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  • I am going to be a nightmare when/if I ever have children. I imagine I'll have more self confidence by then and not terribly polite to pushy nurses or doctors.
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    • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
      I am going to be a nightmare when/if I ever have children. I imagine I'll have more self confidence by then and not terribly polite to pushy nurses or doctors.
      When I was younger and on my family's medical coverage, I wasn't comfortable finding a new doctor if my current one didn't agree with my lifestyle choices.

      I am older now, and blessed with great PPO insurance. If I don't like someone, I don't have to see them, and I have dropped doctors in the past because they were bullies or didn't really seem to give a shit. The gynecologist who left me bleeding heavily because he ratcheted the speculum too hard and chewed me out for not having had a Pap smear in two years at the age of 22? He did not get a repeat visit.

      And yeah, I know my situation is not typical for a US resident, but I am grateful that I have these choices. Some of them are my own; I pay for the privilege, but I'm glad to have the option to do so.

      In her defense, she seemed like she was new. The last nurse there was very polite. This one was young and, I suspect, idealistic.

      My doctor's great, though, and that's really all I care about!

      Rant ovah!
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      • All good news I also have PPO and it's pretty good. My doctors office is very holistic oriented, so people aren't weirded out by me using 5-HTP for depression instead of Prozac, but they are still rather CW with grain-pushing etc. Easy enough to deal with, but I get nervous about seeing someone new because some doctors can be real jerks when you resist them.
        Last edited by namelesswonder; 10-24-2012, 12:38 PM.
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        • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
          All good news I also have PPO and it's pretty good. My doctors office is very holistic oriented, so people aren't weirded out by me using 5-HTP for depression instead of Prozac, but they are still rather CW with grain-pushing etc. Easy enough to deal with, but I get nervous about seeing someone new because some doctors can be real jerks when you resist them.
          I think the key is often to find a younger doctor.

          Yeah. I just remind myself that they're providing a service, and if they aren't going to bend, I should go get my service elsewhere.
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          • Accountability and Sujeonggwa

            I made sujeonggwa (persimmon tea - 수정과) last night after reading that persimmons are a natural remedy for heartburn. I cut the sugar in half (the recipe asked for a full cup; I used 1/2 cup of honey) and I have it cooling in my work fridge. We'll see if it works! Aferwards I had a bunch of dried persimmons left over, so I brought those in to snack on. They're delish.

            Breakfast
            2 strips thin bacon
            1 banana
            Couple bites of cottage cheese
            12 oz Half-caff

            Lunch
            Chopped basil chicken
            Salad
            1/2 cup sujeonggwa

            Snack
            Frozen yogurt
            Dried persimmon

            Dinner
            Bunless cheeseburger
            Salad
            Fries with ketchup
            Chocolate coke
            I really need to stop stress eating like this.


            And here's my recipe for sujeonggwa. Note that I haven't tasted it yet, and I've never made it, so who knows if it's any good?
            • 10 cinnamon sticks
            • 1 medium-sized hand ginger, sliced (I didn't bother peeling it, just rinsed and scrubbed a bit)
            • 10 cups water
            • 1/2 cup honey
            • 4 dried persimmons, stems removed
            • Pine nuts, garnish
            1. Bring water, cinnamon, and ginger to a boil and set a timer for 30 minutes. Your house will smell amazing and your significant others may wander in and stick their faces in the pot to get a whiff. At the end, strain into a large enough container and add the honey. Stir to incorporate. Add the persimmons and leave to cool completely. Serve in small cups with a couple pinenuts sprinkled on top, if desired.
            2. To me, this smells/tastes highly concentrated. I will probably dilute it with water, but that's up to you and your particular tastes. You may also want to add more or less honey. You can fish out the persimmons and eat them, or slice them and add them to the tea. Or throw them away. Though you'd be a horrible person if you did that.


            My Korean coworkers are very curious to try this, and I'm nervous to share it with them, but who knows? Maybe it'll be great.
            Last edited by onalark; 10-26-2012, 09:19 AM.
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            • I've had a headache since Sunday. Not exactly fun. It gets worse throughout the day and seems to increase when I exert myself. So I'm guessing stress and blood pressure. Maybe I should ponder doing yoga before bed?

              I stress ate yesterday. My last hour of work was fighting fires, and then when I went to drive home there was a massive back up on the freeway and my normally 20 minute commute turned into an hour+. I somehow didn't snack between 3 and 8 PM (lunch did not sit well), and so by the time I got home I was exhausted, grumpy, and ready to curl up on the couch. Mr. Onalark opted to take me to a diner. And that, my friends, is how I ended up eating french fries.

