09-17-2013, 05:03 PM
I'm a long time lurker, occasional blog post commenter, and new forum member.
Your location: San Jose, CA
Age (If you want): 30
How Primal are you: Very primal
Do you consume dairy: Yes; cheese, butter and heavy cream
Do you drink coffee or tea: On occasion
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've been following a "primal" like diet template for over 2 years now; I was initially following a slow carb diet, then naturally transitioned to a more primal template (ditched the leugumes) due to personal taste/preferences.
Favorite exercise: Playing! (climb trees, swim in the ocean, bicycling, roll around in grassy fields, chase my dogs)
Favorite Primal food: Grass fed beef.
Best part about being Primal: I enjoy the entire lifestyle; its the most natural way to pursue optimal health in my opinion.
Worst part about being Primal: Nothing, really. If I had to pick "something", I'd say the difficulties with others understanding my dietary choices.
09-18-2013, 01:49 AM
Your location: Western Australia
Age (If you want): 36
How Primal are you: Just starting to adopt the Primal lifestyle through the 21 day Challenge. So currently probably about 60-70% Primal. Much room for improvement here!!.......
Do you consume dairy: Yes. But hope to limit considerably - a small dollop in tea and some occasional cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes. 2-3 teas a day.
Motivator for switching to Primal: To lead a healthier life style. To stop having a constant battle in my head over food. To hopefully eliminate the need for my asthma medication.
Favorite exercise: walking the dogs on the beach.
Favorite Primal food: Looove bacon.
Best part about being Primal: Haven't figured that out yet, but hoping one of the benefits to be free from the shackles of food!
Worst part about being Primal: None I've come across yet
09-18-2013, 02:25 AM
Tampa, FL and Sofia Bulgaria (sorry, I am undecided on the location yet!)
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:
Very, very primal.
Do you consume dairy:
Only if I have to get on a plain because I think the plain may crash and I may die so I would eat ice cream. I read in all paleo books that is totally totally acceptable! Just kidding )
Do you drink coffee or tea:
No coffee, no tea. I've never been a coffee drinker even when I worked as a barrister, and drinking tea, what's the point?
Motivator for switching to Primal:
A stroke caused by a PFO (holes in my heart) that caused me a permanent peripheral vision blindness in my right eye, and a Hashimoto's.
It used to be yoga when I was a vegetarian who used to look like an anorexic super model. I am a dude, I do look like one now and I have the energy to walk and bike so I do like going to the gym a lot.
Favorite Primal food:
Grass fed beef/stake
Best part about being Primal:
I can read people's minds!
No, I can't do that, but my sex drive and stamina have gone from nonexistent to at least once per day. Oh God, I hope nobody is ready this...
Worst part about being Primal:
It is so darn expensive plus I may have to hire a cook. Actually, I don't really need one. I eat raw most of the time.
09-18-2013, 06:52 AM
Your location: Oswego, NY, USA
Age (If you want): 20, Male, 5'10" 144lb
How Primal are you: 100% caveman, but I live in a house.
Do you consume dairy: I do not, but i used.to and seemed to process it fine.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I will drink tea more in the winter probably, but I only drink coffee if Im on a long drive.
Motivator for switching to Primal: tryna cure psoriasis. Been primal for 6+ months, but recently made adjustments to heal my gut. Making progress!
Favorite exercise: Ive trained bodyweight for three or more years, so I really enjoy movements like muscle ups, pullups, pushups, and pistol squats.
Favorite Primal food: I love steak.
Best part about being Primal: being healthy
Worst part about being Primal: whats not to like? I used.to go through 3 cups of brown rice in two days. Stopped cold turkey, and havent craved once. Never really loved carbs.
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09-18-2013, 08:01 AM
Ken and Viv get smart!
Your location: South Africa - Johannesburg to be exact
Age (If you want): Ken is 50 and I am 43
How Primal are you: 90/10
Do you consume dairy: butter and cheese very very occasionally
Do you drink coffee or tea: Ken has coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health! Ken and I have had a year of sinus infections, herniated discs, bronchitis and we both decided enough is enough. We went cold turkey a month ago.
