09-08-2011, 07:59 PM
Your location: Nashville, TN
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: Currently, not. Searching for a diet/lifestyle I can actually live with.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both
Motivator for switching to Primal: Desperately searching for a more natural diet/lifestyle that will improve my health and appearance.
Favorite exercise: Running.
Favorite Primal food: Fruits & nuts. Veggies.
Best part about being Primal: Too early to tell
Worst part about being Primal: Too early to tell
09-08-2011, 10:02 PM
Hi! I'm new to the forums. This looks like the place to start.
Your location: North Dakota
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: I am just starting, but this week I have been 100% primal (unless you count coffee).
Do you consume dairy: I eat small amounts of cheese, but that's about it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee. I make a small (4c) pot and keep it in a thermos. So far, that is working for me. Left to my own devices, I would drink several pots a day.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I started putting on weight when I quit smoking 5 years ago. It has gotten to the point lately where I am sluggish and having a hard time keeping up with all I need to do during the day. I want to feel healthy, and hopefully lose some weight.
Favorite exercise: Kettlebell swings!
Favorite Primal food: Probably steak or cabbage. It's a tie.
Best part about being Primal: So far, not feeling the need to snack all the time.
Worst part about being Primal: My husband making junky-carby foods that I won't eat.
09-09-2011, 06:11 AM
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09-09-2011, 11:25 AM
Your location: Bangor, UK
Age (If you want): 20
How Primal are you: Beginner level, just testing the water seeing how my body reacts to a shift in higher fat (good fat, I'm overweight and eat a lot of bad fats!) and higher protein levels.
Do you consume dairy: Yes but only in small amounts and it's usually cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Black Coffee, the stronger, better quality the better, can't stand cheap stuff (same with the cheese!)
Motivator for switching to Primal: Fat, lethargy, bad sleep. I'm sick of being unhealthy and overweight.
Favorite exercise: Swimming / Body-weight stuff, but I do it intermittently at the moment.
Favorite Primal food: Don't have one yet.
Best part about being Primal: The biggest problem for me has always been that high carb, low fat, "healthy" diets have always felt wrong to me, but I had no credible alternative (yeah, lets just have a high fat diet...that went over well with my parents haha), I always intuitively craved a bit of fat (not a lot, but a bit more than these restrictive diets allow and I would snack on crap in order to get it, and that's not considering the debilitating psychological guilt of having a bit of butter or cooking with bacon fat. I suppose the best part of the primal diet, to me, is the intuitive nature of it, and how I can satisfy myself without going overboard or using these unhealthy pseudo-foods that line the shelves.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain it to other people; "You can't have saturated fats!" "How will eating butter make you lose weight??" Etc...
09-09-2011, 01:07 PM
Your location: Upstate New York
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you: Primalish - dairy, fruit and dark chocolate are more than "in moderation"
Do you consume dairy: Yep
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both - black, no sugar
Motivator for switching to Primal: I'd heard terrific things about it, and after being full (literally) of the high-fiber/high-100%-whole-grain thing, I thought I'd give Primal a try. So far, I'm enjoying it hugely.
Favorite exercise: Tae kwon do
Favorite Primal food: Pecans
Best part about being Primal: When I started, my mood...stabilized. Things that normally would have set me on a tailspin into anger or depression I was able to simply deal with/roll with. Sure, I still get angry and sad. But they're not consuming emotions anymore. I'm able to pull myself out of it. Considering that I'd been thinking about going back onto antidepressants, that's huge.
Worst part about being Primal: The rest of my family isn't Primal, so my pantry is still filled with pretzels, cookies, etc., and my kids still love eating bagels and cereal. Alas...
09-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Your location: Edmond, Oklahoma
How Primal are you: I would say I'm very primal. It's still a work in progress, but I don't eat processed food or any grains anymore. (Well, other then a bite of corn bread when around or a chip or two and a mexican joint.)
Do you consume dairy: I eat cheese, and will sometimes use cream
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both. I love coffee and strong and black as I can get it and I love my tea straight with no sugar in sight.
Motivator for switching to Primal: To be healthier, I had already lost a lot of weight with CW, but the always needed to eat and the stomach problems drove me nuts. I wanted to be able to hang out with friends without having to keep quick snacks on hand to keep from passing out.
Favorite exercise: I would say my favorite of the exercises I do is I train in muay thai. We do different stuff every session and it's always a blast.
Favorite Primal food: Steak. No Bacon. No Steak! Bacon wrapped steak!
Best part about being Primal: The energy! I'm bouncing off of the walls all of the time now! Plus I'm 100x happier and less stressed the I was before, a nice change of pace for sure.
Worst part about being Primal: The only downside is when you have trouble finding primal foods and a restaurant.
09-09-2011, 07:27 PM
Your location:Edmonton, Alberta
Age (If you want):33
How Primal are you:80/20, 65/35
Do you consume dairy:Cheese and butter occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea:Tea, daily.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Being primal is uncomplicated and easy to do.
Favorite exercise: Pistol.
Favorite Primal food: Grass fed bison burgers, no bun.
Best part about being Primal: going primal is an easy way for me to stay healthy.
Worst part about being Primal: The cost of healthy organic meats.
09-10-2011, 12:47 AM
Kitsap County, WA, USA
Dairy: cutting waaaaay down
Coffee or tea: yes, decaffeinated
Motivator for switching to Primal: health. Tired of feeling awful: fighting with my digestive system, tired, depressed, weight gain, etc.
Favorite exercise: swimming
Favorite primal food: eggs
Best part: more energy!
Worst part: having to re-think food buying/making
09-10-2011, 01:03 AM
Deepest Darkest Dorset in the UK
Dairy: About a week after going primal I forgot - and had a cafe latte. Big mistake! Face swollen, throat swollen, itchy skin and nausea. No more dairy for me apart from the occasional chunk of Brie.
Coffee maybe once a day, with coconut milk. Green tea or Lemon and Ginger tea.
Favourite excercise. erm,,,err - must start doing some excercise. Hate them all at the moment. Maybe yoga?
Fave primal food: Rare Sirloin steak with purple sprouting broccoli
Best part - weight loss
Worst part - not having the family on board. One son has reluctantly joined me. Husband and other son are determined to stay CW. It makes meal planning and shopping more of a chore than it was before. And that was bed enough.
09-10-2011, 01:01 PM
Hi everyone! Excited to be here and to start the 30 Day Challenge on Monday!
Your location: New York, NY
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: I would say 80% food wise. As far as movement goes, I'm a distance runner and probably very guilty of chronic cardio.
Do you consume dairy: In order to get my husband on board, I had to compromise on that. We just got our first order of raw milk from a dairy co-op, so I'm very excited!
Do you drink coffee or tea: A little black coffee. I'm a high school teacher, and sometimes, I need the caffeine boost at 5AM when I wake up!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Cancer is an epidemic in my family (all four grandparents, father, brother). I'm doing everything I can to make sure I don't develop it, too. Also, my husband and I are planning to have children at some point in the near future, and I want my body to be as healthy as possible, so that it can nourish children who will be as healthy as possible.
Favorite exercise: Distance runner, sooooo....but I'm in love with planks, too.
Favorite Primal food: Almonds, all berries, and coconut anything.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling great, and feeling in control of at least one aspect of my health.
Worst part about being Primal: My parents are anti-red meat. pork, or game, and I didn't grow up eating anything other than chicken, turkey, and fish. I'm struggling with getting used to the taste of other animals.
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