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  • OK, I'm new and ind of just jumped into a few other forums already but figured I should put my info out there too so here it is:
    Your location: Tualatin, Or

    Age (If you want): 39 (It's cool, I don't look my age yet)

    How Primal are you: Just getting started actually and have a lot to learn yet before I can get started.

    Do you consume dairy: I do, though not as much as I used to.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, just one cup a day

    Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss, prevent metabolic disorders that my family is predisposed to (diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer)

    Favorite exercise: When I could it was swimming. The pool is closed until weather gets warmer.

    Favorite Primal food: Unknown since officially I've not started yet

    Best part about being Primal: I'll get back to you on that...

    Worst part about being Primal: I don't know but I would have to say probably be missing out on the caramels and chocolate chip cookies at Christmas time

    I actually have a question, since everyone knows where I am now, if there is anyone else out there in the Portland, OR metro area, where can I find coconut oil for cooking and what generally is the price range? I'd appreciate any info, thanks!

    What's for dinner? Dead cow!


    • Hey everyone! Stumbled on here after doing some dietary research on the Paleo diet, read the Primal book, and sort of fell in love with the overall plan! Been Grokking it for a few weeks now, and liking the results!

      Your location: Fort Lewis, Washington (state)

      Age (If you want): 31

      How Primal are you: Trying to be 100% Primal all the time, but my family isn't, so I stumble about once a week.

      Do you consume dairy: Aside from the occasional greek yogurt (once every few weeks), no.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: I'll only drink coffee if I'm in the field - usually I'll stick to green tea.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I got back from a staff-assignment (desk job nugging on a computer for 18 hours a day - total agony for a combat arms guy like me) in Afghanistan and looked at myself in the mirror. I had worked out a LOT while I was there, but I was taking all the wrong steps, eating like crap (soul food is such a temporary morale booster) taking all the "muscle and fitness approved" suppliments (which was EXPENSIVE might I add) and just not seeing the results I knew I was capable of. About a month before I left, I talked to one of my buddies about Paleo (certainly impossible to do in the Stan) and started doing research. When I came home in March, I knew it was time for a change. Here's where I ended up.

      Favorite exercise: I LOVE the gym. I LOVE hard workouts. So really - picking heavy things up and putting them back down is my favorite exercise.

      Favorite Primal food: Steak. Hands down.

      Best part about being Primal: Honestly, just getting to eat good food. Most diets make you sacrifice SO MUCH (and believe me - I've tried most of them). Like Mark says - this one isn't so much about a diet - it's a healthy lifestyle change.

      Worst part about being Primal: Man oh man do I miss cookies. Seriously. Things are like crack for me.


      • Location: Durham, NC

        Age: 20

        How Primal? Just starting.

        Dairy? Yes but I have been cutting down and would like to eventually eliminate all dairy, except occasional butter.

        Coffee or Tea? Nope. Used to drink both of them frequently. Now I have absolutely no desire.

        Motivation for going Primal? Well, I've gotten pretty out of shape over the last year because of medical problems, and being a university student doesn't help. I've been on a quest for optimal health and this seems to be the ticket. It just makes sense. Luckily, I am very athletic and 6'4" so I've been able to carry the extra BF just fine. But I don't like it at all. I want my 8 pack of old back. And I want to be functionally strong and fast. I am going to be a professional triathlete after graduating next year so it's time to push it into gear (I know triathlon isn't exactly Primal but I don't care because I LOVE it and I am good at it. I'll just eat more fruit.)

        Favorite Exercise: Ha well, I'd have to say Swim, Bike, Run for sure (chronic cardio!). But as for strength exercises, I love burpees and pullups.

        Favorite Primal food: Bacon, hands down. Could eat it all day.

        Best part about being Primal: Well, I haven't done it for too long, just a few weeks now, but I like my clear head and extra energy (mental, social, and physical). I also like how easy it is to lose BF.

        Worst Part about being Primal: Probably the adjustment to fat burning in workouts as opposed to carb burning. I mean that because I've found that some of my recent runs have been a lot more strenuous than usual even at an aerobic pace. My legs aren't feeling too peppy.


        • Hey Tim,
          I'm in Tampa, FL
          43 years young
          probably about 80% Primal
          shun dairy products although do eat some goat cheese once in a while
          my wife is Brasillian so I do drink coffee lol but I am also fond of caffene free organic teas
          I just feel and perform better when I eat mainly Primal
          I am quite fond of kettlebell exercises
          Its hard to say what my favorite Primal food is but quite frankly I'm not a big meat eater but I do like seafood and enjoy a lot of raw foods
          Best part of being Primal is staying lean, healthy, and being able to perform at a high level
          worst part is going out to eat


          • I'm not in Portland, but I get what I think is a good price(at least compaired to local health food stores)at I also get hemp protein from them.


