02-12-2013, 09:31 PM
Your location: Portland, Oregon
Age (If you want): 25
How Primal are you: currently 90% primal and I reserve the other 10% for out of my control situations
Do you consume dairy: no
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: challenge from my fitness studio
Favorite exercise: currently doing TRX with a semi private trainer in Portland
Favorite Primal food: coconut
Best part about being Primal: the way I don't feel like a zombie in the morning and how I don't really need coffee anymore!!!
Worst part about being Primal: planning. Lots of planning.
Looking forward to getting to know you all!!
02-12-2013, 11:41 PM
Your location: The chilly chilly centre of Canada
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: Just started. For the last 5 days I've done alright, thought!
Do you consume dairy: I'm just down to just cultured yogurt, but I may add well-aged cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee. Black. I've gone down to two cups a day, I grind my own beans, and take great care in selecting them. It's my passion.
Motivator for switching to Primal: A myriad of health problems that doctors are not able to diagnose or solve. As well, despite being reasonably active (usually), and not eating a helluva lot, I have continued to gain weight throughout my adult life, especially my belly and chin.
Favorite exercise: cycling
Favorite Primal food: rib eye steak with carmelized onions and mushrooms mushrooms mushrooms
Best part about being Primal: meat veggies and fruit, what's not to love?
Worst part about being Primal: When I'm finished vacation in a week and have to go back to 'reality'.
Last edited by Amethyst42; 02-12-2013 at 11:42 PM.
02-13-2013, 05:54 AM
Location: I am from Central ON, Canada
Age: I am somewhere in the range of 41 - 45.
How Primal are you?: I am in the process of converting right now.
Do you consume dairy?: I admit fully, I love my dairy.
Do you drink coffe or tea?: I drink tea, but actually haven't had anything but herbal teas for 3 days now.
Motivator for switching Primal: I need to make a major change in my life. I have lost my energy, my digestion is sluggish, and I keep putting on weight. I used to run all the time, and I want the energy and fitness I had back, so I can do it again.
Favorite exercise: Running
Favorite Primal food: Rib eye steak, with lots of marbling, most of the fruits and veggies, and more yet to be discovered...
Best part about being Primal: Hoping the return of my Joy for Life.
Worst part about being Primal: Food planning and preparation while travelling. I will need help, as I'm in hotels a lot.
02-13-2013, 08:05 AM
Your location: NYC
Age (If you want): 49
How Primal are you: About 50%
Do you consume dairy: About 8oz milk, 8oz greek yogurt / day
Do you drink coffee or tea: About 24oz decaf coffee / day
Motivator for switching to Primal: I haven't entirely switched and don't intend to go all the way but I want to stay informed. My personal experience is that I maintain a healthy weight, excellent energy & mood levels and active life via a healthy diet comprised of healthy protein, fat and carbs sourced whenever possible from sustainable, organic producers. I emphasize healthy protein & fat and target my carbs around 150-200g per day. I avoid sugar and I eat daily limited amounts of primal no-no's like steel cut oats, whole wheat wraps, brown rice, legumes & dairy.
Favorite exercise: Interval training, hockey, weight lifting
Favorite Primal food: my bolognese recipe
Best part about being Primal: Healthy diet emphasizing healthy proteins and fats contributes to optimal wellness and fitness
Worst part about being Primal: Extreme views; I don't believe there is enough rigor in the scientific analysis available to date to support the exclusion of grains and legumes
Like many diets, strict adherents benefit from focusing on healthy nutrition. I feel there is a lot of variation in what people can eat and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Just like one antibiotic can work for one person and kill another (I'm allergic to penicillin so it will kill me), I feel that different folks can prosper on different foods.
I want to stay in touch with Primal and Paleo communities to see what happens in terms of research. I have seen excellent research from reputable sources that supports the benefits of diets that are rich in healthy proteins & fats, low in carbs especially fructose. Scientific analysis from reputable institutions supports some of the claims about inhibiting effects of lectins and phytates but I feel the primal approach goes too far in its extrapolation without rigorous testing of the theories. Would like to see one or more long term studies of a large population and an adequate control group that demonstrates the impact on absorption of different minerals when grains and legumes are ingested.
