01-28-2013, 05:22 AM
Your location: Finland
Age (If you want): 25
How Primal are you: Around 75% primal. No sugar (few fruit), no grains, no legumes, no milk products, no artificial sweeteners. Mainly coconut oil and organic butter for cooking. Unfortunately I have a hard time finding affordable grass-fed meat and butter. Rare lapses. Little exercise, mainly walking. Smoker (though aspiring to quit).
Do you consume dairy: No. I have been off dairy since long before I started aspiring for a primal lifestyle. It does not suit my digestion and has negative effects on my skin.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. Black coffee and rarely plain green tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: For years I've been aware that sugar and excessive carbs don't suit me. I get anxiety, mood swings, depression, insomnia, skin problems, digestion problems, you name it. I feel the best, most alive and energetic when I limit my carbs to veggies and (in moderation) fruit. Primal appeals to me because it feels natural to me, tastes delicious and makes me feel better than simply being on a low-carb diet. When it comes to exercise I've never been a jogger, cyclist etc. and enjoy lifting weights accompanied by bursts of high-intensity training.
Favorite exercise: A good gym session consisting of a 20 min warm-up (interval training e.g. rowing, cycling, elliptical), working certain muscle groups by weight training, cooling down 10-20 min depending on my mood, and finally stretching.
Favorite Primal food: It's difficult to choose just one, but the basics are the best. Omelette with veggies and some meat fried in coconut oil.
Best part about being Primal: A stable, positive mood and lack of digestion issues.
Worst part about being Primal: Social situations where food is involved. There is typically very little to choose from and people don't seem to take 'no' for an answer if they offer cake, candy, ice cream, biscuits etc. Additionally, I am the only person who lives a primal, or even a low-carb, lifestyle from all the people I know. It's difficult when my friends, boyfriend and family see me as potentially harming myself with what they consider to be a deficient diet and occasionally undermine my choice of lifestyle.
Last edited by Yenni; 02-12-2013 at 08:27 AM.
01-28-2013, 05:55 AM
Your location: Mt Laurel, NJ
Age (If you want):30
How Primal are you: No dairy, no grains, no legumes, no tubers, no refined sugar
Do you consume dairy: Nope
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: Alleviating digestive disorders, fibromyalgia symptoms and weight loss
Favorite exercise: Barre and Zumba
Favorite Primal food: STEAK
Best part about being Primal: Haven't found one yet
Worst part about being Primal: Being "that" person when you go out to eat at a restaurant...and the general increased cost of food.
01-28-2013, 06:39 AM
Your location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Age (If you want): 24
How Primal are you: 85%
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: To change body composition and improve overall health
Favorite exercise: Military Press
Favorite Primal food: Tenderloin Steak
Best part about being Primal: The way it makes you feel and look
Worst part about being Primal: No sweets
01-29-2013, 04:58 AM
Hi My name is Paul. I just recently started this life plan at the new year.
I've tried low carb eating in the past, but found those diets to be too restrictive.
I love this plan, it seems to have more options of food, and realistic approach to healthy living.
I am 48 and started this out at 222 lbs on my 5'5" frame. Looking forward to healthy weight loss and a healthy life!
Your location: Fort Worth, TX
Age (If you want):48
How Primal are you:
Do you consume dairy:a little yogurt and some cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: both
Motivator for switching to Primal:healthy weight loss and living
Favorite exercise:walking - exploring
Favorite Primal food:steak, salads,
Best part about being Primal:I feel great - I have tried convention weight loss plans in the past and I was constantly bloated and gassy feeling. and weight was very slow to come off or just didn't come off.
Worst part about being Primal: I was bread addict.
01-29-2013, 11:27 AM
Your location: Northern CA
Age (If you want): 30-40
How Primal are you: not really too primal (yet)
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, black and green
Motivator for switching to Primal: I think a lot of the concepts are good.
Favorite exercise: KB Swing, Jump rope, and front squat
Favorite Primal food: lamb chops
Best part about being Primal: I'm not too primal
Worst part about being Primal: I'm not primal
01-29-2013, 11:47 AM
Hello everyone! My name is Charles aka Gunner, and I'm here to get some input on health and fitness.
I am 22
I am not very primal yet haha, but I will test it out as soon as I get the basics understood.
I do consume dairy, mainly milk, some cheese.
I do not drink coffee or tea
I'm just searching for alternative ways to promote healthy living and was intrigued by your forum.
I love to play basketball, thats exercise right? Nah, I love anything action sport, like rock climbing, bouldering, sprinting, swimming, etc.
Being primal sounds...really manly. #artofmanliness.com thats what it kind of reminds me of. It is natural and I like that.
No grain?! Man! Does that mean pastas? Rice? etc? Dangit, I love that stuff.
01-29-2013, 11:29 PM
Age (If you want):31
How Primal are you:Beginner
Do you consume dairy: Don't, body hates it. Maybe some actual butter at times
Do you drink coffee or tea:Both
Motivator for switching to Primal:I am plagued by Anxiety and Stress. My holistic doctor almost demanded that I begin this lifestyle as he felt it suits me both philosophically and personality.
Favorite Primal food: Grassfed Anything. Steak, chicken, fish
Best part about being Primal:It suits me pretty well.
Worst part about being Primal: Dealing with people's pre programmed ideas of how we should eat and grocery stores that sell horrible food. Personally though nothing really.
01-30-2013, 01:39 PM
Hey there everyone, Primal noob here. Started this past Monday and clock in at 5'-8" 255lbs. (was as high as 268 and recently got as low as 244lbs. pre-Holidays). I imagine in High School my lowest weight was around 190-ish? I don't recall getting on scales much then so who knows!
I'll be blogging my daily journey/meals at a specific location I will share once it's ready. Should be an interesting journey
Your location: Northern Virginia
Age: 2 months shy of 42
How Primal are you: Noob, 3 days in.
Do you consume dairy: Before this yes. 2% Milk, cheeses, yogurt, cream cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Do not drink coffee, enjoy tea but generally with Splenda - so not sure yet how I will replace no Splenda.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of being fat (and getting tired of talking about not wanting to be fat). I have a sedentary job (and do side work that is also sedentary) so it's tougher to drop for me.
Favorite exercise: Enjoy mountain biking around the trails near my house.
Favorite Primal food: I imagine it will be steaks, chicken and sweet potato
Best part about being Primal: The foods on the "good guy" list you can eat, I enjoy anyways (meat, fowl, veg, seeds, nuts). Don't need a rocket science degree to manage it.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to cut back on Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi!
01-30-2013, 04:33 PM
Your location: Vancouver, Canada
Age (If you want): 46
How Primal are you: just starting, nervously
Do you consume dairy: well, so far I do, but I haven't started my new regime.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both.
Motivator for switching to Primal: To lose weight and have better health from the inside out.
Favorite exercise: jogging, dancing, hiking.
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: No need to feel bad about eating bacon
Worst part about being Primal: Having to explain to food pushers why I can't eat what everyone else is. And trying not to drink alcoholic drinks (other than vodka and soda and lime.)
01-30-2013, 05:18 PM
Your location: Oshawa, ON Canada
Age (If you want): 50
How Primal are you: Doing slow-carb (incl. legumes/lentils & no other carbs)
Do you consume dairy: no - allergic to milk proteins
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea - plain
Motivator for switching to Primal: Difficulty losing weight so trying something different
Favorite exercise: Bodypump
Favorite Primal food: bacon (natural)
Best part about being Primal: weight is coming off w/o being hungry
Worst part about being Primal: giving up sweets
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