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  • Your location:
    Northern California
    Age (If you want):
    How Primal are you:
    Not too primal. As of right now, I do quite a lot of baking and breadmaking. We do raise our own fowl, and pork, though.
    Do you consume dairy:
    Do you drink coffee or tea:
    Motivator for switching to Primal:
    To try it out and see how it feels, and to kick start some baby weight loss.
    Favorite exercise:
    Favorite Primal food:
    Best part about being Primal:
    Don't know yet
    Worst part about being Primal:
    Don't this either.

    I do have a few questions about primal living. One, how does this lifestyle play into feeding your family and family life? Feeding kids? Two, how does the nourishing traditions/ Weston A price philosophy compare with this one? Example: Soaking your grains/beans to get rid of phytic acid, etc. How about fermented foods? How does eating farm raised animals (pigs, cow, etc) compare to eating wild foods (deer, elk, fish, etc)? Thanks!


    • Your location: West Palm Beach, FL

      Age (If you want): 36

      How Primal are you: Getting there. Just changing! I tried out the INSANITY exercise program and had added in carbs (whereas b4 I mostly avoided them except for a few meals a month where I indulged). I had to add them, though, b/c INSANITY is mostly cardio and I was burnt out from them and needed fuel. Ugh, carbs and I don't agree. Neither do cardio and I! I gained weight, didn't burn fat, and felt discouraged!!! (Measurements stayed the same, though, so I added muscle but did not BURN FAT!) I did, however, increase my fitness level and endurance, for what it's worth.

      SO, back to low carb but more primal, weighted exercise/intervals 3x a week, & rebounding for my movement exercise. Kids and I take walks and I do sprints w/ them - they think it's great fun - for my run fast and play! My husband has committed to joining w/ me and we will bring the kids on board gradually…they are little and don't understand why mommy wants to take away Cheerios and Goldfish!

      Do you consume dairy: I do consume dairy but very little. I use half and half (whole fat) in my tea and eat full fat Greek yogurt w/ berries a couple days a week. I'm cutting back a little while I begin my Primal journey as I want to burn fat!!!

      Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea - I love tea. All kinds of tea.

      Motivator for switching to Primal: I prefer to eat low carb, high protein as I think it agrees w/ me more. I have some hormonal issues that I'm trying to solve naturally (so many doctors have told me to do so many things that I completely disagree with). I am almost at my ideal weight (for me, not based on charts!) and have some fat to lose - not a ton, I'm thin, I want to be lean and muscular!

      Favorite exercise: Honestly, I never really loved exercise but have gotten into the habit of exercise so I like it more. I enjoy walking, rebounding, & I really like Jari Love DVDs - weighted interval rotations, weight lifting, etc. I really hope to incorporate her DVDs into my new primal routine.

      Favorite Primal food: I love eggs, steak, and for a treat - almond flour, carob chip cookies made w/ natural sweeteners.

      Best part about being Primal: Everything! Especially the relaxed attitude of doing what works for you and not worrying about caloric intake, food journaling, fat to carb ratios, and endless cardio…those things make me feel obsessive and crazy. Just can't do it and be mentally healthy. The relaxed approach of living life and having fun makes me feel free!

      Worst part about being Primal: As I'm just starting, I'm spending a lot of time reading - I just want to do it! So far, that's it!!!

      Question: When using DVDs for Lift Heavy Things, is it ok to do 60 min 3x a week? Is it ok if there are short cardio intervals combined w/ compound exercises using weights and working total body? My favorite DVDs are Jari Love Ripped, Extremely Ripped 1000, & Slim & Lean (just weights & body resistance exercises), and I really want to incorporate them into my life w/o overdoing it. Maybe I'm over thinking it already! Thanks.
      Last edited by karamich; 10-01-2012, 09:25 AM.


      • Your location: London, England

        Age (If you want): 32

        How Primal are you: 2 weeks in, only 3 non-primal meals so far

        Do you consume dairy: butter daily and parmesan rarely

        Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea (no milk)

        Motivator for switching to Primal: fat loss, general health

        Favorite exercise: dancing

        Favorite Primal food: Good eggs

        Best part about being Primal: tons of energy

        Worst part about being Primal: So far, so good!


        • Your location: Oklahoma

          Age (If you want): 54

          How Primal are you: Just getting started. I'm following the food plan, but haven't implemented a habitual exercise routine yet.

          Do you consume dairy: Yes. I use butter and cream in my food at times.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink one cup of coffee with real-cream, in the morning.

