Your location: So Cal
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: 80% ish
Do you consume dairy: a cup of yogurt 3-5 times, a few oz of cheese a week
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee and sometimes tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: being healthy and eating a diet humans evolved eating
Favorite exercise: yoga
Favorite Primal food: just one? ribeye steak
Best part about being Primal: healthy feeling and no pseudo processed foods are going into my body
Worst part about being Primal: knowing that cake is junk food and I can't eat it every single day!
I've been eating Primal since January 9, 2012, and have lost 25lb. :D I'm thrilled with the way I feel. Thank you to Mark and all the others who have contributed so much terrific information to this website.
My Location: just east of Toronto, Canada
How Primal? About 85-90%
Dairy? Yes. Definitely eat too much cheese (mmmmmm St. André, parmesan), some Greek yogurt, butter, organic cheddar. Trying to cut down on the soft cheeses.
Tea, coffee? Tea, black or green.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight, feel/be healthier.
Favorite exercise: Does pounding the keyboard count? Seriously, getting moving is my next goal. I've been sedentary for too many years due to health problems. I'm determined to make Primal a way of life.
Favorite Primal food: Berries, berries, berries, and steak.
Best part about being Primal: Huge increase in energy, not feeling guilty about what I eat.
Worst part about being Primal: I find the extra shopping for fresh produce and meat a little daunting, but not impossible. My weight loss and improved energy level make it worthwhile.
Your location: Montreal, Quebec
Age (If you want): 50ish
How Primal are you: 90 %
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes Coffee I limit to 2 a week (trying to keep the cortisol down) Tea Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Hashimoto Thyroid ( I know that a grain free diet is the best for me )
Favorite exercise:Yoga, Walking
Favorite Primal food: Cheese
Best part about being Primal: Cheese
Worst part about being Primal: Love my natural Honey and Maple Syrup also dates
Hello all, I'm Robin. I've very much enjoyed "lurking" on the forum for the last couple of weeks.
Your location: New Mexico
Age (If you want): 48
How Primal are you: 95% ish
Do you consume dairy: Greek yogurt, some cheese. Just recently gave up milk.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Hot tea every morning.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Lifelong weight issues. I was born at 10 pounds and it just all went down hill from there. My mom was diabetic and her poor choices killed her. My older sister was diagnosed as being diabetic last year and I started doing a lot of reading and realized that if I wasn't diabetic, I would soon be or just simply hadn't been diagnosed, and at the very least I had significant insulin resistance. I came across MDA and the light bulb came on over my head.
Favorite exercise: Huh? You mean I'm supposed to LIKE exercise? Rats.
Favorite Primal food: All of it, really.
Best part about being Primal: I feel better already and the puffiness has gone away.
Worst part about being Primal: I still dream about toast and scones for some reason. Weird, since I never ate toast all that often and rarely ate scones, though I do like them.
I have been on many diets but never reached my goals. I love to cook but by the time I get home it was always easier to take a quick run to the drive thru. I have been checking the site regularly and am jumping in and figure it out as I go. I would love to see my success story featured one day! That is my ultimate goal.
Your location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Age (If you want): 45
How Primal are you: I need to figure it out
Do you consume dairy: yes, but that may change
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss, general health
Favorite exercise: I guess I need to figure that out too
Favorite Primal food: bacon, steak, avocado
Best part about being Primal: good food
Worst part about being Primal: not sure yet
Age (If you want): 19
How Primal are you:
Overall I would say about 90%. There are some times I will stray from the Primal diet such as Sunday (a nice meal that isn't 100% Primal) and then on very rare occasions a friend's birthday if I can't find something Primal friendly.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but mainly just fresh cheeses.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee mainly but not in an addictive every morning way.
Motivator for switching to Primal:
Leading a healthy lifestyle and becoming the best version of me I can. For the greater part of my life I was overweight and I do not like feeling held back or self-conscious because of weight. Also being healthy is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
Anything and everything from working with weights, springs, bodyweights, etc.
Favorite Primal food:
I love a good steak and some roasted asparagus/steamed broccoli. Or omelettes/ a nice egg-scramble.
Best part about being Primal:
The health and being energized; I feel so great all of the time.
Worst part about being Primal:
Probably the cravings at first. Then realizing that some of my old favorite foods make me feel terrible now! My sweet tooth had the hardest time adjusting. Also getting my family (who need to live this lifestyle) to comply. I do not think that this is something you can force someone into trying but I do know it would greatly help them.
