I'm happy to have found this site. It seems like a goldmine for knowledge, and a nice place for like-minded folk to gather and discuss.
To answer the OP's inquiries:
I'm not sure how to answer 'How primal' I am...
I just turned 30. I've always been a lover of fruits and veggies, and a generally healthy eater. [Thanks dad!] However, I have definitely eaten lots of grains/breads/pastas in my life. I've never really been a junk food purchaser though, or soda, etc. I have memories from the early 90's of my dad saying "We aren't buying hotdogs or Kraft Macaroni. It'll make you sick!" Recently, my father (who is a really healthy non-average American), got into intellectual debate with me about what I've learned about Paleolithic lifestyle, vs. Mediterranean lifestyle diets. I don't know anyone who believes totally in this lifestyle, or who lives it.
So, here I am.
For about 1 month now, I've been trying to reduce my intake of grains. That's been the hardest part for me, as I ADORE rye bread. I could eat that every day with some really good cheeses like Swiss, or Gouda.
I've reduced my dairy too. That part hasn't been too hard, since I don't like drinking milk. I guess it actually has been difficult to quit cheese and yogurt. I've done this gradual tapering actually. I always buy organic dairy, by the way. In the morning, I have a little organic half-and-half with my coffee, sans sugar, of course. I absolutely still drink teas, and won't ever stop that.
My motivator for switching has sort of happened by, happenstance! haha I was recently worried (after eating mostly vegetarian for the majority of the previous year), about the possibility of protein deficiency. Also, I get skin breakouts, and someone told me that they heard peanuts could be a problem for some skin-types. At the time, I discarded the idea as a quackery like comment from the obtusely airy health food store cashier. Long story short: After doing the research about the various types of healthy diets, and the schools of though behind them, I stumbled upon an article about peanuts (and legumes)! It led me to paleo! So, that's also why I'm here now.
My favorite primal food? I don't know how we can pick just one! I love so many things. Mostly plant based things, though I certainly love meat and fish. I'm sorry to my poor body that I deprived myself of meat for so long. I consumed too much soy, I believe.
During survival mode, if the whole society collapsed, who would live longer? A hunter? Or a rigid vegetarian? I think we know the answer to that. The vegetarian would quickly convert to carnivore.
The hardest thing I've experienced, is worrying about: "How am I ever going to eat pizza again?!!!!!"
I read something about making a dough with almond flour, and chickpea flower though. (yes, yes, I know, TRUE paleo says NO BEANS! ugh. lol)
I'm still going to be seeking more science behind the 'anti-bean logic'. I thought that consumption of proteins WITH phytic acids, reduced the 'anti-nutrient' effect that is claimed.
Okay, enough of my rambling now. ha.
I look forward to learning things from Mark, and all the people here.
We are like cattle, blocked in by industrial confines. Walking down aisle seven, I grab my wheat flakes like a foddered bovine. ~lucid space