11-20-2011, 04:34 PM
Your location: Sydney, Australia
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: I am very new to PB and I have been trying to increase the 'primal percentage' as much as I can. I am probably sitting at 75%
Do you consume dairy: No or very, very rarely
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, 1 x small coffee with soy milk every day.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Wanting to eat cleanly and avoid hidden additives, salts and sugars. I also want to aim for a more holistic approach to health. Time to get the food, exercise, spiritual, emotional and psychological working together!
Favorite exercise: Bikram Yoga - I'm addicted
Favorite Primal food: BBQ Veggies & Fish
Best part about being Primal: Feeling my health skyrocket every day and with every meal!
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out and socialising (although Australia is pretty great at having great primal style options wherever you go)
I'm still very new at this so I'm hoping I might be able to get some guidance on what I'm doing and where I can improve!
11-20-2011, 04:51 PM
Your location: Central Indiana, USA
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: 50%
Do you consume dairy: Yes, mostly butter and yoghurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both
Motivator for switching to Primal: I research everything else about the decisions I make--- health care, child birth, clothing & household necessities. It dawned on me that I was taking health for granted and just eating the way my culture dictated. When I started exploring the primal life, I found much more enjoyment in exercise, cooking, and of course, eating!
Favorite exercise: Hiking.
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: I feel satisfied and less moody.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to cut sugar.
11-20-2011, 05:00 PM
Your location: Maryland
Age (If you want): 52
How Primal are you: About 90% for the last 27 days... but Thanksgiving is coming...
Do you consume dairy: Not now but plan to after 30 days as Paleo
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes.
Motivator for switching to Primal: was going to just try non gluten to see if it helped skin and IBS but came upon NPR article comment on The Paleo Solution and decided to give it a try
Favorite exercise: yoga and tennis
Favorite Primal food: pot roast
Best part about being Primal: feeling great
Worst part about being Primal: dreaming about coffee cake! Actually, trying to find something I could eat at the local Chinese restaurant. Thought it would be easier!
11-20-2011, 05:19 PM
Your location: Toronto, Australia
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: 80-90%?
Do you consume dairy: Yes, for now.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea several times per day and coffee a few times per week
Motivator for switching to Primal: Wanting to loose a bit of weight and tone up, get healthy. A friend had good results with Primal and I decided to look into it and try it. My parents are in Norway and doing LCHF, I guess that got the wheels turning for me as well. I wasn't overweight, but looking back now that I have started shedding excess fat and fit into clothes I had shoved to the back of the closet, again, plus starting to see hints of muscle tone; I never want to go back to before. I am 178cm tall and was around 74-75 kg when I started, am now down to 69 kg and aiming for 65 by New Year. Have got my partner mostly on board, which is great!!
Favorite exercise: Hiking? Also squats and plank.
Favorite Primal food: Gnawing meat off the bone.
Best part about being Primal: Feel fuller and more energetic while eating less food, looking forward to my exercise sessions (which I used to avoid and dread).
Worst part about being Primal: Family and friends who just don't get it. And eating out, trying to find something decent and grain free to eat, that isn't cooked in vegetable oil.
11-20-2011, 06:48 PM
Your location: Hong Kong
Age (If you want): 36
How Primal are you: Getting there. Have 1 cheat day per week now.
Do you consume dairy: Occasionally. Mostly in the form of cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee. Couple of times a day. With splenda and without milk.
Motivator for switching to Primal: To get fitter, quicker and leaner.
Favorite exercise: Running, tennis, push ups, squats.
Favorite Primal food: A nice salad with spinach, cheese, salmon, eggplant, broccoli.
Best part about being Primal: Great energy, absence of brain fog (clarity of mind) or physical fatigue.
Worst part about being Primal: Finding food in common eating places at work.
11-20-2011, 07:10 PM
madMUHHH > I did - became fanatic about what I ate at around age 16.. so you're not alone. My friends joked around a lot too.... but you'll keep joking about them, long after they're dead from nasty diet-related illnesses! ;-)
11-21-2011, 03:49 AM
Hi, Been lurking around and decided to say hi !
Bit about me ..
I'm Helen from Lancashire in the UK
Age 58, and weighed 249lbs when I started true Primal 2 days ago.
Like lot's of ladies of a certain age been fighting weight all my life ...
been there, done it got lots of t shirts.
