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    Your location: Calgary

    Age (If you want): 17

    How Primal are you: I've been off and on for a while but I plan on going full on primal pretty soon.

    Do you consume dairy: I will have a bit of cheese sometimes but that is about it.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Never really drank either.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Getting into shape and being healthy.

    Favorite exercise: Pullups/Pushups

    Favorite Primal food: Steak!

    Best part about being Primal: Sleeping and feeling so much better.

    Worst part about being Primal: There's a bad part?


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    Your location:

    London UK as a base. I do travel to the US and Europe for work as well


    Age (If you want):

    36 - I think - . I stopped celebrating birthdays more than 25 years ago.


    How Primal are you:

    I'd say 2/3. The big ones - pasta, rice, bread, cereals, excessive fruit juices- have disappeared from my nutrition at more than 95%, and have been replaced by nuts and other stuff.


    On the non-food stuff, I can probably do a lot better, esp. the sleep side.


    Do you consume dairy:

    Only in caffe latte.


    Do you drink coffee or tea:

    Yes. Coffee is the last of the Mohicans for me, and I've actually started to conquer this last fortress this week.


    Motivator for switching to Primal:

    I just can't afford not to. When working extensively, any hiccup in shape can result in a lost day or period, an unaffordable luxury in my life.


    I found out about Mark by watching the P90X making of on Youtube. Listening to him, I thought: "finally someone who seems to know what he's talking about". I found the blog, read, researched, ended up placing an order for the Master Formula and the Fish Oils... and got hooked pretty immediately. Within 2 months, our kitchen went through several rounds of the "clean your pantries" post.


    Favorite exercise:

    P90X / P90X+, which should get adapted with some Yoga in the near future.


    Favorite Primal food:

    My girlfriend's wok-ed chicken breast, cooked with peppers, herbs and cashew nuts, and some tomato sauce on the side. Just to die for.


    Best part about being Primal:

    Having the thing I wanted most in life: a TOTALLY even mood and level of energy during my 15+ hour days.


    Also: anger having disappeared from my daily life. Almost unheard of for family and relatives.


    Worst part about being Primal:

    Challenging the historical self of being brought up as a French gastronome in a rather drastic fashion.


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    Your location:Uk Cheshire

    Age (If you want): 38

    How Primal are you:90% of the time although I do have a beer 2-3 nights a week.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yeah tea with milk

    Motivator for switching to Primal:Overall health benefits,plus I was starting to look like the average UK 40 year old male

    Favorite exercise: sandbag/odd object lifting

    Favorite Primal food: Duck

    Best part about being Primal: body composition changes.I can nearly see my abs


    Worst part about being Primal: Choices of food when eating out.


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    Your location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Age (If you want): 32

    How Primal are you: 94%, 94% of the time

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, only cheese occasionally though

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Mostly coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss without starvation...down 20 pounds so far, maybe another 5-10 to go!

    Favorite exercise: Walking and most recently sprints

    Favorite Primal food: The big as* salad

    Best part about being Primal: Clear thinking, tons of energy, no depression, weight loss...can't pick just one.

    Worst part about being Primal: difficult to refuse family/friends cooking or eating out and not sharing in the 'shared' appetizers, pizza. Its not the food I miss, just being the obvious one apart from the group. Very minor though in the whole scheme of being primal!


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    Age (If you want): 49


    How Primal are you: 80%. Nuts, good veggies, and fish/meat (lots of fish) are the staples. Some wine though and a bit of chocolate here and there. No grains or starches, so healthy, but not quite primal.


    Do you consume dairy: Yup! Some good cheese with salads; a smaller amount of yogurt (not much). Not much else.


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yup again! But not as much as I used to drink. Perhaps two cups of coffee a day, plus a tea in the afternoon.


    Motivator for switching to Primal: I'd gradually reduced the amount of fish, meat, dairy, and eggs from my diet until I was pretty much on the classic high carb, low fat Vegan diet (try low carb Vegan sometime). Just about the time I got to that point, however, everything seemed out of whack as far as how I felt on a daily basis. So I stepped back, did a bunch of research, and reoriented my thinking.


    Favorite exercise: Hiking, for sure. Weight lifting also makes me happy.


