01-07-2013, 09:03 AM
Now on day #7 of paleo/primal and LOVING it. Have lost 8 pounds already! So thrilled about the increased energy I already have. I have not always been overweight until I started having kids (have three - 7, 4 and 1) but I've got 55-60 pounds to lose and lots of energy to gain. Very excited and encouraged by the transformations here. Husband is also doing it with me and we've recruited a couple of overweight friends into a three month challenge. This is for life for me though!
Our four year old daughter does have some behavioral issues and soon we will be switching the kids primal too and I really think it is going to help her. Does anyone have a similar situation? Are your kids primal as well and has it helped?
Your location: Vermont
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: New but I think I'm doing close to absolute primal.
Do you consume dairy: The only tiny amount of dairy I have is a little half and half in my coffee, that is my cheat, for now. I may not need it at some point. There's something about creamy coffee that is so comforting
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: More energy, hate looking at myself this weight, want to be a better role model for my kids and a big motivator for me is to avoid the typical metabolic syndrome that plagues my family and most of the people I know.
Favorite exercise: P90X right now but in the future will thoroughly enjoy hiking and snowshoeing with my family, once we have the energy.
Favorite Primal food: Almost everything but I love roasted brussel sprouts with bacon...sooooo yummy!
Best part about being Primal: The increased energy and mental focus
Worst part about being Primal: So far, not much. Do have those sweet cravings occasionally but I know it's not worth it.
01-07-2013, 10:35 AM
Your location: Indiana
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Recently started primal again, so far, I'm mostly primal. The closer to full primal I eat, the better I feel.
Do you consume dairy: Other than yogurt, butter, and cheese, no.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Just recently started drinking coffee. Now drink both tea and coffee somewhat regularly.
Motivator for switching to Primal: PCOS & Insulin Resistance
Favorite exercise: Depends on my mood...walking, running, biking, kettlebells, p90x...
Favorite Primal food: Sweet Potatoes are my favorite "treat."
Best part about being Primal: I don't feel the glucose/insulin battle going on inside me.
Worst part about being Primal: Currently the worst part is intestinal adjustment (gallbladder issues).
01-07-2013, 01:04 PM
Your location: Colorado, USA
Age (If you want): 46
How Primal are you: I'm a beginner so I will say I am in the process of becoming primal.
Do you consume dairy: Yes but I do keep it organic and GMO free
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, weight loss, tired of being a middle-aged chubster!
Favorite exercise: Walking
Favorite Primal food: Steak...porterhouse to be exact!
Best part about being Primal: Meat!
Worst part about being Primal: For the moment, I think it will be giving up bread and mac-n-cheese. I hope to experience the "lack of desire/interest" in those in a short amount of time.
01-07-2013, 01:44 PM
Your location: Gloucestershire, UK
Age (If you want): 50
How Primal are you:Very
Do you consume dairy: Yup, plain yoghurt, Roquefort cheese, milk
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yup
Motivator for switching to Primal: Improved health
Favorite exercise: running 5k/10k
Favorite Primal food: Venison fillet
Best part about being Primal: Venison fillet
Worst part about being Primal: Adapting my diet without grains
I was on a running course 6 months ago and the advice was to cut down on carbs, processed foods, bread, white rice and potatoes and eat more veg. So I changed then but was still eating brown bread to a degree.
Entering my data onto fitday.com for info. Eating too much fruit really at the moment.
I stalk deer so I have all the meat I want. I make a good squirrel pie as well.
I guess it takes a while for the body to adapt and I am still getting used to low carbs high protein/fat.
I don't have a weight problem, slightly underweight if anything.
01-07-2013, 05:11 PM
Your location:london uk
Age (If you want):20
How Primal are you:i would like to say around 80 to 20 i am very new at this process and keep falling off the band wagon as a student its very hard
Do you consume dairynly full fat milk and cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: yeah
Motivator for switching to Primal: i have amenorrhea and years of hormones beig pumped into me have made me put alot of weight on and i just want a change
Favorite exercise: squats and sprints, and yoga
Favorite Primal food: pork belly
Best part about being Primal: feeling lighter and losing the bloated feeling
Worst part about being Primal: living in london and the temptations
01-07-2013, 06:30 PM
Your location: Texas, USA.... Until the Air Force moves us again next year
Age (If you want): Closer to 40 than I like to admit.
How Primal are you: 89.3% I avoid processed food like the plague and this applies to my whole family.
