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    Your location: Chicago, IL

    Age (If you want): 27


    How Primal are you: About 80%. My aim is 100%, but I have occasional lapses. There is nothing non-primal that I intentionally keep in my diet.


    Do you consume dairy: I use butter. I don't buy diary, but if some comes in my meal at a restaurant, I'll eat it.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: tea in the winter


    Motivator for switching to Primal: To see if I could lose any weight. I work out a ton and was surprised why I seemed to always stay the same weight.


    Favorite exercise: Did gymnastics for 15 years and still practice at a local gym. Anything competitive: road bike racing, adventure racing, crossfit.


    Favorite Primal food: Nuts. I go crazy with these sometimes.


    Best part about being Primal: I feel good physically, but I also get this great sense of accomplishment knowing that I'm doing good for my body. My husband eats whatever is in front of him, so I don't think he's even noticed that he only eats primal dinners too.


    Worst part about being Primal: I feel like I need to go grocery shopping constantly. If I don't have fresh fruit and veggies in the house, my diet turns to crap.


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    Your location: California

    Age (If you want): 38

    How Primal are you: This is only my first week trying this out so I don't think I'm very primal yet.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, but I'm still researching this one and may do a trial without it.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I have type 2 diabetes.

    Favorite exercise: I have 4 weeks left of the P90X program. I am usually a runner but haven't run at all since starting P90X. Too tired and sore!

    Favorite Primal food: I don't know yet! Nuts probably

    Best part about being Primal: So far I've noticed I don't get crazy hungry and my blood sugars have been below 100 every morning this week.

    Worst part about being Primal: I'm going to assume it will be eating out. I'm eating out at a Thai restaurant today at lunch and have no clue what I will get. I would usually do the noodles but I've done so well this week, don't want to undo it.


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    Location: Wisconsin

    Age: 44 (45 in 2 weeks)

    How Primal: I would say 80% or better -no grains but I do love my good cheese.

    Dairy? See above!

    Tea or coffee? Neither and didn't before going primal, every once in a while I would have a chai. Now if I want one I'll go with the whole milk! Yum!

    Favorite exercise: TRX Training and cardio HIITs

    Motivation to switch: type II diabetes and failing all oral meds which I would expect if I was 400lbs but I am not.

    Favorite Primal food: Fish? Fruit? Nuts? I love food and the good stuff is all on this plan.

    Best part of being Primal: lower blood sugars but I am still relatively new to this so we'll see.

    Worst Part: No Pasta but I make a fantastic Bolognese so I will have to find something else to have with it.


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    Hi All,

    I stumbled upon MDA recently and I am overwhelmed, to say the least, with all that I've been reading which is so contradictory to CW. But just trying to incorporate some of the PB principles in the last week or two has had a positive impact on me.


    Your location: Pittsburgh


    Age (If you want): 32 (female)


    How Primal are you: About 60% or so, I consume dairy and a small portion of whole grains.


    Do you consume dairy: Yes


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Both but primarily coffee


    Motivator for switching to Primal: Just incorporating some of its principles in the last week or so has helped me lose weight.


    Favorite exercise: I climb stairs (real steps, not stairmaster) - anywhere from 1000-1200 in a day, about 3-5 times a week. But have drastically reduced that in the last 10 days and I'm trying sprinting.


    Favorite Primal food: Goat Meat, Shrimp, Nuts, Veggies, Fruits


    Best part about being Primal: It's too early to say, but I like that I'm losing weight.


    Worst part about being Primal: Drastic change in my dietary habits. Going from eating mostly vegetarian and whole grains to mainly animal protein is a huge change. I'm from India and our traditional diet is rice/wheat-heavy with a good amount of lentils, beans and veggies.


    I look forward to interacting with you all and learning from you in my journey towards going PB.


    Mamatha


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    Your location: San Francisco


    Age (If you want): 23 (male)


    How Primal are you: I'd say 80% now. The number is getting steadily higher though. I am still pretty new to this


    Do you consume dairy: I don't rely on it for bulk calories, but I love good quality cheese for flavoring. Occasionally some butter too.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: I love coffee. I used to rely too much on it, and since I've started going primal I've been able to drink much less.


    Motivator for switching to Primal: My story is similar to Mark's. I was a varsity athlete through the end of college in cardiovascular based sports. I'm sick and tired of the cardio junkie lifestyle. Now I'm eating less and working out less and I feel much better. Plus the whole primal concept just makes complete sense on top of it being backed up by science.


    Favorite exercise: A nice walk in the sun. I love deadlifts too. Nothing quite satisfying like picking up something really, really heavy.


