Your location: York, PA
Age (If you want): 37
How Primal are you: Just started, on week #2
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: to be healthier and try to contain my PCOS and insulin resistance
Favorite exercise: hiking and yoga
Favorite Primal food: eggs
Best part about being Primal: I have much more energy and I no longer crave sugar!
Worst part about being Primal: It's been a bit expensive; I'm hoping to find some tips and tricks to help with that. And also, no beer. :(
Hi there! I'm Chelsea, butch, fantasy aficionado and cat owner.
Your location: Long Beach, CA
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: Diet is almost there, working on getting more sun and natural exercise. I'll be traveling to Italy soon, so you can bet I'll have pizza in Napoli, but otherwise I don't want to eat anymore refined flour.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, a little.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: It just makes SENSE!
Favorite exercise: Squats, weight training with my new kettlebell.
Favorite Primal food: My steak and arugula salad
Best part about being Primal: no calorie counting, no more post-lunch crash, not feeling guilty about eating good quality meat, sunshine. Generally, a lot less worry!
Worst part about being Primal: No beer :( But I will live.
Your location: Denver, CO
Age (If you want): A lady never tells. Crap. I forgot. I'm not one. 42.
How Primal are you: I am primal Atkins, which means if Atkins and Mark had a diet love baby with amazing hair, she'd be me.
Do you consume dairy: I was born in Wisconsin. You tell me.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've always been a low carber, so I'm seeing Primal as an Atkins-improved lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: That is so funny! Ha ha!
Favorite Primal food: Cheese
Best part about being Primal: There's never a boring moment
Worst part about being Primal: There's never a boring moment
Hi! I'm Mandy and I'm on day 21 of doing Paleo
Your location: Omaha, NE
Age (If you want):34
How Primal are you: I've only been doing this three weeks, but I've been 100% committed during the week and have had some liquor on the weekends.
Do you consume dairy:no
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, both
Motivator for switching to Primal:Weight loss initally
Favorite exercise: walking/running
Favorite Primal food:steak
Best part about being Primal: Where do I even begin? I had NO IDEA I would feel this amazing simply by eliminating certain foods. I suspect I must have been allergic to carbs/sugar/or gluten but completely unaware of it until I detoxed my system of all of them. I wish I could scream it from the roof tops! I feel like I'm holding onto a secret or something :)
Worst part about being Primal: Listening to people's negative opinions about it
Hi, I'm Melissa and I've been a sugar eater for a long, long time! But, I quit smoking and discovered walking/running/biking 2 years ago and have lost 83 pounds. I've been at a plateau for those lost 20 pounds for over a year and in my searching for a way to break the plateau, I stumbled on The Primal Blueprint and Here. I. Am.
Your location: North Carolina, USA
Age (If you want): 58
How Primal are you: Trying to do the 80/20 part but still weaning into it.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but trying to limit to 1 or 2 servings per day.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Have weaned coffee down to 1 cup and am trying to drink more green tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Trying to break plateau - but in my reading, I discovered this might be The. One.
Favorite exercise: Jogging
Favorite Primal food: Meat!!!
Best part about being Primal: Meat!!!
Worst part about being Primal: Losing dairy! WAH!!
I would love friends/support with others here! pretty please???
Well hello there!
My name is Anita and I have just found the courage to register on the forum after having read MDA for a month now. Unfortunately I have had some health issues in the past from which I am just recovering, and I hope primal lifestyle is going to help me. I have just started a new exercise regime as well, and I feel ready to change my life for the better!
