of in the past - at least for small communities - there's been a 'introduce yourself' thread with some questions that people can answer. I know that there are people reading this forum that are fully primal, partially primal, and are considering it. I thought that I'd put some questions together to cover these things just to get an idea of who's out there.
Your location:Morton, Illinois
Age (If you want):40 (yikes)
How Primal are you: New . . . and trying. I'm trying to cut out all grains except for splurges when it really counts!
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea for me!
Motivator for switching to Primal:Trying to eliminate inflammation in my body, and loose a few lbs.
Favorite Primal food:Nuts
Best part about being Primal:I feel better, for sure. . . and since carbs are what I tend to loose control of while eating, I'm finding that just eliminating them all together has been easier for me than trying for only eat an appropriate serving.
Hello. I'm John Caton. This is my first post to the forum. I've left some comments on the daily postings but I'm looking forward to sharing and learning more of the primal lifestyle from those who've been on the path longer.
How Primal are you: Only grain I eat is rice. I'm a diagnosed Celiac so I already avoided gluten containing grains for 10+ years but have extended that to all grains (except for rice at this point.) No soy, corn, dairy, etc.
Do you consume dairy: NO
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Autoimmunity, long term health
Favorite exercise: Horseback riding, rock climbing, CF
How Primal are you: WAS very primal----then in April found out we were relocating from IL to TX and had very little time to pack/move and all that and I gained 13 pounds very quickly.
Do you consume dairy: Very little dairy. The only dairy is in a tea latte that I will have to be giving up!! Otherwise I don't eat or drink any dairy.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Not switching---going back! My motivator is I know exactly how good it feels to be primal and how well my body does eating primal. I have many ailments that have reared their ugly heads in the last 6 months. IBS, fructose malabsorption…to name 2!
Favorite exercise: currently it's walking my dog. I've gone to a trampoline fitness class the last 2 mondays and it's super fun! Otherwise, I walk my dog every morning. Would like to incorporate weights which has always been hard for me.
Favorite Primal food: cod cooked with lemon and butter served over fresh baby spinach. And, bacon. Love bacon!!!
Best part about being Primal: How good it feels!!
Worst part about being Primal: The starting point----the carb flu and how bad the detoxing from all the crap feels.
Location: Maine USA
How primal are you: transitioning from vegetarian diet for last 8 years, cleaning out frozen soups, etc. currently, 50%. I just can't fathom throwing all that food out.
Do you eat dairy: yes, trailing full fat Greek yogurt this week. Milk, cheese and butter just added back into my diet on a regular basis.
Coffee or tea: tea
Motivating factor: 1. Tried of feeling like I need the energy for chronic cardio to maintain my ideal weight. 2. Hoping to avoid the cravings for carbs after work and before dinner sabotaging my day and energy levels. 3. Long standing iron deficiency that I would like to control with diet, not supplements.
Favorite exercise: swimming and biking. Primal style lifting is growing on me.
Favorite primal food: brussel sprouts
Best part about being primal: hopefully energy plateau and more focus in enjoyment exercise rather than "workouts"
Worst part: reducing beans and lentils (we've had a long time relationship)
Location: ontario, Canada
How Primal am I: I am on day 4 of the 21 day transformation. Already down 2 lbs....you now have my attention.
Dairy? Not everyday but occasionally only greek yogurt or some aged cheese
Coffee or tea? Have my one cup of coffee in the morning. Herbal teas are a bit of a hobby but must have my green tea and my fennel tea.
Motivator for switching to primal - two motivators...sick and tired of counting every calorie and exercising to no avail. The biggest motivator are my sons. They are 3'and 4 and the youngest is being tested for celiac.....if I'm looking for a major dietary change for him then we are all on board.
Favourite exercise: HIIT workouts and functional strength training.
Favourite primal food? : BEEF!
Best part about being primal: so far no highs and lows and am already able to feel like I am more in touch with my appetite/hunger cues.