            • Your location: Utah, about 35 minutes north of Salt Lake City. No, I'm not Mormon. Neither is my partner. He's originally from California. I'm originally from New York. It's a long story.

              Age (If you want): 36

              How Primal are you: 87.956% primal. Have the eating down well, need to work on the moving more part of things.

              Do you consume dairy: Some, yes.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea, constantly. Probably about half a gallon a day.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: After about a year of reading on and off, it just made too much sense to not give it a whirl. About 8 weeks later, there's no looking back.

              Favorite exercise: Strength training

              Favorite Primal food: Meat. More meat. I make a pretty killer shrimp fra diavolo.

              Best part about being Primal: The energy. The lack of heartburn. The knowledge that after years of trying, we're finally doing something worthwhile for ourselves.

              Worst part about being Primal: Explaining to co-workers why, at the pot lucks, I do not want to try their jello salad, cupcakes, cookies, and other pre-packaged everything goods. It's become easier to blame food allergies. I also have a bad habit of wanting to smack crappy food out of people's hands when I see them partaking.


              • Your location: Belgium

                Age (If you want): 33

                How Primal are you: I've been primal for about a week now ..

                Do you consume dairy: I try to avoid it , but it depends on the situation

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Both , I try to limit the coffee to 2 cups a day. I do tea on afternoons and evenings. Coffee in the morning

                Motivator for switching to Primal: I exercise and exercise and the body fat % just doesn't go much lower. I came across Mark's Daily Apple and something clicked. I immediately went Primal and am thoroughly enjoying it.

                Favorite exercise: Sprinting !

                Favorite Primal food: This will sound weird , but I love olive oil. I know a guy who makes his own olive oil in Tuscany,Italy and I just ordered 20 liters
                I would drink it if that wouldn't be weird

                Best part about being Primal: That feeling that you ate too much , that you should open your belt buckle a few notches ... it's gone completely. Also the fact that you know you are eating clean. Also , I eat when I'm hungry. And of course the energy. Today , I feel like I'm unstoppable. After about 4 days after going primal I crashed and burned. I had zero energy , my muscles hurt like I was having the flu. Now that all seems to have faded.

                Worst part about being Primal: The fact that out here I seem to be the only one who seems to be "enlightened". My girlfriend thinks I will die of heart disease by eating all those bacon omelets. The CW force is strong in that one. She already wants me to go to the doctor to check out my blood.
                I guess there's only one way to show her and that is being super healthy and in shape ..


                • Hi all! I've been lurking & absorbing for a while.... figured it was time to take the plunge and join the forum

                  Mark's book (Primal Blueprint) is in the mail, too. Very excited!

                  Location: Australia

                  Age: 23

                  How Primal are you: 75%, increasing

                  Do you consume dairy: less & less... butter & cream make an appearance.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: tea usually... mostly organic green, red chai masala etc. coffee on occasion.

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Wellbeing, longevity, appearance, tapping potential

                  Favorite exercise: tennis actually... great workout. otherwise sprints & martial arts.

                  Favorite Primal food: any quality slab of meat, cooked to perfection

                  Best part about being Primal: the satisfaction that comes from actually feeling the results of hard work & dedication

                  Worst part about being Primal: 'modern diet' cravings

                  I look forward to learning a lot here, and contributing as much as I can. While I'm at it, my thanks to Mark for creating this of a kind.


                  • Your location: Scotland

                    Age (If you want): 38

                    How Primal are you: I've been primal for about 6 months. Food - completely, exercise - getting there, mentally - grrrr.... (that was my caveman noise)

                    Do you consume dairy: No, me and dairy are not friends any more

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, but not much and often decaf

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Serious gut-related health problems related to coeliac disease.

                    Favorite exercise: Pull ups.

                    Favorite Primal food: Pulled pork belly.

                    Best part about being Primal: Energy. Energy, energy, energy. I can almost feel the fatty acids flowing in and out of my cells. Well, not really, but I imagine I can Plus the ability to miss a meal with no side effects if I can't get primal gluten free food.

                    Worst part about being Primal: I've been a 'food freak' for 15 years, so that doesn't bother me much. Other than that... the effort required not to rant about it at every opportunity?
                    My primal journal
                    You might find these handy: Free gluten free restaurant cards in 50+ languages
                    In Praise of the Primal Lifestyle


                    • Howdy everyone! I've posted on here before, a month or two ago about my VFbram 5 fingers shoes. But I don't think I've formally introduced myself.

