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    Hi all, Thought I would introduce myself.

    Your location: Upstate New York.

    Age (If you want): 35

    How Primal are you: Trying to follow fairly completely in eating. Moving toward more primal in excercise. Eliminated all grains and legumes. Still haven't found a good source of grass-fed beef that is economical in this area. Buying Organic foods locally when I can.

    Do you consume dairy: minimal, a cup a week, a little cheese occasionally.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Really have a goal to change my life this year. Started at 408lbs (6'2") and the heaviest of my life. Down 50 lb since Feb. Always liked low carb concept, but finally found a sustainable way and an explanation and philosophy that makes sense to me.

    Favorite exercise: Following Body by Science now, also took up running this year. Like sprints.

    Favorite Primal food: Meat of any kind

    Best part about being Primal: The stable mood and energy level, not being hungry. I have always been hungry on any diet or eating regime, always. Carbohydrate cravings always. I have felt more free and for the first time have started to think about skipping a meal and it not bother me. I never understood someone that said "I could eat or not", now I do.

    Worst part about being Primal: I miss Mexican food, eating out, and trying to explain to my friends.


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      Hi Everyone,

      I am brand-spanking new to this but here it goes:

      Your location: Northern NJ, USA

      Age (If you want): 44 (for a little while longer anyway)

      How Primal are you: Transitioning and learning from the Blog (can't wait for my book to arrive--soon I hope, I ordered it about 1 week ago)

      Do you consume dairy: Yes. Milk, cheese and yogurt (do I really have to ditch them? I like milk)

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both. Hot and cold varieties and alot of them. (Do they get ditched to?)

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Well that's an on-going story. In May 2006 I quit smoking. I weighed 200 lbs. Afraid to gain anymore weight I watched what I ate and lost 9 lbs by Oct. In Oct I joined WW and over the next 2 years lost 55 lbs more and reached my goal in Oct 2008. I learned portion control, healthy eating choices etc etc. They really helped educate me. I was also experimenting with various workout routines and finally hit on Crossfit in Nov 2008. Crossfit has changed my life and it was through my trainer that I got turned on to Mark and this blog. As I said, I only just started about 1 week ago but already I have burned through most of the Archives and have begun to realize that CW did me in. Although I am comfortable with my new weight I'm not happy with the way it looks on me or the way I feel achcy much of the time. I chalked it up to being over 40 but I really wanted to bring myself to the next level. With the PB I think I can achieve that level.

      Favorite exercise: Deadlifts and wall-balls.

      Favorite Primal food: Salad. I eat salads everyday as or with a meal. Crisp bright veggies make me happy.

      Best part about being Primal: haven't gotten far enough into it yet to know but for right now the excitment of going to that next level of wellness is pretty cool.

      Worst part about being Primal: again, too new to know but I am a little scared. I've fought many demons (not just physical ones) to get to my weight. It's going to take quit a bit of mental retraining to eat full fat anything and not worry about getting heavy again. I haven't been as heavy as some who post here but I've seen my worst and don't want to go backwards in the name of trying to be healthy. Oh, and the limited fruit thing isn't going to be easy for me either. I'm a 6-8 portion per day kind of gal.

      Sorry for the really long answers to the questions. I am actuall hoping for some feedback to some of it, as I said I'm new. I look forward to learning and living more Primal. Thanks Mark and all those out there who are already living the Grok life!


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        The Questions:

        Your location: Cheshire, England

        Age (If you want): 40

        How Primal are you: I'll guess at 75%

        Do you consume dairy: Cheese + splash of milk in coffee

        Do you drink coffee or tea: 2 cups per day

        Motivator for switching to Primal: Being diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 30 my body started going downhill. August 2008 my 40th year, I made a pledge to myself to reclaim my body and get a six pack !! I've lost 45lbs my bf is approx 13%. Primal seemed the next logical step in my devlopment. As with BigBeck i started doing the MANS CKD diet but the carb ups were just killing me, so i've dropped them to become more primal. And hopefully coming closer to our human roots may improve my PD.

