08-31-2013, 08:44 PM
Your location: Georgetown, Ohio
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: Trying to be very primal
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, occasionally
Motivator for switching to Primal: I felt better when I did it in the past!
Favorite exercise: Swimming or volleyball
Favorite Primal food: Chicken
Best part about being Primal: How I'll feel
Worst part about being Primal: Limited variety of foods
09-02-2013, 02:12 AM
Your location: Austin TX
How Primal are you: I would say...about 90%. I live alone and cook my own meals, so I have total control there. I never eat fast food and only occasionally go out to eat, but when I do, I make the best choices I can without being over the top about it. I'd never want to be "that girl".
Do you consume dairy: Yes, high quality, in small amounts.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, coffee w/ a bit of almond milk. Tea when I'm sick, but not often.
Motivator for switching to Primal: It just makes sense to me! I started about 3 1/2-4 years ago and I just feel better all around when I'm eating fresh, REAL, high quality foods. I had about a 6 month fall off the wagon and just felt awful! I was cranky and moody. Had headaches and gained weight. All the proof I needed was staring me right in the face.
Favorite exercise: Hmmmm.... I consider me and exercise colleagues, but we're definitely not friends! Lol! It's something I have to do, I just don't like it very much. Yeah...I guess my favorite exercise is "group" exercise. Crossfit made me love working out. But, I think that had a lot to do with the people I got to play with. Not that I didn't get a great feeling of accomplishment when I beat a PR, because I did, but without that terrific group of people, I'd have been bitching all the way thru it! Sadly, I had to give it up (not for good, I hope!) about a year ago and have really struggled finding pleasure from working out by myself.
Favorite Primal food: Hard to say...depends on what I'm cooking for the week. I get excited with every new weekly menu I plan... And, I LOVE trying new foods and new ways to prepare foods.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling great and the knowledge that I'm putting the best stuff I can into my body.
Worst part about being Primal: I still miss bread. Not how it makes me feel, but the smell of it and the texture. It's always bittersweet walking past the bakery and smelling fresh bread and pastery...
09-03-2013, 10:06 AM
Excited to join this group!
Your location: beautiful Durango, CO
Age (If you want - yes, I want it, being young was much harder): 56
How Primal are you: 75% as of 3 days ago, waiting for my books to arrive
Do you consume dairy: butter and whipped cream
Do you drink coffee or tea: herbal teas on occasion
Motivator for switching to Primal: optimum health and fitness, putting ON weight, improve energy, stamina, and flexibility
Favorite exercise: Argentine Tango
Favorite Primal food: coconut in all forms
Best part about being Primal: increased energy
Worst part about being Primal: have to eat less whipped cream ... ?
09-03-2013, 11:48 AM
Your location: United States
Age (If you want): 25
How Primal are you: about 50% so farÖ.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but not milk or in large quantities, Iím lactose intolerant but hard cheeses and fermented products like yogurt do not bother me, nor do small quantities of other dairy when consumed with other food. There will be no breaking my DH off cheese, so I am not even going to try with him. They recently made raw milk legal in my state, but it isnít available here yet, so we are waiting. I can get non-homogenized, low temperature pasteurized whole milk though, which is what we get. Closest we can get right now.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Just started coffee again after complete caffeine detox getting off soda. No tea.
Motivator for switching to Primal: My health, my blood pressure risk factors, pre-eclampsia in my last pregnancy, desire to raise my child on a healthy diet, my desire to have a VBAC or HBAC next time I am pregnant.
Favorite exercise: HaÖlike I have time for that. I do like to walk when I get the chance.
Favorite Primal food: Mmm. So far the grass-fed beef. I didnít realize it would taste so much better than non-grass fed.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling satisfied & weight loss so far (and I havenít really committed yet!)
Worst part about being Primal: Food is more expensive, but that may change once DH quits eating non-primal food and I only have to buy for one lifestyle not two!
09-04-2013, 12:27 PM
My location: Orlando,Florida
How Primal am I?
Totally!!!! I had no problem giving up carbs or sugar!
Do I consume dairy?
Only heavy cream in my coffee and Grass Fed (Kerrygold) Butter
I definitely drink coffee!!!! Organic beans only!
Motivation to switch to primal:
I have studied nutrition for years and as with all of us I have searched for something that made sense. Primal does...in every way.
Don't have a favorite. As long as I'm moving I'm good! I was a freeweight lifter for years and then a couch potato for years. It took a minute to get back to loving exercise.
Favorite Primal Food:
Salmon and Coconut
Best thing about being primal
My allergies are GONE!!!! My energy level is great and I'm losing pounds every day.
There is no worst part about being primal!
09-05-2013, 11:48 AM
Your location: Annapolis, MD
Age (If you want): 49
How Primal are you: Partly?