                      Your location: Texas

                      Age (If you want): 35 and working on getting younger!

                      How Primal are you: Just beginning, pretty much all or nothing

                      Do you consume dairy: sometimes

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, both, but unsweet, with nothing added.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: health, need to lose a few pounds, and my husband has serious allergies and asthma which I want him to not have any more. I've started getting allergies just within the past few years and I hate it. Hopefully this will help both of us.

                      Favorite exercise: riding my mountain bike.

                      Favorite Primal food: Probably salmon but I do love steak.

                      Best part about being Primal: The way I feel. I already feel "lighter" even though I haven't fully been Primal for a week yet, but just doing away with the grains and carbs/sugar already makes me feel less bloated and heavy.

                      Worst part about being Primal: I'm on a tight budget, so eating the best meats is a challenge right now, as I can't afford the organic meats yet.
                      Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.


                      • Hey All,
                        Just registered, great site with good info. Dropped about 12 lbs so far getting ready for high country elk hunt.


                        • Your location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

                          Age (If you want):24

                          How Primal are you: If I had to put a percentage on it I would say 85% (Damn dairy and coffee)

                          Do you consume dairy: Yes (Damn dairy). I love cheese, yogurt and of course cream in my coffee. I would really like to cut back though.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Both (80% of the time coffee, only decaf though. Gave up the caf in August 2009) Gotta love Cafe Verona and Chamomile Tea... separately, mind you!

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: At the time, I was 325 pounds (gained everything back from a calorie counting scheme and a bloated ego). I needed a real answer. I started up for a solid 4 months in Jan 2009, dropped to 260lbs and then gained it all back due to rationalizing everything and having a very leanient 80/20 rule that turned into 50/50 or worse some days (i.e. Christmas Season). I want to be an athlete, like the one that CrossFit describes (having the ability to do any activity that falls out if the hopper). I want to be strong and look the part. Ultimately, I would love to be able to be Superman for Halloween and not use the foam muscles under the tights :S.

                          Favorite exercise: As in activity, Hockey! As in motion or routine, I enjoy doing a push/pull routine in the form of a tabata workout.

                          Favorite Primal food: Steak, spaghetti squash, home made tomato sauce and grill zucchini/asparagus! Primal pizza would be a close second though.

                          Best part about being Primal: Independence and individuality that breeds curiosity at work or with friends and family.

                          Worst part about being Primal: Feeling like people do not care about my nutritional needs. If some one is vegetarian, someone will go out and by tofu burgers for the meal. Because I am primal, people think I am a picky eater and tell me to find something to eat.

                          Ask me anything if you would like to know more!


                          • Your location: Washington, DC

                            Age (If you want): 43

                            How Primal are you: 85%

                            Do you consume dairy: no

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: yes!

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: gradual movement to healthier/natural diet

                            Favorite exercise: deadlifts, squats, pull-ups, hill sprints (hard to pick!)

                            Favorite Primal food: meat, of course

                            Best part about being Primal: what's not to like?

                            Worst part about being Primal: no more Manhattan's (bourbon is made from grains)


                            • Your location: Seattle, WA

                              Age (If you want): 22

                              How Primal are you: ~60% Just started a few days ago and still reading being shocked at how much grain and grain-based products there are in everything!

                              Do you consume dairy: No

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee: no; Tea: only when I'm sick

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Increased energy, general health without the need for an expensive gym membership or strict eating plan/schedule. Also, one more reason to justify my current barefoot running!

                              Favorite exercise: Burpees (w/ star-jumps)

                              Favorite Primal food: Bacon and (scrambled) eggs

                              Best part about being Primal: More overall energy and no more carb-coasters!

                              Worst part about being Primal: No more RICE and BREAD. =( Being Filipino, I was raised eating rice and/or bread everyday of my life since I can remember. Kicking the habit is hard! But I feel like I'm slowly losing the rice and bread cravings.


                              • Hi, I am so happy to find this forum!

                                Here is some information about me:

                                Your location: Georgia

                                Age (If you want): 41 years young

                                How Primal are you: I would say about 90% and only because I still have yogurt and cottage cheese :-)

                                Do you consume dairy: greek yogurt once a day or alternate with cottage cheese

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea/ no coffee

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Better health. I want to avoid getting sick and have a long healthy life.

                                Favorite exercise: I must confess I like cronic cardio....(BB Insanity and P90X graduate)

                                Favorite Primal food: NUTS

                                Best part about being Primal: One word: ENERGY Oh my goodness, I noticed a change immediately!

                                Worst part about being Primal: Nothing wrong with it, but getting other members of the family to eat primal has been a bit hard.