A couple of thoughts on lack of convenient foods. If you are going to be out for awhile, eat a fat-heavy meal and you will likely stay satiated all day: Yesterday I had a piece of fat from the corned beef I prepared to finish the meal, maybe 3" by 3" and felt like I was stuffed for a few hours after. So that avoids the issue.
If I want to have a snack handy I have a couple of things I use. One, there are always nuts and a few go a long way, I'm careful not to overconsume. For variety I will sometimes combine nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes and perhaps cut up pieces of jerky. For the jerky it can be tough to find it without sugar so be careful. Again a little goes a long ways especially if you had a fat-heavy meal beforehand. (For breakfast, I will make an omelet with two or three eggs, veggies, perhaps bacon and cooked in plenty of butter or bacon grease. Easily gets me through a day)
Your location: Mission Viejo, CA
Age (If you want): 61
How Primal are you: 95%...?
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf coffee occasionally, decaf iced tea, yes.
Motivator for switching to Primal: makes sense, trying to lose weight, want optimal health for my age.
Favorite exercise: dancing to my playlist of fav fast songs. :)
Favorite Primal food: steak, of course. :)
Best part about being Primal: feel light, and weight just dropping right off. And the knowledge it's so healthy!
Worst part about being Primal: I honestly can't think of one, at the moment! :)
Your location: Melbourne, Australia
How Primal are you: ?? mostly, feeling poor after not eating right is making it easy
Do you consume dairy: Ghee, heavy cream in coffee and on fruit
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee - 1 large in the morning
Motivator for switching to Primal: Feeling poor working a physical job.
Favorite exercise: Sprints on bike, chin-ups
Favorite Primal food: Fish, Eggs
Best part about being Primal: The eating change has revealed so many areas that have improved... eg. my poo has returned to normal - i definatley had some gluten issues, aches and pains (muscular and tendon) have gone, hayfever much improved, i sleep like baby again, i dont need to eat constantly, i eat way less overall, work output is high all day long ;-)
Worst part about being Primal: The worst part?... It should be the advice from doctors, governments etc. But its not, its all a massive scam. I have bloody eaten sh1t for 35 years that was making me fat and sick, but it was Kn "healthy wholegrains, eat as much as you want". Anyway, now to convince my Mum
Your location: Louisville, KY, USA
Age (If you want):25
How Primal are you: 90/10%, I cheat, and I regret it everytime.. I'm getting better however now that I have been following keto for a bit
Do you consume dairy: Sometimes, it's never regular, butter and cottage cheese mostly
Do you drink coffee or tea: love both
Motivator for switching to Primal: gluten intolerance was really destroying my digestive system, and i slowly eliminated all grains from my diet, and then HFCS, and then regular sugar, and now on and off with carb foods i.e. potatoes
Favorite exercise:I love trail running, I just love being out in nature, I start crossfit tomorrow, I hope that becomes my favorite too
Favorite Primal food:Eggs are a gift to mankind, definately eggs and coconut oil
Best part about being Primal:digestion is wunderbar!
Worst part about being Primal:explaining why you eat the way you eat to people who don't even know there is WHEAT in bread... yes, it's a daily thing, especially in Kentucky.
Your location: Los Angeles, CA
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: 80%
Do you consume dairy: cheese on occasion
Do you drink coffee or tea: both (Bulletproof coffee when I drink coffee)
Motivator for switching to Primal: lack of energy and wanted a change in diet (and my fiance started eating like this. team effort!)
Favorite exercise: squats now that I know how to properly do them!
Favorite Primal food: Grass-fed burger with avocado
Best part about being Primal: Easy choices, don't have to read labels as much because I'm shopping the outside perimeter of the store.
Worst part about being Primal: I feel guilty for the amount of fat I'm eating...
Hello all! :)
Your location: Michigan
How Primal are you: At the moment, mostly.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, some. BUTTER. Some cheese, HWC in my coffee, ice cream when I'm slipping.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, but mostly coffee.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight.