          Motivator for switching to Primal: I need to lose weight and I'm tired of feeling sick and tired all of the time.

          Favorite exercise: Yoga

          Favorite Primal food: Meat and fruit

          Best part about being Primal: No more stomach pain!

          Worst part: I don't know that there is a worst part, it just takes time to educate myself to read packaged food labels.


          • Your location:dorset , England

            Age (If you want):47

            How Primal are you:nearly there

            Do you consume dairy:cheese,cream once in while

            Do you drink coffee or tea:white tea/ 1-2 decaf coffee a day

            Motivator for switching to Primal:I have been on a low carb diet for 2 months I found an old book- but now switch to mark's way of life as you can eat fruit

            Favorite exercise:walking/rowing machine/cycling

            Favorite Primal food:fillet steak

            Best part about being Primal:feel better i'm not always thinking of food

            Worst part about being Primal:not eating baked beans

            Hi guys, I have been struggling to lost weight since I had a double heart by pass 3 years ago. I have lost 15 pounds in 2 months
            I have been doing a out dated diet and found that I missing fruit. A friend told me about Marks diet, so here I am.
            I also have celiac disease so the no grains as a no brainer.
            Last edited by baz; 10-01-2012, 01:55 PM.


            • Your location:Louisiana

              Age (If you want):25

              How Primal are you: Was just introduced to the site this afternoon.

              Do you consume dairy: yes

              Do you drink coffee or tea: neither, though I may pick them up to replace my sodas.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: My son & wanting to live a better quality of life for him.

              Favorite exercise: walking

              Favorite Primal food: From what I've seen of the food prob steak )

              Best part about being Primal: don't know yet

              Worst part about being Primal: I'll prob end up saying giving up my sodas


              • Hello from Dreadlockmama!

                Hi there.

                Here are my answers...

                Your location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                Age (If you want): A very hip & sexy 54 (if I do say so myself!)

                How Primal are you: 100%

                Do you consume dairy: No...only butter

                Do you drink coffee or tea: Green tea, herbal tea, bancha (twig) tea

                Motivator for switching to Primal: To get rid of lower back pain due to inflammation...lose 30 pounds...stop dieting forever...increase energy...enjoy life!

                Favorite exercise: Swimming, walking and hiking

                Favorite Primal food: Don't have a favorite..yet.

                Best part about being Primal: Stay tuned and I'll let you know.

                Worst part about being Primal: Nothing so far!

                Here's to the Primal Life!



                • Your location: I live in Rural Hall Nc

                  Age (If you want):42

                  How Primal are you: I'm some what primal I'd say 50% and am going whole hearted. I've seen how well 50% has helpt I know it will only get better from here.

                  Do you consume dairy: I am not eating grains anymore as of April of this year but grass fed beef and other "wild" meat are hard to come by.

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes both it is my new soda i need to cut back on them

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: Diabetes. I'm not a big fan of taking drugs for longer than necessary.

                  Favorite exercise: no favorite all is good

                  Favorite Primal food: coconut anything having been born on O'ahu it is the food of life.

                  Best part about being Primal: AS of today I am by doctor's orders drug free. and I'm no longer "diabetic" A1C 5.1

                  Worst part about being Primal: Nothing is Worst than the alternative, being diabetic


                  • Your location: vegas

                    Age (If you want): 30

                    How Primal are you: about 80%.. I stopped eating refined carbs but sometimes still splurge on the "good" ones..

                    Do you consume dairy: only yogurt and cottage cheese

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: tea everyday

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: digestion/health issues

                    Favorite exercise: hiking

                    Favorite Primal food: salmon & broccoli

                    Best part about being Primal: eating better food

                    Worst part about being Primal: its harder to plan healthy eating


                    • Your location: Connecticut

                      Age (If you want): 48

                      How Primal are you: 100%

                      Do you consume dairy: No

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Now that it is Fall I love drinking my tea

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Tired of yo yo dieting and feeling horrible all the time and I want to be around for my kids.

                      Favorite exercise: Don't have one yet but walking the dogs is quite fun.

                      Favorite Primal food: Meat!

                      Best part about being Primal: I feel better than I have in years.

                      Worst part about being Primal: It isn't that bad but I cook for non primal family. They don't know it but I am slowly getting them switched over bwaahaahaa!!


                      • Here are my answers!

