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  • Your location: Herndon, VA

    Age (If you want): 34

    How Primal are you: Well, I just started this I'm not sure...I'm still learning what's primal and what's not. Shooting for 80% and then will see from there about 100%.

    Do you consume dairy: Yes

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Yes.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I need to lose a lot of weight and need a lifestyle change. This seems like a diet I can stick with (in the lifestyle sense, not lose weight and then go off of it)

    Favorite exercise: Rowing, biking.

    Favorite Primal food: Not sure yet.

    Best part about being Primal: That I can still enjoy a glass of wine or enjoy dark chocolate.

    Worst part about being Primal: Giving up the grains won't be easy...and also still figuring out what's primal and what's not.


    • Your location: Triangle area, NC

      Age (If you want): 29

      How Primal are you: Aiming for close to 100%. I will probably keep in occasional honey and white potatoes which are technically primal.....

      Do you consume dairy: No, my babe is allergic through breastmilk

      Do you drink coffee or tea: one cup green tea/day

      Motivator for switching to Primal: Added gut healing. My baby has lots of allergies due to our leaky guts. Also weight loss (about 15lb) and controlling hypoglycemia.

      Favorite exercise: Walking. I really look forward to getting strong though.

      Favorite Primal food: Well I was veg for 15 years (quit a few years ago) so meat meat meat. Especially pork belly.

      Best part about being Primal: No bloating, reflux after meals, no feeling guilty for what I eat.

      Worst part about being Primal: I think the social aspects. I can not ethically eat CAFO meat, so restaurants and other people's homes don't have a lot to offer so I wind up bringing all our food everywhere which is probably rude and weird.
      Adding minerals wherever I can.


      • Your location: Norway

        Age (If you want):33

        How Primal are you: just started 5 days ago, but so far no grain, but dairy

        Do you consume dairy: yes I do

        Do you drink coffee or tea: black coffee. white and green tea

        Motivator for switching to Primal: this past year has consisted of an angioplasty, finding out I had a hernia, no energy, headaches.... and I am only 33
        and a single mom so I want to change it all!! Have been a vegetarian since I was 16, but obviously it has done me no good

        Favorite exercise: walking/ hiking

        Favorite Primal food: too early to say, but love salmon. and coconut

        Best part about being Primal: I've only done this for 5 days and I can already feel a difference!! I actually have more energy, no headache today, no heartburn

        Worst part about being Primal: it's more expensive than I can afford. But I am thinking that's until I figure it all out- easier ways to make things, and cheaper ways. And it's hard making two meals, if my kids don't like what I am having. But they'll get there as well


        • Your location: Amsterdam, Netherlands (but am Swedish)

          Age (If you want): 28

          How Primal are you: Um...probably about 70% when it comes to food, and 40% when it comes to the rest...

          Do you consume dairy: Yes. But thinking of cutting it out for a bit (although the thought of no feta cheese scares me)

          Do you drink coffee or tea: 3 espressos/day

          Motivator for switching to Primal: Weight control. Want to lose a little, but most of all want to maintain weight effortlessly once I'm at my goal.

          Favorite exercise: Walking

          Favorite Primal food: Steak, grilled chicken, butter!

          Best part about being Primal: Not being hungry all the time, and the "this makes total sense" lightbulb that went off in my head when I first started reading about this (through Low-Carb High-Fat blogs in Sweden)

          Worst part about being Primal: The social bit. Trying to turn down mum's home made bread without hurting her feelings :s


          • Originally posted by timconradinc View Post
            In other forums I've been a member of in the past - at least for small communities - there's been a 'introduce yourself' thread with some questions that people can answer. I know that there are people reading this forum that are fully primal, partially primal, and are considering it. I thought that I'd put some questions together to cover these things just to get an idea of who's out there.

            The Questions:

            Your location: southwest washington

            Age (If you want): 29

            How Primal are you: newly say 90% thus far.

            Do you consume dairy: not anymore.

            Do you drink coffee or tea: green tea.

            Motivator for switching to Primal: time to switch it up! i was doing low carb, but i felt that all the dairy and a lot of fat was bogging me down, if you will. so ive ditched the dairy, coffee, processed meats and artificial sweeteners, and added in more veggies, and a bit of fruit. im trying to lose the last bit of fat and keep it off.

            Favorite exercise: LEG DAY.

            Favorite Primal food: meat.

            Best part about being Primal: feels clean.

            Worst part about being Primal: well right now, im still new, so its hard to say. im doing this mainly for fat loss.
            mattie o


            • Your location: Poulsbo WA USA

              Age (If you want): 43

              How Primal are you: 85%

              Do you consume dairy: Yes! Milk, cream, cheeses, butter, sour cream, eggs from our chickens (when they're laying). No problems with dairy. So far.

