04-22-2010, 06:41 PM
Your location: Newport News, VA
How Primal are you: 90%
Do you consume dairy: Yogurt and cream.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee twice a week, Green Tea the rest of the week.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I was 30 lbs overweight, suffering from "intestinal discomfort," my HDLs were a mess, and frankly I was unhappy with my physical condition. Plus I have a family history of heart disease.
Favorite exercise: Walking with my wife and Sheltie (Doc).
Favorite Primal food: Bacon, eggs, steak
Best part about being Primal: Watching the belly melt away
Worst part about being Primal: Nothing I can figure out.
My story: I retired from the Coast Guard seven years ago, went into teaching and went from 175 to 207 lbs. When I jumped on the scale and saw 207 I had a fit, I am a former long distance runner who enjoyed the fact that I could shed five or ten pounds quickly, but 30+? So I started a "six meal a day" diet and hit the road. A week after I started I read an article on one of my favorite websites. I am one of those serious individualists who read Lew Rockwell. Frankly the article made sense so I ordered Mark's book. As I read the book, it all worked in my mind. I handed it to my beautiful wife, and I asked her if she would be willing to change our lifestyle? She agreed, now let me make it clear, she had no reason to, she is stunning and looks fantastic in a bikini. But she thought it wouldn't hurt to lose a couple pounds and wanted to support me. So the boxes were packed for the food drive and we made some trips to Trader Joe's, Fresh Market, and Harris Teeter. We restocked our pantry and a month later I am down to 188. My loss slowed because I pinched a nerve in my back, but it slowed, it did not reverse. Additionally I feel great. I must admit my Mom is gluten intolerant so I wonder if I am not as well. Anyway my plan is to get down to about 170, but who knows? We have had a lot of great meals, and I am looking forward to my doctor's visit in September. I suppose that is all for now, but hello everyone.
04-22-2010, 07:33 PM
Your location: Georgia USA, but I'm German
Age (If you want): 37
How Primal are you: getting there
Do you consume dairy:butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: coffe, green tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: I read alot about low carb and found this website, it really sounds like this is the way to go. I have no food allergies, am not overweight , but I know this is the right way to eat and not the crap the Food Pyramid says.
Favorite exercise: Step Aerobics , running
Favorite Primal food: eggs cooked in butter
Best part about being Primal: feeling fit ( even so I'm not yet totally primal)
Worst part about being Primal: I admit I actually like fast food, I hope my taste buds will change. But I dont crave it anymore like I used to.I also have 2 kids ( 8,15) and they think I'm nuts, they give me these looks full of horror, they should be happy that I care about thier nutrition.
04-23-2010, 03:09 AM
Location: Currently deployed with the military.
How primal are you: Very. I will have a glass of red wine every once in a while or some 85% dark chocolate. I did have a piece of baklava last night, but it couldn't be helped. I was forced.
Dairy: I use cream in my coffee and eat cheese and butter.
Coffee/Tea: I'm deployed. I almost have an IV drip.
Motivation for switching: I wanted to lose some weight, get back in shape and not look/feel like my age.
Favorite exercise: Running with a rucksack on my back. Followed by lifting weights.
Favorite Primal Food: Meat. with butter.
Best part about being primal: I feel great!
Worst part: None. I brush off the comments about my dietary habits. I do apologize when I rip into my meat with my bare hands though.
I've been eating primally since May 09. Since that time, I've dropped about 45-47 lbs. I'm now at my goal weight of 200 lbs. I'm now simply cutting my bodyfat down and adding some muscle back on. I feel so much better since I've changed my diet for the better.
04-23-2010, 12:16 PM
ok, I'll play too:
Your location: NH, USA
Age (If you want): 47
How Primal are you: mostly
Do you consume dairy: just a splash in my coffee
Do you drink coffee or tea: there is NOTHING in this world worth doing (IMHO) if I can't have my coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: tired of yo-yo dieting
Favorite exercise: whew....tough one. I like 'em all. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, swimming, biking...
Favorite Primal food: the chicken my husband cooks. slow roasted on the grill with spices tucked up and under the skin.
Best part about being Primal: the amazing amount of energy I have
Worst part about being Primal: pretty sure there isn't one
04-23-2010, 12:55 PM
Your location: Olympia, WA
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: That's a loaded question! I just started about 3 weeks ago. I vacillated from a very liberal and iffy Zone diet with a little Paleo thrown in. I threw that out the window and decided to get off the fence and commit. I'd say that I'm striving for 100% Paleo now. My Primal nature is slowly emerging as I'm visiting this site nearly every day, revamping my mindset on life and health. I have to say, I've become somewhat of a paleo-zealot to my circle of friends. I've already begun my hunt for VFF's and am trying to play outside more. My biggest change has been my diet and the introduction of IF. So, how primal? I'm finding out everyday!
