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    B - 2 eggs scrambled in butter

    - almond milk (have to get unsweetened at the store this afternoon)


    L - tin of sardines in olive oil with olives (not sure I have sardine-love)

    - butternut squash soup

    - apple with 1 tbsp sunbutter

    - water


    D - will have:

    - grass-fed beef hamburgers

    - fresh tomatoes from the garden with homemade mayo

    - lettuce from garden

    - small sweet potato with butter -i know these are not primal, but I am not cutting tubers out completely yet

    - peaches


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    fresh tomatoes from the garden- my favorite food ever!

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      3 mile walk last night. I love my new Nike Free 5.0 shoes - they aren't barefoot but they are close. My feet feel great after walking in these.


      B-almond pancakes (egg, almond flour, baking soda, almond milk) with blackberries, pat of butter, coconut oil for making pancakes


      Lots of grok like stuff to do today. I have to clean up the barn (horse/chicken manure!), weed the gardens, do some mowing and trimming, give the dog a bath. Better get started - it's supposed to get hot today.

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        B-almond pancakes (egg, almond flour, baking soda, almond milk) with blackberries, pat of butter, coconut oil for making pancakes


        Followed with 2 hours of hauling wet horse manure, shoveling, raking, and heaving it onto a pile. Went on vacation and the boy doing the feeding didn't think it was necessary to pick up the piles. One week x 5 horses x no cleaning up x lots of rain = much primal exercise.


        L - leftover ribeye, broccoli salad (tasted really sweet even with the tiny amount of sugar that was in it), a chocolate covered marshmallow (yeah, i know)


        Followed with massive weeding around the driveway garden beds, pushmowing lots of heavy weeded areas, pulling weeds in the garden - 2 hours


        D - Homemade crabcakes (no bread filler - why do people think they need that stuff? egg does fine), wonderful salad with my own or local veggies - lettuce, squash, cucumber, tomato, carrot topped with homemade avocado dressing, small square of dark chocolate, unsweetened tea


        Been trying Fitday to see if I hit the carb sweet spot. Yesterday, no, thanks to sweet potato, but today, a big YES - 80g carbs. I know some of you think that is high but it is way down from what I have been probably eating.


        Fat (90g) has averaged about 50-55%. It that pretty normal? 83g protein.


        I'm not going to do Fitday long - It took me a long time to get out of diet-think and I don't want to go back there, but I think it is a good guide to give me an idea of what I should be doing.

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          69.8 carbs for the day again - Sweet spot


          B- 2 Eggs fried in butter

          Almond milk


          Snack - Boomi bar (almond meal, whey protein, honey - that's it!)


          L- Mixed salad w/dressing, some shredded cheese - limited choice since I was working and everyone else was served pizza


          D- Pork tenderloin - 2 slices fried in olive oil

          Broccoli salad

          Marshmallow, chocolate covered

          2 Plums (small yellow)


          Snack - 2 thin slices of bologna - I was starving when I got home from work and I had no protein at lunch so I popped these in. Not the best choice.


          Work on having better snacks available if needed and pack lunch for school meetings!


          2 mile walk after dinner.

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            Thursday: Carbs 115 - a little high


            B-

            Egg, scrambled in butter

            Banana muffin (almond flour, banana, honey, sunflower seeds, egg)

            Almond milk

            L-

            Pork chop

            Sweet potato with a little butter

            Marshmallow, chocolate covered

            D-

            Squash, spaghetti

            Homemade paghetti sauce with grass-fed beef

            Chocolate,dark (small square)

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              3 mile walk this morning.

              Badminton (play!) last evening.


              B-

              Banana muffin (from yesterday's recipe - no grain)

              2 eggs, fried in butter

              almond milk (unsweetened)


              L-

              leftover spaghetti squash and sauce

              choc. marshmallow

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                Bit behind - busy weekend so far. So start over today. Family cookout today and husband's birthday, so I will stay as primal as possible. I offered to bring the beef for the burgers since I have tons of grass-fed in the freezer. Made a gluten-free cake for my husband, but there is rice flour in it (Namaste cake mix). I will probably have one piece (my 80/20 day) but everything else should be quite primal. Burgers, no buns, salads, fruit.


                Went with my 21 yr old daughter to get Vibrams for her. She loves them. She runs about 3 miles per day, but had ankle soreness in regular running shoes. No ankle soreness in these after a 3 mile break-in run. The guy at the trail outfitters store nearly jumped for joy when she asked for them. He said he ran 15 miles in them last weekend and he was happy to find a kindred spirit. I tried on a pair too, but just having bought Nike Free 5.0s, I might wait a bit to splurge on these too.

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                  B-

                  1 egg

                  1 tbsp raisins/cranberries

                  1 inch piece GF cake

                  almond milk


                  L-

                  peach

                  thigh and drumstick

                  marshmallow


                  S-

                  2 inch piece of GF cake


                  D-

                  bacon

                  tomatoes

                  balsamic vinegar

                  radishes

                  marshmallow

                  2 plums


                  -Bit of a struggle with sugar today. It's hot and sticky here and for some reason, I am craving sweet stuff. I just had small amounts, but I can do better tomorrow.

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                    Less of a struggle with sugar today, but carbs still too high - about 107. However, the trend after the weekend is in the right direction.


                    I've got to get some more meat selections on the house that are quick and easy to eat. Kind of getting sick of eggs for a quick meal. I have lots of beef in the freezer, but that is hard to fix quick.


                    I did fry my eggs this evening in some chicken fat skimmed from the broth I made from a whole chicken (truly pasture-raised) this past weekend. Added a nice flavor to my omelet.


                    Ok, the GF cake is gone, so onward!

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                      Still high carbs today - 117. Definitely crunching for time affects my eating. Meat takes a while to cook! I would love to find a good recipe for jerky that does not include soy sauce so I can make some of my own from all that beef in my freezer.

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                        Better on carbs yesterday - 90. Moving in the right direction. New cookbook by Elana Amsterdam on cooking with almond flour is helping, since almond flour is much lower in carbs than grain-based flours.


                        Watching a news program this morning out of Baltimore and they are doing a story on a guy using kettlebells and sledgehammers!

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                          Carbs today - 80 - still in the right direction.

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                            Walked this morning about 3 miles. Breakfast of eggs and nitrite-free organic hotdogs (no by-products or grains). Lunch was roast beef from local stand with mayo and tomato from the garden and banana. Dinner was fried tomatoes and squash - fried in bacon grease, with bacon and tomato gravy. Gravy had some rice flour, but was worth it. Little bit of dark chocolate. A little carb heavy probably, but I only have this meal once a summer. This was a specialty of my mother's and it brings back good memories of summer days.

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                              Walked 3 miles. Almond flour muffins with blueberries and banana - no sugar. Almond milk. Chicken salad and a few chips. Roast beef with salad for dinner. Yum! 78 carbs.

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