03-18-2012, 04:27 PM
Your location: Chicago, IL
Age (If you want): 47 on March 21
How Primal are you: just getting started
Do you consume dairy: yes - cream in half-caf coffee, some cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I saw the clip in Fat Head about how the body stores fat in cells and creates more and more insulin as carbs enter the blood stream. I could completely relate to that and started investigating low carb diets. (Not real fond of the "D" word, btw.) One of my karate training friends turned me on to MDA. This all happened 2 weeks ago.
Favorite exercise: karate
Favorite Primal food: so many
Best part about being Primal: Let me put it this way: 2 weeks ago, nothing could come between me and my nightly bowl of ice cream. But after eating low carb for a week and a half and feeling clear, energetic, confident, no sugar crashes and no sugar cravings, THIS is the best part about being Primal. Not only that but, IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.
Worst part about being Primal: that I didn't do this years ago.
Thanks Mark and everyone on the site for sharing their experience and amazing stories!
03-18-2012, 04:40 PM
I get people telling me the exact same things everday aswell dude. Especially from my parents.
They'll start to see how wrong they are soon =P
03-18-2012, 04:46 PM
Favorite Primal food: A juicy kangaroo steak!
Really? Isn't that like eating a cuddly bunny? (I know, sadly people eat bunnies too).
Hearty welcome from Canada!
03-18-2012, 04:47 PM
I couldn't agree more!
Originally Posted by SeidoSusan
03-19-2012, 07:52 AM
I have not yet started with this lifestyle change and still reading about the pro's and con's, talking to many people. I must admit I am addicted to sugars and starch (specially pastries) so not sure I will be able to 100% take it out of my diet, but considering giving this a go as soon as I have enough information to do so. Maybe not be a die heart following all the rules 100% strictly, but cutting down considerably.
03-19-2012, 02:10 PM
Hi all. I'm new to primal and new to this forum, but really looking forward to it. I need help/friends/encouragement, though!
I am a 32-year-old woman, work full-time, married, one child, two dogs. I weigh...(I hate this part)...255 pounds. I'm 5'9". This weight, between 250 and 260, is my "homeostasis." It is where I tend to get up to and tend to stay when not trying to weigh less. The lowest number I have ever seen on the scale in my adult life was 190, which lasted for about a week, when I was doing the SAD Weight Watchers program. It took me almost a year to lose 60 pounds, but I gained it all back over the course of the next two years.
The only time I've felt "good" was when I was doing the Atkins diet. I had energy! Sex was better! No more cravings! No more afternoon crash! But it didn't last. I lost 25 pounds, stopped the diet, then went right back to my 250-260 point. It seems like my body ENJOYS weighing this much. BUT I DO NOT!!
I saw myself in the mirror last week and I looked pregnant. I didn't realize how big I had gotten. I take three daily medications for hypothyroidism and depression. I recently started getting heartburn. I am only 32 years old! The madness has to stop.
I started my search at Atkins again, but decided to cut out the things I didn't like: the sugar-free "fake" sweets, the pre-made "fake" shakes, the "frankenfoods" in general. I thought it was stupid to avoid fruit. I quickly realized that I wasn't talking about Atkins anymore, but Primal! I bought the book, drank the kool-aid, and here I am.
Today marks day one of no grains, no sugar. That is my starting point. Once I adjust I'll cut out beans and legumes and then (if I need to) dairy. Once I get the energy kick I know is coming, I'll kick caffeine. Exercise is hard with my schedule, but I can play with my daughter and lift heavy things at home.
I am really excited. Also scared. I have more than 100 pounds to lose to be in the so-called healthy BMI range. I really really REALLY need a change. I can't live like this anymore. I'm not living at all!
Wear clothes from a "normal" clothing store. (No more plus size!)
Wake up energized
No more crashing on the couch the second I get home
Look good in a tank top
Get off some or all of my meds
No more heart burn
Model good food choices for my daughter (and maybe get her to try a dang vegetable!)
03-19-2012, 02:49 PM
Your location: Newcastle, Australia
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: Some goats milk, occasional cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes coffee ~ 2-3/day, some green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight gain and constant hunger on cw
Favorite exercise: Running and cycling
Favorite Primal food: Roast pumpkin!
Best part about being Primal: Not having huge hunger/blood sugar highs and lows in which I'd knock down frail elderly and small children to get to a breadroll
Worst part about being Primal: Finding something eating out, trying to socialise
03-19-2012, 02:57 PM
Your location: Brooklyn, NY
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: medium-primal, 60% right now, it varies
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: occasionally
Motivator for switching to Primal: wanted to be healthier, lose weight. Learned about about the nutritional benefits and something clicked.
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: eggs, trail mix
Best part about being Primal: takes the pressure off dieting, I find eating this way very freeing
Worst part about being Primal: most of America isn't! Eating out can be difficult, and cooking/planning can be time-consuming.
03-19-2012, 04:21 PM
Hi there, My name is Ishbel and I am live in Stavanger, Norway, but I am originally from the North of Scotland.
Age (If you want): I will be 48 this year, and am feeling better now than I eve have!
How Primal are you: I am about 95%
Do you consume dairy: heavy cream sometimes in my coffee, and I use butter to cook with
Do you drink coffee or tea: I like and drink both!
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have tried other diets, and I have never felt really good, and never managed to get rid of all this excess fat.
Have just started assisted pull ups and canīt wait until I can do my first "real" one. Otherwise, I use body weight and try and lift heavy.
Favorite Primal food: At the moment it is mince stuffed mushrooms.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling so good. Having so much energy to chase around my 5 kids.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to get my family to be paleo as well.
A bit about me, I want to be the best I can be, and at the moment that means losing about 10Kg of fat. I struggle to lose anything, even pretty strict paleo, so will experiment at around 50g of carbs and 100g or so of protein.
03-19-2012, 07:59 PM
Hi, My name is Scott and I'm new to the forum and to the Primal lifestyle. I just finished reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, and will be picking up a couple of the PL books tomorrow. I'm very excited to begin my journey of becoming primal!
Your location: Mt Prospect, IL - a suburb of Chicago
How Primal are you: Beginner - new to Primal living.
Do you consume dairy: Yes - cheese, milk, and yogurt.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, but primarily coffee.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of being addicted to sweets and grains. I have not been able to break a plateau on my weight and how I look because I always sabotage my efforts with sweets & fast food.
Favorite exercise: Kettlebell Press
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: I look forward to the health benefits and getting into the best shape of my life!
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to get my family to buy into primal eating since they are self-admitted starch addicts.
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