    Favorite Primal food: Juicy steak + eggs. Mmm.


    Best part about being Primal: Feeling satiated and getting away from the constant eating associated with a high carb diet; better energy throughout the day with or without eating; MUCH better sleep at night; being more in touch with the primal part of who I am.


    Worst part about being Primal: So many people don't understand why I would move from Vegan to Primal. I believe they think I'm some kind of nut because I like to study nutrition and health, then act on what I think I know. And apparently flip flop when it suits me (well that's not MY perspective, certainly). It can be very challenging to say the least.


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    Woohoo, more Calgarians! We should get together.

    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    Your location: Belgrade, Serbia

    Age (If you want): 25

    How Primal are you: a little - just starting out

    Do you consume dairy: yes - different types of European/Balkans cheese (like Feta), Yogurt, Kaymak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaymak) ...

    Do you drink coffee or tea: yes Jacobs instant coffee prepared with cold milk, sometimes tea

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm 100 KG (~220 pounds) - need I say more?

    Favorite exercise: burpee, rope jumping and bike rides

    Favorite Primal food: any kind of meat or fish

    Best part about being Primal: not sure yet - being healthy I guess

    Worst part about being Primal: not being able to order any primal food (at normal cost) at work. And missing pizza and young potatoes with chicken


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    Your location: London UK


    Age: 28


    How Primal are you: Happily been primal for about 2 years


    Do you consume dairy: Some cheese and a bit of raw milk when I can get it


    Do you drink coffee or tea: Green/White tea


    Motivator for switching to Primal: Gradual progression in diet approaches, Bad diet> Low fat diet> Vegetarian> Fructarian> Atkins> Precision Nutrition> Primal> Paleo. Plus it appealed to my sense of what our body needs in response to evolutionary change.


    Favorite exercise: squats, heavy and deep!


    Favorite Primal food: raw steak or eggs.


    Best part about being Primal: Too many to list here!


    Worst part about being Primal: Constantly explaining it to people who 'know' conventional wisdom.


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    Your location: Seattle

    Age (If you want): 40

    How Primal are you: About 80%. I eat 2-3 servings of whole grains on the weekend, and 2-3 servings of starchy carbs (sweet potatoes, beets, legumes) in a week.

    Do you consume dairy: Some. Mostly plain yogurt and kefir. Some milk in coffee, minimal cheese.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Both. Usually espresso (instead of drip) and green or white tea.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Want to get leaner in a way that's healthy and easy to sustain.

    Favorite exercise: Walking.

    Favorite Primal food: Grass-fed beef that we buy from a local farmer.

    Best part about being Primal: The pounds are falling off even though I'm enjoying more avocados and nuts than ever before!

    Worst part about being Primal: Thinking about how to handle family gatherings, restaurant meals, food-related social occasions.


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    Your location: near Austin, TX

    Age (If you want): 27

    How Primal are you: hmm...around 90% with an occasional candy binge slip-up (Sugar is an inescapable presence in Texas, or at least that's my excuse!)

    Do you consume dairy: butter; an occasional splurge on a block of good, sharp, aged cheddar; whole milk yogurt, homemade when I have the time

    Do you drink coffee or tea: lots of green tea & peppermint tea; french roast coffee with cream and a lil honey or an iced latté (no sugar) as a treat sometimes

    Motivator for switching to Primal: For years I had been searching for a balance in diet and exercise to bring my energy, weight, and mental health to the levels I wanted.

    Favorite exercise: Tabata sprints & pilates

    Favorite Primal food: The real, full-fat, natural versions of food (i.e., butter, chicken skin, nut butters, oils) instead of processed, lighter, "healthier" alternatives (that are usually twice as expensive Oo)

    Best part about being Primal: Not having to wear makeup or use a arsenal of overpriced beauty products to get great skin, hair, and nails; on a less shallow and superficial note, finally having a sense of serenity that my lifestyle is working with my body's natural inclinations instead of contrary to them

    Worst part about being Primal: Watching friends and family that I love continue to feel miserable and sick when I earnestly believe a fundamental change in diet would improve their lives. My hope is that I can convey how beneficial adopting a primal lifestyle would be without lapsing into fanatical zealotry.


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