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  • Your location: Germany , near Stuttgart

    Age: 25

    How Primal are you: pretty much 100% for everything under my control - for the rest I pray they don't use too much cheap veggie oil (my grandma is big on rapeseed :/ )

    Do you consume dairy: occasionally- mostly yogurt , sometime cheese.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: occasionally - mostly black tea, some coffee both with a sip of milk. Or just a big cup of cappuccino in the coffee shop.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Furious pete's transformation story :O (he's probably not fully primal but hey ~)

    Favorite exercise: Squats - for some reason I'm no good at pushups :/

    Favorite Primal food: Coconut oil (that was the first sign on the trail leading to paleo/primal), Sashimi/Sushi (there was this Sushi bar that opened by the time I discovered paleo), Goulash (because I can finally do the full fat version yum!).

    Best part about being Primal: More energy, less health problems (asthma, allergies, GERD, diarrhea, insomnia, depression) , less weight.

    Worst part about being Primal: Watching friends, coworkers and family members repeating the same mistakes that I've made with visible negative impacts on their energy and emotional state... and then being unable to convince them. Also still trying to find a recipe for primal friendly 'Maultaschen' /:
    What to do: Eat real food, enjoy your food, get out into the sun as often as possible, move around, sleep well and early (like before 11 p.m.), have health as your main goal.

    You are probably going to fail if you: Restrict carbs or fat or calories, avoid fruit (because sugar derp), punish yourself with diet/exercise, have weight loss as your only goal,....


    • San Luis Obispo, CA but born and raised in Sao Paulo Brazil.
      Just started the lifestyle switch thinking it would be very hard, my husband is not huge on changes specially food changes but he is doing it a little and being very supportive of me and my choices. My first week and I am doing ok.

      I love milk and yogurt and have not given it up completely but did not have it everyday either like I usually would.

      Coffee, mostly decaf at home. 1-2 cups a day.

      My motivation is to loose and keep weight off. Just started working with a trainer who is pointing me to the right direction without making a big deal of it. I was unable to go back to running after my ankle surgery and weight just came and never left. Had no energy for anything but work. About to complete my first week and this past weekend I went kayaking and biking, out to dinner (made smart choices) and had energy left!

      At the moment I do not have a favorite exercise, I used to be a runner but I am digging personal training a lot!

      Favorite Primal food...don't have one particular recipe yet. Will try some dessert. I am huge on dessert and need to find something that resembles chocolate anything.

      Best part: so far the filling of being full without overeating
      Worst part: no yogurt or cereal


      • The Questions:

        Your location:

        LA, California

        Age (If you want):


        How Primal are you:

        Will be completely primal after losing 30 lbs, have always been a fruit only till noon person, as per fit for life in 80's and cleansing the body with all the nutrients of fruit and lots of veg. but now mostly berries and lots of veg until I shed fat. Big sacrifice for me giving up all the diff fruit I used to eat but I understand its only temporary. My body does not react well to the low carb atkins which led me to here. Have 3 kids and I cook international and have been teaching ballet for almost 15 years.

        Do you consume dairy: yes, butter, yougurt, cream and sourcream, cheese.

        Do you drink coffee or tea:

        Yes coffee, and all the lovely flavored creamers mixed with whole cream. I give up 10 carbs every morning with this. very hard to break. yikes

        Motivator for switching to Primal:

        6 mos ago Fell upon low carb when researching why I was always tired in late afternoons, it was sugar lows. tried atkins hated it, then read "Art and science books..." relatively recently and have finished my 1st week trying to get keto adapted. Waisted 6 mos chasing my tail, with dry eyes from losing sodium too fast and not replenishing my potassium. Finally figured that out with trace mineral drops loaded with sodium and all other trace elements. It works immediately. No more dry scratchy eye.
        Favorite exercise:

        Ballet teaching, 1/2 hr walking daily. Need to focus more on my own fitness now and not others as teaching doesn't keep you toned. Want to really start to understand strength training.

        Favorite Primal food:

        brussel sprouts spinach, blueberries

        Best part about being Primal:

        constant energy

        Worst part about being Primal:

        havn't experienced optimal primal yet as I have to stay at 50g carbs a day until I loose weight.


        • Your location: Burton Latimer, United Kingdom

          Age (If you want): 38

          How Primal are you: Not very. My brother is Primal and I'm wanting to be. I have joined this forum to help me get started and stay on track.

          Do you consume dairy: Yes, but very little. I have switched to Lacto-free but am trying to gear myself up for the full cut-off. It's hard since there are 4 milk monkeys (children) in the house and they drink it like it's going out of style.

          Do you drink coffee or tea: Both. Builders tea with a tiny splash of milk. I drink lots of other teas without milk, though.

