05-14-2012, 04:59 PM
Your location: New Jersey
Age (If you want):41
How Primal are you: Not very. Today is my first day!
Do you consume dairy: Small amounts
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both. I feel dependant so I am going to try to cut down
Motivator for switching to Primal: Never been health before. Put on some lbs. Tried 4 Hour Body for 60 days, lost 30 lbs. Looking for something new.
Favorite exercise: Yet to find one? Maybe walking.
Favorite Primal food: Meat
Best part about being Primal: I will let you know
Worst part about being Primal: No chips? Again I will get back to you.
Wish me luck
05-14-2012, 07:25 PM
What I'm doing here
Hi - I live in Sonoma county, CA - I am 67 I have recently gone primal as a result of a condition that developed and I started out gluten free and now am pretty much totally on a primal diet which I have tried before without much success due to my lack of will power. Now- with this condition I've developed I have a really great incentive and have made the transition.
I consume a small amount of heavy cream and an occasion bite of cheese.
I drink coffee sometimes and also black and green teas.
I like to hike.
avocados are a staple as they make everything taste good - I use guacamole as a salad dressing - yum!
My problem has cleared up about 75% and I am also losing weight.
Hard to eat out...
05-15-2012, 09:26 AM
Our Primal Journey Begins Today - 5.15.12
Your location: Cleveland, OH
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you:
Just Started this morning with my better half!
Do you consume dairy:
I rarely consumed dairy before going Primal - except for cheese once in a while. I think we will still be eating a little cheese here and there, but that's about all. We always kept Almond milk and Soy milk stocked, but I think the main reason was for things like cereal, should be easy to cut these out or cut back drastically.
Do you drink coffee or tea:
I love tea, and just recently started drinking coffee on ocassion. I am still trying to figure out what/if I can really use some sort of sweetener? I just dont enjoy it much without a little hint of sweet.
Motivator for switching to Primal:
I have struggled with the "last" 10-15 lbs my whole life it seems. I was never really considered heavy, but I was not thin either. I have always wanted a fit toned body, but no matter how hard I worked I was never satisifed enough with the results even when I was down to a size 4. The thought of going back to a routine of going to the gym 6 times a week (twice some days) and feeling like food is the enemy was enough to make me give up the battle all together. Now, I'm looking forward to giving this a real effort and seeing real results that don't cost me hours in the gym and a boring/bland diet!
I really enjoy walks/jogs, biking, and tennis.
Favorite Primal food:
I don't know yet, but I'm looking forward to having a more protein rich diet that includes meats without feeling like im doing something BAD! I am also enjoying the idea of breakfast again - I never loved cereal and smoothies were never satisfying enough. I used to think my once a week eggs and bacon was a splurge to allow myself to be a little bad HAHA. We had a scramble this morning with eggs, bacon, chopped spinach, roasted bell peppers,garlic, and tomato. Most of the ingredients were organic, and it was so delish!
Best part about being Primal:
Even though it can seem complex, its fairly simple - don't eat processed food/sugar.
Worst part about being Primal:
Well so far, the idea of cutting out fruit smoothies, ice-cream, and pizza. And we are surround by processed foods! ahhh :-)
05-15-2012, 12:38 PM
Your location: Clearwater, FL
Age (If you want): 23
How Primal are you: Been playing around for several months, have been seriously re-committing the last few months
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea!!! Am going to try bulletproof coffee soon
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weightloss and health
Favorite exercise: Anything cardio -- running, biking, swimming, hiking
Favorite Primal food: Meat! Bacon, steak, homemade beef jerky
Best part about being Primal: Health
Worst part about being Primal: Getting through the first 1-2 weeks.....
05-15-2012, 12:42 PM
Your location: Colorado
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you: About 95/5
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but only heavy cream and butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both
Motivator for switching to Primal: Exercise and 'good' diet were having no significant effect.
Favorite exercise: Biking
Favorite Primal food: Grass-fed butter
Best part about being Primal: Not hungry all the time.
Worst part about being Primal: Grocery bill
05-15-2012, 02:17 PM
Your location: Southern Tier, NY
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: Just starting out
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Oh yeah
Motivator for switching to Primal: Friend introduced me to MDA and showed me her success story on here, I follow her blog as well. Big motivator is also weight loss and toning.
