Hi PrairieProf *waves* Small world...or is it great mind think alike? Eh, probably both
Your location: Kansas
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: Well, I just found this blog about a week and a half ago and I've been reading a ton of the daily blogs and forums. I ordered the Primal Blueprint this morning and super excited to read it. Right now I would say I'm transitioning into primal living and just partial at the moment.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, I enjoy half n half in my coffee, Greek yogurt, and cheese (the good stuff!).
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee. Never could really get into tea except for sun tea in the summer.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I love meat! I have also learned to love veggies the last couple of years. I have been trying to move away from as much junk and especially processed food the past year or so. I also think that the primal lifestyle has a simplicity about it that seems like it is "easy" to follow.
Favorite exercise: I am into P90X right now. Love to bike in the summer. Have also gotten into yoga since I've started P90X and love it! I played basketball in college so I've been lifting heavy since about 14.
Favorite Primal food: Steak! Especially a velvey filet mignon.
Best part about being Primal: How great it makes you feel! I also love people's reactions when I tell them my morning breakfast of eggs and bacon is healthy for you.
Worst part about being Primal: Giving up pizza and pasta.
Looking forward to the journey and getting to know more primal people like myself!
Hi PrairieProf *waves* Small world...or is it great mind think alike? Eh, probably both
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Okay, I just saw this thread, though I've been posting for a few days now.
Your location: Oregon
Age (If you want): 63
How Primal are you: Pretty compliant for the past few weeks, and I've been moving in this direction, on and off, for years. Paleo (from the book "Neanderthin"), then Rob Faigin (slightly modified low carb, lots of supplements), then Elaine Gottschall's "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" -- MAGICAL hay fever cure!, now wishing to move on from eating too much honey and peanut butter.
Do you consume dairy: aged cheeses, I have a weakness for them. I overeat them if they're in the house. Also homemade Greek yoghurt with lots of extra cream in it, cultured for 24 hours. Totally delicious, but I think I'll pass on it till July. Dairy seems to aggravate my immune system if not kept well in check, even though I love it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea or coffee every morning, usually tea. Sometimes coffee or decaf later in the day, always with a meal, avoiding caffeine in the evening. I have three honest-to-goodness real tea plants (camellia sinensis, from Raintree Nursery) in pots on the deck, waiting to be planted out this spring. Food security: grow caffeine and helpful antioxidants right in one's own yard
Motivator for switching to Primal: I wish to walk without pain. I wish to end a lifetime counterproductive struggle with my weight. And I wish to be able to kneel to garden and pull weeds. And if my clothes fit better I wouldn't complain, but it's at the end of the list.
Favorite exercise: Digging garden. Sometimes very strenuous, like digging out old apple roots as big as my thigh (the mind boggles at how big that was). I can't do some of that now, and I WANT IT BACK!
Favorite Primal food: grassfed and local but well-marbled meat. Local lamb, beef filet or ribs, all very rare. And sashimi, but I don't get it much.
Best part about being Primal: addictive foods gone, and no temptation toward any fast food. Also, the hope of new and better support for healing a stressed-out body.
Worst part about being Primal: Being out and about, without a lot of spare time, and needing a meal.
I like the forum a lot. Good people here.
P.S. I found Mark's book by suggestions on Amazon.com ("people who bought this book also bought Primal Blueprint"), and from there found the website. I've mentioned the book to several other people, and bought my sister a copy. Really good reading, hits the spot.
Your location: Orange County, California
Age (If you want): 39
How Primal are you: Paleo
Do you consume dairy: Nope
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea sometimes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health
Favorite exercise: Biking and Swiming
Favorite Primal food: Almonds
Best part about being Primal: I feel great
Worst part about being Primal: Have to disappoint friends sometimes by not eating "certain things"
Your location: Orange County, CA
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: getting there quickly. I need to do something before I end up with a serious illness or diabetes. I already have an inflammatory disease.
Do you consume dairy: Nope. Can't. It aggrivates my inflammation. Love the stuff but it doesn't love me.
Do you drink coffee or tea: TEA! LOVE TEA!