Do you consume dairy: Whipped Cream, Butter, and Cheese. I try to keep the cheese moderately low. I don't drink milk, but coffee creamer will sneak in my cup occasionally.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, depending on mood and time of day.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Waistline and CrossFit. I started off a couple years ago on the Men's Health TNT diet and lost a significant amount of weight. It's fairly similar to a Paleo diet actually, so upon finding out about Paleo, it made total sense physiologically to me. I also work with a lot of diabetics and have a family history. Hyperinsulinemia scares the daylights outta me after seeing the epidemic effects to my patients and seeing the price they pay for their lifestyle/diet choices.
Favorite exercise: CrossFit! Haha, and if I had to narrow it down, I like me some good ol' snatch! Can't get any better than activating every muscle in the body with neuro-pathway activation galore!
Favorite Primal food: That's easy - Bacon! I also have an obsession with spinach.
Best part about being Primal: Confidence. I have confidence in what I'm doing with my body is the BEST for it, inside and out. I have no question about assurance about my welfare and the science behind it. It makes sense. That's what the best part is: Primal is logically sound and makes sense. Mark and this online community have a lot to do with that, it's very encouraging and uplifting.
Worst part about being Primal: Trying to get my wife on board. I gotta live it, before she does, so it's a GOOD challenge. Oh, also, not being able to find any VFF's in my area!
04-23-2010, 03:52 PM
Your location: Seattle, WA
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: 100% (but only started a week ago)
Do you consume dairy: No
Do you drink coffee or tea: No
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health. Bad eating habits. Belly.
Favorite exercise: Playing with kids
Favorite Primal food: Sardines
Best part about being Primal: Energy level
Worst part about being Primal: Meat is expensive
04-23-2010, 07:33 PM
04-24-2010, 07:37 AM
Age: 52 - female
How Primal are you: 80 - 90 % - i have some wine and chocolate now and then
Do you consume dairy: only in the form of cheese
Do you drink coffee or tea: no
Motivator for switching to Primal: weight of 184 (i am only 5'5" tall), glucose high, cholesterol high, triglyerides high, husband has same issues and just had to have a heart cath done ... scared us into it
Favorite exercise: walking, kayaking, swimming
Favorite Primal food: all meats, high glycemic fruits, green beans, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus, red bell peppers, butter
Best part about being Primal: can eat meat, butter and fat ... all my favorite food groups!
Worst part about being Primal: no bread with eggs for breakfast
04-24-2010, 09:37 AM
Age: 25 - Male
How Primal are you: 75% (I'm just getting started, but so far so good)
Do you consume dairy: indeed
Do you drink coffee or tea: both
Motivator for switching to Primal: I used to be in really good shape and now I am in really not good shape... I'm 6'2 and 330 lbs and I would like to drop at least 30. I want to be able to do awesome feats of strength and move quickly again, partially because I dropped out of college after 2 years of playing football and rugby and I would like to go back and finish my degree and use my last 2 years of eligibility to be a ridiculously old defensive tackle.
Favorite exercise: lifting weights, yoga
Favorite Primal food: pork tenderloin, leg of lamb, bacon, asparagus, brussel sprouts, and broccoli
Best part about being Primal: It puts meat in its rightful place and gives me a reason to seek out delicious and well-treated food. The full body, compound movement exercises and sprinting also make a lot of sense to me. Also, I no longer feel so bad that I was never able to do long distance runs.
Worst part about being Primal: lack of snack foods that I can take out of the fridge and eat cold if I'm kind of hungry - also peanut butter sandwiches
04-24-2010, 10:10 AM
Your location: Montreal, Canada
Age (If you want): 40
How Primal are you: Mostly primal but Barley, Rice, Millet and Quinoa are part of my diet.
Do you consume dairy: A bit of cream with my coffee and I consume some cheese.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee, Tea, Yerba Mate
Motivator for switching to Primal: I haven't completly switched. The diet I'm on is similar to the Primal diet (I am halfway through the Primal Blueprint book). I've been following the diet I'm on after reading "Master your metabolism" by Jillian Michaels.
Favorite exercise: Salsa, Argentina Tango, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag.
Favorite Primal food: Dandelion leaves, Bee Pollen, Gojii Berries, (Strawberries, blueberries, black berries), Bok Choy, Green and Red cabbage, Spinach, Celeri, Sweet peppers, Avocado, Whole oranges & limes.
Best part about being Primal: My Energy level is much better.
Worst part about being Primal:
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