06-24-2010, 01:04 PM
Back Again, with my head on straight
I came here originally in May of 2009. I had been a vegan, then a vegetarian then, a pescetarian. I mistakenly thought that I could follow a PB by eating eggs and fish. Didn't work for me but in January of this year I cast off my blinders and made a deal with myself. Embrace a low-carb lifestyle, and stay away from wheat as much as possible. I have lost 15 pounds in the last six months but I'm not feeling the love. I like the low-carb stuff. It gives me energy, makes my brain work better (no fog). I have less aches and pains. I've been reading the posts here and Mark's Daily Apple blog and I'm encouraged by the successes and positive attitudes. Since I have followed the low-carb diet successfully I want to kick it up a bit, by using IF to get my weight loss going again. I don't care if I only lose a pound or two a week as long as I keep going in the right direction. Someone also posted that it's better to eat three meals a day than to snack between meals. That may have been a part of the slow weight loss. If anyone can recommend a good group to join here, IF or Big weight loss goals? I need to lose about 75 pounds to be where I want to be. PS. Veganism may make some people very thin but it didn't work for me at all. I couldn't budge my weight for a years worth of trying.
06-24-2010, 01:57 PM
hi fellow members
age 27 yrs young
100% primal (i swear!)
motivation seasonal allergies, weight gain during winter
fav exercise playing with my very active girls
fav primal food MEAT any kind of MEAT (and this is from a former vegan)haha
best part the way i look and feel and all they MEAT
worst part the dirty looks from in laws and sometimes hubby (he doesn't believe it will last) but i say WHATEVER;-)
06-24-2010, 02:20 PM
Hi, my name is Rick. Been doing the primal diet for a few weeks and started Crossfit a couple weeks ago. At 5'11' and 300 pounds, I needed not just a diet (which I am always good at), I needed a lifestyle change that was sustainable and logical. This is it. Weight is melting off, I am down close to 20 pounds in the first few weeks - the best part is that I know I can eat like this forever and not be hungry all the time like CW dieting.
I also quit smoking just before starting the diet and have gone almost a month without smoking, after 30 years (last 15 at 2+ packs a day)
I find crossfit to be a nice workout regimen and the coaches there are all paleo/primal eaters, so the support is great.
Other than the occasional cottage cheese, and a little dairy in cooking, I haven't felt much of an urge to cheat either.
Your location: Portland, OR area
Age (If you want): 42
How Primal are you: 95%
Do you consume dairy: very little
Do you drink coffee or tea: cup a day - black
Motivator for switching to Primal: weightloss
Favorite exercise: Crossfit
Favorite Primal food: Chili
Best part about being Primal: weight loss
Worst part about being Primal: All that crap I can't eat like donuts, and cake
06-25-2010, 10:47 AM
@belle12 - first you need to take a look at your macronutrient needs/total calories (0.7 x lean body mass = grams protein, less than 150 grams (more like 50 - 100 gram) of carbs, balance with fat). Keep a food journal for a few weeks to confirm that you are eating what you should be. Determine your total caloric intake and caloric burn (exercise and base) you need to create a caloric deficit.
Originally Posted by belle12
As long as you are keeping your carbs in the 50 - 100gram level the weight will come off, maybe slowly but it will. To speed things up, try Intermittent Fasting.
Check out the Nutrition Message Board and Archives
Good Luck and Grok On
06-25-2010, 03:24 PM
Your location: Yakima, WA
Age (If you want): 35
How Primal are you: Working on it, loving it. I have great energy and feel better. I play a lot of soccer so I have a bit of a struggle finding ways to consume what I need to energize me throughout the game or two.
Do you consume dairy: Mostly just cheese now. Love the cheese with olives and a good red.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, I'll drink coffee in the morning and tea during the day when I feel like it.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Needed a lifestyle change and I have a friend who had great things to say about it. I read up on it and felt it was worth trying.
Favorite exercise: Soccer
Favorite Primal food: Ribeye
Best part about being Primal: Energy and fitness level.
Worst part about being Primal: At times, I miss the flour tortillas!
06-25-2010, 06:59 PM
Your location: Auckland, New Zealand
Age (If you want): 25
How Primal are you: I am getting there although I would be about 80/20 during the week.
