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  • Your location: Cape Town South Africa

    Age (If you want): 38

    How Primal are you: Aiming for 100% - but only been doing it for a few weeks

    Do you consume dairy: VERY little - some butter and cream every now and then

    Do you drink coffee or tea: black coffee and Rooibos tea

    Motivator for switching to Primal: got PCOS, Hypertensive and wanted to look and feel the best i could as i got older

    Favorite exercise: General gym - like the structure and really like the Powerplate

    Favorite Primal food: Beef tongue with roasted veggies

    Best part about being Primal: feeling normal for the first time in a long time - not feeling sick and tired all the time. Feeling younger and more energetic

    Worst part about being Primal: can be lonely and antisocial ... my family doesnt understand it - it goes completely against what we were raised to believe is good for us ... they still think i need to have some grains so that i can get enough fibre


    • Your location: London, UK

      Age (If you want): 34

      How Primal are you: Body always has been but my mind has only been aware for the last 2 weeks.

      Do you consume dairy: cook with butter, dash of milk in my tea (well I am British!)

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Swapped several lattes with sugar for a couple of cups of tea a day

      Motivator for switching to Primal: History of family health issues and I'll be damned if I'm going to accept that it's inevitable.

      Favorite exercise: Squats, because they're hard and Cardio Tennis for sprints Welcome to the Official Cardio Tennis website - Cardio Tennis is a fun new group exercise program for tennis

      Favorite Primal food: Steak and eggs for breakfast!

      Best part about being Primal: Steak and eggs for breakfast!

      Worst part about being Primal: missing out on Beer and Chips (as in Fish 'n' Chips with salt, vinegar and gravy.) Thank god I've still got my red wine!
      Starting weight: 104.5 kg / 230 lbs (29th July 2011)
      100.5kg / 221 lbs (5th August 2011)
      Currently: 99.2kg / 218.6 lbs (23rd September 2011)

      Twitter: @jon404


      • Tiki,
        I stumbled across this site while researching the Paleo WOE and decided this would work better for my life style. Other low-carb plans were too restrictive and I couldn't stick to their plans and I always felt awful. I think I've been on every diet put out there and some of my own...crazy. Like you, I lost 5 pounds in less than 2 weeks which is a miracle for me. I've been losing and gaining the same few pounds for years (and adding to them each time). A nice bonus is those 5 pounds feel like 10 pounds gone...I'm down a jean size. Isn't amazing how great it makes you feel? Soon I'm going to experiment with the recipes. Good luck and Grok on!


        • Your location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

          Age (If you want): 25

          How Primal are you: We'll see - I'm just starting and probably don't even know every detail there is to know about being primal yet (nor will I ever, I suspect). Shooting for 100%

          Do you consume dairy: Yes

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes, both

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I actually stumbled across MDA while looking into other low carb diets. Of course now that I've found it it's so much more.

          Favorite exercise: Squats and variations on them ... I don't know they just make me feel great!

          Favorite Primal food: A big ole rib steak with grilled seasonal veggies

          Best part about being Primal: No longer feeling guilty about eating real yet fatty food

          Worst part about being Primal: Pizza


          • Your location: Winchester, VA

            Age (If you want): 44

            How Primal are you: I am a total newbie...just found out about the Primal plan last week

            Do you consume dairy: I currently do have a small amount of milk on cereal and eat butter, sour cream, cottage cheese

            Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink decaffinated tea

            Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to be in the best shape of my life as Mark is....I have a lot of weight to lose as well

            Favorite exercise: I would have to say currently swimming

            Favorite Primal food: I am going to say grass fed beef

            Best part about being Primal: Not 100% sure, but would say that it is natural and you are not starving

            Worst part about being Primal: Nothing at this point...


            • Your location: Chertsey in Surrey in the UK. SW London area

              Age (If you want): 36

              How Primal are you: 80%

              Do you consume dairy: Nope

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Black coffee and black tea, at present favouring the Earl Grey

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Way too fat

              Favorite exercise: Chin Ups

              Favorite Primal food: Fillet Steak

              Best part about being Primal: Feeling great, no more sugar crashes

              Worst part about being Primal: Trying to break my addiction to cakes, biscuits and chocolates


              • Location: Upstate New York, though I just finished spending the past 2 1/2 years living in Asia(China and Japan) for work

                Age: 29

                How Primal Are you: Probably 80%ish. I'm near 100% when cooking for myself, but when at work or eating out I give a "best effort" based on what's available at the time.

                Do you consume dairy?: Yes - though it's mostly restricted to purposeful nutrition around workouts - either greek yogurt or milk as part of post-workout nutrition. Other than that, my dairy consumption is fairly low.

                Do you drink coffee or tea?: Caffeine intake is one of my vices.

