05-15-2013, 09:58 PM
Your location: Seattle, WA
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: Started the Primal Lifestyle a little after January of 2012. Took about a month to have my metabolism adjust to the new lifestyle, and for my urges to eat lots of grains and carbs to die down. But after the first month, lbs were shedding weekly. Lost a total of 60 lbs in 3.5 months. Then decided to stop and enjoy the food of Seattle, but still remaining partially primal. Kept my grain and rice portions as small as I can. Asking for substitutes whenever I can. I just restarted being fully primal just earlier this month. So at the moment, I am back to being very primal. Been lifting 3 days a week. In between the lift days, I swim 2 days a week. One day out of the week I go for a 15+ mile urban walk through the local trails or just wander through the City of Seattle. I go clubbing twice a week, and believe it or not, I go to dance and sweat my ass off. My rest day is usually Sunday.
Do you consume dairy: Very rarely. PS. I still occasionally cheat once in a while with a spoonful of ice cream
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: To feel good!
Favorite exercise: Walking long distances. Swimming.
Favorite Primal food: Chicken.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling more alive than before. And having so much energy!
Worst part about being Primal: Sucks when eating out. Practically no where to go eat
05-16-2013, 01:42 AM
Your location: Australia
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: I am brand new to the Primal lifestyle and truthfully just started reading the website yesterday.
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee and herbal tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I am obese and need to find a way to get to a healthy weight. Though I don't have any health problems, I'm starting to feel some aches and pains and would rather not go down the road of severe health issues in the long run.
Favorite exercise: Walking, swimming
Thank you for creating such a wonderful resource for those of us who don't know where to start, but have a long road ahead.
05-16-2013, 01:51 AM
Hi! Introducing myself feels pretty daunting, as I've been lurking for quite some time!
I'm a mum of a 3yo boy who had the unfortunate fate of following the CW diet religiously, and consequently ended up over 102kg earlier this year
Looking for solutions has led me here, thanks to a gentleman that I really owe an apology to (for being a pigheaded CW loyalist!!!!)
Anyway, I'll start a journal to introduce my self a bit better
Your location: Melbourne, Australia
Age (If you want): 29
How Primal are you: 95% - my only treat is a hot chocolate (raw cacao and Cadbury drinking chocolate 1:1)
and a primal chocolate cake for my son's birthday (but it's way too sweet now!)
Do you consume dairy: minimal, grated cheese or yoghurt twice a week.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss, and a desire to find the best mum I could be
Favourite exercise: walking!
Favourite Primal food: enjoying it all really, tastes so much better these days.
Best part about being Primal: Not having a yucky tummy all the time! Feeling so much better
Worst part about being Primal: Explaining it's not a 'fad', it's not a 'lifestyle', it's how I feel the best!
05-16-2013, 04:21 AM
Age: 43 (physically) 21 (Mentally)
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: Yes - Milk and occassionally cheese
Do you drink tea and coffee: Yes
Motivator for switching to primal: Problems with disordered eating and wanting to lose some weight
Favourite exercise: Definitely Bodybuilding
Favourite Primal Food: Everything......apart from shellfish......bleaaargh
Best part about being primal: delicious guilt free food
Worst part about being primal: Can't think of one
05-16-2013, 08:11 AM
Your location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Age (If you want): 58
How Primal are you: Newbie. I stopped eating wheat/gluten in December/January after my mother-in-law was diagnosed with celiac disease, which reminded me that I also react to wheat and shouldn't eat it either. After a brief stint with Wheat Belly, I lost 5lbs and was feeling less bloated. Further study led me to Primal Blueprint (many roads lead to MDA!), and after dropping dairy and most grains/legumes I've lost an additional 10lbs, and I've started having that after-glow feeling after a meal of a pleasantly full belly and no gas.
Do you consume dairy: Sometimes some cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Hooked on espresso
Motivator for switching to Primal: By following the food guidelines, I eliminate almost everything I react to (wheat/gluten, corn, dairy). I also like the notion of being physically fit but not being extreme about it.
Favorite exercise: Long walks (3-4 miles) with my dog on the weekend days. Have started working on the core exercises, and am seriously looking into joining one of the local CrossFit gyms.
Favorite Primal food: Beef or pork chops without trimming the fat off.
Best part about being Primal: I feel great! (even my beginning level)
Worst part about being Primal: My family is not Primal, so meal planning can be interesting.
05-16-2013, 11:09 AM
Your location: Louisiana
Age (If you want): 52
How Primal are you: just began last week
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: decaff coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: for heart health and weight loss
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: steak
Best part about being Primal: ability to eat meat
Worst part about being Primal: no pasta
05-16-2013, 12:00 PM
I guess it's about time I join this thread so here goes...
Your location: Oregon
Age (If you want): older than I feel!
How Primal are you: During the week 95%+ on the weekends probably closer to 90%
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but not as much as I used to
Do you drink coffee or tea: both, coffee in the winter and cold mornings, iced tea on hot ones
Motivator for switching to Primal: Fibromyalgia and wanting to be healthier
Favorite exercise: Deadlifts and Leg Presses. Squats aren't bad either
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: Bacon Actually the best part is that my pain is pretty much non-existent, it has gotten me 100% off my neurontin, vicodin and flexeril that I was on for years for the pain and symptoms, and I haven't needed a trigger-point shot at all in 2013!!
Worst part about being Primal: My daughter likes to bake and justifying to people that yes, I can get carbs without eating grains.
05-16-2013, 02:04 PM
Your location: Chicago suburb
Age (If you want): 39
How Primal are you: just starting but plan to drink on Friday night date nights with hubby and also carb load the night before races once a month Otherwise I will stick to it all the way!
Do you consume dairy: yes... love coffee with cream!
Do you drink coffee or tea: lots of coffee and occasionally tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to live my best life and be a great example to my kids and I hope to always look great!
Favorite exercise: Running races
Favorite Primal food: hmmm... do I get to eat chocolate?
Best part about being Primal: I can't answer this yet but I hope to lose these pesky 5 lbs I put on this winter
Worst part about being Primal: Social gatherings
05-17-2013, 03:04 AM
Your location: Texas
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: fairly
Do you consume dairy: natural yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee & green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: get healthy (translation: vanity - wanting to drop my spare tire )
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: a nice bloody steak :-)
Best part about being Primal: the strange look on others' faces when they realize that I don't eat grains
Worst part about being Primal: family that's still sucked into CW
05-17-2013, 04:09 AM
Your location: Durban South Africa
Age (If you want): 55
How Primal are you: Not very
Do you consume dairy: Bit of yoghurt every morning
Do you drink coffee or tea: Only tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Mainly to improve my health. I am not overweight but am finding that I am getting physically sluggish.
Favorite exercise: Motorcycling and running. I also do as much strength exercise as I can on my garden/plot. Chopping trees, clearing bramble, building walls, that sort of thing.
Favorite Primal food: Good fresh vegetables.
Best part about being Primal: No bloated feelings
Worst part about being Primal: The flack I am picking up from my wife who must have rice, potatoes or pasta for dinner.
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