Your location: Colorado
Age(ain't ashamed!): 49
How Primal are you: 70% & counting...
Do you consume dairy: some un-homogenized milk, kefir, a little cheese occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea: both (I liked the earlier comment "it's a seed, so Back Off!")
Motivator for switching to Primal: Needed a "makeover"
Favorite exercise: Playing in the snow! I love to tele, snowboard, xcntry ski, snowball fight...
Favorite Primal food: hmmmm, roasted Brussel sprouts? yup, definately
Best part about being Primal: feeling Grrrrrreat!
Worst part about being Primal: ugh, you know, the social BS. & living with a Korg.
I got interested in paleo when I heard some (vegetarian) friends of mine were headed that way. They have a CrossFit place & were having a Paleo Challenge. I thought I would investigate further. Not yet willing to give up my own vegetarian ways, I was searching the net for more info & recipes. Then I stumbled upon MDA. I was mesmerized...
Your location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: 90% ( going on 14 months on the Paleo diet, with wine being my biggest vice, plus I eat dried fruit and chocolate during long hiking treks )
Do you consume dairy: Nope
Do you drink coffee or tea: Herbal Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I used to be a semi-vegetarian with a passion for bread and running, UNTIL I was diagnosed with PCOS and the doctor wanted to put me on metformin for insulin resistance. I didn't want to medicate my unhealthy lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: Hiking, Yoga, Skiing
Favorite Primal food: Buffalo Steak, Oysters
Best part about being Primal: Better digestion, better sleep, better skin, less hunger cravings
Worst part about being Primal: It's unsustainable, environmentally. With 6.8 billion people on Earth, if everyone ate meat and organic veggies instead of grains, there'd be widespread starvation. So I feel guilty in that regard.
Your location: Northern New Mexico
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: Let's call it "evolving towards". My passion for food means I eat as primal as I can when it's "just" a regular meal, but I won't pass up a particularly fine temptation. I'm willing to accept somewhat slower progress in exchange for the joys of omnivory.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. My ancestral gene pool were most definitely pastoralists and I seem to do well on it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Cold. Dead. Hands.
Motivator for switching to Primal: A healthy lifestyle that's actually sustainable. Following evolutionary logic rather than jumping to the tune of the latest study appeals.
Favorite exercise: I'm a crossfitter. Out of that varied pattern, I find max effort lifting the most satisfying.
Favorite Primal food: Game meat. All the better if I had a hand in hunting it. Elk is my favorite.
Best part about being Primal: Tasty fat loss and lots of energy without also lots of injury.
Worst part about being Primal: No baking. God I love fresh bread.
Age (If you want): 39
How Primal are you: I eat over 90% primal except the occasional day where beer is involved.
Do you consume dairy: Almost none (very occasional swiss cheese)
Do you drink coffee or tea: No, but occasional diet soda...have stopped several times and can't stay away.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Overall health and strength.
Favorite exercise: Rowing, running (too much by Primal definition), anything intense that makes me want to puke.
Favorite Primal food: Eggs and coconut butter.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling like a superhero physically.
Worst part about being Primal: Everybody else thinking I'm nuts;) Wait, is that the worst or the best??
Your location: Tennessee
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: Not at all Yet
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Sometimes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Quality of life
Favorite exercise: Deadlifts
Favorite Primal food: Grass fed beef
Best part about being Primal: Simplicity
Worst part about being Primal: The general public :-)
I stumbled across intermittent fasting in January of last year and had a very successful go round with it. It just feels natural to me as does a low carb diet. My body feels so much better eating paleo. I've been lurking around here for a while and thought I would go ahead and make a post or two. I look forward to joining in on some of the topics around here.
Your location: Boston, MA
Age (If you want): 20
How Primal are you: 100% on good days....
Do you consume dairy: Used to drink gallons of milk a week, now just cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both
Motivator for switching to Primal: It's a lifestyle that is based on logic and not bad science.
Favorite exercise: Mountain biking or skiing
Favorite Primal food: Beef or bacon
Best part about being Primal: Scaring the people of Boston with my Vibram Five Fingers and/or getting laughed at by the 40 year old over weight diabetics at work for eating my fat when they're pounding down York peppermint patties.
Worst part about being Primal: The fact that I have to feel hugely guilty about going to the North End in Boston and downing all the bread and cheesecake I can find. It does help that I usually get veal and that bread is going down with just as much olive oil....
