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  1. #5681
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
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    Your location: Oklahoma

    Age (If you want): 36

    How Primal are you: 80%-ish, hoping to be 95%+ by 1/1/2014

    Do you consume dairy: Heck yes. (not to make you too jealous, but we have a raw milk dairy just outside town. picked up some cheese curds yesterday...)

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Both

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Health and weight loss

    Favorite exercise: Spin Class! (don't wag your finger and invoke chronic Cardio at me--she's big on intervals and I typically use it as a sprint workout)

    Favorite Primal food: Bacon, Cheese, seafood, bacon, a good steak, chicken, bacon, guacamole, sausage, fresh tomatoes, and bacon. Also Bacon.

    Best part about being Primal: I have more mental and physical energy than i ever thought humanly possible.

    Worst part about being Primal: staring at the bowl of corn chips at the local mexican joint after ordering a nice well-behaved plate of fajitas (hold the starches) and willing them not to go into my mouth (I usually fail, but have learned to limit the damage).

  2. #5682
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    Oct 2013
    Hi all, I've been thinking about switching to a Paleo/Primal diet for a while and finally decided to take the plunge. Hopefully interacting with the forum will keep me on track :P

    Name: Rob

    Your location: Cardiff, Wales

    Age (If you want): 23

    How Primal are you: Just beginning my transition, but hoping to be fully primal if all goes to plan

    Do you consume dairy: At this moment yes. As a test to see if there are any benefits I would consider dropping this out of my diet in the future though

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee (many, many cups )

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Years of poor diet, I lost a lot of weight a few years ago but have been in a spiral of dieting since. Reading this website has shown me how wide of the mark dieting advice is and I'd like to sort myself out...I loathe calorie counting also

    Favorite exercise: Running, usually on a treadmill as it rains a lot here. Biking/Motorcycling, full body workout and it's a lot of fun

    Favorite Primal food: Tomatoes, Peppers and Onions seem to be in everything I make, I also love strawberry and blueberry smoothies.

    Best part about being Primal: Potential limitless I guess, health benifits, end of dieting cycle, no more binge eating. I hear a lot about clarity of thought which would be fantastic as I always feel foggy.

    Worst part about being Primal: My own lack of creativity, I'm not the best cook and I have to learn to use ingredients I've never used before. Don't shout at me but I'm a vegetarian at the moment and eating meat (without feeling bad) will be something I will have to re-learn

  3. #5683
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    Oct 2013
    Central Illinois
    Hi everybody! Been reading along here for a couple of months, figure it's time to dive in.

    Your location: Central Illinois

    Age: 36

    How Primal are you: About 85-90%

    Do you consume dairy: Yes

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: A natural gravitation to eating real foods and less carbs made me start searching for something new, and I came across MDA. I'd like to lose some weight (20-25 pounds), but more importantly, I just want to be healthier, have more energy, etc.

    Favorite exercise: Hiking! I just love being outdoors.

    Favorite Primal food: Steak. (Mmmm, steak.)

    Best part about being Primal: I have energy!

    Worst part about being Primal: Dealing with other people who don't get it, who insist on telling me how unhealthy it is, because "you have to eat grains!"

  4. #5684
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    Nov 2012
    Hi - long-time lurker, newbie poster. I've been reading and watching and getting my cravings under control. I followed PB to the letter about three years ago, lost the excess fat, and then when I had a dessert at a family gathering, I turned back into a sugar-devouring SAD monster again.

    Now it's 2013, and I still have PCOS, am insulin-resistant, take drugs daily for migraines, and hit my Eek!-weight in June. I started eating more Primal again over the summer, cut out grains again, and lost 10 pounds. I've been following the PaleoPlan 21-Day Paleo Cleanse for the last couple weeks, and feel fantastic. I'm starting to worry about what I'm going to eat when the Cleanse is over (very strict Paleo) and I need some support. My goal is to kick the Metformin and get back into the "healthy" range on the weight charts.

    Your location: Michigan

    Age (If you want): 39

    How Primal are you: strict Paleo (no dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades...for now)

    Do you consume dairy: no (for now)

    Do you drink coffee or tea: one cup of green tea/day

    Motivator for switching to Primal: expand food options, and lose weight

    Favorite exercise: walking

    Favorite Primal food: bacon

    Best part about being Primal: feel better

    Worst part about being Primal: explaining to other ppl why I don't eat things with them (esp. family!)

  5. #5685
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    Sep 2013
    Denver, CO
    Your location: Colorado, USA

    Age: 25

    How Primal are you?: Unfortunately, about 50/50

    Do you consume dairy?: Sure do!

