12-14-2013, 09:13 AM
Hello Everyone. The introduction of the primal diet into my life has been the single biggest change to my overall health in years.
I am thrilled to be a part of the community here.
Your location: St. Louis, MO
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: I am closer to 95/5 than I am to 80/20. I still have a few lingering foods from my old diet that I have been reluctant to give up (Greek Yogurt), but am most of the way there.
Do you consume dairy: Yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Daily
Motivator for switching to Primal: I have been trying diets for the last 10 years, looking to get my body weight back down to a healthy level. Nothing has worked, until I tried the Primal diet.
Favorite exercise: I am a runner at heart. I don't do marathons, but run 4-5 times p/week and compete in 5Ks throughout the year.
Favorite Primal food: All seafood.. Salmon Sashimi is my very favorite.
Best part about being Primal: Feeling like I am 10 years younger.
Worst part about being Primal: Missing Chocolate (altho Dark Chocolate holds me over)[/QUOTE]
12-15-2013, 11:03 AM
Your location: Washington, DC area
Age (If you want):26
How Primal are you: about 85%. I eat more sweets and fruit than I'd like, but i'm working on that.
Do you consume dairy: yes, mostly cheese and yogurt. I really want to try the raw stuff though.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both
Motivator for switching to Primal: A desire to 'heal myself' when I finally realized that modern medicine was 'sick care' rather than 'health care'.
Favorite exercise: I've been taking taekwondo for the last 2 years and I love it!
Favorite Primal food: I have to pick just one? A well roasted leg-of-lamb is pretty high up on my 'foods I love' list.
Best part about being Primal: A new feeling of control over my health.. which was rapidly deteriorating because of my prior diet and lifestyle.
Worst part about being Primal: I miss beer, more than any other grainy, gluten-y thing... I really miss going to the pub and sampling seasonal craft brews and having a pint here and there.
12-15-2013, 10:51 PM
Hi, it's nice to be here. I've read all the success stories and been blown away with how well those people have done. One day my story will be there too. Here's my details:
Your location: Wellington, New Zealand
Age (If you want): 61
How Primal are you: Just starting this week, and aiming for 90% to begin.
Do you consume dairy: a little milk, cream, butter, pro-biotic yoghurt if having a smoothie
Do you drink coffee or tea: No. Do herbal tea if I'm out
Motivator for switching to Primal: High blood pressure, pain, permanently swollen ankles, bad circulation, fat and flabby
Favorite exercise: walking the dogs, kettlebell, swiss ball routine, Zumba
Favorite Primal food: salmon, steak, cream, bacon
Best part about being Primal: losing the pain
Worst part about being Primal: missing out on my favourite Christmas fare (
Been dieting for most of my life. Lots of health issues since going through menopause 13 years ago - time to be serious, instead of half-heartedly trying to go primal. Looking foward to being lean, strong, and pain free.
12-16-2013, 03:53 AM
Your location: Maldives. I'm an Aussie, but am going into my 3rd year living here.
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: Not very, but working on it...It's hard to cut rice totally with it being such a staple here.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, a little milk in my coffee
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, but I have cut down a lot from what I used to drink
Motivator for switching to Primal: Trying to find a healthier way, CW is definitely NOT working for me.
Favorite exercise: Scuba diving, swimming
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: Hmmm, red meat
Worst part about being Primal: It can be difficult finding quality ingredients here, everything is imported, so the quality of fruit and veg is not optimal and it can be difficult to know how beef was raised (and exactly what it is sometimes, maybe buffalo maybe cow...can be a guessing game at times haha). Also, no pork here, and no alcohol unless I visit a resort for a drink or two.
12-17-2013, 01:57 AM
Your location: USA - GA
Age (If you want): 50
How Primal are you: 50%, but expect to up that shortly
Do you consume dairy: Yes - Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and Jarlesburg cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: 1/2 caff and Green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Need to lose weight, and get off the carb addiction
Favorite exercise: Rowing with bands, squats, push ups
Favorite Primal food: Salmon, clams, mussels, steak, and all the vegetables except collard and rutabaga
Best part about being Primal: Regaining my health
Worst part about being Primal: Having to deal with argumentative family who think I'm nuts
12-17-2013, 07:12 AM
My name is Craig, I live in the UK, recently began the primal/paleo lifestyle - possibly more than 3 months ago and I cannot see myself ever returning to the old western diet. At least I hope I don't.
Your location: Southwest England, UK
Age (If you want): 21
How Primal are you: 7/10 for primal-ness, I eat largely paleo LC, but still snack occasionally and I smoke. Haven't touched a soft drink in about 4 months and never plan to again apart from festive celebrations etc.
Do you consume dairy: Minimal amounts, milk in tea and coffee maybe once a day, but I do like cheese once a day (30g).
