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!
Your location:Fontana California
Age (If you want):26
How Primal are you: Barely getting started, cut out all grains and milk just a few days ago after learning I have gluten intolerance and problems with casein. Also cut out all beans and cut out peanuts/cashews.
Do you consume dairy: LOTS of dairy, until I started having severe digestive issues. No more dairy!
Do you drink coffee or tea: Used to drink lots of coffee, not since I been sick!
Motivator for switching to Primal:I became ill and none of the doctors I seen were really helping me. I had digestive issues and symptoms of arthritis. I had heard of Primal eating because it is popular on a few of the Libertarian anarchist blogs that I frequent and I had been interested in Primal eating for a while but never made the full conversion to primal eating. But after a few months of misery I tried a totally gluten free diet, eating very low carb/high protein. My arthritis-like symptoms disappeared and my digestive issues resolved, however, I was TOO low on carbs and I began breaking out with a rash and started to get shaky. I started to panic a bit and started loading up on whole grain breads again. Rash went away but digestive issues and arthritis symptoms returned! I learned my lesson. No more gluten, no more casein! No more grains! Carbs only from non-grain sources.
Favorite exercise: weighted dips
Favorite Primal food:Don't know quite yet, I love all meats.
Best part about being Primal: It makes my pain go away.
Worst part about being Primal: Shopping for food is more of a challenge.
I suppose I can't now
Yes but severe diet coke addict
Can't shed the fat and no carb diets are sustainable
No diet coke
[/COLOR][COLOR=#333333]I'm totally new to this; I'm here to educate myself! And to gain courage to make some major changes because I KNOW that what I eat is making me crazy and fat and sick.
Your location: AZ[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Age (If you want): 47 (gulp)[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]How Primal are you: 0% [/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Do you consume dairy: Yes[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Motivator for switching to Primal: Because the rest of what is out there is not working for me[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Favorite exercise: Does typing count? =/ I loved pilates and walking, but it's been 2+ years since I've done much of anything.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Favorite Primal food: ??? None yet![/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Best part about being Primal: n/a[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Worst part about being Primal: n/a
Your location: South Australia
Age (If you want): 52 nearly 53
How Primal are you: Not very at the moment was vegetarian
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and fitness (muscle loss)
Favorite exercise: Weight training, running, kayaking (have not done anything of much for a long while)
Favorite Primal food: Not sure yet
Best part about being Primal: Hope that I will feel a lot better and have a lot more energy
Worst part about being Primal: Get over the eating meat part
Location: Auckland, New Zealand.
How Primal are you: Hmm... I'd say a good 85-90%. I haven't eaten processed food or any non-primal thing in such a long time, though I do on occasion have a protein powder strawberry-banana smoothie after a run, and I often indulge in a lot of dairy. Nothing quite like a delicious salad covered in melted blue cheese and butter. ^.^
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Namely, butter and cheese. Butter is used often in cooking, and I sometimes lick it off the knife... I'm weird, I know. I'm completely obsessed with blue cheese; it's kind of a fetish of mine. Blue cheese omelettes are just fantastic. Only time I use cream is to make said omelettes, and I don't really have any other kind of dairy.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee - hell yes. Love the stuff; I have a love of bitter things. I also enjoy some green tea along with my meals. Quite refreshing.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Several reasons. I was kinda chubby, which got irritating after awhile. But namely it was because I wanted to improve my fitness and challenge myself - why run on a high-carb diet and take the slightly easier path than do it the Primal way?... Also, I just like the idea of eating like a caveman, albeit a cheese eating one. I'm just nerdy like that.
Favourite exercise: Namely running. I just love it - nothing quite beats getting up at the crack of dawn and running a good 8K or more, then doing a light bit more in the evening. It's kind of obsessive. Second would probably be either push-ups or walking; both are equally enjoyable to me. Though I hate sit-ups... just can't do them. Stupid tail-bone.
Favourite Primal Food: I do love my morning omelette: blue cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes and bacon on a bit of mesclun salad covered in guacamole. Omnomnom! I've also gotten hooked on salad, funnily enough, and really look forward to them. Salmon salad is possibly my fave, but any meat on it will do. With cheese and butter, of course. :D
Best part about going Primal: At 5'6 in an all-dudes school, words can't describe how great it feels eating as much and more as guys much bigger than me and remaining small. The look on their faces as I eat a couple massive steaks bigger than my face is utterly [I]priceless[/I].
Worst part about being Primal: Hmm... Maybe getting confused looks when I ask places to "hold the rice" or "hold the bread", especially when they don't exactly speak perfect English and take "NO" as "MORE, MUCH, MUCH MORE". No, wait, at least that's funny. I guess the worst thing is sometimes - as a runner in training - I get confused as to how many carbs/fats I should be having. Guess I'll have to figure that out.
After a long period of lurking, I'm happy to finally join the Primal Forums. ^.^
Your location: Madrid, Spain
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: Barely.
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Simplicity
Favorite exercise: Pull ups
Favorite Primal food: Any
Best part about being Primal: To be discovered
Worst part about being Primal: To be discovered
Your location: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: Spent all weekend reading and researching and have decided to go cold-turkey, all-in starting TODAY.
Do you consume dairy: I have decided that I will not consume dairy for the first 30 days, then I may experiment.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. Coffee black.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to live long and be strong. I'm ready to break free from years of abusing my body with fad diets, binge eating, over-training, and under-fueling. I have big dreams and they require optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health. The primal/paleo lifestyle intuitively feels right.
Favorite exercise: Kickboxing, running, full squats.
Favorite Primal food: Steak and spinach.
Best part about being Primal: I feel like I'm a part of something greater.
Worst part about being Primal: There's a half a plate of brownies in my kitchen that are about to go in the trash.
Your location: Utah
Age (If you want): 69
How Primal are you: As of last week quite
Do you consume dairy: Just added again but not sure
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: 20 pounds that won't leave
Favorite exercise: Walking and yoga
Favorite Primal food: Vegies
Best part about being Primal: Don't know yet
Worst part about being Primal: Don't know yet
Hi everyone, I'm happy to be here!
Your location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Age (If you want): 22
How Primal are you: Very! I've purged my fridge and cupboards of all the bad foods and restocked with Primal-friendly foods only =]
Do you consume dairy: Not at all, I'm lactose intolerant
Do you drink coffee or tea: No, I prefer to drink only water (and coconut milk in smoothies)
Motivator for switching to Primal: I didn't like how sugar and carb-heavy my previous diet was; I consumed way too many gluten-free grain products, legumes and sweet treats
Favorite exercise: Pilates, yoga and full squats
Favorite Primal food: Grass-fed beef burgers and avocado!
Best part about being Primal: I feel great, I don't get carb cravings anymore, my sleep is better and I'm less tired all the time
Worst part about being Primal: I have to get up a bit earlier to make my breakfast smoothie and lunch for work ; ]