06-05-2013, 12:33 PM
I'm from the UK, living in the south west of England. I'm in my early forties, and I'm just starting my primal journey. This week I have begun to cut out all grains, save a tiny quantity of oats some mornings. I'm vegetarian so I'm aware that I'm going to find it a bit tougher than some, but these are very early days - long term I'm hoping to add meat and fish to my diet, if I can overcome my squeamishness! In the mean time I'm clinging onto dairy with a death grip
I drink both tea and coffee, both with milk and (atm) a tiny amount of sugar, although I have been experimenting with molasses in my coffee which tastes awesome!
I'm making the switch to primal for several reasons, in no particular order of importance:
~ I've recently become engaged to a man who is in fantastic shape and I want to be able to keep up
~ a friend told me about someone for whom going primal worked
~ I work in a gift shop which gets tourists from all around the country and the world, and, quite frankly, I'm terrified by the shape and size of the majority of people I see every day
~ I want more energy
~ I want to look amazing on my wedding day - I've never been married before
My favourite exercise is walking - I do about 4-6 hours a week to and from work, plus being on my feet and busy most days.
My favourite primal food so far is probably cheese omelette with walnuts and spinach, but I'm looking forward to eventually having fillet steak.
I'm still finding out about being primal, but one of the best things is most definitely the information available here! The worst? I'm currently going through the bread cravings....
06-05-2013, 02:40 PM
Your location: Houston, TX
Age (If you want):30
How Primal are you: mostly... 90%
Do you consume dairy: Some cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: one cup a day
Motivator for switching to Primal: It dovetailed into my desire to eat less frankenfoods
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: homemade jerky
Best part about being Primal: I've lost 35 pounds since mid-Feb, my acne is gone, energy is up, and my mood is great
Worst part about being Primal: I'm having trouble answering this one
06-05-2013, 08:48 PM
Hello everyone, just joined today. I found Mark's blog while researching paleo diet recipes oddly enough. I did a fasting cleanse in late April thus year and weaned onto the paleo diet using John Chatham's "The Paleo Solution" as my dietary guide. Once I found this site I was eager to learn more. Both dietary approaches are very similar by the way.
I just finished Mark's book "The Primal Bluprint" and I just bought one of the recipe books as well. So after years of being one of those skinny fat people I've made a lifestyle change that makes the most sense to me. I hope to be primal for life!
Now for the questions:
Your Location: Midwest USA
How primal are you: I'm actually very primal and even paleo with my diet (no dairy except for cultured butter from grass fed cows). I'd say I'm 95% or more primal with my nutrition, and I'm just starting my PEMs. I did sprint in the sand last week while I was on vacation and I'm starting some strength training but I have a ways to go to get primal with my exercise, probably about 50% right now.
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: I was a huge coffee addict until about two months ago. Got hooked on it in college. I occasionally have green tea with a little bit of grade B maple syrup, but I don't drink coffee anymore. Drink of choice is filtered water.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to live a long healthy life and this lifestyle makes the most sense to me.
Favorite exercise: dancing, HIIT, and resistance training in that order.
Best Primal food: a tasty medium rare grass fed filet mignon.
Best part of being Primal: feeling great and having steady energy levels and sleep patterns.
Worst part about being primal: having to tell others about all the things I don't eat, but that's not too bad in the grand scheme of things.
06-06-2013, 01:57 AM
Your location: Russia
How Primal are you: I occasionaly eat dairy (cheese mostly) and small amounts of non-gluten grains, if I really want to. Also, I don't have access to organic/grass-fed/pastured products, so I have to make do with the usual supermarket stuff. Apart from this, I'm more or less primal.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, cheese mostly. I don't really have much problem with dairy, but I don't particularly like it (apart from cheese - can't live without it )
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, to both. I drink a lot of green tea. Coffee - sometimes, no more than one cup a day
Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm gluten intolerant, I was diagnosed 2 years ago and have been gluten free since then. Being gluten free brought amazing results - so many of my problems simply disappeared, and I never felt that good in my life! However, after two years, I decided that this is not enough. I still have some lingering health issues which gluten-free life didn't cure. Also, now that I know how good I can feel, I want to feel even better.
Favorite exercise: walking and sprints
Favorite Primal food: all kinds of meat
Best part about being Primal: I can see and feel my health improving and my energy rising. I feel great!
Worst part about being Primal: that I can't switch my parents and best friends to it - they are too stubborn
06-06-2013, 08:49 AM
Location: SE Virginia
How Primal are you: For the past 4 months or so have been about 90% Primal (food-wise), making exceptions for beer & ice cream once in a while (not together!) & still working on my sweet tooth! I venture into the chronic cardio realm probably much more than is recommended, but I truly love the endorphins from it.
Do you consume dairy: (see ice cream answer above ) Very occasionally some good cheese. Dairy mostly affects my skin and my sinuses more than anything else.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes! Most often coffee, with coconut cream (the coconut part - with no water - from canned coconut milk)
Motivator for switching to Primal: Noticed a gluten intolerance so went gluten-free in 2010, and gradually became more aware of all grains' effects on me so I started seeking out recipes that were grain-free, and stumbled into websites like this one, and it all made sense! I get bloated and "feel fat" (and have all kinds of other issues) w/ so many SAD foods, so some of the motivation is purely aesthetic reasons.
