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  • #31
    Have your mom google nightshades and arthritis. Nightshades are tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant (also tobacco if she smokes). Removing these from my diet made all the difference w/ my arthritis. I used to take over the max dose of ibuprofen and need narcotics to sleep and still spend most of my day curled in a ball on the couch waiting to feel better. Now I take nothing!!! I felt better w/in days - a week. Some people take longer to feel a difference. I tell everyone I can as this news and the change I experienced was one of the biggest gifts I have ever received. The doctors told me that diet would not help me and handed me more narcotics. It's been almost 2 years now and I actually bought a ski pass this year - this and they told me I needed knee replacements 3 years ago. Been primal for a year and have lost >100lbs. I lost the first 40 when I cut nightshades. Maybe I was moving more (OK, I definitely was - I was feeling better and could), but I think there was more than that going on.

    Glad you're feeling better - vicoden makes me really sick also :P

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    • #32
      Thanks a lot for the information!!! I will definitely pass this on.
      *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
      Marilyn Monroe

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      • #33
        Yesterday I got back to a normal eating schedule a bit. A big salad with cucmber, avocado, shredded turkey, and home made sun dried tomato dressing for lunc, and chicken drumsticks with mixed veggies for dinner. Feeling much better today
        *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
        Marilyn Monroe

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        • #34
          Ok, time to write up the rest of my day. I have increased my intake of fermented dairy, since I am on anti-biotics I thought it would be helpful to make some kefir smoothies that are just equal parts kefir and berries with a bit of mint. I have also been drinking quite a bit of cucumber infused water today, which is basically just water and cucumbers that have been allwed to soak overnight.

          I had to tackle quite a bit of intense house cleaning today, since my hubby doesnt know that 4 days with no sweeping or vacuming gives all the shedded pet hair time to accumulate in the corners. So between my day of intermittent cleaning (too long and i still get dizzy and get headaches) and a light cardio session I feel satisfied with my physical activity today all things considered.

          Dinner tonight is seared ahi, salad, and steamed carrots. I am thinking about making enchiladas with cabbage leaves to roll everything up in, we have a bunch of ground turkey meat in the freezer we got at costco, and I am not really a fan of meatloaf, meatballs, or pretty much anything along those lines.

          The thing about the ground turkey, is I am not a fan of red meat. I know it is pretty much a sin on paleo, but I got really really sick when I was a kid with e coli from red meat, and havent eaten is since. While I plan on working it back into my diet, after well over a decade of not eating any red meat I have completely lost the taste for it.
          *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
          Marilyn Monroe

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          • #35
            Ok, just finished working out...feeling great today, even treated myself to a nice cup of coffee this morning. Since I do not drink it daily, I am a bit of a coffee snob, regular ol' dunking donuts coffe simply wont do so I drink coffee bean and tea leaf, which also has the added benefit of being a sustainable fair-trade company.

            Dinner tonight is going to be a creamy chicken bake with coconut milk, not quite sure exactly what I am going to do, I will figure it out while I am cooking. Also, since D forgot to bring his lunch today I will eat the leftover ahi for lunch over a salad.

            Also, I am not sure if this has anything to do with being primal, but it seems important to me after undertaking this new human lifestyle. We are new to the area and got our first neighborhood comittee newsletter. I plan on joining and regularly attending meetings to build a sense of community in our household. While we have already had quite a few of our neighbors over multiple times, I think this would be fun and give us something communal to do with our monday evenings.

            Have a great day everyone!
            *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
            Marilyn Monroe

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            • #36
              I got my results from my physical, they are as follows

              Total cholesterol - 178 (less than 200 is good)
              HDL (good cholesterol) 57 (higher than 50 is good)
              LDL (bad cholestol) 107 (below 130 is good)
              Triglycerides - 70 (below 150 is good)
              My complete blood count was normal
              liver function tests are normal
              diabetes "sugar test" was 90 (normal is <99)

              Kidney function is normal (important because I have had bad kidneys since I was a kid) Those results are:
              Creatinine 1.02 (normal is less than 1.20)
              GFR (glomerular filtration rate) is greater than 60 which is normal. GFR is the best way to check kidney function, so it is a relief to know that I am a specimen of perfect health!!!

              Another point to Paleo column, 0 points to SAD
              *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
              Marilyn Monroe

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              • #37
                Excellent! Congrats on the great test results!
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                • #38
                  Thanks!

