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  • I bought that slicer a few months ago. Goes through a sweet potato in like 2 minutes if you have mad grade-school pencil sharpening skills
    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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    • Originally posted by ecks View Post
      Goes through a sweet potato in like 2 minutes if you have mad grade-school pencil sharpening skills
      The key, of course! And not slicing through a finger! I think even one so clumsy as me will be able to manage, which is saying a lot. (This from the woman who ended up with five stitches in her left palm as a result of trying to imitate Jacques Pepin.)

      Had a very, very large bowl of leafy greens with walnut oil and balsamic vinegar, and an egg scrambled with scallions. Having a great craving for veg. What's up with that? There are worse things to crave! Wish the farmers market was today, alas it is tomorrow.
      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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      • Similar to my dinner last night, I took a whole bag of spinach and sauteed it in Olive oil and butter, then tossed in some fresh uncooked salsa, spices and last some eggs and stirred it into a unappetising looking mass of deliciousness.

        It tasted great, but looked a bit like roadkill.

        Bon Appetit!
        Height: 5' 10"
        Starting Weight: 292
        Starting Primal Weight: 275
        Current weight: 224
        Goal weight: 172
        Body Fat 30.5

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        • That reminds me of a really delicious thing I used to cook - red (or any other color) bell peppers - cook them for a really long time on low heat on the stovetop, maybe half an hour until they are melty, add some parmesan (if you do dairy) and garlic, and stir in eggs - you end up with a very red mound of stuff that tastes like heaven. Must make that soon. Great thing to make when peppers are on sale.
          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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          • Whew! Had a busy afternoon. Drove to the nearby shopping town and had some fun. Got the food-grade mineral oil. Why mineral oil, you may ask? Use it on wood surfaces in your kitchen because it will not go rancid. Obviously it is also safe to consume, although of course you do not cook with it. Bought carrots, onions, celery, fennel. Have never cooked with fennel. (Hanging head in shame.) Picked up an already cooked organic chicken from a local farm for $7. Why so cheap, you ask? Because it is on the last sell-by date. Came home and went to town slicing everything on my new slicer dicer. Works a treat! It accomplishes what I cannot with a knife - everything is very, very thin. Shredded the chicken. All the leavings went into the little crock pot, where they will stay overnight. All the nice bits went into soup along with the bone broth I had and a pint of chicken stock from the food co-op. Best soup I ever made! Why did I never put fennel in my soup? It is wonderful, a subtle flavor. Luckily I have an old toothbrush I use for dish cleaning - it makes cleaning the slicer a snap. Ten seconds and it's done. Ate a bowl of soup - also have to admit that a good amount of chicken made it into my mouth while I was shredding away. I can't resist a nice drumstick! So that was dinner.

            Also had my special G&T. Didn't break anything this time. Actually I am glad I broke the glass BEFORE I put in the $$$$$$ gin and tonic. I can afford to lose a cucumber!

            Must confess this afternoon was a bit carb-y. The cooking supply store sells astoundingly good coconut macaroons, gluten-free of course. (If you find one that isn't gluten free, just say no. Coconut macaroons are not supposed to contain flour or any grains.) And the food co-op had chipotle sweet potato soup (also gluten and grain free) that is really worth eating. I don't regret it at all. If I'm gonna eat carbs, those are the ones!

            I did have quite a splurge. There is a wonderful art gallery, all Maine artists, most of them local. I saw a silhouette (paper cutting) of two loons and some pine trees that I had to have. Just had to. It was $50. I love it and it is hanging in the perfect place on my wall. I wish I could decorate properly and really show off my art - I have some nice pieces.

            Ridiculously excited about Science Wednesday on PBS. Tonight is hummingbirds, apes, and elephants. Yes, I am a geek. No, I do not have DVR or anything of the sort. I don't even have cable. I will not be getting those things. I have what I can pull for free from the sky. (Full disclosure - obviously I have a computer and can watch stuff that way.)
            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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            • BTW, it is pouring rain and quite chilly. I have the woodstove roaring and all the windows open.

