03-27-2013, 05:27 PM
Hi from freezing cold London
I'm a 46 year old health practitioner specialising in Structural Integration and many other forms of bodywork
Been high fat, low carb for years, love it!
drink tea, not coffee, eat full fat cream and stuff from grass fed dairy cattle, great source available daily
favourite exercise is kettlebells and plyometrics but I love tai chi and qi gung too - all done barefoot
best part is saying young looking and feeling, boundless energy and all that good stuff
I'm a big guy but am lean despite eating loads of really nice food, great veggies, juices and smoothies, loads of eggs (again got a great source through a church, really cheap organic eggs) and grass fed beef from organic farms in Wiltshire
worst thing is seeing my clients suffering from CW advice from the National Health Service - diabetics being told to eat bread and so on, gets me down
great to have found this place!
03-27-2013, 06:54 PM
Your location: DC (recently relocated from Philly for work)
Age (If you want):33
How Primal are you:50% - I'm having a lot of trouble sticking to the plan, which is why I thought I'd try to join the community here - for support.
Do you consume dairy: I love real cheese (stinky, creamy, blue being my favorite)! It's a special occasion treat, but I always over do it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1-2 cups of coffee a day, usually with coconut milk but sometimes with half and half. I also drink herbal teas at night.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I gained SO MUCH WEIGHT during pregnancy and PPD and haven't been able to lose it.
Favorite exercise: I love to box and kickbox; I am a lawyer who graduated in 2008 - aka, I have a TON of debt and stress! - and punching and kicking things helps me with my anxiety and aggression...but I also love to hike and ride bikes with my family.
Favorite Primal food: Deviled eggs made with homemade mayo, grass fed bone-in steak, green beans
Best part about being Primal: It helps me control my rosecea naturally!
Worst part about being Primal: It's hard to stick to when I'm around my family - they are not supportive at all and in fact actively push SAD food on me. But it's the kind of SAD food that I love, homemade and nostalgia-inducing - mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies being the thing that got me tonight...sigh.
I am really looking for some support as I try to get closer to 100% primal. I get so motivated reading the success stories but am easily discouraged. It probably doesn't help that I am still on medication for my PPD and I also am a bit dependent on my evening glass(es) of red wine to relax. My lifestyle is crazy stressful right now (new gov't job, massively long commute, toddler, and husband who works in another city 3 days per week, don't know any people to socialize with here in NoVA, etc.) I also need advice on getting my toddler to eat things other than crackers and cheese!
Glad to "meet" you all and I look forward to interacting with fellow Grok/ettes, even if it is only over the interweb.
03-29-2013, 01:05 PM
woohoo, I used to live in Menands too (currently in Troy). Glad to hear of someone else in the area into Primal, as no one I know really cares much about this stuff =/
I've been paleo/primal on and off for a couple years now, and make effort to source most of my meat and eggs from a couple of the farms around here (Kinderhook Farm is awesome). I also get raw milk from a farm (Willow Marsh), but am currently experimenting with no dairy. I applaud you for doing primal while being so busy, most people I know would consider that way too much work. Your sheppard's pie recipe sounds yum, I'd love to give it a try if you want to toss it my way.
03-30-2013, 09:11 AM
Location: Nazare, Portugal
How Primal are you: Very, still I once in a while eat some corn bread when I'm eating olives.
Do you consume dairy: Sure do. Full fat milk, that for some stupid reason -family induced- I stopped drinking when my neighbour from where I bought my still warm straight from the cow milk was no longer able to keep the cow. Thankfully I'm back on the right track. Also love all these full fat cheeses I have in my country.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No coffee for me, for some reason my brain recognizes it as something really disgusting that I can't even stand the smell. I do like tea, but that's not something that I can say that I drink regularly.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Getting overweight and getting less self-esteem. A health conciousness also was added to the process.
Favorite exercise: I'll have to go with the dead-lift.
Favorite Primal food: A big grilled fresh fish.
Best part about being Primal: I feel healthier, more energetic as my self-esteem gets higher everyday.
Worst part about being Primal: When there are meals you can't control (parent's house, friend's house, etc...) that gets hard, or I'm lucky and I can select what I can want to eat among all food, or if not possible I'll end up eating something that's not too bad just to prevent me from getting too hungry.
Now I tend to eat something before those meeting so that I can be on the safe side.
My story starts one year ago.
My height is 1.79cm and I was over 82Kg, don't know how much since I didn't wanted to, still I don't think I ever got to 85Kg.
What got me to that was some very bad food choices and and couple of injuries that didn't allow to work out. Getting back to work out was getting back harder every due to the added weight.
So one year ago I accidentally read something about leangains and that it helped people getting fit just by adjusting meal frequency. As I investigated more about it and read a lot more about intermittent fasting, the plenty of variations and the studies results about it.
Amongst all these reading that I did I came across mark's daily apple and the primal blueprint.
After a few months following the leangains protocol and having lost already some weight (was at 78Kg) I started gradually to adjust to a primal living. Another 6Kg disappeared in another couple of month, so by summer time I was fit and self confident.
I haven't gone low carb by then. I was able to maintain my weight at around 72Kg, until christmas when my weight got up to 75Kg. That was more that enough to jump start my low carb diet. In a couple of weeks I managed to get back to my 72-73Kg range that I keep to date.
Now I keep my diet I protein, high fat (natural ), and low carbs most of which are non starchy.
Sorry for the long post
03-30-2013, 07:42 PM
Your location: Sydney, Australia
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: Mostly, just started making changes Feb 2013
Do you consume dairy: No, it really doesn't agree with me. Always had a problem with full fat dairy but now 99.9% fat free causes problems.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Do drink coffee, one cup per day, black, no sugar. Can't drink tea as I'm sensitive to sulfites and apparently they can be found in many teas and tea bags.
