02-03-2013, 02:45 PM
Your location: Portland, OR
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Not totally yet. I'm waffling between primal and Weston Price style eating. I might land somewhere in the middle. I like the primal lifestyle in general. I've been going barefoot for a very long time out of necessity, and probably because I spent my childhood barefoot. My feet hurt when I wear any kind of support in my shoes. Now I wear mocassins, vivobarefoot, and invisible shoes huaraches, or rubber soled gymnastics shoes when I can. Still looking for an affordable waterproof option for Northwest hiking in the winter.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, for now.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, for now.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, other symptoms of pre-diabetes, (It's still reversible! But diabetes isn't and I'm getting dangerously close!) sugar addiction, and an understanding about how toxic processed food is. And I just feel so GOOD when I eat real food. I love shopping in the perimeter of the grocery store, I love kale and a good grassfed steak. If I make a completely primal meal, sometimes I take a picture of my plate just because it's so beautiful and it makes me happy! Also, I'm about 60 pounds overweight, but it's more of a symptom of my overall problem than the problem itself.
Favorite exercise: Tae Kwon Do when I can afford it. Second bests: Bodyweight exercises. Hiking. Swimming. Fun kids games like capture the flag and tag. Ultimate frisbee.
Favorite Primal food: You are seriously going to make me choose? I love all of it. Kale to coconut oil. Wild venison to free range chicken. Raspberries! Ok if I have to choose, I'll say eggs. Fried in bacon fat, put over a bed of organic red kale with a yam or some spaghetti squash on the side.
Best part about being Primal: Having yet another excuse to embrace the cave woman in me.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain it to other people. Avoiding gifts of sweets from other well meaning people. Also I'm not completely convinced that grains and legumes are bad. I've read all the articles telling me why, but haven't actually seen the definitive research. I'm not sensitive to gluten or anything, so I'm still on the fence. I'm doing my own N=1 experiment though, so we'll see. I might end up being soaked-legume and sprouted-grain friendly pseudo primal or something. We will see.
02-03-2013, 03:03 PM
Hi Firechick! I'm new too, so I don't have a lot to say on primal diet, but I do have a lot of experience with adult acne. I had acne from the time I was 11 to about a year ago (at 33 YO), when I realized that if I washed my face with anything that sudsed up, any kind of foaming cleanser or anything like that, I would break out. I started, counterintuitively, to use oil based or cream cleansers and wash my face LESS not MORE, and be really sparing about acne meds, though oxy 10 directly on a pimple at night really did help. Now I don't have any acne at all, except maybe a single tiny pimple once a week or less. I also discovered that mineral powder makeup is the only makeup that doesn't make me break out (the makeup made for acne still made it worse!) It's just what worked for me, and it might be correlative, not necessarily what will work for you but you might try it! Soapy cleansers were irritating my acne! Also, acne can be an inflammatory response to an allergy. Try cleaning your face with coconut or jojoba oil and a damp washcloth, then moisturizing with a light moisturizer. Coconut oil has some really good antibacterial and healing properties. Honey is also good as a facial cleanser, and kills bacteria. Make sure you rinse it off. Hope this helps!
02-03-2013, 03:06 PM
Hi Jen! I'm new too, so I don't have a lot to say on primal diet, but I do have a lot of experience with adult acne. I had acne from the time I was 11 to about a year ago (at 33-34 YO), when I realized that if I washed my face with anything that sudsed up, any kind of foaming cleanser or anything like that, I would break out. I started, counterintuitively, to use oil based or cream cleansers and wash my face LESS not MORE, and be really sparing about acne meds, though oxy 10 directly on a pimple at night really did help. Now I don't have any acne at all, except maybe a single tiny pimple once a week or less. I also discovered that mineral powder makeup is the only makeup that doesn't make me break out (the makeup made for acne still made it worse!) It's just what worked for me, and it might be correlative, not necessarily what will work for you but you might try it! Soapy cleansers were irritating my acne! Also, acne can be an inflammatory response to an allergy. Try cleaning your face with coconut or jojoba oil and a damp washcloth, then moisturizing with a light moisturizer. Coconut oil has some really good antibacterial and healing properties. Honey is also good as a facial cleanser, and kills bacteria. Hope this helps!
