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  1. #571
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Austin, TX
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    Your location: Waterloo, ON

    Age (If you want):

    How Primal are you:
    About 80%

    Do you consume dairy:
    A bit of cream in my coffee every day, the occasional yogurt or slice of cheese. Not much, though. I've always been a little lactose intolerant and being vegan for two years threw it into full-blown OUCH territory (that's my theory, anyway).

    Do you drink coffee or tea:
    Both. Coffee pretty much every morning. Sometimes a shot of espresso before a workout. Lots of herbal and green tea throughout the day.

    Motivator for switching to Primal:
    I'd been reading MDA for a year or so, but was vegan so couldn't go fully primal. Then, when doctors began telling me I had to choose between my tofu or my thyroid, and my grains or my gut, I started re-thinking my priorities. Not only does Primal make sense, but it's pretty perfect for soy-intolerant, gluten-intolerant, dairy-intolerant freaks like me. Also, I'm pretty fit, but I've always had a layer of body fat I couldn't shed, no matter how much/little I worked out, or whether I ate really well or let myself go. Re-setting my setpoint is an attractive concept. I'd like to see physical results of my workouts, not just feel better and stronger. Lastly, the only time I really had success with weight loss was when I did near-zero-carb one summer (I was sort of miserable, but it sure did work), and that's always stuck in my mind.

    Favorite exercise:
    Running, especially in my Vibrams. Alone, not in a group--running is my alone time. But I've cut my running down a lot since going Primal, down from 4 or 5 5-mile runs per week to just a couple 3-ish mile runs, and instead incorporated more HIIT and sprints. This has actually made my runs more enjoyable, as I'm not so obsessive about my miles, pace, or route. I just go where the wind takes me. I also do a lot of yoga; I volunteer at a local Moksha studio in exchange for free classes, so I do a 90-minute hot Moksha series 4-5 times per week. On off days, I work on my "fun" poses at home with a shorter Ashtanga practice. I'm hoping to do Moksha teacher training next spring.

    I should also mention that I've gotten really into lifting recently after trying P90X (I got through the first 3 weeks and couldn't keep up the time commitment, so I've modified it for my own puposes). I love deadlifts! And I can now do approximately 300% more pushups than I ever could. Still can't do a pullup, though. Someday!

    Favorite Primal food:
    MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT MEAT *ahem* sorry, um, that would be meat. (Did I mention I was vegan for two years, and vegetarian for six before that?) Runners-up are eggs (the perfect food, IMO) and coconut (I would live inside a coconut if it were possible).

    Best part about being Primal:
    I feel awesome, I look awesome, I'm no longer obsessed with miles/reps/logging my FitDay/counting calories. My sleep is much better, especially since dabbling in IF. I eat very, very well. I cook all my own food, occasional restaurant trips excepted. Most of all, my eyes have been opened to a whole world of exercise I never thought about before: every rock, stop sign, tree branch, grassy hill, etc. I see now is a potential workout. I feel more connected to the world.

    Worst part about being Primal:
    Watching friends/family scarf down the grains and sugar and then berate me for my bacon--all the while complaining that they don't understand why they're so tired and headachey all the time.

  2. #572
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    Apr 2010
    rural north dakota
    location: inkster north dakota
    age: 43
    how primal am I?: read the book a week ago, haven't had sugar of grains since. need to work on exercising.
    dairy?: not really. maybe cream with berries or coffee, do eat cheese
    coffee or tea?: not a lot. i just tried lipton teabags in the coffee maker. it's convenient.
    motivator for going primal: stumbled on the book from a barefoot running page. Information hits home and makes sense.
    favorite excercise: easy, easy, barefoot running down a dirt road
    favorite primal food: early stages. like steaks
    best part about being primal: KNOWING that it's right
    worst part: haven't gotten there yet.

