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  • #16
    Sounds like you are doing amazing, Chatty!!!!! You are very good with keeping track of your food. Impressive! How are those cookbooks? Are they kid-friendly? I'm cooking for a hubby and 3 kids. Hubby and son will eat anything. One daughter is a pescaterian and the other is just plain picky! Keep up the good work.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Angelique View Post
      ............... How are those cookbooks? Are they kid-friendly? I'm cooking for a hubby and 3 kids. Hubby and son will eat anything. One daughter is a pescaterian and the other is just plain picky! Keep up the good work.
      Thanks for checking in and the encouragement!
      I sorta hate to say this without making anything from those two cookbooks, but I'm a southern gal, 60 years old and not much is new to me under the sun food-wise -- but that book has some very unique combinations and use of food I had never heard of, much less be able to buy in this area.

      I was looking for things like "Salmon Patties" etc -- you know, common stuff -- Those two cookbooks contain things that unique and far from common. Kids wouldn't know what they're eating

      The sauces do look intriguing, as there were many, varied ones. Sauce makes plain ole food instant gourmet.
      Like I said -- haven't tried anything in the books yet, overall I guess I'm glad I have them. I'll eventually investigate the recipes -- maybe once I get to weight maintenance (and my food has become boring).
      Last edited by Chatty; 04-11-2012, 05:47 AM.

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      • #18
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        Started 4/2/12
        Enjoying the food plan. Husband and I have tossed our statin medications and are trying to control cholesterol with PB. Time will tell. He's only 155 lbs., thin and doesn't need to lose weight. I'm worried he's not eating enough calories, but we're working on it.
        I lost: 5 lbs. thusfar (35 lbs. to go)
        Last edited by Chatty; 04-14-2012, 08:03 AM.

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        • #19


          8 lbs. down this morning (after 2 wks.)
          Wondering if it's still water, or if there's fat gone too.
          Enjoying food. No real problems.
          Liking PB!

          Ate pork roast last night and when I logged food at SparkPeople, I was amazed
          to see it listed as 50% fat! Live and learn. Pee this morning smelled just like
          pork roast. weird

          Had to eat at a Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet and did well. Got fried chicken and pulled off the skin/flour coating, got some things off the salad bar, drank hot tea -- was full before I realized it. My absolute favorite thing there is broccoli salad (which is full of sugar in the dressing) and also contains sweetened dried cherries. I got a bit and ate two tiny forks full -- and it wasn't delightful at all. I gladly stopped eating it, and thanked my lucky stars for PB! No guilt -- happy day!

          Sorta embarrassing, but I announced "That's it. I'm full." and hubby said, "Are you kidding? You normally eat three times what you ate tonight?" LOL (he's right) ;-)
          Last edited by Chatty; 04-17-2012, 04:51 AM.

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          • #20
            Noticed a lot of dairy in your first food post there. When I started paleo I was doing the same but was told by many to remove dairy out of my diet for a month then reintroduce it slowly if I felt the need. Dairy causes inflammation which will slow down the body healing process as you prepare to get your primal journey started. Just a thought.

            BTW welcome to the world of better food, better sleep, and better health!
            SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
            Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
            Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
            Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
            Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
            Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ecks View Post
              Noticed a lot of dairy in your first food post there. When I started paleo I was doing the same but was told by many to remove dairy out of my diet for a month then reintroduce it slowly if I felt the need. Dairy causes inflammation which will slow down the body healing process as you prepare to get your primal journey started. Just a thought.

              BTW welcome to the world of better food, better sleep, and better health!
              Thanks for the tip. I need to get Mark's big book. Right now, I only have the 21-day book.
              Not many people have offered tips. I'm just sailing along in my ignorance (and even that's a great improvement).