                  Another experiment in the kitchen tonight! I went to the market and found a great handmade aged cheese that uses raw milk. Some fresh made chorizo at the butchers, and decided to make enchiladas, but instead of tortillas I will be using cabbage leaves to wrap everything up.

                  I did some yoga this morning and walking this afternoon, so I all done with my workout for the day. Well, I guess that's it.
                  *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
                  Marilyn Monroe

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                  • #39
                    As we know, those with the XX chromosome have a natural craving for all cacao based products, I made something similar to my moms old peanut butter balls...they came out pretty good, my hubby even ate four! So here is the recipie more or less, I did not measure everything:

                    1 cup almond butter
                    1.5 cups dried coconut...I kept adding more to get the desired consistiency, I wanted them to roll up nicely
                    1/2 stick butter

                    Cream these ingredients together
                    roll into balls
                    place on a cookie sheet on waxed paper and freeze

                    Next we prepare the chocolate coating
                    melt 3 tbs of coconut oil with 1 tbs of honey.
                    Add unsweetened cocoa powder (basically until it looks like melted chocolate) and mix well.

                    Next dip the balls in the chocolate coating and freeze for at least 10 min....these are addictive, youve been warned!!!
                    *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
                    Marilyn Monroe

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                    • #40
                      I feel like I need a fast day, so nothing is on my plate until dinner tonight. We are going out for Korean food with some friends. In fact I am giving my whole body a rest today, no workout other than a few hours of vigorous cleaning since when we go out with other couples they typically end up here....and I know why, a very well stocked wine fridge (I rarely drink but I always buy wine so its always full). Well, its more like a wine cabinet since our puppy chewed up the cord, but he's cute so I forgave him!
                      Last edited by Team Oberg; 01-20-2012, 03:48 PM.
                      *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
                      Marilyn Monroe

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                      • #41
                        As date night approaches I can't help but worry, I know my husband is going to drink again tonight...and not like he is an alcoholic or anything, but I wish I could get him to just do one month without beer. So far he hasnt even gone one week. Should I be worried about this? In a sense it kind of hurts my feelings since he made this commitment with me and keeps making excuses for himself. I have expressed my feelings on the matter with no improvement. I think this is more of an emotional issue than a diet issue, since I wouldnt care if he occasionally had a beer or two, but the fact that he is blatantly ignoring the commitment to eat 100% clean for one month. Sorry about ranting so much, I am harboring some pretty negative feelings about his weekend habit, and even more negative feelings about the excuses he makes for himself.
                        *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
                        Marilyn Monroe

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                        • #42
                          Is he willing to drink wine instead? My hubby likes a beer at night, but has made the switch to sweet red wines - I call it his Kool-aid. I prefer Merlot.

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                          • #43
                            I expressed my feelings about the drinking once again, no booze, and I ate beef which I had previously been avoidant of. Overall a good night. Woke up early and pumped iron pretty hard. Making salad with salmon for lunch...dinner is still a mystery.
                            *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
                            Marilyn Monroe

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                            • #44
                              A bit more to add for the day. I got some REALLY fatty greek yogurt, 10% where I am used to 2-4%, well it tastes like cream cheese, it will be good for cooking, not too great for mixing with blueberries, so that is definitely out unless I am looking for a spread. Feeling absolutley exhausted right now, not sure why, but of course I am not much of a napper, it keeps me up all night. I ate a bunch of protein rich foods this afternoon, the meat binge was probably precipitated by the lifting I did this morning so I figured my body needed it.

                              Also, in this whole life rearranging thing I have been rearranging the house as well, getting things organized. I might tackle the bedroom today, when I want to organize I first have to make a mess and dump every closet/dresser/storage unit...wish me luck
                              *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
                              Marilyn Monroe

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                              • #45
                                Yesterday I made a giant plate of crispy coconut shrimp with coconut pineapple dipping sauce, I did not have to worrry about letovers there! The rest of the food was "game time" food, grilled chicken wings, salmon burgers, veggies and garlic dip, and a roasted chicken. My actual intake however was mostly nibbles after the shrimp and a salad for dinner, I just wasnt feeling too hungry. Glad the Pats are going to the superbowl though, so overall it was a good day!
                                *I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.*
                                Marilyn Monroe

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