Favorite exercise: Swimming
Favorite Primal food: Bacon and beef, veggies are also tasting so much better!
Best part about being Primal: The fact that after a month, Ken and I feel like we have lost that "something isn't right feeling" with regard to our health.
Worst part about being Primal: I haven't encountered one yet.
09-18-2013, 08:37 AM
Your location: Ontario, Canada
Age (If you want):35
How Primal are you: beginner (was in the past)
Do you consume dairy: small amount
Do you drink coffee or tea: mostly tea and coffee once in a while
Motivator for switching to Primal: My failing health and increased weight
Favorite exercise: working my arms with weights
Favorite Primal food: BBQ steak and spinach
Best part about being Primal: No more GERD
Worst part about being Primal: I really love bread and any bread type food
09-18-2013, 11:58 AM
Your location: Massachusettes
Age (If you want): 43
How Primal are you: Just beginning so just trying to get my footing and learn.
Do you consume dairy: Yes (minimal)
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Favorite exercise: Yoga
Favorite Primal food: Coconut butter
Best part about being Primal: the awesome amount of energy
Worst part about being Primal: No grains or peanut butter
09-18-2013, 01:49 PM
Your location: Chicago, IL
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: Just started so still working that part out
Do you consume dairy: No unfortunately. My body does not like dairy at all.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee once a day and tea periodically all day. Mostly just water since my hubby made me give up soda
Motivator for switching to Primal: It just seems to make the most sense for me. I have celiac disease and I am lactose intolerant. Unfortunately I was diagnosed in my 30's so trying to quit something I have been seriously addicted to (i.e. cakes and pies and such) has been hard. But I know I need to if I want to lose weight and get healthy.
Favorite exercise: Running and dancing
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: It's very filling and I don't have the constant gnawing hunger that I had while eating a lot of carb rich and processed foods.
Worst part about being Primal: Having to give up cakes and pies and such lol
09-18-2013, 09:05 PM
Your location: Colorful Colorado (drying out from the floods!)
Age (If you want): 48
How Primal are you: 99% (red wine makes up that other 1%
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, YES! With coconut milk as my creamer of choice.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I've lived the prototypical "low-fat, whole-grain" lie for most of my life. I really believed that I was doing the "right" thing (and in my 20's & 30's it seemed to work). After all, how could all of these renowned doctors, or even the Harvard School of Public Health be wrong? The proof was in my physique, and how I felt - but later in life. I am a runner, and despite logging many miles, and "eating right", my body fat remained at 28%. I was thinking, well, I'm 48; maybe that's just how it is, my new reality. A visit to a nutritionist recommended by my running club changed everything. This quasi-vegetarian, animal loving (not eating) woman explored paleo. And it's a good thing that I LOVE, I mean really love coconuts!! And bacon jerky Two months in, I lost 3 inches from my waist, and need to buy new jeans...all without going hungry of feeling deprived.
Favorite exercise: Trail running...long distances, with a good view. I now fuel up w/ a banana & a spoonful of Justin's maple almond butter
Favorite Primal food: grilled flank steak, marinated in tamari/gluten-free soy sauce, crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil, w/ cauliflower mashies!
Best part about being Primal: How good you feel!
Worst part about being Primal: How lonely it can be...others can be judgmental, believe that you are living "dangerously", and just plain don't get it. Especially painful at social gatherings where there aren't ANY clean eats; it can feel very isolating
09-18-2013, 10:04 PM
Your location: Southern California
Age (If you want): Retired
How Primal are you: Mostly, but I prefer to eat fruit than meat, probably because there is such an abundance of fresh, local, organic fruit.
Do you consume dairy: No, but kefir was suggested.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No, I do not drink any beverages with caffeine.
Motivator for switching to Primal: To lose the 15 pounds I gained when I retired and moved to the beach!
Favorite exercise: Spin classes and weight lifting
Favorite Primal food: Fresh, local, organic fruit!
Best part about being Primal: Eating natural foods, having energy to train two high-intensity dogs in five different dog sports.
Worst part about being Primal: Having to eat meat daily. I'm getting better about it because the weather is cooling down and the stone fruit season is just about over.
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