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  1. #5631
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    Oct 2013
    Dublin, Ireland
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    I'm starting the paleo diet today, so will answer truthfully but of course these answers will probably not apply from here on in!

    Location: Dublin, Ireland

    Age (If you want): 37

    How Primal are you:

    Been dipping my toe in this past year, e.g. cutting back on carbs, sugary foods, but now am ready to go for it.

    Do you consume dairy: yes, butter, cheeses and milk. Am hoping to continue with a little cheese only and milk in my coffee

    Do you drink coffee or tea: one coffee per day and some herbal teas

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Lots of minor medical problems at the moment - recurring headaches, feeling like I am low on vitamin B12 (have some symptoms but my bloods say I am in the safe range???), digestion issues, lots of fatigue and low moods, poor sleep, and I am just over the safe cholesterol limit (5.8). Need a total overhaul!

    Favourite exercise: I really enjoy a non-competitive run in the park, or a boot camp class depending on my energy levels (which I hope are about to increase dramatically!)

    Favourite Primal food: I love meat and eggs and green vegetables.

    Best part about being Primal: Not sure yet

    Worst part about being Primal: So far I am struggling to work out what to eat and how to measure....I guess I was looking for a meal plan of sorts but will just wing it and track on and see how I get on.
    Last edited by Joanneh; 10-12-2013 at 04:18 AM.

  2. #5632
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    Oct 2013
    Your location: England

    Age (If you want): 39

    How Primal are you: Have just started reading about Paleo so am starting tomorrow, planning my weeks meals today so I can go shopping and get the correct food in.

    Do you consume dairy: I do normally but will try not to with starting Paleo

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I do

    Motivator for switching to Primal: It kinda makes sense and I have a friend who really praises it.

    Favorite exercise: Hmmmm no favourite exercise but will be starting running as I promised someone that I would do one.

    Favorite Primal food: Not sure yet.

    Best part about being Primal: Not sure yet.

    Worst part about being Primal: Not sure yet but think it'll be that I don't know how quick I can cook a meal as I sometimes cannot be bothered.

  3. #5633
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    Oct 2013
    Colfax, WA
    Your Location: Colfax, WA- almost Idaho it is so far east in Washington

    Age: 28 almost 29

    How Primal am I?: Good question. I am not quite sure how to answer that. On advice from my doctor I have cut out all grains and most processed foods (I can't seem to give up salad dressing and condiments completely, but I am doing with a lot less)

    Do I consume dairy?: I consume dairy in limited amounts. Mostly I just do greek yogurt with fruit compote that I make or honey as a sweetner. I am lactose intolerant so I avoid most dairy, although I will on occasion (few and far between) do cheese when I just can't take it anymore.

    Do I drink coffee or tea?: Why yes, yes I do. Every day.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Back in March 2013 my legs bloated up and I gained 10 pounds of water weight in two days. Needless to say, this was abnormal so I went to my doctor and they said it was probably a diabetic reaction. As it turns out, after I was referred to a local specialist, it was my first indication that my triglycerides were skyrocketing and that I was beginning the path to insulin resistance. I was not there yet, but if I continued my diet as it was I would develop diabetes over the next ten to twenty years or so. Needless to say, that is unacceptable. I started off just cutting out the processed grains and refined sugars and all processed foods in general (no box dinners, etc). That allowed me to lose all of the water weight in my legs and more besides. When my most recent blood tests came in, we realized it was not enough and I would have to cut out grains completely. I am still coming to grips with it. It has only been two weeks eating this way and I have already lost 17 pounds- probably mostly water weight.

    Favorite Exercise: Zumba

    Favorite Primal Food: As of right now I pretty much hate it all. Still getting used to it. Although, because I am pretty sure I went through withdrawl symptoms or something very much like it just getting off of grains I am determined to stick it out. I don't want to be addicted to anything.

    Best Part About Being Primal: I can eat a lot less and be fuller longer. I am only eating on average about 1000 calories a day, I think I figured out, and I don't really ever feel hungry. When I do, I eat.

    Worst Part About Being Primal: Every kind of food I love has been ripped from my life. I dream about cereal. It's a problem. But like I said, I am determined to make it a lifestyle and I love this website- it's the only thing keeping me going right now. The other thing I hate is how gosh darn expensive everything is- we were barely getting by before and this has thrown a major monkey wrench into the finances. But health is tantamount and I refuse to inject myself when I turn 50.
    "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. #5634
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    Oct 2013


    Your location: Australia

    Age (If you want): 47

    How Primal are you: Just starting out, still navigating my way around the site and the concept.

    Do you consume dairy: yes

    Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of being tired, lacking energy, still carrying weight after my second child who just turned six and want to loose it. Found this site whilst looking into IF. Have being doing IF (4 hour eating window) for seven days now and have walked 46 klms this week. Rest day today but will be doing 10 klms per day/6 days per week. Now really want to ensure I eat the right things when I do eat.

    Favorite exercise: Walking. Have not done any exercise since running at school.

    Favorite Primal food: not sure yet

    Best part about being Primal: not sure yet

    Worst part about being Primal:
    Last edited by muddy; 10-13-2013 at 03:56 AM. Reason: spelling

  5. #5635
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    Oct 2013
    Your location: Chicagoland

    Age: 55

    How Primal are you: ~75%

    Do you consume dairy: very little

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink some coffee.