  3. #573
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Hello all,

    My name is Clay and I am very excited about the Primal Blueprint. I have been using P90X for almost 1.5 years now and have had great results. However, I have not been able to get that "really" lean look that I desire. I am only half way through the Primal Blueprint and now understand more about my body and how I need to eat more than ever before in my life. I played college basketball and would eat like a horse ... all day long and whenever I wanted to. Once I reached the age of 28 I began to see some weight gain for the first time in my life. I was excited, but did not understand what I was in for. About 1.5 years ago, I had reached the sad weight of 230 lbs. (keep in mind my college playing weight was 175 lbs and I am 6'3"). I was very discouraged and needed to do something. So, while eating some ice cream while watching a movie late one night ... I saw a commercial for P90X. It was that moment that I put the ice cream down and decided to do something about my health issue. Long story short, I lost 30 lbs at the conclusion of my first P90X quest. However, I still had some adipose tissue that I wanted to get rid of. I have maintained 200 lbs since the end of that first 90-day session. Once I started reading Mark's book ... I realized very quickly what I had been doing wrong. The other thing is that I am a husband and a father of 5 kids who look up to me. Now, I can begin to shape my entire family's food intake to make sure they never need to lose 30 lbs somewhere down the line. Again, I am excited and look forward to sharing with all of you.

    Your location: Ashburn, VA

    Age (If you want): 39 (Nov/1970)

    How Primal are you: I am going all the way! I want those abs back that I once had.

    Do you consume dairy: A very small amount. 8 oz of skim milk with my morning eggs and banana.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I occasionally drink green tea

    Motivator for switching to Primal: That last layer of adipose tissue that is just hanging out enough to make me want to not sit on the edge of the pool ... if you know what I mean

    Favorite exercise: I love Yoga-X and playing full-court basketball. I will be incorporating some new workouts into my weekly routine once I finish the book and design around my current P90X workout.

    Favorite Primal food: All of it --> Seriously

    Best part about being Primal: I have more energy and the crazy part is the fact that my mood is a lot more even these days. Damn insulin ...

    Worst part about being Primal: Well, I would have to say the worst part about being Primal is also the best part ... I am impatient and want my fat to just go away with one workout. The correct way to become more healthy takes time ... 1 or 2 lbs of fat per week ... I want more, but realize it takes time to burn.


  4. #574
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Richmond, va
    I am almost 1 month in, and i must say: I love this lifestyle. I honestly have not felt better in the last 12 years. I have consistent steady energy levels throughout the day, I am thinner and actually look younger. I honestly see this is my lifestyle from here on out.... I find that i am rarely hungry. I do not feel tired the same way that i used to at 9am, when i would feel like i needed something to eat. Some of my pants went from a little tight, to almost too big in just a few weeks.

    Your location: Richmond, VA
    Age (If you want): 36
    How Primal are you: 90%
    Do you consume dairy: Yes (heaving whipping cream and cheese mostly, i do not drink milk)
    Do you drink coffee or tea: Daily
    Motivator for switching to Primal: Health
    Favorite exercise: Running, Full Court basketball, body weight exercises
    Favorite Primal food: 2 Egg, Sausage & Mushroom omelet, beer-can chicken
    Best part about being Primal: steady energy levels and vibrancy
    Worst part about being Primal: having to see the looks on my family and friend's faces when i decline their standard american - make you fat diet foods....

  5. #575
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    Sep 2009
    Your location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
    Age (If you want): 41
    How Primal are you: 90% (unless I'm on a chocolate binge)
    Do you consume dairy: Lately cream in coffee (used to be black), occasionally cheese
    Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee, but felt better when I only drank tea (thinking of going back to it)
    Motivator for switching to Primal: weight loss. The older I get the harder it is to loose
    Favorite exercise: Crossfit wods mostly. Anything with barbells and chalk
    Favorite Primal food: meatballs made with grassfed beef and almond flour instead of bread crumbs.
    Best part about being Primal: Did a Paleo challenge last summer and felt great! Somehow got lost in old habits and need a restart
    Worst part about being Primal: Knowledge. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. (watching friends and family eating SAD makes me sad)

  6. #576
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Your location: Chicago

    Age (If you want): 29

    How Primal are you: In the past 9 days - 95%, before that, 65-70%. I have not eaten fast food since I was 21, I do not drink soda, beer or juice.

    Do you consume dairy: Goat cheese, cheddar, I like butter too... but stay away from most of it.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: I have an espresso about once every 4-5 months, that is the extent of my caffeine consumption.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Vanity

    Favorite exercise: I'm a crossfit cultist... burpees are the greatest.

    Favorite Primal food: Any filet, medium rare with a giant side of arugula salad.

    Best part about being Primal: Control and forcing me to learn to cook. It is nearly impossible to overeat when being Primal, I have become a more patient eater as eating veggies takes a longer time than wolfing down a sandwich.

    Worst part about being Primal: I am an Italian, that loves Italian food and I live in Chicago...