Originally Posted by firechick0228
02-03-2013, 05:37 PM
Your location: Currently Icy West Michigan! lower peninsula
Age (If you want): middle to late twenties
How Primal are you: Still in the exploratory stage. Have been trying to eat whole foods and "more plants" for a long time now -- am also a recovering vegetarian -- but primal pulls together much of what has made sense to me. Plus, this site is so chock full of resources that I just wanna hang out here and learn
Do you consume dairy: I loooooove Greek yogurt, mostly like cheese, always take milk in my otherwise generally black coffee, but I only eat ice cream a couple of times a year.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I worked at Starbucks all throughout my college education and I still drink at least one cup of coffee daily. I only visit SBux a few times a month, though, anymore.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Inflammation in my body, including debilitating menstrual symptoms, slow-to-heal cold/flu, bloating, and aches. Particularly since starting a desk job 8 or so months ago
Favorite exercise: Walking, running, jumping, wrestling, and climbing in town or in the woods with my Saint Bernard/Newfoundland mix dog. I get so out of breath that I want to puke sometimes, but it feels like fun. And we can just simply walk around and it's great and enjoyable and healthy.
Favorite Primal food: Kitchen sink salads and beef jerky (IS beef jerky primal?? if not then BACON)
Best part about being Primal: I'll tell you in a month or so when I'm completely phased in. I refuse to toss out most of my carbs that I already bought, so it might take some time, but from what I hear, I'm not going to WANT to eat most of these carbs after a while. If they get stale I'll toss 'em;
Worst part about being Primal: I am an emotional eater, especially when I have access to processed carbs. I am scared that I will have the "I messed up; no going back now; eat up" mentality.
02-03-2013, 09:46 PM
Your location: Sunny Southwest
Age (If you want): Mid thirties
How Primal are you: 95%
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Butter, heavy cream, cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee maybe once or twice a week.
Motivator for switching to Primal: General health concerns and weight loss.
Favorite exercise: Walking and biking.
Favorite Primal food: Beef stew and pork belly.
Best part about being Primal: No longer craving foods that make me ill.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain to people that it's not a diet. It is a better way of life.
02-04-2013, 02:34 AM
Hi Everyone! Excited to finally join the forum after a month of lurking.
Your location: Amsterdam
Age (If you want): 22
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: Nope, I'm lactose intolerant.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Love my green tea, oh and liquorice tea!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Horrible bloating motivated me to change my eating habits.
Favorite exercise: bikram(hot) yoga
Favorite Primal food: Steak!
Best part about being Primal: Finally seeing marked improvement in my digestion after years of trying all kinds of diets/ programs.
Worst part about being Primal: Knowing you could help someone while they refuse to listen.
02-04-2013, 07:59 AM
I am Judy O'Donnell in London, England. A yoga-teacher of 20 years who has been pretty primal most of my life.. but I swing in and out depending on circumstances and family demands! I am a mom of three and a family counsellor too!
So - here to the questions:
Your location: London, England
Age (If you want): Oh .. as old as I feel .. 16!
How Primal are you: Pretty ...raw most of the time
Do you consume dairy:yes - but only milk regularly. The others butter, cream and yoghurt sporadically.
Do you drink coffee or tea: only tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I know it's the best
Favorite exercise: yoga, swimming (can swim a mile easily), dancing and mountain-climbing
Favorite Primal food: nuts and seeds
Best part about being Primal: the way it lightens my body, and the quality of sleep
Worst part about being Primal: Absolutely none
Looking forward to being part of the community!
02-04-2013, 08:02 AM
I've just joined, and I notice you are lactose intolerant.. I am not, but I always use fresh lactose-free milk which is widely available in our supermarkets here (just because it makes the best tea). Do you have this in the Netherlands? I didn't notice it in Germany last time I was there...