                Motivator for switching to Primal: Truthfully, it's been more of an evolution of lifestyle than anything. 5 years ago I was ~275 lbs(compared to ~175 today) - the product of a sedentary lifestyle and an excessively high-calorie, carbohydrate-heavy diet. I started by simpl ycutting back on the worst foods(sugary desserts) in my diet. I slowly added in physical activity. I got down to ~190 lbs following what was still a fairly typical western diet - minus sugary snacks/desserts - via sensible quantities of food plus physical activity(mostly of the type bordering on chronic cardio).

                Over the past 6 months or so I've changed my approach, however - I've moved away from carbohydrate intake - going from cereal to eggs as the staple of my breakfast, and leaning more heavily on non-starchy vegetables as my carbohydrate source, cutting back drastically on grain intake. Also, due to a couple injuries - knee inflammation from excessive running abuse, and a broken elbow from a bike accident - I've switched from what resembled a triathlete's training routine to a routine with a much more substantial strength focus with shorter, more intense cardio sessions as well as some interval work mixed in.

                Ultimately, the bottom line is that doing the above has yielded very positive results for me so far - my overall fitness and body composition are as good as they've ever been, I feel good, and the primal diet is quite satisfying. Right now I have the goal of gaining around 15-20 lbs of lean mass, as at my height(6'6") my current weight of 175 is pretty scrawny. This is still very much a work in progress, but I'm confident can do it.

                Favorite exercise:
                I enjoy running, though I keep my distances shorter now due to knee issues. I also definitely enjoy squats, simply because I can FEEL them.

                Favorite Primal food:
                Sockeye Salmon is an absolute favorite of mine - it has great flavor that can stand on its own and really doesn't need to be dressed up much to taste great. Sadly it's only seasonally available, and not cheap.

                Best Parts about being Primal:
                1. So far, the results speak for themselves
                2. Compared to the traditional (processed) western diet, Primal seems to leave me much more satisfied while eating a suitable amount of food for my body

                Worst part about being Primal:
                1. Family/co-workers that don't "get it"
                2. Good, real food is more expensive than over-processed junk


                • Hey there

                  It really is a very first post. I actually really wanted to say greetings.
                  I specialize in real estate course.


                  • Your location: Maryland, USA

                    Age (If you want): 32

                    How Primal are you: 70%, succumb to the occasional pizza or potato.

                    Do you consume dairy: occasionally consume aged cheese

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea is my primary beverage

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: health and weight loss, just makes sense

                    Favorite exercise: bicycling

                    Favorite Primal food: Grill meat, steak, chicken, fish

                    Best part about being Primal: effortless weight loss, no more bloated feeling

                    Worst part about being Primal: Being of asian descent, a lack of rice as well as pasta, bread and starchy potatoes. Sugar no big deal.


                    • Hi, my name is Tracy and I just registered on this site today. I've been doing a lot of research on this lifestyle and have decided that this is the way for me to go! I'm going to drag along the ol' man and kiddos as much as possible, too I've already been eating a low-carb, starch/sugar-free type lifestyle for about 9 months. Thanks for the helpful information on this forum!

                      Your location: Iowa

                      Age (If you want): 30

                      How Primal are you: Just starting out!

                      Do you consume dairy: Um, yes. Can't give up my Fage

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Both

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Health

                      Favorite exercise: Roughhousing with the eight kiddos

                      Favorite Primal food: Fatty fat ribeye

                      Best part about being Primal: See above

                      Worst part about being Primal: Guess I will have to find out...


                      • The Questions:

                        Your location: Champaign Illinois

                        Age (If you want): 37 (next month)

                        How Primal are you: 60 to 70 percent

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I wanted to feel human again.

                        Favorite exercise: Going out for walks in my Five Fingers.

                        Favorite Primal food: My breakfast--Wild caught salmon, three eggs, fresh spinach, diced onions/bell peppers, mushrooms, hot sauce...all scrambled together with a bit of cheese on top.

                        Best part about being Primal: The natural weight loss...nearly 50 pounds in the last year and just feeling good most of the time.

                        Worst part about being Primal: Other people trying to force me to eat crappy food.


                        • I'm really just starting - I started freewheeling a more primal diet about 6 weeks ago, and got serious about it a few weeks ago when I finally bought Mark's PB book.

                          I moved to San Antonio (known to be one of the fattest cities in the country) 10 years ago. The changes in my life in that decade have not been healthy for me - I am trying to get back to my weight when I moved here now - 195 lbs. My job is not paleo at all - I sit inside, staring at a computer monitor. On the bright side, I have a lot of meetings and they're frequently several flights of stairs and a long walk across our "campus", so I can get some exercise that way.

