07-01-2009, 09:11 PM
Real name: Ellen
Your location: Northern Vermont
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: probably about 75-80%. I do okay on diet, but I could use more sleep and I hate most structured exercise. I love to play though.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, fruit and greek yogurt most mornings, cream or sour cream in sauces, and cheese. I love cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Peppermint tea in the winter, sun tea in the summer, coffee once a week as a treat (because I love it light and sweet--can't have that too often).
Motivator for switching to Primal: My doctor was going to medicate my borderline high blood pressure, and I asked if I could have six months to get my weight down first. I lost 10 pounds the first month the CW way (low-fat, calorie counting) but it was MISERABLE, and then found MDA and switched and lost the next 15 without much effort or any hunger. And my bp at the doctor's office, six months later, was 98/60. (And my weight is slowly but steadily creeping down with little to no effort, wooo!)
Favorite exercise: Running around with my niece and nephews, playing basketball with my husband (even though I suck), dancing with my friends. Pushups are kind of okay, and I'm trying to get a pullup or two, just so I can say that I can.
Favorite Primal food: ALL OF THEM. Wild salmon, bacon, eggs, lovely dark greens, avocados, rare grass-fed steak, free-range chicken, berries...yum.
Best part about being Primal: Everything tastes better now that I've recalibrated my sweet tooth not to expect HFCS with every bite. I feel better, I look better, I have more energy. I feel healthy.
Worst part about being Primal: Well, my husband isn't open to the idea of going primal (he's opposed to vegetables), so that makes planning meals a little tricky, but I can usually make something for him and also have a salad on the table, so we can still eat together. Also, our boss likes to "treat" us to lunch sometimes--heavy on pizza and pasta--and I feel wicked ungrateful when I just sit there not eating. But not enough to eat any of it.
07-01-2009, 11:26 PM
Your location: Japan
How Primal are you: Doing the best I can without being able to read Japanese food labels beyond the protein, fat, carbs, sodium info.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Not a whole lot: cottage cheese, a little milk or cream in my coffee/tea, small serving of plain yogurt a couple times a week. Never seemed to have a problem with dairy, but will see what happens as I reduce intake.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both. Two cups of not-too-strong coffee in the AM, tea (usually green) in the afternoon.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and body composition. I don't have health problems but suffer from a perpetual case of "skinny fat", despite (or rather because of) chronic cardio. After finding MDA last year, I realized that I already had been defaulting to a primal eating style when I would exercise and lean out in summertime (no starches, lots of fresh veggies and fruits, animal proteins, avocados and nuts). I never was much of a grain/starch eater, so those were always the first (and easiest) to cut off the menu. However, sampling all of the new and different carb/candy treats around here, and nibbling holiday sweets come winter, were always my downfall. Last summer I worked off the usual winter flab, but at 120 lbs, I was still carrying way too much body fat. After putting on a few pounds over this past winter (after greatly improving my exercise habits), I knew the problem was my diet.
Favorite exercise: I run 5K 3x/week, working in sprints as much as possible. I am also incorporating the dumbells and body weight exercises every day around the house. The steady-state running may not be exactly primal, but what a fantastic change from an hour on a treadmill (mostly walking on a steep incline) 6-7x week and being constantly hungry and overtrained. No wonder I could only last a few months before getting burned out and quitting exercise in winter (and aiming straight for sweets).
Favorite Primal food: nuts, avocados, coconut
Best part about being Primal: finally realizing why I have had the problem (for decades!) of being either on or off with diet and exercise, and finally knowing what to do about it. Now that I have made the conscious choice to eliminate refined sugars and all junk carbs and grains, along with processed foods and artificial sweeteners, I am looking forward saying goodbye to skinny fat. And I feel great, too.
Worst part about being Primal: There's a downside? I don't have to deal with too many social functions, and when I do I can usually find veggies/salads. Knowing what junk carbs do to me, I don't even want the stuff, so there's no temptation.
Thanks for reading, and thanks to Mark for this wonderful forum.
07-01-2009, 11:30 PM
Welcome, Hello Kitty and everyone else. As for the wonderful forum, it's the thoughtful, helpful and intelligent people that make this forum wonderful. It's literally nothing without all of you.
07-02-2009, 12:53 AM
Thank you for the warm welcome, Mark. Your articles about insulin, grains, and chronic cardio made the lights go on for me, but it wasn't until I experienced last winter's fat gain that I saw first hand what those carbs were doing to me. It was like carefully constructing a house, only to invite a carbohydrate wrecking ball to do its thing. No more!
On the subject of grok on:
A few weeks ago I wanted to order your PB book (with priority shipping), only to discover that the order form doesn't recognize military addresses ("state" = AP, AE, etc.). I was afraid that using Amazon with an outside seller would default to parcel post (which takes so long I never know if something is lost in the mail).
In any case, I am very excited about going primal and I thank you for connecting all of the dots!