Favorite exercise: Hiking, but I love almost all exercise. I used to be a runner, but then had (still have) bad arthritis in my knees & had to give it up almost completely.
Favorite Primal food: I love beef liver! Cooked in coconut oil with caramelized onions.. currently my favorite food.
Best part about being Primal: Clear head, clear skin!
Worst part about being Primal: Knowing how stuff that I might want to eat will affect me... sometimes ignorance is bliss!
06-06-2013, 10:27 AM
How Primal are you? I'm about 90 to 95%, and still working on cutting out the condiments, what little I do eat of them.
Do you consume Dairy? mostly butter in limited amts to cook veggies and that's about it.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink both, but drink decaf coffee, or herbal teas
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have been having problems with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as well as a host of other health problems my entire life. I've been trying to go Primal for the past 18 months but am now at the point where I can go on it permanently, after I've had to deal with recovering from a bad car accident in Jan that I'm almost recovered from. The accident gave me a fresh perspective on life, and has changed it for the better, as it's given me the incentive to achieve the goals I set for myself. I went Primal June 1st, and am still tweaking the diet to where I want it to be. Not too concerned about the weight loss right now, but am focused on eating Primal every day. I will probably lose close to 40 lbs by the end of the year, my but focus is not on the weightloss right now just on eating Primal everyday.
Favorite exercise: Walking, and some sprints.
Favorite Primal food: A good thick steak
Best thing about being Primal: Feeling healthier and having more energy.
Worst part about being Primal: Eating out, but am learning to find healthier options at restaurants.
06-06-2013, 10:58 AM
How Primal are you? Started my primal journey June 1st, I have been 90% primal thus far.
Do you consume Dairy? Just butter for cooking and cream in my coffee.
Do you drink coffee or tea? Both, regular coffee 2-3 cups a week, green or brown tea 4-6 cups a week.
Motivator for switching to Primal? I've know for years my behavior towards food and exercise has me going down a rocky road to an early grave. Considering how successful all other aspects of my life are in comparison, I've finally come to realize I am just being selfish and irresponsible by treating my health the way I have. I have come to this cross roads before, a few times. I need this attempt to get healthy and stay healthy to be success from day 1 through to my final day. I deserve to live long, and I cannot do that if I am not healthy. I will only get what I deserve if I want it bad enough to do the right and responsible things to earn it.
Favorite exercise? Walking
Favorite Primal food? I am a hunter, so any game meat make my day!
Best thing about being Primal? Not going to lie, Primal allows me to continue enjoying bacon, can't top that!
Worst part about being Primal? Learning all of the nutritional science behind it and retaining that knowledge in a way to use it properly. I will overcome that with practice; all things become easy with practice.
06-06-2013, 01:12 PM
The Questions: right now, wondering what the healthiest fats are, and the best foods to get them in?
Your location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Age (If you want): 56
How Primal are you: I'm getting closer and closer, just started experimenting and researching it.....have lost 5 pounds in a week!
Do you consume dairy: yes quite a bit, is that bad? I find a lot of sat. fats, in cottage cheese and full fat yogurt, but both of those have more protein than fat, which I am trying to get away from!
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes about 3 cups of coffee, first half of day
Motivator for switching to Primal: a healthier lifestyle, concerned about what goes in, to lose a few pounds and tone it up!
Favorite exercise: biking, walking, golf
Favorite Primal food: meat
Best part about being Primal: I am starting to feel better, and OA in knees is going away!
Worst part about being Primal: can't eat ice cream!
06-06-2013, 10:34 PM
Your Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
How primal are you: In my head I think I'm doing well at eating primal, but in reality, I don't think I am. Soo, maybe 50%? Working towards 100%.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, mainly cheese and a bit of cream. And butter, lots of butter.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No coffee anymore, as it creates havoc in my gut. I'll drink the occasional tea, esp during the winter.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss, wanting to clear up digestive issues, hives, depression etc
Favorite exercise: Running after my three girls, walking, soon to be swimming, at home exercises
Best Primal food: Stir Fry
Best part of being Primal: No embarrassing digestive issues, energy, less anxiety & anger towards my kids
Worst part about being primal: The food bill! Having to tell others that I don't eat certain foods, eating out, trying to come up with menu ideas that my kids will like too
Last edited by blondiegreen; 08-16-2013 at 12:41 PM.
06-07-2013, 06:36 AM
Your Location: London, England
How primal are you: I'll be committing completely from tomorrow
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1-2 cups of coffee per day, herbal teas
Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss, want a healthier relationship with food (history of anorexia, now trying to recover from BED)
Favorite exercise: Running, walking
Best Primal food: Salmon
Best part of being Primal: Having clear guidelines, improved mood, better energy levels
Worst part about being primal: Cost, trying to explain reasoning to others who think it's just another fad diet
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