I saw some Boston folks above me; it is good to know I'm not the only one who gets stared and for doing pull ups and plyos on a playground on Columbus Ave!
If anyone in Boston or Mass in general wants to get together for some good primal activities, I could use some allies!
Your location: Edmonton, Canada
Age (If you want): 51
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: No, but I'm re-thinking the occasional cheese and yogurt based on Marks advice (bacterial good guys).
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both.
Motivator for switching to Primal: It just makes sense to live the way your genes evolved.
Favorite exercise: Kettlebells, P90X(+), Pilates.
Favorite Primal food: Meat
Best part about being Primal: Being confident I'm doing the right things for my health.
Worst part about being Primal: Everyone I know thinks I'm a nut.
Primal Goal: I have been on high blood pressure medication for the last 5 years. I have reduced my medication by %50 on the Paleo Diet, and hope to eliminate it on the PB.
Hey all, I'm Kane!
Your location: London, England.
How Primal are you: Pretty damn primal!
Do you consume dairy: A glass about twice a week.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea is my favourite!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Plateaus with CW.
Favorite exercise: Sprints through the woods.
Favorite Primal food: Broccoli fried chicken with chilli and ginger. (my own concoction).
Best part about being Primal: Being able to climb random trees when the urge takes me. Feeling slightly about the average person when my friends eat take out and i'm munching on an apple!
Worst part about being Primal: My mother makes the best coffe and walnut cake, and I do miss it! I'm trying to convince myself that it has walnuts in it, so at least thats something good. But, it is cake!
Formerly 247lbs. Found P90X did that, loved it. Still going yet looking for more natural fitness. Began looking into why my diet won't get me to a lesser weight faster with all the exercise I've been doing. Now 200lbs. Bought the book. On page 101. Love it so far. Eating primal for almost a month now (started before I got the book) and trying to embrace everything that I was programmed to eat per AMA and AHA. Here goes.
Your location: Cleveland, OH USA
How Primal are you: Now? Not sure, still reading. Guessing at least 80% if not more. I don't eat ANYTHING packaged.
Do you consume dairy: I do now.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green, white, and pu-erh 1 cup daily. No coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: to break from the Zoo human lifestyle
Favorite exercise: P90X, 1on1s and natural movement(Movnat)
Favorite Primal food: meat
Best part about being Primal: waking up to a new life every day
Worst part about being Primal: trying to reprogram my CW
Your location: Seattle, WA
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: I would like to say 98%, but I am sooooooo very broke right now, that I cannot afford ANY organic and/ or grass-fed items :-( But when I have money, I do! ;-)
Do you consume dairy?: I love it, but I'm trying to lose weight right now, so I only have a sip of milk (I usually buy raw milk...or, try to if I have $). I LOVE Greek Yogurt though (drooooooool).
Do you drink coffee or tea?: I like tea and sometimes coffee. My problem is that beyond water, these are my two 'treats' since I love them to be decked out with tons of sweetener and cream - and commercial coffees do NOT provide you with the good sweetener OR cream! :-(
Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight AND feel better. I always searched for a healthier 'me' and when I kept plateauing on my weight-loss AND still had digestive issues, acne, lack of energy, eczema, tendinitis, etc, I KNEW I was missing the point SOMEWHERE (even though I ALREADY cut out all processed foods, ate organic foods & raw dairy).
Favorite exercise: That's a tough one. Playing. Playing Volleyball, or any other sport with good friends, etc. If it's in the gym, it's working my arms and a good sprint on the treadmill.
Favorite Primal food: Bison, FAT, oh heck, I'm falling in love with my food all over again. What DON'T I like in my Primal fridge??? ;-)
Best part about being Primal: Losing weight, feeling stronger than ever before (upped my weights nearly 15 lbs in 2 weeks!!!!!!!), but mostly I am not as tired or moody (my female cycle came without ANY bad cramping or mood swings!!!!!!), my tendinitis vanished, my acne disappeared and my eczema is MIA!!!
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out (even though I still just order a blue-cheese buffalo burger, pick off the onion ring & bun and munch away!). But I really hate that I have found something TREMENDOUS and even those who ask me "Wow! You look great! How'd you do it?" and I tell them, they do not apply it, they just 'chalk' it up to something that ONLY works for me and move on. Even though they are unhealthy and severely overweight :-( I wish I could help so many people, knowing what I know now!!!