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  • #16
    Minds wandering to happy places are a good thing.

    I keep stevia around for friends these days but I never feel the desire to use it myself. I think, after a while on Primal, your taste buds sort of re-set to where stevia tastes just too intense.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Mandolin View Post
      Just Checking In

      Hour 25 of fasting. I'll easily make it until morning. What's the longest you've fasted?
      I do 24 hrs fasts quite often maybe 3-4 times a week. I do from dinner one night to dinner the next but don't really count the hours all that carefully.

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      • #18
        Blast From the Past
        I keep a stash of old measurements. Body measurements. While this might sound really weird, I find it quite motivating to look back and see how far I've come. For instance, 3 years ago, I was 28.5lbs heavier than I am now. Wowza. The sad part is, I got skinnier, then heavier, then skinner, then heavier yet again. So much for CW dieting and exercise. I ran and ran and ran. At first I lost 15lbs. Then nothing. So I ran some more. Nothing. Quit running for the season (getting cold out!), chowed down some Thanksgiving dinner, and 4 days later started the Primal Blueprint. I've been losing ever since. I'm glad 3 years from now I won't be looking back in disgust :/ Honestly, though, I can't wait for warmth and sunshine~especially since I'll be looking forward to my short, intense runs, instead of dreading them like the old long, slow ones. Does anyone see any reason it would be dumb of me to sign up for a 5k this spring? It's only 3 miles, and it's not like I have to train my rear off. I see no harm. Thoughts? Really, I'm just in it for the free t-shirt and door prizes

        On to my day:

        How Long Did the Fast Last?
        38 hours

        And the rest of my day looked like this:
        B: Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps (un-freakin-believably good after a 38 hour fast!)
        L: Deviled Egg, a few almonds
        D: Roasted Turkey, carrots, garlicky green beans, mashed cauliflower & cream cheese

        Best. Turkey. Ever. for dinner tonight. Super juicy, and perfectly seasoned. I <3 Martha Stewart! Plus, I have plenty left over for soup or "turkey salad" (like the chicken stuff I had for breakfast...damn, that was tasty, too!)

        I'm really excited to make these gyoza's on Thursday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lBy8kOD78E. Has anyone tried these? The look scrumptious!

        No real workout today--a few pull-ups (negatives) here and there as I passed the bar. Most of my day has been spent cooking~my house smells like Thanksgiving <3

        Time for some cuddles with my babes, cleaning up the kitchen, reading my book, and sleep.

        Oh, and my favorite "nothing-to-do-with-Primal-but-I-think-it's-funny" quote of the day comes from my husband: "No self-respecting man watches Glee...unless he's glay."
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        • #19
          Pictures!

          I chickened out and edited my post. I promise to post "before" and "afters" when I'm satisfied with the "after!"

          Today's Menu:
          B: Chicken Salad, scoop of coconut oil, peppermint tea
          L: Nada.
          D: "Primal" Pizza w/ the works. Delicious to the last banana pepper.
          S: 2 squares 86% chocolate. Ahhhh...heaven.

          I've been feeling hungry. I eat a lot of fat...I'm thinking I need to up my veg intake. I was doing awesome for a while with BAS every day, but it's been too freakin' cold for rabbit food :/ I'll try harder. Meanwhile, I DO have some squash and parsnips to cook up. Those always leave me feeling toasty

          Another problem? I spend far too much time sitting here reading the forums. I need to set up an internet schedule and actually stick to it. I could be getting in some quality slow moving, dammit! Oy, time to get of my ass. before it turns into that "before" picture again
          Last edited by Mandolin; 02-12-2011, 05:24 PM. Reason: Delete pics
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          • #20
            Well done! That is some serious progress there. Lookin' hot girl.

            I know what you mean about thighs having some daylight between them. I'm finding recently that my thighs don't rub together anymore when I walk making my shorts ride up and bunch up between them. We need to celebrate these small victories on the way to perfection.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Mandolin View Post
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              B: Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps (un-freakin-believably good after a 38 hour fast!)

              Best. Turkey. Ever. for dinner tonight. Super juicy, and perfectly seasoned. I <3 Martha Stewart!
              will you share your methods for cooking both the chicken and turkey?

              I'm really excited to make these gyoza's on Thursday: Has anyone tried these? The look scrumptious!
              I have! Love them! In fact, i made a bunch up for my out-of-town trip last weekend and they sustained me for a meal!

              You should be so proud of yourself for as far as you have come! You really look great! You must feel wonderful, too!

              Way to go!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                Well done! That is some serious progress there. Lookin' hot girl.

                I know what you mean about thighs having some daylight between them. I'm finding recently that my thighs don't rub together anymore when I walk making my shorts ride up and bunch up between them. We need to celebrate these small victories on the way to perfection.
                Thanks! I hate when shorts do that, too. Hopefully this summer I won't have that problem.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by it1958 View Post
                  will you share your methods for cooking both the chicken and turkey?
                  Absolutely! This may get lengthy, but believe me, it's worth it. I usually do the chickens the same way I do the turkeys~only on a much smaller scale

                  Dry-Brined Roasted Turkey

                  For Dry Brining:
                  1 whole fresh turkey (about 18lbs) ~ leftovers!
                  2 tsp chopped fresh thyme (or dried if you don't have fresh~no worries)
                  Coarse salt & freshly ground pepper

                  1. On the day before roasting, rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry with paper towels. Mix together 1/2C salt & the thyme. Season generously with pepper. Rub salt mixture on the following turkey parts in these amounts: cavity (2 Tbsp), legs (2 tsp each), wings (1 tsp each), breast halves (2 Tbsp each). Gently separate skin from breast, and rub remaining salt mixture under the skin on each side. Transfer bird to a deep pan, and cover. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

                  2. Drain accumulated juices from cavity, and pat inside of turkey dry w/ paper towels. Transfer to a large roasting pan fitted w/ a roasting rack, and place breast side up. Bring to room temperature; 1 1/2 - 2 hours! Pat dry again, inside and out.

