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  • Location: Texas

    Age: 50, female

    How Primal are you: by happenstance, already quite a bit. Eat organic; local grown/raised produce and meats; grow some veggies myself; exercise by playing (tennis, racquetball, goofing off in the pool), and include weight lifting and sprinting in short bursts; run “barefoot” (Vibram five-fingers… omg love ‘em!). The major changes I have made since reading PB have been cutting grains/breads out of my diet and eliminating all PUFA and high-fructose corn syrup from my pantry (which required some label-reading).

    Do you consume Dairy: Yes. Organic yogurt (3-4 times a week) and organic cheeses (occasionally, in small quantities). I also cook with butter occasionally when the cooking conditions call for that (I go through about one stick of butter a month).

    Do you drink coffee or tea: No. Back when I was menstruating I drank organic raspberry tea to combat cramps and other PMS symptoms. No longer need that.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: none, really. It wasn’t that big of a switch. I guess just in the interest of continuous improvement. Plus the fact that I’m growing older, so I need to increase the amount of vigilance I use to guard my health. I really like being able to jump on my bike and ride a lovely mountain trail; or climb into my kayak and paddle myself to quiet solitude; or take on my kids in a weekend game of Frisbee golf or tennis or backyard basketball; I don’t want to give up the fun stuff. Well, that, and the fact that Obamacare has strongly motivated me to do everything I can to stay out of the “healthcare system” of our country.

    Favorite exercise: do I only get to pick one?

    Favorite Primal food: wild-caught Pacific salmon.

    Best part about being Primal: quitting grains/breads has reduced my appetite, eliminated that puffy/bloated feeling, and has evened out my blood sugar/insulin.

    Worst part about being Primal: I haven’t done this yet, but I suppose at some point I’ll need to give up alcohol, and I really like to drink on social occasions.


    • Location: WA state

      Age: 52, female

      How Primal are you: Pretty primal; been following this WOE for over a year.

      Do you consume Dairy: No; i do not consider butter "dairy"

      Do you drink coffee or tea: No.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: killing the constant hunger I dealt with daily when following a high protein, low fat diet

      Favorite exercise: eesh. "exercise" was a long time ago. it used to be deadlifts. But i'm too old to do those now...

      Favorite Primal food: chicken

      Best part about being Primal: not being hungry

      Worst part about being Primal: having to "un-think" what has been ingrained in to me all my life and to totally shop and prepare food in the totally opposite way...



      • Your location: Southern California

        Age (If you want): 53

        How Primal are you: About ninety percent. I’m the only one in my family fully embracing the blueprint, and still transitioning. I’m also the family cook. My husband and sons are grudgingly adapting.

        Do you consume dairy: Organic, raw cottage cheese a couple of times a week, and an occasional dollop of half-n-half in my tea.

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Caffeine gives me debilitating migraines (auras, blind spots, vomiting, etc.,) so I never drink coffee or black teas, and I’m very careful with green tea. I mostly drink tisanes (half a lemon, a cinnamon stick and a slice of fresh ginger submerged in boiling water), but on occasion, green tea with that dollop of half-n-half.

        Motivator for switching to Primal: My health has declined and my weight risen while conscientiously eating the low-fat approved diet, they weren’t my initial motivators for searching out primal/paleo nutrition.

        It was the puppy.

        Recently, we brought home an Alaskan Malamute puppy, and our breeder had a list of supplements to begin feeding her at twelve weeks, including fresh mackerel. While sourcing a supply, I tripped over references to ‘biologically appropriate diets’. Needless to say, we now feed her raw meat, bones and offal (she’s exceedingly healthy), and I became curious about the biologically appropriate nutrition model for humans. I’ve now read Cordain’s work (The Paleo Diet), Gedgaudas’ book (Primal Body – Primal Mind), and was astonished by how much sense it made to eat like our nearest and dearest evolutionary ancestors. Not to mention the enormous, significant references and studies which support this style of living and eating. It was while reading Gedgaudas’ book I discovered Mark’s Daily Apple and his Primal Blueprint. The blueprint makes eating primally ‘do-able’ in a modern world.

        Favorite exercise: Planks (OMG the abs!); hiking with the puppy

        Favorite Primal food: Eggs for breakfast.

        Best part about being Primal: The way I feel.

        Worst part about being Primal: The unlearning of years’ long habits.


        • Your location: Vancouver, BC Canada

          Age (If you want): 47 Male

          How Primal are you: bout' a 6 out of 10

          Do you consume dairy: Yes - not milk, little cheese but do have cottage cheese quite often

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee 3 cups a day and green tea

          Motivator for switching to Primal: mainly feeling more energy and strength to do much more outdoor play (which I love) and take it to next level more often; lose excess fat; and look like Mark in his photos at age 55 - that is inspiring and my goal.

