08-07-2013, 07:13 AM
Here's a little run-down...then, the questions answered from the 1st post...
I'm unhealthy and scared I've waited too long. I didn't know until recently at an acupressure appointment that my diet could be hurting me worse. We eat pretty healthy (or so I thought) and I never thought about cutting gluten or nightshades to help with my inflammation.
I have chronic migraines from a car accident in 2009 and hurt most days from mid back up. They've put me at 40% disability. So far, I can't do any upper body exercise without going full-blown-crawl-on-the-floor migraine.
We're (my husband) just getting started with paleo and are looking into starting cross-fit next month. The owner of the gym said he'll work with me personally to find work-outs that I can do without causing headaches so, I can keep a schedule.
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:
None, yet. We're just getting started. Trying to figure out how to purge the bad from the house without being too wasteful.
Do you consume dairy: Often...but, I'm going to try to go without for at least the 1st few months of Paleo.
Do you drink coffee or tea:
Tea - Cold and Hot
Motivator for switching to Primal:
My health and overall fitness for me and my husband.
I used to enjoy weight lifting of any sort.
Favorite Primal food:
I don't know yet.
Best part about being Primal:
I don't know yet.
Worst part about being Primal:
I think giving up dairy will be hard for me. I'm also giving up nightshades to start with...so, that will be hard as well because tomatoes and peppers are about my favorites.
Thank you for this site! I'm hopeful!
08-07-2013, 08:01 AM
Motivator for switching to Primal: Being as healthy and fit as possible is like a sport for me. I love to experiment with the way I live. But being healthy, having a lot of energy, looking good and being in shape to do whatever life throws at me is the major ones.
08-07-2013, 08:05 AM
Hey purtyred, Do you know what type of migraine? I have a friend who gets cluster migraines, where his eye will start to tear up. He used to go out for a brief jog and the headache would go away. He now does oxygen therapy. When he gets a cluster migraine at work he goes out to his car and breathes oxygen for 10-15 minutes and the headache goes away. Hope this was helpful!
Originally Posted by Purtyred
08-07-2013, 09:09 AM
Location: Stamford, CT (The Cove)
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal:
I was diagnosed with hypertension 2 years ago. It was bad...180/110. I was put on 2 pills and the blood pressure stabilized.I exercised on and off and spend alot of time outdoors hiking, canoeing, fishing, biking but I was never consistent. This year I decided to do something about that and started the Insanity workouts. I was really happy with the results and started looking harder at my overall health inculding my diet. Then one day I found this site and I was looking for information on paleo.
All I can say is that everything fell into place. I had all these little bits of information I had hunted and gathered but no unified concept to have all the pieces fit together. Plus, the fact that Mark is so mellow in his approach really made me comfortable that I could do this at my own pace without pressure from fitness/nutrition zealots.
I now consider primal my lifestyle. It's just how i go about my day to day.
Favorite exercise: Hiking
Favorite Primal food: Homeade beef jerky
Best part about being Primal: Feeling great every day
Worst part about being Primal: I miss pizza
08-07-2013, 05:42 PM
Your location: Kissimmee, FL
Age (If you want): 46
How Primal are you: Just started so not much
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss, low calorie & exercise is not cutting it, pain management overall health.
Favorite Primal food: not sure yet
Best part about being Primal:not sure yet
Worst part about being Primal: possibly replacing my coffee and sugar
08-07-2013, 08:01 PM
Your location: USA, Florida
Age (If you want): 55
How Primal are you: Serious, but not fanatic...no grains or legumes at all.
Do you consume dairy: limited cheese and yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1 cup of coffee and several of tea daily, sweetened with stevia.
Motivator for switching to Primal: overall health, weight loss
Favorite exercise: walking
Favorite Primal food: braised salmon
Best part about being Primal: eating more, and still losing weight!
Worst part about being Primal: I, also, miss pizza...... And homemade focaccia... But I can't argue with the results I've achieved.
08-08-2013, 08:13 AM
Your location: Fort Drum, NY
Age (If you want): 33
How Primal are you: Just starting out this week but right now probably 95/5.
Do you consume dairy: Only greek yogurt and very little cheese. Never cared for milk itself.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Nope, just water!
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have PCOS and have tried everything else. I need to get my insulin resistance, hormone issues, and weight under control. At this point this seems to be the best way to do that. Also as a purely superficial reason, I want to be able to wear a pretty dress (and feel comfortable) at my husbands homecoming.
Favorite exercise: Right now I like to walk and do Zumba.
Favorite Primal food: Right now I don't know. I'm having fun experimenting with different vegetables. Maybe...bacon
Best part about being Primal: Ask me again once I get through the carb withdrawals. I haven't been bloated or gassy so that's a plus!
Worst part about being Primal: Pizza, I miss it already. But this is for my health and no pizza tastes as good as good health feels
08-08-2013, 06:34 PM
Hi! I'm Suzanne
Your location: Columbus, OH (go bucks!)
Age (If you want): 23
How Primal are you: Fully, but sometimes cheat with corn on the weekends
Do you consume dairy: Yes, especially butter and cheese. I do treat myself to ice cream every now and then!
Do you drink coffee or tea: I start my day with bulletproof coffee. I drink hot tea whenever I get a craving for it (mostly out of boredom).
Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm gluten intolerant and recently noticed that rice seems to bother me too. Sometimes I suspect I have celiacs. This is a way of living I can stick with because I feel SO GOOD. I've gotten so much stronger. I never feel guilty about anything I eat, even if it's the ice cream I mentioned above. This is the easiest way I've found to stay lean and healthy.
Favorite exercise: I'm a powerlifter! I love to pick up heavy things! Dead lifts are probably my favorite. I also love to do sprints a couple times per week, and I play outside with my big goofy dog daily.
Favorite Primal food: BACON. I love to eat it, save the grease, and fry everything else in it. Did you know eggplant soaks up bacon fat like a sponge? Try it. You'll thank me!
Best part about being Primal: The energy and the self confidence. I had no idea how much a poor diet can just make every day life so much more difficult.
Worst part about being Primal: The haters! Why do they get so upset by what I eat??
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08-09-2013, 03:00 PM
Your location: Dallas Fort Worth, TX
Age (If you want): 50
How Primal are you: 80% but only for a few weeks
Do you consume dairy: yes, full fat yogurt, cream, half & half, butter and Ghee
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee w/ half & half
Motivator for switching to Primal: Dr. Lustig's lecture on Suga
Favorite exercise: Yoga and walking
Favorite Primal food: Anything spicy with meat and veggies
Best part about being Primal: Not feeling hungry
Worst part about being Primal: Cheeeesecake and onion rings
08-09-2013, 07:02 PM
Age (If you want):29
How Primal are you:As primal as legally allowed within city limits.
Do you consume dairy:feta cheese that's about it.
Do you drink coffee or tea:tea lots of herbal tea that my sister grows
Motivator for switching to Primal: Got out of a horrible marriage. I'd looked into primal years ago and realized that it was pretty much my normal habits anyway , but the ex wasn't having it(she was very large and proudly SAD).I was being compared to various carnivoruos beast regularly anyway ........So i figured Might as well go full bore.
Favorite exercise: Any animal style movement , mostly monkey and gorilla drills
Favorite Primal food: Anything i can kill
Best part about being Primal:It feels natural to me .... like I fit
Worst part about being Primal: haven't found one yet
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