              Do you drink coffee or tea: Latte's, one M -F, maybe two on the weekends. Might also add a bit of brandy and coffee liquor.

              Motivator for switching to Primal: Dear Husband heard Mark on the radio, insisted "we" (that would be me) research it and see if it's sane. It totally is. He's much happier and he's also losing that spare tire. I'm a reformed (recovering?) Weight Watchers receptionist. This is totally weird to me, I can tell you that. But it's really nice to have some serious meat and eggs for breakfast and not be stark raving mad with hunger long before lunchtime. It's the fat thing that is quite foreign, considering the CW these days.

              Favorite exercise: Walking with the DH, when he will. Otherwise, hiking with a heavy pack. I don't get to do the favorite very often, so I mostly stick with fast walking on breaks at work, then lifting weights after work two or three times per week, and sprinting around the pasture, trying to beat Timmeh (the goat) to the finish line.

              Favorite Primal food: Grass fed steak (top sirloin) with roasted brussels sprouts. I loves me some roasted beets, too, with a bit of feta and lemon juice. YUMMM!

              Best part about being Primal: Getting DH in on the gardening thing. But he still hates beets. I adore them. There are three rows of beets, all in different stages of growth (seed, sprouted and just about to pull . DH is a bit protective of the brussels sprouts and cauliflower rows, and that is some serious progress in the acceptance of vegetables to him.

              Worst part about being Primal: I have a bad, BAD baking habit. This is a very difficult adjustment! Nut flours, quality ones, are rather spendy. That said, I did spend some dough - have to have dough to make cookies. But - have you ever eaten too many almond-flour chocolate chip cookies? I get a belly ache, of course. So I have backed off of making those too often. But too many of those is a different beast than too many wheat-flour based cookies. And . . . a year ago I was adapting cookie recipes with pureed beans substituting half of the fat and damn it, they were good. But it was whole wheat flour and substituting beans with fat now makes no sense whatsoever. I'll get over the baking thing, maybe. But a good Apple Brown Betty just screams for oats. I may just submit for that little bit. OH jeez. Rant off! Sorry! And here I was just supposed to introduce myself. Oy. : ) Been lurking for months.


              • I'm sp happy to be here.
                I'm Kyu, from Singapore.


                • Your location: Miami, FL - Subject to change many times at least within the next year, starting end of July '10, Hawaii-Japan-Vietnam-Philippines-Thailand-???-???, all with at least 2 weeks stay, can't wait to share experiences on primal living abroad!

                  Age (If you want): 27

                  How Primal are you: 98%, I love and agree with almost everything, my biggest beef is nuts, because of high omega 6 and poor preparation practices. Risks outweigh benefits. I also don't consume loads of fruits/veggies, walk barefoot outside, only get sun 2-3x/wk (the sun is STRONG in so-fla, so I think I get enough), I should be playing more

                  Do you consume dairy: only loads of butter and ghee

                  Do you drink coffee or tea: green and ginger tea a cup/day

                  Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm health conscious and it makes sense, it's how we're suppose to live in our natural form

                  Favorite exercise: sports mainly basketball, also long scenic walks

                  Favorite Primal food: ny-strip although I never buy it because of price, so I'll go with a whole roasted chicken incl/organs and ice cold coconut milk

                  Best part about being Primal: the feeling of evolving rather than devolving! It's easy, fun, well worth it. Primal till I Die!

                  Worst part about being Primal: being nit-picky what you put in your mouth, but that's Big Agra's fault! One day I'll live in a pristine forest or farm, and never read an ingredients list again!


                  • Hello! My name is Isabella, hence the username. XD

                    Age (If you want): 17 years old! I'm a young one, alright.

                    How Primal are you: Not as much as I'd like to be. When I have my own house things WILL be different. I'm going to even kill my own chickens! Mhmm. =3

                    Do you consume dairy: On occasion but I feel it is going to be a bit less common on account of the fact I discovered coconut kefir today... and I yogurt today made me feel absolutely awful.

                    Do you drink coffee or tea: I went through I coffee kick for a while but now it's only tea. Kinda not liking the teeth stains. =/

                    Motivator for switching to Primal: In a nut shell, I saw a video on youtube. (Ha. Pun.)

                    Favorite exercise: Oooh! Anything with free or body weight.

                    Favorite Primal food: Well, coconut.

                    Best part about being Primal: Oh my gosh. The strength and the energy. I used to have it and then I had a relapse in which I gained 20lbs. 20lbs may have been a good thing but not when it was from pizza and chocolate chip scones. I'd prefer something more primal, please.

