Your location: San Diego county
Age (If you want): Fifty, as of a few days ago
How Primal are you: newbie. Husband and I started the caveman power diet a few weeks ago. Looking to expand the food choices soon before I lose him completely to the regular eating lifestyle.;)
Do you consume dairy: Prior to two weeks ago, yes..a little cream in my coffee, sprinklings of cheese here and there. Not a great amount.
Do you drink coffee or tea: YES, and am loathe to give up coffee. On the flip side, I do not drink soda.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I like the concept, and would like to lose weight and live/eat healthier. I weigh 152 lbs; would like to drop about 20-25 lbs.
Favorite exercise: I run. Every day. Have a running streak of over 3 years going (1133 days straight and counting)!
Favorite Primal food: it will be meat. I can't lie.
Best part about being Primal/Worst part about being Primal: We shall see...I can't see a downside.
Your location: east coast of Scotland.
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: hard to put a figure on it, I am a newbie. In my 2nd week. :) No processed foods, no grains, mostly no sugar...still trying to cut out the tsp in my tea.
Do you consume dairy: yes, I don't seem to have a problem with dairy.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea of all types but no coffee.
Motivator for switching to Primal: my main motivator is weight loss, I have around 40kg to lose.
Favorite exercise: at the moment walking is pretty much the only exercise I have been doing, looking to add in more of course.
Favorite Primal food: so far I am loving it all. Not missing grains or my old way of eating at all....yet anyway.
Best part about being Primal: I seem to have more energy. :)
Worst part about being Primal: slightly worried about the cost... single mother with 2 kids on low income.
I am a 54 year old living in California
I have not yet started a Primal lifestyle but am eager to start!
I do consume dairy
I drink coffee
I have decided to go Primal because it makes most sense to me
my favorite exercise is hiking
I would like to see if in fact I can train my body to burn fat and not muscle
Your location: Georgia
Age (If you want): just turned 48
How Primal are you: Very
Do you consume dairy: on occasion
Do you drink coffee or tea: I stopped drinking coffee on Jan 1 this year, I drink some herbal tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: to help my husband with his quest to see if eating Primal would reduce inflammation he suffers with.
Favorite exercise: walking and squats
Favorite Primal food: Venison
Best part about being Primal: I am satisfied with this way of eating
Worst part about being Primal: going out to dinner with others not eating primal. Oh, and I miss wine!
Your location: Vermont
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you: Not yet grass-fed or all organic, but otherwise I'm there.
Do you consume dairy: Fage total yogurt, butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: Couple herbals a day, no sweeteners or dairy
Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of feeling tired. Went from a super-athletic and fit person in my early 20s to being sadly trapped in an overweight and chronically painful body in my 30s.
Favorite exercise: Anything I can do with my wife and kids. Mostly enjoy snowboarding and biking, but perhaps my favorite thing is loading the pack and heading off into the woods for multi-day hikes.
Favorite Primal food: BAS w/ steak.
Best part about being Primal: Sustained energy with a great mood while losing weight without effort.
Worst part about being Primal: Festive eating with others can be tricky.
Your location: Cork, Ireland
Age (If you want): Too near 50.
How Primal are you: Just taken my first walk.
Do you consume dairy: mainly cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: both
Motivator for switching to Primal:
I've dropped about 10Kg using Atkins + denial, then lately intermittent fasting. I need to drop another couple of kgs and improve my fitness.
I don't believe most of the Conventional Wisdom and want to learn more about Primal.
Favorite exercise: Gardening, walking
Favorite Primal food: Red meat.
Best part about being Primal: It makes more sense to me, compared to the CW.
Worst part about being Primal: Missing fresh bread
Looking forward to learning and exploring Primal. Regards Joe.
Your location: Western Washington
Age (If you want): 30ish
How Primal are you: progressing along
Do you consume dairy: Yes, enough for a few lattes per week. I've been missing cheese, though!
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: I feel better when I have avoided grains. That has always meant low-carb ways of eating (Dukan, Adkins, etc) but I always felt something was missing in those paradigms- REAL rather than simulated food, for instance, along with maintaining good carbs in the diet.
Favorite exercise: I love P90x, but afraid I have burned out on it. I'm looking for an equally effective workout plan without quite the time or overuse commitments. :) I fear that I will just have to augment the regimen myself, as I am skeptical as to what could be as effective for me.