Motivator for switching to Primal: It just makes sense. I've battled with my weight for a few years now, mostly because I've been looking for a long term solution, something I know will enable me to manage my weight without having to rely on willpower for the rest of my life. I think primal is that solution.
Favorite exercise: Slow walks, enjoying the scenery - especially the blue sky days.
Favorite Primal food: Coconut anything! Unfortunately most coconut products come with added sulfites so I have to be careful.
Best part about being Primal: Not being hungry all the time and getting moody when I haven't been fed in a few hours. I don't need to stress if my meals are delayed for any reason and I can go for a long walk without having to take a snack with me or money to buy something in case I feel flat!
Worst part about being Primal: Listening to others complain about how sick they are when many of their ailments could be helped if they just ate better (=primal)! I try really hard not to 'preach' primal too much. I do make sure I tell people how much better I've been feeling lately though :-)
03-30-2013, 11:28 PM
Your location: Nevada
Age (If you want): 23
How Primal are you: I fluctuate between veganism/vegetarianism to Primal style and just go with the flow!
Do you consume dairy: Yes, yogurt, whey, cheese, and grassfed butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: various herbal teas
Motivator for switching to Primal: it's just a really cool all around lifestyle!
Favorite exercise: doing gymnastic work, kettlebells (love jerks/snatchs) and practicing mixed-martial arts
Favorite Primal food: I guess I will have to go with what I am working alot with pumpkin. Love pumpkin seeds and roasted kabacha squash. Great sweet tasting food. Don't know if they are exactly Primal though...
Best part about being Primal: The best part is the amazing health and energy along with nice physique! I also love the feeling of being more connected primitively to nature!
Worst part about being Primal: I burn through fats relatively quickly so I have to utilize some grain sources like quinoa, wild rice, and rice bread at times to keep me satiated or else I get way too lethargic! Plus, I try to keep my weight steady and need them to help stabilize my weight.
03-31-2013, 11:08 AM
Just saying hey - I'm new here and new to primal(as in I just got Mark's book and started a few days ago)
Your location: Wisconsin
Age (If you want): 49
How Primal are you: Just starting
Do you consume dairy: Yes, small amounts of half & half or heavy cream in my coffee, occasional bits of hard cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea:Both, 2 or 3 cups a day total
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been struggling with weight since the age of 22 ( my first pregnancy) and no other method i've tried has gotten me below 200lbs or kept weight off long term.
Favorite exercise: Walking, biking when I feel up to it.
Favorite Primal food: I love a good steak!
Best part about being Primal: I love pretty much all primal foods
Worst part about being Primal: I have a bit of a psychological attachment to breads & white potatoes.
I'm 49 yr old female - as a child, through my teens and early 20's I was quite athletic and muscular, enjoyed hiking, biking, swimming and a variety of sports, from racquetball to ice hockey. During and after my first pregnancy, it was like my metabolism just became super sluggish and I've been struggling since.
Here's what I've tried:
ovo lacto-vegetarianism(with tons of grains of course)
outrageous cardio exercise programs
and i could go on and on.
Obviously... I need help.
My starting weight: 269
Current weight: 266
My goal weight: ~145 to 160, whatever feels best
So far, so good. The extreme cravings I have had for years(and which have recently intensified) seem to be abating. I have yet to really incorporate exercise other than a few short walks, but that's my next step..wish me luck!
03-31-2013, 05:56 PM
my name is Beau, been reading this website for about a week. Found out about Primal/Paleo all of a week ago, big life changes happening, needed to talk with others about all of this! Thankyou Mark and thankyou everyone for being here!
Your location: I live in Queensland, Australia. (Any other Aussies here?)
Age (If you want): I am 35, 36 in a two months.
How Primal are you: Um, don't know. Still learning. It's been a week!
Do you consume dairy: No. Don't want to.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Hate coffee, love tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: sick of trying so hard to feel healthy/lose weight and it not working, need to try something different!
Favorite exercise: Dancing
Favorite Primal food: Meat!
Best part about being Primal: I feel good already. Will keep you updated.
Worst part about being Primal: Um. I am an emotional eater....so that will be interesting.
I actually found out about Primal/Paleo from a woman author/raw foodist/chef who wasn't feeling right and started eating eggs and she was getting a lot of flack for it from the raw food community, someone was blasting off about Paleo, so I searched that shit up! And here I am! hahaha! (are we allowed to swear? Coz I do )
Here is a link to my beginning journey, http://beaubutterfly3.wordpress.com/ I have started a blog and will start a journal here too maybe.
Beau (a woman, by the way
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04-01-2013, 01:31 AM
Welcome, Beau. I'm glad but not surprised that you are feeling better already. AFter nine months on this plan I can tell you from experience I have found it ideal for weight loss and health gains, all with eating plenty of delicious food and not counting calories. From another tea drinker Down Under.
Originally Posted by beaubutterfly
04-01-2013, 06:02 AM
On the right path
Your location: Pennsylvania, US
How Primal are you: 95%
Do you consume dairy: yes, cream in coffee sometimes
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes to both
Motivator for switching to Primal: Realized how very out of shape I was when preparing for, and during, a recent birdwatching/hiking trip. Read "The Paleo Diet" on the flight home and there's been no turning back.
Favorite exercise: Recumbent bike, doing sprints on the bike because my knees aren't up for running yet
Favorite Primal food: Steak, spinach
Best part about being Primal: Feeling healthy
Worst part about being Primal: Socializing. So many events that I attend involve eating CW foods. Navigating these is going to be a challenge.
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