04-14-2013, 01:26 PM
New member from England here I have been following the Primal way for 6 weeks tomorrow and I am one of those folk who is absolutely gobsmacked as to how fantastic primal eating and the primal lifestyle is gernerally. I was told that I was hypothyroid over 4 years ago, put oodles of weight on seriously quickly (after a lifetime of being a model-like (my dad's opinion!) and willowy 5'11 and a half inches and 10 stone 4 most of my adult life (144 lbs for all you US peeps).
Well after never having a problem with my weight I launched into a low-fat, high-carb diet (according to U.S./U.K. 'law') and spent the next 4 years or so struggling with my weight and fitness, a victim of portion control, low-fat thinking and definitely chronic cardio. This is quite some feat if you have a thyroid problem, but that's another story . . . so let's cut that story short right now and I'll address the 'questions' . . .
Age (If you want):
54 (nearly 55 - eeeeeeeeeeeeeek!) Hot though!!!
How Primal are you:
Very! Well, as much as I possibly can be. I would think honestly about 85-90%.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, Greek yog occasionally and raw, unpasteurised cheese. Oh and cream, very occasionally. And vintage Cheddar, you know, sometimes, when the occasion arises!
Do you drink coffee or tea: One cup of normal British tea with a dollop of semi-skimmed milk (half and half??) and then the occasional green tea during the day and evening. Coffee rarely but not banished.
Motivator for switching to Primal:
I guess because, as a hypothyroid person, nothing else worked and I was really a bit desperate.
Walking and hiking - 30 to 40 miles every week with my personal trainer (a huge German Shepherd dog); Pilates, which I've done for 10 years and Yoga, which I do intermittently, but love.
Favorite Primal food:
Butter! After eating low-fat for years and years, it is unbelievable to be able to eat butter again. Ditto avocados :-)
Best part about being Primal: Definitely two things - undeniably the weight loss after several years of not being able to lose anything, having lost 12 lbs in less than 6 weeks feels amazing and secondly, as a person who has spent the last few years falling asleep every afternoon and hardly having the energy to get out of bed each moring - how I feel is incredible!!! So full of energy and permanently smiley!
Worst part about being Primal: Other people's incredulity and scathing comments! Not that I care to be honest, but it does do my head in sometimes!
04-15-2013, 10:07 AM
thank you for this wonderful place to learn about living primal
Your location: Minneapolis, MN
Age (If you want): 38
How Primal are you: just starting, but have been basically gluten free for almost 2 years
Do you consume dairy: just cheese and cream cheese, oh yeah butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: Must drink coffee, kind of addicted
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have suffered with skin conditions for the last 10 years and hoping this will help, also what to live simpler. And dont forget about some weight loss in the process.
Favorite exercise: I enjoy running when my body permits me too, some arthitis inn my knees
Favorite Primal food: BACON
Best part about being Primal: Dont know yet
Worst part about being Primal
04-15-2013, 06:50 PM
Your location: Canberra, Australia
Age (If you want): 26
How Primal are you: Mostly, but finding it hard to shake coffee and chocolate.
Do you consume dairy: a little bit of butter and a coffee each morning (though I want to stop doing that)
Do you drink coffee or tea: as above, and green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Several reasons, I am sick of yo-yo dieting, it makes sense to me, I have always had issues with acne and the more I read about it the more I am motivated by health reasons
Favorite exercise: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite Primal food: Sweet potato chips
Best part about being Primal: I am not as obsessed about my weight because it doesn't fluctuate like it used to
Worst part about being Primal: social stigmas
04-15-2013, 10:01 PM
Hello, been lurking here for a month or two and joined today.
Your location: Virginia
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: 98.7% so far (started yesterday)
Do you consume dairy: Yes (cheese mostly)
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee daily (1 cup), tea on occasion
Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of being a fatso and be healthy again.
Pursuing a serious change and not some quick diet led me here. I'm looking forward to the journey.
Favorite exercise: walking for now, weights eventually
Favorite Primal food: Bacon
Best part about being Primal: Forcing me to pay attention to what I eat. Should be fun learning to cook again.
Worst part about being Primal: Don't know yet
04-16-2013, 12:12 AM
Oh, and when I say coffee, I mean espresso with milk! None of that instant cr@p, and I don't like black coffee either. Trying to shake the habit because the milk gives me acne.
