07-16-2013, 03:19 PM
My name is Rhoda & I'm 58 years old. I'm almost 3 years free from endometrial cancer. I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. I especially have problems with my feet and right knee.
I'd just like to feel better and lose weight.
I started doing some research and after buying The Wheatbelly cookbook, I kept seeing references to primal and paleo and I ended up here. I've bought Mark's Primal Blueprint book along with a couple more cookbooks.
I've been clearing my pantry of wheat, corn, rice & beans along with packaged foods.
I've made a few shopping trips to stock up on the right things & that's been a learning experience.
My biggest challenge will be choosing meals at Mexican restaurants on the weekends. Giving up diet soda will be hard too.
Your location: Arkansas
Age (If you want): 58
How Primal are you: barely
Do you consume dairy: haven't given up butter or sour cream yet
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to feel better & lose weight
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: grilled chicken
Best part about being Primal: the best part will be good health
Worst part about being Primal: I won't say worst part,but the most challenging part will be learning to remake favorite foods
07-17-2013, 07:45 PM
My name's Magda, I'm 36 and live in Atlanta, GA. I guess I've eaten Primal for almost 2 years now - I was actually on the GAPS diet for that time. GAPS is basically primal (no grains, no legumes other than white beans and lentils, focus on broth, meats, vegetables, fruit, probiotics) so it was really not a switch. I've been 'cleaning' up the family's diet for years now: pastured meats, unhomogenized or raw dairy, pastured local eggs, organic vegetables and fruits, etc. I have 2 kids: boys ages 3.5 and 9. DH is just now turning Primal so we'll see how the kids react. My older one is a carboholic so it will be tough. Younger one loves veggies!! I've been reading MDA for over a year and learning tons. I just started exercising so I'm most looking forward to finding a routine I can fit into my busy life.
Your location: Atlanta, GA
Age (If you want): 36
How Primal are you: very - rarely eat nonPrimal
Do you consume dairy: yes, all full fat, try to do raw or unhomogenized
Do you drink coffee or tea: both - usually 1 green tea and 1 coffee a day
Motivator for switching to Primal: slow evolution: went from SAD to Weston Price diet, then gluten free, then GAPS (which is basically Primal but focused on healing digestion through broth, probiotics, etc.) - I've felt the best without eating grains
Favorite exercise: just started, not really sure yet
Favorite Primal food: bacon, eggs, avocado
Best part about being Primal: discovering new foods, especially vegetables
Worst part about being Primal: feeling like there is 'nothing to eat'; beating my cravings/food addictions
07-17-2013, 09:17 PM
I feel a bit awkward. Not used to 'replying to threads'. Here goes ...
Location: Sydney (well Avalon on the Northern Beaches), Australia
How primal am I?: I started Paleo about six weeks ago. I had amazing results in the first 3 weeks but then got a bit de-railed but remain Paleo/Primal perhaps 70% of the time. Biscuits and chocolate and my greatest undoing.
Do I consume dairy?: Yes. I have a coffee with breakfast, which starts as a long black but is made palatable with a splash of (ok maybe 1/4 cup) of full cream milk. I am suprisingly ok with giving up the yogurt, cheese and icecream (most days).
Do I drink coffee or tea?: Yes. I drink coffee (2 cups a day on average). Have tried so many times to get into tea, but so far, not a fan.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I like the structure. I still need to work on keeping disciplined on filling myself on the good stuff (meat and vegies) so I don't go rushing to the easy treats (like the gluten free bikkies). Paleo was life changing in that I did not suffer a single headache/migraine/hayfever attack the entire time I was on Paleo. I ate a bread roll after three weeks of strict Paleo and soon found myself grumpy (thanks to a shocking headache), tired and with sinus allergy symptoms. I've not eaten bread or pasta since (but for two times when I've had family dinners and no desire to explain the theory behind Paleo). Primal seems doubly appealing as I'm reasonably well adjusted to Paleo eating but have been a little lost regarding a fitness routine. Having found this site and Mark's books, I realised I'm almost there. I have about five kilos to lose. I just want to get there and to stop fluffing around the edges.
Favourite exercise: Flamenco dancing. Kickboxing.
Favourite primal food: Korean BBQ anything
Best part about being primal: It's a permanent part of life, not a six week programme
Worst part about being primal: It sounds weird and totally contradictory but I never realised how food (wheat and sugar) affected me (migraines, allergies, lethargy etc) until I went Paleo/Primal. Now that I know, I begin to wonder whether ignorance was bliss as I walk past my local French patisserie or even the confectionary section at our local grocery store.
