I'm a newbie, having discovered MDA while searching the net for ideas on how to get more vegetables into my diet. What I discovered was a way of living that closely coincided with what I'd discovered on my own (not through research, just paying attention to my health).
I love the freedom from the morning grains (cereal), and I'm looking forward to trying more Primal recipes (and becoming a better cook)!
Your location: FarNorCal (northern California, about an hour south of the border with Oregon)
How Primal are you: Been grain-free and veggie-loading for about 3 weeks now. Doing the LHT and sprint workouts for 2 weeks. Been legume-free since childhood (bl-l-l-ecchh!). Still have to get a copy of the book, but that's in the plan for the next week.
Do you consume dairy: Yes - greek yogurt and cheese. No milk for about 15 years since I discovered that I don't catch colds so easily when I don't drink it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cuppa joe a day
Motivator for switching to Primal: See above...I knew I wasn't getting enough vegetable matter in my diet. The enthusiasm of this crowd and the philosophy of eating well and exercising in order to be better at having fun really convinced me. I've always been fairly fit, but that insidious middle-age spread was encroaching. I broke 160lbs in 2011 for the first time. Being a naturally skinny guy I don't have any place to hide extra weight, so I'm in for the long run.
Favorite exercise: I do traditional Japanese karate the most (every day, sometimes twice a day), but anything outside is fun - playing with my dogs (#1), frisbee at work at breaktime, mountain biking.
Favorite Primal food: I had spaghetti squash last Saturday for the first time in my life. Holy cow, I'd been missing that all this time?? I've always loved barbecue, but the big-a** salads are great.
Best part about being Primal: Not having my insides feel like I've been pumped full of air (the result of eating grain-based breakfast cereal every day).
Worst part about being Primal: I need snack ideas! Handful of nuts just doesn't cut it sometimes!