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  • #16
    That sounds like a really healthy experience. I struggled with self-harm (and still struggle with the idea) for several years so I have an idea of what the recognition of an unhealthy infatuation with something can be like. I used to get that way over certain candies, embarrassingly enough. It is relieving when you get to the point of realizing that something just does not work for you anymore though.
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    • #17
      Dissatisfied on some level

      I'm having one of those days where I feel dissatisfied. It really started yesterday...I wanted a certain....je ne sais quas...some undefinable food that I couldn't...define...

      I made breakfast, and aiming for novelty, I cooked some bacon, some mini-sausage patties (my new thing, bite size), cauliflower grits, and eggs. It was tasty!
      Lunch was a BAS: greens, leftover steak, winter squash chunks and brussell sprouts & some herbs, etc.
      Dinner was yellow squash cut to resemble pasta topped with pasta sauce + ground sirloin.

      Today I met a friend for breakfast, which was eggs, ground sirloin, sautéed veggies, served on a bed of hash browns, which I forgot to ask them to leave off. I picked around the taters, which turned out to be about half of the food on the plate, but left the restaurant feeling like I would be hungry within the hour, and I was. Still, I had things to do. I went to the mall a half hour early for my mac class and 'mall walked', which is not my ideal place to walk, but it was 17 degrees outside, so better than nothing. I'm home now and just finished having my 2nd breakfast of the day, LOL, this time it was bacon, sirloin, eggs, and greens. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal! I also cooked winter squash cubes for a snack later, which I'll mix with coconut milk & cinnamon. I just realized I'm out of coconut milk!

      So...I'm not feeling dissatisfied on a nutritional level, and although I do get really hungry when it's time to eat, I think what I'm really wanting is novelty. I know I'm eating plenty of animal fats, and thought about making some kind of paleo scones or something. I'm hoping the butternut squash will do the trick...mildly sweet, creamy...
      Terri the Harp Player
      www.harpsinger.net

      Wherever you go, there you are!

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      • #18
        I've never tried making paleo "corn" muffins, but do know those muffin recipes can be kind of hit or miss. I tend to combine coconut flour and almond flour to try to find a medium hearty texture, as the almond flour ones are often a bit heavy and the coconut a bit overly fluffy. Some recipes fly and some flop. My daughter doesn't like anything made of almond or coconut flour but my husband and son are good with them. I do my paleo baking in infrequent, small batches--It's too easy to consume a ridiculous amount of nut meal in one sitting and that really doesn't help my weight loss efforts.
        I tried parsnips last autumn and fell in love. They're like white carrots only they smell ten times as carroty. I love to cook them into a sausage hash. Nummy!
        And yeah, gotta love those meaty paleo breakfasts. My husband makes bacon and eggs for us every Sunday. It's his main contribution to the paleo effort. No conplaints here.

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        • #19
          I can relate with the calamari. "Oh, but the protein justifies the wheat," I tell myself. That's my mantra with anything battered or fried, the ends sort of justify the means. Either it's meat so it's ok or it's a vegetable so it's ok. Tossing aside the bread or the bun or the texas toast or biscuit are not much of a problem these days, but that breading is so hard to resist. Sometimes I wonder if I'm ever going to learn...

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          • #20
            Thanks for sharing, Ms Whatsit! I know exactly what you mean!

            The corn muffins sucked, really. Nobody liked them around here. They were a little better heated and spread with some coconut butter, but at least I didn't have to worry about over eating on those, one was enough. Luckily one of my little harp students tried one and loved it, so I sent the rest of the batch home with her!

            So on with the blog...

            I ate pretty good all weekend, and the highlight was a recipe from mellisa joulwan, author of "well fed", who I now consider to be my new paleo best friend, even though we've never met. I've been hovering around her website like a vulture over roadkill, drooling, and I found a recipe I had to try:
            Stovetop Pork Carnitas Stovetop Pork Carnitas | theclothesmakethegirl

            It was awesome! It was amazingly, tantalizingly delicious! I served it to 'T' for dinner with half a baked sweet potato (I'm still working my way through the huge pile of sweet potatoes I grew this year!), and he said to me, "You are now the perfect woman!" I ordered the book!

