01-26-2012, 07:59 PM
Your location: Sydney, Australia
Age (If you want): 38
How Primal are you: Just started yesterday....
Do you consume dairy: Don't plan to
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Arthritis pains in legs and knees making it very hard to be mobile and look after my toddler
Favorite exercise: Walking
Favorite Primal food: ???
Best part about being Primal: The hope that I will be cured
Worst part about being Primal: Just starting out and wondering what to eat and what not being able to eat, working out how to justify my new lifestyle choices to others
01-26-2012, 08:39 PM
Your location: Baltimore-Washington Corridor
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Partially. Been trying this for two weeks, still in the process of clearing out old food and buying new food.
Do you consume dairy: Definitely. Having to give up bread and sugar is bad enough; cheese is one of life's finer pleasures.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasional green tea, on office working days.
Motivator for switching to Primal: For one thing, I just really like the philosophy behind it. But also, the belly fat. I'm pretty fit in most aspects, probably due largely to my career (pest control) keeping me physically active... but the belly is a stubborn beast.
Favorite exercise: Pull-ups (or other forms of climbing)
Favorite Primal food: Bacon.
Best part about being Primal: It provides a philosophy that ties together a lot of things I already believed in but lacked motivation to pursue despite the financial expense: organic foods (particularly organically/humanely raised meats), self-directed exercise, and so on. For me, philosophy = motivation. Also, knowing that animal fats are not bad is really, really neat.
Worst part about being Primal: Giving up the starches. I love breads. I used to bake wild-caught sourdough back when I had the time. I can consume vast quantities of pizza. Pancakes and waffles were life (though I'm finding some pretty good substitutes for that sort of thing... love those banana/almond butter pancakes). Refined sugars I can live without. Grains I'll have to live without if I want to avoid the heart disease and cancers that run in the family... but as I'm new to this, it makes me sad.
01-27-2012, 03:35 AM
Your location: London, UK
How Primal are you: Since turning to the light - very! Love meats and stay away from breads, grains and sugars.
Do you consume dairy: Not as much as i Did
Motivator for switching to Primal: Feeling tires all of the time, very overweight and generally unhealthy - was eating lots of sweets and sugars.
Favorite Exercise: Soccer or Cycling
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: Feeling good and seeing instant results (I have lost 21 pounds in 3 weeks)
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out and missing the odd candy treat.
01-27-2012, 11:43 AM
Your location: New England
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you: all the way
Do you consume dairy:
Do you drink coffee or tea:
Motivator for switching to Primal: health
Favorite exercise: cross training
Favorite Primal food:
Oooohh...that s a tough one. There are so many! Avocado's..maybe chicken..love the no grain, no coconut flour paleolithic almond muffin's too
Best part about being Primal: the energy, the health, state of mind, and weight
Worst part about being Primal: none!
01-27-2012, 05:33 PM
Location: near Toronto, Canada
How Primal are you? 99% since January 9, 2012.
Do you consume dairy? Yes: full fat Greek yogurt once a day, cheese occasionally
Do you drink tea or coffee? Tea, especially green tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of feeling sick and tired. I need to lose eighty pounds but that wasn't my prime motivator. Getting healthy was!
Favorite exercise: dancing!
Favorite Primal food: seafood, steak, cauliflower, any kind of fruit
Best part about being Primal: more energy - off the charts! Biggest surprise: after fighting acne for fifty years, my blackheads and clogged pores are GONE! My skin looks fantastic
Worst part about being Primal: getting used to cooking again - I was buying frozen, prepared everything, and not enjoying any of it. This way of eating is actually fun!
01-27-2012, 07:34 PM
Your location: Melbourne, Australia
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: Zygote stage.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but will be cutting it out as I've noticed my breath gets worse whenever I have milk or cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both but have a penchant for numerous lattes during daylight hours and milky sweet tea at night.... trying to cut down on both.
Motivator for switching to Primal: feeling crappy and tired all the time and wanting to feel focused, present and calm without drugs. Also suspect connective tissue disorder (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) and in the process of getting a diagnosis. Also have heart problems (mitral valve prolapse and mitral regurgitation) that contribute to symptoms. And I have children. Two beautiful, clever, curious and imaginitive children who deserve a happier and healthier mum.
Favorite exercise: Swimming and walking/running barefoot/minimalist. Used to love yoga but my hypermobility has gotten worse with each pregnancy and my joints keep hurting, ouch!
