11-18-2013, 06:36 AM
I have been running Primal for about three years now (Late 2010 / Early 2011) with varying degrees of "hardcorness" but recently, since a friends wedding about three months ago, I have been appaling and want to get back into it. As I am struggling I thought I would start fresh hence this...
Your location: Unted Kingdom
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: 85-95% normally, a shamefull 40-55% at this moment.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, real butter - full milk with Kefir and occasion some cheese with an om'let!
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, decaff though.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Realising that my depression wasn't a load of old horsesh#t related to modern living but was actually a chemical deficiency that I needed to redress in order to function correctly.
Favorite exercise: Three really, walking (away from civilisation!), climbing trees and hitting things with a sledgehammer.
Favorite Primal food: Eggs, Onions, Steak and brussel sprouts - not always together but sometimes.
Best part about being Primal: I am master of my depression not the other way round anymore, great community and it just makes sense.
Worst part about being Primal: Hard to keep it up with so many parties all the time - rightly or wrongly I love alcohol - so many varieties and flavours and it tickles too! Seriously though - My wife and I have three different "good friend" bases and theres always something going on in one of them and nearly always occasion to drink at the weekend.
Last edited by PrimalJasper; 11-18-2013 at 06:45 AM.
Reason: I didn't make the Dairy question <b>bold</b>!
11-18-2013, 09:26 AM
Hi AussieDave! Sounds like you’ve done your homework – how has your success been on your 50/30/20 diet?
Mutton – great to hear you’re getting some benefits already. I agree that margarine and wholegrain anything were never that tasty to begin with…
Hi Finra, so sorry to hear about your ex-boyfriend. I hope he’s found and returns home safely! Good work keeping motivated and working towards a diet that works for you!
Hi PrimalJasper – glad to hear you’re able to take control of your depression. It seems like many aspects of the PB are known to help with mood, and I’ve definitely noticed a positive impact on mood myself!
11-22-2013, 04:50 PM
Your location: Topanga, CA
Age (If you want): 59
How Primal are you: totally
Do you consume dairy: a little
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: originally, to fix my SIBO
Favorite exercise: lifting heavy things
Favorite Primal food: impossible to select one favorite, but bacon, grass fed ribeye, and my morning coffee with KerryGold and MCTs are at the top of the list
Best part about being Primal: feeling amazingly good, as if someone flipped on the "On" switch
Worst part about being Primal: Having all this information and being unable to help some of the people I care most about, because they are not receptive, for various reasons. It can be very, very difficult. And painful and worrisome. I have been able to help LOTS of people, but not everyone, and the ones who are in real danger and haven't yet "seen the light" threaten my otherwise fantastic, Primal sleep.
11-25-2013, 07:04 PM
Name : Kathy
Your location: Australia
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: 75%
Do you consume dairy: yes every now and then
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee yes
Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to live a healthy life.. and live longer I guess
Favorite exercise: I work out at home; runnning
Favorite Primal food: chicken and steaks
Best part about being Primal: Losing weight
Worst part about being Primal: Can't eat the sweet treats I have gotten used to before going paleo
11-26-2013, 09:04 PM
Great to see so many other Aussies on here. Also Lei Ho Ma and Kiaora to Finra Can't forget our neighbours across the ditch
I've been on the forums and commenting on Mark's Blog for a while now. I'm 30 years of age, and have been primal for a year. I consider myself "a little over halfway" in terms of my overall body transformation.
After years of playing Rugby, then going cold turkey on physical activity when injuries piled up, stuck in the office for crazy hours and eating junk because of the time defecit, my physique has gone through multiple transformations before now. At 5'10, I've gone from being a powerful, if chubby, 110 kgs (240 lbs), to a nerve damaged, catabolic cripple with a busted meniscus and several torn ligaments at 92 kgs (202 lbs), back up to a fat, useless, sluggish 120+ kgs (265 lbs) and have now reverted to what I consider my fighting weight, 102 kgs (225 lbs).
The raw numbers in my story don't come close to describing the physical transformation, as I'm sure it's true for many of you. I've dropped 40 lbs net while consistently gaining muscle. Overall, it would be a safe bet to say I've probably dropped closer to the region of 60-70 lbs net bodyfat given the lean mass I've put back on. I'm stonger in many ways now than before I was injured, have more energy, more stable moods and have not had any recurring bouts of depression that I've struggled with since my teens.
I'm still a work in progress and am nowhere near done yet I don't care what numbers come up on the scale, but dropping eight pants sizes has only been a good start. Benching 5 reps at my own bodyweight would have been unthinkable only months ago, but now I want to push to that next tier, and I'm loving every second of it
Your location: Sydney, Australia
How Primal are you: 90/10 most weeks, 80/20 at times. Macronutrient ratios vary according to my mood and training schedule, but a typical week is 50% Fat, 20% Carbs, 30% Protein
Do you consume dairy: Selectively. I hate drinking milk and eating highly processed cheese. I love my dark chocolate, white cheeses (particularly feta, good quality fiore di latte, haloumi and ricotta) and use ice cream or greek yoghurt as an occasional treat.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I like my coffee like my women; hot, dark and bitter.... and often
Motivator for switching to Primal: Got sick of being a fat bastard with no energy and a gigantic arse who was physically useless.