                          Your location: San Antonio, TX
                          Age (If you want): 43
                          How Primal are you: 75%, but trending up
                          Do you consume dairy: Some cheese, but very little, sometimes yogurt or kefir.
                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee - limited to 2 cups/day, and iced tea (it's Texas...)
                          Motivator for switching to Primal: I wanted to get in better health, and I've always believed in the anthropological wiring behind why we like the things we like to eat (at least since 1991 or so), so the Primal/paleo diet and lifestyle make sense to me. It started with "barefoot" exercises (which, in conjunction with fascia release therapy cured plantar fasciitis), which lead me to lots of more primal diet sites, including MDA.
                          Favorite exercise: walking/jogging
                          Favorite Primal food: venison - my wife and I hunt, so we fill up a chest freezer every season. (avocados, eggs and fajita meat are in the running though).
                          Best part about being Primal: Consistent energy, sleeping well, weight loss, great food!
                          Worst part about being Primal: explaining it to the Korgs. Allaying my wife's fears about it.

                          My tendency to say, "yeah, I should do something about that", when talking about my health went away earlier this year - it went something like this:
                          • 1 March, 2011 - at Gastro, weight is 240 lbs. WTF, yo?
                          • Purchased Kleen Kanteen and quit drinking anything from the "free" soda fountain at work. There's a price, all right. TANSTAAFL!
                          • 4 May, 2011 - ENT says that snoring, bad sleep can be addressed with weight loss, exercise or a CPAP device. I stop having late night snacks of cheese and crackers.
                          • Mid May, 2011 - buy Merrell Barefoot shoes, start walking/jogging. Love these shoes.
                          • Mid June, 2011 - Start eating more "primal" - no grain products, (most) cheese, processed foods. Start to focus on real food, made fresh.
                          • 1 August - weight is 213. 18 pounds to go before I hit my goal of 195.

                          I'm tall (a bit over 6' 3" /190 cm), so I don't necessarily look fat at 240 - which is why it came as a surprise. I'm happy to report that all of the pants that were too tight at 240 fit me now require a solidly cinched belt to not hang off my butt.

                          Is this kind of weight loss typical? It feels fast. Not that I'm complaining - I've only ever paid attention to diet with weight loss as a goal once before, so I don't really know what to expect.


                          • Good idea ... sorry, just discovered this.

                            The Questions:

                            Your location: Florida

                            Age (If you want): OLD

                            How Primal are you: Jack Kruse Paleo 3

                            Do you consume dairy: sometimes ... butter, heavy cream

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea, sometimes coffee

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: to attempt to reverse a lifetime of SAD eating and regain good health sometime before I die

                            Favorite exercise: resistance

                            Favorite Primal food: Salmon

                            Best part about being Primal: Freedom from SAD, feeling healthy and losing weight

                            Worst part about being Primal: I see NO downside
                            Lost 54 lb with HCG from October 31, 2010. Started Paleo (no dairy) April 22, 2011 to maintain my weight loss with HCG. Started losing weight SLOWLY (7 lb) with Paleo June 1. Last week of June I added dairy and stopped losing but maintained. Been on Dr. K's Leptin reset since July 9. Have lost 24 more pounds (as of 10/14), but more importantly, I'm feeling terrific! Currently supporting friends working toward optimal health at


                            • I love being Primal!

                              First time posting...

                              The Questions:

                              Your location: Texas / Virginia Road Warrior

                              Age (If you want): 59

                              How Primal are you: As much as possible 'on the road' Dedicated since April '11

                              Do you consume dairy: sometimes ... butter, heavy cream

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee (too much, i'm a consultant), herbal tea

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Younger brother made AMAZING change. I want to get weight and diabetes type II under control

                              Favorite exercise: Yoga, squats, pushups, assisted pull-ups, walking

                              Favorite Primal food: Steak! and red wine

                              Best part about being Primal: I FEEL GREAT, I see muscles again (at 59)

                              Worst part about being Primal: I can't really complain about being OLD

                              The more i follow PB, the better I look and feel. Bloodwork has shown Remarkable improvement. If Next Bloodwork in September continues improvement, my Dr will start to take me off some medication!

                              No more afternoon 'sleepies'. I sleep like a Grok at night, wake up without alarms, and I look forward to taking the stairs (2-3 steps at a time) whenever possible.

                              I'm nearly 'fanatical' about PB...but in a GOOD way. I will stay in touch, and keep the forum posted on my progress. I may even have to post some pictures.

                              Grok On!


                              • Hi all, just stumbled in today. So I guess that makes me a primal virgin. But I bet you have heard that one before: it was way too easy. I have been doing it wrong for way too long and know I will end up dead if I don't find a way to change my lifestyle. Guess I am middle aged, I think my body is completely toxic, I have little if no energy, tons of stress and anxiety, trauma as a child and young adult.

                                I am a Marine Corps Veteran and my thinking cap is screwed on a bit tight in some respects. I refuse to take drugs, or become a pharmaceutical guinea pig.

                                Glad I found Mark's Daily apple, it seems an invaluable source of information and inspiration.

                                God Bless us all!