07-23-2012, 05:10 PM
First off, let me say hello and thank you for opening me up to such a lifestyle. Before I begin let me just say that I'm not quite finished reading the Primal Blueprint so I'm rather un-educated about the facts. Being a skeptic and having a wife at home that has tried the "Atkins diet" I am wanting to know the biggest difference between the two. I also know little of the Atkin's diet other than a few sample meal plans I have looked up on the web. I apologize now if this sounds ignorant but both seem to advocate eating fewer carbs while inducing a high protein and moderate fat intake. Before I continue to throw myself into a new lifestyle I would like to know that I'm not going to harm my body. Any sound advice would be greatly appreciated.
07-24-2012, 10:18 AM
PinesgirlinVT here from Northern Vermont, actually very close to Burlington Vermont. I am going to turn 46 in August.
I am 100% Primal/Paleo except for a cheat meal once a week....with a few beers.....I know, bad carbs bad carbs! But Microbrews in Vermont are sooooo goood!
I do not consume dairy, I do not drink coffee....I do drink tea, mostly herbal that I blend myself.
I switched to Primal because I just couldn't get rid of the weight and I constantly felt bloated. I went totally Raw Vegan for a period of time(about 7-8 months and I felt great, but to stay satiated I had to eat an incredible amount of fruit and vegetables).
I needed the Protein so Primal/Paleo works awesome for me!
My favorite excercise.....Hmmmm I'd have to say snatches...I love weight lifting.
My favorite Primal food....this is a tough one????? A really good grass fed burger or a really good Delmonico steak or a super yummy piece of Salmon.
Best part of being Primal.....I feel awesome!
Worst part....sometimes it is tough watching people chow down on a super yummy piece of Tiramisu or a decadent piece of pecan pie! oh well! I am healthy and strong!
07-24-2012, 10:20 AM
I am a crossfitter as well! Yesterday was Isabel!! LOve it!
Originally Posted by holtz.mh
07-24-2012, 10:21 AM
Your location: Sacramento CA
Age (If you want):39
How Primal are you: 100%
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Minimal amounts of raw full fat dairy
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes...but only because I love the taste. I find I don't need it to "wake" me up anymore.
Motivator for switching to Primal: A need to loose weight
Favorite exercise: Anything not structured but full of fun
Favorite Primal food: Top Sirloin cooked in coconut oil
Best part about being Primal: Feeling great and better skin!
Worst part about being Primal: Haven't found anything yet
07-24-2012, 12:14 PM
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
How Primal are you: Considering Primal Diet
Do you Consume Dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee: Yes, love it
Motivator for switching Primal: Curious
Favorite exercise: Surf Ski & Kayaks
Favorite Primal Food: Not sure
07-24-2012, 01:13 PM
Primal Washington State
Your location: Washington State- Northwest Peninsula area
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: mostly- I do consume raw or fermented dairy
Do you consume dairy: Yes local and raw mostly and maybe 2 times per week
Do you drink coffee or tea: YES I live in the Seattle area- we have excellent coffee selections; I have about 1 cup per day
Motivator for switching to Primal: Severe PMS, neck pain/inflammatory symptoms, blood sugar stabilization and disordered eating patterns. I was mostly vegan prior to Primal for several years. I am a health coach and work with clients now healing through Paleo/Primal nutritional therapy- this is a strong motivator for me to walk my talk.
Favorite exercise: Hiking with a Big pack in the Olympic Mountains
Favorite Primal food: Experimenting with salad dressings due to lack of good oils in store bought ones; roasted grilled veggies- all varieties; I love to balance meat with veggies for each.... it is different.... for me it is essential I have enough vegetables to calm inflammation (decrease acid in my body)
Best part about being Primal: I was a dieter for years. I do not think about Fat in foods and feel sustained for the first time in so long. My body weight is naturally balanced itself out and I have a ton of energy. I love to teach this to others and see the transformation.
Worst part about being Primal: ? well I guess it would have to be going out with family for dinners/b-days; the conversations can be annoying surrounding diet and most of us disagree. (I was raised vegetarian)
07-24-2012, 01:32 PM
Your location: Virginia Beach(currently)
Age (If you want):20
How Primal are you: 2 weeks in with no dairy, grains, legumes...except one major breakdown.
Do you consume dairy: no
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been working to lose weight but got stuck after losing 20 pounds. I wasn't on any sort of diet other than just eating less and being more active. I decided to change my diet entirely and make my goal to be healthier rather than to lose x amount of pounds. I read about PB and it all made so much more sense than just counting calories.
Favorite exercise: treading water
Favorite Primal food: all kinds of salad
Best part about being Primal: feeling healthier
Worst part about being Primal: fresh produce and meats are expensive. I'm a broke college student.
07-24-2012, 03:03 PM
Your location: Wellington, Colorado
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: Striving for 100%
Do you consume dairy: Yes, approximately 1 to 2 Tbsp of Table cream most mornings in a cup of coffee. I also have ice cream from time to time, I'm working on building resistance to that temptation!
Do you drink coffee or tea: I enjoy both coffee and tea, but I don't have to have either.
Motivator for switching to Primal: To look good naked, of course! I just want to be healthy all around, honestly.
Favorite exercise: I don't like exercise at all, but I've enjoyed being able to do pull-ups without the chair (even if I can only do 3 right now). My goal is at least 5 unassisted pull-ups before the end of the year.
Favorite Primal food: Bacon and eggs as well as steak and broccoli... What's not to love about primal eats!
Best part about being Primal: The best part of being primal so far has been feeling fantastic and having an abundance of energy. Other then my love for ice cream, it's been a very easy transition from the SAD.
Worst part about being Primal: Nothing that I've found so far!
07-24-2012, 09:40 PM
Hi everyone, I'm Lynsey, I have been lurking on this site for about 2 weeks, so thought it was high time I introduced myself!
Your location: Glasgow, UK
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: er, not sure how to answer this, I don't eat any grains or legumes at all, avoid grain oils as much as I can, partake in the odd diet coke. Just ate some shop bought Caesar dressing and won't be doing it again in a hurry due to the severe bloating I now have!
Do you consume dairy: lots of butter, some cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: both - black, no sugar
Motivator for switching to Primal: had some success with Atkins, but felt their pre packed items were unhealthy
Favorite exercise: bodypump
Favorite Primal food: Rib eye or avocado
Best part about being Primal: feeling like im eating to nourish my body, not for pleasure
Worst part about being Primal: cost of good meat
07-25-2012, 01:13 AM
Your location: Australia
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Not very.... I cut out grains a few months back, I've got a long way to go.
Do you consume dairy: Cheese and every now and again cream. I tried making my own yoghurt from local biodynamic raw milk but my breastfeeding son had a mild reaction to it. I will try it again if I ever get around to healing my gut. Primal will help with that.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Herbal tea mostly, some black tea with organic oat milk & some local raw honey (will try to cut them out) & once in a blue moon (once or twice a year) I might have a decaf latte in a cafe.... Does doing a raw organic coffee enema flush count?
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss, cure eczema, energy, strength, to go against the grain (in more ways then one)
Favorite exercise: At this stage Pilates. Recovering from a knee operation.
Favorite Primal food: Pretty much all meat, I was vego for 7 years!
Best part about being Primal: Not as hungry
Worst part about being Primal: Am I allowed to say "pizza" on this forum?
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