Do you consume dairy: Yes but not in milk form. We use a lot of heavy cream, butter, gee, keifer, sour cream and full-fat Fage brand Greek yogurt. I am lactose intolerant and my now-toddler had a milk allergy up until he was 18 months old, so drinking a glass of milk is something that would never happen in our house. We don't even buy milk unless we need it for a specific recipe.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I love tea and I make home-made chai a lot.
Motivator for switching to Primal: In the past I have had a tremendous amount of success with Atkins/Low-carb diets to manage my weight. After having a baby, all those good eating habits went straight to heck and I found myself 35 pound over weight and staying that way. For me, my self control starts at the grocery store, once food is in the house, I find it impossible to resist. Since my husband is at his optimal weight, Atkins only foods just wouldn't work for our family. I made the switch to primal (which was easy BTW) so we could all maintain a healthy eating lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: Weight lifting
Favorite Primal food: Animals. Tasty, tasty animals.
Best part about being Primal: Effortless weight management (Down 20 lbs in five months); achy joints GONE; stomach problems RESOLVED COMPLETELY; way more energy.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating at other peoples homes when they get offended that you wont eat their pancakes, waffles, pasta, bread, potatoes etc.
01-08-2013, 10:19 AM
Your location: Alberta, Canada
How Primal: Strict Primal so far (its day 7)
Dairy: butter only
Coffee/Tea: one coffee in morning often 1 Chai Tea at night
Motivation for going Primal: Been carrying more abdominal fat than I'd like (not really overweight, but want to change). Also I've been suffering migraines, panic attacks, fatigue, chronic heartburn, bowel problems. Look for way to improve health naturally
Favorite exercise: weightlifting
Favorite Primal food: Ribeye
Best part about being primal: Energy levels have already improved, weight is coming off (7.5lbs in 7 days so far), stomach problems improving
Worst part of being primal: miss baked goods
01-08-2013, 12:40 PM
Your location: The Sticks, Texas
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: Fairly. Our family raises grass fed beef, hunts and processes our own wild turkey and venison as well as sourcing clean pork from our local butcher. (Yes. They still exist!) We also have a dairy that grows every bite they feed to their herd and we'll buy raw milk from them every few weeks. We make a lot of kefir and kombucha (not sure that would be considered "primal" though) and eat only organic produce and our own free range eggs.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Only raw and mostly fermented. It's also kinda seasonal for us since our dairy is about an hour away.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No to coffee. The only tea I drink is kombucha, which is fermented. Some herbal teas like pregnancy teas etc.
Motivator for switching to Primal: When I was pregnant with my first kiddo 5 years ago, we ate the Standard American Diet which for us was mostly canned foods and nuked chicken pot pies. At delivery, I developed pre eclampsia and was told I would always have this problem in the future with more kids. I was told there was no cure for it and no real cause that they knew of. When we found Dr. Mercola and Nourishing Traditions, our lives and outlook changed. We've had 4 kids in 4 years and are 22 weeks into pregnancy #5. Each pregnancy has been better than the last! I'm currently a student in midwifery and cannot emphasize enough how important nutrition is for everyone involved to the moms I have the pleasure of meeting.
Favorite exercise: squats and burpees. It's a love/hate relationship. My husband and I also run Spartan races, so everything Spartan.
Favorite Primal food: Primal fajitas! Fajitas with all the sautéed veggies, meat, avocado, pico and spicy goodness with raw yogurt and raw cheese all wrapped up in crispy lettuce. Uh....may....zing!!
Best part about being Primal: The undeniable health benefits!
Worst part about being Primal: The nay sayers that attribute our great health to genetics.
01-08-2013, 09:53 PM
Your location: Tuscany, Italy
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: strict since July 1
Do you consume dairy: I would if I could find grass fed dairy products in my country..
Do you drink coffee or tea: I don't like any of them..
Motivator for switching to Primal: IBS & Insomnia for the last 20 years
Favorite exercise: playing soccer..is it Primal? I'm Italian, guys..
Favorite Primal food: eggs, every single day..
Best part about being Primal: I love Fats
Worst part about being Primal: living in Italy where there are no grass-fed meats
01-08-2013, 10:23 PM
I've been lurking here since Sept 2011 and figured I should introduce myself properly.
Your location: Los Angeles, CA
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: 80%
Do you consume dairy: yes except for milk, yuck
Do you drink coffee or tea: could not live w/o coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: allergic to wheat and was unable to lose weight
Favorite exercise: hiking, weights and running
Favorite Primal food: steak and sashimi
Best part about being Primal: love to cook so it's pretty easy for me
Worst part about being Primal: nothing yet
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