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              • #22
                Everything you need is on this site, robb wolf's site, and if you're looking for a catalog of paleo/primal safe foods head over to thefoodee.com
                SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                • #23
                  I've been eating well and not suffering with hunger.
                  From 202 down to 195.6 = 6.4 lbs. down
                  Best part? No sugar cravings!
                  Entertaining 150 guests/feeding them/food hard to regulate last few days, but have been sticking PB, just not enough food to get my 100 g protein each day. That will be solved today, but the weekly avg. is okay.

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                  Last edited by Chatty; 04-21-2012, 07:28 AM.

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                  • #24
                    Chatty, looks like you are doing GREAT. Keep up the good work. A voice of experience - don't worry about tweaking what you're doing until it stops working... A lot of time, that tweaking does not help. [Of course, if you want advice on what to tweak, we all have a ton to offer]
                    -- Ruth

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                    • #25
                      Thanks, RMS. I feel okay, not hungry and have lost some weight -- so you're right, probably no tweaking required. When I get too anal and "perfect" with a food plan, it's always doomed to failure -- life gets in the way! LOL

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                      • #26
                        Very strange Saturday - 4/21. Felt weak all day. Not hungry, just weak.
                        I was eating plenty. Still felt terrible.
                        Finally, at night, I ate a cup of cherry tomatoes and a protein shake made with 1/2 cup heavy cream and almond milk -- finally started feeling better. The calories for today were off the chart!
                        Who knows what's going on -- but tomorrow is a new day.

                        I feel okay this morning -- not sure what was wrong yesterday unless it was too much fat and not enough protein.
                        Will try to get my 100g protein DAILY.

                        I've noticed increased sweating lately. I was wiping my brow constantly yesterday and the weather was cooler than normal. This morning, simply bending over and getting on my shoes and socks brought a slight sweat (never noticed that before).
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                        Last edited by Chatty; 04-22-2012, 08:35 AM.

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                        • #27
                          Creamed Spinach serves as a wonderful salad dressing for other greens.

                          Cheesy Creamed Spinach

                          3 (10 ounce) bags clean fresh spinach, roughly chopped
                          1 1/4 cups heavy cream
                          1/4 cup butter
                          2 tablespoons minced garlic
                          3 tablespoons minced white onion
                          6 slices shredded provolone cheese
                          1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
                          salt and pepper to taste

                          Directions

                          Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach and cook until wilted, stirring constantly. Remove from the skillet and drain in a colander. Try to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

                          Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onions; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and stir in the heavy cream. Sprinkle in the provolone cheese and stir to melt and coat the spinach.

                          Once the provolone has melted, stir in the Parmesan cheese and continue to cook and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

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                          • #28
                            The big book is definitely worth getting. I found it more accessible than the 21-day book. How is your sleep? For me, that is the second most important element of the program. When I went from 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours, life got so much easier.
                            Looking forward to following your journey.

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                            • #29
                              Lost 8.4 lbs. thusfar

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                              Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                              The big book is definitely worth getting. I found it more accessible than the 21-day book. How is your sleep? For me, that is the second most important element of the program. When I went from 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours, life got so much easier.
                              Looking forward to following your journey.

                              Still haven't ordered it and thanks for your inspiration -- will order the big book today!
                              I need to learn more about food in general and how my body works.
                              Hubby and I have both dumped our statin medication and want to lower our cholesterol.

                              I've always slept like a rock (overworked) but hubby has a terrible time sleeping.
                              He dumped his statins too and is eating PB and his sleep has much improved!
                              Not sure which change is responsible for better sleep, but it's a blessing.

                              Hubby has high blood pressure as well. He has always been slender, but he's eating PB and we're going to see if it can help with the blood pressure. He's taking fish oil, 86% chocolate at night and about 6 macadamia nuts every night in addition to his PB meal. He doesn't like to eat fish. Anything else I could be serving for him food-wise?

                              Hubby doesn't like the taste of Mark's protein drinks, but I love them (often add butter to them so they're more-filling).

                              At another post, it was suggested I up my good carbs, so I'm going for 50 per day along with the 100g protein.
                              Last edited by Chatty; 04-23-2012, 10:24 AM.

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