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  • #76

    Location: Charleston, SC

    Age (If you want): 38

    How Primal are you: Brand new - but have Mark's book!

    Do you consume dairy: not since I got the book.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: neither

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I like the thought of eating cleanly, not simply "low-fat". I also like the idea of eating "the way God intended" if you know what I mean.

    Favorite exercise: Deadlift w/ barbell. But, as I said, I'm still new to the Primal lifestyle. I'm sure my favorite exercise will change...

    Favorite Primal food: Tuna. Damn near raw. Steak being a close second. Cooked the same.

    Best part about being Primal: In my first week I've dropped 7 pounds -- probably by drinking 100+ oz of water daily and dropping the carbs. And beer. And definitely from dropping the 1/2 gallon of milk I'd often drink in a day.

    Worst part about being Primal: Definitely dropping the beer. And the Diet Cokes. But know that this will do my body (and mind) a boatload of good...


    • #77

      Location: Saint Peter, MN (current). Oakland, CA (as of Sept 1st 2009)

      Age (If you want): 23

      How Primal are you: about 95%, depends on how much money I have each month - good meat is expensive!

      Do you consume dairy: yes, full fat, plain yogurt and a little cheese. I doubt I will ever stop eating yogurt, it does wonders for me... I feel as though this is a much more "primal" way to get good bacteria than popping expensive pro-biotic pills every day.

      Do you drink coffee or tea: i go through phases with tea, but only the green variety and love a properly brewed, hand rolled green sencha with a sprig of mint... mmmhmmm.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: this is an interesting story, a 3-fold motivation. I have struggled with topical yeast infections for about 4 years now, and in February 2009, I got completely fed up with it all. Doctors kept prescribing this and that cream or pill and nothing seemed to work. So, as I should have done in the first place, I went online for answers and discovered the murky universe of "candida" and the millions of candida cleanse diets that health bloggers and internet docs promote. I tried one of these cleanses (basically you dont eat anything with carbs (not even fruit!) while popping an incredible list of anti-fungal supplements every day) for a month, religiously. By the end of those 30 days, the visible signs of the yeast infection had not diminished at all. BUT, I had lost 10 lbs (completely unnecessary, but interesting), felt more mentally aware than I could remember, and was building lean muscle like crazy having picked up yoga and biking during that time to keep my mind off of sugar. Another thing I noticed is that my blood sugar stopped freaking out. I had been a vegetarian (self-induced, I was a weird child) since I was 9 years old, struggling in the last four years with extreme mood swings, headaches, tiredness, etc... due to a reliance on carbohydrates (yay college!) and simple sugars to get me through the day. After a month (albeit still vegetarian, with lots of fish/eggs) of this candida cleanse, I was starting to notice how cutting carbs out of the picture afffected my hypoglycemia tendancies. The mental boost of this high-fat, high-protein diet was just as intoxicating for me as the physical, and like everything I get excited about, I set about learning everything I could about why I was feeling so good. This lead me on a random google search to The Daily Apple and, well, the rest is history....

      Favorite exercise: 1. yoga. 2. a monkey circuit around the neighborhood park. I have taken to after-work, usually dusk/dark workouts on the jungle gym there and LOVE it. I have developed some serious callouses and can whip my body around, gorilla-style, like nobody's business!

      Favorite Primal food: hm, well as a first time meat-eater, Id have to say BACON! I almost passed out when I ate this for the first time - so good. Also, I eat a ton of avocados and am partial to cajun spiced chicken legs.

      Best part about being Primal: feeling great about what I eat, how I look, and how I live.

      Worst part about being Primal: the big explanation - aka the social aspect. It is really hard for people to listen to me explain this lifestyle without their eyes glazing over and the inevitable responses - "That's just Atkins with a different name." "You dont need to lose weight!" or the best, "Oh right, you got this off the internet?" Just have to remind myself that it doesnt matter if they care about this or not. Ill talk about being primal till your ear falls off, but in the end, its my life!!


      • #78

        Your location: Texas

        Age (If you want): 27

        How Primal are you: Just starting to get there...I've been 100% for a week now (with exception of red wine tonight!)

        Do you consume dairy: Yes, although I am striving to cut down...mostly from full fat, natural cheese and greek yogurt...the yogurt is staying though!

        Do you drink coffee or tea: I have about 2 cups of coffee with splenda per day

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Overall better health and easier weight management...starting to notice how bad 'healthy' carbs like whole grains make me feel, and how hungry I am after eating them!