    Favorite Primal food: Big, juicy steak


    Best part about being Primal: Looking good and muscular, and I'm assuring myself that I am doing everything I can to prevent health problems down the road.


    Worst part about being Primal: It's not the food because it's delicious. I'd say the social aspect of it is the hardest part...going out to eat with friends ect.


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    Your location: I am an inmate of the lovely Commonwealth of Virginia and I've got a pack of cigs and a half roll of toilet paper for anyone who can smuggle in a file.


    Age (If you want): I'll be 40 in October


    How Primal are you: Not very. Not yet. But I'm working my way into it.


    Do you consume dairy: Occasionally. Usually in the form of hard aged cheeses like parm.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea with lemon and/or orange and/or mint. No sugar. No honey. No milk.


    Motivator for switching to Primal: My first tentative steps into primal led to a drastic reduction in my out of control blood sugar.


    Favorite exercise: Kettlebells. They're just bloody fun. And they sure as hell get the job done.


    Favorite Primal food: Steak and Mushrooms. Mushrooms are primal, right? . . . I really hope mushrooms are primal.


    Best part about being Primal: The way I feel.


    Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain Primal to the bread & cardio kids.


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    love the experession "bread and cardio kids" :lol:


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    Your location: Colorado

    Age (If you want): 21

    How Primal are you: I would guess between 50 and 70%. I eat primal more when I'm at school because I just don't buy a lot of the non-primal stuff that my mom makes when I'm at home over the summers. I do not eat rice, potatoes, bread, or stuff with lots of added sugar (i.e. canned fruit/veg).

    But, I still have my vices that I enjoy once in a while though -- pizza, beer, Mexican food, and desserts (cheesecake) made with artificial sweeteners.


    Do you consume dairy: Yes, but I'm working on slowly cutting down on it, experimenting with coconut milk instead of milk. I occasionally have yogurt and "good" cheese.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both, with no added milk or sweeteners.


    Motivator for switching to Primal: Staying healthy, losing weight, having more energy. I have a lot more energy and feel better when I run than I did back in my days of ignorance.


    Favorite exercise: Climbing snow-filled couloirs in my beloved Rocky Mountains.


    Favorite Primal food: Big game meats -- buffalo, elk, deer, antelope, etc. I found some ground yak meat at a farmers market last year, that was pretty good.


    Best part about being Primal: Having more energy, being stronger, feeling great.


    Worst part about being Primal: Explaining it to everyone, having to argue with people who thing that meat is unhealthy, and it's really hard to take lots of primal food on multi-day climbing expeditions.

    Subduction leads to orogeny

    My blog that I don't update as often as I should: http://primalclimber.blogspot.com/

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    Your location: Boston, MA

    Age: 20

    How Primal are you: Getting there...avoiding grains and sugars as much as I can.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, in small amounts.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Not very often, once a week or less.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Suspicions of gluten sensitivity + wanting to lose weight permanently + wanting to be healthy

    Favorite exercise: Running around having fun, or games like soccer and tennis

    Favorite Primal food: Delicious, tender, juicy steak.

    Best part about being Primal: Feeling amazing, discovering new food options

    Worst part about being Primal: Explaining it to people and getting those "wow you're crazy" looks in response


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    Your location: Washington

    Age (If you want): 35


    How Primal are you: About 80-90%. Out for pizza and/or Mexican once or twice a month, and a mixed drink now and then.


    Do you consume dairy: a bit...aged cheese, unsalted, grass-fed butter for cooking, whole milk Greek yogurt, and half-n-half


    Do you drink coffee or tea: doppio espresso with a bit of half/half on a regular basis (I live in the land of great coffee after all...at this time of year I LOVE espresso over a big cup of ice)


    Motivator for switching to Primal: I grew up in Alaska eating good food (lots of wild meat/fish, veggies, fruit in season and fresh ground whole grains), but during/after college got into the habit of eating crap. Gained a ton of weight, and just felt like crap mentally and physically (you are what you eat after all). August of 2008 I knew I needed to make some major changes in my life, and wasn't interested in some media-hyped "diet" (I knew that the answers had to be in real food somewher), found the Paleo Diet book and started there...found this website in December and made some adjustments.


    Favorite exercise: walking, hiking, anything involving my dogs


    Favorite Primal foods: walnuts, blueberries, salmon


    Best part about being Primal: getting my positive attitude and cheerful outlook on life back! I didn't realize how gloomy I'd become (and 66 pounds less of me).


    Worst part about being Primal: Planning meals in advance, and trying to explain how I eat/live to others who are still convinced that LOW-FAT is the only good option.


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