Your location: Bellingham, WA
How primal are you?: Just beginning. Went off wheat in August, and all grains and starches in October. Then stumbled onto this website sometime in November. Didn't know what to do but read enough to know I would feel better lo-carb and grain-free.
Do you consume dairy: Sometimes, but not hooked. Dropped cheese consumption to 2 ounces daily. Use butter at times for cooking, but have switched to coconut oil and coconut cream this last month and don't miss the dairy. Cook and ferment as the Weston A Price Foundation recommends, so some fermented dairy now and then.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Once or twice a month
Motivator for switching to primal: Saw a picture of Mark's wife (all excuses gone - she looks fabulous:-). And even though I went grain and sugar free and started eating traditional foods (all grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs as well), I've lost very little weight, so I need more info and a plan to follow. I like what I've been reading here on this blog over the past couple months, and I like the community comments. Thought I would get focused now and kick out the things that are stymieing me.
Favorite exercise: shooting hoops and chasing the ball - lol
Favorite Primal food: Saturated Fat! Yay!
Best part about being Primal: The food is sooooo soothing. I should never have been low fat and high carb all these years. I can think again!!!
Worst part about being Primal: Slow weight lose and trying to figure out why. I'm blowing it somewhere. But here's to the journey!
Age (If you want): I don't want, but 44
How Primal are you: 100% so far (2 weeks)
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: Chronic itchy skin, fatigue, basic health problems
Favorite exercise: All
Favorite Primal food: Steak strips and eggs; coconut oil stir fried chicken, broccoli, garlic, peppers; cucumbers;
Best part about being Primal: Having tried so many things over the years, I am stunned at how successful this has been, so far.
Worst part about being Primal: Hard to think of anything. If I had to pick, it would be that I am extremely sensitive to even the smallest mistake. So far, there have been two. Tuna fish (which had "vegetable broth" in it). And cheap bacon (was my first foray into bacon since going primal). Paid a price for both, but because I am feeling so full of energy and so good overall, the feeling I got from each stood out like a sore thumb (very itchy, nausea, insta-fatigue etc.).
Your location: Lincolnshire, UK
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: 100%, I hope
Do you consume dairy: Yes, in moderation
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cup a day (down from 8-10)
Motivator for switching to Primal: At 32 I felt my extending list of ailments needed addressing as a whole rather than treated individually with drugs.
Favorite exercise: Cycling and playing with my dog
Favorite Primal food: Eggs from my hens
Best part about being Primal: I feel great. There are things that have disappeared that I didn't even know were wrong with me - like acid reflux and joint pain - that have just gone. And it's only been a week.
Worst part about being Primal: Oh I do love bread...
hello, new to primal, new to forums...just new
Your location: England, in the middle
Age (If you want):35
How Primal are you: not very, just starting out
Do you consume dairy: yes i do, and will be finding stopping milk consumption tricky
Do you drink coffee or tea:yes to both
Motivator for switching to Primal: overweight, bloating when eat breads, previous vegetarian.
Favorite exercise: swimming and hiking
Favorite Primal food: rib eye steak, looking forward to experimenting with lots of new foods (bone marrow asap)
Best part about being Primal: energy, mess when eating
Worst part about being Primal: living with a veggie that wont allow meat cooking in house :-(
Your location: Central Florida
Age (If you want): 19
How Primal are you: 80%
Do you consume dairy: Sometimes
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: Getting healthy
Favorite exercise: I like to go hiking and play soccer.
Favorite Primal food: Turkey
Best part about being Primal: I have only been primal for a month now and I've noticed an increase in energy.
Worst part about being Primal: Nothing so far.
Your location: North Wales, UK.
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: As Primal as I can be.....I began my changes on 14th March 2012. My partner has followed me along this path as I am the main chef in the house. My daughter is still a bit funny with what she thinks are new foods.
Do you consume dairy: A little; occasional milk in tea, some cheese on rare occasions.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both in moderation, especially since giving up sugar.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss and to lower my LDL.....eeek!!!
Favorite exercise: Deadlift.......I used to powerlift until I got to University.
Favorite Primal food: Turnips. I had no idea they were so amazing!!!
Best part about being Primal: I have lost some weight already and feel fewer aches and pains; torn rotator cuff and sciatica
Worst part about being Primal:
1. It's very very difficult finding decent quality ingerdients in this part of the UK sometimes.
2. A stubborn 2 year old who is reluctant to eat new foods. This will change sooner or later though.
3. Expensive at times....good quality meat is a bit on the expensive side here.
Hola friends! First post, but have been reading the boards and site for a couple months.
Your location: Current location is Pittsburgh, PA. Just moved here from Charleston, SC. Hoping not to be here too long actually!
