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    This topic was a fascinating read. I really enjoyed learning about the folks whose comments I look forward to every day. And it's cool to read the early, tentative entries from people who are now full-on Grokstars!

    Here's my go at it.

    Your location:

    West Los Angeles

    Age (If you want):

    Round it up to 34

    How Primal are you:

    My only intentional deviations are artificial sweeteners. Specifically, sugar-free chocolate, sugar-free gum, and (once) a Diet Coke. But please be gentle; I've only been at this for one month. I decided it would be better to eliminate carbs first and then break the sweet tooth.

    Do you consume dairy:

    I like lowfat kefir for breakfast. It's a nice protein source and super easy to digest. Also I use butter without restraint. No dairy other than that -- my last carton of lactose-free lowfat is still sitting in the refrigerator, a time capsule from just before my discovery of MDA.

    Do you drink coffee or tea:

    Caffeine barely affects me so I never developed a taste for either one. However, I have learned to love matcha green tea in my quest for antioxidants.

    Motivator for switching to Primal:

    My son is four months old. My own father skipped out on my family, so I am very determined not just to be around and alive for my son, but to set a virtuous example and really inspire him with life's possibilities.

    Favorite exercise:

    Shovelglove! That is a sledgehammer wrapped in a towel (although lately I've dispensed with the towel). From the moment I read about this, I knew it was for me. When I actually picked up my 12-pounder and started swinging it around, I was in love! I can't believe I made it this far in life without discovering the sheer joy of swinging a weight on a stick. Very primal indeed. Now if only I could find a place where I could break rocks without being arrested.

    Favorite Primal food:

    Bacon! It's a snack, dinner, and dessert all in one!

    Best part about being Primal:

    Not slowly dying from grains. And seeing my ab muscles for the first time ever was a real shocker. But the best part of all is the amazing people I've read about on this site, and whose thoughts and remarks inspired me to take up a lifestyle that has literally saved my life.

    Worst part about being Primal:

    Craving the bad foods that I spent my life indulging. Much of it no longer has any appeal to me and might as well be wax. Some others, like pizza, no longer tempt me as I have found superior primal substitutes. But oh, god... cinnamon rolls! Get out of my head!

  2. #402
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    Your location: Sydney

    Age (If you want):36

    How Primal are you:getting there since Jan 4 - no processed foods, no grains, no legumes, prob have too much fruit for breakfast, need to trust this site and add more fat. I now eat organic vegies and meat (as much as poss). I made these dietary changes in the new year then stumbled across this site which endorsed all the changes I had effected. I am learning so much from this site and it motivates me to maintain the changes.

    Do you consume dairy:No. Not until I lose more weight - I want to keep my rules simple, less 'grey areas' = less fighting the evil me in my brain that wants to 'bend the rules only once'

    Do you drink coffee or teaccasional herbal tea. Might allow coffee (hence dairy) once I lose some more weight.

    Motivator for switching to Primal:lose weight, become healthy

    Favorite exercise:walking limited to walking and just started free weights. Will increase as I become fitter. Can't wait to be fit enough to do martial arts again.

    Favorite Primal food:Grass fed steak

    Best part about being Primal:Stable moods, no insomnia

    Worst part about being Primal: finding lunches that fit within parameters when working in the City - what happened to simple meat and veg without all the rest?

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    Your location: Springfield, MO

    Age (If you want): 26

    How Primal are you: 100% Low Carb (under 25 grams of carb per day or less). I have not cheated once since I have started, and I do not plan to, ever.

    Do you consume dairy: I didn't for a month (started the first week of January 2010) and when I tried it again, on two occasions days apart, I had reactions that i could only classify as allergic. So no, I do not consume any dairy, though I really wish I could.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I only drink tea, unsweetened, if I am out to eat and I dislike the city water that they use.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I weighed 330lbs or so (I disliked weighing myself for obvious reasons) and with a height of 6'4", it was way too much weight. We have a hopeful Florida vacation in October/November and I want to look good, finally. I was researching exercise machines, a post led to Primal eating, and after one night of reading, I switched to Primal the next day 100% and have never looked back.

    Favorite exercise: I swing around a long-handled sledgehammer while sprinting, going up and down stairs, ect. Basically I use it like a kettleball I suppose.

    Favorite Primal food: Eggs, I eat them almost daily. I love chicken as well, but I can get way too tired of it and I start really desiring some red, bloody meat. Pork I love, always.

    Best part about being Primal: That I no longer have bowel and digestive problems, the same problems that I have had for the past 5-6 years. Oh, yeah, I am loosing weight as well. My wife is already complaining that I am no longer as soft and comfy as I used to be.

    Worst part about being Primal: None that I can think of. I am a rather scientific sort of person, and the science holds up Primal.

    Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
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    Your location: California

    Age (If you want): 20

    How Primal are you: 100%

    Do you consume dairy: No

    Do you drink coffee or tea: No

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I have always been interested in optimal health, and I'll be amazed if it gets any more optimal then this.

    Favorite exercise: Hand stand push ups

    Favorite Primal food: Bison

    Best part about being Primal: Looking in the mirror at a shredded body.

    Worst part about being Primal: All the people who ask for my help to obtain a similar physique and get healthier, and then not listening to a word I have to say and/or giving up.

