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  • This is getting to be my go-to breakfast - fried egg, hot dog (my grass-fed ones), 1/2 an avocado. I have learned that I really, really like eggs fried so the white is brown and crispy. Funny I never knew that before. I think I was terrified of fried food - like I was going to drop dead five minutes after eating anything fried. I didn't realize it was the fried carbs I needed to be afraid of!
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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    • What do you do with the other 1/2 avocado? Doesn't it go brown?

      I know what you mean about not being hungry. I ate like nuts yesterday, and barely got past my BMR calories. (I think that's basal metabolic requirements). I figured the scales would be way up this morning, but no. You're right, this is weird. How can I possibly be eating steak and stuffing myself and not be gaining weight?
      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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      • Siobhan, I've been thoroughly enjoying your blog. I feel like I'm reading a Stephen King novel - sans the scary parts.
        You have a really captivating writing style.
        I'm new to this site, but I have been eating and living my life in a very similar to the PB lifestyle way for quite some time.
        Just thought I'd kind of introduce myself, so I'd feel less like a stalker. LoL!

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        • Hi Cleo, thank you very much! You made my day! I even live in Stephen King territory. Actually his home is in Bangor, 2 1/2 or 3 hours from here. I often feel like I'm in a Stephen King novel myself, luckily not the really scary bits. Like the time last winter, on the very coldest night, all of a sudden I heard unbelievably loud noises on my roof. It sounded like someone was throwing bodies onto it. Like, if there was a spaceship 50 feet above my house and the spacemen were throwing the humans onto my roof. Yeah, like that! This house has a flat roof, so it was very, very close and very, very loud. Now I know houses settle, but this was so far beyond anything like that. Even the cats were spooked. The three of us got into bed, I pulled the covers over our heads and that is where we stayed! The next day I called a friend, and she matter-of-factly told me that noise was the beams freezing and popping. Scary, loud, but completely harmless.

          And good luck with the primal lifestyle; I hope I am motivating other people as well as myself.

          Lime juice, Judg, lime juice does the trick. Also makes it taste even better. I don't add any salt.

          Just got up. Feel a bit like Rip van Winkle once again. Have slept a very large number of hours since last night! Off I go to work!
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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          • Wow, noises like those in the middle of the night would have scared the day lights out of me too.
            I'm a converted Southerner myself and haven't yet visited New England, but from what I've seen and heard is truly beautiful, even more so in the fall.

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            • Our house when I was little would make popping and creaking noises once the sun set, but I had no idea that if it got cold enough things would shrink further and make such a racket! I would have been totally freaked out! lol

              I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed reading your journal!!! You had me hooked at your very first line.

              Also, several pages back you mentioned that you are sensitive to the sun. And I wanted to ask are you supplementing with vitamin D3 and fish oils? When younger, I never burned, only tanned. But I spent most of the last two and a half years out of the sun, and I ended up being extremely vitamin D deficient. (Dr. ran a blood test last November.)

              Before the Dr. ran that test, I had noticed that I was becoming very, very sensitive to the sun. I couldn't be outside for longer that 5 minutes without desperately looking for shade, or looking for a hat. I burned quickly and flushed even faster. Anyway, I've been supplementing both w/D3 and with an Omega 3 and 6 combo fish oil capsule and I've noticed a big difference in my skin sensitivity already.

              Also, I've heard that (generally) Vitamin D is really helpful w/skin conditions, maybe it would help w/the contact dermatitis. For me, between cutting out the wheat and taking the Vitamin D3, the red splotchy spots on my arms have gone away, and my rosacea & excema has gotten a little better.

              Hope you have a great day!
              -Melissa

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              • Looking back, that was probably a big cause of my problem. Fifty years ago (!) in my youth, I don't remember anyone knowing anything about fish oil or vitamins. Although I did eat a lot of tuna! I have started taking fish oil and vitamin D supplements and hoping for the best. We are heading into sun season, woo-hoo!

                And thanks for the compliments and for stopping by!
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • Here I am at work. Full of energy! Not used to this. I just had a special treat - something I used to feel guilty about eating. Radishes rolled in melted butter with a touch of salt. Delicious. Something about the sharp radish taste and the buttery together. There was some butter left when the radishes were gone, so I dipped my fingers in it and licked it off - oh my! Yes, I was eating in total privacy.
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                  "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • I have discovered the remedy for dry turkey - drown it in butter and call it breakfast.

                    Just had to walk away from a co-worker who was expounding her theory about calories in/calories out and if only people would move their fat a**es they wouldn't have any trouble with their weight. She herself is probably 80 lbs overweight and maybe shouldn't be judging. No point in getting in a discussion about this stuff, I'll just mark myself as a weirdo. More than I already am, that is. But I have Gary Taubes Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It right here...he has a whole chapter about that Law of Thermodynamics thing and explains very clearly that it really doesn't have much to do with weight control. Fat deposition is governed by hormones and enzymes, and a person can be literally starving at the cellular level and obese at the same time - a sad condition that is seen in impoverished countries where obese moms bring their starving kids to clinics. They are actually both starving, although only the child has the typical appearance. Horrific as this is, it is quite a lesson for us.

                    Well, I have to go do some work.
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • Heh. My mother was ahead of her time. I remember cod liver oil capsules very clearly. A few days of Paleo Track has pretty well convinced me I should start again. I can't seem to get my omega-3's in line, despite flaxseed and hempseed and walnuts.

