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  • I like saving the leaves of the dandelions I dig up in the spring. They are better before they bloom, mind you. I tried boiling them up on their own and I can't say I much enjoyed them. The flavour is very strong. Keep in mind I have always loved spinach, even as a child, so you get an idea of how strong they are. However, smuggled into a salad of mixed greens, they do not overwhelm, and I've served them to my unsuspecting family more than once and didn't get any complaints. They are supposed to be highly nutritious, so I say go for it. Hmm, think I'll go weed the lawn...
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
    - Lewis Mumford

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    • Originally posted by Judg View Post
      Hmm, think I'll go weed the lawn...
      Come do mine too, would ya?? Wouldn't my neighbor (a landscaper) get a kick out of seeing me out there picking the dandelion leaves and taking them into the house. I'd probably have the whole neighborhood thinking I'm crazy! lol

      I've done some reading of Mark's material on fasting and I think what I'm going to do is just play it by ear... eat when I'm hungry, not eat when I'm not, which has been my desired approach from the start... I just have to convince my brain that it's ok to NOT eat simply because everyone else is.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • I WANT TO EAT THIS!!!

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        It just looks like it would be so yummy with some lemon juice on it.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Haven't seen gerberas on the list of edibles...

          Went for a walk instead of weeding the lawn, I'm afraid. I just dig up the whole plant, root and all, throw it in a bowl and bring it inside. The neighbours all know I'm crazy anyway... Too late for that this year. They're all blooming now. Rats.
          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
          - Lewis Mumford

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          • Did a google search... preliminary investigation shows that daisy foliage is safe to eat, but is rather spicy... seems the blooms are not edible... Will research further tomorrow. Time to go home now.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • Jenn, daisy is a catch-all term for flowers of a certain shape, and there are literally hundreds of different kinds. Make sure you check out the species when you research it.
              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
              - Lewis Mumford

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              • How about a terrarium with some herbs and baby lettuce in it?
                And, yes, those leaves look delicious!

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                • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                  How about a terrarium with some herbs and baby lettuce in it?
                  And, yes, those leaves look delicious!
                  In my office??? I don't know that I could get away with that much greenery in here. There's a guy that works in one of the secure rooms in our building (no windows, locked doors, gotta badge in and have a certain security clearance to be in there, etc, etc, etc) who has pointsetias (sp??) on his desk. He brings them into our office for natural light for a day every could of days. My first line supervisor always scoffs at that much greenery in here...He might get a bit upset if I plant a garden in here and spend too much time pruning herbs or picking lettuce! lol

                  But I would LOVE to have a "garden" at work!!
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • Ok, so who pissed of Spring?? We were enjoying 70-80 degree days and now we're in the 50's again! Hot damn it is freaking cold outside!!

                    We're supposed to go racing tonight and to be honest with you, I hope the track is too wet and they cancel! Not because I don't want to go racing but because I don't want to be COLD! The guys in the pits can retreat to the trucks and still watch the racing... us in the stands either freeze or miss the races sitting in our cars. That and I'm really not prepared yet. I don't have any toys for our kids to play with while we're there. I will, however, have plenty of time between getting off work and meeting my sister and my kids at the track so I could swing into Walmart or somewhere and find them something to play with, but... I'd really rather not freeze... I really hope the track is just too wet to work with and the cold air keeps it from drying out so they cancel. But don't tell my husband that I said that... tomorrow isn't supposed to be any warmer, and I'd really like to see them cancel too, but tomorrow night is supposed to be double feature night since they got started and then rained out last Saturday. I'd like to see my husband run in the $1,000 to win race. If it was just a regular weekly show where the most he'd win is $200, I'd stay home and watch the recording of the race on Sunday... *sigh* I hate it when it's cold...