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    Your location: currently live in Waverly, GA (will be moving in about 4 months to Kitsap County, WA)

    Age: 31

    How Primal are you: just starting, currently I've cut out breads and pastas and haven't been eating sweets (not because I cut them out, just because I don't crave them )

    Do you consume dairy: small amounts of cheese

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm working on becoming a tea drinker. I don't really like it all that much, so I usually add a Tbsp of hot chocolate, but mostly I drink water

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Originally I saw John Durant (I think that was his name) on The Colbert Report. I'd been looking for something different that I could wrap my brain around and truly embrace...this makes sense to me and I'm VERY excited about it.

    Favorite exercise: walking/hiking

    Favorite Primal food: I am a lover of eggs and anything pig

    Best part about being Primal: I've been taking mini steps for a week and I already have tons more energy. Plus my kids LOVE playing with me more

    Worst part about being Primal: I don't know for sure, but I imagine it's going to be family members, explaining to them why I don't want pecan pie or whatever.

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    Your location: Massachusetts

    Age (If you want): 20

    How Primal are you: in the area of 90% i think

    Do you consume dairy: yes. whole greek yogurt, cheese, and unless i can find more reasons not to, I'm at the beginning stages of GOMAD

    Do you drink coffee or tea: tea but rarely

    Motivator for switching to Primal: take control of my body and energy levels. live long and prosper.

    Favorite exercise: i love the wiped/nauseous feeling after a solid 12 minutes of tabata intervals

    Favorite Primal food: bacon

    Best part about being Primal: THE FOOD, the energy

    Worst part about being Primal: hmm, not much... no garlic bread i guess

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    Your location: Santa Cruz, CA

    Age (If you want): 45

    How Primal are you: just started, but I've been avoiding complex carbs for years on and off

    Do you consume dairy: nonfat milk, cappacinos, mediterranean yogurt, cheese and ice cream

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea - daily, Coffee - 3x week

    Motivator for switching to Primal: lifetime struggle with weight, health, hypertension, frustration with industrialized food

    Favorite exercise: walking in the woods

    Favorite Primal food: sashimi

    Best part about being Primal: fresh healthy food

    Worst part about being Primal: I will have to reduce my ice cream intake unless I start making my own

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    Oh Sashimi- how could I forget that, definite favorite too :-)


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    Hi first post, though I've been avidly reading the site and forum for weeks now.

    Your location: Upstate of SC

    Age (If you want): 35

    How Primal are you: just getting started/learning

    Do you consume dairy: yes, raw milk, greek yogurt, some cheese

    Do you drink coffee or tea: and green tea

    Motivator for switching to Primal: After doing traditional diet and exercise for a year, I thought that there had to be a better way. The more I read MDA, the more sense this lifestyle made to me! My copy of Primal Blueprint arrived yesterday

    Favorite exercise: Walking my greyhounds

    Favorite Primal food: any kind of beef!

    Best part about being Primal: Trying new foods and not having to be paranoid about fat. I can enjoy avocados with no guilt! Also realizing that I never really liked most grains anyway! Why I ate them for so long, I have no idea (other than habit - every dinner has to have a meat, a veg and a grainy/starchy carb, right? LOL)

    Worst part about being Primal: I'm having a really hard time getting my carbs under 100g/day, even with eliminating grains, sugar and processed food. I'm also kinda worried about not eating enough calories...

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    Hi Kennelmom, this is really funny -- I know you virtually from GreyTalk, and recently started reading your blog, and had actually thought you'd be interested in the Primal Blueprint!! I've been reading the site and forum for a long time but just registered and whom do I see posted the introduction above mine!

    Your location: Northeast Iowa

    Age (If you want): 47

    How Primal are you: I eat dairy (Greek yogurt, half and half, some cheese) and I do use some artificial sweeteners (trying to cut down though they don't seem to bother me at all). I do eat 85-90% chocolate almost daily. I'm trying to adopt the Primal principles in exercise, though I have some limits here due to a bad knee so I can't squat or run.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, see above. I'm trying to limit it a bit.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, fully-leaded daily and tea whenever I want.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: It's not really a switch -- I've been low-carbing since 2007 (lost 27 pounds and have maintained that loss). I've gotten really interested in learning about nutrition and health and have read and admired MDA for about a year. Lately I've felt inspired to formally identify as Primal and make more focused efforts in that direction.

    Favorite exercise: Well, I'll second Kennelmom, walking my greyhound (I only have one) ! Well, I like what it's done for me to do weights/resistance training at the gym and now-limited cardio. In the past week I tried Tabata sprints on a stationary bike for the first time(s) and plan to keep them up!

    Favorite Primal food: Hmmm, hard to choose. I'll say grass-fed buffalo from a local farm -- the owner's a nice guy and a former greyhound owner. I share it with my dog, too!

    Best part about being Primal: I'm 47 and have hypothyroidism, yet I weigh less than I did when I was 25 and have 18% body fat. And the persistent gas/digestive problems I had for about ten years following a very starchy, largely vegetarian diet are a thing of the past!

    Worst part about being Primal: Being seen as weird about food. I'm "different" in so many other ways in my environment, I didn't really need one more.

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