Hello forum, just introducing myself because I now find myself here 3-4 times a week or more.
I haven't yet began Paleo. For a couple of reasons. Mostly, I have learned from the past that quick changes for me, as it relates to a diet, never, ever work. They work for a few months, then I'm done.
So, I may be doing this completely backward, but here's my plan. I'm taking PKs advice on IF, and inching back a half hour every week, and I've been doing it for about a month and a half.
I want to get all the way back to where it's one meal a day, dinner, and then refine more and more from there with Paleo. Perhaps by then, I just right into Paleo, perhaps not. (I read that I should just jump in because of carb flu concerns).
Doing the slow but steady method seems so right for me. I feel urges some mornings to get a latte, but they're minor, and I stop them. I think I will get to one meal a day in the timeframe I have set forth (set to get there approx late July, early Aug).
Also, here's the answers to the original post questions....
Your location: US - Midwest
Age (If you want):late 30s early 40s
How Primal are you: Haven't started, but I do love steak and eggs!
Do you consume dairy: In the form of steamed milk twice every day. I have a grande two pump vanilla latte twice a day from Starbucks now. As I move my time back that will likely only be one, then later, none. I think I will be switching to black coffee 1-2 times a day for caffein, but unsure.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Do latte's with espresso count? Also, tea...loads of lightly sweetened tea. Will need to eventually switch to unsweetened tea, and I have no problem with that.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Want to be much lighter than I am. I'm 6'3'' 230, and I don't necessarily look overweight, but I certainly feel it. I think I should be somewhere around 185.
Favorite exercise: Well, honestly, basketball. But, if I can't get a game, I like swimming, and I like lifting weights.
Favorite Primal food: I haven't started, but steak will undoubtedly be my favorite.
Best part about being Primal: I think that it will be that the food I am buying is grass-fed beef, and healthier.
Worst part about being Primal: May get expensive, and I will undoubtedly have household members who won't want to eat the same as me. I'm okay with this because I will at the very least be eating dinner with these people whom I love dearly.