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    Primal Fuel


    Your location: Lenexa, KS


    Age: 27


    How Primal are you: Almost completely, but I don't do all organic.


    Do you consume dairy: Yeah, I can't get away from it! I love my milk, cheese, and I use a lot of yogurt for cooking chicken (just marinade it in yogurt with some spices then put on a grill or cook it in a pan!)


    Do you drink coffee or tea: No to both!


    Motivator for switching to Primal: I like those who challenge conventional thoughts and perspectives. Plus, a fitness trainer (former college roommate) pointed me to the book and I loved what Mark had to say!


    Favorite exercise: I own a Bowflex, so I use it to really mix up what I work on from day to day. I walk my dogs regularly, which we all enjoy, and I seem to be getting a thing for push-ups...hmmm.


    Favorite Primal food: Chicken, Lamb, Eggs, Yogurt (I know, not entirely primal, but Mark said it was OK!), Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, etc. etc. I LOVE FOOD!


    Best part about being Primal: I feel energetic! I don't have some of the previous aches and pains either, and I haven't even been doing this for that long.


    Worst part about being Primal: I was a BIG sweets eater for many years! I do, indeed, miss my sugary pastries, cakes, and brownies. But, oddly enough, when I see them in a store, I have no problem passing them by.


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    I'm Suzan. I've been hanging around the Paleo/Primal, and low carb online community for a couple of months now, mostly learning.


    Your location: Atlanta 'burbs.

    Age (If you want): 54

    How Primal are you: Very

    Do you consume dairy: very little

    Do you drink coffee or tea: organic coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight/Health

    Favorite exercise: Walking, water workouts

    Favorite Primal food: Grassfed beef

    Best part about being Primal: Healthy way of life

    Worst part about being Primal: Playing catch-up with my health/fitness - impatient with myself for results.


    I just started PB about 6 weeks ago. I'm overweight, out of shape, and have inflammation problems and Celiac. However I'm hopeful that Primal Blueprint living will help me get the weight off and get healthy. After scrutinizing tons of books/articles/papers on diet/health/weight, I'm convinced that Primal Blueprint eating and fitness are the absolute best way to go for good health.


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    Your location: Tampa, FL

    Age (If you want): 34

    How Primal are you: 90%

    Do you consume dairy: yes

    Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee, not often (decaf)

    Motivator for switching to Primal: lifelong battle of stomach issues, bloating, abdomenal pain, sluggishness...

    Favorite exercise: yoga/bikram/walking w/ my kids

    Favorite Primal food: kale, coconut milk

    Best part about being Primal: EVERYTHING...my body is changing like I never thought possible, both inside & out...it just keeps getting better & all the GI/stomach "ailments" are disappearing rapidly!

    Worst part about being Primal: If you would have asked me prior to starting it would have been "not being able to eat pizza, bread, pasta, rice, oatmeal, etc...........", now my answer is "I can't think of a bad part!"


    I just started the primal lifestyle about 2 months ago & I am completely 100% amazing and in it for life. I am addicted to this forum & other blogs I have found thru MDA. I love it and reading about all of your successes & recommendations & experiences just makes it that much more awesome!


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    Your location: TPortland, OR

    Age (If you want): 21

    How Primal are you: 90%

    Do you consume dairy: yes

    Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: general health/fitness

    Favorite exercise: I only do weights

    Favorite Primal food: steak

    Best part about being Primal: Sleep, energy, lack of hunger...ever.

    Worst part about being Primal: Nothing.


    I'm a carnivore (90% meat/ 10% dairy/ 0% plant matter), but the Primal Blueprint was where I started. Veggie-eaters or not, I think of Paleo as one big family, and I'm super-stoked to see the rest of society starting to take notice of this awesome movement.


    Check out my blog at http://meatasaur.us


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    Time to step up and cease being a lurker...


    Your location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    Age: 41 (for another 5 days, at least)

    How Primal are you: 70-80% I think

    Do you consume dairy: yes (can't imagine life without cheese...)

    Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee, green and herbal tea

    Motivator for switching to Primal: It makes so much sense. It's time to be at my best, I want to be healthier and stronger in my 40s than ever before, and continue that through my 90s and beyond.

    Favorite exercise: Undecided. Like weights, sprinting is awesome some days, bodyweight workouts and yoga are great too.

    Favorite Primal food: steak with butter sauteed mushrooms

    Best part about being Primal: Very early in this evolution, but at this point have to say eating fat!

    Worst part about being Primal: Realizing that now I have to try and undo years of misinformed education of my teenagers about healthy eating.


    Have been grain (and mostly sugar) free for about a week. Looking forward to learning more and continuing this new path on my evolution...


