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  • We were first introduced to broccoli slaw via Costco, which has a version with bacon, craisins, soy nuts, and a sweet dressing. The extras were not primal, but I make my own version now, with real bacon, no-sugar added dried bing cherries, almonds, and a non-corn syrup dressing, and it is delightful. My soul loves the thought of eating broccoli stems, made cute by being turned into shreds. Whoever invented it is a GENIUS!

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    • Never even heard of broccoli slaw. And I am going to have to buy me a mandoline, it seems. Wish I had my mother's old Vegematic, or whatever it was called. Sort of like a one-stroke mandoline.

      Siobhan, the whole pre-planning thing sounds like an excellent way to go. With your job, you do have to be careful to be properly fed, for sure.

      I also find that eating a lot before going to bed makes it harder to sleep and then, counter-intuitively, I wake up starving. But if I go to bed hungry, I wake up just fine. Go figure. That's why if I'm going to fast all day, I go right through till the next morning.

      Scrambled eggs work really well in the microwave, I find, even better than on the stove. Poached work well too. Fried, well, give me a frying pan, LOL!
      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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      • Thanks for that, Sabine, that sounds great and it would be perfect for taking to work. I was amazed the first time I had broccoli slaw, because I loved it and I actually have never liked broccoli. Cutting it up like that and mixing it up with carrots and cabbage is inspired.

        I'm sitting down to break my fast with a pastured pork chop and a large salad with avocado. Oh yeah.

        I'm a little bit dizzy from a great program I just attended that was given by a wildlife rehab center. They brought a golden eagle, a great horned owl, an American kestrel, and a red-tailed hawk that we can see very close, and told us about their stories. All these birds were injured in some way and can't be released into the wild, so they are ambassadors for their species. I have always been fascinated with raptors, owls, big cats, basically all predators other than peoplekind. It was a terrific experience, very moving and powerful. I can't really put into words how beautiful it was. Birds are endlessly fascinating to me. The more I learn about them the more fascinating they get.

        Well, my pork chop is ready.
        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 a great meal I just had! A pork chop with 1 tsp butter, leafy greens, broccoli slaw with BV + OO, avocado and then a treat of almond butter, coconut oil, and honey (this I carefully measure so as not to fool myself about how much I am eating). Now tucking into a 4 oz. glass of red wine. I mention that it is 4 oz. because that was a pleasant surprise. I thought it was 6 oz! My nutrient profile looks good today, thank you paleotracker! And I revised my fish oil capsule entry, I had it all wrong. The omega 3 entry is confusing to me, but I did a little detective work. Hopefully it is correct now.

          Oh, in case I didn't make it clear, the birds I saw today are all alive and well - residents of a large aviary rehab center. What stories they have! The golden eagle is a magnificent bird who was shot just for fun by some idiot. Due to the gunshot wound and the fall his wing was so badly injured it had to be amputated. This is a big decision for a veterinarian to make, rather than euthanasia because it is very hard for a bird to adjust to having only one wing. They need their wings for loads of things that you wouldn't really think of - it is critical for balance, for temperature regulation. And obviously the bird will never be able to fly at all, a really significant life change for a creature as wild and free as an golden eagle. He had a very hard time afterwards, was angry and clearly miserable. But a year of patient work by the rehabber helped turn him into, if not a gentle creature, a less angry one who lives a very good and valued life. He is very popular among cancer survivors, particularly children. He also has a mate, very important for an eagle, and they are extremely devoted to each other. (Maybe I should have been a bird.)

          I'm going to go over my finances and find some $$$ to donate to the center. They have a quality that I always look for in charities - efficiency - all of the money goes to buy food for the birds, and it is a local organization with far-reaching effects.
          Last edited by Siobhan; 05-05-2012, 01:48 PM.
          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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          • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
            We were first introduced to broccoli slaw via Costco, which has a version with bacon, craisins, soy nuts, and a sweet dressing. The extras were not primal, but I make my own version now, with real bacon, no-sugar added dried bing cherries, almonds, and a non-corn syrup dressing, and it is delightful. My soul loves the thought of eating broccoli stems, made cute by being turned into shreds. Whoever invented it is a GENIUS!
            Does this mean broccoli slaw is made with the stems? Cool.
            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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            • Yes, and they are delicious and you can do lots of things with them. I'll bet you have them in your grocery. Often comes with shredded cabbage and/or carrots too. One of the easiest ways to eat veg you will ever find.

              I went outside to see the ultra-special full moon but she's not up yet - soon. So beautiful outside and the peepers are peeping away. I am so lucky to live here. The goats are sleeping.

              Tomorrow is my four-week primal anniversary. I can't believe it. I really need to go back and read my journal and review my journey so far. I have learned more than I would have thought possible.

              I cleaned out and primalized my refrigerator - YAY!!! It wasn't that hard as I had purged a lot of old stuff a couple of weeks ago. It is amazing what hides out in the back of a refrigerator. I look at that container of blue stuff and I can't even tell what it used to be. I chopped up all the veg and they are ready for cooking, throwing in salads, etc. I'm afraid I have too much fruit because that doesn't get eaten so quickly, but fruit is pretty easy to freeze.

