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  • I'm All In Now!

    Hi, everyone -

    Here's my intro post! I'm committing to going fully primal because I've found myself in the early stages of perimenopause and insulin resistant. I've been about halfway primal for a while because it all makes so much sense but I didn't feel bad enough to go "all in" until recently. I've been steadily gaining weight over the past three years or so and now I am 20 lbs overweight and I feel like crap. I'm only 5'1" so 20 lbs is a big deal for me - my back, feet, shoulders, and pretty much all the rest of my joints are killing me as I've had osteoarthritis since my late twenties. Diabetes runs in my family and I'm determined to avoid it.

    Your location: Texas

    How Primal are you: 100% now after being only "sorta" primal for about three years

    Do you consume dairy: A little, usually in the form of really nice cheese. I tolerate it well but don't want to over do it.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Iced tea constantly, coffee a few times a week

    Motivator for switching to Primal: Joint pain, back pain and steadily gaining weight since I've hit my forties. Plus it just makes sense!

    Favorite exercise: Probably walking/running, biking long as I can get a little time to be alone.

    Favorite Primal food: Beef fajitas or brisket or steak...pretty much just beef in general.

    Best part about being Primal: Not feeling hungry or riding that carb rollercoaster.

    Worst part about being Primal: No real tortillas. 😕


    • ....and, I'm back!

      My name is Misti.

      I've been away for a couple of years. Life got really, really crazy for a while there - years of CW eating had done a fair bit of damage to both me and my husband. He started having strokes a couple of years ago, and my retirement plans got moved up abruptly. We moved from Detroit to Victoria Australia. My husband got the medical care he needed, we found clean food sources, and we settled into a new life with me as his full-time carer.

      What brings me back just now is broken bones. I have never broken a bone before now. Being an over-achiever of sorts, I broke both an elbow and a knee in one tumble. Have to catch up with the adventurous young folks, I guess. Ooops.

      The good news is that because of my primal diet, there is no sign of the "expected at my age" osteopenia, and I am healing pretty quickly.

      But it occurred to me that I am going to need guidance to get my fitness back after a couple of months in double casts. (Ironically, I was injured in a fall over a rough bit of sidewalk - I was speed walking to the bus, since much of my walking had slowed to keep pace with my husband and I was feeling the need to get a bit of a workout.)

      Off to search the archives.
      Last edited by Misti; 10-17-2016, 05:16 AM.
      Grain Free since 2009, WP from 2005
      ~100% primal (because anything less makes me very sick)
      Goal: hike across Sweden with my grandchildren when I retire in a few years


      • intro

        The Questions:

        Your location: New Jersey

        Age (If you want): 63

        How Primal are you: 80/20

        Do you consume dairy: yes

        Do you drink coffee or tea: both

        Motivator for switching to Primal: my dog lost 20 lbs going Primal

        Favorite exercise: none

        Favorite Primal food: egg

        Best part about being Primal: health

        Worst part about being Primal: I'll get back to you on that


        • Introduction Questions

          Baton Rouge , LA

          44 years old



          Tea on occasion

          Motivation is fat loss and health

          Walking my dog



          • This is just what i was looking for at this point in life (i'm halfway @37)

            Greetings all

            Been eager to join this since reading (in progress) The Primal Blueprint by Mark. Loving the concepts, having experienced some of the benefits myself. Some new concepts and revelations in this book I'm keen to try out. And I have tonnes of questions I'd like to see some views on. (especially on Dairy) I'm very excited about the journey(at the moment)

            Your location: London, UK

            Age (If you want): 37

            How Primal are you: Just halfway through MS's Primal Blueprint (reprogramme your genes), so I'll find out soon. I seemed to be around 66% already

            Do you consume dairy: Hell yes, unhomogenised whole milk, cheese.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: only high quality coffee from specialist coffee joints. (Not Starbucks, Costa, Nero or Pret a manger)

            Motivator for switching to Primal: book recommended by a Facebook fitness coach, and I was intrigued. Am loving the book.

