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    I'm here because I realize there's something wrong with my diet and I need to try everything I can to find a way to get healthy. Primal makes sense, but there's always a flicker of doubt in the back of my mind. I am not a 'scienc-ey' person. I am a language major and I do well with reading, writing, grammar...things like that. To be completely honest, numbers scare me. Science itself actually fascinates me, when I can understand it, but there are times when I am completely lost.

    So what I'm trying to say is my experience with SAD and CW is really what led me here and is what's making me give it my all towards this primal lifestyle. I figure something must be out of whack. Beyond that, to be completely honest, whole grains don't appeal to me. Obviously white bread does, but I think it appeals to most people. I realized I was spending mornings forcing down sludgy, unsweetened oatmeal, just telling myself how healthy it was for me. I was eating bland cereal, trying to get my healthy fiber. After a morning like that I was definitely salivating over the hot pockets in the vending machine, or the french fries in the cafeteria and then I would try to satisfy myself with a gross sandwich on whole grain bread, hoping the cravings would go away! Today I had two strips of bacon, cooked in butter, and three eggs, also cooked in butter. It was so amazing, I was only craving lunch later because I knew it was roast beef with carrots and celery in broth(made with olive oil). I feel so satisfied right now, you couldn't pay me to eat a hot pocket. In fact, for the first time in a long time I don't have the after lunch drowsiness.

    Even if grains are not 'that bad' for you, I don't really want them. They are calorie dense and provide nothing for me. Sugar is a little different for me. I completely believe it to be unhealthy. I think maybe a small amount, here and there(not daily) probably won't kill you but I think the amount we consume in the SAD is just...well, sad.(Sorry, that was lame.)

    I just want to know what convinced all of you? I'm not here to argue points or anything, I'm just curious. I think it's natural for people to question new things. When you guys started out did you have reservations? Did the science appeal to you or was it a gut feeling? Did someone you know have great success eating primal?

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    Initially it was just another weight loss tool for me, something new to try.
    But once I realised how much better I felt I wanted to continue.

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    • #3
      For me, it was the evolutionary aspect of things. I had actually started researching the healthiest way to feed my dog, and the concept of feeding biologically appropriate food kept resurfacing. It made total sense - why should we feed dogs corn, when they're digestive systems have adapted to a diet that consists of meat?

      Reading about the benefits that owners were seeing feeding this type of diet (cleaner teeth, healthier coat, better joints), I decided to google "what did humans evolve to eat?" And I wound up here. And thought it was ridiculous! "Nope, that's dumb. Why should I deprive myself of my favorite Italian meals?"

      But something stuck with me. Something is wrong with people these days. Why are so many people depressed? Why are so many people ill? These types of maladies should have been weeded out by evolution. If a caveman was too depressed to get out of bed, he would not have survived long enough to reproduce, and that trait would have died with him. When humans essentially stopped evolving when we switched from hunter-gatherers to farmers. The pressure to survive was relieved. Our bodies are still programmed to eat like we were when evolution still had a say.

      So, a whole year later, I came back to MDA. And read the same articles that I had a year before. Except this time, I was too sick and tired of struggling through life. I decided to give it a try. If it didn't work, at least the nagging thoughts about it would go away.

      Finally, the straw that broke the camel's back was my grandma's death. She was in her mid 90's when she died, and her last few years were hard on everyone. I decided that I didn't want to have a slow decline like she did. I want to do the best I can for myself.

      Phew! Okay, that was kind of long, but hopefully a language major won't mind too much.

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      • #4
        I just want to know what convinced all of you? I'm not here to argue points or anything, I'm just curious. I think it's natural for people to question new things. When you guys started out did you have reservations? Did the science appeal to you or was it a gut feeling? Did someone you know have great success eating primal?
        It was a combination of all these things.

        I knew low-carb worked in practice (a cousin had lost major weight on Atkins, and I'd done it myself with more modest results).

        I read the books by Taubes, Eades, Atkins, Phinney & Volek etc and found them logically persuasive.

        At a gut level, it didn't make sense to me that an evolved natural instinct (hunger) should lead so many people so profoundly astray weight- and health-wise unless something was interfering with it: something too new to have been accounted for in our evolution. (The "food is overabundant" and "we're just lazier now" explanations always felt like cop-outs to me.) It didn't make sense to me that red meat and saturated fat and cholesterol should be so demonized when our bodies are made of the stuff and prefer saturated fat as the main mode of energy storage. And it sure as hell didn't make sense to me that I should be 39 and over 340lbs, sitting on the cusp of all sorts of serious health problems and unable to tie my shoes without getting winded, simply because I followed my own instincts regarding food.

        And of course, as soon as I changed that one critical something--the type of food I ate--and saw the weight melt off, lab numbers improve, health problems vanish, and energy and mood swing into a steady positive zone--well, there's nothing like dramatic personal "n=1" results to confirm you in your choice!
        6' 2" | Age: 42 | SW: 341 | CW: 198 | GW: 180?