Favorite exercise: Lifting, right now. In the near future, possibly a return to rugby
Favorite Primal food: So many.... but if I had to pick one, a Grass Fed Scotch fillet with a kale and baby spinach salad, eggplant and cherry tomatoes. And a big ol' handful of blueberries. Close second is a sashimi trio (kingfish, salmon and tuna) with a big seaweed and mesclun salad (I totally agree with Mark - real men eat lettuce)
Best part about being Primal: Getting to be a fractal, flaky goofball without six regimented small meals, a stupid volume of chronic cardio or a long list of lifts to perform. And being skinnier and stronger than when I was doing that crap
Worst part about being Primal: Watching friends stuff themselves with pizza and not being able to join in... until I think about the bloating I'd experience
12-02-2013, 03:41 PM
Your location: Atlanta
Age (If you want): 30
How Primal are you: 85% of the time
Do you consume dairy: Yes. Usually cream, butter, and yogurt. Preferably grass-fed and non-homogenized.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee with coconut oil and cream.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Before Primal, I was on a non-Primal ketogenic eating plan for glucose control and to help treat my PCOS. I now realize that the quality of food is just as important as weight loss.
Favorite exercise: Elliptical and weight lifting. Swimming to a degree.
Favorite Primal food: Rare prime rib and sweet potato. Also pastured eggs.
Best part about being Primal: It makes me feel good and satisfied and I'm no longer second-guessing myself on the healthfulness of my diet.
Worst part about being Primal: Expense.
12-04-2013, 07:58 AM
Your location: ENGLAND, West Sussex
Age (If you want): 31
How Primal are you:
Food-wise almost 100% Its just I drink a moderate amount of beer, which I am not prepared to sacrifice. I lose weight whether I drink it or not, but there is a small amount of fat surrounding my abs, which I want to lose.
Do you consume dairy:
I have a little blue-top Milk in my tea in the morning.
Do you drink coffee or tea:
1 cup of Tea in the morning followed by 1/2 squeezed lemon in water.
Motivator for switching to Primal:
Wanted a six pack, but now after reading The 21 Day Total Body Transformation, I wish to stay Primal for health reasons.
2 - 3 hours of Wakeboarding every week (very very intense workout) and Chin Ups
Favorite Primal food:
Rare Sirloin Steak with homemade oven cooked sweet potato chips.
Best part about being Primal:
Cutting out pointless processed snack foods such as Crisps.
Worst part about being Primal:
Having to be a pain in the bum at restaurants.
12-04-2013, 09:30 AM
Your location: Milwaukee WI (hoping to move to TN or NC in 2014)
Age (If you want): 49
How Primal are you: Minimal grains, no wheat (but hope to get back to sour dough bread one day); I'll have to read more about being "primal" to be sure just how primal I am :-)
Do you consume dairy: Only whole fat. Yogurt, butter, ghee, sour cream (sometimes) cheese (only raw right now), and have my first batch of kefir grains growing right now.
Do you drink coffee or tea: When I feel like it.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health problems--digestion is messed up big time especially with constipation and bloating with certain foods, which I had to give up :-( but hope to heal my system and get to the point where I can periodically indulge in bread or a scone.
Favorite exercise: 10 minute trainer--I know it sounds lame, but my heart rate improves with it and I always have time for 10 minutes.
Favorite Primal food: Not sure if honey is primal, but I had a mix of lard and honey the other day; a Chinese remedy to help get things moving in the colon . . . didn't help me, but dang it is delicious!
Best part about being Primal: Just starting, we'll see.
Worst part about being Primal: Too soon to tell. Still learning about it.
12-07-2013, 09:15 AM
Hello fellow Primals ! I am pretty excited to be here and see there's a lot of good-willed people around. My name is Radu and I'm a student. Hope I'll even get some friends
Your location: Romania, Bucharest
Age (If you want): 19
How Primal are you: Just started.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, I can't imagine life without my cheese !
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea addict.
Motivator for switching to Primal: My low energy levels, poor focus and being overweight.
Favorite exercise: Squats.
Favorite Primal food: Steak.
I do hope I'll be a useful member of the community and not upset any of you, thanks for having the patience to read my post
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Worst part about being Primal:
12-07-2013, 01:13 PM
Hi, I'm new to Mark's Apple but not new to healthy, high-protein, chemical free living.
I answer newbie questions below. Meanwhile, how can I learn about ways to deal with after effects of a 2-month stay in South Africa? Grew up in South Africa but lived in US as an adult. During and since going back to SA this summer, I encountered multiple extended bouts of irritable bowel, colds, & rashes. I think this relates to gallbladder but don't see info on a search of the forum or of the website.
Your location: Lincoln, NE
Age (If you want): 52
How Primal are you: new to Primal
Do you consume dairy: raw cheese & occasional Greek yogurt
Do you drink coffee or tea: decaffeinated tea
Favorite exercise: yoga
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