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Update: I see where this particular brand has been introduced on MDA before,
but I am quite impressed, folks. Cut one of the original bars in half and ate at 8am,
It's about 11:30 now and not even thinking about lunch yet.. So very filling.
I'll have to look for those. I'm always trying to get the food co-op interested in paleo stuff. They have plenty of processed gluten-free junk full of rice, potatoes, etc. but haven't jumped on the paleo bandwagon. They are pretty well married to their grains! The staff looks pretty much like you would expect - young, chubby hippie types. No make-up, nondescript hair. You know - vegans. No roses in those cheeks!
Well, work kicked my @ss last night. When we have critical patients a lot falls on me because we don't have a lot of staff and I'm the breathing girl. To make it worse we had a really sick kid, which is really, really stressful. Enough of that.
Just had a plateful of carnitas with all the fixin's. If you make carnitas, I highly recommend going all the way with salsa, sour cream, avocado, obviously omitting stuff you don't do. But they really turn the dish into something special. Then had half a grapefruit.
Must go do some errands. I wonder if Mark's book has arrived? The shipping is taking forever.
Tonight is choir practice for the new choir I've joined. Brahms Requiem ein Deutsch. Yep. What have I gotten myself into? This is quite a stretch for me! The soprano part is really high. I looked at the alto part and it is...really high. Maybe I should have joined the tenor section.
Had a BAS with turkey. After reading Mark's post today I went to the expensive oil and vinegar store and bought a nice bottle of balsamic. I was using that regularly until a couple of months ago when I ran out and didn't buy more for some reason. The thing is, it is so good that I eat salad regularly when I have it. In fact I never find myself throwing away spoiled greens. That justifies the cost. I noticed they have squash seed oils! Probably full of PUFAs but interesting.
AND...dum dum dum DUM...Mark's book arrived! I've been paging through it, thinking, YES! I KNOW THAT! OF COURSE! In one chapter he talks about being in water, and how relaxing it is to float - the body is supported and the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated, which aids digestion. And submerging oneself in water forces one to live totally in the moment and fully experience all the senses. These are things I do all of the time, but I didn't realize why I found them so profoundly affecting. There is a really lovely picture of Mark and Carrie on the back cover, walking on a beach away from the camera.
Just had a plateful of carnitas with all the fixin's. If you make carnitas, I highly recommend going all the way with salsa, sour cream, avocado, obviously omitting stuff you don't do. But they really turn the dish into something special.
Totally agree. And the cilantro pesto from the new PB sauces cookbook is also amazing on top, along with the rest of the stuff.
Nice that you got Mark's new book. Amazon says mine will arrive on Thursday. I think this book was a long time in the making, Mark was talking about this book 2 years ago at PrimalCon, and thought it would be out in late 2011, so it would seem he put a lot into it.
You know what is really bumming me out? Cashews are legumes. I thought they were nuts! They grow on trees! I've seen them. But they're legumes. Oh well, just another reason to be very sparing in my intake. Grumble...grumble...grumble...
Even Google is no help on this. I've seen cashews are a legume, nut, and seed. Ack. Fortunately (or not) I can't keep them in the house, because no matter how many I bought they'd be gone by the next day. Oh well, I guess I'll have to console myself with something boring and primal - like lox and goat cheese.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
Yeah, I was searching MDA looking for Mark's take on cashews, which I think is somewhere...can't find it, although there is a lot of discussion about cashews. I too really should not keep the addictive little devils in the house, but I have just perfected a cashew chicken that replaced my peanut chicken. Although I need to get off my dogma horse and just have it once in a while and not get my knickers in a twist over it. Cashew are without a doubt my favorite nut, even if they aren't nuts. I might explore macadamia butter next.
Oh yes, the cilantro - don't forget the cilantro on those carnitas! Cilantro on just about everything - I'm a fan.
I realized this morning that joining this choir to sing the Brahms Requiem is just about the smartest thing I've done in recent memory. There is a lot of camaraderie, the people are great, and when will I ever again have the chance to sing this wonderful piece with an 80-voice choir and orchestra? Totally primal activity! Being part of a group, creating something bigger than oneself, forging new alliances - got it all! And it's fun. I'm not a competitive person and I'm not an athlete, not to mention that any kind of group sport activity for adults around here is nonexistent. So choral singing fits very well for me.
We got a lot of snow today! I am trying a new sleeping arrangement. Last night I stayed up quite late, and woke up after 6 hours or so. Normally I would have just got up and started my day, and rested later in the afternoon. But this morning I made a cup of herbal tea, read for a while, and went back to bed when I got sleepy. Slept for four hours, woke up about 1 PM, which is about when I wake up when I have worked the night before. So now the afternoon is my 'awake time.' I'll see how this works. Anyway, I should go investigate the driveway and see if I can negotiate it. Even with my new tires, I won't be able to make it through really deep snow. And of course the plow has gone by many times, so the end of the driveway will be horrible. The shoveling will be my moving slowly and heavy lifting today.
I wasn't going to weigh myself until later in the month, but I did - 132 lbs. Last night I tried on a pair of pants I bought at the thrift shop ages ago that were a bit small, and they fit well now. All these thrift shop buys have left me with a ridiculous amount of clothes. I estimate I spent less than $100 - well under $100 - on my new wardrobe.
I was just reading Mark's post today and the comments following and I got the strangest idea that I should start hugging my patients. Most of them are elderly, of course. I am NOT NOT NOT a huggy kind of person. In fact I'm pretty much the opposite. Touching is not my thing. Plus the obvious infection control issues. But I'll bet 99% of my patients would get more benefit from a good ole hug than all the crap I normally give them.
Thank you! I thought I remembered reading one of Mark's posts about cashews. Hey, Mark says they are primal! WOOT! He does, no surprise here, caution against eating too many. We all know they are just about the tastiest tiny things on the planet.
Work is insanely busy. Seriously - there should be two of me. Too much work for one person, especially with critical patients in different areas of the hospital. I'm doing the best I can. I just hate it when I know my best isn't good enough. Hate it hate it hate it! We need another person here during flu season, particularly this flu season. In addition, my co-workers decided to leave early and didn't finish work during the day, thoughtfully leaving it for me. There should have been three of them here, but when I came in one lonely person was here trying to finish some things...hate to sound peevish, but frankly she isn't one of the better workers. She shouldn't be left alone here. Anyway. Enough of that.
Slept well. I've figured out at least one thing. I'm wearing TWO sleep masks. One just wasn't cutting it. Sounds weird. It is weird. But it works.
Ate the BAS I made for last night but didn't eat. When I got home this morning I was quite hungry and had a small bowl of bone broth. This seems to be a good pre-sleep light meal.
I have a new plan that I'm excited about. For the first time ever in my life, I'm going to buy a bikini. Not to wear in public. To sunbathe in. Starting in April we should have some days that will be warm enough for a few minutes of skin time. I'll start looking at the thrift shop. For those of you who have followed my thrift shop adventures, it will come as no surprise that I will probably be able to get a brand-new one there. I'm really interested to see if there is any effect on my stomach and back, which have not been exposed to the sun in my adult life. Who am I fooling, never in my life. Last summer I never got a sunburn, the first time ever. I was in the sun a lot, but I never actually sunbathed or sought out the sun or tried to tan. I am going to protect my face, though, and the back of my hands. They have had enough sun, or get enough in any case.