Favorite Primal food: I'm a foodie, so this is tough to narrow down. I love all the stuff I have avoided most of my life- bacon comes to mind.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling less sluggish. I find that grains have apparently compounded the issues of living in the Seattle area in the winter with so little sunshine and lots of rain and bone-chilling cold. I'm glad to be getting some energy back before July when summer starts here. ;)
Worst part about being Primal: Haven't found it yet. I'm just hopeful for a trimming of my body fat % again. Looks like I'm doing the right stuff, and I'm appreciative for all the feedback in the forums!
Your location: Colorado
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you:Haven't started yet. I'm currently gluten free, nightshade free and partially dairy free.
Do you consume dairy: Some cheeses only
Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have a lot of health issues. I have autoimmune hashimotos. I have leaky gut and I'm tired of it. I really want to be healthier.
Favorite exercise: Walking/Hiking
Favorite Primal food: Avocados
Best part about being Primal: Not sure yet
Worst part about being Primal: Well, I guess it's the same as going gluten free and nightshade free. I can't just walk into a restaurant or anywhere really without knowing every ingredient before eating.
Your location: Wisconsin
Age (If you want): 37
How Primal are you: Been a "clean" eater for years.....Primal for 3 weeks
Do you consume dairy: Nope and if I do it's a splash of half n half
Do you drink coffee or tea: Heck yes!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Always looking to be the best me I can be. Got a little junk in the trunk that I'd like to effortlessly melt away. Last spring I did Jamie Eason live fit trainer.......TORTURE.........I did get incredible results but there is no way I could live that way long term.
Favorite exercise: It's a tie between lifting and hiking
Favorite Primal food: Eggs
Best part about being Primal: Eating a lot of healthy fat
Worst part about being Primal: Keeping myself out of the almond butter jar
Your location: Fremont, CA
Age (If you want): Just turned 40!
How Primal are you: Partial, considering adding red meat and animal fat. I end up eating carbs once a day.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. I have switched to grass-fed milk, yogurt, kefir, and butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: I make my own chai when at home (once during the weekend) with lots of ginger and black tea and milk. No sugar. At work, sometimes I am tempted to have one cup of coffee/day +H&H + sugar. But since starting to eat primal, I am losing the coffee craving. I have it more out of habit or without thinking head to the espresso machine....I now ask myself, if I truly will enjoy this cup of coffee and have one if the answer is a resounding yes.
[B]Motivator for switching to Primal:[/B] I realized I included SAD only when I moved to the US. Within 3 years of SAD, I was depressed, low energy, 30-40 lbs heavier, and generally dissatisfied with life and not making any real progress in any spheres of life. I needed to get SAD out of my life. For good. When I recently turned 40, I started asking myself some tough questions. I HAD to take control of my life and the gene argument - that not much has changed in the human genes - clinched the primal deal for me. As a single mom (no dad for him), I want to be healthy, happy and full of energy for my 13 year old son. I cannot afford to neglect my health any more and as a parent I need to be more responsible. There was a time when I put everything ME at the end of the priority list thinking I was being a great mom. But now I realize I am far from at my best with this neglect since last 3-4 years.
Favorite exercise: Running. I have this love/hate relationship with it. I am also an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and I teach aerobics classes (Spinning, step, circuit, Bombay Jam) regularly. I also like sports. For most part of my life, i have been active. It's only over the last 3-4 years, I had become a couch potato. When all else fails, I go for a walk at lunch or later. Most times, I use that walk to clear my head. I never listen to music while walking, even when I was not primal. I like to appreciate the sun, the nature, and the birds etc. I just like to be, even if I am not solving any important problems.
Favorite Primal food: boiled eggs. easy to make and carry along.
Best part about being Primal: I smile a lot! I know this sounds ridiculous but when I eat primal, I make a ritual out it. I feel content from within and a smile spreads across my face. Of course, losing 4 lbs since turning partially primal 4 days ago also helps.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating meat! Before stumbling upon PB, I was considering reducing my meat intake. In India, I grew up eating very less meat, working out, and was in a great shape. So this recent weight gain and malaise associated with it, I attributed to eating meat 2-3 times a day. But of course, it was not the healthy portions of meat. It was more burgers and such. So these exactly opposite philosophies - my hypothesis and PB - keep clashing in my mind. Plus, I never really ate red meat before and not sure I want to start now. I will consider it.