08-15-2010, 04:29 AM
Your location: Cardiff, South Wales, UK
How Primal are you: 99.8% strict, possibly 99.9%, just debatable over which meats I eat and the debate over tinned/canned fish and its salt content. I am extra extra primal in that I don't eat Fruit or nuts either, both have bad effects on my skin.
Do you consume dairy: Not for a few years.
Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink dandelion tea (liver) , and peppermint tea, just to wind down of an evening.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Acne. Sufferer of 17 years. Not any more.
Favourite exercise: Walking, running, jumping. I don't drive so walk everywhere, live in the city centre and couldn't park if I had a car lol
Favourite Primal food: Definitely my after work snack, big bowl of steamed Broccoli and Kippers.
Best part about being Primal: Clear skin after 17 years of hating the mirror, also like the buzz of finding my favourite veggies are discounted in price most days, cause of sell by dates.
Worst part about being Primal: Bank holidays. There's only a limited number of shops open on bank hols, so have to stock up on more food than can carry the day before. Also, the smell of my room after cooking cauliflower, tastes nice though...
08-15-2010, 05:59 AM
Hello everyone, I'm Agatha and this is my 1st post here. I just discovered about the primal blueprint and want to start asap! I have zero experience on this and have so many questions, but I can't wait to start feeling healthy, less pounds and more energy!!!
Your location: close to Toronto, Canada
Age (If you want): 38
How Primal are you: right now, zero... I'm cleaning my pantry today and will buy some supplies later this afternoon, so I can start it.
Do you consume dairy: yes. Not really milk which I don't like that much, but I loveee cheese! :-(
Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea, lots of it! Is that bad?
Motivator for switching to Primal: I need to lose weight, around 30 pounds would be perfetct. But more than that, I want to get fit! I am very "weak", have no energy at all, when I climb stairs is like I'm going to die. Cannot run even 100m and am always tired. I want to change that!
Favorite exercise: swimming. But I'm very lazy in general, and I think it's related to the fact that I have no energy so even the most light thing tires me endessly. Can I change that at my age?
Favorite Primal food: I would guess fruits, I like them a lot. Veggies are so-so but I really don't like red meat. I eat and love fish and shrimp, can also eat chicken. Do I HAVE to eat red meat?
Best part about being Primal: I think it will be to have energy to do whatever I want. I would love to exercise everyday, run, swim, play tennis, crossfit, I am so jeaulous of people who exercise and are fit... I want to be like that too!
Worst part about being Primal: I think giving up bread and pizza will be hard. I cook them from scratch and they are really good, but I am 100% OK with not eating them anymore if it means I can get my energy levels up.
08-15-2010, 08:14 AM
I like the questions. It keeps the rambling wordiness down to a consumable level.
Your location: Orange County, California
Age (If you want): 51
How Primal are you: Just beginning.
Do you consume dairy: Mostly not. I used to think cheese was its own food group.
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yeah, yeah. Addicted to Caffeine.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, weight loss.
Favorite exercise: Exercise? What's that?
Favorite Primal food: Veggies!
Best part about being Primal: Feeling really good.
Worst part about being Primal: Fats -- I had a gastric bypass and fats can make me feel really bad.
08-15-2010, 12:00 PM
Location: Newburgh, NY
How Primal?: As much as possible: 90+ %
Dairy?: Yes, for now. I've cut back, and will be cutting out shortly
Coffee/Tea: Yes and yes. Again, I've cut back. I can drink coffee black, but I've been using cream.
Motivator: I developed Sebhorreic Dermatitis in my beard area on my face.
Favorite Exercise: Pushups, pullups. But I haven't ventured into PB fitness, as I just started Stronglifts 5x5 with a buddy who's gone primal as well.
Primal Food: Any and all
Best part about primal: Feeling good
Worst part: No bread. I loved bread.
08-15-2010, 01:49 PM
Location: varies...full time RVer
How Primal are You: 80%...diet adjusting for more veggies...no bread no problem.
Do you consume dairy: A qualified yes...heavy cream, youhurt, cream cheese.
Coffee or tea: Average 1 cup a day of each; coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.
Motivation for switching to Primal: Needed to get in shape, had enjoyed Atkins diet years ago.
Favorite exercise: Weights, although real bodybuilders would laugh. A pair of 20 lb. dumbells.
Favorite Primal food: Eggs
Best part of being Primal: Feelint good, being active
Worst part of being Primal: So many Brontosaruses, So little time
08-15-2010, 07:15 PM
Your location: Winnipeg, Canada
How Primal are you: maybe 50%? (Don't really know) Already eat way less refined/processed foods than most people I know, but still have quite a ways to go. Have been making "big-ass salads" for years now and it's my basic lunch at work. Pretty disciplined during the week, but over-indulge in crap on the weekends. No longer use tobacco or alcohol.