            We have leftovers, and I think I'll serve them tonight with fajita veggiesnions, garlic, peppers, and some winter squash (also from the garden), and maybe some buttery beets (the last of my garden beets, I'll miss them so).

            Breakfast today:
            3 bacon, beet greens, eggs.

            I also started a pot of beef stock this morning: a mix of knuckle bones, ribs, and marrows, all seared in bacon fat (from breakfast) and happily swimming in my large crockpot of water. Tomorrow I'll eat any meat that separates off with a little broth, marrow, and veggies for lunch, and weds I'll strain it into jars & frig overnight. Thurs I'll brown stew meat in the tallow, and simmer with caramelized onions, garlic, carrots, parsnips (my fav sub for potatoes), and add something green at the end. YUM!!
            Terri the Harp Player
            www.harpsinger.net

            Wherever you go, there you are!

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            • #21
              Hi HarpLady!

              Oooooh! I want to try those carnitas!! I have Well Fed in my Amazon cart but haven't placed the order yet - time to do so! I am a new convert to Melissa's blog. If you like her, you might also like Michelle at Nom Nom Paleo - great recipes and glorious food porn!

              I'll be starting beef stock today too. Sounds like you have your week well planned out!

              FWIW, I am not a fan of those "paleo-ized" conventional foods. I think it's hard for us, psychologically, to not expect the taste and mouthfeel of the original, so most of the time they end up disappointing. For me, I stick with the whole foods.
              50 yo single mom
              5'3"
              Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

              Aila's Primal Journey

              "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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              • #22
                Hey Alia!
                Yeah, the carnitas were awesome! The beef stew was awesome (it always is, I admit it, I can cook). I also baked a chicken one night this week, turning the leftovers into a pot of soup. Tonight we had scotch eggs, asparagus, radishes, and bell peppers.

                I've also hung out and drooled at the nomnompaleo page. I haven't tried any of her recipes yet, but I plan to.

                I have to say, it's been a great week! I've totally kicked my French Vanilla soy creamer habit, and have been drinking my black tea with a little stevia, which I've also cut back on. I've also found that I can cut back on the fat just a little and still be satisfied. I think at first I needed more, but my body has shifted, I've started losing weight again (not a lot, but I'm down to 193), and I feel fantastic!

                This will be the test week. T & I are leaving in the morning for Puerto Vallarta, and we'll be there til Friday. I have a bag of nuts and some beef jerky for the plane ride. I'm going to do my best to stay on track while I'm down there, but I'm on vacay, so I also want to have fun and not stress too much about food.
                Terri the Harp Player
                www.harpsinger.net

                Wherever you go, there you are!

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                • #23
                  Honey, I'm home!!!

                  The trip to Puerto Vallarta with T, which was my birthday present, was awesome! (I turned 53 last friday).

                  I walked around a lot! I also swam, and went on a sailboat all of one day.
                  I lifted heavy things (we worked out in the gym at the hotel 2 X)
                  I relaxed, played, shopped, and read.

                  The menu had a fancy leaning too it, and most things had some kind of dairy (I'm allergic), but I did manage to eat.
                  I had fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, steak and veggie fajitas every day for brunch (no tortillas).
                  Most dinners were a ribeye and salad.
                  True confessions:
                  I ate a slice of toast with apricot jelly a few times.
                  I had guac & corn tortilla chips (they were freshly made and ridiculously tasty) a few times
                  I ate beans once (a tablespoon or 2), potatoes a few times, and popovers at dinner a few times.
                  I drank a few squirts, and a few tonic and limes.
                  So there were some cheats, but I never had dessert!