Motivator for switching to Primal: I spent years reading about nutrition and chinese medicine.I grew up in a health concious home. My dad was a bodybuilder so I grew up with a "good" understanding of nutrition and exercise. I ate healthy and yet my body slowly began breaking down. I suffer from inflammation and chronic illness. I was boarderline diabetic during pregnancy and have major issues with my metabolism. I spent last summer with my doctor shaking his head wondering what to test for next since my body was chronically ill. I began taking suppliments by the handful to improve my immune system and three different medications. I began to look even deeper into natural medicine for answers. One day my husband read a review about the Gary Taubes book and thought it would be my cup of tea. I read it and I finally understood what I needed to do. I am two weeks in and I am feeling a little better. I am sleeping much better and waking rested. My skin is improving too. I have stopped the suppliments so my body can regulate and I hope in the future I can stop taking some of the medications.
Favorite exercise: kickboxing!
Favorite Primal food: Coconut milk, avocado and beef. I seem to really want fat. Probably because I hardly ever ate any before.
Best part about being Primal: Eating lots of meat, avocado and coconut milk.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating with my extended family or eating out.
Hello. I've been lurking for a while, finally decided to buy the book and give this a try. Just started and have already lost 9lbs.
Your location: Upstate NY
Age (If you want): 41
How Primal are you: Just started, keeping carbs down below 100 grams so far.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, cheese and some heavy cream
Do you drink coffee or tea: Black COFFEE!! Also a little tea, naked too.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have 3 young boys, I'm looking forward to playing and maybe even keeping up with them.
Favorite exercise: Playing with Kids and Burpees.
Favorite Primal food: BACON
Best part about being Primal: Meat, all I want, when I want.
Worst part about being Primal: Just perfected my Mac Daddy N Cheese recipe and now I can not have any (well maybe a little when I reach some weight loss goals).
my location: Easthampton, MA
age: 40 this year
how primal: learning, slowly
dairy: very little if any
coffee: yes/dark roast black
tons of decaf herbal tea mostly in winter
motivator: I always thought i ate healthy, however this past summer sustained a stress fracture to the pelvis from to low body fat and overuse from running, then in order to gain weight, i somehow became a junk food/carb addict. not so good. I did gain about 15 lbs, maybe needed to gain 10, and now feel worse than I did when i was "too thin" Now, i want to be healthy and not afraid to eat fat and not obsess about stuff, just be clean and healthy feeling. my biggest problem is fruit. I love my apple a day and my berries and almond milk at night. I eat things more out of habit and not because i am hungry per say. I know that this is a better way to live and i do feel much better. i do work out a ton, but don't seem to so far need the grains to sustain my long cardio/ weight sessions
fav exercise: run, swim, bike, golf,any outdoor sports
Your location: Ontario
Age (If you want): 18
How Primal are you: Just started, still getting used to the concepts and so on. Cutting out grains and processed foods at the moment.
Do you consume dairy: I have never been dependent on dairy, however I do eat a little cottage cheese and cream on occasion.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee periodically, tea as in herbal.
Motivator for switching to Primal: In the process of losing 80 pounds, at the 26lb mark right now. I was looking for a way to lose that made sense, and I think this does.
Favorite exercise: |Horseback riding. I also work at a horse farm, so I get a lot of recommended exercise there (walking, lifting, and occasionally sprinting after horses!)
Favorite Primal food: Vegetables and the BAS.
Best part about being Primal: I feel better. Even though it's only been a couple days, I have more energy.
Worst part about being Primal: I'm the only one in my household/area/world as far as people I know who is doing this, so I have to be disciplined for sure. I also have not eaten meat other than fish and poultry for 7 years, so I'm not positive I'll be able to do that.
Your location: New Hampshire
How Primal are you: Diet is pretty close to primal: no wheat/gluten/processed foods, most carbs from veggies, diet high in fat, a few "sensible indulgences". Physical activity is currently closer to sedentary than primal, though that is changing steadily.
Do you consume dairy: Modest amounts of raw milk, yogurt, and cheese. Plenty of butter.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to both, but much more tea (white and green) than coffee.
Motivator for switching to Primal: General desire for healthier lifestyle. Also a few nagging health concerns, especially poor digestion.
Favorite exercise: Scrambling (on rocks), though I rarely get to do it.
Favorite Primal food: I enjoy almost all the foods I eat equally, but I suppose I'm partial to grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs, and all manner of raw vegetables.
Best part about being Primal: Improved digestion, more energy, removal of junk processed-food from my diet, and the optimism that comes from making a positive change.
Worst part about being Primal: Unintentional/unwanted weight loss, sometimes hard to find primal foods, more expensive foods, a lot more time spent preparing meals.