              Breakfast
              2 thin bacon strips
              1 banana
              1 hard boiled egg
              12 oz half-caff coffee
              Scrambled eggs are still making my stomach turn. Hard boiled are easy to eat. No idea why.

              Lunch
              Chicken Ensenada platter, no tortilla strips, ranch dressing

              Snack
              Fruit snacks
              Hardboiled egg
              Cheese stick

              Dinner
              1/4 oz grassfed steak
              Green beans
              Salad with tomatoes and cucumbers
              King mushrooms sauteed with butter, garlic, and shallots
              Dark chocolate and sunflower butter
              Despite all the veggies, was still hungry after dinner. Hence, the chocolate and sunflower butter.
              Last edited by onalark; 10-26-2012, 09:47 PM.
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              • More salt, or less, maybe? I got dehydrated recently and downing some warm water with sea salt seemed to get rid of the headache. Now I'm not sure how long I need to keep that up before I'll dehydrate myself from the salt =P
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                • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                  More salt, or less, maybe? I got dehydrated recently and downing some warm water with sea salt seemed to get rid of the headache. Now I'm not sure how long I need to keep that up before I'll dehydrate myself from the salt =P
                  Anything's worth a shot! Yeah, I've pondered if it's a too much/too little salt thing. Thanks.
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                  • Sitting around and knitting, watching episodes of Teen Wolf, waiting for Mr. Onalark to wake up. Your typical Saturday.

                    My massage got canceled. This makes me sad. Was looking forward to it, and unfortunately they can't find another therapist on short notice who'll touch a pregnant lady. QQ moar, I know.

                    Thinking about making sweet potato bars from Sweet Potato Power. Got one sweet potato baking away as I type. Also probably going to make another batch of garlic-dill pickles because the last batch was soooo goooood.

                    Breakfast
                    Half-caff with half and half and honey
                    1 spoon sunflower butter
                    Raspberries
                    1/2 persimmon
                    I need to get something in my stomach while I wait for the other half to crawl out of the bedcave. The queasiness is mostly subsided, but most mornings if I haven't eaten within an hour or so of waking, I'll regret it.

                    Brunch
                    Buckwheat-buttermilk pancakes
                    2 strips thick bacon
                    1 duck egg
                    Syrup, butter, raspberries, persimmons
                    Half-caff with half and half and honey

                    Dinner
                    Cheeseburger
                    Pickled beets
                    Ice cream
                    This is my actual, planned 20% day for the week.

                    Snack
                    Sweet potato bar
                    These are baking right now!
                    Last edited by onalark; 10-27-2012, 11:37 PM.
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                    • Nom Nom Paleo (the blog) loves those SP bars. It's probably the only reason why I'd buy the book, I'm totally interested in making them hahah. I'd probably eat them all for a few days of meals though =P
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                      • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                        Nom Nom Paleo (the blog) loves those SP bars. It's probably the only reason why I'd buy the book, I'm totally interested in making them hahah. I'd probably eat them all for a few days of meals though =P
                        Yeah, the book's not worth it. If you've read Sisson/Wolf/Cordain, you've got what you need. The recipes are okay, but nothing amazing; maybe if I was more active or interested in putting more calories in my diet I'd be more interested in them. That's my three-sentence review.

                        And yeah, Nom Nom's photos are what keep reminding me that I want to make these. :x Derp!

                        Here's the sweet potato bar recipe:
                        • 1/2 cup yam puree (bake a medium-sized yam until soft and scoop out the insides; she recommends 1 hour at 400 degrees)
                        • 1/3 cup honey
                        • 2 eggs
                        • 1 cup blanched almond flour
                        • 1/4 tsp ground sea salt
                        • 1/2 tsp baking soda
                        • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
                        • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
                        • 1/4 tsp cloves

                        1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Process yam flesh in a food processor until puree consistency, then add honey and eggs and process for 2 minutes. Add dry flour and seasonings. Pulse for 1 minute.
                        2. Pour into a greased, 8-inch baking dish. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cut into 9 squares. Serve.
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                        • Had a headache this morning. Went out and did yard work, during which the headache briefly surged and...now is gone.

                          Also, I have no heartburn.