Age (If you want): 24
How Primal are you: Not as much as I'd like to be. That's why I finally decided to join the forums. Maybe get some accountability going on. I don't exercise as often as I'd like to, and I far-too-often binge like crazy on junk food... pizza and ice cream are my weaknesses... it seems as if I eat even the slightest amount of grains/refined carbs/etc. that cravings for those items will overtake me and I eat ungodly amounts of them. Nevertheless, I am quite skinny and have trouble putting on weight. Years ago I was into bodybuilding and was up to 190+ lbs, but I am back to around 150 or so. I'd like to be around 175 maybe.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, small to moderate amounts of raw milk, and raw cheese at times.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: I learned about the Paleo diet a couple years back while searching for natural alleviations for depression. Paleo and Primal seem to coexist if not coincide. My diet, at its best, is raw paleo with dairy. I don't go for the "primal-friendly starches" or dark chocolate. Raw meats and organs, dairy, fruits, and veg. Mostly fermented veggies.
Favorite exercise: Pullups and dips
Favorite Primal food: sashimi! and sauerkraut! and steak!
Best part about being Primal: When I stick to it 100%, the boundless energy and mental clarity, and just the feeling of healthiness and positivity
Worst part about being Primal: Social limitations
well that's the questionnaire! see you around the boards
Your location: Alexandria, VA...hit me up if you are a North Virginia hiker!!!
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: I do make primal treats, which some people consider "not paleo enough" but in my opinion it is still better than the alternative
Do you consume dairy: Occasionally, butter is the only regular dairy we consume but we will have some yogurt or cheese from time to time
Do you drink coffee or tea: Mostly tea, lots of green, mate, hibiscus, and chamomile with the occasional cup of coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was holding onto some weight after recovering from an eating disorder, and trying to lose it was pushing me back into disordered eating patterns. Any type of dieting or counting of calories or carbs leads me too obsessing too much. Yet, i couldnt ignore my diet completely because holding on to extra weight annhialated my self esteem. My husband is in the military and they actually suggested a paleo-style eating plan, but I was resistant at first because "whole grains are SO good for you." Anyways, after reading up and doing some research I found it logical and dove in head first and got the body of a fitness model(seriously...that confidence problem is gone!!). On top of the body I wanted I gained strength and energy and happiness
Favorite exercise: Right now it is deadlifts. I weigh 135 and deadlifted 185 yesterday very easily and will be lifting over 200 very soon[insert applause]. I am actually a lover of the powerclean-overhead press combo since it is such a dynamic lift I really get to sweating. I still hate squats though.
Favorite Primal food: Well, read my last post on my journal, I made this chocolate think that is like a fudgey-truffle-melt in your mouth candy bar that is better than sex. Also, I am a huge seafood person.
Best part about being Primal: Everything
Worst part about being Primal: Having to listen to people tell me how unhealthy I am and having to explain myself.
[B]Your location:[/B] Mississippi
[B]How Primal are you:[/B] I just started, but thus far I have maintained 100% primal. It's been easy to maintain so far, but in the long run I see myself being about 80-90%, to allow myself occasional indulgences every other week.
[B]Do you consume dairy:[/B] God, yes. I need yogurt in my life, and milk (though in small amounts) is a daily thing. I like cheese a good bit too, but have been cutting down on it and the rest of my dairy to the best of my abilities.
[B]Do you drink coffee or tea:[/B] Mostly coffee, but I enjoy some teas.
[B]Motivator for switching to Primal:[/B] Issues with body re-composition, and I certainly know my workouts are not the problem, and have long struggled with sticking to certain eating patterns. Primal just makes sense to me, although it was painful making the decision, as I adore pasta, rice, and potatoes. Primal has so far helped me cut back on mindless grazing, which had been a huge issue.
[B]Favorite exercise:[/B] My boxing and jiu jitsu. Dancing is fun as well, and I enjoy running as a whole. I like doing circuit training to, and prefer bodyweight exercises but I am not afraid of weights at all.
[B]Favorite Primal food:[/B] Fruit, meat.
[B]Best part about being Primal:[/B] I feel "cleaner", and it helps me control my eating habits.
[B]Worst part about being Primal:[/B] I miss pasta. Dearly.
Your location: Sunnyvale CA
Age (If you want): 62 in a month
How Primal are you: 90+% for the first 4 weeks. Except I haven't migrated to grass-finished meat or pastured eggs yet. Need to empty the freezer first. And major sticker shock (I examined the meat case in Whole Foods the other day)!
Do you consume dairy: butter, cream, cheese, full fat yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: oh yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: there's got to be a better way
Favorite exercise: swimming, bicycling. One goal is to do the AIDS Lifecycle ride for a second time.
Favorite Primal food: well, it's not bacon. Probably cheese - double cream gouda or, even better, triple cream brie!
Best part about being Primal: I feel much more lively.
Worst part about being Primal: No more cake. Or cookies. Or pie. Or raspberry jam.
Stats: Male, 6'0", highest-ever weight ~220 (2001); weight Feb 1 2012: 212; starting weight (March 3): 210; current weight (4 weeks in): 200.
No carb flu, no cravings. I can go to Starbuck's now and have no desire for baked goods. Mind you they don't have carmelita bars at the moment