02-04-2013, 08:31 AM
Hey everybody, my name is Chris and I have just begun my primal journey a few days back after purchasing Mark's book "The Primal Blueprint." So, I guess I'll introduce myself a bit.
1.) I live in Virginia, above 30 miles from the oceanfront of Virginia Beach.
2.) I'm 23 years old
3.) I've been primal for about 3 days or so, and am trying to commit myself 100%, but I'm still making a couple mistakes (for example, not noticing that a product contains added sugars.) However, I'm not too hard on myself. I really want to focus on the non-dietary aspects of PB just as much, so that I can live a more productive and enjoyable life in general.
4.) I do consume dairy occassionally, usually in the form of yogurt/butter.
5.) I consume coffee in the morning, and tea later in the day, yes
6.) My main motivation for going primal is to live a healthier, more active, more productive lifestyle. For mind, body, and spirit.
7.) Favorite exercise? Hmmm, taking walks....pull-ups, hiking...surfing.
8.) Favorite primal food is definitely fish...any fish. Oh wait, I like coconuts too. Better go with fish mixed with coconut milk, with avocado on top too!
9.) Best part of being primal is the benefits to my body and mind. It makes so much sense to me that we are meant to live a life much like our ancestors of 10,000 years ago. Grok had it right, the Korgs have it wrong, and I want to change that.
10.) Worst part? Eating out! That's also the best part too though, because it helps me to NOT eat out, so I can save money, get creative, and eat well.
Additional info: I love to play music - guitar and piano mainly. I compose all sorts of genres. My future is uncertain, but I'm really into the health field and I'm considering becoming a physician assistant to an osteopath, or nutritionist or something along those lines. So many possibilities!
I can't wait to see where my journey takes me! Bless all of you, and grok on!
02-04-2013, 09:05 AM
Your location: California
Age (If you want): 57, soon to be 58
How Primal are you: almost there; haven't quite given up my liquid Splenda or ocassional cheese and am using frozen veggies and fruits out of necessity.
Do you consume dairy: Not a lot, but will eat the ocassional piece of cheese. I am intolerant to the casein in milk products, so really do try to stay away as they cause sinus infections. The cheese seems to be okay, but I don't eat a lot of it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, this might be a hard habit to break...not because of the caffeine (I drink mostly decaf), but because of all the junk I put in it. I love my iced coffee in the morning, but mostly because I like the taste of it with the junk in it, and Starbucks is a special treat for me on weekends. Sigh.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have reached my all-time high weight. I've gained about 30 pounds since the beginning of last year, my feet hurt, and I feel sluggish and tired all the time. I've lost most of the fitness I once had. I have a huge addiction to sugar, and most of the 30 pounds has been from stress eating fatty, sweet stuff. I'd really like to break that habit. Another reason is that I have some abnormal cells in an area where a precancerous growth was removed. I'm hoping that if I can reduce the inflamation from the stuff I eat, the cells might either never progress, or might actually go back to normal. Can't hurt.
Favorite exercise: Walking, used to LOVE weightlifting (I'm female), but lately can't seem to get motivated for it. I once did 2 rounds of P90X, and while I don't think I want to work THAT hard anymore, I DO want to get fit and toned.
Favorite Primal food: Ribeye steak.
Best part about being Primal: I do not have to track what I eat if I don't want to and I can take the principals anywhere I go...pretty easy to remember "eat plants and animals". I like tracking, but I also like the freedom to miss it once in a while.
Worst part about being Primal: Too new to have a worst I think. I'm eating plenty of veggies and fruits, so I'm not missing the sweets, which is what I thought might be the worst.
I'm not new to a lower carb diet; I've never felt better than I did when I was eating protein, fruits and veggies. I followed it for several years...my blood work was exceptionally good that whole time. Eventually I relaxed a bit from it, but still maintained my weight and fitness. Eventually stress took over and I started eating sweets...once I tasted that, it wasn't a pretty picture.
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