Age (If you want):19
How Primal are you:Not at all . . .yet
Do you consume dairy:yes but not daily
Do you drink coffee or tea:yes but not daily
Motivator for switching to Primal:Because it makes sense and I need to change for the better
Favorite exercise:rock climbing and gymnastics which I used to do as a kid but now dont however I will soon start them again
Favorite Primal food:My mums homegrown pork
Best part about being Primal:Not sure yet
Worst part about being Primal: Quitting the sugar . . . .
Your location: Massachusetts
Age (If you want): 29
How Primal are you: About 90%
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Rarely Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I all of a sudden was in a lot of pain in September 2012, when I finally went to the ER in October they found a large amount of fluid surrounding my lungs. I saw so many specialist and went through a procedure to have the fluid removed. The doctors could not figure out was causing this, still haven't. When I started to feel a little better I decided I was going to go gluten free to help with inflammation and that's when I found Mark's Daily Apple. It has totally changed my life in a short amount of time.
Favorite exercise: Walking (just started to be able to exercise again)
Favorite Primal food: Bacon!!!!!!!!!
Best part about being Primal: I don't ever feel like I am starving and I am losing weight with little effort! Also I feel great. You know what, everything about being Primal is great!
Worst part about being Primal: Everyone asking "Can you eat this?"[/FONT]
Hey guys, I'm Amadeu.
Your location: Portugal
Age (If you want): 23
How Primal are you: I'm switching to Paleo.
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, daily
Motivator for switching to Primal: Mark!
Favorite exercise: Pullups
Favorite Primal food: -
Best part about being Primal: Health
Worst part about being Primal: Sugar cravings
Hi! I need some help to start, some questions about exercising...
I'm Karin from Chile (so please excuse my English if I make mistakes, it is not my first language!)
I'm 46, always struggling with weight control, I'm insuline resistant (so is my young daughter, it runs in the family I guess). I do not take any medicine since I've controlled it with diet for years. I do eat pretty much primal, maybe with more cheese than I should and I used to give me a "day off" a week to eat whatever I feel like or whatever it may be at that dinner party I got invited (I'm going to try primal for 3-4 weeks without days off). I do drink a lot of teas and some coffee (no sugar nor sweetener)
I am 5'3 and 137 pounds, I'm quite muscular but still have some fat and I'd like to drop 10 pounds or so. And I haven't been successful with that.
I bought the book, I know what I have to eat. My questing is regarding exercise:
I practice Karate Shotokan 2-3 times a week for 45 min each session and I'm not willing to give it up or cut that down. I've been doing it regularly for about 10 years. Since I am asthmatic in order to be able to endure my Karate training, I do 30 minutes of elliptical at moderate pace 3 times a week.
My question are
1) Is there anything else/different I need to do regarding exercise?
2) If I want to drop some weight do I avoid fruits completely or my exercising levels call for some fruit?
Thank you very much for your help!!!
Hi guys, I'm Greg. I've been lurking for several months and almost started primal eating several months ago but backed out at the last minute. I've been into fitness since I was 18 years old and started eating 'clean' around 5 years ago. I eat what most people would consider to be 'healthy' food, but after checking out this site and reading The Paleo Diet, I know I can still improve quite a bit. I eat way too much processed food (wheat bread, cereal, granola, protein bars, protein powders) and not nearly enough fresh vegetables and fruits. I'm finally going to quit making excuses, and starting next Monday I'll finally be eating primal. I'm a very disciplined person and know that with the new friends I'm sure I'll meet on here, I'll be successful in making a change. I look forward to talking and interacting with you all!
Your location: Southwest Virginia
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: I'll be starting next week.
Do you consume dairy: I plan on including some dairy.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm a coffee junkie.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Hoping that by eliminating processed foods, I'll have more energy and I'm sure I'll be more healthy.
Favorite exercise: Currently I do strength training (alot of bodyweight exercises, dumbbells, kettlebells, and core work) three days a week, some form of cardio (running, hiking, rowing, and plan on doing more sprinting) three days with one rest day.