                          Ugh. This all just sort of indicates that working at a desk is a general malaise that isn't doing me any favors. And yet, that's what I do. That's what makes us money. That's what I enjoy. Blargh.
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                          • Notes on the sweet potato bars:
                            • Juuust a touch too sweet. Will drop the honey down to 1/4 cup next time.
                            • I added ginger. In fact, I amped up on all the spices. Doubled the cinnamon, used mace instead of nutmeg.
                            • Dried tart fruits (raisins, cherries, apricots) would probably also be welcome batter mix-ins. Nuts, too. Chocolate chips? Don't be crazy. (Okay, maybe be crazy. I bet they'd be good, actually. White chocolate especially.)
                            • Used a 9x9 pan, and glad now I didn't trust my new oven. 30-35 minutes would have overcooked them. 20 minutes was just enough.
                            • As long as paleo baked goods keep sticking to my bakeware, I will continue using Pam. SORRY, PALEOSPHERE.
                            • These are good with sunflower butter. Going to take a wild guess and say that they'd also taste great with jam.
                            • Going to take an even WILDER guess and say that a cream cheese-cinnamon frosting would turn these into an unspeakably good snack cake.
                            • Hm. Wonder if this could be rolled like a spongecake and turned into a jellyroll? Hmmmmm.
                            • Speaking of jam: if I ever want to make a paleo "fool" (or parfait), these would probably fit the bill for the spongy cakestuff.
                            • Sidenote: I love fools.

                            Pretty easy. Would make again, provided I have blanched almond flour in the hizzouse (I often don't).
                            Last edited by onalark; 10-28-2012, 12:08 AM.
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                            • Got a pork roast roasting away, low n' slow (250 degrees until it's done), which I will later turn into what my mom calls "pork barbeque" (really just shredded, roasted pork with a sauce of vinegar and sugar). Pork roast is stupid simple; I expect the coleslaw to actually take longer to prep than the chunk of meat. Get your baking vessel (I use my 6 quart enamel dutch oven), scatter a sliced onion along the bottom, put the chunk of meat (3-4 pounds, frozen or fresh, though frozen will obviously take longer to cook) on top of the onion bed, and then season it. Seasoning can be salt and pepper (in which case, use a lot of pepper), or what my mom does: salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. I'm actually trying it without the Worcestershire this time, instead using a leftover rib rub I had in my cupboard. Then you add about a half inch of water, put a lid on it (if it isn't tight-fitting, then seal it with some aluminum foil, because you want to keep moisture IN), and shove it in an oven to be forgotten. You can cook it hotter than 250, depends on whether you want it to cook 3 hours or 5, but I wouldn't go over 350 degrees. When it's shreddable, shred it, then toss it in a 30/30/30 mix of brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and the leftover juices in the pot. There should be plenty, but if there isn't, then use water.

                              I'm also planning on using a little mustard in my sauce this time, because that's Carolina barbeque to me. I'll let you know how it all turns out.

                              Also in the pipe cooking-wise: Dill pickles, and planning on pre-prepping a chicken pot pie from Joyful Abode. She used to post here, and I like her blog, so I figure it's worth giving it a whirl.

                              Breakfast
                              Apple-onion-sausage hash with 1 duck egg
                              Sweet potato bar with pumpkin cream cheese
                              Triple H (Half-caff with Honey and Half-n-half)

                              Lunch
                              1/2 chicken breast, some mayo and sriracha
                              1/2 carrot (raw)
                              1/2 cheese stick
                              1 cup spiced apple cider
                              Sweet potato bar with pumpkin cream cheese
                              Eating assorted scraps of food from food prep and tasting. Not really lunch so much as, "I'm hungry. Let's eat this chicken breast I just stewed."

                              Dinner
                              Mom's "Pork Barbeque"
                              Buttermilk Coleslaw (homemade)
                              Green beans with butter
                              Gluten free chocolate chip cookie and milk
                              Last edited by onalark; 10-28-2012, 08:34 PM.
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                              • Two and a half pounds of pork left over. Froze a pound, fridged a pound, put five ounces of it into a tiffin along with the remaining coleslaw and green beans.

                                The chicken pot pie filling tastes great. Tweaked the hell out of it, but the framework is there. I added rosemary, sage, and thyme, nixed the zukes in favor of fennel, and double-downed on the celery because I lurrrrv it. My husband claims he can taste the cashews, but I just rolled my eyes at him. Looking forward to eating that Tuesday or Wednesday. We'll see where it lands.

                                So again today...no heartburn, my headache is still there, but not nearly as bad as it was during the week. Either I've turned a corner, or work is impacting my health. Hrm. We'll see how the day goes tomorrow.
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