              Is any of this stuff I am putting here primal?
              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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              • Absolutely primal girl! We are more than just the food we eat - and I have to say that the spiral slicer thingy looks fun. Bet my kids would enjoy spiral veggies... I love the sound of woodstove roaring and windows open - perfect combo! We are in the midst of a heat wave here in CO and the house is shut up tight and I am feeling very grateful for air conditioning, BUT I hate having to have all the windows closed. It feels as though I am living in a tin can. The trailer is hot even with the air running ... Enjoy your cool weather and the rain! CO is burning up again
                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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                • I'll bet you would love Maine!
                  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 love your excitement over the nature shows! I love them too! Except for the shows when its nature in the raw - I don't like seeing the baby Wildebeast get eaten by the lioness.
                    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                    2. Eat to heal
                    3. Move to live
                    4. Embrace today
                    5. Live with intention
                    6. Respect my body
                    7. Cultivate joy
                    8. Find my passion
                    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                    • Primal stuff? A definite yes. You have the unique gift of living in the moment, more than many of us. Delighting in and taking inspiration from the world around you. And a delightful way of conveying that through your words.

                      Cheers for spiral cucumbers and unbroken glasses filled with high end libations .
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                      The old stuff

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                      • ^ well said!
                        1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                        2. Eat to heal
                        3. Move to live
                        4. Embrace today
                        5. Live with intention
                        6. Respect my body
                        7. Cultivate joy
                        8. Find my passion
                        9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                        • Well, I thank you all for ploughing through the absurdities of my journal and hopefully amusing anecdotes. Sometimes I look at my writings here and wonder that I have actually posted this stuff online. And that I have not only kept at it, but seem to have picked up steam, although the focus has changed quite a bit from the beginning.

                          Watched my nature shows and enjoyed them very much. I had seen the hummingbird program but it was excellent and worth seeing again. They are amazing and fantastical creatures, the more so the more you learn about them. The ape show was also very good and provided a lot of food for thought. Whenever I see research about how 'smart' animals are, I can't help but think the emperor has no clothes - we judge according to our standards and mores. Because although I might be a moderately intelligent human, I wouldn't last an hour as an ape. Or a bird, for that matter. We don't measure stuff like ability to avoid or outwit a predator, or find food when there is virtually none, or find a place to sleep that is safe, or survive a sub-zero night with no walls or central heating.

                          I couldn't watch the elephant program, it was too painful for me. It was about how China is fueling the destruction of elephants by enthusiastically pursuing ivory trading. Too horrible. It's one thing to see villagers kill an elephant for food, or to save their crops, but the ivory trade is revolting.

                          My soup from yesterday is magnificent. I don't know if it is because the broth has a little extra oomph because of the pork chop bones, or the fennel added something indescribable, but it is really good. I didn't even add any spices. Just the veg, the broth, chicken, and a big handful of chopped parsley and cilantro. Added a splash of cream right before eating. That was breakfast.

                          This afternoon I am going to see Helen Mirren in The Audience, a live broadcast from the National Theater in London. I am expecting great things!
                          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've just seen The Audience not once but twice. It was so good I went back for the evening performance. Yes, it was that good. Mirren is amazing, as is the rest of the cast. I laughed out loud, I cried. So glad to have had the experience. I am very excited about the upcoming shows - there will be a run of Shakespeare that is going to be dazzling.

                            This morning I hiked a bit but the trail was just too boggy. Only about half an hour. Then I swam. Then began the theater immersion experience. Tomorrow is 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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                            • Well, the spammer left me some little annoying gifs. I don't know if this is preferable to the usual pics that don't show.

                              Woke up very early and since I have to work tonight I got up. Nothing really to report other than a good, although short, night of sleep. Reading Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, a classic I have never read before. I actually first read the second book in the series of three. Lee had a reputation of being a stupendous lover. Several famous women have stated he was the best. His writings certainly show he appreciated women.

                              Had some soup this morning. Soup is a very good breakfast. Yesterday I bought PG Tips. That is definitely a superior tea. I can't remember why I stopped buying it. Maybe I couldn't find it in the store. Now it is much more available.
                              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 Siobhan View Post
                                ...I couldn't watch the elephant program, it was too painful for me. It was about how China is fueling the destruction of elephants by enthusiastically pursuing ivory trading. Too horrible. It's one thing to see villagers kill an elephant for food, or to save their crops, but the ivory trade is revolting.
                                I've seen other things along these lines from China. The unfettered pursuit of financial gain lets them sacrifice long-term quality for short-term cash. At some point they're going to crash headlong into their resource limits. Dunno what would happen next. Don't want to think about it.

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