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    Your location: San Francisco, CA


    Age (If you want): 28


    How Primal are you: 80%


    Do you consume dairy: Yes. I'm Northern European by descent, and I tolerate it well. That said, I'm not drinking milk. But cream, yogurt, and cheese are all on my menu.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both


    Motivator for switching to Primal: It makes sense to me. I followed CRON for a long time but didn't like all the rules. Primal is so much easier to manage. And it's the ONLY way of eating that gives me both a full belly and a flat belly.


    Favourite exercise: Walking up and down the hills of SF.


    Favourite Primal food: Too many to choose from! Roasted veggies with bacon fat, a nice fat grass fed steak, the gorgeous melty fat on a pork chop... Chances are if there's a slab of fatty meat and something green, I'm a happy camper.


    Best part about being Primal: People looking at me and asking how I'm not 300 lbs.


    Worst part about being Primal: Knowing that what other people are doing to try and be "healthy" is slowly poisoning them.


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    Your location: Central London


    Age (If you want): Late 30s


    How Primal are you: Over the last five years I've probably been 70% Primal - without describing it as such. Diet wise I've never really liked having too much rice/starchy veg/bread etc and have always had a preference for meat/fish etc. I've adopted the same approach when eating out or with takeaways. Since reading the PB about a month ago I'm probably 90% compliant. My main issue surrounds the carbohydrate content of wine/beer which seem to be a necessary part of sociable London living and rugby watching! Drinking more primal drinks for a day full of rugby watching with friends is not a sensible option.


    Exercise wise I've realised (after reading the PB and Body by Science) that I'm probably over-training and would see increased gains with less working out. A historic weekly exercise plan would have included 3-4 resistance sessions, 3-4 cardio sessions and 2-3 sessions of pilates. I'm going to reduce this and focus on big movements for the next month with increased sprinting on the rowing machine. I've always walked a lot - in and out of the centre of London when I go out for the evening - and will increase this further.


    Do you consume dairy: Yes. Love decent cheeses - ideally unpasturised. Thankfully there are plenty of cheese shops and markets selling great cheeses in London. Have never really drunk milk - never really liked the taste. I use cream with egg dishes and have always used a lot of butter in my cooking.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Proper coffee up until the early afternoon (again thankfully plenty of proper coffee shops around here) and then mint/green tea for the afternoon and evening.


    Motivator for switching to Primal: After being quite overweight in my 20s (too much drink/takeaways/bad instant food choices) I decided about ten years ago to take control of my life and food choices. Since then I've over time increasingly adopted what would be seen as a primal approach - without describing it as such.


    Bodywise I'm an ectomorph and want to decrease my body fat percentage fruther to the 5-10% range while increasing lean muscle. Currently my weight is 79kg/175lbs (height 188cm/62). My bodyfat percentage is around 10% which is down from about 12% a month ago since I increased my adherence to the primal approach. I take daily measurements on a body composition scale and record on an iphone app. Muscle mass has increased slightly with body water percentage remaining broadly the same. My weight about a year ago would have been around 92kg with a 20% bodyfat percentage. I'm really adopting this approach to take this to the next level. I don't have a weight target.


    Favorite exercise: Increasingly it's body weight exercises - pull ups/push ups/press ups.


    Favorite Primal food: Meat/offal/fish. So many choices!


    Best part about being Primal: Over the last month - after initial headaches after reducing carbs to around 10% of my diet - an increase in energy levels and awareness. It also seems counter-intuitive that having increased my fat intake to 50-60% of my diet that my bodyfat percentage decreases but it did! I also noticed at dinner last night that my taste buds seem to have increased in sensitivity as well - there seemed to be an intensity which I don't think that I could taste before.


    Worst part about being Primal: The fact that I should not have as many beers as I do - due to the carb content. We will have to see how this goes but there are so many great british beers...! Trying to explain to people that this isn't the Atkins diet is also becoming a bit tedious. I've also noticed that I'm becoming less tolerant of people who don't make the effort and don't take responsibility for their actions when it comes to making poor dietary/exercise choices. I'm not sure that's a bad thing though....


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    Been lurking on the forums for a couple months now...


    Location: Torrance, California


    Age: 28


    How Primal: I made the conscious decision to officially "go primal" on my 28th birthday, December 12 of 2009. After some initial struggles I am now about 85-90% dietarily compliant. Exercise is not quite as much but making progress.


    Dairy: I drink goat kefir (just started making my own after buying for months) and eat goat or sheep cheese daily. Butter is my primary cooking oil. Cream or half and half only with coffee.


