Hi everyone! I have been moving in a primal direction for quite some time but have just made more of a commitment to the lifestyle. Anyway, here's my infos
Your location: Wisconsin USA
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: Rarely eat processed, I'm pretty much grain-free, lots of meat....
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both
Motivator for switching to Primal: I starting cutting out carbs about a year ago and really liked the way I felt. I picked up Mark's Primal cookbook at my brothers house and LOVED all the recipes. I recently got his more detailed book and have been changing my cardio routine. Anyway, a long way of saying that I feel great adhering to a primal lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: powerlifting (squat in particular), horsebackriding, swimming...I guess that is more than one
Favorite Primal food: So hard to answer. Probably chicken. I cook a lot of whole chickens. Its become kind of a hobby.
Best part about being Primal: When I ate lots of carbs my glycemic level was all over the place, and I would get so hungry I would get irritable and easily upset. Now I can skip meals or notice hunger without freaking out.
Worst part about being Primal: ??? I'm pretty comfortable with this lifestyle. It is really hard for me to do extended cardio and stay within 55-75% max heart rate. When I ride my horse I go over that and start to get worried about stressing my body out.
Your location: Seattle WA
Age (If you want): 37
How Primal are you: I'm the "full fat dairy" kind of primal...
Do you consume dairy: Oh God yes.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes and yes.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Several... Watching my father's slide into horrendous health issues, and vowing that would never happen to me. (2) Gaining lots of weight after beginning weight training. I told myself it was all muscle, but there's stubborn fat that refuses to come off -- lots of stubborn fat, actually. (3) Reading about carbs and sugars and how the body handles them made me realize that they aren't good for me and I should stop eating them.
Favorite exercise: Barbell deadlift, closely followed by barbell squat!
Favorite Primal food: Roast meat (yummmmmmm) Beef, pork, chicken -- all of it. And the juices. And the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. And I no longer feel guilty about it!
Best part about being Primal: Not feeling guilty about eating the chicken skin, salmon skin, delicious roasts, bone broth, full fat dairy... ;-)
Worst part about being Primal: It is only Day 2 for me and I already miss bread, scones, muffins, waffles, pancakes, cornbread, rice, jook, naan, paella, coffee cake, tarts, cakes, pies, danishes, Ebelskiver, kringles...
Your location: NE Tennessee
Age (If you want): 61
How Primal are you: Just starting, slowly replacing food with Paleo.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, I love greek yogurt and use organic milk in my coffee.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: For health, weight loss and energy.
Favorite exercise: Walking
Favorite Primal food: Nuts, avocados, chocolate, and steak
Best part about being Primal: Don't know yet :rolleyes:
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out and families homes.
Your location: Minnesota
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you: Very
Do you consume dairy: Yes, raw and grassfed
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Overall health, well being
Favorite exercise: Barbell deadlift
Favorite Primal food: my own grassfed beef and pastured eggs :)
Best part about being Primal: Vibrant health and strength and lost 50lbs in 4 months as a bonus
Worst part about being Primal: None
Been Primal for almost 3 years now and I'll never go back!
Hi Everyone: I am newbie. I have to say I eat pretty much a Primal diet, but need to eliminate the grains & legumes (I LOVE peas, and black bean soup)....I am getting a palatal expander next week, and even with the little spacers in, am having trouble eating anything, so if anyone here has experience with my situation, I would love to hear from you. I did search the forum, and didn't see any posts that addressed this.
Your location: West Liberty, Ohio
Age (If you want): 54
How Primal are you: 80%
Do you consume dairy: a little
Do you drink coffee or tea: de-caff peppermint tea, sometimes a really good very strong cup of coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: health. My "fibro" may be a result of my lower jaw being out of place for 40 years....that's why the palatal expander goes in next week, then braces.
Favorite exercise: walking, jogging, gardening
Your location: Marlton, NJ
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you: 80%
Do you consume dairy: just 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both
Motivator for switching to Primal: it was suggested by my trainer at the gym. Wanted to lose weight and be healthier
Favorite exercise: Kickboxing
Favorite Primal food: Meat!
Best part about being Primal: more energy, better sleep patterns, body fat is down, I feel much less bloated!
Worst part about being Primal: Having to explain to family/friends why I eat what I do, and then when people say they want to try it, they come up with a thousand excuses as to why they "can't" do it. I also miss peanut butter.