Favorite exercise: Zumba
Favorite Primal food: Coconut oil
Best part about being Primal: Toss up between the weight loss and the evening out of my hunger. When I'm more SAD than Primal, when I get hungry, I'm crabby, headachey, and ready to gnaw off my own limbs. It's nice when that goes away.
Worst part about being Primal: Toss up between having to eat foods that I don't enjoy that much and how difficult it can be to find things on the go when I don't have time to cook.
My location: Northern Virginia
How Primal are you: I'm assuming I'm pretty primal. I can't afford to do organic and grass fed all the time, but I get it when I can. I don't eat fillers: bread, rice, corn, pasta or taters. I use my juicer every morning. I go to the gym at work during my lunch break or slip out for a walk. I usually eat leftovers from the night before or have enough juice from the morning. At night, I cook primal when I'm home.
I have to work multiple jobs and am out 2-3 nights a week working as a server and bartender in a restaurant. I've gotten pretty good at adapting meals to be suitable for Primal living. I also work once a week as a softball umpire which gets me some outside time and the opportunity to move around more.
Living near Washington DC, there are tons of trails and parks to explore. When the weather's nice, we're out and about. fI play baseball in an adult leagues in the spring and fall. Can't wait to get out on the diamond in a few weeks.
Do I consume dairy?: My mom grew up on her father's dairy farm. I don't buy a lot, but I'll have some cheese on a burger or once in a while with some eggs. It's not an everyday staple though. I will grab some ice cream with my son once a month or so.
Do I drink coffee or tea: Yes to both. No cream. Haven't used it in nearly fifteen years. I don't have to have caffeine. I just enjoy an americano on Sunday morning right before heading into church.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Watched a good friend start about a year ago and knew I'd be following those footsteps. Weighed myself around Thanksgiving and saw I was just short of my heaviest weight. Pants were getting tight. I couldn't button my shirts at the top and wear a tie. There was no way that I was going to buy new clothes that were bigger.
Favorite exercise: Pullups. I could barely do one a few months ago.
Favorite Primal food: Bacon
Best part about being Primal: Bacon
Worst part about being Primal: Not enough Bacon
Your location: Texas (Near Houston)
How Primal are you: day one of primal. But I have the advantage of having been approx. 50% primal to start with.
Do you consume dairy: Yogurt...that is going to be a hard one for me. I love expensive cheese with wine too! :(
Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm a coffee freak...today is the first day in a very long time I haven't had a cup. I like green and white teas!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and Energy. I am not overweight...but I want to make the most of this time I have left!
Favorite exercise: Squats ... all shoulder exercises!
Favorite Primal food: Peppers / Spinach / Seafood
Best part about being Primal: I'll let you know soon.
Worst part about being Primal: No Yogurt....chips and salsa (I'm from Texas, remember)...
Your location: Ontario Canada
Age (If you want): 48
How Primal are you: Today is my first day on this forum!
Do you consume dairy: Yes! the fatter, the purer the better!
Do you drink coffee or tea:yes! Tea, coffee, water and Kombucha are my only fluids
Motivator for switching to Primal: health and wellness and to take my wheat-free, sugar-free lifestyle further
Favorite exercise: my own program; BodyHugs; a program I created to incorporate all of my favs; ballet; pilates and core strenthtraining!
Favorite Primal food:Lamb and any high purine meats; I am truly a carnivore!
Best part about being Primal: if it's anything like the wheat-free, sugar-free journey I began just over one year ago, I will appreciate the calm and coolness of my life; no more emotion and physical surges.
Worst part about being Primal: falling into the old habits! :o
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
How Primal are you:
I've been knowledgeable of low-carb lifestyles for several years. I've gotten what I'd call "seriously primal" in the last 50 days.
Do you consume dairy:
Do you drink coffee or tea:
2-3 cups of coffee per day w/non-dairy creamer and Splenda
Motivator for switching to Primal:
The incredible amount of energy I seem to have while operating on very little food.
2-hand kettlebell swing
Favorite Primal food:
Chicken, bacon a close second
Best part about being Primal:
Everyone at the grocery store thinks I am "eating good".
Worst part about being Primal:
Letting go of my non-primal life was harder than I thought. Much harder. In fact, I could only compare it to suicide, in some regard.