        “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
        ― Søren Kierkegaard

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        • #5
          Wow, Sarahelyse, I found Primal about a year ago too and had similar thoughts! It was like, "WHAT WILL I EAT?"

          Now I am so glad to be rid of the grains. I could eat a huge pile of brown rice noodles and still be munching after dinner and right now I couldn't imagine eating anything else.

          However, I haven't put myself in a calorie deficit, that I know of, yet. I have been eating when I'm hungry, but it hasn't been too much as far as I know. I would guess I'm at about 1,800 calories. That's close to what I need to lose weight, but I haven't eaten dinner yet. I imagine I'll have eaten close to 2,300 calories once I've had dinner, but I'm not really focusing on losing weight right now.

          I just want to see how I feel after cutting out all grains and sugar. I hope it will eventually give me the energy to stay at a calorie deficit and see some weight loss, but this new lifestyle is really about tweaking my eating habits so they work for me and not against me.

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          • #6
            I tried all the yo-yo diets out there and had tons of blood testing done for my hypothyroid symptoms and one day I just broke down then got pissed at myself for letting my body end up fat and not functioning the way it should. I was told to try a paleo diet to rule out food allergies and I found a link to this site from someones signature and I've never looked back. I like PB because its so different and I'm a little bit of a rebel.

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            • #7
              I stumbled across PB when I was trying to look for a way to control my allergies. I was breastfeeding so couldn't take antihistamines like I normally would but was sick of constantly having a dripping nose.

              It took time but it worked and I barely ever have hay fever now.

              I lost a bit of weight too so that was pretty awesome.

              I keep going because I feel good, my allergies are under control and for the first time in my life I'm not anaemic! Plus the little one I used to breastfeed, turns out she's gluten intolerant so we'd be a GF house regardless.
              Became Primal August 2011

              SW - 84kg / 185lb
              CW - 60kg / 132lb
              GW - 60kg / 132lb

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              • #8
                Originally posted by the_walrus0 View Post
                I'm here because I realize there's something wrong with my diet and I need to try everything I can to find a way to get healthy. Primal makes sense, but there's always a flicker of doubt in the back of my mind. I am not a 'scienc-ey' person. I am a language major and I do well with reading, writing, grammar...things like that. To be completely honest, numbers scare me. Science itself actually fascinates me, when I can understand it, but there are times when I am completely lost.

                So what I'm trying to say is my experience with SAD and CW is really what led me here and is what's making me give it my all towards this primal lifestyle. I figure something must be out of whack. Beyond that, to be completely honest, whole grains don't appeal to me. Obviously white bread does, but I think it appeals to most people. I realized I was spending mornings forcing down sludgy, unsweetened oatmeal, just telling myself how healthy it was for me. I was eating bland cereal, trying to get my healthy fiber. After a morning like that I was definitely salivating over the hot pockets in the vending machine, or the french fries in the cafeteria and then I would try to satisfy myself with a gross sandwich on whole grain bread, hoping the cravings would go away! Today I had two strips of bacon, cooked in butter, and three eggs, also cooked in butter. It was so amazing, I was only craving lunch later because I knew it was roast beef with carrots and celery in broth(made with olive oil). I feel so satisfied right now, you couldn't pay me to eat a hot pocket. In fact, for the first time in a long time I don't have the after lunch drowsiness.

                Even if grains are not 'that bad' for you, I don't really want them. They are calorie dense and provide nothing for me. Sugar is a little different for me. I completely believe it to be unhealthy. I think maybe a small amount, here and there(not daily) probably won't kill you but I think the amount we consume in the SAD is just...well, sad.(Sorry, that was lame.)

                I just want to know what convinced all of you? I'm not here to argue points or anything, I'm just curious. I think it's natural for people to question new things. When you guys started out did you have reservations? Did the science appeal to you or was it a gut feeling? Did someone you know have great success eating primal?
                my sentiments exactly.
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                F, 48, 5'10"
                Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ErinF View Post
                  I tried all the yo-yo diets out there and had tons of blood testing done for my hypothyroid symptoms and one day I just broke down then got pissed at myself for letting my body end up fat and not functioning the way it should. I was told to try a paleo diet to rule out food allergies and I found a link to this site from someones signature and I've never looked back. I like PB because its so different and I'm a little bit of a rebel.
                  a true paleo bad assssss!
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                  F, 48, 5'10"
                  Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                  Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                  Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                  • #10
                    For me it was restricting calories, exercising 5-6 days a week for months and not being able to lose any weight. i knew something was wrong but couldnt figure out what it was. I've known I was allergic to wheat for about 12 years but I was so addicted to it I refused to give it up. Then a friend of mine went primal and sent me here and then it clicked. I remembered when i first found out I was allergic to wheat and gave it up for a few months and I was the thinnest I've ever been in my adult life.
                    F 45 5'5"
                    SW 177
                    CW 141

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                    • #11
                      For me it was IBS getting slowly worse and also slowly accumulating more and more associated problems.