    Motivator for switching to Primal:

    My major motivators are to achieve the fat-burning metabolism and have an anti-inflammatory diet / lifestyle. I actually have difficulty maintaining weight. Perhaps my protein load has been a bit too high coupled with the high caffeine intake. I'm still figuring this out. I've been eating whole foods for a long time, but I've been eating whole grains and abusing caffeine. My diet has been high protein, but I now realize I've been stressing my body with a high amino acid load from energy drinks.

    Favorite exercise: Yoga

    Favorite Primal food: Right now it's mixed greens with berries, peaches, walnuts, fresh pomegranate, and some meat with raspberry vinaigrette.

    Best part about being Primal: It feels so natural.

    Worst part about being Primal: I'm on the go a lot and this takes planning.

  6. #5636
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    Oct 2013

    how primal are you: i eat mostly meat and seafood

    do you consume dairy: milk and cheese yes

    do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

    Motivator to switching to primal: possible health issues

    favorite exercise: chest workout

    favorite primal food: chicken

    best part about being primal: being stong enough to be healthy

    worst part about being primal: can't figure that out yet

  7. #5637
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    Oct 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Hi everyone, I'm very new to Paleo.....good friends of mine have been living the primal life for about four years and are lookin and feeling great!

    I briefly looked into this lifestyle about two years ago but decided the change would be too drastic and leave my children (fussy little turds) starving....well one of them at least!

    After having nearly a year out of work and a miscarriage I woke up one day and realised I've gained nearly 12kgs and I'm not getting any younger. So in the last few weeks i have been researching paleo again and lets be honest who doesnt love the idea of eating bacon everyday!!! So here i am one week in and loving it! To top it off ive already been told my face looks thinner!

    The Questions:

    Your location: Sydney

    Age (If you want): 38

    How Primal are you: I'm doing my utmost to be 100% but perhaps 85%!

    Do you consume dairy: at the moment only in my morning tea

    Do you drink coffee or tea: see above!

    Motivator for switching to Primal: wanting to achieve great health n wellbeing!

    Favorite exercise: umm don't really do any designated exercise at the moment....I teach swimming so I'm in the pool moving around often and I do love swimming!

    Favorite Primal food: Sebatien Noel's butter chicken!

    Best part about being Primal: in one week I'm noticing I am not that hungry and feel better oh and my skin isn't as dry as normal (for me)!

    Worst part about being Primal: too soon yet to know!

  8. #5638
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    Oct 2013
    New Hampshire
    Your location: New Hampshire USA

    Age (If you want): 51

    How Primal are you: Newbie (5 days in)

    Do you consume dairy: no

    Do you drink coffee or tea: tea, hot or cold

    Motivator for switching to Primal: lost 50 lbs on Dukan and hurt hip exercising, regained 35, ugh! Need to get back to feeling great. Dukan just doesn't work for me now, not enough food choices.

    Favorite exercise: walking, running (when I could), hiking

    Favorite Primal food: chicken sausage

    Best part about being Primal: variety

    Worst part about being Primal: none yet

  9. #5639
    Your location: Christchurch, New Zealand

    Age (If you want): 39

    How Primal are you: 9 weeks in

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, love my tea

    Do you drink coffee or tea: See above

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Been pretty much overweight all my life and an rapidly approaching the big 40....

    Favorite exercise: I enjoy running

    Favorite Primal food: Eggs and steak

    Best part about being Primal: Get to eat meat the way it was supposed to be enjoyed......

    Worst part about being Primal: do miss bread..... That's the main one I guess.... Lol

    Hi all have been trying to follow the PB for the last 9 weeks now with certain goals I've put in place....and even though I've had the odd cheat I've met every goal!!

    I've lost 26Lbs!! I feel great. I've just been away on holiday with my gorgeous family for three weeks to florida.... I only lost 1.5 kilos but I actually went on holiday and lost weight!!!

    I've never eaten do many veggies in my life and I have so much more energy!!

    Awesome diet and loving it!!!

    Thanks for all your help on my journey it's much appreciated.....

  10. #5640
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    Oct 2013
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    I have been lurking around at MDA since over a year. Thought I'd give the forums a shot. So here goes...

    Your location: Mumbai, India

    Age (If you want):41

    How Primal are you: Apart from Yogurt and a splash of milk in my tea / coffee, I stick to what Mark has to say.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes. Yogurt & milk (full fat) in tea / coffee

    Do you drink coffee or tea:Both

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I had high blood pressure (was on pills), very high triglycerides, fatty liver, high LDL and total cholestrol, low HLD and I was also over-weight (97.8 kgs end of Aug 2012). Was on the verge of starting Statins and had recently failed at stopping alcohol after 10 days of being sober.

    Favorite exercise: Name says it - Squats. When I started, I did 3 squats and had horrible cramps for 3 days.

    Favorite Primal food: Roasted almond butter

    Best part about being Primal: I can eat all the eggs, meat & fat in the world and since I am a foodie, I have found my love for cooking

    Worst part about being Primal: Got to plan for meals

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