                    Worst part about being Primal: Living with carbohydrate freaks that are pre and type 2 diabetic and not being able to do anything about it.. Oh! And being tempted by the sweet carb-y treats that they make consistantly throughout the year. There are brownies downstairs right now. Dinner one night consisted of white pasta, pizza, and french bread. What the heck? I had a frowny face that night.


                    • Dinner one night consisted of white pasta, pizza, and french bread. What the heck? I had a frowny face that night.
                      I know the feeling. I'm currently home for the summer from school, and my parents pull the same crap all the time. welcome!!!!!!

                      Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
                      Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
                      With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
                      Let me forget about today until tomorrow

                      MY PRIMAL JOURNAL
                      MY PUBLIC FITDAY JOURNAL


                      • Your location: California's Central Coast

                        Age (If you want): 30

                        How Primal are you: Pretty primal. Don't know what the percentage is, but no grains, no potatoes (sweet potatoes once a week or so).

                        Do you consume dairy: Yes, mostly raw. I eat plain yogurt almost daily.

                        Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea, mostly herbal.

                        Motivator for switching to Primal: I'm a sugar/grain addict. If I have just a bit, all bets are off. Then come the consequences. Truth be told, I'm sick of it. I need the structure of PB to keep me focused on what I know is good for me, and will keep me in excellent health for what I hope will be many more years.

                        Favorite exercise: Hiking, trail sprinting, kettlebells, yoga

                        Favorite Primal food: Ooh, that's a tough one. I love organ meats, bone marrow, the juicy bit of fat on the side of a nice thick lamb chop. Major food lover here... please don't make me choose!

                        Best part about being Primal: Optimum health through natural effort. I never was a chronic cardio fan, even when I thought it was good for me.

                        Worst part about being Primal: I thought it would be giving up some of my favorite things: warm sourdough bread slathered in butter, Portuguese sopas (french bread soaked in beef broth with mint), certain desserts and the like. However, I intend to enjoy such things once in a *very* great while when the mood is right, and to really savor them. So the answer is none.


                        • Your location: Virginia US

                          Age (If you want): 30

                          How Primal are you: Not very but am curious and thinking about trying to become more primal eat pretty healthy other than the grains

                          Do you consume dairy: yes

                          Do you drink coffee or tea: yes

                          Motivator for switching to Primal: Trying to make sure i properly fuel my body for being active and healthy for life.

                          Favorite exercise: running and complex exercises that use strength and balance

                          Favorite Primal food: who doesn't love bacon?

                          Best part about being Primal: not really primal yet but i enjoy eating healthy and exercising

                          Worst part about being Primal: n/a


                          • hello all!


                            Your location: rochester, ny

                            Age (If you want): 35

                            How Primal are you: 98% (like i have a formula to determine this)

                            Do you consume dairy: only when i have to test the ice creams that i make for work as a pastry chef.

                            Do you drink coffee or tea: both.

                            Motivator for switching to Primal: multiple reasons, but longevity is the primary one.

                            Favorite exercise: anything with a kettlebell.

                            Favorite Primal food: meat. steak.

                            Best part about being Primal: the energy!

                            Worst part about being Primal: not having been Primal longer.


                            • Your location:Oregon

                              Age (If you want): mid 30s

                              How Primal are you:80% or more

                              Do you consume dairy:Occasionally

                              Do you drink coffee or tea:yes

                              Motivator for switching to Primal:health, logic

                              Favorite exercise:all of them! Since dropping grains, I am finding that my taste for exercise is frequently more than my body can handle. I have to be very careful to not overdo things.

                              Favorite Primal food: Meat. Veggies. Eating this way is so much better than the way I used to eat, it is hard to pick just one thing. Everything has so much flavor now!

                              Best part about being Primal: Becoming more healthy, and knowing I have added years to my life.

                              Worst part about being Primal: People thinking I am crazy, but they've always thought that about me, and who really cares what others think of me, anyway?


                              • The Questions:

                                Your location: Boulder, CO

                                Age (If you want): 23

                                How Primal are you: Ha! Not very, yet. I've dabbled and now have the opportunity to take it to the next level.

                                Do you consume dairy: Cheese and yogurt.

                                Do you drink coffee or tea: Tea. Unsweetened, usually green.

                                Motivator for switching to Primal: Health

                                Favorite exercise: I get a kick out of doing overhead squats at the gym because all the meatheads are shocked that a little girl can do that. My favorite things to do in the world are climb (trees, rocks, literal and figurative ladders) and wander around my wonderful state.

                                Favorite Primal food: Berries

                                Best part about being Primal: Feeling good

                                Worst part about being Primal: I like bread a lot.