07-03-2009, 02:25 PM
Hi all! I'm late to the game but I'll add my answers!
Your location: Southern California
Age (If you want): old! hehe 30s
How Primal are you: 80%, I eat dairy, dark chocolate and alcohol - usually wine
Do you consume dairy: yes: cream in coffee/tea, cheese, sometimes plain yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: both, but I think espresso gives me insulin spike so try not to drink that
Motivator for switching to Primal: get fit and lose flab, be healthy and happy
Favorite exercise: walking, sprints, bodyweight exercises and playing!
Favorite Primal food: hmmmm, dunno I like it all
Best part about being Primal: no problem skipping meals and it's fun to be a wild beast!
Worst part about being Primal: no grains/beans. I do love grains/beans but they don't love me.
07-03-2009, 04:20 PM
Your location: Switzerland
How Primal are you:
- nutritionwise: about 90% (still eat dairy)
- exercise: i walk a lot (don't have a car), play volleyball twice a week (we do loads of Interval-like and bodyweight exercises), lift weights.
Do you consume dairy: yes. I put cream in my coffee, eat cheese and occasionally yogurt (fullfat, homemade). always organic though.
Do you drink coffee or tea: i drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Stumbling onto Mark's Daily Apple 2 years ago was all it took. Everything makes perfect sense, you cannot not do it.
I've been a lowfat-vegetarian for 18 years (not PETA-holier-than-thou-style, I was just minding my own business), and after being veggie-primal for 6 months, I was ready to stop that shit and start eating meat again. BEST decision I've ever made. I have never felt satiated from a meal before (stuffed yes, but not comfortably full), I've experienced this the first time i ate meat again.
Favorite exercise: almost everything we do in volleyball practice, planks, inlineskating, burpees
Favorite Primal food: any kind of meat & fish, eggs, nuts, all veggies except brussel sprouts.
Best part about being Primal:
being able to eat fat, feeling satiated, never being cold (back in my lowfat days, i felt as if my body wasn't capable of producing heat. now i'm almost never cold. It's awesome.), no more dry skin, knowing and feeling that you are doing the right thing.
Worst part about being Primal:
I miss freshly baked bread and Walker's Shortbread Cookies. But that's a price i'm willing to pay.
07-03-2009, 06:34 PM
Hi, my name is Krist Voiles, and I'm a Grokaholic.
Your location: River Falls, Wisconsin
Age (If you want): 38 in October
How Primal are you: Doing the P90X diet, so maybe 50%?
Do you consume dairy: Yes (1 cup of skim milk per day, sometimes 1 cup of fat-free cottage cheese as well)
Do you drink coffee or tea: Either one, but not every day
Motivator for switching to Primal: Love the "back to the basics" mantra about it. Also feel like grains/carbs are my one major weakness with my diet and always have been. I want to break the habit! I want to feel and look my best, and I feel the PB will help me in those respects.
Favorite exercise: Yoga X / Plyometrics
Favorite Primal food: Walnuts
Best part about being Primal: Haven't figured that out yet! But I'm guessing once I'm 100% Primal (or close to it), the best part will be how I feel!
Worst part about being Primal: Gonna miss that bread and rice...hopefully I won't feel that way for long though!
07-07-2009, 04:21 PM
Your location: Tennessee, USA
Age (If you want): Very close to 29
How Primal are you: Maybe 80 - 90%
Do you consume dairy: Yes (yogurt and cheese)
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: Mostly my husband, but I became independently motivated after reading and then trying it out for a couple of weeks.
Favorite exercise: Unfortunately - or not, I love cardio - any kind of intense cardio.
Favorite Primal food: My favorite food changes rapidly depending on what I'm eating. I think it's safe to say just about anything could be classified as a favorite.
Best part about being Primal: Having spent the past year counting and weighing my food and trying really hard, I can say this is the most freeing thing I've done. I feel great, too.
Worst part about being Primal: Took me a while to get over my fear of fat. I still cringe a little when I eat butter or oil, but so far, so good.
07-07-2009, 05:14 PM
OK, fresh meat is here
Your location: Appleton, WI
Age (If you want): 24
How Primal are you: Not Primal at the moment. Just getting started on this journey.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but I assume I'll have to cut it back significantly. I love Greek Yogurt, milk and cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, but it's either or and only once a day.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Well, I try to be pretty open-minded about many things in live, and while coming across this blog was very accidental, many principles of Primal diet just make sense.
Favorite exercise: I love hiking, but I'm not sure if it can be classified as an EXCERCISE.
Best part about being Primal: Eating all-natural. It's been a long-time coming for me and it will probably take some time to adjust.
Worst part about being Primal: I would say it's a toss about convenience and social acceptance (understanding).
07-07-2009, 05:19 PM
Krist, I see you from WI as well. I have to say, It's going to be tough breaking the cheese habbit seeing how we live in the biggest cheese state
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