07-17-2013, 10:12 PM
I'm doing this on an iPhone so it's a bit difficult. I am a mom of 2 originally from Western mountains, now in Midwest on about 220 acres. No one's been on it for decades. Never chemically treated. I am patterning it after old-style family farms, (or current ones like Polyface in VA) where things cycle and coexist naturally. Have laying chickens, horses, planning to add meat chickens, cows, possibly bison and hogs, and growing ancient grains on the flatland.
Location : Iowa
Age: Just shy of 50
How Primal: very, and when, by chance, I'm not I feel no guilt. Guilt is a waste of time and energy.
Do you consume dairy: I do love a good cheese. But I don't drink milk.
Coffe or Tea: MmmmCOFFEE with coconut oil and coconut milk. I wish I liked tea more, I'm trying blending herbal ones with green tea for iced tea, to replace lemonade.
Favorite exercise: Hiking, but there's nothing to hike here, so now it's farm chores.
Motivator for going Primal: Without having heard about this, I had begun to question if our ability to produce food (i.e. processed foods with perservatives) had eclipsed our ability to digest it. I've eaten organic and very little processed food for a long time. The first time I saw corn drying to a crisp in a field I got suspicious about what is in processed food, so I cut that out completely. Then I read about GMO grains and dwarf wheat and digestive systems and it all made sense to me. Then I heard about this. Then I saw Mark's picture ... So I got on board with the plan.
Favorite primal food: Bison.
Best part: Feeling better in so many ways. I feel lighter. No aches. I like spreading the word. The more people who want real food the better, for the planet and for my farm.
Worst part: That initial look I get from people who think it's some wacky fad diet.
07-18-2013, 07:09 AM
Your location: London, UK
Age (If you want): 33 (almost 34!)
How Primal are you: trying to be very primal
Do you consume dairy: no
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea, roobios tea, herbal teas and water.
Motivator for switching to Primal:want to be healthy and, if possible, beat my auto-immune condition.
Favorite exercise: still learning to like this...!
Favorite Primal food: steak.
Best part about being Primal: discovering lots of lovely new healthy food.
Worst part about being Primal: having to remember to bring my own food to work.
p.s. does anyone know how I can add my profile photo? Thanks.
07-18-2013, 09:47 AM
Hello folks! I've been on MDA almost every day for a few weeks. I'm new to the lifestyle, but so far, I'm really diggin' it!
Your location: Florida
Age (If you want): 25
How Primal are you: Most of the way there: ditched grains, sugar and processed crap. Haven't quit legumes yet, though. My goal is to be completely primal by the time I finish Primal Blueprint (I just got it a week go and have about 50 pages left).
Do you consume dairy: Yes; raw milk after weight-training, Greek yogurt, and some cheeses.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee every morning (no sugar), and tea once or twice per week.
Motivator for switching to Primal: "Diseased" people around me who eat like crap, don't exercise, and make other poor lifestyle choices. Not that I'm so concerned with living for a long time, it's that I don't want the last years of my life to be agonizing.
Favorite exercise: Kettlebell swings, snatches, cleans & presses, and pull-ups. I'm working a regimented plan using only these exercises, along with practicing martial arts twice per week.
Favorite Primal food: Oven-roasted chicken from MDA's recipe section. Soooooooo good.
Best part about being Primal: I opened myself up to trying new foods. Before this, I would only eat a handful of different types of veggies, and I would only eat chicken, turkey, and some pork. Now that I'm eliminating much of my prior diet (grains and sugary treats), I feel that I should try new things, and that's pretty exciting! In just two weeks, I've tried fish, lamb, and duck.
Worst part about being Primal: My friends and family thinking I'm an elitist now because I won't eat their food.
07-19-2013, 09:40 AM
Ready to get primal! In brief, I have been in and out of exercise and diet programs many times. I competed in a bikini competition last year and had a blast. But the exercise regimen was extremely time consuming and wore my body down. As well as the diet towards the end. I felt depleted and deflated. I quickly bounced back to my normal weight, because I didn't know how to transition back effectively to a more normal diet/exercise approach. I have never been overweight, but lately I have been feeling less than great about my body and want to get it in check! I'm only 23 but I want to prepare my body for the rest of my life. Especially kids, being able to come back faster after having them and even teach them a healthy lifestyle! Looking to start Crossfit this week. Worried about the carb stance with being Primal. I depleted so much with the competition I trained for that I had the carb flu horrendously bad. I couldn't focus and my work was affected. So I may need to transition that very slowly, instead of cold turkey!
Excited to see what happens and meet all of the people that have taken the plunge into the Primal world!
Your location: Colorado
Age (If you want): 23
How Primal are you: halfway there. Scarce processed foods (bagels, cheerios here and there, dont go to restaurants much maybe once a week if I'm lucky) Need to eat more veggies and less fruit!
