Your location: Missouri, USA
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: Depends on who's defining the parameters :), but I'd say 95%
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Butter, cheese and cream. Also planning to give raw milk a try when my source starts providing again in the spring.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Was off coffee and tea (been drinking water kefir), but read about bulletproof coffee and gave it a try. Don't want to be addicted like I used to be, though!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Eczema, increasing food allergies, less physical capacity than I believe I SHOULD have, inability to lose weight in spite of exercise and good-ish diet.
Favorite exercise: Anything that's a game. I love geocaching, I skate roller derby, do martial arts and am now lifting weights and sprinting according to PB during the off-season from derby.
Favorite Primal food: No surprise: BACON! But really everything. I am loving the food. I've really been enjoying trying new veggies from the farmer's market/CSA. Trying to get set up for meat and egg CSA for next year. Another favorite thing about PB is I am really enjoying supporting local farmers and meeting the people who produce my food.
Best part about being Primal: I'm in my off season now and can't wait to see my performance improvement. I've been a few months into changes in diet (pre-PB, but gluten free) and at the end of last season dropped 9 seconds off my 25 lap time. I had not had ANY drop in time for over a year and my time, after 2 years of intense derby training dropped only 20 from my completely untrained first 25 lap time, and it was totally nothing to brag about. I'm a little excited and hopeful. When running, I don't feel the weight in my lungs I had been feeling. I feel powerful and I like it. Hoo-RAY. I have known for the past few years how hard I was working, but it had not shown up in better capacity. I am hopeful I may have more improvements.
Worst part about being Primal: Not being able to just eat with my family when visiting. But I am really glad for the commitment that has helped me completely resist all candy, cookies and donuts at the office during this Christmas season. Also, I haven't seen much movement on the scale, but it's still early days, so hanging in there.
Hi all, I'm a newbie and haven't fully converted yet. I am planning on starting the 30 day challenge in January. Various google searches I have done over the past few months kept bringing me to this website, and I was intrigued. Then a friend switched to paleo... more intrigued. Also, we've been eating more meat and veggies and less grains lately and it all seems to make sense. So, I'm here to glean from your wisdom.
Your location: Northeastern US. It's cold and snowy and rural.
How Primal are you: Still info-gathering. I hope ya'll won't shame me for that! I have several questions/personal concerns I am hoping for advice on.
Do you consume dairy: Very limited quantities. No cheese or milk. I do eat things cooked in/with butter. I am lactose intolerant, and after dropping milk and cheese from my diet (a year ago), I noticed a HUGE difference in my digestion.
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 tiny espresso in the AM. Herbal tea in the day (chamomile)
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health. Also I have a toddler and find it has been very hard to make healthy choices, since time is short. I'm hoping that this will give me a framework to make better choices.
Favorite exercise: Walking and swimming
Favorite Primal food: Avocado, Chicken thighs
Other thoughts: I am a former anorexic and need to be careful about restricting my diet. I know from personal experience that people can hide behind dietary restrictions as a way to mask unhealthy eating habits/behaviors. So this a concern for me. I also do not want or need to lose weight. I am still breastfeeding and lost all my pregnancy weight when I actually wanted to keep a little extra on.
Oh yeah... I also love bacon. I have a weakness for salty foods.
How Primal are you: Not very, cheating a lot
Do you consume dairy: I try not to because I'm lactose intolerant... but I do...
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yep, I drink mostly tea, and I take caffeine pills sometimes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight, tone up, be healthy
Favorite exercise: Biking, jogging in warm weather, Pilates, just took up pole dancing!
Favorite Primal food: Eggs
Best part about being Primal: Eating healthy makes me feel good... given that I'm lactose/gluten intolerant haha... sooo yeah basically I'm not allowed to eat anything but I do so I suffer the consequences
Worst part about being Primal: Being around people who are not primal and losing motivation when watching them eat
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:
not very at all
Do you consume dairy:
Do you drink coffee or tea:
Motivator for switching to Primal:
realization that nutrition is the main component to ones health.