Keep calm and paleo on.
04-16-2013, 02:33 AM
Hello, I'd like to introduce myself (and I love questionnaires ).
Your location: Czech Republic (in the middle of Europe)
Age (If you want): near 30
How Primal are you: now 100 % cause I want to loose some weight (in last year I was 90 % paleo for more than half a year, then heavilly fell of wagon - stress in work and excuses, now I want to come back)
Do you consume dairy: Yes (cream, mascarpone, greek yogurt and sour cream - yumm)
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee occasionally (1 cup of cappuccino in one or two weeks), tea daily (mostly green and fruit)
Motivator for switching to Primal: weight, binging, blood sugar
Favorite exercise: yoga, walking, swimming
Favorite Primal food: pork sausages from local farm, zucchini noodles with eggs and bacon, banana with dark chocolate
Best part about being Primal: cravings disappearing after some time - I'm looking forward to it very much
Worst part about being Primal: limited choises of food in coffeehouses that I love to visit with my BFF
04-16-2013, 12:18 PM
Your location : Belgium
Age : 21
How Primal are you : I have been on and off for a while (at least a year). I commited myself to being at least 80% Primal starting this week, which is why, after more than a year of reading MDA, I am finally making this post.
Do you consume dairy : Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea : Both
Motivator for switching to Primal : The few times that I have managed to stay Primal for more than a couple of days, the change is quite noticeable. In a very good way. And the logic behind it (at least what I understand) makes sense to me.
Favorite exercise : Salsa dancing, Yoga, and High Intensity Interval Running (I have only tried it a few times, but the feeling that I get after running at full speed is great).
Favorite Primal food: Steak, bacon, blueberrys, almonds, seafood, coconut curry soup, etc.
Best part about being Primal :
My excess weight starts to come off. My face clears up (my acne never fails to make an appearance when I fall off the Primal wagon, but it goes away pretty quickly when I hop back in). I have more energy. I don’t feel as heavy after a “big” meal. My health issues get better. Etc.
Worst part about being Primal :
To eat (especially junk food) is my default response to most negative emotions (stress, sadness, anxiousness, insecurity, etc). This unhealthy relationship with food makes it more difficult for me to stay Primal.
Other than that, several of my friends and acquaintances, especially those with some relation to the medical profession (medicine students, nurses) worry when I tell them about this diet, and some find it necessary to tell me why it is bad and that I should stop following it.
And my food expenses go up.
But the good things about being Primal definitively outweigh the bad
04-16-2013, 01:20 PM
Your location: Elk River, MN
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you: Just starting out
Do you consume dairy: Usually 1% milk and cheeses
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both
Motivator for switching to Primal: To loose weight before getting pregnant again
Favorite exercise: Hiking
Favorite Primal food: Beef jerky - Hickory smoked from local company
Best part about being Primal: How you feel after eating a primal meal - Not like a slug anymore!
Worst part about being Primal: Cravings for other non-primal foods, remember, still new and hard to give up a few things.
04-16-2013, 04:33 PM
Welcome! Any particular reason why you don't go for the full-fat dairy?
Originally Posted by Seti313
04-17-2013, 12:45 PM
Your location: Canada
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you:
Pretty Primal, but not a fanatic. I shoot for 100% and hope for 80%. I don't loose sleep over the occasional miss step.
Do you consume dairy:
Very little outside of butter and the splash of milk in my eggs.
Do you drink coffee or tea:
2-3 cups a day.
Motivator for switching to Primal:
Due to health, injury and my favorite exercise my doctor said I need to be physically lighter. I lost 55lbs several years ago and although I gained some of it back (cough, cough 30 pounds), I was still the same size as when I weighted 210 and a 34 inch waist. So I have been counting calories and sweating it in the gym with some success.
I have a torn meniscus and my doctors said that gluten and the like are bad for the joints and should refrain from grain, gluten, carbs due to inflammation until after my rehab. So here we go. I was 245 lbs 245 on January 1 and have been on PB for three weeks and just weighed in at 228 and would like to be 195 by October.
I do Aikido 3 to 4 times a week with light treadmill or elliptical trainer 3 days a week low hear rate.
Favorite Primal food:
Bacon, Kale, mushroom, onion saute
Best part about being Primal:
Worst part about being Primal:
Some days I feel like a meat Popsicle and feel like I am sweating protein.
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