Favorite Primal food: Meat, meat, meat! Especially broths and soups filled with bones and joints. Oh, and eggs. I love eggs so much I'm sure I'll wake up one morning to find a chicken sitting on my head.
Best part about being Primal: Hard to say, I've just started, but my blood sugar highs and lows are less dramatic.
Worst part about being Primal: Missing the interesting textures that grain, grain products and gluten provide in a meal.
01-27-2012, 08:37 PM
Your Location: Idaho
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: All the way Baby!
Do you consume dairy: Butter and some greek yogurt.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Nope
Motivator for switching to Primal: Sick and tired of being sick and tired! Started off as being a weightloss journey, but has turned into so much more!
Favorite excercise: Weight training and walking with the offsprings.
Favorite Primal food: Bacon.......yeah yeah definitely Bacon. (cuz Bacon should always be capitalized!)
Best part about being Primal: Being free of the push and pull of glucose and insulin ups and downs.
Worst part about being Primal: Convincing the rest of the family, and eating out!
01-27-2012, 09:28 PM
Your location: San Antonio, Texas USA
Age (If you want): 38
How Primal are you: Just starting out, I am actually going on a leaky-gut diet that is similar to Primal but more restrictive. Once, I am off of it I plan to continue with the Primal Blueprint method
Do you consume dairy: right now yes, but starting Monday no
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea, but starting Monday no
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have several health issues that are getting worse by the day. After being sent to several "specialist" in the traditional medicine fields, I went from being on three meds to around 13 with no relief. I am now seeing a functional medicine and nutritionist Dr as well as a Neurological-based chiropractor and a medical massage therapist at a Alternative Medicine Practice. They are the ones who recommended Mark Sisson, the Primal Blueprint, and the Forum.
I want off of all the meds. I want to be healthy again. I want to be able to chase my 1 year old and 2 year old around without pain and exhaustion. I want to be able to eat without being nauseous and throwing up. I want to be free of depression. I want to LIVE my life again.
Favorite exercise: I love Pilates and swimming. I used to practice Yoga, but my hyper-mobility and syncope have prevented me.......for now
Favorite Primal food: Not sure yet
Best part about being Primal: Hopefully, it will be that I can say I am healthy, happy, and a functional mommy again./
Worst part about being Primal: Everything seems a bit overwhelming right now. Cleaning out my pantry, learning to read labels, finding the right foods for me and my family, and adjusting my expectations.
01-28-2012, 10:56 AM
Your location: Saint Louis, MO
Age (If you want): Late 30's
How Primal are you: Probably not totally orthodox when it comes to being primal.
Do you consume dairy: Sometime, usually cheese, sour creme, but I haven't consumed any milk in a while.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, usually in the morning, decaf more often than not.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I see a lot of people my parents age and even one a few years older than me, who have those fancy plastic pill boxes with the days of the week labelled (sometimes the time of the day, too!). I don't want to be in that position. My mother constantly tells me that my dad had a belly when he was my age, and I kind of want to show her, I don't. And I just want to feel better in general.
Favorite exercise: Wudang Kung Fu, Convict Conditioning.
Favorite Primal food: Bacon (uncured, of course!)
Best part about being Primal: People complement me on being slimmer; The food actually tastes better(!); Freaking out people with my butter consumption.
Worst part about being Primal: Finding decent restaurants to eat at during lunch with coworkers.
01-28-2012, 11:03 AM
Hi introducing myself
Your location: New Orleans, LA
Age (If you want): 29
How Primal are you: almost full on Primal. I go barefoot when I can and other times wear my Vibrams. I still haven't cut out dairy completely, I'm working on it. I refuse to put anything processed in my body for what used to be fear of getting fat again but now it's fear of feeling like garbage.
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: no way
Motivator for switching to Primal: went on hcg diet, got used to it but really discovered its treasures after I started exercising
Favorite exercise: Bikram (hot) yoga; slow paced unstructured walks to wherever
Favorite Primal food: any fruit
Best part about being Primal: my energy levels! I'm exactly like a 6 year old now. If I'm not moving I'm antsy. I need to go go go. Right now, for example, I am sick with a cold of sorts but all I want to do is go out and play.
Worst part about being Primal: So many people who get upset that I choose not to "treat" myself with decadent food. Where I'm from, eating and drinking to excess is a hundreds of years old tradition in bonding. They dont understand that if I were to join them I would immediately feel sick from the unfamiliar surge of nasty things in my system and it would last days. Also I cannot stand that eating grass fed, free range and hormone free has to be so expensive.
So that's me! Nice to meet y'all.
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