Your location: South Dakota
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: Maybe 80%
Do you consume dairy: Yes, heavy cream, raw cheeses, organic non-homogenized whole milk
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yeah, decaf coffee occasionally (still bitter about giving up regular coffee) and usually 2 cups of tea (green, white, or herbal).
Motivator for switching to Primal: fat loss and building strength/agility
Favorite exercise: hapkido
Favorite Primal food: coconut oil
Best part about being Primal: shamelessly eating meat and fat in front of my friends and coworkers who are slaves to weight watchers and points. muahahaha!!!
Worst part about being Primal: planning, preparation, and cooking (looking forward to this being a no-brainer habit some day)
Your location: Ohio
Age (If you want): 51
How Primal are you: Maybe 75%
Do you consume dairy: Yes, some cheeses, organic keifer,yougurt now and then.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Jasmins Green Tea is my 1st choice, I LOVE it.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Better Health,fat loss and building strength.
Favorite exercise: Speed Walking
Favorite Primal food: Berries & Nuts
Best part about being Primal: Having the knowledge that I do about food. Fat Free is what everyone is into but there still FAT. Living in Ohio I see soo many obese folks it gets me sick. If only folks knew the truth about foods like we do.
Worst part about being Primal: At times it's hard when you go to someone's house that has garbage for food and they want you to partake in it with them.
Here in town we don't have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods so I go up to Ann Arbor Michigan once a month for some shopping.
Your location: Lebanon, NH
Age (If you want): 37
How Primal are you: 70% or so...
Do you consume dairy: yep, mainly full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt, occasional splashes of whole milk in my coffee.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, two cups of coffee each morning.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Reading the Crossfit nutrition forums and Good Calories, Bad Calories last year.
Favorite exercise: http://www.crossfit603.com
Favorite Primal food: MEAT!
Best part about being Primal: See above.
Worst part about being Primal: I have major ice cream and craft beer weaknesses.
More about me: Started eating mostly Primal late last summer (2008), and noted that when I was super-strict about it, weight melted away like nothing (7 pounds in one week), and when I was slack I would at least maintain and not gain back. I liked the idea of a generalized approach to life rather than a diet plan, too. And I like bucking CW!
Your location: Sandhills, NC
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: currently 70-75% due to travel/job, I have a goal to be 90-95% when I can.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, yogurt, a little cheese and occasionally milk in a latte.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea, almost daily. Coffee, once or twice a month.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Desire to be healthier, fitter and happier. It just makes sense to me.
Favorite exercise: Long, slow distance running and row machine.
Favorite Primal food: Eggs, roast turkey and blueberries.
Best part about being Primal: Knowing that I am working with my body not against it. Also, the results I have already been enjoying from just a 70% primal diet for the past several years. I had given up “white” carbs about three years ago (rice, pasta, white bread, potatoes). I still continued to have brown rice, whole grain bread and pasta until about six months I gave it all up. I still have dairy, but not every day. I have lost 25 pounds in the past six months from exercise and healthy (almost) primal diet.
Worst part about being Primal: Wanting to share primal lifestyle and benefits with family and close friends and meeting resistance. Luckily the more they see me and hear about my successes, they are coming around.
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
How Primal are you: Interested/Beginner
Do you consume dairy: Little to none
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. 2 cups tea in the morning, or 1 cup tea/1 cup coffee.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Intriguing way of looking at things. Read Mark's interview in the "Rivendell Reader" and thought, "Now there's a great idea. That is something that I could handle, NOT being on a plan or a regimented schedule." It just made sense. Biggest motivator is that I only have 1 goal: lose weight ... that's it. I'll have other goals as I move along, but for now I'll stick with only 1. Life is busy enough with work and family.
Favorite exercise: Riding a bicycle - avid commuter / weekend rider.
Favorite Primal food: I LOVE tasty chickens!
Best part about being Primal: Don't know yet
Worst part about being Primal: We'll see
Location: Charleston, SC
Age (If you want): 38
How Primal are you: Brand new - but have Mark's book!
Do you consume dairy: not since I got the book.
Do you drink coffee or tea: neither
Motivator for switching to Primal: I like the thought of eating cleanly, not simply "low-fat". I also like the idea of eating "the way God intended" if you know what I mean.
Favorite exercise: Deadlift w/ barbell. But, as I said, I'm still new to the Primal lifestyle. I'm sure my favorite exercise will change...
Favorite Primal food: Tuna. Damn near raw. Steak being a close second. Cooked the same.
Best part about being Primal: In my first week I've dropped 7 pounds -- probably by drinking 100+ oz of water daily and dropping the carbs. And beer. And definitely from dropping the 1/2 gallon of milk I'd often drink in a day.
