Age (If you want):43
How Primal are you: I suppose 90%? Still learning. I think Im doing pretty good so far. Maybe this is 87%
Do you consume dairy: a teaspoon of cream in coffee, one slice of cheese now and then with eggs.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was the reluctant spouse, trying and trying again to lose a few pounds... watched my husband lose 35 pounds this way and (ok honestly he was a bit sanctimonious about it for a while and it really turned me OFF. Support should be mutual. I didnt feel it was, on his end.) He has a sleep disorder- I noticed he was really trying to work on that, and it convinced me that if HE can work at fixing things, I can too. I want(ed) to lose about 15-20 pounds and stop being the typical "fat" zumba instructor that you hear about. Zumba is famous for attracting "anyone" who can "teach" but... who really wants to take a class from a fat instructor? i felt like a faliure and hypocrite.
Favorite exercise: been a Zumba instructor for almost 5 years.
Favorite Primal food:Bacon!
Best part about being Primal:Bacon and eggs for breakfast. Who knew? and, the positive health changes that I totally did not expect. my VISION improved! (huh?) My adrenal glands seem to have awoken from their fatigue and lo and behold, i have energy! And I sleep darn good! (still working on spouse)
Worst part about being Primal: Knowing what I have learned, and put to good use, and seeing people around me eat terribly in the name of what they think is healthy. Or, having people ask me what I am doing to lose weight, I tell them and suddenly THEY are fat experts who remind me about the evil CHOLESTEROL I am eating. (sure, its the meat I am eating that's ruining our health, not the cake you just shoveled in.)
Your location: Windsor, CO
Age (If you want): 69
How Primal are you: One month+ and dedicated!
Do you consume dairy: only full-cream greek style, some cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Sugar and carbs have always been my enemy; I am not only 25 lbs. overweight, but have arthritis in my hands and feet, have always had trouble with constipation and get migraines from too much sugar. I've already seen a difference in my overall health since switching.
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: eggs and bacon
Best part about being Primal: my energy level is going up.
Worst part about being Primal: going through the detox period and getting rid of years crud caused by carbs.
Your Location: Melbourne Australia
How primal are you? Currently half way through day 2
Do you consume Dairy? I had some butter yesterday. Usually I eat a lot of dairy, but suspect its something I shouldn't be eating due to sinus problems, so it's something I want to experiment with.
Do you drink tea or coffee? No, I have never liked either.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been suffering from a severe lack of energy and motivation for a while now so increased health, weight loss, and the possibility of reducing my epilepsy medications if all goes well.
Favourite exercise: Remembering I'm only on day 2, I can only say I like stretching exercises as I used to be a dancer, so stretching my muscles still feels good.
Favourite primal food: not sure yet
Best part of being Primal: hopefully more energy
Worst part of being primal: I'm expecting a really bad detox period and also as a chocolate addict I am still not convinced I can cope without it.
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Your location: King City, CA moving to Hemet, CA (7 hours South) December 1.
Age (If you want): LK: 64 LD: 65
How Primal are you: We began eating Primal in May, NO exercise just food changes. It works even if you jump off, which we did every time we traveled (about 10 days a month).
Do you consume dairy: Heavy cream with [B]1[/B] cup of coffee, ususally every other day or so. I am trying to quit, so I limit my intake to just 1 cup and enjoy the heck out it! LD will probably never quit.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes and lots of water.
Motivator for switching to Primal: My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 8 months after we retired. He did external radiation therapy; 6 months later his PSA went down to 2.9 (began at 6.0); 6 months passed PSA=3.2, an increase. Docs concerned but not worried, well I was worried! Began searching the internet, found Gary Taubes book, and then Paleo info then Primal Blueprint. OK, we can and will do this. August 1, his PSA=1.5!! Hooray.
I said if his PSA went down, we would begin the exercise portion of PB.
Favorite exercise: Wall squats; although my knees complain a lot, I am ignoring them. LD likes the pushups (big showoff).
Favorite Primal food: Bacon, without a doubt and no guilt! Woohoo.
Best part about being Primal: Knowing that we are giving our bodies the fuel to fight any and all invaders, who attempt to shorten out life spans.
Worst part about being Primal: I miss bread, he misses cookies.
Thank you for being the light at the end of the tunnel. We really appreciate it.
If you always DO what you always DID,
You will always GET what you always GOT. Be flexible, CHANGE is GOOD.
Your location: Chicago
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: About 80% I'd say. I eat mostly organic veggies and fruit, I eat a lot of fish, and mostly try to eat grass-fed meat, but that isn't always the case. I'm in my third week now, so still adjusting.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. I have cheese maybe once a week with a meal, and use half and half occasionally.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I tried tea out, and apparently I'm not very fond of it. I drink coffee occasionally, maybe once or twice a week.
