08-04-2013, 10:15 AM
Age (If you want):38
How Primal are you: Back in February i decided to give primal a 10 week run. The first two weeks was hell on wheels but once my body made the switch it was amazing. I haven't been primal since May but i'm returning to this life style starting today and not looking back.
Do you consume dairy: Just cheese but not often
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I always felt my body never ran well on the high carb bodybuilder diet.
Favorite exercise: Deadlifts
Favorite Primal food: steak and eggs
Best part about being Primal: The energy
Worst part about being Primal: missing pizza
08-04-2013, 03:13 PM
Whee, my turn
Your location: Long Island, NY
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: Avoid all grains and seed oils as much as possible, essentially cook practically every meal from home with fresh ingredients, lift heavy things 1-2 times per week, play every day, and I try to stay as active as possible otherwise.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, primarily plain yogurt and cheddar cheese when available.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Seeing my husband literally suffer on the diabetes CW diet and watching my own health decline following it as well as it's a bit too expensive to cook two separate meals each night. I switched first to "test" it in the manner of the scientific method and he switched recently when he saw my results after a year or so.
Favorite exercise: I love the "sore" feeling I get after a heavy lifting session although I really do need to wean myself off the cable machines and start trying barbells out. I've got to either get my own set or get over my self-consciousness at the gym.
Favorite Primal food: Blue Claw crabs, steamed, piled high. Usually paired with a fresh-caught striped bass baked in butter and cayenne pepper.
Best part about being Primal: Everything just works better, physically, mentally, and otherwise.
Worst part about being Primal: Office Birthday Parties.
08-04-2013, 04:56 PM
Fort Worth, Texas
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:
Probably about 90%. I'm only not primal when I eat out, and when I do that, I go for the most primal thing I can get. Usually it's just oils that are offending ingredients. (Looking at you, Chipotle.)
Do you consume dairy:
Yes, but I don't drink milk, and I think egg whites are upsetting my stomach. Which sucks because I really like eggs until I start feeling bad after eating more than one or so with the whites. Cheese, heavy cream, butter, and related are in.
Do you drink coffee or tea:
Tea, not coffee. Mostly rooibos or green. I tried bulletproof tea today, it was actually pretty good.
Motivator for switching to Primal:
I felt like a decomposing zombie while vegan and wasn't gaining any muscle. I also want to be lower than 21% body fat (female). My father is doing this at the same time as me so that adds motivation too--teamwork!
Can't decide between sprinting and heavy lifting. Probably sprinting, because I kind of sort of hate heavy lifting after one circuit but I love it after I'm done. Sprinting is fun all around.
Favorite Primal food:
I don't really know yet. I like chicken, bacon, and these uncured, grassfed, organic hot dogs I found. I also like the almond butter I make (I've always loved making almond butter). It's just almonds thrown in a blender with a whole lot of unrefined coconut oil in it. It's normal consistency at room temp but it becomes like hard ice cream in the fridge, so that gives you an idea of how much oil I put in there. You have to sort of lever it out, but it literally melts in your mouth.
Best part about being Primal:
In a week so far, I've had less acne, less hunger, more energy, better concentration, and overall feeling good. (As a result, I also have less anxiety and less depressive periods, and I'm more able to socially interact with people because of that.)
Oh yeah and I've already lost two or more pounds of body fat and I've only been doing this a week and a half. I've stopped measuring though, I've decided to wait until next month to use a scale again.
Worst part about being Primal:
Accessibility of ingredients. I want to cook everything, from bone broth to offal, but the best source I have is Central Market, and my father isn't entirely comfortable paying their prices just yet. So we get what we can only get there when we're in the area and get everything else at Kroger.
Well that was pretty long-winded.
08-05-2013, 10:18 AM
Your location: North Georgia
Age (If you want): 39
How Primal are you: I about 4 weeks into going paleo/Primal.
Do you consume dairy: Maybe a small aount of cheese but mostly no.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea on ocassion.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Blood work from about a year ago showed my cholesterol a little high. This was after counting calories and "trying" to eat healthy. I had already tried Jenny, Weight Watchers, Atkins and many other diets. I wanted something that would be just a way of life and not temporary.
Favorite exercise: Hiking, walking dogs.
Favorite Primal food: So far, the chicken, apple, bacon slidders.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling better and loosing weight. I am already down 17 lbs.
Worst part about being Primal: Planning ahead of time for meals. I have to map out the entire week on the weekend and make sure that I have the groceries already at home. If not, I am tempted to fall off the wagon.
08-05-2013, 02:31 PM
Your location: Salem, OR
Age (If you want):48
How Primal are you: just started
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: occasionally
Motivator for switching to Primal: to be healthier
Favorite Primal food: n/a
Best part about being Primal: n/a
Worst part about being Primal: n/a
08-05-2013, 11:16 PM
Your location: Ohio
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: fairly, I do my best.