            Favourite exercise: Cycling, body weight exercises

            Favourite Primal food: grilled salmon, dairy

            Best part about being Primal: shine through among the CW lifestyle followers

            Worst part about being Primal: surrounded by people with poor diet/exercise who don't get it.


            • Your location: Ireland

              Age (If you want): 26

              How Primal are you: Not very. The plan is to make the transition over the next few weeks.

              Do you consume dairy: Minimally at the moment.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: I am a fully fledged coffee addict

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight loss. I'm not obese but I want to get leaner.

              Favorite exercise: Brisk walking and weightlifting

              Favorite Primal food: Steamed fish in lime juice.

              Best part about being Primal: The times when I've unintentionally been on the Primal diet, I've noticed great mental benefits which is important because I suffered from anxiety and depression for years (I even have my own blog about my struggles that also reviews some great supplements for mental ailments)

              Worst part about being Primal: Iguess friends not "getting" it.


              • Hey, everyone. I'm John. I've been primal since Feb this year. I copied and pasted the questions below and answered. I've been lurking for awhile and learning all I can, have some questions now, so joined up!

                Your location:

                Michigan, USA

                Age (If you want):


                How Primal are you:

                More than 75%, but I don't really keep track.

                Do you consume dairy:

                Yes, some days more than others. Mostly butter, cheese and Greek yogurt.

                Do you drink coffee or tea:

                Coffee a few times a week.

                Motivator for switching to Primal:

                I've had problems with fatigue and brain fog for a few years, constantly getting worse without realizing it. My mom, having dealt with her own fatigue and brain fog (official diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and obesity for years, was put on the Shape Reclaimed plan by her Dr. and had great success with not just weight loss, but energy and mental sharpness. She talked me into trying it out and along the way I found The Primal Blueprint. PB and Shape Reclaimed share some dietary concepts, with Shape being geared towards extreme weight loss, so I decided to go all in with the PB to see if it would help. Almost 30 lbs down and my energy levels and mental acuity have greatly improved since February, so I'm in it for the long haul.

                Favorite exercise:

                Right now I'm digging pull ups.

                Favorite Primal food:

                Eggs, and anything covered in Kerrygolds.

                Best part about being Primal:

                It's easy to do and it feels natural to me. I've never been a bread and pasta eater and my body never seemed to respond well to chronic cardio. Give me a chunk of meat and a bowl of veggies and something heavy to move and I do real well. Also, my youngest children have health issues that have lessened with the switch to primal. My son's allergies (once daily medication, whether he needed it or not) have all but disappeared (medication only when it affects his sleep, which is rarely) and my daughter's tonsils used to touch each other, but now have a decent gap between them.

                Worst part about being Primal:

                Listening to the kids whine because they don't eat Lucky Charms and waffles for breakfast every day.
                Last edited by jrj_51; 11-07-2016, 03:23 PM.


                • Hello. Primal since '09

                  Your location: 'murica

                  Age: 34

                  How Primal are you: 80-90%

                  Do you consume dairy: occasional kefir, cheese...lotsa butter n ghee!!

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: herbal tea

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: being as fit as I can possibly be

                  Favorite exercise: handstand walks

                  Favorite Primal food: elk, deer jerky

                  Best part about being Primal: once you go primal, you never want to go back to S.A.D. food

                  Worst part about being Primal: it's not the norm when it should be

                  The MOST radical change in my overall health came NOT from fasting, yoga, HIITs, or eating healthy...but from 2 simple changes I made a few years back. By simply cutting out ALL added sugar (honey, maple syrup, white sugar, corn syrup, etc) and gluten, I physically look and feel so much better! My six pack is now a permanent fixture without even trying and at 34 I am stronger and faster than I ever was.

