Your location: Atlanta, GA
Age (If you want): 22
How Primal are you: 80/20-ish. I'm ashamed to admit I still eat fast food about once a week, but I'm strict paleo when I cook for myself, which is most of the time.
Do you consume dairy: I'm lactose intolerant, so I try to avoid it. I can handle a splash of heavy cream in my coffee every few days, and I'll consume butter until the day I die.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee in the mornings, chamomile or peppermint tea at night.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I read The Clan of the Cave Bear after high school and became fascinated with everything prehistoric. That lead me to major in anthropology, which lead me to study human diet. I'd be stupid, with everything I've learned about human evolution, not to go paleo.
Favorite exercise: It's a tie between squats and deadlifts.
Favorite Primal food: Everything is better with bacon! Everything!
Best part about being Primal: Never having to eat another rice cake again. Not starving every two hours. Being able to lift 250 lbs. Being able to take the stairs without losing my breath. BACON.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out, and having to explain to my dad (again) why I can't eat his famous spaghetti.
Not primal yet....just discovered this yesterday.
Yes I do consume dairy moslty because I have been duped into believing it is good for you.
I drink one coffee every morning.
Was inspired to check out the Primal lifestyle by an eye doctor who lives by it.
Your location: Rochester, NY
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: 80/20
Do you consume dairy: For the most part no, I'll occasionally use some grass-fed butter to cook with and will sometimes eat some local sheep's milk cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee every morning
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was sick of constantly feeling hungry on the 'low-fat diets' I used to use and wanted to start eating [I]real[/I] food.
Favorite exercise: Running intervals and resistance training
Favorite Primal food: Braised oxtails and bacon
Best part about being Primal: Feeling really satisfied after making a good meal
Worst part about being Primal: Talking to other people about how eating primal is better for them
Your location: Kentucky, USA
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: I would say very, occasionally have a slip, but is pretty rare.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, do not appear to have any lactose issues, but try to limit as much as possible
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea sweetened with Stevia
Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm a physician with strong emphasis on preventive medicine, have always been interested in diet and exercise. Was searching for the best way to maintain my health and continue to be active. The benefit is the numbers of patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes and hyperlipidemia who have gotten off their meds with this lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: Resistance training, bench press in particular.
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: I love the sense of community and the positive energy that comes from spreading the message and seeing the results as others embrace the Paleo/Primal way!
Worst part about being Primal: I do miss french fries with ketchup (I make my own primal ketchup, but not quite the same).
Your location: Del Mar, CA
Age (If you want):47
How Primal are you: 90+% I started June 1, 2012 and I am still learning how to eat.
Do you consume dairy: No, that was my cheat-Feta with eggs but stopped.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Black Coffee and just started White Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I wasn't losing weight with my cycling because I thought I could eat anything. I ate pasta all the time. After learning about Paleo/Primal, weight loss became a secondary reason. I have family members in their 90's and one is 101. With my genes, I have a goal to live to 125. People think I'm goofy.
Favorite exercise: Cycling
Favorite Primal food:Avocado
Best part about being Primal: The health benefits, weight loss-people seeing this and asking me about the diet. If I can help one person better their life that would best part.
Worst part about being Primal: Being a little to enthusiastic about the Paleo/Primal. I have to check myself around friends.
Your location: Ar-kansas
Age (If you want):62
How Primal are you:Noob (just started reading the PB)
Do you consume dairy:yes
Do you drink coffee or tea:yes, usually in morning (1 cup)
Motivator for switching to Primal:I'm an Insulin dependent Diabetic, amazed at how Mark has described my health conditions and my future (if I don't change), without ever meeting me.
Favorite exercise:sitting at my desk, eating (you asked, but I am open to change)
Favorite Primal food:eggs
Best part about being Primal:So far it is the satisfaction and ability to escape from the SAD diet the VA keeps trying to push on me.
Worst part about being Primal:Haven't found anything I disliked yet.
Your location: Chester, UK
Age (If you want):51
How Primal are you: Not much, just got the cookbook - haven't eaten bread or anything with oats in it for a couple of weeks now, and so far so good.
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, loads
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have poor cholesterol levels so I am interested in diets that might help, also would like to avoid weight gain
Favorite exercise: Hill walking, but also like cycling
Favorite Primal food: Not sure, tried making the brownies in the cookbook using ground almond (can't get walnut meal/flour in UK) and they came out really nice. Amazed that you can make nice cakes etc without flour
Best part about being Primal: Not sure yet
Worst part about being Primal: When my high LDL/low HDL was diagnosed a few years ago I didn't like the statin they gave me so I stopped eating meat & started eating fish - that helped, so I am not v keen on the idea of going back to eating meat (don't miss it), but meat seems to feature heavily in Primal. Also, seems hard to find some of the things in the Primal Cookbook here in the UK.
Your location: Indiana
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: About 80%
Do you consume dairy: Occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Get healthy, lose weight, enjoy life.
Favorite exercise: Hiking
Favorite Primal food: MEAT
Best part about being Primal: Eating flavorful food
Worst part about being Primal: Not going out to eat to my favorite restaurants.
Your location: FL
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: yes, sometimes but I try to eat raw cheeses.
Do you drink coffee or tea: teas: Kombucha, dandelion root, Yerba Mate, green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: weight and health
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: meat, eggs
Best part about being Primal: good health, weight control
Worst part about being Primal: not eating chips, crackers, bread, or pasta
San Diego, Ca,
old enough to know better
I stay away from packaged, non GMO foods, like sprouted, living foods
I make my own raw jerky- love that!
I do consume dairy: Raw cheese, keifer and fermented
I love my organic coffee, make tea from home grown herbs (tulsi, dandelion, peppermint, stevia, etc)
I don't know what "Primal" means yet- but I do forage for my food and grow my own??
I'm not sure I've switched to being completely Primal- but will be open to more info regarding it.
Training and racing my horses (yes, you do sweat and it primarily works the core) but I need to get my ass out of the saddle
and that's why I'm here- for motivation!!
I love to run trails- but haven't done so in a long time.
Primal food? I love organic, grass fed, free range beef- but don't eat it often, Love wild caught Salmon
Still need to research what "Primal" is- I could survive off the land from what i know about it and the
food it provides- but I have a feeling its bigger than that.