Favorite Primal food: I haven't started yet, but I did low carb several years ago and made a chili that would be primal and was absolutely delicious.
Best part about being Primal: I'll be more healthy and have more energy.
Worst part about being Primal: I'm a big fan of whole grain cereals and oatmeal, so it'll be tough giving those up. I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run.
Your location: Katy, Texas
Age (If you want):38
How Primal are you: Just starting but have been Primal-minded my whole life.
Do you consume dairy: Not anymore
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and occasionally some Green Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Training and completing an Ironman without losing all my belly fat. I have tried all kinds of diets, but have never gotten rid of sugar completely so I thought I would go Primal and see what happens.
Favorite exercise: Swimming
Favorite Primal food:Meat
Best part about being Primal: Feeling clean (after I get through this nasty Sugar Detox)
Worst part about being Primal: Sugar Detox
Location - Stockton, CA
How Primal: Totally. My husband and I purged our cabinets and only have Primal food in the house
Coffee/Tea - both
Motivator - weight loss
Exercise: walking mostly some workouts on my Wii
Favorite Primal food: like them all, but it's nice to have nuts
Best part: I feel so much better and no carvings
Worst part: other people don't always get it
Hi! My name is Stephanie, I'm 30 years old tomorrow and I have lost and gained weight in the past four years more than I have at any point in my entire life! (Having two kids will do that!)
I live in Langley, BC, Canada; and my Primal journey has just started last week. I find that, for myself, pure abstinence from carbs/fruits/sugar is the best way to go, although I've had crazy withdrawal symptoms and was set back on Sunday because of it.
I have been dairy free for 8 years now, and gluten free for 9 months; my girlfriend went Primal and lost tons of weight just by doing nothing, so I became rather intrigued and curious as to how I could also do nothing and lose weight! Haha!
I drink tea, caffeinated and decaffeinated, but only with Stevia - it makes me feel like I'm having a "sweet treat." That was one of the reasons I quit the SAD diet, my consumption of sugar was making me a really horrible person to be around. And if I went one or two days with low-carb, I would binge eat on whatever candy, sugar, chocolate or baking I had in the house.
I love eating fish and steak, pork is my all time favourite - I can eat a pound of bacon to myself! I think that's my favourite part about eating Primal, I can eat pork without feeling "fat!" But so far the worst part about becoming Primal is my withdrawal symptoms, which I suspect are what drug addicts go through - I almost threw up Sunday morning (after two days of keeping my carbs under 20%) but I've otherwise felt great!
How Primal Are You: Mostly. I eat mostly fat with moderate amounts of protein and very, very low carb. I need to add in much more exercise.
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, coffee.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss and better health.
Favorite exercise: Walking and weightlifting
Favorite primal food: Bacon
Best part about being primal: Looking good and feeling good.
Worst part about being primal: Other people frown on it and think I'm crazy for doing it.
Please pardon my newness to forum -- have only been following marks blog and others similar blogs ;; finally started using apple app recently - very nice.
I'm now 43, stopped eating carbs November 2011 -- was over 320 pounds; pre diabetes ; liver inflammation ; hyperlipidemia ; et.al.
My basic / only focus the first 12 of the past 18 months was keeping carbs around 20 gram per day.
The recent ~ 8 months, I have gradually made more Primal food choices, began IF once or twice a week, Primal exercise -- I'm slow to write up -- sometime soon I intend to post an in depth report of what I did -- my best statistics are going from 50 inch waist Levi jeans to 38 inch designer slim jeans ; all metabolic syndrome lab work now 'pristine' (quoted by my personal physician)
So many other amazing pearls to note; my lifelong-size-6 wife took up low carb fall 2012 and now is wearing size zero...
I ruptured bicep tendon in February turning doorknob...unusual winter and behind on many projects now
Many thanks to Sisson, Taubes, Attia and the many that post here on this forum and others like it.