                      It seems to me that after reaching the age of 67 (Social Security retirement age) doctors prescribe to hide or cover the symptoms rather that to find the cause of the problem. And that's not refering to just me. During the last year I've found that most of our friends have digestive problems, some pretty serious. Yet none of us talk about it, and few talk to their doctor about it until their problems are fairly serious. I'm really surprised at how many >67's do have such problems. Yet when I was a child my grandparents and their friends had no such problems (I would have known).

                      Mine were compounded with my norweigen genes. My body pumps out cholesterol at astronomical levels. Niacin alone can control the cholesterol that I eat, but has no effect on what my body produces. So when I read PB I began to make a lot of connections in my mind (most of these may be wrong). And PB gave me something I could do myself to try to cure my problems.

                      My friends are interested in my efforts but don't believe they will succeed, they're waiting, as I am, for the results.
                      Last edited by Cryptocode; 02-23-2013, 10:08 PM.
                      "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                      • #12
                        When my husband got on the freight scale at work and it read 201lbs he started researching the 'caveman diet' more seriously. All we'd done is chuckle over it before even if there was anecdotal evidence that it worked. After a couple days reading we decided to go for it. Mostly because we'd been doing everything they said we should - we exercised a lot, ate very low-fat and did a lot of calorie-restricting over the years. Well I got fat, he got heavy. Didn't someone (possibly Einstein) say that the definition of insanity was to do the same thing over and over and over and over and expect different results. That hit home. Why didn't I lose weight if I added more exercise or eliminated something from my food intake? It didn't make sense, so we switched because what did we have to lose?

                        A lot as it turns out. 20lb for him and so far about 30 for me.

                        Plus we both feel so much better that we'll never go back to grains, sugar or processed food.
                        5' 9" 47 YO F
                        PB start June 2, 2012
                        Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                        Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                        • #13
                          Someone asked this once before, so I've copied/pasted my answer below:

                          So, I'm walkin' along, minding my own life, falling in love with my new city of choice, when all of a sudden the pink slime debacle hits the proverbial fan.

                          Pink slime? "Nah," I think, "it's just a bunch of organofreaks making noise." I google. No it's true. I'VE BEEN EATING PINK FUCKING SLIME. Sorry for yelling, but it really pissed me off. I mean really, does everything have to turn to shit? My beloved burger? How f***ing dare they! I used the F bomb quite a bit when I first found out.

                          Well, you know Google. One link leads to another. So after about 48 hours of drinking vodka, researching the meat industry, learning about CAFOs, and making myself look at debeaked chickens, I put my head down on the table and drunkenly sobbed, "I'm going vegan...."

                          I ate a bunch of rice, beans, and tofu over the next few days, and even tried nutritional yeast as a cheese substitute (tastes like ass). I slept a lot and farted a lot. "Hmmm," I thought, because, though I might not be the brightest bulb on the tree, I do occasionally glimmer a bit, "I don't think sleeping and farting is a very good way to live one's life."

                          Besides, I really wanted a hamburger.

                          So, I got the idea to google, "negative effects of tofu." (Bring on another bottle of vodka, this is going to be bad.) Somehow, during all of that, I also found out about BPAs. So, let's get this straight:

                          -Meat has gone from nutritious to shit.
                          -Produce has about 40% fewer nutrients than when our grandparents were alive.
                          -Tofu gives you man boobs.
                          -There’s pus in the milk supply because bgh makes the cows produce more milk and their udders get infected.
                          -The linings of cans are linked to a whole bunch of crap, but there are no definitive studies.

                          From there I found Paleo and Primal,* which taught me about grains and legumes. Who'd a thunk that farting from beans was a prelude to an early death?

                          So, I guess I should thank the makers of pink slime and that guy who freaked everyone out by showing how the stuff was made. Because if the food producers hadn't been such a bunch of greedy MFers, selling us meat that isn't meat, and tuna dipped in soy, corn in just about everything, pus in the milk supply, I'd have just kept bopping along hangin' in my new city without a care in the world.

                          *And I went to Whole Foods and bought four pounds of grass fed ground beef.
                          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                          B*tch-lite

                          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                          • #14
                            I was a vegan. Reached my highest weight, and was suffering the worst fibro symptoms yet.

                            If it isn't working, change it.

                            In May 2012 we went primal. I haven't lost any additional weight (I lost some pre-primal), but I feel a whole lot better.

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                            • #15
                              Lost 20 lbs on a low fat diet then I stopped losing. Next I tried the Mediterranean diet lost another 20 lbs but got stuck again. At this point I was very frustrated I was hungry all the time I had insomnia, migraines, and digestion issues and had spent two years of my life eating only 1200 calories a day. So then i read Robb's book then Mark's and decided to give it a try. Ive lost another 12lbs and I feel great. I can eat when I am hungry and fall asleep when I want to. I am a happy girl.

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