Do you consume dairy: Heavy Cream in my Bulletproof coffee
Do you drink coffee or tea: Love both, but coffee is almost completely decaf. Contributed to stress related problems
Motivator for switching to Primal: Already low carb and finally loving it, then just recently (past 3 months) discovered Primal. I'm doing the Carb Nite Solution right now for fat loss, which is low carb (20g per day) with refeedings. I figure after I am finally at my desired weight or body composition, I will segue into Primal eating as a lifestyle. In the Carb Nite Solution, you are allowed dairy one night a week, but it doesn't have to be diary, you can make non-diary choices for your refeeds (carb loading).
Favorite exercise: Use to be aerobic dancing, but now it's weight training because of the results I get but I also love how I feel after a cardio workout. I've had a lifetime of fitness.
Favorite Primal food: Pork. Love pork. Recently started buy my bacon without nitrates and uncured. Delicious. Chicken a close second.
Best part about being Primal: Less effort in maintaining body composition and feeling great! Always have been into nutrition and fitness, except I've learned a lot about how carbs have affected my body as I've gotten older and finding it more difficult to lose weight. I am changing my lifestyle and I'm definitely fat adapted at this point.
Worst part about being Primal: I would say I might miss dairy. I get it on my refeed nights in my current diet protocol, but 6 days a week, I am very low carb. My favorite food on carb nite is ice cream and pasta. I also have adapted to gluten free because wheat gives me weird joint pain. Even my nutritional therapist says to give up the stuff. Frankly, he doesn't know I eat it - ice cream that is.
09-06-2013, 08:41 AM
Your location: Sandwich, MA (on Cape Cod)
Age (If you want): 50
How Primal are you: 90+%
Do you consume dairy: Little half and half in my coffee.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes...coffee...need something to mix my half and half with.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and just wanted to lose 10lbs that I couldn't.
Favorite exercise: Kickboxing (something I discovered when I was 48...never had any sort of martial arts training until then.)
Favorite Primal food: Baked chicken with Ghee...I could eat the whole thing.
Best part about being Primal: My blood pressure did drop, haven't checked cholesterol yet and I did lose those 10lbs plus some.
Worst part about being Primal: My wife constantly asking how I can not eat bread.
09-06-2013, 11:33 AM
Your location: Birmingham AL
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: not sure
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: had a baby 5 months ago, always tired and nothing fits.
Favorite exercise: walking, swimming
Favorite Primal food: steak
Best part about being Primal: will soon find out
Worst part about being Primal will soon find out
09-07-2013, 08:31 AM
Hi y'all! I am hollylu!
I came to primal eating via the GAPS diet, so that has had a big influence on my choices (with respect to dairy, etc.)
Your location: I live in rural North Carolina (outside of Charlotte)
Age (If you want): 55 and not ashamed of it!
How Primal are you: I would say 'mostly'. I don't eat grains or sugar as a rule, but I do occasionally have a little rice or cheat with organic corn chips. Usually these are when I am either starving for carbs (I seem to have a high need for carbs) or away from home and nothing else is available.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but only cultured or aged (as in cheese). I eat homemade yogurt and sour cream (made the GAPS way - 24 hour culture). I also eat butter (lots) and aged cheese (a little). No fresh milk or soft cheeses (like cream cheese and mozzarella).
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. Only before noon (caffeine keeps me awake). Sometimes with honey.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Digestive issues, depression and anxiety, insomnia, belly fat (even though I'm not overweight)
Favorite exercise: walking (I'm hoping to get stronger, but right now exercise is painful for me because I am so out of shape
Favorite Primal food: fatty meat!
Best part about being Primal: no more tummy aches!
Worst part about being Primal: trouble getting enough carbs - which causes me terrible insomnia (yesterday I cheated and ate french fries and ice cream - I slept like a baby!)
Last edited by hollylu; 09-07-2013 at 08:55 AM.
09-07-2013, 11:33 AM
A question in addition to answering "The Questions"
I have a question and, when I searched for an appropriate thread (I used "poison" and "grain" in my search) I was told it could find nothing. So I'm hoping to ask my question here. The thing that is holding me back from fully plunging into this new eating style (after being mostly vegetarian for years) is a question about one of the basics of the Primal philosophy: It seems that Mark is saying that grains are "poisonous" because they "don't want" animals to eat them. As a lifelong professional biologist, it has been my understanding that grains are actually fruits of the grasses (grains are grasses), and they are designed to be edible and to be eaten by animals, and then transported far from the parent plant where some are defecated out in locations where they will sprout and not compete with the parent ! Where have I gone wrong here? (Now I have to hope that if I receive responses, I'll know where to look to find them.) Thanks to anyone who can help. This is a major stumbling block for me. Bill
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