Many nutrition theories seem to go unproven, maybe because economic incentives aren't aligned. Maybe Kraft or McDonalds lack the incentives to prove the value of a Primal diet, but what about health insurance and life insurance providers. Surely they would like to support strategies that lead to better health and fewer claims
The cynic in me observes that every diet seems to have the same trajectory: 1) Highly restrictive diet, 2) Book for sale explaining the reasons for the restrictions and how the government or big business tries to hide the truth because of money and ignorance, 3) Recipe Book for sale, 4) A full line of supplements
Where did Grok get a giant tub of protein powder? Were his thumbs evolved enough to open it?
Last edited by AKR_Lean_n_Mean; 02-13-2013 at 08:14 AM.
02-13-2013, 01:46 PM
From the centre of Canada!
Hello folks! I tried posting this earlier, and it disappeared, hopefully this one works!
Your location: Winterpeg, Manisnowba, Canada (currently on vacation in Hawai'i, but paradise can't last forever, sadly)
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: 5th day. I've eliminated grains completely, and vastly reduced dairy. I have not eschewed electronics in the least, but I should probably reduce it a little.
Do you consume dairy: cultured yogurt, ghee, and well-aged cheeses
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee, black coffee. I am down to two cups a day, and I pick my beans carefully, and grind them at home.
Motivator for switching tPrimal: after years of health problems doctors can't diagnose or cure, and after gaining weight steadily whether or not I exercise, and no matter how much or little I eat, I have to do something.
Favorite exercise: cycling. if/when I get more fit, I'd love to do a long cycling tour
Favorite Primal food: well aged rib eye, caramelized onions, and mushrooms mushrooms mushrooms
Best part about being Primal: what's not to love about meat, veggies, and fruit?
Worst part about being Primal: loving Grandmothers who REALLY want you to eat their baking.
02-13-2013, 01:49 PM
You sound just like me! I have tummy, thyroid, and depression problems! And just like your name, I'm sick of of sick. *nukkabump*
We don't live too far apart either!
02-13-2013, 03:15 PM
Hello everyone! I have been visiting this site and the forum for a while but did not create an account until now.
Your location: California
Age (If you want): 18
How Primal are you: Trying to stick to being Primal but end up eating junk after a while.
Do you consume dairy: Cheese and full-fat yoghurt occasionally.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of being fat.
Favorite exercise: I dislike exercise. I have recently began walking though. Badminton is fun.
Favorite Primal food: Meat. All the way.
Best part about being Primal: Losing fat easily and feeling less self-conscious about my body.
Worst part about being Primal: Missing and craving junk food, bread, desserts, etc.
02-14-2013, 08:24 AM
Location: Oregon coast
How Primal are you? I'm at the very beginning, but learning daily
Motivation: there is a long list of motivators,
Favorite exercise: Walking
Best: I feel tremendously better physically and mentally
Worse: Learning curve
Oh and yes i drink coffee,
02-15-2013, 08:12 AM
Your location: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Age (If you want): 33
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both
Favorite exercise: Walking or Jogging
Pleased to meet you all!
02-15-2013, 10:10 AM
Your location: Ontario, Canada
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: Want to be.
Do you consume dairy: Yes.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No. I don't like hot drinks (I know...)
Motivator for switching to Primal: First heard about it when rumour had it Kate Middleton was doing something similar before her wedding. Tried it, and was successful for a short time. But then my husband, son and I moved back to my parents while he attended post-secondary college. Mom is the one who usually cooks, so because I didn't want to be an inconvinence, we stuck with her and her "conventional" meals. Can't complain...or maybe I can...
Favorite exercise: Walking.
Favorite Primal food: Big-ass salad.
Best part about being Primal: Before I went Primal, I had a strange relationship with food. I would get WAY too excited to eat. While I was Primal, my view on food changed, and I saw it for what it was supposed to be...something for survival.
Worst part about being Primal: "Parents just don't understand..." -Will Smith.
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