Worst part about being primal? Right now I see no downside! My husband is chinese so dining out with his family for dim sum or dinner may be a challenge. I am italian so my family may see my plate void of pasta but always meat and veggies around.
How Primal am I: I did primal once before and it worked for me but got off track, Beginning the 21 day challenge
Dairy? Use almond milk for coffee and cereal (granola)
Coffee or tea? Drink both - but more coffee. At least a cup a day (with almond milk and flavored syrup)
Motivator for switching to primal - Want to lose weight and get in better shape
Favorite exercise: It was running but have a ankle injury that won't go away. Been using a trainer bike and looking to get into weightlifting.
Favorite primal food? Egg bake casserole - breakfast or snack
Best part about being primal: I know it works because I tried it before and I felt great energy wise/about how I looked.
Worst part about being primal? The hardest challenges will be cooking and staying disciplined in doing it everyday. :-). Can cook but with work and school finding time can be a little hard. Committed to figuring it all out.
I consider myself a newbie with all of this(even though I tried before) and plan on doing my best and giving it my all.
How Primal are you: Just starting out again. I have been partial paleo for about 3 months. I am working toward 100%
Do you consume dairy: no, I found out I am Lactose intolerant during a paleo 30-day reset.
Do you drink coffee or tea: black tea with honey
Motivator for switching to Primal:
It just dawned on me one day as I looked at how my mom, brother and sister lived and the state of their health. My mom, a sedentary woman of 67 with multiple medical problems, gets less and less mobile each day while she eats "crap" food. I decided whatever they were doing wasn't for me. I discussed this with the wife, and she was onboard with the idea of eliminating "junk" and and living better. after some research the Paleo/Primal lifestyle was a perfect fit.
How Primal are you: I'm only 5 days in, but sticking to it and feel great.
Do you consume dairy: Lactose intolerant, so not really. But I do like Kefir; currently avoiding for "The Challenge".
Do you drink coffee or tea: Quit coffee 3 weeks ago after nearly 30 years of daily drinking. Feeling so much more calm!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Plus I want my pants to fit better. Actually, I don't want my pants to fit... I want other pants, that I can't currently wear, to fit.
Favorite exercise: Walking and playing with my 4 year old.
Hi, my name is Marge. About 4 months back, I stumbled across a post about maximizing nutrient intake. I was charmed! A "diet" that talked about what to eat, rather than what NOT to eat!!! This has been a thought of mine for a long time - why do people worry more about avoiding bad food than about finding good food? Also expressed as "Why do people eat Snackwell's and drink diet soda?" I started reading about the primal lifestyle, and discovered that this is pretty close to what I already was doing!
I'm an organic gardener, and raise my own chickens for eggs and meat, both in order to have good, delicious, clean food. I eat dairy, but try to get primarily raw, unpasteurized milk from Jersey cows, or cheeses made from this. I make my own yogurt. I cook most of my own food.
I was a runner and bicyclist, but a hip injury stopped the running, and at this time of year I only get bike rides in on an occasional weekend. I have a desk job, which makes it tough to get exercise and stay fit, but I persist! I do 2 sets of 35 pushups, and several other own-bodyweight exercises, every morning, and have been doing that for the past 15 years or so. I try to do a free-weights routine once a week. Stacking, splitting, and carrying wood for our masonry heater has been a good winter exercise, too. I like cross-country skiing, too, when there is enough snow.
I love meats, and always have. I love to cook things in inventive ways. I am very happy to have found out that the polyunsaturated oils are as nasty for health as they always have been to my taste buds! I do have a powerful love of sweets that I constantly have to struggle to keep in check. I love to bake, and to eat the things that I bake! I have now made rules that I only bake for other people, and I try to avoid having baking materials around!
It is good to know that there are reasons for the way I eat, and that other people also find this a healthier way to live.
I would like to suggest that it is also important for us to stay in touch with our immediate environment. Go outside every day. Touch growing (or dormant!) things. Experience the weather. Work in the dirt. Shovel the snow. And look up to the sky.