03-12-2013, 09:00 AM
Hey all. Finally signed up on the forum. I just officially started my primal journey a little over a week ago, but have been doing my research for over a month now. I am now addicted to this blog. haha
Your location: Nashville, TN
Age (If you want): 25
How Primal are you: 85-90%
Do you consume dairy: I'm in the process of at least doing a full test elimination of dairy.
Do you drink coffee or tea: If coffee then decaf, tea every once in a blue moon.
Motivator for switching to Primal: For the past ten years I have completely trashed my body- drinking, smoking, partaking, etc... and it's taken its toll. I gained around 40-60 pounds in college and it was primarily belly fat. I developed binge eating and drinking habits and I struggled to maintain a healthy diet, even though I have been very health aware for a long, long time. I decided that at 25 it was time to take control of my health and really commit to something that made sense to me. As soon as I stumbled upon this blog I couldn't get enough. So far, it's the only lifestyle guide that I find myself agreeing with for the most part. I guess in part it's sort of a test to see what actually does happen if I stay the primal course over the summer. I would love to be able to build muscle, lose fat, and have a solid "beach body".
Favorite exercise: Hiking
Favorite Primal food: Spinach/Kale Salads loaded with all the goodies.
Best part about being Primal: So far it's been an almost complete loss of bloating, and an overall good feeling. I haven't quite put my finger on it yet.
Worst part about being Primal: Having to listen to people tell you how much they love donuts.
Anyway, hello. My name is Anthony. If you would like to know more, don't hesitate to ask!
03-12-2013, 11:23 AM
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:
100% so far, no cheat meals
Do you consume dairy:
Do you drink coffee or tea:
Motivator for switching to Primal:
I have had lower abdominal bloating on and off for about a year and after numerous expensive doctor bills, I was turned on to primal eating by a co-worker.
Sprinting, surprisingly enough
Favorite Primal food:
Best part about being Primal:
Knowing that I'm eating only healthy things for my body and the bloating seems to be going away.
Worst part about being Primal:
I miss some sugary foods, but it's worth it to feel good and know my body is getting what it needs.
03-12-2013, 11:26 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
03-12-2013, 01:18 PM
Your location: Northern Ireland
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: 80 - 85%
Do you consume dairy: recently have been cutting down but have double cream and hard cheese occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea: oh yes...
Motivator for switching to Primal: researching topic for some time...MBF RuthGV and I decided to throw ourselves into the lifestyle mid-feb and we haven't really looked back. Nearly 25lbs weight loss between us.
Favorite exercise: Swimming but I do like to jog and cycle too.
Favorite Primal food: hmmmm....smoked salmon, but there's loads others I could mention
Best part about being Primal: This is the first time in so long that I have started noticing a real change in my physique with very little effort. I also feel free from the constraints of most carbs. ( occasional cravings that are satisfied by 80/20)
Worst part about being Primal: The niggling doubt that such an extreme change might be harmful to my health. Although the results so far haven't been anything to scorn at.
03-12-2013, 02:10 PM
Hello primal/paleo humanoids
Hello primal/paleo humanoids!
I live on the eastern end of long island in NY and have been 90% paleo/primal since October 2012. I am a 44 year old single father with custody of my sixteen yr old boy. Dairy is a BIG negatory rubber duck! Occasionally I'll have black coffee but my drink of choice is organic gueyaki Yerba mate! My motivation for beginning this journey and continuing to absolutely love it was my doctor who is a recent NATUROPATHIC graduate. I had severe back problems due a defect in my lower back and a resultant surgery which left me in bad shape. The last time I stood on a scale I was 224 lbs. I lost 25 lbs in the first 30 days! Today I'm about 185 lbs. I went from a size 38 waist and this past weekend I tried on a pair of size 32 jeans and they were snug but, I was in! We suspect that much of my physical pain was a reaction to wheat/gluten/sugar/dairy cocktail! My favorite form exercise is hiking and running. This past Sunday I ran 1.5 miles at 6 am and at noon went on the devils hike 6.66 miles with 30 lb pack on my back! Favorite primal food is organic BACON!!! The best thing about being primal is how much better I feel and the weight loss which I didn't expect at such a rapid pace. The most disappointing thing about being primal is not eating anything dairy... Especially no mint chocolate chip ice cream...
03-13-2013, 03:17 PM
Your location: New Zealand
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Aiming for 100% and working on my husband and 2yr old.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but considering axing it
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green and herbal tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Becoming a mum and seeing all the obese children walking around. I myself am slim, but I've always had an obsession with exercise and I need to cut it down and have more family time.