                  A little about me: Yes that's Yuzo Yamada, a full-on Japanese name (pronounced Yoo-zo). I am former military and former ff. I have fasted on water for 24 days straight, going from 155lbs (5'9) to 124lbs. I plan on doing it again for 30+ days in the near future.
                  HOBBIES: yoga, mma, long distance runs, Wim Hof, hiking/camping. Semper~~
                  YEE HAAW!!
                  Last edited by Yuzo Yamada; 11-20-2016, 07:26 PM.


                  • Questions:

                    Your location: Europe, Slovenia

                    Age (If you want): 32

                    How Primal are you: 50/50

                    Do you consume dairy: yes

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: i beleive it is too much…

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: i should lose some weight. I am 95 kgs and 175 cm tall. I hope it will not go over 100 kilo mark.

                    Favourite exercise: no more, when i started to work and have my bussiness

                    Favourite Primal food: meet (bacon etc) and a lot of spicy food,

                    Best part about being Primal: feeling that i have a lot of energy, clear mind and body

                    Worst part about being Primal: having a wife that is absolutely insane about carbs etc - but she has sexy silhouet thought.


                    • Well I found myself here because I want to try and stop eating so much sugar.

                      Your location: Manchester, UK

                      Age (If you want): 45

                      How Primal are you: None, just starting my journey

                      Do you consume dairy: Yes

                      Do you drink coffee or tea: No

                      Motivator for switching to Primal: Live longer

                      Favorite exercise: Burpees

                      Favorite Primal food: Don't know yet

                      Best part about being Primal: Will let you know soon

                      Worst part about being Primal: As above


                      • A little help

                        Your location: Howell, NJ

                        Age (If you want): 40

                        How Primal are you: not strict primal, I do still eat rice and beans sometimes

                        Do you consume dairy: yes, infrequently

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: i drink tea every morning

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I was introduced in 2008 and I lost 20lbs back then but now it's difficult because my husband is not on board. I'm trying to get back in the swing of it again.

                        Favorite exercise: I don't have one but I would love to hear about recommendations for beginners

                        Favorite Primal food: brussels sprouts with bacon

                        Best part about being Primal: everything. no more acid reflux or stomach issues. Better sleep/ more energy/better skin

                        Worst part about being Primal: I can't seem to stick with it. I last about 7 days maximum and then I fall off the wagon.

                        Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I really want to get healthy and I've had luck before following the primal blueprint lifestyle.


                        • I don't normally do 'introductions' but I suppose first post should be here.

                          Location: Minnesota
                          Age: 46
                          Primal: 80%+
                          Dairy: Yes (raw)
                          Coffee/Tea: Yes/Yes
                          Motive: Reverse T2DM
                          Exercise: Walking, Primal Fitness
                          Favorite Primal food: Krispy Kreme Donuts
                          Best part about being Primal: Reclaiming my health (and sense of humor, see above)
                          Worst part about being Primal: Haven't found it yet
                          Last edited by mnfidel; 11-17-2016, 11:07 AM.


                          • Hi, refocusing efforts to cut out the crap foods that have slowly added over the year after half a year of successful strict Primal.

                            Your location: Pennsylvania, USA

                            Age: 30

                            How Primal are you: Working to 100%

                            Do you consume dairy: Minimally at the moment

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: You know it!

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: Improving health and life in general

                            Favorite exercise: Weight Lifting

                            Favorite Primal food: Salads

                            Best part about being Primal: Energy and focus

                            Worst part about being Primal: People not understanding it

                            Glad to be here, and I look forward to learning more about other's experiences.


                            • Name: Chad

                              Your location: Palmyra, NY

                              Age (If you want): 31

                              How Primal are you: I'm trying

                              Do you consume dairy: Cheese only

                              Do you drink coffee or tea: Coffee & Tea

                              Motivator for switching to Primal: Fat loss - I want to live as long as I can!

                              Favorite exercise: Legs - Because it just makes you feel amazing the rest of the week!

                              Favorite Primal food: Avocados

                              Best part about being Primal: Feeling good

                              Worst part about being Primal: Friends and family parties