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  • Hi everyone. ILove this website! Full of so much information & great ideas being shared not only by Mark, but literally everyone on here. This is what technology should aspire to.
    I have just switched to the Paleo diet since about 2 weeks ago and have been reading tons of the archived info/posts each night. I fell upon MDA while reading up on movement therapies & functional stregnth due to having aching muscles and imbalances for years. I've always been super active, surfing, team sports, lifting etc but also loved gorging myself on pasta, pizza, and bread. My only problem with weight has been trying to gain too much of it when I was in my late teens & early 20's because I hated being a bean pole Man I wish I could go back and slap my ignorant self upside the head and take the creatine & grape juice out of my hand!
    Anyway, look forward to reading more and contributing in anyway I can.

    Your location:
    Apopka(Orlando) FLA
    Age (If you want):38

    How Primal are you: 2 weeks in

    Do you consume dairy: Minimal(organic yogurt/organic whole milk occasionally)

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Red Bush/Green/Chamomile/ other non caffinated varieties

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Healthier lifestyle, chronic inflammation, anxiety/depression issues

    Favorite exercise: swimming/hiking in woods/pilates

    Favorite Primal food: grassfed beef

    Best part about being Primal: Doing right by yourself and your environment.

    Worst part about being Primal: Cooking 3 seperate meals each day until I can get my wife and kids totally hooked


    • Your location: Pennsylvania (Central PA)

      Age (If you want):42

      How Primal are you: strive for 100%

      Do you consume dairy: No, I think I have developed lactose intolerance: am experimenting with goat and sheep cheese

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes: black

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, tired of being tired

      Favorite exercise: Powerlifitng and Soccer

      Favorite Primal food: I Love all food

      Best part about being Primal: the health effects

      Worst part about being Primal: societal pressures

      I have recently started going Primal. I have dabbled with "Paleo" diets, but have never stuck with it for any length of time. My health concerns are at the point of no return and on the verge of diabetes so this is it. I am extremely active in Powerlfiting, coaching soccer (local and high school girls), teach Autistic students, gardening, avid reader, and spend a ton of time with my wife and two daughters. I want to be around for a long time so I am making a change for the better and there is no turning back.


      • Your location: jericho, vermont

        Age: 23

        How Primal are you: primal enough!
        no, wait, yeah. i recently cut out grains completely. it's all fruits, veggies, and meat for me.

        Do you consume dairy: VERY sparingly.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: it's the only vice i've held on to. every now and then i'll drink wine or hard cider (maybe monthly...)

        Motivator for switching to Primal: i've been interested in nutrition for a long time now - ever since giving up dairy when i began brazilian jiu jitsu and realizing how much impact diet can make on how i felt. then i went through a two-and-a-half year stint of veganism before realizing that it was factory farming, not meat in general, i disagreed with. i've been trying to find the ideal diet for my goals ever since and all the research i've read about from trainers points to a low carb/high protein diet with plenty of veggies and fruits. science constantly points toward a primal life.

        Favorite exercise: i'm a big fan of my kettlebell right now. i also love hitting things with a sledgehammer.

        Favorite Primal food: nothing beats a rack of ribs.

        Best part about being Primal: eating mountains of food.

        Worst part about being Primal: the options at a chinese food place.


        • New to this

          Hi, I am a 51 year old female, new to primal but not clean eating. Was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago. Since then I have been following clean eating. Recently i found the primal lifestyle book and have been almost 100 percent primal. I have far more energy, weigh 108 pounds, and have much more muscle definition. I love having a relaxed attitude with exercise now, knowing that i can maintain my build with far less exercise.


          • Your location: Sandy Springs, GA (right outside ATL)

            Age: 26

            How Primal are you: soooo primal.....for real though I'm pretty hardcore with it cause it's awesome

            Do you consume dairy: very little...some cheese as a treat, greek yogurt for my probiotics, and whey protien to get swole

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea in the is a treat if i'm mad groggy

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Always been a healthy eater and spent most of my high school and college years trying to bulk (hardgainer). I progressed from a lot of food, to a lot of healthy food but with brown rice and mucho grains. I got sick of stuffing myself till i was bloated and started trying to eat more comfortable. Then I learned that organic food wasn't just a bullsh*t fad. Then I watched Food Inc.. Then I started researching. Then I found MDA. Then I researched some more for all made so much sense and I felt as though my body had been leading me towards these "primal rules" all my life so I tried it. Haven't looked back and won't look back!

            Favorite exercise: Deadlifts or pullups hmmmm

            Favorite Primal food: Bacon, Ribs, Buffalo Steak, mmmmm just any meat really.....kale chips and cauliflower mashed taters are moving up fast though

            Best part about being Primal: no meal/calorie/macronutrient counting, boundless energy, quick as lightning now

            Worst part about being Primal: Trying to cut back drinking, and I had a wicked sweet tooth before


            • Hi, great idea Timconradinc

              I live in Ontario, Canada (any Canadians out there?)
              I'm 27
              I'd say I'm 60-75% Primal and I've been at it for three weeks. I eat a lot of eggs, meat, veg, dairy, and occasionally grain (I.e cereal if I'm running late). I've done really well at cutting out sugar and processed foods which is awesome considering I was a chochoholic and carb addict.