Do you consume dairy: yes
Do you drink coffee or tea: yes, unsweetened
Motivator for switching to Primal: to see if it really will improve my health and how I feel; I've already noticed that carbs (grain products) make me bloated and I've always had blood sugar crashes (hypoglycemia) if I'm not careful with my diet.
Last October, I started tracking my diet, reducing junk food and working out more consistently, lost about 15 pounds and feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. (so far) I'd still like to increase my muscle mass and firm up a little more than I already have. Was already in the process of going off the antidepressants I'd been on for 3 months, since I realized it wasn't the route I wanted to take to help myself and had been reading too many scary things about them. Used to have problems with mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks and depression but those are mostly gone.
I also have various aches and pains, and more tiredness than I'd like, could be workout and/or age-related and it would be a bonus to be able to at least reduce those. I've had an interest in nutrition and healthy eating most of my life (in spite of my vices) and this primal lifestyle goes against much of what I've learned over the years. In spite of that, the arguments for it are convincing and make a lot of sense to me and I find it both fascinating and very intriguing. I really would like to see where this will take me.
Favorite exercise: lifting heavy things, long walks and bike rides
Favorite Primal food: grilled/roasted vegetables and meats
Best part about being Primal: can stop restricting saturated fats and even portion sizes, relax my regimented eating schedule, and stop feeling guilty when I miss a workout. Maybe even learn to have more fun!
Worst part about being Primal: I tend to be "the last one in" type of person, so I don't know yet, since I plan to go into this gradually.
08-15-2010, 09:59 PM
Your location: Chicago
Age (If you want): 28
How Primal are you: Maybe 60% right now, but I'm just starting.
Do you consume dairy: Yes. I don't think I'll be able to (or want to) completely give up cheese or greek yogurt.
Do you drink coffee or tea: No.
Motivator for switching to Primal: Very recently diagnosed with Celiac, and the primal diet aligns perfectly with the Celiac diet. I'd like to regain the health and energy I used to have, so I can once again enjoy a more active and social lifestyle.
Favorite exercise: Weightlifting.
Favorite Primal food: Steak!
Best part about being Primal: It will hopefully make me feel good!
Worst part about being Primal: Maintaining the diet in social situations, and especially not getting tempted by beer (now off-limits completely), pizza (also off-limits completely), chocolate, processed meats, and ice cream (all of which can be hard to avoid here in Chicago).
08-16-2010, 01:42 AM
27 yrs old
Mostly primal. Since my wife cooks the meals (and I haven't completely converted her yet), I still get a few non-primal meals each week.
I don't drink milk, but cottage cheese, cream cheese, and block cheese are regular snacks.
I drink both coffee (straight black) and tea...probably 2:1 in favor of coffee
The book really struck a chord with me...it's hard to describe.
My favorite exercise is playing with my 3yr old outside in the grass. I also love the PB LHT routine.
Favorite food is a toss up between venison, eggs, and avocados.
Best part - I feel so good day to day. I am also shedding body fat pretty effortlessly.
Worst part - How deep in CW our society is,,,,it's sad
08-16-2010, 09:13 AM
Your location: Various around Canada, I'm a student and I move often for work terms
Age (If you want): 20
How Primal are you: Maybe 90%, I don't eat grains or any processed food, but I don't generally buy organic because of the cost. I can barely afford my diet now as a student.
Do you consume dairy: no
Do you drink coffee or tea: black coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: It happened by accident before I even knew what primal was. My personal trainer gave me a weight-loss nutrition program that is essentially primal.
Favorite exercise: Declined pushups. As I'm becoming able to do pull ups I also like them.
Favorite Primal food: Steak
Best part about being Primal: The food is delicious and nutritious
Worst part about being Primal: Pressure from other people, limited choices and custom orders when eating out.
08-16-2010, 04:12 PM
Your location: Minnesota
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: Pretty much completely except for the occasional glass of wine/dark chocolate and coffee/tea.
Do you consume dairy: No, lactose intollerant
Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both
Motivator for switching to Primal: Hoping to change my body compostion/become leaner. I've had success maintaining healthy weight through CW, but not much success with body fat vs muscle percentages.
Favorite exercise: Depends on the day!
Favorite Primal food: Almonds or eggs
Best part about being Primal: No more sugar/carb cravings!
Worst part about being Primal:
Negative reactions from family/friends.
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