02-17-2013, 03:52 PM
Your location: Fremont, CA
Age (If you want): Just turned 40!
How Primal are you: Partial, considering adding red meat and animal fat. I end up eating carbs once a day.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. I have switched to grass-fed milk, yogurt, kefir, and butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: I make my own chai when at home (once during the weekend) with lots of ginger and black tea and milk. No sugar. At work, sometimes I am tempted to have one cup of coffee/day +H&H + sugar. But since starting to eat primal, I am losing the coffee craving. I have it more out of habit or without thinking head to the espresso machine....I now ask myself, if I truly will enjoy this cup of coffee and have one if the answer is a resounding yes.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I realized I included SAD only when I moved to the US. Within 3 years of SAD, I was depressed, low energy, 30-40 lbs heavier, and generally dissatisfied with life and not making any real progress in any spheres of life. I needed to get SAD out of my life. For good. When I recently turned 40, I started asking myself some tough questions. I HAD to take control of my life and the gene argument - that not much has changed in the human genes - clinched the primal deal for me. As a single mom (no dad for him), I want to be healthy, happy and full of energy for my 13 year old son. I cannot afford to neglect my health any more and as a parent I need to be more responsible. There was a time when I put everything ME at the end of the priority list thinking I was being a great mom. But now I realize I am far from at my best with this neglect since last 3-4 years.
Favorite exercise: Running. I have this love/hate relationship with it. I am also an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and I teach aerobics classes (Spinning, step, circuit, Bombay Jam) regularly. I also like sports. For most part of my life, i have been active. It's only over the last 3-4 years, I had become a couch potato. When all else fails, I go for a walk at lunch or later. Most times, I use that walk to clear my head. I never listen to music while walking, even when I was not primal. I like to appreciate the sun, the nature, and the birds etc. I just like to be, even if I am not solving any important problems.
Favorite Primal food: boiled eggs. easy to make and carry along.
Best part about being Primal: I smile a lot! I know this sounds ridiculous but when I eat primal, I make a ritual out it. I feel content from within and a smile spreads across my face. Of course, losing 4 lbs since turning partially primal 4 days ago also helps.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating meat! Before stumbling upon PB, I was considering reducing my meat intake. In India, I grew up eating very less meat, working out, and was in a great shape. So this recent weight gain and malaise associated with it, I attributed to eating meat 2-3 times a day. But of course, it was not the healthy portions of meat. It was more burgers and such. So these exactly opposite philosophies - my hypothesis and PB - keep clashing in my mind. Plus, I never really ate red meat before and not sure I want to start now. I will consider it.
02-17-2013, 06:19 PM
Your location: Riverside County, CA
Age (If you want):42
How Primal are you:Pretty Darn Primal - sometimes I mess up but I always get right back on the Primal wagon.
Do you consume dairy: nope
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea with raw honey and almond milk
Motivator for switching to Primal: promises of better skin, hormonal balance, digestive balance and weight loss
Favorite exercise: hiking
Favorite Primal food: meat!
Best part about being Primal: feel great
Worst part about being Primal: people asking if "isn't that just like Atkins"?
02-17-2013, 10:26 PM
Age (If you want):38
How Primal are you:90%
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: hmmm kind of fell upon paleo and realised I am already almost there so made a few changes to be more paleo for health I guess!
Favorite exercise: Walking at the mo but intend to build in some strength training
Favorite Primal food: cauliflower rice!
Best part about being Primal: knowing others out here are doing what I always thought I was doing alone! I'm not weird after all!
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out at other people's houses!
02-17-2013, 10:49 PM
1. Mumbai , India
2. 30 years old
3. 80 percent Primal . I do consume ice cream and chocolates sometime and other junk foods
4. i used to. Now i dont. Its been over a few months
5. I drink black coffee on waking up in the morning . no sugar no milk.
6. I think Primal living gets you fast , strong and has a lot of health benefits
8. Salmon steak and grilled vegetables
02-18-2013, 02:40 AM
Just started primal five days ago. No processed food, no grains, healthy oils and fats, some dairy in the form of small amounts of kefir and cottage cheese, sometimes greek yogurt. Sour cream and butter on occasion. Organic chicken, unable to get grass fed beef at this point in time so opt for lean cuts mostly. Range free eggs.