          Favorite exercise: Hiking, skiing and getting more into weightlifting

          Favorite Primal food: I love pretty well all meat, seafood and veggies - I have a lot to learn though from the Primal Cookbook (on its way for Christmas!) and resources here

          Best part about being Primal: I expect it well be that fabulous feeling of energy and zest it will bring to all areas of life

          Worst part about being Primal: still to be determined - I'm expecting it will be hearing and dealing with family & others that say I'm too obsessed etc when I turn down the pastas, deserts etc

          Additional comment: another purpose to this is to show my kids and others a healthy living lifestyle vs preaching it - that they see me in action looking, feeling and playing at optimum.

          My goal is to learn as much as I can over next couple weeks on the forum & books (arriving soon) leading into making Primal a habit for 2011 and rest of life. Woohoo!!

          Cheers, Dave


          • Your location: New Zealand

            Age (If you want): 40

            How Primal are you: 90% +

            Do you consume dairy: Butter, Yogurt

            Do you drink coffee or tea: No Coffee, green tee sometimes

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Never had an issue with weight so mainly for health and energy

            Favorite exercise: Anything with the KB, swimming

            Favorite Primal food: Eggs, steak, salmon, tuna

            Best part about being Primal: No bloated feeling

            Worst part about being Primal: I've always had a sweet tooth and especially for anything chocolate so not eating chocolate would be the worst thing. I do the occasional dark chocolate.


            • Location : Boston ma


              how primal : been full this last week (started a week ago )

              dairy : so far no

              coffee or tea : neither but id probably drink tea

              motivation : heart pulpitations and feeling under the weather almost always

              fav exercise : pullups

              fav primal food : eggs

              best of primal : the energy

              worst of primal : my girlfriend likes to eat sweets (she's not primal. yet...)
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              • Your location: San Francisco Bay Area

                Age (If you want): 39 in a few weeks

                How Primal are you: 99.9% I sneak a cookie from the kids about once a week

                Do you consume dairy: No.

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Decaf coffee with chocolate protein powder and coconut milk.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

                Favorite exercise: bench press, sprints

                Favorite Primal food: steak, eggs and bacon

                Best part about being Primal: It's effortless and I feel the best I have ever felt, I match the weight on my drivers license!& All the clothes I had in the attic from about the time I got married all fit again!

                Worst part about being Primal: Evryone thinking I'm crazy.


                • Introduction

                  Your location: Atlanta, Georgia
                  I am a mother of three girls ages 10,8 and 8. Yes Twins

                  Age (If you want):34

                  How Primal are you: I am attempting and would like to be more strict elimating dairy from my diet. It has been easy with the grains, I am suprised that I do not miss them anymore. I have only been doing this for 3 weeks and I feel great!!!

                  Do you consume dairy:Yes, Whole milk (for coffee only), plain yogurt,butter, I have eliminated cheese.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, one cup of coffee a day, love green or white tea plain

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight, feel better, more energy

                  Favorite exercise: Love to lift weights, bike ride

                  Favorite Primal food: Grass-fed Steaks Yummy, and Coconut

                  Best part about being Primal: Don't have to count calories, and increased energy

                  Worst part about being Primal: People not understanding, sometimes it is difficult to find something to eat when you are out. Would be interesting to know what other people do to help maintain themselves when out(ie. Travel, work, ect.)


                  • Meagan E. 5'7", former pescetarian (vegetarian + fish) of ten years.

                    Your location: Chicago, IL

                    Age (If you want): 27

                    How Primal are you: Right now trying to be very strict with the diet aspects. The only part of the health aspects I haven't fully gotten into yet are lots of low intensity cardio (probably only get about 2 hours a week max) and sprinting. Both because it's FREAKING COLD and ICY here in Chicago and I can't get to a treadmill right this second. But I plan to.

                    Do you consume dairy: I would say I have a small amount of good quality, local cheeses every 1 - 2 weeks (charcuterie & cheese plate!! MM!!), plus butter. Dairy tends to make me break out... but less so since I started eating meat again.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea:
                    Yes, both, but not addictively as I used to. 1 - 2 cups max, every few days.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal:
                    I have always been lucky in that I never seem to weigh over 165 - 170, but I have always had trouble breaking through the barrier of 145 - 150lbs (which is where I am now, after about 9 months of exercising but still eating a mostly SAD diet.)

                    Favorite exercise:
                    I am an intermediate level pole dancer, it's pulled me out of my fitness rut and I ADORE it and am addicted to it. So everything else I do (walking, weight lifting, etc) is in service of that.

                    Favorite Primal food:
                    After ten years without it... I am kind of in love with (grass fed organic local humanely raised) beef and bison. GAH, it's the best. I really want to try venison, elk, goat...