Do you drink coffee or tea: Bulletproof every day (I swear by this) and maybe 1 or 2 ordinary tea/coffees. Slowly lowering the amount of sugar, usually less than a teaspoon now.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Anxiety, depression, being a fat mess and wanting to get in shape. I also have a rather ambitious business plan but I need to practice before I can start preaching. Hopefully, with enough practice, I won't have to preach at all.
Favorite exercise: Full body, weight work out, followed closely by walking/skiing/snowboarding/cycling in nature
Favorite Primal food: SALAD by far. Nothing better than a bowl of leafy greens bright colours and balsamic vinegar!
Best part about being Primal: Energy, clear mind and skin, lean muscle and my mood (when it isn't low)
Worst part about being Primal: Convenience doesn't exist for this lifestyle where I live.
12-17-2013, 11:17 AM
Hi, I'm Cyn and SO glad to have found a lifestyle plan I have faith in. I've only had weight issues after each pregnancy (7 of them) and struggled to lose 30-50 lbs each time. I can lose about 15 lbs now, but I'm more interested in the feeling great & health aspect and the looking good is a great plus!
Your location: Hudson Valley, NY, USA
Age (If you want): 49
How Primal are you: Just finishing the first book now. I cut out sugar and grains immediately last week, though I'm still eating ice cream (1-2 cups) a week. CAN I eat ice cream?
Do you consume dairy: (gulp) Ice cream and butter.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: Manage anxiety (which can be crippling for me at times), menopause symptoms & overall health. A benign lump in my breast a few weeks ago motivated me to change my entire lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: Yoga!!
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: I feel better already. I haven't been doing it long enough to know the best part. Aren't they all great benefits though?!?! :-)
Worst part about being Primal: Giving up sugar
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and very happy to have found all you happy, healthy inspirational people! - Cyn
12-18-2013, 08:30 AM
Hi, I am part of the "over-the-hill" gang! The toughest part will be changing habits of many years. I am working for a 911 service, our days are 24hrs long, but with 3 days off in between.
Your Location: Houston, TX
How Primal are you: Just starting out, in service days could be challenging.
Do you consume dairy?: milk no, have been known to attack ice cream
Do you drink coffee or tea?: Have cut out coffee some time ago, drink decaf tea when I can find it, drink a lot of herbal teas.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Heart attack and two stents about two years ago, a personality change, and a very good friend.
Favorite exercise: Riding on my "patrol" bike.
Favorite Primal food: Chopped steak (easier on the "store boughts")
Best part of being Primal: Just starting out, waiting on new "data"
Worst part of being Primal: No more goodies, particularly around the holidays.
Happy Holidays to all!
12-19-2013, 10:04 AM
I've been eating primally for about a year now. Like many, I came across MDA searching for a fix to a chronic condition that appeared about 4 years ago. Giving up grain based food, cold-turkey, was easier than expected, and the incentives of increased energy and elevated mood, were more than worth the sacrifice. Within the first 3 months, I shed around 35 pounds, and my body seems to be happy at its current weight. Now, I'm focusing on regaining all the muscle supposedly lost after age 30.
Your location: AZ, USA
Age (If you want): 61
How Primal are you: Most of the time on target, but if there are sweets or alcohol in the house, I'll often cave.
Do you consume dairy: Increasingly less and less. Working on transitioning from butter to ghee and off cheese, but it's a struggle.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Love half-caff Primal Egg Coffee. Add a splash of coconut milk, a teaspoon of ghee, and a dash of 100% cocoa powder and there's a reason to get up in the morning.
Motivator for switching to Primal: While the skin-condition I originally sought to relieve still exists (but under control) the primal life-style addressed so many other issues, physical and mental, that I can't think of a reason to pass on it.
Favorite exercise: Still a gym rat, and anything that burns up energy, not necessarily calories. All of it play, including hiking, biking, kayaking, and golf. (My fantasy is to follow the inspiration of Stimson Bullitt, who began climbing at 50 - so what if he had 10 years on me - and continued until he was 87! He died at 89.)
Favorite Primal food: Meat, fat, 100% cacao, and any combination of the three. Yum!
Best part about being Primal: Energy, and an expanded choice of rich foods, heretofore considered indulgent.
Worst part about being Primal: Watching those I love still under the thrall of Conventional Wisdom, and a Pritikin Diet mind set.
12-19-2013, 10:25 AM
Your location: Dubai
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: 60%
Do you consume dairy: rarely
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee x 4 a day
Motivator for switching to Primal: children's allergies and weight loss
Favorite exercise: running
Favorite Primal food: hmm tough one, prawns
Best part about being Primal: lots of meat and fats
Worst part about being Primal: difficulty in applying it everyday life like school lunch boxes and grabbing quick primal food on the go that my kids will eat
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