        Favorite exercise: Press ups with my 7 year old on my back !!!

        Favorite Primal food: Ham joint !!

        Best part about being Primal: I'll tell when got started properly !!

        Worst part about being Primal: As with most people, social is a killer, the dreaded finger buffet, 1 sausage roll is too many, a million is not enough !!!


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          Your location: Tokyo, previously London

          Age (If you want): 27

          How Primal are you: 65%

          Do you consume dairy: yes

          Do you drink coffee or tea: not regularly

          Motivator for switching to Primal: fitness

          Favorite exercise: martial arts

          Favorite Primal food: sashimi

          Best part about being Primal: feels great

          Worst part about being Primal: rice everywhere!


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            Your location: Spokane, Wa

            Age (If you want): 29

            How Primal are you: 75%

            Do you consume dairy: Some

            Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Better overall health

            Favorite exercise: Lifting heavy things

            Favorite Primal food: Salmon

            Best part about being Primal: The food!

            Worst part about being Primal: Friends and family who don't understand


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              Your location: Manchester, NH

              Age (If you want): 33

              How Primal are you: 80-90% Just getting the nutrition dialed in, was already lower carb and fitness was already a part of daily life

              Do you consume dairy: Only Yogurt and Kefir (lactose intolerant)

              Do you drink coffee or tea: No

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Family history of Heart Disease, have low total cholesterol to include below normal HDL and to work on lean mass gains

              Favorite exercise: Bodyweight exercise, especially on my elite rings

              Favorite Primal food: Bacon

              Best part about being Primal: Not tied to some regimented plan, hey I even learned to eat eggs

              Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain it to others


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                Hey I'm glad I saw this thread! Hi everyone

                Your location: Cincinnati, OH

                Age (If you want): 24

                How Primal are you: 95% for the past 11 days (no cheats so far)

                Do you consume dairy: a bit of greek yogurt and raw milk cheese, may give that up though

                Do you drink coffee or tea: coffe sometimes (black), green tea 2-3 cups per day

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Was eating very healthily (according to CW) for nearly a year and a half before hand, doing lots of varied and intense exercise (5-6 days per week) including running, lost at least 30 pounds over 2 years. While training for a half-marathon I actually gained about 9 pounds, maybe even 11...I was so upset! I couldn't believe with all the extra running, all while maintaining my supposed calorie maintenance level, I gained that much weight. Started the cycle of chronic cardio and chronic hunger, and decided there had to be a better way for me to lose those extra pounds and maintain my weight without being in the gym for 60-90 minutes a day. Enter Mark's Daily Apple...and I can't believe how much better I feel already.

                Favorite exercises: Sprinting/Walking/Hiking (can't wait to get my Vibram Five Fingers on Friday!!!)

                Favorite Primal food: Oh geeze...either chicken with the skin on (amazing!) or farmer's eggs (fried, runny, scrambled, hard boiled, soft boiled...doesn't matter!)

                Best part about being Primal: I'm not hungry! I was ALWAYS starving before, no matter how much I'd eaten. This balance of protein and fat keeps me so satiated.

                Worst part about being Primal: Hmm...probably feeling slightly weird around others with regard to food. Haven't been in too many social situations while eating this way yet, so I haven't had any practice with having to explain why I don't want the pasta/breadsticks/pizza/etc. We'll see how that goes later I guess

                You are what you eat,
                and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan


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                  Your location: Northern New Jersey

                  Age (If you want): 26

                  How Primal are you: Mostly

                  Do you consume dairy: Yes

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, two cups/day

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Overcome cravings & improve overall health

                  Favorite exercise: Heavy lifting and hiking

                  Favorite Primal food: Whole eggs, salmon, almonds, fresh produce

                  Best part about being Primal: Peace of mind

                  Worst part about being Primal: So far, so good!


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                    Your location: Fayetteville NC

                    Age (If you want): 28

                    How Primal are you: I'm pretty new at it, so I think 80/20 fits for me.

