Hello, friends! Looking forward to interacting with you. I am very excited about the paleo/primal life style, and I have lots of questions and maybe even some answers.
Your location: Portland, Oregon
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: I try to be very strict with my diet, as much as my wallet and willpower allow.
Do you consume dairy: I try to avoid it, but do not beat myself up if I consume some.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, but I am weaning myself off of it. I used to drink two pots of coffee a day (or more!), and am currently down to 1-2 cups per day in the mornings. As with any addiction, quitting is a process.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was vegan for 15 years, and doing everything "right," but began gaining more and more weight despite constant low fat dieting. After I heard about Primal/Paleo from another ex-vegan, I dared myself to try it. The excess weight began melting away, and I immediately felt considerably healthier and more energetic. The rest is history!
Favorite exercise: Yoga, long walks with my dog
Favorite Primal food: Homemade kale chips, acorn squash, chanterelles that I forage myself!
Best part about being Primal: Digestive issues have completely gone away. I used to deal with daily unpleasantness, and it miraculously disappeared, especially after I removed *BOTH* legumes and grains from my diet. I've actually tried adding back one or the other, and it does not work for me.
Worst part about being Primal: Being on a strict diet can make it difficult to enjoy eating out with family and friends. It's hard when they skeptically ask the same questions over and over about my funny "dinosaur" diet. However, researching and answering all of their questions have made me pretty smart about primal/paleo and LC, so maybe it isn't so bad.