My Location: Maine, USA
My Age: 54 Male
I'm 100% Primal right now. Just started yesterday. My plan is to stay as Primal as possible.
I can take or leave dairy
I do drink coffee - Black
I am switching to Primal because I feel like I'm well on my way to being a fat boy after being athletic most of my life. 6'4" and 235 pounds as of yesterday morning. I don't want to flab over my pants as I am now and I'd love more energy.
I have a treadmill and weight machine in my basement. Used to play volleyball, basketball, etc., but only sport now is Curling during the winter. Physically I'm a train wreck due to a lot of things, but constant pain is part of my life. Knees don't let me run much, but I'm trying.
Favorite Primal food: So far all I've eaten yesterday and today is Steak and eggs scrambled in lots of butter. Have to go with that I guess.
Best part about being Primal: I'm going to get my junk food addiction behind me and lose maybe 20 pounds of fat and get my clothes fitting again. Probably also will lose some of the chronic pain.
Again, I only started this yesterday, but the worst part is that I can't convince my girlfriend that I'm not nuts. Although she did call this morning to say she's going grocery shopping and did I want her to pick up anything special.
I'm a sales rep and my life is either at a desk or driving around New England, so I'm going to learn to make some adjustments.
Thanks for all of the forums, I'm piecing this together.
I am living in Berkeley, CA
in my 40s...barely!
Primal for 8 days now
Yes, I consume Diary and am trying to figure out how that exactly fits in
Yes for coffee and occasionally tea
I have been looking for a better way to lose weight, maintain it, be healthy- and saw a friend of mine who looked GREAT and he has been doing this for about a year...ALso, I have been reading THe Omnivore's Dilemma and this seems like a natural progression...
Exercise: Yoga, walking, lifting, rowing
Fave food....meat and red wine??
Best part so far is NOT COUNTING points...although i am keeping track of everything using my Fitbit to get a sense of exactly what I am eating....THe other, is that this seems so natural and easy.
Worst- not sure yet...I love baking so that may be a problem
Your location: SF Bay area
Age (If you want): 22
How Primal are you:maybe 80%
Do you consume dairy: a little cheese, a T of half and half in my coffee, and occasionally yogurt (once a month?)
Do you drink coffee or tea: both
Motivator for switching to Primal: I made the terrible mistake of trying a vegan diet and after 3 months I had absolutely zero energy, was hungry all the time, continued to have IBS symptoms, had lost no weight, and became very deficient in B12. It was fun. Then I learned about this diet from my uncle (an MD) and read Gary Taubes and a few others.
Favorite exercise: I truly have not found a type of exercise that I enjoy other than walking. I do strength training, but that does not mean I like it!
Favorite Primal food: anything coconut, prime rib
Best part about being Primal: finally feeling like I am a healthy person, having energy, and losing weight
Worst part about being Primal: having to explain to people over and over again why it is OK to eat whole eggs for breakfast!!! I am so tired of being told my cholesterol is going to go up. If I don't know the person very well, I just try to end the conversation, but if it's a family member or close friend, let the debate begin!!
[B]Your location:[/B] The Netherlands
[B]Age (If you want):[/B] 16
[B]How Primal are you:[/B] Around 90%
[B]Do you consume dairy:[/B] Yes, some cheese, yogurt and butter.
[B]Do you drink coffee or tea:[/B] I drink some tea everyday.
[B]Motivator for switching to Primal:[/B] I started eating this way because I wanted to be healthy. I had eczema all over my body and I was very self-conscious about my weight (although I wasn't fat at all). Now my eczema is gone and I have more self-confidence, though I'm not there yet. I want to get more strength, being stronger.
[B]Favorite exercise:[/B] Yoga, doing handstands, walking.
[B]Favorite Primal food:[/B] Bacon, eggs
[B]Best part about being Primal:[/B] The food is lovely, I am becoming healthier and healthier, I feel great!
[B]Worst part about being Primal:[/B] Family and friends think I'm really weird for eating like this. But actually I don't really care about that ;).
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