                        Your location: Calgary, Canada

                        Age (If you want): 30

                        How Primal are you: I literally started yesterday, so I'm doing great so far, but my goal is to follow 80/20

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes, that's the thing I'd like to keep - I'm avoiding it quite a bit right now, but not 100%

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Both

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I want all the benefits that everyone brags about! I want the energy, increased focus, and I want to look like I work out as hard as I do

                        Favorite exercise: I like HIIT and weight lifting. Those probably don't go together all that well, but that's what I do.

                        Favorite Primal food: Pretty much anything wrapped in bacon. Bacon wrapped sirloin is great.

                        Best part about being Primal: I'm not sure yet! I'll have to wait and see

                        Worst part about being Primal: I anticipate eating at friend's houses to be a bit tough. I hate being high maintenance and picky.


                        • Hello to the Primal Tribe!

                          Location: Seattle, WA

                          Age: 57

                          How Primal?: Generally 90/10; there's these great little dark chocolate almond bites made by a local company that are hard to resist...

                          Dairy?: I started out doing the Whole 30 challenge; for a long time that meant no dairy. Now, however, I have discovered Greek Yogurt which seems to agree with me and is sooooo good.

                          Coffee or Tea?: An occasional breve; Assam tea every morning.

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: My Crossfit gym held a 30-day challenge; I was mostly vegetarian but had heard from other members of my gym about how much more energy they had, how they recovered faster on Paleo. I took the challenge mostly out of curiosity and now can't see going back to my former mostly vegetarian diet.

                          Favorite exercise: CrossFit, hiking.

                          Favorite Primal Food: OK, I admit, I love bacon. I also love a good steak well prepared with a honking big salad of fresh greens.

                          Best part about being Primal: Gathering at primal potlucks with others who are primal.

                          Worst part: My husband continues to be vegetarian for ethical reasons, and he also continues to think that meat is bad for people. Fortunately, he's grown resigned to my carnivorous ways since I seem to be so healthy. I'd love for him to join in being primal especially since he's the one with gut problems.


                          • Your location: London, United Kingdom

                            Age (If you want):30

                            How Primal are you: Haven't started yet but hoping to be mostly primal when i start.

                            Do you consume dairy:At the moment yes but mainly lactose free

                            Do you drink coffee or tea:Yes, black coffee ground and lots of different herbal teas and normal teas (i'm british after all)

                            Motivator for switching to Primal:I really need to lose the weight i've gained through having polycystic ovaries and sitting at a desk all day everyday. I used to be toned as hell and 8st. Now i'm closer to 11 and whilst i can still see the muscles underneath, i need to lose the layer of fat, and actually burn that fat!

                            Favorite exercise: Any team sports or things where you have to reach an end point/goal

                            Favorite Primal food:I'm sure it's going to be meat and eggs.

                            Best part about being Primal:I'll tell you when i get there!

                            Worst part about being Primal:I'm imagining going to people's houses for dinner and or going out to eat.


                            • Your location: Washington State

                              Age (If you want): 30

                              How Primal are you: Strict (on day 3)

                              Do you consume dairy: no

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Seeing if getting rid of grains, dairy, and sugar help with health problems....and hoping for weight loss of course

                              Favorite exercise: lifting weights and attempting to run on a treadmill

                              Favorite Primal food: almond butter

                              Best part about being Primal: Not feeling bloated

                              Worst part about being Primal: The sugar cravings


                              • The Questions:
                                I'm trying to decide if I should do the leptin reset first or just stick with becoming more and more primal...
                                I'm already at a point where I've cut out wheat and grains and I'm trying to keep my carbs to 50g from fruit and vegetables...and some wine.

                                Your location: I'm living in Kamloops British Columbia Canada. It's been so sunny the last couple of months and I'm really NOT looking forward to the temperature drop that's heading our way. BRRRR ... I want to move south!

                                Age (If you want): Just turned 40 .... learning to deal with it.

                                How Primal are you: getting there, I'd guess about 80-95%?

                                Do you consume dairy: yes, whole cream in my coffee and greek plain yogurt.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee every morning and sometimes tea in the afternoon.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: I lost some weight on another diet and then went immediately to following the leptin reset and was able to maintain the weight loss while eating bacon and eggs and yummy fats like chicken thighs cooked in coconut oil!

                                Favorite exercise: tennis tennis tennis!

                                Favorite Primal food: bacon and avacado

                                Best part about being Primal:feeling satisfied and not deprived.

                                Worst part about being Primal: remembering that peanut butter is out.