  7. #577
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    Apr 2010
    VIrginia Beach, VA
    Your location: Virginia

    Age (If you want): 49

    How Primal are you: Still occasionally eat a protein bar - at least while my supply exists. Other than that, consumption is almost pure primal at this point.

    Do you consume dairy: no

    Do you drink coffee or tea: black coffee

    Motivator for switching to Primal: It was on the list of things to try to relieve life long stomach problems.

    Favorite exercise: Incurable mountain biker.

    Favorite Primal food: Bacon and eggs. Used to avoid these.

    Best part about being Primal: No stomach ache, none!

    Worst part about being Primal: Trying to explain to others why I don't want to try some of (insert some nasty sugary confection others like to eat). Some of my friends and family members can be quite persistent.

  8. #578
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    Apr 2010
    Greenborough, Victoria, Australia
    Hello, my name is Veronica (I am imagining how my students would sound saying that). I'm an American ex-pat currently working as an English teacher.

    Your location: Jeju-do South Korea. It's the southern most island in Korea! Sub-tropical, and really lovely.

    Age (If you want): Too young to worry, too old to tell y'all .

    How Primal are you: I'm new to it, my chocolate cravings keep me from being more primal, but other than that I'm pretty good. It's easy to find all the foods I need here versus back in the States.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes, but it's hard to find plain yogurt (everything labeled 'Plain' has artificial sweeteners in it).

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, but not as much as most Americans.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Family history of diabetes and obesity despite 'healthy' diet made me think that maybe something was wrong with 'healthy.' It's been an easy switch, I love vegetables, meat, and fruit, and they're all cheap and easy to come by where I live. Most junk food is actually more expensive here !

    Favorite exercise: Swimming, running, scuba diving, frisbee, kuk sool, footy...I like to move!

    Favorite Primal food: Anything with curry in it !

    Best part about being Primal: Eating meat while all my friends eat 'low cholesterol diets!'

    Worst part about being Primal: Sometimes I really want to eat a whole loaf of bread, it's a good thing the bread here is pretty bad (think sugar on garlic bread).

  9. #579
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    Apr 2010
    Austin, Texas
    Your location: Austin, TX

    Age (If you want):24

    How Primal are you:

    I'd say I get pretty close to 95% usually. I make my own breakfast and lunch in the mornings and take it to work. I cook at home about 4x a week. I love to cook! So, I get to be really primal for the most part. The only times this is called into question is when I'm dining out (non-organic, non-grassfed meat is usually the only option) And, last weekend was my birthday, and my mother made me a carrot cake (she doesnt really understand my food choices, its ok though) and so I had to eat some because she made it for me. But, after being off sugar and wheat, I can tell you, I did not enjoy it! (poor mom...its the thought that counts, right?) Id also say Im a good primal person because I love love love love being active!

    Do you consume dairy:
    I use butter and heavy whipping cream pretty regularly. no milk though.

    Do you drink coffee or tea:
    Both, coffee maybe 3 times a waek (about 4 oz, not a lot at all) And organic green sencha or chamomile at night.

    Motivator for switching to Primal:
    I am committed to achieving the best health possible.

    Favorite exercise:
    running (sorry! I know its "chronic cardio" but I can tell you I dont run far, and I run at a relaxed pace, about 3 times a week) I used to run a lot harder and farther before I went primal if that makes it any better.
    after that, probably soccer.

    Favorite Primal Food:
    OH so many! Steak (the closer to RAW the better---but I'll order it rare to avoid odd looks), all seafood! Im a seafood NUT, and avocados! oh, and 85-90% organic dark chocolate.....yea..its all about the chocolate!!!!

    Best part about being Primal:
    The general sense of well being that comes with knowing you are not poisoning your body, but nourishing it. And, I look forward to my 40s, 50s, 60s because I know I'll be in optimum health!

    Worst part about being Primal:
    Family get-togethers. I like to see my family a lot, and its hard because I'm afraid I am hurting peoples feelings by not eating food they have prepared. Another bad part is no more chips and salsa. my former lover!

  10. #580
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    Apr 2010
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    Your location: Sydney, Australia

    Age (If you want): 20

    How Primal are you: 95% (im a runner, and i know grok didnt run 160km a week)

    Do you consume dairy: No

    Do you drink coffee or tea: No

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to be able to go for a run when im 100

    Favorite exercise: Running/swimming in the ocean

    Favorite Primal food: My morning omelet

    Best part about being Primal: Having a chiseled body

    Worst part about being Primal: having a water when dad and i go for a beer on Friday nights

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