Meet Carmen and Poppy – the heart, soul and passion behind Primal CORE Australia.


Carmen and Poppy met in their first year of high school more than 30 years ago and quickly became best friends.

Following school, they kept in touch for many years, but as their family and work commitments grew, sadly saw less and less of each other until they were only getting together on their birthdays.

From 2012 onwards, Carmen watched with amazement as Poppy started dropping weight and looking better and better from one year to the next.

By 2017, Poppy had lost 30 kilograms, and the two girls went to a health seminar together, where their friendship picked up exactly where it left off, and they soon discovered that they had even more in common than they’d realised.

Not only had they both enjoyed careers in sales, but both were now living with chronic pain and ill health.

In Carmen's case, constant aches and pains, brain fog and fatigue were caused by a dizzying array of health problems, including the muscle condition fibromyalgia, genetic condition pyroluria (which can result in widespread physical and emotional symptoms), digestive issues (leaky gut syndrome and gastritis), plus autoimmune disease (including subclinical thyroid disease).

Poppy, on the other hand, had suffered from lower back pain since her late teens – and it had only worsened thanks to the pregnancy-related weight gain she was now working so hard to shift.

In her early 30s she’d been diagnosed with a condition called spondylolisthesis (in which a vertebra slips forward, compressing the spinal cord and/or nerves). She was also experiencing disc problems, sciatica and thyroid problems, so like Carmen, was dealing with pain and tiredness on an ongoing basis.

The parallels in their lives didn’t end there – both ladies had independently embarked on a journey back to good health that was founded on increasing their exercise and activity levels and changing the way they ate.

Through extensive trial and error, both subsequently discovered that sticking to a paleo or primal diet helped them enormously. Carmen found the anti-inflammatory benefits brought relief to her aching body, and helped her cope with and manage her health problems. Poppy, on the other hand, found that combined with her now well-entrenched love of fitness, this way of eating supported her in the weight loss goals she’d been working towards since 2012.

Carmen and Poppy knew that maintaining a high protein intake is a core component of a healthy paleo or primal lifestyle and were keen on using protein powders as a concentrated and convenient way to top up their daily intake of protein from food sources.

They thought it’d be simple to find paleo and primal protein powders and supplements, but like many other people with chronic health problems, they had to be careful what they ate, and soon found that the products available tended to give them digestive symptoms.

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After searching fruitlessly for a product to meet their own needs, Carmen and Poppy decided to take the bull by the horns and create a new wave of protein powders and collagen supplements that fit neatly into their paleo and primal lifestyles and were specially formulated to be low in allergens and ingredients that tend to aggravate leaky gut syndrome and other health issues.

The result is Primal CORE Australia, an innovative range of paleo- and primal-approved foods that not only taste amazing but also support your health needs and your training and lifestyle goals.

✔ Paleo-friendly
✔ Gluten-Free
✔ Primal-friendly
✔ Dairy and Nut-Free*
✔ Low allergen
 Soy-free*
✔ Low FODMAPs
 No fillers
✔ Stevia Sweetened
✔ No thickeners


See the full range of products here >>

* NB: Produced in a facility that also processes milk products, soy and nuts