                  I got home friday, and weighed in this morning at 194, which means I only gained 1 lb.
                  Friday night I had 2 eggs with sausage patties
                  Saturday brunch I had the Fiesta Skillet at our favorite cafe: ground sirloin, sautéed peppers, onions, tomatoes, on top of hash browns (yes, I ate a few bites, but mostly picked around them. I need to remember to ask them to leave them off), and 2 eggs on top.
                  Saturday dinner: stir fry of chicken, asparagus, carrot, onion, shrooms, red bell pepper. T cooked some basmati, but I left it off my plate.
                  Today: brunch = 2 eggs, 3 bacon, mini sausage patties, onion and broccoli
                  snack: a few dried cranberries
                  dinner: 2 chorizos, a few deviled eggs, salad, potato salad (it was my birthday dinner with my kids).

                  SO, tomorrow I begin my Whole30. Why not?
                  Terri the Harp Player
                  www.harpsinger.net

                  Wherever you go, there you are!

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                  • #24
                    and then there were the consequences...

                    Lest anyone think that I ate foods on my no no list while on vacation and got off scott free, here are the facts:

                    By tuesday evening (day 3 of vacay) I was starting to get congested. Although I didn't feel sick, this congestions gradually spread so that by thursday night it was in my lungs. (and this is the typical thing that happens to me when I eat grains, especially wheat...). There were also certain intestinal symptoms, like cramping, etc (not montezuma's revenge).

                    So by the time I got home friday night I was back to coughing up green crap. I've been back on track for 2 days now, and things are starting to clear up. It amazes me how quickly my body reacted to it this time.

                    Today was officially day one of my whole 30:
                    bacon, sausage, eggs, and broccoli
                    greek salad with chicken, no feta (bread co)
                    roto chicken legs, thighs, and wings & a pile of steamed cauliflower

                    It's been a great day!
                    Terri the Harp Player
                    www.harpsinger.net

                    Wherever you go, there you are!

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                    • #25
                      Whole 30 day 2:
                      B: chicken chorizo, red onion, red bell pepper, kale, and eggs
                      L:BAS: butter lettuce, baby greens, cuke, green onion, snap peas, radish, avocado, ginger lime shrimp, and a dressing of liquidated mango, lime, & ginger. Also some Nori chips
                      D: moroccan meatballs on cauliflower rice pilaf.

                      My body temp is always very low. Unless I'm sick it never goes above 97.6, and is often considerably lower than that. As of yesterday I'm taking Kelp, and it's amazing the amount of energy I had today. Not sure if that's the reason, but I will keep taking it for awhile.
                      Terri the Harp Player
                      www.harpsinger.net

                      Wherever you go, there you are!

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                      • #26
                        I haven't been on here for quite some time, although I've been eating well and things are going great. I can't say I totally followed the whole30, but I did for a couple of weeks. I missed my Stevia, added it back in after week 2, and there were a few small cheats.

                        I've been following a basic pattern of:
                        B 2 eggs, either bacon, sausage, or sirloin, on a pile of veggies: broccoli, kale, asparagus, or occasionally carrots.
                        L I usually eat a late breakfast, so I often don't need lunch, but if I ate early I'll have tuna salad
                        D A pile of veggies and some kind of meat: roast chicken, beef stew, lamb shanks,
                        Sometimes I just have breakfast again for dinner!

                        I currently weigh 188, and have been below 190 for 2 weeks! My current goal is 185. I'm working with small goals, and of course, its seems comical to have 185 a goal when there was a time that I would have felt humiliated to weigh that much, BUT my peak weight (not counting pregnancies) was 205, so 185 looks good for now. When I get there I'll set a new goal of 180.

                        I am having IBS symptoms still since my return from mexico, have been eating cultured veggies, and this week I'll start drinking beef stock every morning to see if that helps.

                        Onward through the fog...
                        Terri the Harp Player
                        www.harpsinger.net

                        Wherever you go, there you are!

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                        • #27
                          and I'm setting aside $10 for every pound I lose, so that I can afford to buy myself a new wardrobe when I reach my ultimate goal, which is 130 or so pounds...
                          Terri the Harp Player
                          www.harpsinger.net

                          Wherever you go, there you are!

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                          • #28
                            Hey HarpLady!

                            What's new? I've been busy and haven't had much time to drop by journals, but just wanted to say that I'm here and encouraging you!
                            50 yo single mom
                            5'3"
                            Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

                            Aila's Primal Journey

                            "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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