Motivator for switching to Primal: There are about 6 other people in my office who are Primal. I kept hearing them talking about it and asked one of them a few questions. Next thing I knew a couple of them had an intervention with me, and I was sold on the idea. My husband and I are doing pretty well with it. He's lost about 6 lbs, I've lost about 3.
Favorite exercise: I like Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. Love that it's a short workout, but it's no where near easy.
Favorite Primal food: This is a hard one. I love to eat steak and eggs, but I also loooove strawberries.
Best part about being Primal: I feel great. Not schlumpy, bloated, and all around feeling crappy like I used to.
Worst part about being Primal: Hmm, watching my coworkers eat pie and cake, and pizza from Giordanos. I still have to use lots of willpower.
Just read the book and am ready to start the 21 day challenge. Today is day 1 of a new life.
Your location: Cape Cod Mass.
Age (If you want): 37
How Primal are you: Day one today....a work in progress
Do you consume dairy: Yup...but had my coffee black today
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee....probably to much
Motivator for switching to Primal: Read the Primal Blueprint and it made sense to me....we are animals and the processed food is going to kill us off I think
Favorite exercise: treadmill
Favorite Primal food: steak or chicken
Best part about being Primal: hopefully a heathier lifestlye
Worst part about being Primal: get back to ya
Hi! REALLY enjoying this site and benefitting from the information. I know he drill - here's my story in a nutshell:
How Primal are you: 70-80%, depending on whether the Dbacks are in a home stand
Do you consume dairy: Yes - heavy cream in my coffee and occasional cheese in what Mark calls a "big ass salad". Not much more beyond that.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. One HUGE cup every day (probably 20oz)
Motivator for switching to Primal: wanted to find a way to eat that would not only be healthy AND easy to follow, but I need to believe that it will get me out of the rut of metabolic syndrome and heart disease my family experiences.
Favorite exercise: Running, but I ruined my feet and knees with competitive running in HS and college, so I'm constantly getting injured when I try to get going again. I'm really enjoying CrossFit, though, and hope to correct whatever mechanical imbalances I have so I can eventually SPRINT!
Favorite Primal food: ribeye, steak, or just about anything that used to moo.
Best part about being Primal: it just feels right in every possible way.
Worst part about being Primal: my family is not on board -yet.
Your location: Phoenix
Age (If you want): 58
How Primal are you: Pretty darn primal.
Do you consume dairy: Sometimes... Or no sugar almond milk.
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 weak cup per day now. Caffeine stimulates insulin.
Motivator for switching to Primal: The tsunami of obesity, and I gained weight this year...
Favorite exercise: Walking, running, swimming, hiking, worrying.
Favorite Primal food: Eggplant, okra, onions, kale, garlic, fish, meat, nuts, eggs.
Best part about being Primal: More energy, clearer mind. The only way to lose weight.
Worst part about being Primal: Can't grab fast food. You have to get the chicken at Costco... :D
Good noc, folks.
Hi Everyone :)
I am Marta, I am from Poland and I sure am primal right now.
I am a mom of a yo, i train heavy and mean and i am a runner too.
I've been struggling with my weight and my health since i remember, right now i am on my way to happy bouncy healthy and fit. But it took me a long time. Various diets, crash diets (like dukan which was the worst), than i started some weightlifting and found out that it is better. than i started paying more attention on WHAT i eat.
and here i am :)
I currently weigh about 70 kg (164cm tall) i already lost about 10 since eating clean with proper amount of fats and proteins, my carbs are around 50 - 150 (150 on training days)
Your location: Warsaw Poland (so I will be writin at wicked hours for most of you :) )
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: right now - 100% (with a little dairy though) i used to eat clean (whole grain that is :D ) than I decided to ditch grains. and I am blooming right now.
Do you consume dairy: yup, but home made cottage cheese and sour milk from a happy cow :) i buy kefir (is rthat the English word for it?)
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, though i reduced coffees to max 1
Motivator for switching to Primal: my brother. He switched primal a year ago (he is a sporty type, he's always been but he ate macdonalds and other junk food, he switched primal and puff all his problems are gone and he is truly a beast now)
Favorite exercise: jerk&clean. plus I am a runner, I plan to run a marathon next year
Favorite Primal food: beef jerky.
Best part about being Primal: my skin! and the way i feel right now
Worst part about being Primal: my work collegues. geez.
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:
Just starting so just learning, think I'm doing ok so far...
Do you consume dairy: cheese, oh cheese :-) butter, yogurt, cream, sour cream & a little bit of milk (very little now I don't eat cereal)
Do you drink coffee or tea:
tea, usually peppermint
Motivator for switching to Primal:
need to lose weight!
I enjoy pad work in the gym & walking my dog
Favorite Primal food:
Best part about being Primal:
you can eat lots of good stuff
Worst part about being Primal: