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!)
Your location: North Carolina, USA
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: Still new to it and working on it, but about 70% there.
Do you consume dairy: Eggs and some cheese like feta or goat
Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf both
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was vegetarian for 22 years and vegan for 8 months. I'm also a (shhh...) chronic cardio girl, running marathons and ultras and just couldn't seem to lean out or drop any weight. I started off with Tim Ferris' slow carb diet and then found my way to Primal. It's been a huge mental leap eating meat again and I'm cautiously feeling my way into it, but so far, I'm seeing results I like.
Favorite exercise: Running
Favorite Primal food: Sweet potato
Best part about being Primal: Feels like I'm part of a secret "in the know" community
Worst part about being Primal: Defending my choices to family and friends who think I'm following some random fad
Your location: Quebec, Canada
How Primal are you: 80%. Cheat occasionally on weekends, or special events.
Do you consume dairy: No, except on cheat days.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Not really, coffee on cheat days or if I'm working.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Got tired of being a vegan for so long, lacking energy... wanted to be more normal, if you can believe that...
Favorite exercise: Pullups.
Favorite Primal food: bacon wrapped dates.
Best part about being Primal: Having tons of energy!
Worst part about being Primal: How expensive my grocery bills are... I eat about enough food for two-three people.
Your location: San Jose, CA
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: 100% most days, I have small cheats occasionally
Do you consume dairy: a small amount of raw milk cheese occasionally, I plan to attempt homemade yogurt & kefir soon
Do you drink coffee or tea: lots of herbal tea, turmeric tea, green tea, black tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: went primal with a couple friends, we all support each other. We are all doing it for improved health and fitness.
Favorite exercise: sprinting is fun
Favorite Primal food: berries
Best part about being Primal: no more stomach pain! and I am demolishing my sugar/carb cravings
Worst part about being Primal: a lot of time spent cooking, dish washing, planning ahead. but its worth it!
Your location: Estonia (In Europe) :)
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: I was about 50-50 for a year (that meant basically cutting grains and adding cream to coffee :p). Few months back ran my first marathon and really carb loaded myself freely :P
3 weeks ago started 90/10. Hope to stay that way. Want to loose these 2-5 kg(I'll see how it goes along the way) that keep me from being confident and happy about myself
Do you consume dairy:sour cream, cheese, heavy cream, cottage cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1-2 cups of coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to live a healthy life and not to obsess about food and my weight all the time. Still obsessing, but it's kind of a good obsession lately. Also my husband has high blood pressure (runs in the family), he is 30, not overweight at all(185cm/85kg) and his bp was 100/165 before medications. I wish that healthy eating could get him off the meds, but he is still at the 50/50 approach :P
Favorite exercise: running/hiking with my dog and bodypump
Favorite Primal food:eggs
Best part about being Primal: sugar cravings basically gone
Worst part about being Primal: I seem like a lunatic when talking to other people why I do not eat bread or pasta. Really try not to talk about it at all.
And I apologize for my english, not my everyday language :o