    Coffee/Tea: Occasionally (1-2 times a week) drink coffee. Try not to drink too much or else the caffeine makes me jittery.


    Motivator: I've had immune system issues most of my life. I developed GI issues about 8 years ago after an aggressive round of antibiotics. I never really recovered and have slowly lost about 50 lbs since then (down to 100 lbs from 150 on a 5'11" frame). I've also got some pulmonary issues that are exacerbated by being underweight and malnourished in addition to a recent prolonged acute bacterial infection.


    Favorite exercise: My exercise tolerance is fairly low as I have lost a lot of muscle mass. My Lift Heavy Things workouts consist of bodyweight exercises (squats, pushups, situps) and I have done a couple "baby Tabata" workouts on the exercise bike. They are grueling but some masochistic part of my psyche likes them.


    Favorite food: I love getting grass-fed bison from the rancher who comes to the local farmer's market.


    Best part: So far, the food is the best. I kind of like being mostly carnivorous and am discovering the magic of grass-fed meat. I've also noticed significant strength gains with just a half dozen or so workouts over the last couple weeks.


    Worst part: Mainstream media, especially advertisement, is really annoying now. Even kids' cereal commercials tout the importance of healthywholegrains and beneficialfiber. Ick. It's also tough seeing how my parents eat although I have accepted that I'm not going to change anything by lecturing. Hopefully my (mostly-as-yet-to-appear) health improvements will be catalytic.


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    Howdy.


    I wish I had found this site two months ago.


    I am currently on the Quick Weight Loss Center program. If I had found this site two months ago I would be much happier and $2200 richer.


    I did so love the Atkins low carb plan years ago but could not stay with it.


    I like what I read here. I just ordered the book. My Darling Wife likes what she sees here too.


    I will lurk around for awhile. My goal is to eat and exercise my way off of my blood pressure and cholesterol meds.


    EJM


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    Hi everyone. My name's Brooke and I'm happy to be here amongst all of you. I have never been one to struggle with weight, always been active and athletic, but as the responsibilities of life have increased the time available to move my ass has rapidly evaporated. That, coupled with the comfort I have in my life now, having spent several years in an abusive relationship- struggling to make ends meet while my ex fed his various drug addictions... have led me to gaining a few inches and some pounds.


    I'm 5'6" tall and was weighing 165lbs. Too big, yes- but not beyond hope. And actually I had done some of the gaining intentionally, being transgendered I was "growing my curves", and I guess I let them get a little overgrown. Being Transgendered presents another problem too, with regard to working out.. can't let my old muscles come back too much. I used to be a gym rat and a US Marine, all with the hope of 'curing myself', but that's not how it works. So I was a pretty big guy- for five and a half feet tall- very cut too.. so long story I know, but at 26yrs of age I began my transition, now almost 39 and I am cutting back the extra fat, as with a clay sculpture, to reveal what is underneath.


    Your location: New Jersey, USA (south Jersey)


    Age (If you want): 38 ...thirty nine in April


    How Primal are you: 90-95% I think

    -it's hard to tell since I just started reading MDA a couple months ago and in the beginning I thought I was eating 'the good stuff' only to find out ...eh, not so good. BUT- I've been an avid reader and re-reader of everything I could on here, so I'm thinking I got it down pretty good now.


    Do you consume dairy: YES. Whole milk and some cheeses.. it's maybe my one and only vice.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Sometimes. I used to live for coffee, but I cut out sugar months and months ago and found without all the sweetness it's not what it once was for me.


    Motivator for switching to Primal: ...Well, I knew I had been slowly and steadily gaining weight for a few years now, and it was actually a video of me at Thankgiving last year that got me to say "WHAT THE!?!" -is that what I look like???


    sooooo... I decided to make the effort to get back down to 'fighting weight' so to speak and I was inspired by the P90X infomercial. I got a few disks from a friend at work and was hunting around thinking I'd cough up the cash and buy the whole thing and get it done the right way ---- WHEN LOW AND BEHOLD...


    I stumble across the PRIMAL BLUEPRINT 101 link on some coach's website.... well I started reading and it just made sense to me.


    Favorite exercise: Ballroom Dancing.. I have just started taking lessons - right about the time I started eating Primal. I have always wanted to learn!


    Favorite Primal food: BAS


    Best part about being Primal: I actually love all of it! The food tastes so good now... I mean it's the same food but without all the sauces and dressings saturated with sugar and salt- it's amazing how sweet a Red Bell Pepper really is. Also I have begun to really enjoy grocery shopping now- I pretend I'm hunting and gathering.


    Worst part about being Primal: Watching all the people I love still eating themselves to painful diseases and lowering their quality of life.

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