Quite good on theory .. not good at considering myself important enough and so
let events take over.. not an excuse, I can't blame anyone but me !! lol
Reached a tipping point at end of last week and was looking for 'HOW the F am I going to
sort this for once and all... found Primal and started next day !
I know I feel better without grain etc, so bring it on !!
Good Luck everyone.
Gonna do a journal, mostly for me to muse on what/why /how,
but happy for any pointers anyone can give..
11-21-2011, 08:14 AM
Your location: Northeast Tennessee, USA
Age (If you want): 39
How Primal are you: Almost 100% (depending on how you classify dairy), as I want to be completely Primal for the first 21 days. Today is Day 14.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, full fat Greek yogurt, butter, and raw, organic, aged sharp cheddar.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both.
Motivator for switching to Primal: To reach my full physical and mental potential.*
Favorite exercise: Just beginning the PB fitness program, but I suspect my favorite will be sprinting.
Favorite Primal food: I have to choose just one?
Best part about being Primal: To me, personally, the PB Lifestyle is an intuitive way to eat and exercise. I am enjoying every part of it thus far.
Worst part about being Primal: I miss my nightly popcorn + salt fix. Other than that, worrying about how I can be "more Primal!"
11-21-2011, 11:57 AM
About 8 years ago I lost 80# on Atkins but since going through a divorce and the stress of running my own business, I gained it all back plus a few pounds. Recently diagnosed type II diabetes and had to make a change. I was 6'4" and 375# at my highest. I quit my daily nicotine habit along with caffeine and have been eating Primal for about a month now. I find it easy to follow, and enjoy the addition of fruit (on workout days) which was not on the Atkins menu. So far I have dropped 20 pounds and want to get down to 250# so another 105# to go.
In the last week discovered IF and really like not having to follow a set meal schedule and seemed to burn some extra fat. I skipped lunch one day and dinner the next, ended up dropping 4 pounds just from those 2 days.
Your location: Eastern PA, just outside of Philadelphia
Age (If you want): 37
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: Some cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Herbal Tea only (no caffeine)
Motivator for switching to Primal: Type II Diabetes
Favorite exercise: Mountain biking and lifting heavy things
Favorite Primal food: duh... Bacon
Best part about being Primal: Discovering new vegetables and recipes.
Worst part about being Primal: Still have the occasional sugar craving.
11-21-2011, 03:12 PM
Your location: Houston, TX
Age (If you want): 41 (42 in March)
How Primal are you: Just starting/learning
Do you consume dairy: yes. Milk, butter, cream (not sure how much I can give up, I really like milk!)
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both - Coffee w/Sugar & cream, Iced Tea w/artificial sweetener (am working on that one)
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have been manipulating my hormones for the last 4 years through various fertility treatments. We have stopped the process and I would like to get myself balanced. One of my Drs suggested I check into Low-Carb & I found the "Paleo Solution". Through which I found this site. I've purchased the "Primal Blueprint" for kindle & "21 Day Total Body Transformation" workbook and am looking forward to implementing it Dec 1 (bad timing w/Christmas, but I am going to try it).
Favorite exercise: I enjoy walking and weight training when I have time.
Favorite Primal food: I love me a good Texas, Angus Beef Filet (bacon wrapped w/garlic butter, of course)!
Best part about being Primal: Being able to eat high fat meat (after years of low-fat/no beef programs)
Worst part about being Primal: I'm not looking forward to the Carb withdrawl. I am a sweet eater!
A little more about me: My DH & I have been married for 6 years. As I stated above, we spent 4 years in fertility treatment. We took a year off & adopted our son (who will be 2 in Dec) and tried again this past fall. We have exhausted our resources & options and thus ended the treatment. During the past 5 years, I have gained/lost/gained 30 lbs. I am back at my heaviest ever. I am blessed/cursed with heavy bones & a large muscle mass (especially in my legs). The BMI charts are always discouraging to me as I looked my best at 155lb (I am 5'4") and size 10.
DH is very thin (6', 150 lbs) and can eat ANYTHING (meat, veggies, fruit & breads) and not gain weight, even though he is trying to. It's really discouraging sometimes for me as he doesn't understand my struggle with weight/over-eating.
I'm sorry this is so long. I will be reviewing the forums/blogs for additional information. I am also looking for ways to feed my toddler Primal as well. DH will probably continue the grains/cereals until he sees a change in me.
Thank you for reading & I look forward to meeting more of you online.
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