Worst part about being Primal: Definitely dropping the beer. And the Diet Cokes. But know that this will do my body (and mind) a boatload of good...
Location: Saint Peter, MN (current). Oakland, CA (as of Sept 1st 2009)
Age (If you want): 23
How Primal are you: about 95%, depends on how much money I have each month - good meat is expensive!
Do you consume dairy: yes, full fat, plain yogurt and a little cheese. I doubt I will ever stop eating yogurt, it does wonders for me... I feel as though this is a much more "primal" way to get good bacteria than popping expensive pro-biotic pills every day.
Do you drink coffee or tea: i go through phases with tea, but only the green variety and love a properly brewed, hand rolled green sencha with a sprig of mint... mmmhmmm.
Motivator for switching to Primal: this is an interesting story, a 3-fold motivation. I have struggled with topical yeast infections for about 4 years now, and in February 2009, I got completely fed up with it all. Doctors kept prescribing this and that cream or pill and nothing seemed to work. So, as I should have done in the first place, I went online for answers and discovered the murky universe of "candida" and the millions of candida cleanse diets that health bloggers and internet docs promote. I tried one of these cleanses (basically you dont eat anything with carbs (not even fruit!) while popping an incredible list of anti-fungal supplements every day) for a month, religiously. By the end of those 30 days, the visible signs of the yeast infection had not diminished at all. BUT, I had lost 10 lbs (completely unnecessary, but interesting), felt more mentally aware than I could remember, and was building lean muscle like crazy having picked up yoga and biking during that time to keep my mind off of sugar. Another thing I noticed is that my blood sugar stopped freaking out. I had been a vegetarian (self-induced, I was a weird child) since I was 9 years old, struggling in the last four years with extreme mood swings, headaches, tiredness, etc... due to a reliance on carbohydrates (yay college!) and simple sugars to get me through the day. After a month (albeit still vegetarian, with lots of fish/eggs) of this candida cleanse, I was starting to notice how cutting carbs out of the picture afffected my hypoglycemia tendancies. The mental boost of this high-fat, high-protein diet was just as intoxicating for me as the physical, and like everything I get excited about, I set about learning everything I could about why I was feeling so good. This lead me on a random google search to The Daily Apple and, well, the rest is history....
Favorite exercise: 1. yoga. 2. a monkey circuit around the neighborhood park. I have taken to after-work, usually dusk/dark workouts on the jungle gym there and LOVE it. I have developed some serious callouses and can whip my body around, gorilla-style, like nobody's business!
Favorite Primal food: hm, well as a first time meat-eater, Id have to say BACON! I almost passed out when I ate this for the first time - so good. Also, I eat a ton of avocados and am partial to cajun spiced chicken legs.
Best part about being Primal: feeling great about what I eat, how I look, and how I live.
Worst part about being Primal: the big explanation - aka the social aspect. It is really hard for people to listen to me explain this lifestyle without their eyes glazing over and the inevitable responses - "That's just Atkins with a different name." "You dont need to lose weight!" or the best, "Oh right, you got this off the internet?" Just have to remind myself that it doesnt matter if they care about this or not. Ill talk about being primal till your ear falls off, but in the end, its my life!! :)
Your location: Texas
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: Just starting to get there...I've been 100% for a week now (with exception of red wine tonight!)
Do you consume dairy: Yes, although I am striving to cut down...mostly from full fat, natural cheese and greek yogurt...the yogurt is staying though!
Do you drink coffee or tea: I have about 2 cups of coffee with splenda per day
Motivator for switching to Primal: Overall better health and easier weight management...starting to notice how bad 'healthy' carbs like whole grains make me feel, and how hungry I am after eating them!
Favorite exercise: Any outdoor sport
Favorite Primal food: Avocados
Best part about being Primal: So far, the ease of nutrition choices
Worst part about being Primal: No pizza :p
Your location:Kirkland, Wa
Age (If you want):32
How Primal are you:@80%
Do you consume dairy:non-fat in my recovery drink
Do you drink coffee or tea:both
Motivator for switching to Primal:Wanted to develop a healthy lifestyle
Favorite exercise:Anything P90X or P90X+
Favorite Primal food:Avocados
Best part about being Primal:It's helping me get my 6pack abs
Worst part about being Primal: I'll let you know when I find one
Location: Northwest South Carolina
How Primal 90%
Dairy?: yes whole non homogenized organic milk in morning smothie
Coffee/tea: several cups of coffee per day
Motivation: Long term solution to maintain ideal body weight and healthier attitude
Favorite exercise: Trail Hill Repeats
Favorite P Food: Bacon and Eggs
Best Part: Lost 20 pounds 217 to 197, waist from 37" to 33" in 7 weeks (I'm 6'2" and don't want to go much below 195) body fat probably at or around 10%
Worst Part: No Pizza