          Motivator for switching to Primal:

          I've been overweight/obese for the majority of my life. I have recently been diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and one of my biggest triggers is simple carbs. I've known for a long time that when I have a protein rich breakfast I'm pretty much set for the day but if I have cereals I could go through my day pac-man style...never feeling satiated at all. I want to make a change that can be permanent and not feel like punishment. Paleo seems to tick those boxes.

          Favorite exercise: Swimming and Yoga (though the latter is both difficult and comical at 24 stone!)

          Favorite Primal food: Steak and pretty much all vegetables.

          Best part about being Primal: I'll have to get back to you on this one.

          Worst part about being Primal: I'm dreading giving up bread and pastry, but I know I really should!


          • Hi -
            I just discovered this website yesterday and after quite a bit of reading, I am ready to start and do the 21 day challenge. I am sure I will need the support of others!
            I have been gluten free for the most part for almost 3 years; through some "work", I determined I am gluten sensitive, meaning I can have small amounts occasionally without distress. For the most part, I don't miss it, but do consume other non-gluten foods that I will need to give up to be "primal". Last year, I was apparently mostly primal without knowing the term, because I was trying to lose weight for my daughter's big wedding. I was eating 1-2 protein shakes daily and only veggies and protein for about 4 months beforehand. I lost about 20 pounds. The frustrating thing is that I have now gained it all back, and I was in search of what to do next. After discovering this site, I realize it now that is probably because I added the "insidious healthy grains" back that Mark talks about, as well as stopped exercising. I had gotten very bored with what I was eating, but was so busy that it didn't matter for a while. This year I have done a lot of traveling and strayed from many of my healthier habits. I realize I am not starting completely over, as I already have adapted many of the primal steps, I just need to get back to what I was doing before and tweak other parts of my life!
            I am so glad I found this forum and look forward to sharing the journey with others! I am already excited about many of the recipes I have discovered on here!

            The Questions:

            Your location: Seminole, Florida (Near Clearwater/St Pete in the Tampa Bay area)

            Age (If you want):late 50's

            How Primal are you:not sure- just starting!

            Do you consume dairy: Greek yogurt and a little cheese (mainly feta), I use Almond milk instead of regular

            Do you drink coffee or tea: green, white and herbal teas; I have caffeine restrictions

            Motivator for switching to Primal: Lose weight and be healthier

            Favorite exercise:inside - the WII; outside, biking

            Favorite Primal food:not sure

            Best part about being Primal: probably getting back to basics

            Worst part about being Primal: not sure yet!


            • Your location: Pennsylvania

              Age (If you want): 27

              How Primal are you: I was very primal two years ago, lost 30 pounds, felt great. Then I went to work on a ranch in Montana, where the chef made practically everything with wheat in it, spinach, wings, barbeque sauce, chili...everything was floured or had flour in it. Then I found out I was pregnant, so I tried really hard to stay primal for the baby. Until my third trimester when my husband took a job in Maryland. With a limited income cross country move, a tiny kitchen in our new studio apartment with only a microwave and electric skillet to cook with, and pregnancy cravings, I completely fell off the wagon. I gained 25 pounds in my last trimester (yikes!). We now have a full size kitchen, my husband is hunting again, and I want to raise a healthy son. So I am back at it. I have been mostly primal for about a week.

              Do you consume dairy: I do eat dairy (we have an Amish farm down the road with raw milk, butter, and cheese).

              Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Originally, to lose weight and to go on it with my parents so that they could live healthier lives. My mom is allergic to gluten (breaks out in hives and gets sinus infections) and my dad has Type II diabetes, so the primal way of life was the perfect solution to our problems. Now it is to lose weight again, but also to raise a healthy family.

              Favorite exercise: Hiking

              Favorite Primal food: Elk steak

              Best part about being Primal: Feeling great

              Worst part about being Primal: Having a husband who insists on eating bread. Watching my sister-in-law raise her son on mac and cheese and chicken nuggets


              • Hi- I have been "there" with dealing with social situations and comments. I hope this forum can give us all the support we need! In social situations, I found the best way is to say "I don't eat that anymore because of my health", if queried, I just say it makes me sick. Giving more information than that seems to invite much more input or discussion than I want. Traveling is the hardest for me, have not been successful with it, which has caused me to regain 20 pounds and I am sure I am bloated from inflammation again. SO frustrating to think I am starting over again, but trying to keep my thoughts positive!!


                • Hello there,

                  my name is Gagh. If there are any startrek fans out there they’ll know 'gagh' is best eaten when alive. I live near Amsterdam in the Netherlands and am 39. I see myself as a Primal wannabe. I am not there yet but am working on it. I do consume dairy and drink tea every once in a while. My motivation for primal living? It just sounds logic doesn’t it? My favorite exercise must be walking and playing with my dogs. A couple of weeks ago I rediscoverd bacon and find that so jummy. Being primal has surely bumped up my energy levels, made my sleep sounder and makes me feel less bloated or heavy. What I do not like about Primal living? That most interesting programs on the television are in the evening and thus way past my newly bedtime.

