05-01-2013, 02:00 AM
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05-01-2013, 08:47 AM
Your location: Chicago
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: For the next 21 days, the goal is 100%. That said I've got a spotty track record.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but do an elimination trial for my allergies.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I only drink coffee with dairy, so I guess I'll only be drinking tea until I see how my allergies are. This is fine as I LOVE tea. All types.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been a vegetarian for 12 years...13 years. I'm not sure. Despite this, at 22, weighing 125 lbs (I'm 5'4", so that's a totally fine weight), I got the shocking news that I have high cholesterol. It hasn't changed despite being "even better" about no high cholesterol foods and increased exercise. Obviously something needs to change. I'm hoping going Primal will help stabilize my hypothyroidism as well (it should).
Favorite exercise: It's more play, but rock climbing is my absolute fave followed my Pilates.
Favorite Primal food: Just ate meat for the first time in over a decade, and bacon is delicious.
Best part about being Primal: No upset stomach, bloating, etc.
Worst part about being Primal: No fun summer drinks from Starbucks
05-01-2013, 01:38 PM
Brand new to this so ...
Your location: Citrus Heights, CA
Age (If you want): 45
How Primal are you: On second day so not sure. As primal as I can be without having made the change to grass-fed beef, etc. Just cut out all the grain, sugar, alcohol, dairy. I will slowly integrate the better quality sustainable foods as time goes on.
Do you consume dairy: I have been allergic to dairy since birth (actually raised both my kids on no dairy). Until I discovered Almond Milk (which my whole family loves) we used soy milk.
Do you drink coffee or tea: At this time, I drink 2 cups a day and I find herbal tea in the evenings very soothing.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have been searching for something, a way of eating, that would help me heal my body. I am at my heaviest and I can feel the health problems developing. I don't have a doctor at this time but just feel off. I have always believed I could self heal a lot of things - so once I started reading about going Primal it just struck me as a perfect fit.
Favorite exercise: since I've been extremely sedentary - I would say that walking is my favorite currently.
Favorite Primal food: Salmon or Steak
Best part about being Primal: Feeling like I am in control of body - even if I haven't received the benefits yet. I still feel it.
Worst part about being Primal: It will be, once, I have to explain myself to other family - but I'll survive.
05-01-2013, 06:41 PM
Your location: Kennewick, WA USA
Age (If you want): 51
How Primal are you: After a couple months... mostly there... though the journey continues.
Do you consume dairy: Very little.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: Feel good, lose weight
Favorite exercise: Biking
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: Good food that sustains you through the day.
Worst part about being Primal: Getting over the indoctrination of what healthy eating means.
05-01-2013, 07:57 PM
I can't remember if I added one of these before when I first joined the forum. I generally read Mark's blog posts rather than the forum although I think I need to start being more involved.
Your location: Perth, Western Australia
Age (If you want): 36 (gosh nearly wrote 35)
How Primal are you: At the moment only about 50% I try to stick as primal as possible when I cook but when I work, my bro cooks, and last night I came home to chicken and pasta. Oh well, it was yummy.
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: both, coffee in the morning and tea later in the day or evenings.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Really just for my health and well being. I don't have to lose any weight but I'm always really tired and generally just feel blah.
Favorite exercise: Ummm, I need to get onto that. lol Walking is about the only exercise I do that the moment and that's generally around the shopping centre.
Favorite Primal food: Ooohh I had the best chorizo and almond crusted snapper the other night from from the PB Quick and Easy Meals. They didn't have halibut so snapper had to do. Even the kids ate it. YUMMY!
Best part about being Primal: All the new interesting foods to make.
Worst part about being Primal: Limiting my cake intake. lol
05-01-2013, 09:08 PM
Your location: Kelowna, Canada
Age (If you want): 50ish
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: local raw milk/cream, make my own butter, sour milk etc
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee 3 - 4 times a week
Motivator for switching to Primal: osteoarthritis, too fat (285 lbs April 1st, 275 lbs April 30th)
Favorite exercise: Walking, working in my garden, growing my own vegetables
Favorite Primal food: bacon
Best part about being Primal: losing weight, more energy, my hips don't hurt that much anymore, sleep better
Worst part about being Primal: even though I knew about Paleo for a long time i didn't follow it strictly from the begining
05-01-2013, 09:37 PM
Your location:Sk. Canada
Age (If you want):27
How Primal are you: not very. Trying, and want to become 90% by Aug.2013 (3months).
