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  • #46
    Bamboozel:
    Thanks, it's actually been 5 pounds. I feel like it could have been a lot more if I didn't cheat here and there and if I drank less alcohol. I just love my wine too much with my dinner at the end of a long work day... *sigh* it's one of the long-term goals that i am working on. At least I've pretty much ditched all hard liquor and stick to red wine most of the time. As for the jalapeno yoghurt: it is actually a finished product that a supermarket here in California carries. I dip veggies into it, smear it on burger patties and use it instead of ketchup for sausages. It makes everything better - haha! The ingredient list: strained greek yogurt with probiotic live cultures (cow's and goat's milk), onions, jalapenos, garlic, onions, tomatoes, paprika. I'm sure you could whip it up at home and it will be amazing!

    Charlie:
    I feel you. I was up in San Francisco for meetings today with my boss and our quick lunch break permitted us to only head into a nearby deli/coffee house. They had tons of salads - but all with pasta in them as the main ingredient... argh! Then they had sandwiches and pastries. So I got a grilled chicken breast sandwich and only ate about 1/2 of the bread and just kind of picked the chicken out. Nonetheless, the grains in the bread made me super sluggish in the afternoon, something that I haven't had in weeks since I've been eating primal lunches. I went home feeling yucky and rather than just eating the dinner (stuffed portobello mushrooms and some ribs) that my boyfriend cooked up, I followed that with a handful of saltwater taffy. How did I think that that was going to make me feel any better? UGH! Oh well, tomorrow is a new day to try no to be stupid ;-)

    Lexxy:
    Thanks for reading, I'm glad you're enjoying my rambling! Do you keep a journal? I'll check it out if you give me the link :-)

    Alright fellow primals, time to hit the hay and get that beauty sleep in. It's almost the weekend and I need it badly! Going for a 2-hour hike on Saturday morning with a girlfriend and planning on sorting through the cluttered storage room and cleaning it up - that should get me to break a sweat and lift some heavy things!
    25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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    • #47
      I had a delicious 3-egg omelet for breakfast with turkey bacon, mushrooms, red bell pepper and shallots. Finally switched over to organic eggs for higher omega-3 count. Yes, they are more expensive, but I'm already saving money by no longer buying ice cream and other desserts. Happy chicken = happy Anna banana!

      I had a work meeting around lunch time and they actually offered me the cafeteria food for free. So I piled up 50% of my plate with mixed greens salad and had some steamed asparagus/butternut squash/carrot veggie medley and one medium sized of pork cutlet topped with mushroom spinach corn cream sauce. I ignored the buttery spaghetti and the breaded chicken topped with tomato sauce. So except for the few pieces of corn in the sauce I was able to eat all primal in that cafeteria - yay!

      Just had a handful of macadamia nuts to hold me over until dinner and we will be grilling steaks tonight and have caprese as a side dish. Before that we will bike downtown (2.5 miles from our place which will make it 5 miles total) for a drink with friends. Yes, I'm going to try to stick with one glass of red wine and then not have anything with dinner. Wish me luck, or better yet, will power! :-)
      25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
      Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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      • #48
        yay for you Anna!! Hope you had a great evening with friends & only one glass of wine!!

        Your omelet sounds amazing! I will have to make me one soon!
        Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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        • #49
          Thanks primalcajun! We actually ate our steaks at home first: seared in the pan over high heat in butter and olive oil mix, removed steaks to plate, then flambeed some cognac in the pan and added some sour cream to make a delicious sauce; added the steaks back to the pan with the sauce and topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms. I only had one drink with our drinks later that evening, but it was a mix of primal and non-primal ingredients. Gin with egg white, pisco sour, some sort of syrup and grapefruit juice. So I had some sugar, but I stuck to only one.

          Off to hike with a girlfriend now for about 1.5-2 hours - the weather is beautiful and I'm excited!
          25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
          "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
          Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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          • #50
            Good for you Anna!
            I hope that hike worked for you!

            I had a Bulletproof Coffee this morning, and a couple of big pork rinds and that was pretty much it all day. I just didn't feel hungry after that AWESOME coffee (full of lovely butter fat)! I walked hard for about 30 minutes, while my daughter kept up on her scooter (OK, I was nowhere close to catching her).
            Tomorrow, I'll likely get up early and walk for an hour, Then I'll make bacon and scrambled eggs for my family. I'll throw in some asparagus that I picked up tonight at Sam's Club. The kids will protest, but wife should be good with it. I made Brussels sprouts like you did, but I didn't like them one bit. Bleah. I gotta get some vegetables IN me!
            Good luck to us all!
            -C
            48, 5'11" - SW 301 (01/08/12) - CW 217.5 (5/14/13) - GW 185 +2.6% this week. -27.7% total. -83.5 lbs. (so far!)