Coffee and tea
Motivator is to lose belly fat, lean out and become stronger. Gain some lost muscle mass. Over all healthier lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: Lifting weights, HIIT treadmill, kettlebells. Fishing and hiking.
The fats! And steak.
Best part, my stomach bloating and gas has mostly disappeared in less than five days.
Worst part, brain fog and irritability, hope this passes soon and feeling energetic kicks in.
02-18-2013, 02:24 PM
I keep overeating...
Originally Posted by Anonymous
02-18-2013, 03:47 PM
Your location:New York (long island)
How Primal are you:Just started 6 days ago, still doing a lot of reading
Do you consume dairy: Not much, I can easily do without it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: A coffee a day.
Motivator for switching to Primal:All the incredible weight loss stories. Ive been pretty active and in good shape for all of my 20s but fell off hard the past year and packed on 60+lbs.
Favorite exercise:Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Favorite Primal food: I dont know yet, but my girlfriend made some kickass coconut chicken.
Best part about being Primal: So far the 12lbs I lost in under a week. And no heartburn or acid reflux this past week.
Worst part about being Primal: hmmm pizza, ice cream etc. But ill gladly give that up to be back to my in shape competition weight.
Definitely seems like a lifestyle I can adjust to. Figured I'd post in here first as im sure ill be asking some questions soon.
02-18-2013, 06:17 PM
Your location: Maryland
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: I would say about 90%. Not really sure how to judge it. I'm not eating grains or any processed or refined foods including sugar.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. I have no problem tolerating dairy. Although, I am trying to keep milk at a minimum. I use heavy whipping cream in my coffee, sour cream on my salad, and do eat Fage Greek yogurt a couple times a week. I do use whole milk and stevia in my tea.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both. I only drink coffee one or two days a week. The rest of the time I drink tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Saw the documentary "Fat Head" and starting doing some research. Found that I like what the paleo lifestyle (not just the eating) can do for me and my husband. I figured that Lent was as good a time as any to change my life.
Favorite exercise: Walking. I don't have much upper body strength, so that will be a challenge, but I want upper body strength!
Favorite Primal food: Do I have to pick just one?
Best part about being Primal: Feeling alive again.
Worst part about being Primal: I wouldn't say there is a "worst" part. Cooking can be challenging, but I wouldn't say that is a negative, just a challenge.
02-19-2013, 08:07 AM
Your location: New Jersey
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: Commited with some weak moments
Do you consume dairy: greek yogurt, little milk in coffee
Do you drink coffee or tea: both
Motivator for switching to Primal: In my weight loss journey I hit a plateau and broke it with primal eating and lost 40 so far.
Favorite exercise: Tapout XT ....would love to start lifting.
Favorite Primal food: All of it!
Best part about being Primal: Feeling better than I ever have in my life!
Worst part about being Primal: I miss the bad comfort foods...mac and cheese, breads, sugar and such.
02-19-2013, 08:40 AM
Your location: Illinois
Age (If you want):20
How Primal are you:Starving primal student = eat primal whenever I can eat at all
Do you consume dairy: Butter/Whole yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea:Never liked it too much, but I'll have tea on occasion
Motivator for switching to Primal: Be happier, improve appearance
Favorite exercise: Sprinting is so exhilarating, especially when I use my imagination to make it real
Favorite Primal food: Eggs, avocado, salmon, meats
Best part about being Primal: Seeing improvements in many aspects of my life almost daily
Worst part about being Primal: watching my friends struggle with their lifestyles, and trying to not be "that guy" who loudly espouses unsolicited beliefs
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