Hey all! My answers! Cheers, Tim
Your location: Singapore, South East Asia
How Primal are you: 96%
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: A sprained ankle which needed to be healed FAST.
Favorite exercise: Tap dancing/sprints.
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: The way people are actually surprised and interested when they ask me what it's all about.
Worst part about being Primal: The guilt after eating a slice of birthday cake or conceding to social occasion expectations!
I like things like this and haven't made a proper introduction yet, so...
Your location: United Kingdom (South London & Brighton)
Age (If you want): 21
How Primal are you: 70-80%
Do you consume dairy: Occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, vitality, body composition
Favorite exercise: Bench press
Favorite Primal food: Steak (as rare as possible)
Best part about being Primal: Being able to eat wonderful food
Worst part about being Primal: Other people!
Your location: Florida
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: 95%?
Do you consume dairy: Heavy cream in my coffee and Cheese with Primal pizza.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and Green Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Love to surf and Ride MX. I was so out of shape and it (my fatness) no longer allowed me to enjoy those activities.
Favorite exercise: Surfing and MX!
Favorite Primal food: Lamb with Olives
Best part about being Primal: The way I feel and look! I was actually asked to model a shirt! [url=https://rockshop.hardrock.com/Mens/Departments/Tops/product/HRO_Mens_Wood_Panel_Tee_Black/]Thats Me![/url]
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain it. Now that I have lost over 40lbs(sorry Mark) my response is "I eat meat and veggies and that is it."
Your location: Bay Area, CA
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: 70-80%
Do you consume dairy: i am limiting it as i need to loose a lot more weight. but i will probably add a little here and there...
Do you drink coffee or tea: one cup at the most a day of coffee, green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: i have never had good nutrition. that is what it is really about. to learn how to eat correct for my body. to understand what food does for me (good and bad) and to be able to have a good nutrition base for my son.
Favorite exercise: i am just getting into CrossFit. Lunges or squats are painfully awesome
Favorite Primal food: a good steak... mmmm maybe wrapped in bacon? haha
Best part about being Primal: how great i feel. i feel alive. i have energy and the mental clarity is amazing... (and i need it having an 8 month old!) haha
Worst part about being Primal: ugh... my family not doing it with me. my husband has been 100% supportive of my life change, but he is not willing to do it either. and having to explain when people roll their eyes when they say "oh, you are doing the low carb thing"... it's so much more then that! i guess i would love to sit and explain everything that i am now understanding about it. but i just have to let it go. "i" am the only one that needs to get it. and it's a hell-of-a-lot more then just a "low carb" thing...
Your location: Tucson, AZ (though I'm a recent transplant from New York who went to college in Los Angeles)
How Primal are you: 99% (I just changed my diet on Monday... so check back with me later)
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea (quit coffee last week)
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been sick for the last few years (with a pretty bad case of Lyme Disease). In college I was a bodybuilder who enjoyed rock climbing, competitive sports, and the exercise of extreme will power. Starting at the end of my junior year (though I'd been sick for a few years and didn't know it) I became profoundly fatigued, depressed, irritable, and a whole host of other unfriendly adjectives which, over the next year, progressed to hallucinations, heart palpitations, severe muscle spasms and other things which would be fun if for a few hours after taking a pill but are less fun when the ride doesn't stop. After a VERY long road to recovery (that I am now just nearing the end of) which included massive amounts of antibiotics in conjunction with mood altering drugs (anti-depressants, stimulants, antacids... all of which I've cut from my life over the last few months) my body and mind have completely fallen apart (lying in bed for 20 hours a day taking prescription drugs by the handful for a few years will do that). As an adult, I've always been interested in nutrition (I was a fat kid...) and exercise, and, the way I view food and activity, it turns out, is quite primal... I just never knew it! I stumbled upon this blog on Friday, after researching ways to get my sleep pattern and productivity back on track after years of being sedentary, and I've been full steam ahead ever since. I've been eating primal since Monday (though, it isn't too far removed from how I was eating during my bodybuilding days) and, since getting the Primal Blueprint in the mail yesterday, I've been reading up as much as I can. I feel this community connects me to an older version of myself, the version of me that existed before I became ill. A version of me who questioned what my body was adapted toward doing and eating, who desired peak mental clarity and physical ability, who strove to realize my full "humanity", and who, above all, enjoyed life. This is what motivates me: the hope that I will, once again, know happiness and health. Only, this time, without taking them for granted. It is the hope of a convalescent.