Location: Budapest, Hungary
How Primal are you: I just started today, but I'm going cold turkey
Do you consume dairy: nope
Do you drink coffee or tea: I cannot live without tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: wanna become the best version of me possible and live a healthy, happy life
Favorite exercise: pushups, squats
Favorite Primal food: whole grilled chicken :)
Best part about being Primal: getting rid of calorie-counting, being able to eat delicious and nutritious food without feeling guilty
Worst part about being Primal: lack of support from my family and friends :(
Hi all, a complete newbie here ;)
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Age: Almost 30 (but still almost ;))
How primal: don't really know, cause I'm just starting. I removed grains & legumes from my diet. I haven't eaten much sugar or processed foods anyway. I'm slowly bringing meat back to my diet after being vegetarian/vegan for some time. I will probably consume conventional meat & fish as organic is hard to find & very expensive in Poland. I will stick with organic veggies & eggs though
Dairy: yes, but I'm trying to cut down and I go with organic when possible
Coffe & tea: yes, both
Motivation for going primal: to get my energy back, not fall asleep after every meal and be able to stay lean & fit without being hungry all the time
favorite exercise: lifting weights and yoga. I hate cardio and am kin of scared of sprints, but I will give it a go :)
favorite primal food: shrimp and eggs
best part about being primal: don't really know yet, but it seems easier than being vegan ;)
worst part: don't know yet
Hi - total newbie here. 1 week ago today I attended a lunch time seminar at work about how 'stress-busting eating'. It has motivated me to reduce sugar intake and eat more whole foods. A few days later, I was introduced to MDA and primal eating by a coworker. Seems to be just what I need. I look forward to learning more and asking a ton of questions!
Your location: Minnesota
Age (If you want): 30
How Primal are you: Just learning...
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee and green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: to be healthier, have more energy and lose weight
Favorite exercise: jogging
Favorite Primal food: cheese
Best part about being Primal: no counting calories!!
Worst part about being Primal: so far, getting my husband on board.
[B]Location[/B]: I live in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
[B]How Primal?[/B] I've only been doing primal for about three and a half weeks. I have not cheated with any processed foods, grains, or sugar. However I have had clarified butter in small amounts a few times. I do eat tomatoes (I noticed someone above posted that they ate no nightshades), which I love. I also ate some greek yogurt that I had in the fridge, twice, since starting.
[B]Do I drink coffee or tea?[/B] I have some unsweetened ice tea about every other day.
[B]Motivation for primal?[/B] I want to get healthy, lose weight, and not be hungry all the time. At age 51, I don't want to wait any longer!
[B]Favorite Primal Food[/B]: Coconut oil
[B]Best part about being Primal[/B]: My triglyceride count was over 700 about 6 months ago. A week before I started the primal blueprint, it was at 350 (due to medication, and some lifestyle changes) and my cholesterol was 195. After only 3 weeks of fairly strict adherence to the plan (still taking the medications), my triglycerides are 89 and my cholesterol is 119!! I am never hungry like I was when I was eating sugars, grains, and processed foods. I am looking forward to my doctor's appointment to see if I can get off the Simvastatin and Fenofibrate.
Worst Part About Being Primal: There is no negative aspect of the Primal Blueprint that matters enough to me to induce me to change what I'm doing. When my husband and I get together with friends, they look askance at my veggies and fruit snacks, and then try to scarf all my fruit!!
Your location: Canada
Age (If you want): 53
How Primal are you: Pretty much. No prepared foods, no grains, no sugar. No honey right now, either.
Do you consume dairy: I do eat some dairy (cream and some hard cheese, as well as butter).
Do you drink coffee or tea: Two cups of coffee in the morning, with cream. That's it.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I lost a lot of weight (about 60 lbs) years ago following a low-carb diet, which worked really well for me. I did get a lot of grief from various folks, though, who harped incessantly on the "restrictions" I was placing upon my foodstuffs and how unhealthy all the saturated fats and meat must be, and even how "thin" I looked (this was said disapprovingly by my spouse. Ouch.) Eventually, I caved to pressure both internal and external to conform and to "normalize" my eating, and returned to eating grains and starches. Follow that with a two-year experiment in vegetarianism, during which I put back every single pound, and it finally -- belatedly -- occurred to me that ... I was an idiot.
So, I ditched the grains and the high-carb, high-fructose stuff and found the Primal path. It makes perfect sense to me. I feel better already, better than I have in years. I'll be staying around, this time.
Favorite exercise: Snorkeling in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, that happens extremely rarely, so I have to get by with walking, hiking, and running.
Favorite Primal food: Steak.
Best part about being Primal: I am no longer constantly hungry. I can fast easily, at least for reasonable periods.
Worst part about being Primal: Can't think of a single thing. I feel like a kid again.