I'm in Georgia, near Atlanta
I'd say I'm 99% primal. I've been doing Atkins since March of last year and I'm 3 - 4 lbs. away from the maintenance phase. I think I want to do Primal from now on. However, I'd like to learn more about the PB. I don't think both plans are that different.
Atkins is so much about tracking, percentages and rigid rules. I want to get a little more relaxed after doing all that for so long, but maintain my current weight of 124 lbs. Or lose few more lbs.
I work out 5 days a week. Mostly weight/strength/resistance stuff. I do plank exercise as well.
Low-carb, wholesome natural foods is the way to eat. I have chosen this for life. The health benefits, the mood ''highs" and energy are simply amazing.
The worst part: sweet cravings during PMS.... sigh...it's only a couple of days a month, so I can deal with that.
Everything else is super easy and a second nature to me at this point.
Nice to "meet you" all!!!!
P.S. I am interested to learn about the differences between Atkins and the Primal Blueprint. Do I need to start a new thread with that topic? Thanks!
Your location: Burnie, North West Tasmania, Australia
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: I am trying to be as Primal as I can be...currently that is about 99% - been going for 10 days.
Do you consume dairy: yes, love my milk! like cheese and yoghurt.
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: health benefits, plus weight reduction. I have IBS, PCOS, under-active thyroid, hiatis hernia and am borderline diabetic...and over the coarse of the years have gained 25-30kgs more than I should be...at only 4'9" (145cm) tall, that extra weight makes me look like an oompa loompa!
Favorite exercise: I don't like exercise (I overheat very quickly due to my weight & PCOS), but am hoping that changes and I get more motivated with my new life-style change going Primal.
Favorite Primal food: Being able to eat the fat on the lamb chops and the rind on the bacon without feeling guilty! They are the yummiest bits! :)
Best part about being Primal: I have been sticking to around 50g carbs per day for 10 days and I feel so much better inside - not stodgy, and have better clarity of mind and a huge reduction in afternoon lethargy! During that time I have lost 3.1kgs and am over the moon! :)
Worst part about being Primal: There is none, altho' it is hard for other folks to understand or grasp that carbs are no longer my friend...I loved my pasta and rice and like heaps of others out there, thought I was eating healthy foods with consuming oats and muesli for breakfast, eating wholemeal bread for my sandwiches and having all the low-fat options CW advises are the best for us... Thank God a friend told me about the MDA website - thanks Jane!!
Your location: Moving to Michigan
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: Was following Primal a little more than 80/20 a few months back...don't know where I went wrong.
Do you consume dairy: Chocolate Milk after workouts
Do you drink coffee or tea: A cup or two a day
Motivator for switching to Primal: When I was on primal I felt amazing. Now, not so much and my pants are getting tight
Favorite exercise: Crossfit
Favorite Primal food: Primal Spaghetti made with cauliflower and organic beef
Best part about being Primal: How great I feel while on it. So I'm working to get back on it.
Worst part about being Primal: BBQ!!!!! and BEER!!
Your location: Flagstaff Arizona
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: I cut out everything grain/sugar/starch/beans etc. the last 2 weeks =-)
Do you consume dairy: not anymore, I switched to heavy cream
Do you drink coffee or tea: Love my coffee..... I add the heavy cream instead of milk now
Motivator for switching to Primal: My friend started doing it and she is literally glowing and has so much energy! Great motivator for sure!!!
Favorite exercise: Hiking and running. I feel pretty awesome when I hike! It's more like playing instead of a workout.
Favorite Primal food: Anything with meat and veggies! I'm becoming a fan of avacado's too!!
Best part about being Primal: I feel more energized, I sleep better and I feel healthy in mind and body =-) I don't feel hungry all the time and I definitely don't have the 'crash' 2 hours later like I did when I would eat my oaties in the morning! I'm a happy gal! If I don't feel like eating, I just don't. I notice that I skip dinner alot, when in the past I would come home practically starving with the shakes and the sweats and end up eating the oreo's out of the pantry =-? welp..... Not anymore! I am truely grateful to have fallen upon this new lifestyle thanks to a good friend! I love reading the success stories and the one's that are in the making. It completely changes the way one thinks. I feel like I'm eating more for survival than eating out of boredome or cravings. It's definitely mindblowing once you put your mind to it. This has definitely been one of the simplest lifestyle changes I've ever encountered! I definitely am trying to get my family on board! =-D
Worst part about being Primal: Haven't experienced that yet.... I'm just 2 weeks in, but am already seeing results. I can't believe the changes in my body and overall mood!