                    Do you consume dairy: I stopped dairy in May and have noticed a marked decrease in sinus problems. If I do have dairy, it's whole fat milk in my tea or a piece of extra sharp cheddar or bleu cheese.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: I stopped drinking coffee in May also, now drink green, black & red tea.

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: My Crossfit trainer! I've been doing Weight Watchers for 1.5 years and got stuck. I asked him for some advice & he told me all about PB/Paleo, I was sceptical at first but now am embracing it!

                    Favorite exercise: CROSSFIT!

                    Favorite Primal food: BACON

                    Best part about being Primal: Being able to eat real food and not carry 4-5 tupperware dishes with me to work. Oh and BACON!

                    Worst part about being Primal: The closest good health food stores are 1.5 hours away.

                    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
                    ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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                      Hi. . .I've been checking out this site/forum for a few weeks now--read Paleo, then got here, then got the book.

                      The questions:

                      Your location: Southern California

                      Age (If you want): 57

                      How Primal are you: Well, it's just been a few weeks, and I'm going for as Primal as I can. I haven't had any grains or sugar (unless a bit came into a purchased sauce). I have had 1 beer or about 4 oz. of wine a few days a week.

                      Do you consume dairy: Not at the moment--I'm considering getting some raw, pastured butter for my veggies.

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Right now, I'm drinking low-acid half-caf coffee (1 mug in the morning), plus green tea, plus herbals. Considering dumping the coffee.

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and weight loss. I haven't had any huge issues with health yet, but my older brother and mother died in their 60's of cancer (both from smoking, but I figure it's just that the cancer got them there because that was their weak spot.) Weight loss--I'm figuring about 30 lbs, but won't know till I get there.

                      Favorite exercise: Hiking, walking, dancing

                      Favorite Primal food: Coconut oil. And bacon. And coconut oil.

                      Best part about being Primal: It feels so natural--I haven't had any huge carb cravings (and trust me, I could eat a whole bag of chips before).

                      Worst part about being Primal: Well, I haven't encountered any social problems yet, but I'm anticipating. Since I live in SoCal, most folks are used to someone doing new and different things; what I'm anticipating is that my being so "clean and healthy" will tap into their guilt, and that's where the pressure will come from to join them (if that makes sense. . .)


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                        Real name: Ellen

                        Your location: Northern Vermont

                        Age (If you want): 26

                        How Primal are you: probably about 75-80%. I do okay on diet, but I could use more sleep and I hate most structured exercise. I love to play though.

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes, fruit and greek yogurt most mornings, cream or sour cream in sauces, and cheese. I love cheese.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Peppermint tea in the winter, sun tea in the summer, coffee once a week as a treat (because I love it light and sweet--can't have that too often).

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: My doctor was going to medicate my borderline high blood pressure, and I asked if I could have six months to get my weight down first. I lost 10 pounds the first month the CW way (low-fat, calorie counting) but it was MISERABLE, and then found MDA and switched and lost the next 15 without much effort or any hunger. And my bp at the doctor's office, six months later, was 98/60. (And my weight is slowly but steadily creeping down with little to no effort, wooo!)

                        Favorite exercise: Running around with my niece and nephews, playing basketball with my husband (even though I suck), dancing with my friends. Pushups are kind of okay, and I'm trying to get a pullup or two, just so I can say that I can.

                        Favorite Primal food: ALL OF THEM. Wild salmon, bacon, eggs, lovely dark greens, avocados, rare grass-fed steak, free-range chicken, berries...yum.

                        Best part about being Primal: Everything tastes better now that I've recalibrated my sweet tooth not to expect HFCS with every bite. I feel better, I look better, I have more energy. I feel healthy.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Well, my husband isn't open to the idea of going primal (he's opposed to vegetables), so that makes planning meals a little tricky, but I can usually make something for him and also have a salad on the table, so we can still eat together. Also, our boss likes to "treat" us to lunch sometimes--heavy on pizza and pasta--and I feel wicked ungrateful when I just sit there not eating. But not enough to eat any of it.