Do you consume dairy: little.
Do you drink coffee or tea: both, mainly coffee & green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: to be healthy and fit for life. Also injuries to lower back, hoping this life style will help.
Favorite exercise: 1 Arm kettle bell snatch
Favorite Primal food: Tenderloin Steak
Best part about being Primal: feels healthy.
Worst part about being Primal: temptations of western societies' diets
05-02-2013, 03:48 AM
Your location: Berkshire, England
Age (If you want): 40 (still coming to terms with it, so please be gentle...!)
How Primal are you: Dedication comes and goes, but currently being pretty strict. Zero grains, sugar or starchy carbs, tons veg, low-GI fruit, meat and a bit of fish. I need to learn to like fish more.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but not cows' cheese as it seems (I think) to be a migraine trigger, whereas I can get away with it on the sheep/goat cheese for some reason. Greek yoghurt sometimes, full fat unhomogonised milk (in tea).
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, 3-4 mugs of tea a day interspersed with herbal teas. I think coffee is a migraine trigger.
Motivator for switching to Primal: My father had a heart attack last year which scared us all (he's ok) and he then started fretting about my/my brother's cholesterol. I started doing some research and stumbled across a book on Amazon (Briffa's 'Escape the diet trap'), which started this whole journey. I was amazed, read it in days and, with some trepidation, started going primal within a week. The results spoke for themselves. I didn't have tons of weight to lose, but was almost 10 stone, which I wasn't happy about at only 5'2". I'm now 8.5 stone and still slowly dropping, which feels much better. Health niggles I hadn't thought about too much seemed to fix themselves. I've since read Gary Taubes' book 'Why we get fat...' and am now halfway through Mark's Primal Blueprint, which I'm loving too! How do more people not know all this?!?
Favorite exercise: Swimming (backstroke), hula hooping and walking/hiking.
Favorite Primal food: Oooh, there's a question! Omelette filled with melted sheep cheese, tomates and a side salad drizzled with extra v olive oil and balsamic....or my homemade bolognaise (without the pasta) served with tons of veggies with melted butter on...or...
Best part about being Primal: I no longer get floppy and headachy if I don't eat something something every three hours. Life no longer revolves around headaches or fitting in trips to get prescriptions every month. I no longer have to worry about my skin...
Worst part about being Primal: Declining rubbish food in social situations where someone has made/bought a cake or something especially for the occasion. I don't like appearing churlish, fussy or 'that girl who can't eat anything normal'. Even if I can refuse without causing offense, I'm left with a feeling of no longer 'belonging'.
05-02-2013, 04:00 AM
Your location:Scotland, UK
Age (If you want):30
How Primal are you:I'd class myself as "transitioning!" I'm 90% there with diet, I'm moving slowly, having fun, but haven't incorporated LHT or sprints into my exercise just yet
Do you consume dairy: Yep yep yep!
Do you drink coffee or tea: I'm a PhD student 'nuff said!
Motivator for switching to Primal: Being so desk bound while writing up my thesis was leading to bad eating habits, weight gain and general "out of control" appetite cravings which had to stop!
Favorite exercise: Outdoor swimming
Favorite Primal food:Baaaacon!
Best part about being Primal:The stabilisation of my appetite and not getting so many sugar cravings!
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to resist the utterly amazing cakes on offer from our masterful bakers at work. But I don't stress about it, at least if I have one I'm mindful and aware to really enjoy it though! (Not forgetting the sugar-related headache I get after eating it!)
05-02-2013, 06:04 PM
Your location: NW Florida
Age (If you want): 25
How Primal are you: Mostly Primal
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: SciencE!
Favorite exercise: Going on a hike to find trees to climb.
Favorite Primal food: My Primal Morning Smoothie
Best part about being Primal:Feeling ALIVE
Worst part about being Primal: Restaurants... and Family Functions...
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