Favorite exercise: Climbing
Favorite Primal food: I could eat a shoe if it were topped with fresh guacamole...
Best part about being Primal: Difficult to answer having just started. Though, for now, it has to be "feeling a modicum of control over my life"
Worst part about being Primal: I grew up fat in a nice Italian family. There are some nights I'd take a piping hot slice of Italian bread over just about anything else in the world... And let's not get started on real pizza (fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil). I know I'll stop craving them. But I don't know if they'll ever stop feeling like home...
Your location: CA
Age (If you want): 30
How Primal are you: Maybe 80%? No entrails yet :) Working towards more organic, local, free-range, homemade (esp. lacto-fermented), etc.
Do you consume dairy: Mainly whole milk in coffee
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, coffee, coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: To be a fit mama and raise fit kids!
Favorite exercise: Walking, relaxed hikes
Favorite Primal food: Avocado and sunflower seed butter (not together)
Best part about being Primal: You know that horrible Kate Moss quote recently? "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels?" I think a PB response would be "Healthy and strong tastes pretty damn good!"
Worst part about being Primal: Eating at other people's homes
Your location: Fort Worth, TX
Age (If you want): 22
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Less than I used to. Cut out Ice cream and ultra-pasteurized anything.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both. I try to drink more tea than coffee. I go for quality over quantity.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I ran across this website while trying to find workout routines and solid dietary advice. I've never been overweight, but I just want to be in the best shape I can be. The articles on this site were the most informative and research backed I had seen anywhere.
Favorite exercise: Handstand push up! It's one of the hardest, but it feels so rewarding for each rep you add. I'm all about body weight exercises.
Favorite Primal food: A big juicy medium-rare steak with a slab of butter and blue cheese crumbles on top.
Best part about being Primal: I never feel bloated after a meal! Just full.
Worst part about being Primal: It's hard to explain to others who don't want to really challenge the consensus on "healthy" foods. You really have to be searching with an open mind to end up here.
First time here.
Age (If you want):54, married male and RN
How Primal are you:Just starting about 60% Primal
Do you consume dairy: Yes, Cheese and some milk with protein shake once or twice a week.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No coffee, Green Tea without sweetner
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight Loss, Diabetes control
Favorite exercise: Right now 10 minute workout with 100 pushups a day. Will begain P90X in the next month
Favorite Primal food: Eggs and Bacon
Best part about being Primal:The alert feeling I have. No more mental fog or swollen ankles. Better health.
Worst part about being Primal: People that just don't it and want to be the food police. Otherwise there isn't a worst part.
Just a short note about my past history about a year ago I weighed in at 245 lbs and I'm 5'8". I am diabetic type II on a insulin pump. I was following my diabetic educators advice taking in 195 gms of carbs a day. I told her that I couldn't loose weight that way. But she didn't want to hear it. So I told matters into my hands at starting eating approx 30 gms of carb per meal and starting loosing weight. She had a fit and told me that I would rein my health. Currently my weight is 155 lbs (Ive lost 90lbs) my blood work is well within normal limits. I am no longer on a insulin pump or taking any insulin at all. My doctor told me to tell the diabetic educator to take a flying leap and continue what I'm doing. I feel better than I have in the last 20 years. People ask what diet I'm on and I tell them I'm not on a diet I've just changed my way of life and loving it.
Your location: Corvallis Oregon
Age (If you want): 13
How Primal are you: mostly primal (90-95%)
Do you consume dairy: very rarely and only a little bit of cheese or greek yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: a little bit of green tea about every 3rd day
Motivator for switching to Primal: To become healthier (I got sick a LOT) and to become stronger
Favorite exercise: Anything that looks funny =D
Favorite Primal food: nut butters or steak (i love both)
Best part about being Primal: No more asthma! (it used to be terrible) and i have gotten a lot stronger (70lbs more on max bench, about 100 lbs more on front squats, etc.)
Worst part about being Primal: I'm a kid and everybody throughs a bunch of junk food and grains at me =/