            "Today when you mention "barbeque" people will think about throwing a hotdog or a couple burgers on the grill. But if you invite me to a "barbeque" and there's not some sort of slow-smoked meat involved, I'll hope you step on a Lego." - Instructables.com member Javin007

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            • #51
              Anna, what a great breakfast! I have Bulletproof Coffee almost every morning (then again, I invented it...)

              Since weight loss is your goal (a familiar one - I've kept my 100 extra pounds off for more than a decade) you can speed things up and boost energy by adding MCT oil to the Bulletproof Coffee like I recommend in the page about coffee. It tastes even better, but the difference in fat loss and energy is the best part of that change. Also, be very sure to get coffee that doesn't contain inflammatory fat-enhancing molds (91.7% of this year's crop in S. America has mold toxins in it). There are instructions for finding it in your city here or I've created a specially processed coffee that avoids those toxins at every step of creation.

              The other thing to look at is fried food. People like Atkins recommend pork rinds but the truth is that they are usually not pastured, and even if they are, the fat and protein is pretty much destroyed by the frying. Fried stuff causes inflammation. Since you are dealing with brain fog (another old friend of mine, one I don't miss...) you are even more susceptible to the effects of oxidized oils. A better choice might be a soft boiled egg, a hunk of butter with salt on a small rice cracker, or a scoop of grass-fed whey concentrate. (yes that's controversial in paleo circles, but well known and understood to help weight and muscle and immune function everywhere else.) Another major hint for brain fog is to look at adrenal function and to take some adrenal glandulars as a supplement. (those are paleo; they come from animal organs).

              Finally, to get some vegies in, there is a way that is thoroughly enjoyable, even for kids. The recipe will be up shortly on the recipes section of my blog, but in the meantime, here's the trick. Steam some vegies in little water until it's nearly dry. Pour vegies in blender. Add a big hunk (4 or more Tbs) of grass fed butter and (optional) some MCT or coconut oil. Add salt, a lot of it. Then puree. It makes "creamed" vegetables that are shockingly filling and delicious. Even kids eat these on purpose.

              Good luck. Losing 100 pounds is transformative; it turns your brain on in a different way. Keep up the good fight. And consider adding Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting to your regimen. One of my clients just lost 75 lbs in 75 days in part using that protocol.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by bulletproofexec View Post
                Anna, what a great breakfast! I have Bulletproof Coffee almost every morning (then again, I invented it...)

                Since weight loss is your goal (a familiar one - I've kept my 100 extra pounds off for more than a decade) you can speed things up and boost energy by adding MCT oil to the Bulletproof Coffee like I recommend in the page about coffee. It tastes even better, but the difference in fat loss and energy is the best part of that change. Also, be very sure to get coffee that doesn't contain inflammatory fat-enhancing molds (91.7% of this year's crop in S. America has mold toxins in it). There are instructions for finding it in your city here or I've created a specially processed coffee that avoids those toxins at every step of creation.

                The other thing to look at is fried food. People like Atkins recommend pork rinds but the truth is that they are usually not pastured, and even if they are, the fat and protein is pretty much destroyed by the frying. Fried stuff causes inflammation. Since you are dealing with brain fog (another old friend of mine, one I don't miss...) you are even more susceptible to the effects of oxidized oils. A better choice might be a soft boiled egg, a hunk of butter with salt on a small rice cracker, or a scoop of grass-fed whey concentrate. (yes that's controversial in paleo circles, but well known and understood to help weight and muscle and immune function everywhere else.) Another major hint for brain fog is to look at adrenal function and to take some adrenal glandulars as a supplement. (those are paleo; they come from animal organs).

                Finally, to get some vegies in, there is a way that is thoroughly enjoyable, even for kids. The recipe will be up shortly on the recipes section of my blog, but in the meantime, here's the trick. Steam some vegies in little water until it's nearly dry. Pour vegies in blender. Add a big hunk (4 or more Tbs) of grass fed butter and (optional) some MCT or coconut oil. Add salt, a lot of it. Then puree. It makes "creamed" vegetables that are shockingly filling and delicious. Even kids eat these on purpose.

                Good luck. Losing 100 pounds is transformative; it turns your brain on in a different way. Keep up the good fight. And consider adding Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting to your regimen. One of my clients just lost 75 lbs in 75 days in part using that protocol.
                Hi bulletproofexec, you actually responded to my fellow blogger charlie's post on my blog. He's the one that had bulletproof coffee and is not a fan of veggies, I actually love them and eat them all day :-) My goal is to lose about 15 pounds of fat and get leaner muscles built.

                Anyway, I'll check out your bulletproof coffee at some point when I have a coffee craving - I generally only drink about one latte per week as I am not a huge caffeine person.
                25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
                Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                • #53
                  Charlie, too bad that you didn't like the brussels sprouts, keep trying various veggies and preparing them in different ways until you find something you like!