              Tea, once a week with cream and sugar

              My motivation was improved mental health as I have suffered from severe depression & anxiety for a few years. When I was still depressed on meds my best friend suggested cutting out grains and sugar. The difference has been AMAZING!!

              I haven't been exercising much yet as my job as a pet groomer is labour intensive and I do heavy lifting at my p/t pet store job as well. For now, walking our dogs in the forest

              Fav thing about Primal- I've lost weight in 2 weeks without even trying

              Worst thing... Getting sick as my body adjusts and gets rid of all the built up crap and toxins


              • Hi Graham
                I'm just wondering where you found the book to download? I'd love to read it on my iPhone.


                • well.
                  I hope we could all enjoy..

                  thank you for that post...


                  • Your location: Coastal New England

                    Age (If you want): 54

                    How Primal are you: Pretty primal (no grains or legumes, some dairy)

                    Do you consume dairy: Yes: some cheeses, real yogurt, pasture butter, cream from a local farm

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, teas mostly; occasional fair trade decaf coffee

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: Had been doing whole foods Atkins and wanted to clean up my diet even more. I'm also tired of wading through endless posts on Atkins/LC boards about SF sweeteners, frankenfoods and how to make LC junk food. I didn't really fit in with my whole foods approach to Atkins even though that is what Dr. A wrote we should strive for. I've also been getting into the locavore thing and PB works really well with that.

                    Favorite exercise: Yard work, home improvements/maintenance and I play around with my Wii fitness games sometimes for fun.

                    Favorite Primal food: Bison, freshly-caught fish

                    Best part about being Primal: Feeling good about the foods I put in my body

                    Worst part about being Primal: Trying to find local foods in the winter.


                    • Your location: Missouri

                      Age (If you want): 45

                      How Primal are you: New to this, so about 80/20

                      Do you consume dairy: Sparingly. Working on getting this down more!

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, but mostly coffee. I've cut waay down, though!

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Just makes sense after much research.

                      Favorite exercise: Weight lifting (dumbbells) and newest: sprinting!

                      Favorite Primal food: Vegetables or Turkey?

                      Best part about being Primal: Not sure yet...

                      Worst part about being Primal: I love sweets and carbs, but I am finding that I can live without them!
                      Starting Weight/BMI: 184/29.7
                      Current Weight/BMI: 130 /21.0
                      Ultimate Goal: 125/18


                      • Your location: UK.

                        Age (If you want): 22

                        How Primal are you: I'm relaxed enough to take a shower now and then.

                        Do you consume dairy: No.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Black coffee.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, longevity, body composition, strength, fitness.

                        Favorite exercise: barbell squat.

                        Favorite Primal food: Steak.

                        Best part about being Primal: The energy levels.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Lack of pancakes, cost of food.


                        • hello everyone so happy i have found this site

                          The Questions:

                          Your location: lancashire england

                          Age (If you want): 32

                          How Primal are you: i started doing my own sort of diet 3 months ago low carb and good food and have lost a stone and have just found this site and book and feels like i have some help me now so thank you

                          Do you consume dairy: yes but about a 1/4 of my old amount

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: sick of the sugar rollercoster and the felling of being hungry i have never beleved in the usual low cal diets as i allways feel bad when i cant stick to it

                          Favorite exercise: dance on the wii fit and aqua fit

                          Favorite Primal food: beef

                          Best part about being Primal: feeling in control and understanding my body and what it needs

                          Worst part about being Primal: people trying to tempt you with naughty bad foods but im very strong and will resist


                          • Your location:Iowa

                            Age (If you want):33

                            How Primal are you: 95% when not traveling, 80% when traveling

                            Do you consume dairy:yes- aged cheeses, greek yogurt, butter

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: tea

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: I had cancer 3 years ago- gained lots of weight and am tired of feeling like I'm 83 when I'm 33.

                            Favorite exercise: fast moving circuits using mostly just body weight-- 30 minutes, tops.

                            Favorite Primal food: avocado

                            Best part about being Primal: 1. feeling soooo much better 2. losing weight 3. new found love of GOOD meat (used to be vegan)

                            Worst part about being Primal: Difficulty in staying primal when traveling for work, especially if there isn't a fridge in my room to make my own breakfast and lunch. Also hate when someone says "How's your diet going?" or "My mom is really into South Beach, too"....


                            • Your location: Brisbane Australia

                              Age (If you want): 45

                              How Primal are you: First steps but trying very hard to limit grains etc

                              Do you consume dairy: Yes but trying to cut it out in all forms

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Mainly tea

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Improve health, lose weight and move like I used to

                              Favorite exercise: Kettlebells and old school stuff

                              Favorite Primal food: Steak

                              Best part about being Primal: You know it makes sense

                              Worst part about being Primal: Trying to convince my wife and kids to change and go Primal so that we don't have two lots of meals being cooked


                              • Your location: Reading, U.K.

                                Age (If you want): 48

                                How Primal are you: 1 week in - going great

                                Do you consume dairy: Milk in coffee and in primal smoothies

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Can't give up the Java but trying to cut down from 6 cups a day

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: T H E B E L L Y...

                                Favorite exercise: BF running

                                Favorite Primal food: Too many to list

                                Best part about being Primal: The flexibility and adaptability of the system

                                Worst part about being Primal: Planning ahead for days out and trips