    Do you drink coffee or tea?: Both

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm a stressed out graduate student and I've recently lost both of my parents to cancer... like within the last 9 months. I've adopted very poor habits, have stopped exercising, and have gained weight. I feel sick, tired, and frankly, very gross.

    Favorite form of exercise: Hiking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and good ol' strength training

    Favorite Primal Food: MEAT

    Best part about being Primal: I haven't taken the official, dedicated plunge yet so I can't really say. But I know I will be feeling better soon.

    Worst part about being Primal: Explaining to others why BREAD IS REALLY BAD FOR YOU.
    Last edited by iknwthpcsft; 11-06-2013 at 01:31 PM. Reason: Forgot half the questions.

  6. #5686
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    Sep 2013
    Your location: The South, US

    Age: Mid 40's

    How Primal are you? Depends - Sometimes 80/20 - Most of the time 90/10 or 100%

    Do you consume dairy? Yes - Whipping cream in my coffee and an occasional glass of organic low-fat milk when I crave it

    Do you drink coffee or tea? Coffee - Would drink tea if I enjoyed it sweetened with Stevia

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Bloating from grains - would like to get to my ideal weight before menopause

    Favorite form of exercise: Treadmill

    Favorite Primal Food: Bacon

    Best part about being Primal: No more heartburn or bad dreams, hours more sleep at night, positive changes in my body's appearance

    Worst part about being Primal: Eating away from home -- restaurants don't have 100% primal options, no more southern peas and butterbeans or organic sourdough bread sandwiches
    Paleo Diet: 8-25-13 Wt: 185 BF% 27
    Primal Diet (Lower Fat/Carb): 9-27, Wt: 176.4
    Potato Hack Diet (Rotation): 11-12, Wt: 171.2
    Primal Diet (LF/C): 1-23-14, Wt: 159.6
    1-30-2014 - 157 (lowest weight since 2004)
    GAPS/SCD 12-29-2014
    CW: 164 GW: 130-135 CBF%: 24.38
    49 - 5'7.5"
    Macros (PFC) 30/40/30

  7. #5687
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    I'm loggewd in as AussieDave. I've been a fitness finatic and google researcher for years. In my early thirties I obtained the ability to put on fat despite lots of exercise. After a few years of trialing differents methods to combat the fat, I stumbled on some information about diets incouraging natural release of human growth hormone. From there I've stumbled onto mountains of information which pull apart the carbs based diet, I've live on my whole life.

    Your location: I live in Biloela, a small town in Central Queensland, Australia

    How Primal are you: My diet has changed based on recent research and isn't specifically primal. My diets consists of 50% fat, 30% carbs and 20% protein.

    Do you consume dairy: No diary at all.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: No cafeinated or sugered drinks.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: 20 years of conventional training and getting fat.

    Favorite exercise: Cycling

    Favorite Primal food: Home masterchef, hundreds of favourite meals.

    Best part about being Primal: Huge dinner meals and inpenetrable immune system

    Worst part about being Primal: Suffering on the bike while waiting for fat adaptation

  8. #5688
    Join Date
    May 2013
    I should have done this a while ago! My name is actually Matt; from Australia.

    I've been struggling through a few helath problems, and PB has helped immensly, although I'm not all the way there and have started including more starch, as per PHD.

    Your location: Tasmania

    How Primal are you: Less than I would like to be...

    Do you consume dairy: Very occasional sheep or goats cheese and yoghurt.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea, black.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Personal illness, family friends, research.

    Favorite exercise: hiking, sometimes kayaking.

    Favorite Primal food: There are too many! I'll say lamb cutlets.

    Best part about being Primal: Improved health!
    Also no longer worrying about eating things I supposedly "shouldn't"; like coconut cream and crispy skin, as well things I never liked but thought I should, like margarine and wholegrain toast.

    Worst part about being Primal: Eating at friends places and restaurants (sometimes).
    Last edited by Mutton; 11-14-2013 at 09:56 PM.

  9. #5689
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    Nov 2013
    Hello Everyone!

    My name is Finra (pronounced Fin-rah) and I'm from Hong Kong, living in New Zealand.

    I am 22, and I'm 85 to 90% primal. (I think.)

    I consume dairy in terms of cheese and cream. I substitute cow milk with coconut milk.

    I don't used to drink coffee, but this year I have started drinking coffee. My favourite coffee is Flat White; and if I wanted a blend, it would be Mocha, but then that wouldn't be primal anymore (unless I make my own with cocoa powder?)
    As a Chinese, tea is a general practice; I don't drink it often, but when there's tea served I will drink it.

    My motivator, in terms of getting fit and 'ripped' would be my ex-boyfriend who is MIA in the Mexican Defense Force for the past few months now.