Do you consume dairy: yes but not much, never have. Occasional cereal or glass of milk, cheese sprinkled on something I cook or frozen yogurt mmmm
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee everyday :/ only in the morning
Motivator for switching to Primal: Overall healthy, its a not a non-gimmick quick fix approach, lifelong health
Favorite exercise: Oooo...well I love Yoga! If I had to break it down I would say running/stairmaster/cycle for cardio and arm workouts for lifting
Favorite Primal food: I love snacks, so the trail mix, nut, celery and cream cheese ideas are awesome
Best part about being Primal: Well if all of our accustomed food sources ever go away in some world-ending event, we will be prepared! Have to get back to your roots!
Worst part about being Primal: no grains.....I understand the concept and accept it but worried about my bodies reaction
07-19-2013, 11:26 AM
Your location: Oakland/San Leandro, California
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: Not very. I've been stuck in a SAD way of living for a while, but have recently made a few changes.
Do you consume dairy: No cow milk products (I'm allergic), but I do enjoy goat and sheep milk products
Do you drink coffee or tea: Occasionally
Motivator for switching to Primal: My main reason for looking into becoming Primal was to lose weight and get skinny fast. I still want to slim down a bit, but losing weight as soon as I possibly can is no longer my main goal. I want to lose the extra fat I'm carrying so that I'm living a healthier life in a healthy body!
Favorite exercise: Dancing, hooping/hoop dancing, yoga, kettlebell (just started using one, and I love it!)
Favorite Primal food: A giant yummy salad!
Best part about being Primal: Not feeling guilty for eating tasty food since it's healthy now..not having to spend hours working out everyday and feeling guilty if I don't..
Worst part about being Primal: Right now (as I'm just beginning) it's the battle to not eat every sweet in sight....I'm working on breaking a sugar addiction.
07-19-2013, 12:23 PM
Hey all, I'm Mrs Baeb
Your location: Green Bay, WI
How Primal are you: Mostly primal with occasional slip-ups. I have a soft spot for fast food.
Do you consume dairy: In small amounts. Whole milk (raw, if I can get it) for my coffee, some cheese in meals.
Do you drink coffee or tea: See above, lol. I love coffee from the depths of my soul. I CAN quit - I have in the past just to prove I can - but I don't like to go without. One mug a day and I'm set.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I tried a health "recalibration" from the book Foodist by Darya Pino Rose, which is essentially a paleo diet. In only two weeks the weight fell off me - I lost 8.5 pounds. I started researching the paleo diet but found I liked Mark's Daily Apple the best of all the websites. From there I got The Primal Blueprint and a 90-Day Primal Blueprint journal, and decided to join these forums.
Favorite exercise: I can't say that I exercise at the moment. With losing so much weight (if I'm not careful about my fat consumption) I'm tired often, but I plan to get into it hardcore when I'm closer to my "goal weight." Goal weight is flexible, as I don't want to trust wholeheartedly the CW of my "healthy weight range."
Favorite Primal food: A tie between bacon (big, thick, grassfed slices) and avocados/guacamole.
Best part about being Primal: How much my body loves it and how healthy I've started to look. People tell me I look amazing and I'm only 11.5 pounds down so far. CW tells me I have 60 pounds left to lose. :-/
Worst part about being Primal: Even with all the preparation in the world, this society does not allow primal living to be convenient.
Looking to start my own journal on these forums very soon. :-)
Nice to meet you all.
07-19-2013, 06:10 PM
Your location:Wales, UK
Age (If you want):45
How Primal are you: About 75% & counting...OK 70% if I'm honest,but still counting!
Do you consume dairy: Yes - Butter, live yoghurt, Double cream (I think you call this heavy cream over the pond in the US) and the occasional Latte.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Love coffee too much to give it up, but since I've cut right back, I treat myself to only high quality ethically sourced coffee. I'm British - of course I drink tea! - But mostly green these days and just occasionally.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I did a review of a friend's Primal based detox/fat-loss plan for a members page I run for my local health & racket club. I was astounded at the results after just a week, did a second week and couldn't believe how much better I felt my friend told me about the Primal Blueprint book the rest is history!
Favorite exercise: I teach Kung-Fu, so I like the broad spectrum of exercises PB fitness promotes - Kickbag sprints are a killer!
Favorite Primal food: All of it! Trying lots of new stuff, so finding new favorites all the time, but I love the loss of guilt over red meat.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling great physically & mentally. I've always been pretty fit but I'm now fitter, stronger & faster than I've ever been - my arthritic knee is improving too!
Worst part about being Primal: Gotta lay off my favourite vice - McVities Chocolate Digestive Biscuits (These are a British "cookie" a bit like a Graham cracker, chocolate coated on on side but way better) I'm trying to justify eating these as my entire 20% non primal! Lol
As we say in Welsh - Iechyd Dda! (Good Health!)
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