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                          Your location: Japan

                          Age: 45

                          How Primal are you: Doing the best I can without being able to read Japanese food labels beyond the protein, fat, carbs, sodium info.

                          Do you consume dairy: Yes. Not a whole lot: cottage cheese, a little milk or cream in my coffee/tea, small serving of plain yogurt a couple times a week. Never seemed to have a problem with dairy, but will see what happens as I reduce intake.

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both. Two cups of not-too-strong coffee in the AM, tea (usually green) in the afternoon.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and body composition. I don't have health problems but suffer from a perpetual case of "skinny fat", despite (or rather because of) chronic cardio. After finding MDA last year, I realized that I already had been defaulting to a primal eating style when I would exercise and lean out in summertime (no starches, lots of fresh veggies and fruits, animal proteins, avocados and nuts). I never was much of a grain/starch eater, so those were always the first (and easiest) to cut off the menu. However, sampling all of the new and different carb/candy treats around here, and nibbling holiday sweets come winter, were always my downfall. Last summer I worked off the usual winter flab, but at 120 lbs, I was still carrying way too much body fat. After putting on a few pounds over this past winter (after greatly improving my exercise habits), I knew the problem was my diet.

                          Favorite exercise: I run 5K 3x/week, working in sprints as much as possible. I am also incorporating the dumbells and body weight exercises every day around the house. The steady-state running may not be exactly primal, but what a fantastic change from an hour on a treadmill (mostly walking on a steep incline) 6-7x week and being constantly hungry and overtrained. No wonder I could only last a few months before getting burned out and quitting exercise in winter (and aiming straight for sweets).

                          Favorite Primal food: nuts, avocados, coconut

                          Best part about being Primal: finally realizing why I have had the problem (for decades!) of being either on or off with diet and exercise, and finally knowing what to do about it. Now that I have made the conscious choice to eliminate refined sugars and all junk carbs and grains, along with processed foods and artificial sweeteners, I am looking forward saying goodbye to skinny fat. And I feel great, too.

                          Worst part about being Primal: There's a downside? I don't have to deal with too many social functions, and when I do I can usually find veggies/salads. Knowing what junk carbs do to me, I don't even want the stuff, so there's no temptation.

                          Thanks for reading, and thanks to Mark for this wonderful forum.


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                            Welcome, Hello Kitty and everyone else. As for the wonderful forum, it's the thoughtful, helpful and intelligent people that make this forum wonderful. It's literally nothing without all of you.

                            Grok on!


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                              Thank you for the warm welcome, Mark. Your articles about insulin, grains, and chronic cardio made the lights go on for me, but it wasn't until I experienced last winter's fat gain that I saw first hand what those carbs were doing to me. It was like carefully constructing a house, only to invite a carbohydrate wrecking ball to do its thing. No more!

                              On the subject of grok on:

                              A few weeks ago I wanted to order your PB book (with priority shipping), only to discover that the order form doesn't recognize military addresses ("state" = AP, AE, etc.). I was afraid that using Amazon with an outside seller would default to parcel post (which takes so long I never know if something is lost in the mail).

                              In any case, I am very excited about going primal and I thank you for connecting all of the dots!


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                                Hi all! I'm late to the game but I'll add my answers!

                                Your location: Southern California

                                Age (If you want): old! hehe 30s

                                How Primal are you: 80%, I eat dairy, dark chocolate and alcohol - usually wine

                                Do you consume dairy: yes: cream in coffee/tea, cheese, sometimes plain yogurt

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: both, but I think espresso gives me insulin spike so try not to drink that

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: get fit and lose flab, be healthy and happy

                                Favorite exercise: walking, sprints, bodyweight exercises and playing!

                                Favorite Primal food: hmmmm, dunno I like it all

                                Best part about being Primal: no problem skipping meals and it's fun to be a wild beast!

                                Worst part about being Primal: no grains/beans. I do love grains/beans but they don't love me.