              Tubby cat is just as tubby, alas. He is now eating pork and beef and bacon instead of bread. That reminds me, I need bacon. Although I use my hot dogs like bacon. Still, one can't have too much bacon.
              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'm actually quite fond of broccoli stems. I bet I could even get my son to eat them in a slaw though. Must buy cabbage...
                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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                • And what a beautiful day it is! Off to church, fortified with a fried egg and beefy grass-fed hot dog, tea with coconut milk.
                  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 on my four-week primal anniversary. How great it has been! When I got dressed for church this morning I discovered I had the new choice of two skirts that I haven't been able to fit into for ages. That was quite a nice surprise! This is the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday in my church, and so I had a very small square of bread. (We use real bread in our church, not a prepared product.) And a thimbleful of grape juice product. Maybe I should propose a whole-food communion, perhaps using nuts. Can you imagine if I suggested we not use bread at communion? Actually, my church is extremely liberal, but I think that even they would freak out a bit at the idea. I'm just being silly.

                    I hope everyone saw the beautiful moon last night! Quite spectacular. Luckily the clouds disappeared before moonrise.

                    Well, I'm off to a concert this PM - have a great day everyone!
                    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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                    • Another thing I want to memorialize here - yesterday at the raptor event, the handler strongly urged us not to feed bread to birds - they like it and they will eat it, but it is not good for them, just empty calories with no real nutrition. So why do humans eat it?

                      One of their owls had been taken from a nest (huge no-no) and raised on bread by a well-meaning but hopelessly misguided elderly woman. The owl has since recovered on her diet of mice.

                      Lunch of chicken kiev (recipe from last Sunday) and a big, big salad.
                      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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                      • When I got dressed for church this morning I discovered I had the new choice of two skirts that I haven't been able to fit into for ages. That was quite a nice surprise!
                        CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'm so happy for you!

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                        • Thank you!

                          Today is my four week anniversary! I know, I've mentioned this already. But I'm proud of myself, and I'm proud of everyone here who has helped me, given me advice, and answered my questions. I've learned a boatload of information in four weeks and I can't remember the last time I have felt so good and so positive about what I'm doing. I am actually starting to feel good about myself, which is pretty miraculous.

                          So many good things happened today, I can't put them all here. Our pastor gave a tremendously powerful, moving sermon. I got - no kidding - ten compliments on how I look. People are saying, "Is your hair different? Have you lost weight? Got a facial? Been on vacation?" I went to a fantastic concert. I visited a little church in a nearby town - maybe the prettiest church I have ever seen, a half-timbered building built right on the river with gorgeous grounds. I have turkey simmering away on the stove and a refrigerator full of primal food. There is a TV show on this evening that I am really looking forward to (I rarely watch TV, turn it on maybe once a month). I've been doing a lot of yoga, and this morning I was able to bend at the waist and put my palms on the floor, something I haven't done for 15 years.

                          It's all good.
                          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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                          • Yum! Sounds lovely.

                            Empty calories with no real nutrition... My second son is becoming a sourdough bread expert (I think he's even setting up a website...) and he wouldn't argue that point with store-bought bread. He would strongly argue the merits of sourdough made with archaic grains though. He probably has a point. And he will throw the science at you too. He does support my cutting grains if I think I personally have an intolerance though; that is a different issue. Just as well. Found out his mother-in-law (my co-grandmother) read Wheat Belly a while back, cut out all wheat products and has seen a wonderful difference in her health. I should phone her. We've had a lot of similar health issues, so that's actually quite encouraging.

                            We had communion today too and I realized when it was halfway down I was eating wheat. Hadn't thought of that. And I did have a slight allergic reaction later too, although I can't be sure that was the cause. Still, it was interesting. Goodness, am I going to have to come to church with my own personal non-bread bread? Probably just not worth it for such a small amount.
                            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 Siobhan View Post
                              Thank you!

                              Today is my four week anniversary! I know, I've mentioned this already. But I'm proud of myself, and I'm proud of everyone here who has helped me, given me advice, and answered my questions. I've learned a boatload of information in four weeks and I can't remember the last time I have felt so good and so positive about what I'm doing. I am actually starting to feel good about myself, which is pretty miraculous.

                              So many good things happened today, I can't put them all here. Our pastor gave a tremendously powerful, moving sermon. I got - no kidding - ten compliments on how I look. People are saying, "Is your hair different? Have you lost weight? Got a facial? Been on vacation?" I went to a fantastic concert. I visited a little church in a nearby town - maybe the prettiest church I have ever seen, a half-timbered building built right on the river with gorgeous grounds. I have turkey simmering away on the stove and a refrigerator full of primal food. There is a TV show on this evening that I am really looking forward to (I rarely watch TV, turn it on maybe once a month). I've been doing a lot of yoga, and this morning I was able to bend at the waist and put my palms on the floor, something I haven't done for 15 years.

                              It's all good.
                              Saw this after making my last comment after what I thought was the last entry, LOL!

                              You go girl! Nothing like feeling like a winner, is there?
                              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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                              • [QUOTE=Siobhan;795994]I think I am posting too much.

                                I like it.

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