Love playing basketball and soccer
Favorite Primal food:
Best part about being Primal:
Im not really primal yet im considering the change once the new year begins
Worst part about being Primal:
I consume a lot of sugar
Your location: Metro Phoenix
Age (If you want): 47
How Primal are you: 85%.
Do you consume dairy: only 1/2 & 1/2 in my coffee/tea every day. Cut out all cheese but still use butter in cooking.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Nothing else works as quickly or effectively. Took off 80 lbs. two years ago through portion control only. Regained 40 through too much carb junk ingestion.
Favorite exercise: weights, biking.
Favorite Primal food: BACON!
Best part about being Primal: Eating bacon.
Worst part about being Primal: I love baking to an unhealthy degree. Mostly reactions of my family who think I am nuts anyway. LOL.
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Just getting started (a baby Grok)
Do you consume dairy: 1 cup of milk a day with a protein shake
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: getting my body working the way it should. My mom has diabetes type 2 and I want to steer clear of it!
Favorite exercise: anything but running!
Favorite Primal food: Haven't gotten into crazy recipes yet so I will need to come back to this
Best part about being Primal: too soon for this!
Worst part about being Primal: too soon for this!
Location - Kitsap County, WA
Age (If you want): 61
How Primal are you: Three weeks now 95% primal - prior to that, 4 months of drastically reduced carb intake.
Do you consume dairy: 8 to 12 oz full fat milk/day, half-half in coffee, 8-10 oz full fat yogurt/day,
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1-3 cups/day. 12 oz cold green tea/day
Motivator for switching to Primal: the next step from my reduced carb and influence of reading Wheat Belly, Why We Get Fat AND stumbling into this site.
Favorite exercise: Group Power, walking, pilates
Favorite Primal food: Lamb, bacon, halibut, chicken
Best part about being Primal: I never felt "bad' before, but in comparison I feel even better - more level.
Worst part about being Primal: Letting go of chocolate chip cookies...even the paltry amount I was consuming onesey-twosey from the bakery...unrequited love.
Answers to the questions.
Location- San Jose, CA
Age - 41
Pretty Primal, no sugar of any kind including honey or molasses, see motivator for more primal explanation.
Yes tea, No coffee (liver can't handle it, but I want it!)
Motivator for switching to Primal - 14 months ago test results came back that I was intolerant of gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, chicken, certain fish and nuts and needed to get off all grains that were causing inflammation. That all meant Paleo was the way to go!
Favorite exercise - I'm open to anything, going Paleo w/ food is all I've done for 14 months. Exercise is what is next.
Favorite Primal food - hmmmmm, bacon.
Best part about being Primal - knowledge that I'm healing my body, my mood swings are gone, and I am skinny!
Worst part about being Primal - the stinkin' holidays! I want sweets!
Firstly - Merry Christmas all!
Hope you're all having a great one.
I've been reading up on Paleo dieting, which is what has brought me to the whole lifestyle idea of the PB - as soon as I opened the book, I found it very difficult to put down. I decided that, after the holidays (as there is a LOT of bad stuff hanging around the house right now!) I'm going to go Primal and get my body in the best condition EVER. I've been reading various posts on the website and have been really inspired by a lot of them.
I'll be starting in a few days... and I can't wait to both see and feel the benefits!
Your location: Cardiff, Wales (UK)
Age (If you want): 23
How Primal are you: not very! Starting in a few days.
Do you consume dairy: I do at the moment, but will be cutting it out completely.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and green tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health benefits, and being able to grin from ear to ear when looking in the mirror!
Favorite exercise: Running outdoors.
Favorite Primal food: Salmon!
Best part about being Primal: Yet to find out!
Worst part about being Primal: Hoping there are none!
I guess I'll update this after a month of making the switch from CW to PB!