    Then there is a guy called SanosukeX that I've met on Dangerously Hardcore Forums, where I was in my first few weeks to 2 months of the induction phase entering ketosis, and then onto carb backloading. From there I changed to Carb Nite since I don't lift at all. Then I begun to lift after looking into it a bit more and I was told as an endurance athlete I really need those carbs, so sometime here and there I let myself eat a kumara.

    My favourite exercise is apparently, lifting. I love seeing my muscles tense up and form appearing in front of me in the mirror looking all muscular yet still feminine (heck, I at the moment can only lift 20kg to 25kgs!) I also enjoy doing Wing Chun, but I don't really look at Wing Chun as doing an exercise but "working on a painting."

    My favourite primal food would be bacon and eggs cooked in coconut oil. Roasted macadamia nut meringues would come second!

    Best part of being primal is that I can eat more carbs as opposed to being on Carb Nite or in a Ketogenic Diet and eat more good fatty foods!!

    Worst part? hmm.. that'll have to be when I can't cook my own dinner but eat what my brother makes.. and if none is primal, I refuse to eat it!! He usually adds sugar and salt and pre-made sauces into his cooking which I would never ever put in if I was the one cooking. A similar bad side about that is when I eat out I need to be cautious of what I eat and how often I go out to eat. I in general dislike dining out either way as I really enjoy cooking

    I will be writing my journal soon!

    Nice to meet you all~
    Last edited by Finra; 11-15-2013 at 02:20 AM.

  10. #5690
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    Nov 2013
    Washington, DC

    So far, so GREAT!

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    Your location: Washington, DC

    Age (If you want): Early 30’s

    How Primal are you: 90%+

    Do you consume dairy: (real) butter, occasional healthy cheese, cream in my decaf

    Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I’ve encountered/found/learned many of the things Mark suggests over the years, and they have all improved my life some. After reading the Primal Blueprint, I feel like it’s time to tie it all together and be the healthiest, happiest me I can be!

    Favorite exercise: Barbell Deadlift (with turkish getup a close second)

    Favorite Primal food: See my username.

    Best part about being Primal: My health and mood have improved! Also, see my username.

    Worst part about being Primal: Honestly, seeing all the sick people killing themselves and leading sad painful lives, and not being able to help them. For so many people, they simply won’t stop trusting conventional wisdom and doctor’s advice.

    Hi, everyone! Props to all of you who are improving yourselves and setting such fine examples

    I’ve been discovering many of the things Mark recommends over the last several years. My 20’s (from active work to desk job – sound familiar?) were a downward spiral towards being unhealthy and overweight (5’10” 200lbs of not-so-skinny-fat). I had a stint of cardio that I burned out on, then eventually started powerlifting and kettlebell workouts for strength. Fortunately I’ve stuck with that and it’s helped my body composition a lot – but I never did get to a place where I felt and looked ABSOLUTELY GREAT. Sure having more muscle and less fat will make you look and feel better, but I never lost my ‘wheat belly’, general look of softness, or my ever-present fatigue.

    I’ve been on a recent crusade to fix my sleep and energy levels. After getting treated for low thyroid and sleep apnea, then obsessing about how to get good sleep and compensate for my extreme night owl tendencies (while working a early morning day job), I’ve come a long way and enabled myself to do some good things in my life over the last few years.

    I can’t remember what it was that got me more curious about the paleo diet, but I went looking for literature and stumbled across the primal blueprint on Amazon – found my way to his website and downloaded the audiobook, then listened to it at 2x speed and finished it in two days of commuting. It tied so many things together, and jived with my recent reading (and love) of Desmond Morris’s ‘The Human Zoo’, and made SO MUCH SENSE, that I was hooked and did a lot more research and immediately started living as primal as I could.

    Today is day 10 going primal. So far, it's AWESOME:

    - My chronic hayfever/allergy sinus swelling has basically gone (I breathed through BOTH nostrils last night! – Vitamin C megadoses helped but didn’t cure...).

    - My mood has become more confident and calm.

    - I’ve had more success with my methods of controlling my circadian rhythym (orange glasses in the evening, melatonin 5-7 hrs before spontaneous sleep time, sleeping in the dark, dawn simulation, etc..)

    - My bowel function has improved.

    - The bumps I've always had on my upper arms have significantly improved.

    - Intermittent fasting is much easier and more enjoyable.

    I’m a pretty muscular 205 lbs (still 5’10”), and I’m looking forward to losing 10+ lbs and keeping it off – maybe some before/after pics will be coming in a month or two... Either way, 10 days has been enough to convince me that we're all on to something great here

    Thanks to Mark and everyone who’s shared!!
    Randy (I_EAT_COWS)
    Last edited by I_EAT_COWS; 11-15-2013 at 12:00 PM.

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