10-24-2013, 08:32 AM
Location: Traveling hiatus---in the US right now and staying with some friends in Colorado. I'm headed to England soon to travel about, though.
How Primal are you: Strictly primal if you don't count the few months after I fell off the train. I guess this depends on your definition of primal, though.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, but only raw dairy.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I gave up coffee two weeks ago after more than a decade of use and I couldn't be happier. I drink one or two cups of green tea per day.
Motivator for switching to Primal: After reading Mark's Daily Apple and a few other things online, it just seemed the sensible way to eat. It makes sense to me and clicked better than any way of eating ever has.
Favorite exercise: HIIT---I make up my own workouts sometimes, but generally, I do Crossfit or Zuzka Light's workouts. Or, running up hills, hard labor with heavy tools.
Favorite Primal food: Anything I kill myself. Grass-fed steak is more common, though. It's hard to kill an elk an subsist on it when you're always traveling.
Best part about being Primal: My mind feels sharper and my memory has improved exponentially. Also, I have more energy and maintain a healthy weight effortlessly when I'm eating 100% primal.
Worst part about being Primal: Explaining that processed food is bad to the sheeple and being met with "I've been eating Taco Bell a few times per week for years and I'm not dead!" or "But I'm eating whole-wheat bread and pasta! It's good for me!"
10-24-2013, 08:38 AM
@MightyWindmill: There is that. And the notion that eating for health, not just for pleasure and sustenance, is so alien. I'm not one to go preaching to people how to live their lives or what to eat, when they haven't asked for my opinion. It's not productive and it's disrespecting their right to absolute control over their own lives. But when it comes down to people that are close to you, who you love dearly, it's hard not to ache when they get very sick over and over again, go through treatments and never once even consider that they might at least support their health with a little shift in their diet. :/
10-24-2013, 08:42 AM
I'm always telling myself that I need to see food as fuel, not as a reward or pleasurable thing. I know just what you mean!
Originally Posted by BrainInABody
I don't preach, but when it comes to friends, I'll tell them I eat a strict diet and try to leave it at that. When they poke and prod, buy me food that I can't/don't eat, want to stop for food when we're out and then ask me to explain why I won't eat with them, I do try, though.
I've grown so sick of explaining how I eat and why to people I care for that I just buy them a copy of The Primal Blueprint. If they read it and it clicks, great! If not, oh well.
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10-24-2013, 01:15 PM
Your location: Long Island NY
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: I would say I'm mostly primal.
Do you consume dairy: I do consume dairy but I try to be selective about it. I have yogurt made from grass fed cows and a bit of regular whole milk in my coffee unless I can get grass fed whole milk or hemp milk. Once in a while I will have a salad with goat cheese or maybe Gorgonzola, but that is few and far between.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I have at least 1-2 cups of coffee a day with raw sugar and either hemp milk/grass fed whole milk/regular whole milk.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I had lost about 65lb a few years ago and have since put most of it back on and while looking back at my notes that I kept while loosing the weight initially I realized that I was actually following a primal lifestyle so I wanted to get back to the point that I had felt the best.
Favorite exercise: Dead lifts, no question.
Favorite Primal food: Meat!!! and Bacon...
Best part about being Primal: Not feeling toxic and lethargic.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to find a restaurant that can serve quality meat and vegetables.
I have been reading the site for a few months and thought it was time that i jumped in.
10-24-2013, 02:06 PM
Your location: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Strictly primal
Do you consume dairy: Yes, cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Better health and loss weight
Favorite exercise: Sprint
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: More energy and burn fat. Delicious food too.
Worst part about being Primal: Eat out house.
