04-07-2013, 10:53 PM
Finally going primal...
I am sorry, I posted twice. Removed message.
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04-07-2013, 10:59 PM
Finally going primal...
Hi, I'm new here! I do not consider myself Primal yet, but I am on my way to become Primal. I have been reading on this site before, and I felt drawn to the lifestyle. When I was a little girl, (a little bookwurm, very weak, and I really hated sport and moving) I liked to do (play) things 'that make you strong'.
I still have that feeling, I think it's in the same category as carrying around my swiss knife, and reading the SAS handbook. I wanted to be prepared for ... Well, whatever could be around the corner. Ironically I always have been a person with a lot of pain and diseases (I have had a bad back since I was 7yo, always had pain in my stomach and intestines so running (school) really hurt so much that I often cried from the pain it caused. I always had the feeling that there was a couple of stones in my belly, that rolled over when I did some sports or tried to run) (in fact I think that i've had fibromyalgia all the time, even as a child I was very stiff and always in pain, I have never been able to touch the floor with my fingers!)
Fast forward: though I had been a very tiny and lean girl, I started to gain weight after my children were born. And a few years ago, when we had some problems, I gained weight even faster. When my weight was 80 kg, (and me being only 1.66m) I decided to do something about it. That was two years ago. So I did Weight Watchers online, and lost 17 kg. I did it not the usual way, (with light products or eating ricecrackers all the time), I ate nuts and butter and cream and full fat yoghurt. I made sure I didn't go above my daily points, but I always wanted to eat real foods.
All the time I received MDA newsletter and I read on MDA now and then. I thought it was interesting, but, you know, I couldn't afford to buy all organic meat, or live without bread .... I baked my own wholewheat bread and that was irresistable good!
September 2012 I did a 'sugar challenge'. Didn't eat sugar for one month. That is: I gave up after three weeks, because I felt sick (feverish, weak, cold).
Then I found out about a book 'Wheat Belly' I read the reviews on Amazon, and how people got rid of their pains by quitting wheat and sugar, so I decided to give it a try (again). This time I quit sugar and wheat, because I hoped that the fibromyalgic pains and stiffness would go away.
And after two days I realised that quitting sugar and wheat is one step closer towards a primal lifestyle, and once again I read and read and read on MDA, and my plan changed: i will have no sugar and no wheat for one month, and when the results will be fine, I will quit grains, and legumes also. That was almost four weeks ago.
So far I'm flabbergasted. My chronic backpains are gone. My stiffness is gone. I have lots of energy. This time the 'low carb flu' lasted only three days. I wake up early and exercise for half an hour.(!) Two days ago I worked in the garden and normally that would have been followed by one week of feeling sore and having musclepains. Now... Yesterday I felt so good, I worked in the garden again! And today, 06.50 I was ready for some exercise. I am amazed by myself.
What surprises me is that quitting both sugar and wheat, is easier than just quitting sugar. I think the wheat makes you crave sugar. Now, I don't crave sugar at all.
So i definitely will go primal now. Finally.
Your location: The Netherlands
Age (If you want): 38
How Primal are you: started 3 weeks ago by quitting sugar and wheat
Do you consume dairy: a little
Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea only
Motivator for switching to Primal: the successstories that spoke of less pain in joints and muscles
Favorite exercise: squats
Favorite Primal food: any food. Vegetables, eggs, nuts.
Best part about being Primal: indeed: no more pain! I forgot to mention that I always have had severe menstruation pains, too. And this time, wow, I didn't even have to lie down ... I just could do everything, walking the dog, doing the chores around the house...life is so much better!
Worst part about being Primal: the nightmares in which I eat sugar before I know it, and then regret it very much.
04-08-2013, 02:33 AM
Your location: Denmark
Age (If you want): 38
How Primal are you: not sure ... mostly I would say
Do you consume dairy: butter / ghee, aged cheese and occasional whipped cream or crème fraîche in cooking.
Do you drink coffee or tea: both, coffee in morning, green or rooibos tea during the rest of the day
Motivator for switching to Primal: my and my wife's health were going the wrong way ...
Favorite exercise: moving in general (walking, running, biking, skating, swimming, etc), not a fan of any particular exercise
Favorite Primal food: eggs / bacon - fish and and fatty meats - organs (especially liver) but I like all those with a good amount of veggies / occasional berries and butter - all grass-fed / organic.
Best part about being Primal: feel great and it fixed most of our health issues, even my wife's decade long hormonal issues!
Worst part about being Primal: misunderstanding from close circle of non-primal family or friends, especially since we adopted the one meal a day eating schedule. We don't care too much though because we do feel excellent
Last edited by dkJames; 04-08-2013 at 02:53 AM.
04-08-2013, 02:38 AM
For completion sake: I went "primal" 7 months ago, lost 11kg (24 lbs) and refined my eating habits. I gathered tons of knowledge about nutrition and well-being and helped my wife getting rid of her hormonal issues (almost 20 years of accepting what is not normal but so common). Now that winter finally decided to end in Denmark, we will be a bit more outdoor (we are in general but this winter had been very long up here).
Originally Posted by dkJames
04-08-2013, 05:14 AM
Hi, brief intro...12 yrs ago I quit smoking, gained weight, then was able to lose it via calorie restriction, better eating(organic for the most part) and circuit training w some treadmill and walking/running. I have a lifelong love of of "learning" about wellness, my grandmother was a dietician, I feel like wellness is in my blood. (Right, I was doing "buns of steel workouts in my 20's and 30's, and still smoking oh dear!) I have numerous certifications including wellness coach, lifestyle and weight management, etc etc, but the ones that I feel are still relevant after discovering Paleo (since CW is no longer how I would coach someone) are mind-body fitness and food psychology coach. We all have to have pleasure from however we choose to eat, otherwise its not going to last and feeling deprived or guilty doesnt help anyone, and, I am really into visiualization techniques
Your location:Western Colorado, between Aspen and Grand Junction
Age (If you want): 50
How Primal are you: mostly
Do you consume dairy: very little. Working on it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee and tea. Much less coffee than I used to...