                  For Roasting:
                  1/4 C finely chopped fresh sage, plus 6 sprigs
                  1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme, plus 12 sprigs
                  4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
                  3 dried bay leaves
                  2 tart apples, sliced 1/2" thick (cores reserved)
                  1 onion, quartered
                  2 celery stalks, sliced into 1" pieces
                  2 C water, plus more if needed

                  1. Preheat oven to 450F, with rack in lowest position. Tuck wings under turkey. Stir chopped sage and thyme into butter, and rub over outside of turkey (sometimes I'll even rub some under the skin). Fill cavity w/ herb sprigs, bay leaves, apple cores, and onion. Tie legs together w/ kitchen twine. Scatter apples and celery around rack, and add water to pan.

                  2. Roast turkey for 30 minutes. Baste with pan juices. Reduce oven temp to 350F; roast, basting every 30 minutes for 1 1/2 hours more. Rotate pan, and add more water if pan is dry (I've never had to add more, though). Tent turkey with foil, and roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reaches 160F, about 1 hour more. Let turkey stand for 30 minutes before transferring to platter and carving. Reserve pan juices to make gravy, if desired. (Since I no longer make gravy, we just pour some of the juices on the turkey~delicious


                  Honestly, this is the best, best, BEST turkey we've ever had. Thanks to Martha Stewart's Thanksgiving issue Since we've been making our birds this way, we've been hosting (by request) Thanksgiving every year. I hope you try it! Let me know how it turns out!
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                  • #24
                    My ass hurts. I've been thinking that it's gotten a lot smaller, but along with the "lot smaller" came a "lot flatter." SO, genius that I am, I decided to add more weight to my lunges, squats, and deadlifts. Um, yeah, 1st sentence.

                    Today's Menu:
                    B: Green tea, BAS w/ kale, avocado, broccoli, onion, turkey, hb egg, olives, and balsamic vinaigrette.
                    L: Leftover "primal pizza"~just 1 slice
                    D: These gyozas:
                    along with some stir-fried zucchini, onions, and mushrooms. Absolutely fabulicious.

                    It's supposed to be somewhat warm here this weekend--in the 30s! Hoping to get out in some sunshine, because I'm really sick of this Gotham City weather On a brighter note, I'm getting ready to start some seeds~always exciting to get ready for gardening season!

                    I've loaned my copy of The Primal Blueprint out to my parents. I'm really hoping they read it. My dad's Type-2 diabetic and around 400+lbs. My mother has high blood pressure, adrenal tumors (that she's getting removed in 2 weeks--possibly cancerous), thyroid issues, among other things. It's hard to change people's attitudes about health, even though they're getting no results with CW (unless masked symptoms and side effects = results). Only time will tell.

                    On to the weekend. Hope everyone's is grand!
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Mandolin View Post
                      My ass hurts. I've been thinking that it's gotten a lot smaller, but along with the "lot smaller" came a "lot flatter." SO, genius that I am, I decided to add more weight to my lunges, squats, and deadlifts. Um, yeah, 1st sentence.
                      Jealous! I've yet to have my butt hurt from a workout, although I'll keep trying.
                      Originally posted by Mandolin View Post
                      It's hard to change people's attitudes about health, even though they're getting no results with CW (unless masked symptoms and side effects = results)
                      Sad but true. My whole family eats terrible and are extremely set in their ways - I know trying to convert them would be pointless, but I'm happy to say that a little bit of my eating-style has rubbed off on them. My mom loves brussels sprouts now, and I made liver the other day and my little brother liked it way more than I did.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Enamel View Post
                        Jealous! I've yet to have my butt hurt from a workout, although I'll keep trying.
                        Try some walking lunges~works every time. If not, try holding onto a couple dumbbells while you're doing them. I also swear by following my lunges & squats w/ the lower body sequence of my Windsor Pilates DVD. Your buns will be burnin!
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                        • #27
                          Mouthgasm

                          Caution, This Post May Stimulate Your Appetite

                          I love looking at food. My husband HATES when I call him into the office to look at a new food blog I've discovered~sorry, honey! That being said, I also like to take pictures of my meals. Here's a little peak at some of my last few:


                          Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Omelet


                          Egg, Cheese, and Jam Breakfast Sandwich


                          Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Cream Cheese Cabbage, and Mixed Green Salad w/ Egg~Doesn't it look like that sausage wants to reach right out and touch you?


                          Eggs and Leftover Cream Cheese Cabbage


                          Deluxe Bacon Cheese Venison Burger *drool*

                          A new wordpress blog is in the works~I'll be posting food pics, recipes, etc...all Primal Friendly, of course. I'll be sure to link it here once it's up and running!

                          I'm off to get some groceries, take the pup (and kiddos) for a walk, and enjoy the heatwave (42F~woo hoo!).
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                          • #28
                            Wow! These are GREAT!!! Def. drool-worthy!
                            Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
                            Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
                            Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

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                            • #29
                              Beautiful photos! That egg and cheese sandwich looks positively divine, although I've never heard of jam with eggs and cheese - what kind of jam do you use?

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                              • #30
                                Drool inducing food porn indeed.

                                About your sore rear. I hiked 12 miles up some really steeeep slopes yesterday so mine hurts too. Doesn't make either one of ours feel better but I just wanted to say, "I feel your pain."

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