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Hey everybody, my name's Conner. I'm 22 and just starting out with the primal lifestyle. It's an interesting concept that for months I've been wanting to explore. I think I've always had the mannerisms of a primal, but today was my first official day going what I hope is pure Grok. I've got questions about that... but I'll leave that to another thread... Anyways, I've never been a big dairy or coffee drinker, and today I found out that unsweetened tea is actually pretty good.
I decided to switch to the primal lifestyle after seeing an acquaintance of mine go from being an ok shape kind of guy to lean, and energized. Plus the awesome food porn he posted on facebook looked pretty good. Really though it just seemed like the right fit for me, and my motivation isn't looks but gaining a lifestyle that suits me as well as being healthy. I'm a long term survivor of childhood leukemia, you'll read that and say 'aww' or 'awesome!', but wait- I've also been a smoker the last 5 years, now its 'dumbass' or 'really?', I've seen my fathers side of the family all become diagnosed with diabetes, grandfathers who had diabetes, and one of the most recent, pressing tragedies has compelled me to not sit around and wait to change; the death of my dear Aunt at the young age of 52. She had diabetes, weight and stress trouble.
All of the issues I see my family experiencing, the source appears to be on a plate. Nobody ever really balloons weight wise, but even my 230 pound uncle still struggles to keep weight down and diabetes under control.
I'm only 200 pounds, and I do carry my weight well, at 6ft tall, I'm pretty lean looking besides my belly and legs. But on top of my previous medical conditions, my bad habits, I've also had what some doctors call Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although there has been no official evidence based reason for that diagnoses, long story, and I've managed to somehow evade the damaging affects of such a disease (hence the mystery behind the inflammation).
So I've resolved to make a lifestyle change. I'll be going to the doctor Wednesday for a full physical. I'm doing this so that I have something to compare to a year from now. On top of that I'm going to explore the options available to be better prepared to quit smoking. I went out shopping today, stocked up on at least the basics, until I really learn the ins and outs of the paleo diet.
I hope with a little support not just from my family and friends, but all of you here, who are trying, succeeding, or just curious, that I will have tools necessary to be able to really go primal!
I'll be going to the doctor Wednesday for a full physical. I'm doing this so that I have something to compare to a year from now. On top of that I'm going to explore the options available to be better prepared to quit smoking.
Welcome Conner. I hope primal goes great for you.
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