                    If it was just me freezing my tush off, I'd go without question, but I have two young rugrats to deal with too... I don't mind huddling up under a blanket and freezing... but when I'm chasing a 2 year old all over hell, it's hard to huddle up under a blanket... And then I have to also worry about how warm they are, etc. Everything is so much more complicated with kids!! *sigh*

                    I went overboard on the dark chocolate last night... I'm not sure what I was craving, but the chocolate seemed to be my solution, except it didn't really solve anything so I kept eating it. Turns out, maybe I wanted coconut and strawberries and heavy whipping cream b/c that's what finally made my mind and body happy. I was also rather pissed at DH b/c he told our boy he couldn't go to the race tonight because of his poor behavior at school (he got 3 strikes every day this week). I asked DH who was going to babysit our son and he said "well, I guess you'll have to stay home with him". I was ticked b/c this is ALWAYS what happens. DS gets told he can't go to the races and *I* am the one who has to stay with him. DH gets to go out and have fun while I'm at home with a whiney, broken-hearted 5 year old whose whining and tantrums ruin my night. I said "I'm sure glad that I get to be punished too". He said "I guess you should have thought about that before having kids." I responded with "They're your kids too and it seems you never miss out on the fun b/c one of them misbehaves". I was flat out pissed. So, a lot of the chocolate eating might have been emotional eating... in fact, just rehashing that makes me want chocolate! Yeah, I think I'm still pissed about that...

                    But, regardless of what DH thinks, if our son can get 2 or fewer strikes today, I told him he could still go to the races. Of course, that was before I realized it was going to be so flippin' cold! I told DS that if it doesn't warm up we won't be going and he seemed ok with that.

                    Anyhow... I'm rambling, I think...

                    Food for today:

                    Breakfast: 8 am
                    Vitamins
                    3 sausage links
                    3 hard boiled eggs
                    2 almonds

                    Lunch:
                    grilled chicken breast
                    grilled asparagus
                    steamed cauliflower

                    Dinner:
                    Depends on whether or not we go racing. I really have no plan for food at the races tonight b/c I really don't want to freeze my ass off. At home tonight, maybe I'd order pizza for the kids or something and skip dinner. Heck, maybe I could just IF tonight... then I don't have to worry about what I'd be eating. That sounds like a good plan for tomorrow night too. IFing during the races. Novel idea!! hahaha

                    So, this is an off-hand question... can someone explain to me why eating asparagus makes my pee smell funny? Like almost offensive? It makes me not want to eat it again but the stuff is SOOOO yummy! I guess I could just plug my nose while peeing...
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Okay, you have me confused. First you were complaining about what a drag it is to go to the races when it's cold, and then you're ticked off because you'll miss all the fun. I am confused. Having said that, I'd be kind of annoyed with hubby too. I think I would tell him that you need to have a joint strategy on this, and if he makes unilateral decisions, he can bear the unilateral consequences. And then go to the races without him... Of course, this has to be tailored to your individual circumstances, so feel entirely free to ignore me.

                      As for the asparagus pee, there's a chemical compound in asparagus that produces the smell. What it is exactly is somewhat disputed. It's harmless, at least. And apparently, not everybody can smell it. Weird.
                      5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                      Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                      Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                      More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                      - Lewis Mumford

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                      • Last night I didn't realize it was going to be cold when he said I'd have to stay home with him. But by telling me I had to stay home with him, I felt like he was putting all the parenting responsibility on me, thus I was also being punished by not being able to do something I want to do.

                        However, it's cold and no one wants to sit in the cold for 4 hours...

                        I was ticked off first... now I'm dreading the cold.

                        And it would be pointless for me to go to the races without DH b/c I go to watch him race... if he stays home, I'd have no reason to go...

                        I tried a couple of people to see if they'd want to babysit, but they're both busy and I just don't feel like stressing myself over finding a sitter this late in the game b/c I can pretty much guarantee I won't find one.

                        I'm think I'm going to start a business... I'll have x number of babysitters on staff at all times ready to watch a kid if need be. If you need one, call and I'll get you one. You pay me and then I pay the sitter... kind of like a babysitters club like the books growing up.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                          Last night I didn't realize it was going to be cold when he said I'd have to stay home with him. But by telling me I had to stay home with him, I felt like he was putting all the parenting responsibility on me, thus I was also being punished by not being able to do something I want to do.

                          However, it's cold and no one wants to sit in the cold for 4 hours...

                          I was ticked off first... now I'm dreading the cold.

                          And it would be pointless for me to go to the races without DH b/c I go to watch him race... if he stays home, I'd have no reason to go...

                          I tried a couple of people to see if they'd want to babysit, but they're both busy and I just don't feel like stressing myself over finding a sitter this late in the game b/c I can pretty much guarantee I won't find one.