Motivator for switching to Primal: After reading "Intro to Paleo" by Abel James, everything clicked. How the foods we choose to eat(primal) combined with crossfit style exercise etc, it just all clicked and made so much sense. How the heck are there so many personal trainers, "diets", studies, etc etc etc, and (speaking about the US for the most part) sooooo many people getting bigger and more unhealthy every year?! Add in the information I am learning about gmo, grains, agriculture and it all makes so much sense. Also wanted to get my husband off cholesterol medication. ( I am still freaked out about changing his diet so drastically where that's concerned, even though I know how they work/ don't truly work etc)
Favorite exercise: body weight/circuit training/HIIT/hiking / don't like "cardio for hours" yay no marathons for me! It's so sad to see someone calorie restrict, eat a muffin, then beat themselves up and force themselves to burn 600 calories on a treadmill. Stop the insanity!
Favorite Primal food:bacon! I also love yams when I can find them, with some jalepenos! Try it its so good
Best part about being Primal: feeling empowered and knowing I am not participating in all the food lies.
Worst part about being Primal:sharing it with others whose mindset I know is restrict, binge, guilt, treadmill, and repeat.
I am looking forward to learning and sharing here!
04-08-2013, 01:44 PM
Hi all, great to be here.
Five days grain-free and going as primal as I can day by day. Just hope I can stick with it.
04-09-2013, 06:21 AM
Your location: Newfoundland
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: Gradually increasing. I do some heavy lifting (Stronglifts, progressed to 3x5), sprint, and eat as much real unprocessed food as I can. Things I need to work on are more slow-movement exercises (the weather's improving, so this should increase over the next few weeks!) and getting more sleep.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. I eat some cheese (mostly feta on salad), dark chocolate, and cream in my coffee. I also don't generally turn down foods due to dairy content (such as at restaurants or when I'm a guest in someone else's home).
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, coffee in the morning, peppermint or earl grey at night.
Motivator for switching to Primal: For the past few years I've been experimenting with different diets and workouts. I'm not overweight, but I'm not in fantastic shape, either. Over my vacation last year I put on some extra weight (going up to 190+ from around 175-180 at 6' tall). Started doing Stronglifts (was previously doing split body days) but wasn't seeing any weight loss or fat % decrease. Cut out potatoes, grains, sugars, etc after reading this site and dropped under 190 after the first month, seeing a visible decrease in the amount of belly jiggle.
Favorite exercise: Hiking, swimming, climbing trees.
Favorite Primal food: How do you choose?! Roasted, unsalted almonds for a snack. Steak or pork chop with greek salad for a meal.
Best part about being Primal: Honestly, I'm really enjoying the way I'm eating now. I don't feel deprived of anything, and I'm making delicious meals.
Worst part about being Primal: Though I don't feel deprived, I DO sometimes miss the taste of certain foods - poutine, kettle cooked ketchup chips, sticky rice on sushi.
I've allowed myself a few breaks on my diet. Over spring break I had a creme egg and some mini-eggs, I do enjoy beer, and I munched on a handful of chips at a party. I don't beat myself up over these things, I just make sure I eat mindfully the rest of the time.
04-09-2013, 06:21 AM
Hi! I've been lurking since the first of the year - not much of a poster. I had 4 spinal fusions a few years ago - gained 80#, lost 60# low calorie - gained 40 back instantly. I'm looking for a lifestyle change, not a diet.
Your location: DeKalb, IL
Age (If you want): 56
How Primal are you: 95%
Do you consume dairy: small amounts - cream, quality cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee yes - ordered some MCT oil and may try bulletproof coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I knew low carb worked for me in the past. I was really searching for anti-inflammatory diets, which led me to MDA
Favorite exercise: walking my dog - although Chicago climate doesn't always cooperate. I do belong to the Y and go about 5 days a week. currently have rotator cuff/tendonitis issues so basically doing cardio machines (lower intensity) and lower body exercises.
Favorite Primal food: quality steak, butter
Best part about being Primal: I can't remember the last time I felt this good and had this much energy.
Worst part about being Primal: preparation required to have the right foods at all times
04-09-2013, 09:43 AM
I'm pretty new to the whole thing. I had already tried to go primal for some time, but did not manage to maintain my new routine for more than a week. I bet this is too short to adjust to the diet and I'm gonna start it again this week.
I've lacked support from other people and that's why I decided to write this message. I'd be much more calm knowing that there are people helping me.
I've always been fit, good at running, but always lacked something. Maybe my skin problems contributed to that, I have a burnin desire to change my live by 180 degrees - get on a higher level.
One question: is there any possibility to start a topic on this forum where I could share my progress and ask about all my concerns?
By the way, I'm 17.
04-09-2013, 10:20 AM
New guy here. Wife and I are a little over a month into eating primal. We've been moving frequently at a slow pace and sprinting once per week but I have really slacked off on lifting heavy things. I do not have any large weights so we got a gym membership this week. Deadlifts and squats, here we come (as soon I am over my apprehension of lifting free weights with no experience).
My reason for going primal might be different than some of you. I have become sort of a prepper this past year. After gathering supplies and forming plans I decided that the most important prep of all is being in shape. Durability and strength are important things to possess in any situation. So here we go!
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