                    Best part about being Primal:
                    I had pretty good success feeling healthy and slimming some while eating Natalia Rose's Raw Food Diet - which actually has a fair amount of overlap with Primal recipe wise - but I couldn't stick to it because I was starving. I would see fast food commercials and just DROOL. So far (2 weeks) with Primal I feel very satisfied most of the time.

                    Worst part about being Primal:
                    My parents ridiculed me for years about being vegetarian -- it always pissed me off because they eat CRAP - Pringles and rice and noodles and bread and sweets and the WORST cuts of factory farmed meat you have ever seen in your life (I realize now that their meat selection was what made me want to be a vegetarian in the first place) -- so I haven't outed myself as eating meat again, because I really don't think they would get the concept of "grass fed" or "organic." Normally not a huge issue because we live 6 hours away, but, UGH, the holidays...


                    • Your location:
                      Berlin, Germany

                      Age (If you want):

                      How Primal are you:
                      More than 80%.

                      Do you consume dairy:
                      Yoghurt and Kefir but very moderately. Butter, cheese.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea:
                      Tea, Coffee only occasionally.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal:
                      I'm generally interested in the most healthy way of living my life, especially because I'm doing lots of sports (Boxing, BJJ).

                      Favorite exercise:
                      Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sparring.

                      Favorite Primal food:
                      I love fresh salmon.

                      Best part about being Primal:
                      Sustained energy.

                      Worst part about being Primal:
                      People who look at me as if I'm nuts when I tell them I don't eat carbohydrates. But I can deal with that


                      • Your location: lynchburg, VA

                        Age (If you want): 30

                        How Primal are you: just starting out and doing my research. i'd say, more of a low carber at this point...

                        Do you consume dairy: horizon half and half in my morning cuppa. weaning off of yogurt and cheese. i like coconut milk and unsweetened almond milk.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: heck yeah!

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: always looking for optimal nutrition. i thought i had it down pat until i got rx'd as a full on diabetic in November 2010.

                        Favorite exercise: i miss mma. right now i am enjoying kettlebells.

                        Favorite Primal food: fresh eggs. grass fed beef, yeah baby i like raw....

                        Best part about being Primal: i get to eat meat and veggies. i like those things a lot. the prospect of not counting calories is nice, although, i suppose i probably will knowing my luck. hah.

                        Worst part about being Primal: it's going to be hard to adjust to social gatherings with friends and family. they are carb heavy vegetarians or people that eat like shit and stay thin since they ride their bikes 40+ miles a day or just people that eat like shit and don't care of themselves.


                        • Hi all,

                          I will officially be starting a 3 month long (but for me, permanent) paleo challenge at my gym on January 8th. I'm excited to get my life back on track. I went from being a pro athlete to now 30 lbs. overweight. I've been pretty miserable lately and am excited about this. I am eating mostly paleo/primal meals but won't realistically commit to the change until after the holiday.


                          • Your location: NC, USA

                            Age (If you want): 43

                            How Primal are you: Just finishing up the book now. Will be lowering carbs considerably and wondering why I jumped into this right before Christmas!

                            Do you consume dairy: Lactose intolerant, though I do love me some occasional cheese.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both, will drop caffeine when my "primal energy" burst kicks in

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight-loss, energy increase, healthier lifestyle.

                            Favorite exercise: Ice hockey, weight lifting, running

                            Favorite Primal food: Eggs, meat

                            Best part about being Primal: I raise my own free-range chickens and eggs! Now to get a cow and a freezer...!

                            Worst part about being Primal: Wait, no beer?!


                            • Your location St. Louis

                              Age : 26 (for now)

                              How Primal are you: 80%, some days better than others

                              Do you consume dairy: Almost never, but I just bought a tub o' cottage cheese from TJ's

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Both

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Energy, improved body composition

                              Favorite exercise: Walking on me hands (is that Primal?)

                              Favorite Primal food: Eggs blended w/spinach & scrambled

                              Best part about being Primal: "boundless energy" and never getting sick

                              Worst part about being Primal: knowing what I know and constantly having to hold my tongue


                              • Your location: Sydney Australia

                                Age (If you want): 38

                                How Primal are you: Started about 6 months ago & I'm about 75 - 80 %

                                Do you consume dairy: Yes, Jersey milk Butter & Jersey milk yoghurt - but only a couple of times a week.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: No, I have never touched the stuff. But I've heard good things about Green Tea, so am toying with the idea of trying that.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: It was a month challenge someone gave me & it sort of grew from there.

                                Favorite exercise: swimming, cycling, running, triathlons, yoga, walking, martial arts, bodyweight training, dancing

                                Favorite Primal food: I've just switch to grass fed, horomone free meat. Loving it

                                Best part about being Primal: I got a waist - didn't realise I had wheat belly before I went Primal.

                                Worst part about being Primal: Eating out & craving milk