        Favorite exercise: Any outdoor sport

        Favorite Primal food: Avocados

        Best part about being Primal: So far, the ease of nutrition choices

        Worst part about being Primal: No pizza


        • #79

          Your location:Kirkland, Wa

          Age (If you want):32

          How Primal are you:@80%

          Do you consume dairy:non-fat in my recovery drink

          Do you drink coffee or tea:both

          Motivator for switching to Primal:Wanted to develop a healthy lifestyle

          Favorite exercise:Anything P90X or P90X+

          Favorite Primal food:Avocados

          Best part about being Primal:It's helping me get my 6pack abs

          Worst part about being Primal: I'll let you know when I find one


          • #80

            Location: Northwest South Carolina

            Age: 49

            How Primal 90%

            Dairy?: yes whole non homogenized organic milk in morning smothie

            Coffee/tea: several cups of coffee per day

            Motivation: Long term solution to maintain ideal body weight and healthier attitude

            Favorite exercise: Trail Hill Repeats

            Favorite P Food: Bacon and Eggs

            Best Part: Lost 20 pounds 217 to 197, waist from 37" to 33" in 7 weeks (I'm 6'2" and don't want to go much below 195) body fat probably at or around 10%

            Worst Part: No Pizza


            • #81

              Wow, lots of Gen X'ers here! :-)

              Here's my info, since I've already posted a few things in the forums.

              The Questions:

              Your location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (its cleaner than regular Mexico)

              Age (If you want): decidedly mid-30s

              How Primal are you: 60-80%

              Do you consume dairy: yogurt, half & half

              Do you drink coffee or tea: YES

              Motivator for switching to Primal: get leaner (yeah, its superficial but I am an athlete and that's my lame excuse)

              Favorite exercise: long distance running, hot yoga

              Favorite Primal food: huge salad with rare steak

              Best part about being Primal: it feels natural

              Worst part about being Primal: ice cream is so damn tasty, and no sushi rice

              OTHER: I'm still a current ("future recovering?") chronic cardio nut. My food weakness beyond ice cream and sushi (rice), believe it or not, is protein bars. I freakin' love the things. I'm a freelance writer by night and a software product manager by day.


              • #82

                Your location: Northern NJ, northern CA in a few years.

                Age (If you want):55

                How Primal are you: Mostly, 80% to 90%


                Do you consume dairy: No.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: No, but I love green tea and might start again.

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

                Favorite exercise: Singlespeed mountain biking, kettlebells, hiking and running in the woods in Vibram Five Fingers. Playing ukulele..... brain and finger exercise.

                Favorite Primal food: Wild caught salmon, eggs, nuts, various fruits and vegetables like avocados, blueberries, pomegranates, broccoli, spinach.

                Best part about being Primal: Health effects

                Worst part about being Primal: Nothing.


                • #83

                  Your location: Carine in Western Australia (G'day from WA!)

                  Age (If you want): 35

                  How Primal are you: 95%

                  Do you consume dairy: dash of full cream milk in coffee and yoghurt twice a week for the good bacteria.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee and green/herbal teas

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: grains donít agree with me (candidia)

                  Favorite exercise: deadlift

                  Favorite Primal food: steak

                  Best part about being Primal: being able to eat lots of meat and vegetables and not feel bloated due to grains and having glowing skin due to not having any processed foods/drugs in my system.

                  Worst part about being Primal: having to explain to people why I donít eat carbs and that I do not have an eating disorder. Its funny there are a lot of people out there who donít eat vegetables/fruit but I bet they donít get the third degree about not eating them, something to think about people!


                  • #84

                    Your location: south australia

                    Age (If you want): 47

                    How Primal are you:80%

                    Do you consume dairy:yes organic free range local unhomogenised, milk, cheese yoghurt

                    Do you drink coffee or tea:tea

                    Motivator for switching to Primal:health

                    Favorite exercise:walking/gardening/housework

                    Favorite Primal food: meat/vegetables

                    Best part about being Primal:meat

                    Worst part about being Primal:?


                    • #85

                      Your location: Michigan

                      Age (If you want): 41

                      How Primal are you: 80% 20% rule

                      Do you consume dairy: No-

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee 2 cups

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Did Atkins for 8 years, this makes more sense.

                      Favorite exercise: running/walking

                      Favorite Primal food: eggs, steak solid REAL food!!!