Do you consume dairy: experimenting, but right now just full-fat Greek yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: both, 2 cups of coffee a day, cold-brewed tea as my go-to drink.
Motivator for switching to Primal: increasing depression and a strange sluggishness and fatigue I used to get after eating certain foods. My experiments and research led me to MDA eventually.
Favorite exercise: walking; anything bodyweight (no excuses!), but the pull-up bar otherwise.
Favorite Primal food: grass-fed steak
Best part about being Primal: low cognitive dissonance and tons of confirmation bias! But seriously, the steaks. And the bacon and eggs.
Worst part about being Primal: finding the full-fat versions of foods.
08-06-2013, 09:03 AM
Your location: Schaumburg, Illinois
Age: 53 female
How Primal are you: 90% - occasionally I eat one bite of bread with butter and thoroughly enjoy it! I also occasionally eat pasta - a brand which has a low glycemic index.
Do you consume dairy: Yes - full fat cottage cheese, occasional Greek yogurt and Pecorino Romano in moderation. I feel more satisfied when I eat some dairy and I seem to tolerate it well.
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea and lots of H20!
Motivator for switching to Primal: diagnosed in August 2012 as pre-diabetic - 100+ pounds overweight
Favorite exercise: walking and stationary bike, food shopping at good stores (that's when I lift heavy things!)
Favorite Primal foods: bacon -- the candy of the meat world; anything coconut, almonds, braised meats, pot roast, pork shoulder, veggies, I love it all!
Best parts about being Primal: I really am learning to cook and loving it! I cook a lot of food at one time and freeze it so I always have great fast food available for myself and my family. My two sons (20 and 17) are learning to cook and are eating much better. I cook with friends now and have a blast! I also love to share with people about PB. I send them to Mark's Daily Apple. In one year I have lost 65 pounds, my blood sugar is stable, my knees don't hurt, my confidence is great and I am healthier and happier than I have ever been. Looking better in my fifties than in my forties! Have about 40 pounds to reach my goal and I'm still feeling motivated. Making good food choices every day!
Worst parts about being Primal: Seeing so many people who would benefit from eating Primal and realizing that conventional wisdom is killing them! Wishing I had stuck with this when I tried it about six years ago. I feel especially sad about young people who are overweight from eating what corporations are selling. I feel a responsibility to share as best I can and be an enthusiastic example so that the Primal movement will grow and become a part of more people's lives.
08-06-2013, 12:36 PM
Your location: Republic of Texas
Age (If you want): 27
How Primal are you: I abide by the 80/20 - sometimes stray 70/30, but come right back.
Do you consume dairy: Full fat!
Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea and a ton of water (got my gallon right here!).
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was a yo-yo dieter. On the search for sustainable weight loss, I stumbled upon MDA. Also, hypoglycemia and diabetes run in my father's side of the family. I had hypoglycemia for 25 years before I made the switch... how convenient!
Favorite exercise: Moving!
Favorite Primal food: Too many to choose - pretty much any combination of plants and animals.
Best part about being Primal: It's so easy to maintain.
Worst part about being Primal: The occasional debilitating cravings for SAD waffles and birthday cake.
Last edited by Gilenea; 08-06-2013 at 12:45 PM.
Reason: Bad math! :P
08-06-2013, 02:10 PM
Your location: The United State of California
Age (If you want):51
How Primal are you: Just started and am close to 95%
Do you consume dairy: I will but in limited amounts
Do you drink coffee or tea: I like both
Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of carrying the extra weight when I run. To lose 20 lbs and be back at my weight in high school would be amazing!
Favorite exercise: Running, hiking biking, and some gym work.
Favorite Primal food: Beef jerky (Told you I was just starting out!)
Best part about being Primal: Don't feel the spikes I was getting with carbs like sugar or processed foods.
Worst part about being Primal: Getting my body converted over to burn fat while exercising.
I will have a slice of toasted sprouted grain bread with almond butter and tbs of jam before heading out to the gym or going out for an extended run. I need to find an alternative morning item to replace this. I saw a recipe for a flour-less banana bread and may try that to replace the sprouted grain bread.
08-06-2013, 03:16 PM
Your location: Charlotte, NC
Age (If you want): Turning 50
How Primal are you: I am still learning while dealing with Reactive Hypoglycemia.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, hard cheese, plain greek yogurt, cottage cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green and Mint Tea a couple of times a month
Motivator for switching to Primal: A better way. I have been dealing with this Reactive Hypoglycemia, eating small meals and portions and still felling crappy.
Favorite exercise: Biking
Favorite Primal food: Anything from the sea.
Best part about being Primal: Simple and pure.
Worst part about being Primal: Travel can be difficult. We will see.
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