Do you consume dairy: Yes, not all the time though I can go all week without eating any
Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink green tea all day and every now and then I treat myself to a good quality coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: My Psoriasis and fat loss were the two main switches. Wheat has been linked to the skin conditions
Favorite exercise: Jump Rope
Favorite Primal food: Eggs
Best part about being Primal: Having energy all day and sleeping well at night
Worst part about being Primal: I do love a good ravioli
06-26-2010, 07:48 PM
Your location: Georgia
Age (If you want): mid 40s
How Primal are you: I am not sure how to answer this
Do you consume dairy: yes, raw milk and cheese, organic yogurt and real butter
Do you drink coffee or tea: rarely
Motivator for switching to Primal: Research
Favorite exercise:sex and dancing
Favorite Primal food: veggies
Best part about being Primal: I don't know
Worst part about being Primal: 2 things: eating meat...I don't know how to cook it, and can't seem to stop gaining weight
06-26-2010, 08:56 PM
Your location: Newville, Pennsylvania (rural but still 45 minutes south of the state capital Harrisburg)
Age (If you want): 30 (Can't wait for 35+)
How Primal are you: New, Hopefully 80% or better...
Do you consume dairy: cream, sour cream, half & half, natural cheeses... rarely yogurt or milk (higher in carbs)
Do you drink coffee or tea: not often, but occasionally and minus any sugar.
Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm very very overweight.
I used to be into eating very naturally from 2002-2005. I went through a divorce and through dating I found myself trying to be more open to other foods for the sake of people I was out with. I forgot about the benefits I experienced while eating as naturally as possible. I started gaining a little weight. Then I met someone, we planned to have a family, he was very into saving money by buying "healthy" tv dinners (as if such a thing exists). We were engaged and pregnant, then he ended the relationship at 20 weeks pregnancy. I moved home with my family and was financially strapped. Wic offered assistance to my nutritional needs and to cope with the emotional issues of losing an important relationship I started carb loading. I didn't realize how much damage I was doing to my body until I had packed on more weight. My daughter, Sophie, is now 14 months old and I'm soooo overweight. I started looking into Atkins and somehow last night, while trying to develop a feasible meal plan to start in July, I stumbled onto the MDA site. I was immediately welcomed with the intelligent explanations that came in such an approachable package. I can't help but admit, I was also sucked in by the photos of Mark's amazing physique. I want to be that healthy when I'm his age. I couldn't stop reading and was up until 2 am on my laptop.
I think one of the draws for me, in addition to the truth that is grokked (stranger in a strange land reference, so applicable here) by my instincts from the Primal Blueprint, was the level of online connectivity and community that exists. Mark Sisson seems so connected with people he helping that he even applies their words in his own online and text based material. What a sense of community and belonging.
I know that eating primal is something I have and can do again. I feel like I'm starting over fresh and while I don't have to prove anything to anyone, the testament of my results will speak volumes of the validity of this lifestyle to my family and friends. I can't wait to be 3 months, 6 months, a year, 10 years down the road and reaping the benefits of this exciting yet old school way of thriving.
Favorite exercise: hiking, urban trekking (just hanging out window shopping in urban areas, consistent and slow movement), slow jogging, yoga, free-weights
Favorite Primal food: Hmm... chicken or rare steak
Best part about being Primal: equally loved ... thriving w/o hunger & the strong community
Worst part about being Primal: judgemental/critical others with a skewed sense of entitlement
CriQue ~ Groking it like it's hot since June 26, 2010
May 26, 2010 241lbs, // Aug 12, 2011 178lbs // Goal 150ish
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie
06-27-2010, 05:19 AM
Your location: MD
Age (If you want): 34
How Primal are you: Just starting out
Do you consume dairy: Some, yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: Both, but more tea than coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, weight loss
Favorite exercise: Elliptical
Favorite Primal food: Steak and chicken
Best part about being Primal: ?? Will get back to this one...
Worst part about being Primal: ?? Will get back to this one...
06-28-2010, 12:40 AM
Your location: (Not so) Great Britain.
Age (If you want): 21
How Primal are you: Have just started, but of my own accord(before I read TPB)stopped eating most foods containing grains since they left me bloated.
Do you consume dairy: Does cottage cheese count? Apart from that, no.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Green and peppermint tea
Motivator for switching to Primal: Was already refraining from eating most grains about 5-6 months before I read TPB, found I had alot more energy and didn't feel so bloated afer meals. Bought a copy of the book and found out why I had so much energy now, so it's not been hard to just chuck out all the grains, sugars and "poisionous" foods that I had grown used to not consuming anyway. Am never going back.
Favorite exercise: Wide arm pullups
Favorite Primal food: Chicken
Best part about being Primal: Limitless energy, more in tune with my body. My abilities in Parkour have increased tenfold.
Worst part about being Primal: There's a worst part? I guess watching my family and friends eat crap is hard to watch, but really all I can do is educate, I can't force them to do this or that.
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