                      Best part about being Primal: feeling in control and eating clean clean clean

                      Worst part about being Primal: dining out and the awkward times when people try to tell you that your crazy for not eating grains or sugary non primal foods AND they are overweight and unhealthy. They don't get it and don't want to try, sad;(


                      • #86

                        I've been Primal now for almost two weeks. I have to say, I thought I would have a harder time with it. Especially giving up sugar. I was a huge sugar addict.

                        Your location: Laurel, MD

                        Age (If you want): 38

                        How Primal are you: Cut all grains and all sugar. Still have some non-primal items like Linguica.

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes. Cream for my coffee and I love cheese.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: I can't give up my coffee. I completely stopped caffeine a few years ago, but I couldn't stand being a "quitter".

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I don't want to be one of the broken down old men that can only recall the good old days.

                        Favorite exercise: Put something heavy on my back and let me walk/run.

                        Favorite Primal food: Meat, followed in a close second by meat.

                        Best part about being Primal: Feel great. I don't have the "normal" slump after my lunch. Plus, my wife thinks I look good.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Listening to people telling my how I'm not eating right.


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                        • #87

                          Your location: NY

                          Age (If you want): 49

                          How Primal are you: Just starting

                          Do you consume dairy: a little Half/Half in coffee

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes both, on cup coffee, and herbal tea

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, I've been reading about Paleo for years.

                          Favorite exercise:Hiking

                          Favorite Primal food:Seafood

                          Best part about being Primal: Feel really good when I'm being strict

                          Worst part about being Primal: None


                          • #88

                            Your location: St Louis, MO

                            Age (If you want): 28

                            How Primal are you: about 65 to 70%, working towards higher

                            Do you consume dairy: only in moments of weakness, usually stick with goat cheese

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: if I drink either one at all, it is unsweetened green tea

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: I stumbled upon the daily apple originally, then got to reading... that was really all it took for me to give it a week trial run... and I haven't turned back.

                            Favorite exercise: I would have to say walking. Other things are fun and all, but this allows some nice solitude for de-stressing on a nice trail (or for company if I'm in the mood)

                            Favorite Primal food: Kabobs, hands down nothing quite like cooking meat and veggies over a fire

                            Best part about being Primal: The energy, weight loss, size loss, just 'feeling' better, the foods, my sense of taste becoming stronger... pretty much everything.

                            Worst part about being Primal: the lack of convenient "on the fly" food sources in our society.... that and having to spend 30 minutes explaining the whole thing and re-establish the faith in my sanity (WHAT?! NO BREAD!!!?) to everyone that says "WOW! you lost a lot of weight, how did you do it?"

                            Anyone interested in getting together locally (or even semi-locally), I'm game for it! It would be nice to be around some like minded people for once.


                            • #89

                              I like seeing where people come from in the world who are also primal

                              Your location:Mediterranean France

                              Age (If you want): 45

                              How Primal are you:around 80-90%

                              Do you consume dairy:yes raw milk, kefir and homemade yogurt

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:coffee and herbal teas

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: health and leaness but seemed like the natural next step in my wholeness journey

                              Favorite exercise: hiking and squatting (just got my squat up to 3 x 100kg at a weight of 57kg)

                              Favorite Primal food:eggs

                              Best part about being Primal: I look and feel better than most of my friends ten years younger than me also it has converted me from being an excessive runner

                              Worst part about being Primal: I do miss bread and pasta but the hardest thing is not having anyone around that understands this choice.


                              • #90

                                Your location: New England, USA

                                Age (If you want): 44

                                How Primal are you: Not sure, low %

                                Do you consume dairy: aged cheese

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Natural Lifestyle

                                Favorite exercise: Ice Hockey!

                                Favorite Primal food: Butter

                                Best part about being Primal: Butter

                                Worst part about being Primal: no tortilla chips

                                I go by grandma, because that is where I am in my de-evolution. I'm trying to take my lifestyle back a couple generations. I'm not hunter/gatherer I am the product of an agricultural society. For the most part I buy food raised by others, I'm trying to make sure those foods are healthy and natural. I grow a bit of my own food and I am considering raising some animals of my own. I think once I do that I will go by great-grandma. Will I ever get to grok? I don't know, we'll see.

                                I am actually not a grandmother nor a woman, as an icon I think grandma lived better than grandpa. grandpa was subject to much more stress of the modern world and died younger as a result, also grandpa got terrible advice from the DRs of the day and his life was shortened for it. So grandma it is.

                                It's grandma, but you can call me sir.