Your location: State College, PA (Penn State)
Age (If you want): "As old as my tongue, and a little bit older than my teeth."
How Primal are you: Moderate, but looking to tighten up. Numerous health challenges to tweak...
Do you consume dairy: Milk, no; other products, yes.
Do you drink coffee or tea: One cup coffee (sometimes) in the morning. More often tea, frequently herbals.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health. I had gone gluten free about a year and a half ago, simply for relief of symptoms. Happy to take unexpected consequences of weight/inch loss & much lower glucose levels! Study lead to Paleo/primal. Now the things that were great aids in losing weight, stabilizing BG (ie: fat & fiber) are the very things causing major distress re: gastroparesis secondary to diabetes.
Favorite exercise: Running in circles & jumping to conclusions. Walking/hiking. Too many foot problems & inflamed joints to be able to push real hard at this point. part of what I'm anticipating to change eventually eating more primally.
Favorite Primal food: Duh, bacon. Ok, any kind of animal fat: duck, crispy roasted pig ears...
Best part about being Primal: Eating in a way the (for the most part) makes be feel so much better
Worst part about being Primal: To quote another intro post: "Talking to Muggles about food." Especially Medical Muggles.
<rant>The so-called experts.</rant>
The family kind of gets that I have special dietary challenges, in that they see the difference in my mental, emotional & physical health when I eat primally or not. Yet even when presented with lab results SHOWING "better numbers" when I tell them how I did it, it's unbelief at best. Better numbers = BG & Food logs, blood panels (BG, A1c, Lipids, BP, etc.) They don't want to believe that I can have such "good cholesterol" for example when eating a pound (or more) of bacon a week. Multiple quarters now, I've demonstrated that following their dietetic advice always results in worse numbers, while eating "that whacked paleo hype" shows otherwise. (OK, OK, really /rant now).
Jeffrey MD Stormer, Diabetes Life Coach
"I am my best health advocate. I do my homework. I take it one step at a time. The point of managing diabetes is not simply to live longer, but to enjoy the trip."