                  My hike was wonderful in the California sun, so I got some slow moving and sun in all at once. We stocked up on protein, veggies, and fruit yesterday - got some wonderful cherries, kiwis, pears, asparagus, artichokes (gonna dip them in yummy garlic aioli) and some pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, and shrimp.

                  Going out to dinner tonight with some girlfriends and I picked a local place that only uses organic produce and grass fed meat, so I am excited to pig out without feeling bad :-) Happy Sunday everyone!
                  25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
                  Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                  • #54
                    yummmm Anna!! Those steaks sound delish!!! I may have to try that!!

                    great job on your eating & the hike!!!
                    Have a wonderful evening!!
                    Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by theprimalcajun View Post
                      yummmm Anna!! Those steaks sound delish!!! I may have to try that!!
                      Here is the link for the steak recipe: Steak au Poivre Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
                      We used sour cream instead of heavy whipping cream so we didn't have to boil it (since it's already thick) and just warmed it through. We altered the dish by adding the sauteed onions and mushrooms on top to get our veggie fix in - enjoy!
                      25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
                      Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                      • #56
                        My dinner was night with the girls was fabulous. I had about 2 glasses of sustainable red wine (Kunde Cabernet Sauvignon - very good). As for food, I couldn't resist ordering the special of the day - goat three ways. The bottom layer of the dish was brown rice (yes, I cheated a bit last night) with pineapple and lots of yummy seasonings with pulled goat meat. Resting on top of that delicious pulled goat rice mix were a few pieces of slices goat tenderloin - medium rare and fantastic! The dish was topped off with two crispy flautas filled with goat meat. I pulled the goat meat out of the flautas and tried just one bite of the flauta itself - it tasted like cardboard to me (my girlfriends thought it was delicious, but they're on the carb band wagon, so I guess I'm just losing my appetite for grainy stuff).

                        This restaurant was an awesome discovery, they use organic, grass-fed and local products as much as possible. Even half of their wine list is either organic or sustainable. Definitely making this my primal eating-out spot when I don't want to cook!
                        25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                        "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
                        Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                        • #57
                          What a fabulous girlfriends' night out! How fun to have such adventurous Primal eating opportunities! When people ask what I eat, they think my answer is going to be bland and sparse. When they hear what I actually eat, how much weight I have lost, and that I'm never hungry, they are flabbergasted. No one is yet ready to try it themselves. Your girlfriends will see your progress and start asking you more. They may or may not join you, but they will certainly be impressed by your progress.
                          I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                          Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                          • #58
                            I agree, Cave Woman. Most of my friends have noticed my increased energy levels and that I look a little skinnier (YAAAAAAY!!!), however they keep thinking that it's this torturous diet without carbs. I always take my time explaining to them that it is more of a lifestyle than a diet and that I have been presented with believable research which undermines the "greatness" of grains and its by products. When I tell them that I eat a s%*t ton of bacon, nuts and other healthy fats and am losing 1 lb per week comfortably, their jaws drop - haha. A couple of them have shown interest in what I am doing so I sent them a link to this site.

                            I just had two soft boiled eggs for breakfast and a few macadamia nuts. For lunch I made a massive salad consisting of spinach and mixed greens, cocktail tomatoes, red bell pepper, cucumber, 1 chopped boiled egg, deli turkey breast, and some crumbled feta. 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar and a tsp of dijon mustard all mixed together went over my mound of primalness and it was yummy! I then went for a 45-minute fast paced walk around the neighborhood and had a cup of butternut squash and apple soup afterwards.

                            For dinner my bf will be grilling up chicken breasts and I'll be steaming artichokes and serving them with garlic aioli.

                            Oh, and I totally walked by the dark chocolate in the supermarket today although I have none left at home. The cravings for sweet stuff seem to subside.
                            25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                            "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
                            Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                            • #59
                              Im the same as you Anna - my sweet cravings are pretty much gone and I really notice the sweetness in dishes that are savory - like pumpkin soup, cherry tomatoes and carrots. Pretty awesome. However, I keep thinking about making a dessert up with cocoa, banana and avocado after I saw a recipe (apparently it turns out like a mousse!) *sigh* I should be good though and just avoid it as I am scared it will give me both a headache and trigger more sweet cravings which I do not want.
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                              • #60
                                Anna what a great night out with the girls & a great place to eat to boot!! We have nuttin' like that in my neck of the woods!!

                                I agree most folks just don't understand, because we've been brainwashed into thinking that "dieting" = suffering, deprivation, yukky food. Most people give me the "oh you poor thing" look when the subject of diet comes up. Ha!! Don't feel sorry for me chickie!! I eat great food! And its good for my body!!! And I feel fandamntastic!! So there!!
                                Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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