10-25-2013, 09:33 AM
Your location: Central Florida USA
Age (If you want): 62
How Primal are you: 95%, I try for 100% but am not obsessive
Do you consume dairy: no except per month about 1/4 cup KerryGold grass fed butter, 1/8 cup creamed cheese and 1 lb aged cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: black decaffeinated coffee one cup per day
Motivator for switching to Primal: I am a physiologist, makes pure sense, can't beat the logic or science, and I got results
Favorite exercise: swimming, sailing
Favorite Primal food: bacon
Best part about being Primal: health and sense of well-being
Worst part about being Primal: Less beer, went from 6 Coronas a day to two Bud Select 55s a day
Here is my story. I am a professional physiologist, specialist in carbohydrate metabolism. The more I researched and studied carbs, fats, inflammation triggers, polyphenolics and designed custom diets to manage diseases (using medical foods), the closer and closer I came to realize I was advocating a paleo diet. Adding some logic (and not rejecting ALL foods that were not available 15,000 years ago, but allowing those that fit the concept metabolically) and lifestyle changes brought me to Primal. I am male, was 224 lbs (did not look fat at all though), 6 ft, with triglycerides 321 and TC 322, BP 134/85. I made my own induction phase. For one month I had one egg and 1 cup black coffee for breakfast, a 10 oz bag of leaf salad at lunch, a mixed salad (lettuce, broccolli, cauliflower, carrots) and all the seafood I could eat for dinner. Only drank water. In one month the triglycerides and LDLs were cut in half and within recommended range, BP 117/80, weight 194. From then on I consumed a "normal" Primal diet, probably very close to what Mark Sisson eats, but I do not exercise nearly as much, I consume 1 glass of red wine and 2 Bud 55s a day, and 4 oz aged cheese over the weekends. My numbers have remained the same for months, but I am now down to 190. I feel great and folks tell me I look great.
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10-27-2013, 03:20 PM
Your location: Netherlands
Age (If you want):53
How Primal are you:About 80-90%
Do you consume dairy:yes - I can't find any non dairy alternative to low fat milk in my morning coffee - don't like fatty coffee - and I love yogurt especially Turkish - 10% fat
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes all the time - though I have cut the coffee to 2-3 cup mainly decaf and drink herbal teas the rest of the day
Motivator for switching to Primal: have always been keen on good fresh organic home grown food but cutting grains and pulses seems to work with me too - Having Gone primal I can tell I don't have a gluten allergy but I have always enjoyed a relatively low carb diet (below 100g) and it is much easier without the grains etc.
Favorite exercise: Strength training and walking and hiking (can't decide which is favourite)
Favorite Primal food: Smoked salmon?
Best part about being Primal: feel good, and lose weight in fits and starts especially as i practice 5/2 diet with it
Worst part about being Primal: not wanting to eat he foods I used to enjoy!
10-27-2013, 10:10 PM
Your location: Montana, USA
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: Total newbie.
Do you consume dairy: Some cheese, small amounts of whole milk
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea only, never picked up a taste for coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was injured badly in a car accident, and I'm trying to deal with residual, chronic damage/pain, and finally faced the fact I need to correct my severe bad eating habits that I've been wallowing in since the accident which has piled on the weight consequently exacerbating the initial damage.
Favorite exercise: I haven't tried anything since the accident :-(
Favorite Primal food: Let y'all know in a few weeks
Best part about being Primal: Haven't decided yet.
Worst part about being Primal: So far, nothing :-)
10-28-2013, 01:25 AM
Age (If you want):
How Primal are you:35%
I used have gains and all
Do you drink coffee or tea:
Motivator for switching to Primal:
started out as an experiment, half a year ago, and I found it fantastic, no sugar dip before meals, and no after meal "coma"
Favorite Primal food:
Best part about being Primal:
Makes me feel good
Worst part about being Primal:
10-28-2013, 07:53 AM
2. Age: 53
3. Totally, first I did Whole 30, then on the 21 Challenge
4. Dairy: no
5. Coffee: no. Tea: only herb or cinnamon, ginger or yogi tea
6. motivator and my goals: health and happiness and weight
7. Exercise: dancing, walking, archery
8. Food favorite: ground meat with beets and coconut milk in a stew, But I just love all of the real paleofood
9. Happy, calm, energy, no cravings for sweets, lost weight about 15kg
10. nothing at all!
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