Hi! I'm new to the forum here and just registered so I thought I'd introduce myself :) I'm Rachael, DIY blogger extraordinaire and workout junkie. I'll take a stab at these questions...
Your location: Asheville, NC
Age (If you want): 30
How Primal are you: I think 90% + at this point. No sugar, grains, legumes, micro amount of dairy.
Do you consume dairy: heavy cream in coffee only
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes :)
Motivator for switching to Primal: Long time health junkie, but only recently came across a Crossfit type gym...and you know those places are full of cavemen :) I joined in November, but finally started looking into primal/paleo about a month ago. Turns out my raw fed dog was eating better than I was. Read Robb Wolf's book about 2 weeks ago and was appropriately HORRIFIED. Cleaned out the kitchen and pantry within the hour. I was previously eating (and cooking for my husband) a VERY low fat almost vegetarian diet. I had not eaten nuts or whole eggs in years. So it was quite the 180 :)
Favorite exercise: Jump rope, handstand pushups, situps
Favorite Primal food: Meat (bacon right now, since I rarely ate it as an adult previously) or greens.
Best part about being Primal: I feel so relaxed about eating and shopping. It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It's also very much in line with other parts of my life (previously mentioned raw fed dog, I don't use shampoo, I make my own laundry soap and cleaners...)
Worst part about being Primal: Hmmmm...I guess maybe that I have to really pay attention to being prepared with food options. Less "convenience" options.
I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's stories!
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:
While I do not consider myself as having a Primal lifestyle, I do try to avoid grains, starches and processed sugars. I do eat lots of meat, eggs and veggies. The casual observer often considers me to have adopted a primal/paleo lifestyle.
Do you consume dairy:
a little with my daily 3 cups of coffee - and occasionally cheese and yogurt.
Do you drink coffee or tea:
like I said above, yes.
Motivator for switching to Primal:
Just kind of "evolved" from low-carb diet, to low glycemic to paleo/primal to metabolic type diet.
Hiking. Although I do strength train and swim as well.
Favorite Primal food:
A good steak - usually rib-eye. Avocados!
Best part about being Primal:
Being in better shape than before.
Worst part about being Primal:
It can be a little anti-social when eating out with friends even when being discreet.
I posted a new thread yesterday but I didnt answer most of these questions in it!
Your location: Arizona
Age (If you want): 21
How Primal are you: As primal as I can be! I get stuck with more limited choices when I visit family, and from time to time (less than a couple times a month usually) I will just let myself have a meal that is not primal if I REALLY want it.
Do you consume dairy: Some, Im lactose intolerant so I can only really eat stinky old cheese. Which I do. Yum.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both. Coffee in the morning, (herbal) tea in the evening.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was sick and tired of counting calories and still being overweight!
Favorite exercise: For fitness, lifting. For fun its swimming at a beach. I don't like swimming in pools.
Favorite Primal food: I love so many dishes! My favorite food period is raw clams or oysters, with lime juice and maybe a little fresh salsa mixed in (only if its clams though). I do like a really nice cut of venison cooked rare on the barbeque too though...
Best part about being Primal: I dont worry about eating or event think about it that much anymore. I just enjoy food. I used to obsess over it because I feard gaining weight and it really killed the joy of eating good food.
Worst part about being Primal: I cant eat most the food from my culture (mexican) and most people think Im crazy. Also, eating out is pretty impossible.
Your location: Boulder, Colorado
Age (If you want):45
How Primal are you: starting today, but plan to be very primal
Do you consume dairy: a little, I love paramasan and blue cheese on salads, cream in my coffee, Greek yogurt in smoothies
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cup of coffee every day .... a really big cup
Motivator for switching to Primal: After having two kids, I was able to get back to my pre-baby weight easily. Aside from during pregnancy, I have maintained the same weight since college. However, in the 5 years since I turned 40, I have started gaining weight. I need to reverse that trend! I love the approach to fitness not being such a grind, but focusing more on quick, intense workouts, weight training and fun outdoor activities.
Favorite exercise: hiking, biking, skiing
Favorite Primal food: not sure yet ... can I have chorizo sausage?
Best part about being Primal: having a plan to follow, less emphasis on endless cardio
Worst part about being Primal: hard to plan meals to pack for lunch (sandwiches are so simple!)