                  I am very pleased to meet you,


                  • Hi everybody, my name is Gianfranco, and I am Italian. Very good forum, and very good blog. Thanks Mark!

                    Your location: I live in Budapest, Hungary, and Siracusa, Italy

                    Age (If you want):45

                    How Primal are you: I have been trying the paleo/primal for 2 weeks now, after 2 months of Zone diet. I still more or less follow the protein and carbs intake suggested by the zone, but I have cut cereals legumes and dairy

                    Do you consume dairy: no

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: I drink tea, I have cut the coffee after the first week of primal, because my IBS seemed not to improve

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: I want to be lean and healthy

                    Favorite exercise: I am a runner. I know that endurance is not considered primal. I think I will avoid to run more than 40/50 minutes, therefore.

                    Favorite Primal food: salmon

                    Best part about being Primal: mental sharpness

                    Worst part about being Primal:none!

                    ciao, Gianfranco.


                    • Your location: Hayward, California

                      Age (If you want): 43

                      How Primal are you: Right now 60%

                      Do you consume dairy: Very Little

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea, Iced or Hot

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Health Issues/Disability

                      Favorite exercise: Barefoot Walking/Sprinting

                      Favorite Primal food: Fish/Ground Turkey neck and neck.

                      Best part about being Primal: No craving or feelings of missing out.

                      Worst part about being Primal: No Bread....I love bread.


                      • Your location: France, near to Paris

                        Age (If you want): 20

                        How Primal are you: a beginner of 100% primal

                        Do you consume dairy: No or rarely

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee yes

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: Health, streigth and weight

                        Favorite exercise: I used to run but I know it is not ideal, I will soon begin the exercises recommended

                        Favorite Primal food: fish generally

                        Best part about being Primal: be in harmony with nature

                        Worst part about being Primal: misunderstanding of other
                        My journal

                        SW : 64.7 kg --> (17/02/2014)
                        CW : 62 kg
                        GW : 48 kg


                        • Your location: Houston

                          Age (If you want): 52

                          How Primal are you: The past 2 weeks.....very

                          Do you consume dairy: Yogurt and hard cheese....

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee....

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Love Atkins but wanted to go a step further with eliminating processed foods

                          Favorite exercise: TRX variety...

                          Favorite Primal food: Now addicted to Liver and Onions. Help

                          Best part about being Primal: More energy

                          Worst part about being Primal: Nothing!


                          • Your location: Idaho Falls, Id

                            Age (If you want):38

                            How Primal are you: getting there

                            Do you consume dairy: cheese only

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee, daily, with hazelnut creamer

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: strength, health, and weight loss

                            Favorite exercise: martial arts

                            Favorite Primal food: steak

                            Best part about being Primal: i'll figure that out as I go along

                            Worst part about being Primal: i'll figure that out as I go along

                            So, I've been reading and 'playing around with' Primal since about June. Half-assedly, I've gone from 240lbs to 220lbs. I still have a way to go. Hope that this forum will keep me motivated during this progress.


                            • hello

                              The Questions:

                              Your location: oh

                              Age (If you want):20

                              How Primal are you: rather new have tried before but got turned off it because I am an endurance athlete and needes more carbs and feared fat

                              Do you consume dairy: very little in coffee

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: coffee

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: feel better, eliminate bloat, loose ten, increase overall health

                              Favorite exercise: pull up

                              Favorite Primal food: salmon

                              Best part about being Primal: health

                              Worst part about being Primal: trying to be okay with eating a lot of fat


                              • Hi!

                                I posted for the first time today but I have been reading for a couple of weeks. Here I am:

                                French Canadian, F, 40 yo, single mom of a wonderful teenage girl.
                                I consume dairy only in coffee (cream, not milk, but more and more I replace it with coconut milk)

                                My motivation for switching to Primal was that I wanted to quit smoking and I was afraid of gaining weight, being already 30 lbs overweight. I did quit, a month ago, and I've been Primal for 2 months now. And I am loosing weight. *see me smiling*

                                I do 15 minutes of yoga in the morning, straight out of bed, then some squats and push ups. I walk 40-45 minutes in the evening and if it rains (which happens a lot in the fall here) I do some more yoga, push-ups, sit-ups and squats at a slow pace for 30 minutes.

                                Favorite Primal food: BBQed steak with lots of spinaches.

                                Best part about being Primal: Health, absolutely the whole health! I feel better, I sleep better, I look better!

                                Worst part about being Primal: So far, can't really complain.