                      Melissa, thanks for the heads-up on Vitamin D. I had already increased my dosage, maybe I should up it some more. My skin was improving even before going primal (although hormones might have had a role there) and the change in eating has helped even more.

                      Boom! Crack! Creak! It must be your house; I've never heard it THAT loud. It tends to be worst in spring as the ground is thawing and shifting at the same time. And this is why our houses have wood frames, to be able to flex with the weather better. And earthquakes... LOL!

                      My remedy for dry turkey was gravy and cranberry sauce. Hmm, that's going to be a challenge this Thanksgiving...
                      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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                      • Just go with the butter - very tasty.

                        Here I am, back at work, very busy. (Why are you posting to MDA if you are busy, you ask? Well, I need a break.) I'm thinking a lot about eating schedules and such when I am working. I think it would be best if I work out in advance when I'm going to eat, how much, etc. Normally I wouldn't worry about stuff like this, but I have the opposite problem that I would have expected. I'm finding it hard to eat enough on days when I am working. When I get farther down the road, this won't be a problem and I won't think too much about it but at this early stage of the game I don't want to sabotage myself. I am finding that I actually like going to bed hungry in the morning, I feel better and sleep more soundly, although that sounds counter-intuitive. So if I don't eat by a certain time, I don't eat and then I end up with only 900 calories for the day. I don't think this is a good strategy at this point. Oddly I am still not having cravings except for primal foods, like my crispy fried eggs and a nice bit of grass-feed beef, red peppers, and kiwi fruit. If I could fast on workdays sometime down the road, that would actually be ultra-convenient. I could eat just once, at about 4 PM, two days a week. Would save me a lot of time! We will see how things play out and what my body tells me to do.

                        I've been using Paleotracker to journal my food - love it! Now that I have quite a few custom foods there, it is really easy. And I'm sure it will be improving all of the time. Some of the foods I eat don't come with food/nutrition labels because they are local and it is not required - like raw goat milk and pastured butter and some of the grass fed beef, so the tracker isn't really accurate. But it did convince me pretty quickly to eat more fat, and reminds to take the fish oil capsules, which I easily forget. I'm not sure I have correctly entered the fish oil nutrients, will have to work on that.
                        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                        • Siobhan, sounds like things are going well and you are starting to get a routine of sorts going at work. I think it is a great idea to try and plan your eating while there, so you make sure to fit it in. I agree that 900 cal. for the day is probably not a good idea. Not as though you are sitting around doing nothing either. Although I do find that sometimes I eat hardly anything one day - just not hungry and then a day or two later I get more hungry and eat more than usual. As long as it all balances out into a low carb, high protein and fat that is taking care of your nutritional needs I figure it will all pan out in the end. I have been using fitday.com and have to agree that it is so helpful for figuring out where you are at and where to next. Keep it up - progress is exciting isn't it!?
                          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                          Primal low: 186 lbs
                          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                          Goal weight: 140 lbs

                          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                          • It is really good, thanks for the encouragement! I will admit I am a little disappointed I have not lost more weight, although I know that is silly. I am very active on my job most of the time, lots of moving, walking, carrying heavy stuff. Tonight especially, I moved a big load of equipment. The day people will be so excited when they find that I have finished that project! Another nice thing about using an online tracker is that you can plan ahead - very useful, especially for work.
                            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                            • Hi Judg -- Thanks. Also, I listen to Dr. Mercola's youtube videos a lot. One of my favorite guys. He eats a paleo type diet and exercises like a caveman (HIIT, moderate cardio, and flexibility training) but he doesn't call himself primal or paleo. Anyway, he has a series of youtube videos that talk about the importance of Vitamin D. Here's the link to the first in the series if you're interested. He talks a little about dosing amounts and other benefits of taking Vitamin D supplements.

                              Essential Information About Vitamin D! (part 1 of 7) - YouTube

                              Siobhan, don't let the frozen scale scare you off, back in February I noticed that my pants were getting looser and looser, but the scale wasn't budging. Have you tried taking your measurements yet? Maybe you've lost an inch?

                              Also, I'm not sure a few days in a row of 900 calories is a good thing. I remember Mark saying what makes Intermittent Fasting work is the Intermittent part of it. I have seen people talk on these forums about eating windows, and how they eat all their calories for the day within a few hours. Perhaps you could try practicing eating as much as you can before starting your second and third shifts, and then you only have to plan for snacks, which could be easier.

                              Oooo, for some reason when I thought of a mid-day snack I thought of bacon! (This site is corrupting me ) You could cook some in advance then throw it in plastic baggies in the freezer, then grab and go. Which reminds me, when I was in college, I would cook chicken, fish, beef, whatever, in advance, then portion it out and freeze it. Then in the morning, I'd dump the meat out of the bag into a container, throw in some frozen veggis, (grab a slice of frozen whole wheat bread (yes back in my non-primal days) and then go. By the time lunch rolled around the meat and veggis had thawed, and then I just popped it in the microwave for a brief moment to warm it up. Maybe this could work for you?
                              Last edited by lissee; 05-05-2012, 12:34 AM. Reason: incoherent sentence in first paragraph. :)

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                              • That sounds like a terrific idea. I have a couple or three days off now and I'm going to get busy organizing so it won't be a problem the next time I work. I'm proud of myself for learning to cook eggs in the microwave. Not as tasty as fried, but still very nice.

                                Anybody use the broccoli slaw you can buy at the supermarket, organic if you like? I'm pretty fond of that.
                                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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