Favorite exercise: Walking, horseback riding
Favorite Primal food: Venison, chicken
Best part about being Primal: Overall feeling of health, feel great after consuming a 100% primal meal.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out seems to be ok, but family functions, there is not much to choose from so I constantly have to "bug" my mother about her menu before we go to a cookout and usually end up bringing my own food. It can be difficult to give up my constant fav's from over the years sometimes.
I have all but one of the Primal Blueprint books and I have shared them with lots of people and also routed them to this website as well. I have friends that are curious and call me and ask me questions about recipes. This is a fun experience, I am developing a new relationship and appreciation with food and with my body. THANK YOU MARK for all your efforts!
05-15-2012, 08:19 PM
Originally Posted by Redsnapperuk
Thanks for the message. I found the intolerance to sugar through trial and error. After eliminating wheat I felt amazing, except for after i consumed sugar or high fructose products (even some fruits) I suffered from awful myalgia, migranes, arthralgia, and lethargy, did nothing for my usually positive mood either..... so even though I dont have a diagnosis, I do consider that my body has significant issues with sugar.... after eliminating it I feel young, healthy and full of life so its not for me....
Good luck with your results, hope you find the answers you are looking for....
05-16-2012, 12:03 AM
My name is Bill, I'm 41 and I work and live in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Today I decided to go Primal and once I finish work I'll be clearing the cupboards and fridge of all non-primal goodies the most painful of which will be all that lovely fresh crusty bread I love to eat.
I'm scared and excited about taking the plunge and hope that this will be the right fit for me to be that healthy active person I can be.
See you soon.
05-16-2012, 05:02 AM
Your location: Langhorne, PA
Age (If you want):40
How Primal are you:95%
Do you consume dairy: Yes- Love Cheeze
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both- recovering coffee-holic- Trying to watch my adrenal-overload
Motivator for switching to Primal: Not looking good with my shirt off- Chronic inflammation in my joints
Favorite exercise: I have been a long-time weightlifter and I am a high school strength and conditioning coach. This part is easy for me. Love the big three; bench-squat-power clean. I guess Mark and the primal crowd really opened my eyes to the "chronic cardio" plaguing our nation. Stopped that. Currently I have been trying some HIT (high intensity) training. It is different than I am used to but so far so good.
Favorite Primal food: Morning omelette.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling good
Worst part about being Primal: Social functions
05-16-2012, 07:18 AM
Your location: Florida
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: At the moment, trying to be totally primal, except for wine, and also excluding dairy. (This doesn't mean that I am perfect, especially in the seasonings/condiments department. Also I still go out to eat occasionally.)
Do you consume dairy: No. (I stopped a few days ago when I resolved to get back on the band-wagon for real. I've never tried to go dairy free before. It's very hard for me.)
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both
Motivator for switching to Primal: Trying to lose fat AND get control of mindless eating.
Favorite exercise: I do and love Crossfit, although I often hate the WOD while I'm doing it!
Favorite Primal food: Beef and lamb. But I am eating a lot of pork now because my local WF is stocking "5" grade pork at a reasonable price.
Best part about being Primal: Back in March, I felt like I licked the munchies: I could IF for 16 hours without blinking (overnight), and I didn't feel munchy. And in the last few days, I can say that I have not craved crackers, bread, etc, which is a nice change.
Worst part about being Primal: After lapsing before, during, and after Easter, I find it now super hard to go back to Primal eating. I guess it's the lo-carb flu period, but it's much worse than before, I feel. Also I now feel unconvinced that it will really work for me in terms of the fat loss, since in March, I only lost a couple of pounds and saw no visible difference. So now, I don't know how long I can/will/should wait to see results. I'm feeling like my age, sex, and life-long heaviness are against me. My doctor asked me, months ago, why I thought I could ever be slim, given that I have not been since before puberty. That really took me aback -- at one level, it was liberating (don't expect the impossible), and at another, it exacerbates my tendency to beat myself up and 'catastrophize.'
Gee, sorry to be so relentlessly cheerful!
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