Favorite exercise: Snowboarding
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: Been 3wks now, and except for a funky digestion this week I really feel fab.
Worst part about being Primal: Wanting to share it with people, and finding most lose interest once you mention no grains saying its too hard.
03-13-2013, 04:47 PM
Your location: NE US
Age (If you want):20
How Primal are you: Probably 95%
Do you consume dairy: Cheese, no (experimenting); cream and butter, yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: YES
Motivator for switching to Primal: Want to lose weight and eat my favorite foods while doing it
Favorite exercise: Rowing on the water. It's been a few years
Favorite Primal food: Jerky
Best part about being Primal: The lowered appetite. I feel so independent from food, not counting calories!
Worst part about being Primal: Cheese is my best friend but I am sensitive to it
I would love some Primal friends and subscribers to my journal! http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread80305.html
You can also kik or MFP me at xoemmytee I'm Selina_Kyle on Fitocracy.
165 Primal SW:
03-14-2013, 04:01 AM
Your location: Scotland
Age (If you want): 41
How Primal are you: 6 days a week, then i'll eat something sugary.
Do you consume dairy: rarely
Do you drink coffee or tea: love a cup of tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: sort of drifted into it without realising others had thought about it too. Was reading about human evolution, cooking and lately about soil erosion, all intertwined it seems.
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: cabbage
Best part about being Primal: waking up feeling positive
Worst part about being Primal: being part of a fad diet
03-14-2013, 06:34 AM
Your location: Vermont
Age (If you want): 45
How Primal are you: I don't consume grains of any kind. Beef is only grass-fed (we bought a steer and a freezer), I try to only buy antibiotic free chicken and pork, stock up when its on sale. Lots of fresh veggies, organic when possible/affordable. I don't eat much fruit or starchy veggies since I'm trying to lose weight. I do have heavy cream in my coffee every morning, and use grass fed butter and cheese, sparingly with the cheese. I only use cocunut and olive oil to cook with, avocado oil for salad dressings and mayo. I avoid all legumes. My biggest challenge is if I go away to visit family for a week. I do pretty well on the road, surprisingly, but once we get there and the sandwiches are ordered for lunch or starches at supper, that's when I might be apt to cheat a bit. I also drink red wine occasionally, and a bit of dark chocolate here and there.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Full fat, grass fed, local (raw if I can) for the most part.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee with heavy pasture raised cream. Tea or herbal tea as well, no cream or sweetener.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Fatty Liver Disease. Since going Primal last year my enzymes have come down to almost normal. Now I need to concentrate on getting the fatty deposits out of my liver.
Favorite exercise: Walking, yoga, hiking.
Favorite Primal food: Tough call - crispy sockeye salmon skin? Medium rare grass fed steak on the grill?
Best part about being Primal: I can pretty much eat as much as I want, as long as I don't eat nuts and cheese all day. I hate counting calories and trying to figure out how many of this or that I've consumed. This is simple, and it fits in with my normal eating habits, which is natural, unprocessed whole food.
Worst part about being Primal: Seeing a bagel, or sometimes walking past a bakery window or something like that, or seeing a really good slice of pizza... I've figured out Primal versions of most everything, and at home it's no big deal... being out or with others that are eating those things are sometimes hard, but as more and more time goes by, I really don't miss them. And most of the time when I do have a cheat meal or treat I regret it immediately. Progress!
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Reason: ETA: How could I forget that we have our own chickens? Lovely fresh organic pasture fed eggs from our happy free ranging he
03-14-2013, 08:51 AM
Your location: Connecticut, USA
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: newbee (second day in)but I am in love with this concept!
Do you consume dairy: Yes and I will admittedly find it hard to remove/reduce. Baby steps, right?
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes to coffee, wondering if tea is better? Especially since I drink tea "black" but coffee must have creamer and sugar (ugh!)
Motivator for switching to Primal: My twin sister, who is my genetic equal, swears by it, is about 70 pounds lighter than I am, and overall much healthier with more energy. I am sick of feeling like crap and I don't even eat a ton of food a day (upwards of 1,700 calories a day, with daily moderate exercise)
Favorite exercise: Walking with my babies! And doing solo Zumba in my basement- so much fun!
Favorite Primal food: Steak!!! I am a carnivore lol
Best part about being Primal: I don't have much experience yet but I already feel myself get hungry less. After reading many comments here, it looks like there are much more positive benefits coming my way!
Worst part about being Primal: Up front I will say reducing/eliminating? milk. I love a cold glass of milk and I often make protein shakes with it. That will have to be phase 2 of elimination (phase 1 is grains and sugar), unless it is ok to drink the milk because the protein content is so high with the whey protein???
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