                          I'm think I'm going to start a business... I'll have x number of babysitters on staff at all times ready to watch a kid if need be. If you need one, call and I'll get you one. You pay me and then I pay the sitter... kind of like a babysitters club like the books growing up.
                          Yeah, I get why that would bother you. This is something you're going to have to talk out with him if it's a recurrent thing, for sure. I find it's usually best to pick a time when I'm feeling calm and reasonable to do it, although too often it comes out when I'm too ticked off to hold back any more. I've actually dealt with the biggest issues by email. I can draft it when I'm ticked off, rework it when I'm calm, and the discussion can proceed without the escalating emotions that often make it so hard face to face.

                          You might suggest to him that if he's going to unilaterally decide that son stays home, he can unilaterally find the babysitter. Although delivered as a challenge, that probably wouldn't go down too well. Framed as a polite request, with the explanation of how it makes you feel to always be the one bearing the load, it might succeed a bit better. Again, mileage will vary depending on the personalities involved but in general I find that when I want somebody to stop doing something, asking politely without any scolding works better, whether it's some neighbourhood jerk who has the sound system hiked up to head-throbbing levels or family members. When we state or even imply that they're being jerks (even though they are) they automatically get defensive and we lose. When people challenge me upfront they don't often get a very good reception either. If I don't feel attacked I can consider their reasoning on its own merits.

                          Sorry if I'm coming across preachy. Not my intention. I wish you all the best in working this out. Good marriages take a lot of work and even the best of spouses needs to be called out on things occasionally. Like me...
                          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                          - Lewis Mumford

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                          • We've had this discussion so many times. I've learned to pick my battles (read: chosen avoidance as my tactic)...

                            His argument is the same: I have sponsors that expect to see me on the track each week. If I stay home with the kids, who is going to drive the car? If he doesn't race, he loses his sponsors...

                            Of course, racing is also a hobby for him... but his sponsors make it possible for him to enjoy this hobby... and his other argument is that the car was here before me, it's possible for it to be here after me... I'm technically DH's second wife if you consider the time he spends with his race car.

                            It's a very long discussion with a lot of other issues wrapped up in it and in all of the points I feel like the one being slighted... I've pretty much gotten used to it. Hopefully it'll change, but I'm not holding my breath.

                            I just try to make the best of it and remember that while he's out having fun, I'm getting uninterrupted time with my kiddos. They won't be little forever, which is a blessing and a curse all in one.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Yeah, you're right, we have to choose our battles. It's pretty well impossible to mesh 100% with another person and sometimes the wisest thing to do is just to let it go. I do a fair bit of that myself, and to be honest, I think my husband does a fair bit of that with me. He is still a good man, and he's worth it. (He seems to think the same thing about me.) Although I did have to confront him a while back about a major issue, because it was becoming quite destructive. Fortunately, that went very well. And yes, the conversation was held via email. I could never have maintained my courage in a "live" conversation. I tend to avoid confrontation and emotional pain - I'm a big wuss that way.
                              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                              - Lewis Mumford

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                              • Well, it looks like I don't have to worry about my kids freezing at the races tonight. DS got red at preschool today. The teacher uses a stop light as a behavior tool. Everyone starts the day on green, 3 strikes takes them to yellow, a 4th strike takes them into red. I emailed his teacher asking how his day went and she said he had a really bad day. She said if she spoke to him about something he wasn't supposed to be doing, he would simply look at her and keep doing it. This is the crap he pulls all the time. He gets so defiant sometimes.

                                So, I have a voice message left with DH's grandma (she's actually his aunt but has served as his grandma all his life) to see if she'd be interested in watching the kids tonight and to give me a call back. I figure if she wants them, I'll go racing. if not, then I'll be going home. It's not so bad to freeze your tush off if you know the kids are nice and warm at home.

                                Now I just have to wait and see if she's gonna be able to do it. I'll be kind of bummed if she can't because going tonight meant I'd get to hang out with my sister, but life won't come screeching to a halt if I can't. We walk together 3x a week, afterall. lol

                                anyhow... back to the hunger games... speaking of hunger... I feel the slightest twinge of hunger occurring now...
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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