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  • Sometimes I worry about what I would do if I couldn't afford to buy good food. I spend a lot on food! Like if I lost my job. What would I live on? Rice and lentils? Would that be the best choice if I was really poor? I can't imagine being so poor that I couldn't afford some meat and certainly I would be able to get eggs. Well, I hope I never have to find out.
    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 Pedidoc View Post
      It sounds so fun - having a hard time restraining myself!
      It is fun - it is easy but you have to be meticulous, which is a good combination. Just enough challenge to make it fun, and lots of room to be creative.
      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 think about that all the time. I spend a lot of money on food. It's hard to calculate because I buy so much in bulk and don't keep careful records, but it is way more than when I was eating "regular." Actually I never ate the SAD, I have always been against processed foods, I've pretty much always followed what they call an Ancestral diet for the most part, but wasn't eating organic and was eating a lot of whole grain stuff.

        But I wonder what I'd do if I couldn't afford to eat the way I do now. I guess I would have to try to make the best choices available.
        Height: 5' 10"
        Starting Weight: 292
        Starting Primal Weight: 275
        Current weight: 224
        Goal weight: 172
        Body Fat 30.5

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        • I would definitely have to reduce the quantities I eat! Moar fat, I suppose, if I had the strength of will. Must always remember the incredible edible egg.

          So many things happening recently. I received an email from my cousin late last night - the 40-years-long-lost cousin. It was very pleasant and he is interested in meeting. Somewhat oddly, my siblings are a bit divided on this. My brother, who normally is staunchly pro-family no matter what, is cynical about our cousin's motivation, i.e. he thinks he wants something. I have pointed out that organ donation is really a long shot and our googling has shown that our cousin is a very successful businessman and I would be surprised if he wants money. He has been married for many years and has a large family of his own. I think he is simply motivated by curiosity and simple and natural desire to reconnect with blood relations. Both of his parents (my aunt and uncle) died within weeks of each other last winter. I am going forward with this belief until I am proven wrong.

          Our choir director announced last night that we are going to sing Carmina Burana next year! Very exciting stuff! I am glad he told us so that we have time to prepare. I will have to work very hard, but I am thrilled, as is the rest of the choir. He must have great faith in us to give us such a challenging and dynamic work. He is also looking into hiring a nationally known soprano to perform with us. I am beside myself at the thought of performing on the same stage as a famous singer.
          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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          • That's very exciting that your cousin is wanting to put the past where it belongs and find relationships with family members again.

            I'm toying with the idea of making my own kombucha --- but I need to find a very precise "how to" list before I'm going to give it a shot. For now I will gather bottles and find a good sized jar.
            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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            • Tomi, it's so easy. I was scared, too, even DH said, don't poison us, please LOL.

              Make tea your regular way, 6 or 8 organic tea bags, I use earl grey, 6 or 8 cups filtered water.
              You can adjust this to ever how much you want to make.
              I bought a 2 gallon glass jar, you won't use the lid, get an open weave dish cloth and rubber band for the top, it has to breathe.

              I do 2/3 cup of organic sugar, let it dissolve in the tea and let the tea completely cool. Slide the scoby and the juice it came in(I bought mine at amazon) into the cooled tea. The tea has to be cooled or it will 'cook' the scoby and it'll be no good. Put the cloth on it and set somewhere out of direct sun.

              Test after 10 days, it will taste a little vinegary, bottle up in whatever bottles you have. I had a box of yoohoo bottles and caps I'd saved and also some glass water bottles I'd bought at amazon. Clean them thoroughly. After bottling, leave them on your counter for a couple of days; the tea will carbonate and be so fizzy wonderful. Then put in fridge. Before drinking, I add a few drops of liquid stevia ( KAL brand name, my fave) and the juice and slices of scrubbed org lemon. You will absolutely love it and the energy it gives you.

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              • Thanks I may try to get brave enough once I have saved up a few bottles!
                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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                • Yes, it is very easy! I will add - it can take hours for the tea to cool. As in all day or overnight. Be sure to plan for that, timewise. Also, no metal can touch the scoby. You can make the tea in a stockpot but be sure to wait until you have poured into a glass container before adding the scoby. Don't use metal utensils - wood or plastic, please!

                  I think the hardest part was assembling the equipment. It's not hard but it is different than what you normally do in the kitchen - at least in my kitchen.

                  Goat milk is off my menu. After drinking goat milk for a week, I have a small patch of eczema on my face. Not happy about this! The splash of milk in my tea is okay, as long as it is just a splash, but no drinking of milk for me!
                  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 just realized I emptied the recyclables into the giant bin a couple days ago.......... so I will have to go dumpster diving to gather the kombucha bottles and bring them back into the house for my kombucha making! Good thing the dumpster is my own - and not a community bin!
                    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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                    • I heard back from my long-lost cousin but still don't know what prompted him to contact us after all of these years. I sent him another email but didn't ask - maybe in the next email. My family is quite divided on this. My oldest sister has hard feelings towards the younger cousin - they were in the same class in school and there is some baggage there. Although I certainly don't want to tell anyone what to do and I don't know the whole story, I am content to let the water flow under the bridge. It was over 40 years ago. People change.

                      Very busy night at work and slept well. Normally I get up after three hours on my day off, but I lazed in bed for quite a while and now the day is slipping away. Dress rehearsal tonight!
                      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 woke up today I was struck by a terrible thought. Did I put sugar in my new batch of kombucha? Did I? I don't remember! I was horrorstruck. My scoby will die, for one thing. I examined the jar, and all seems well, lots of growth going on. I ventured to taste it, and yes, there is obviously sugar in there. The taste, after three days, is nothing you want to think about very much. All will be well.

                        I haven't started my second batch because I put the entire scoby, mother and baby in the current batch. I will have to wait until I am ready to decant and bottle. Of course I will have three scobys by then. Have I ever mentioned that I think kombucha is a big factor in my weight loss and in my maintenance as well? Yes, it has some carbs. Yes, those carbs are from sugar. But not many and not much. It is oddly satisfying and when I think about having a snack, I am always happy to have kombucha instead. I think it is the tart flavor that helps kill the false hunger. Also the probiotic qualities are most welcome. Who can't use better digestion? I'm sitting here sipping on a bottle of my homebrew right now. I scored some Meyer lemons, organic better yet, and I can't believe how good it tastes. This is a blueberry batch. Love the fruit flavors. My next flavor choice will be lemon and ginger.
                        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
                          When I woke up today I was struck by a terrible thought. Did I put sugar in my new batch of kombucha? Did I? I don't remember! I was horrorstruck. My scoby will die, for one thing. I examined the jar, and all seems well, lots of growth going on. I ventured to taste it, and yes, there is obviously sugar in there. The taste, after three days, is nothing you want to think about very much. All will be well.

                          I haven't started my second batch because I put the entire scoby, mother and baby in the current batch. I will have to wait until I am ready to decant and bottle. Of course I will have three scobys by then. Have I ever mentioned that I think kombucha is a big factor in my weight loss and in my maintenance as well? Yes, it has some carbs. Yes, those carbs are from sugar. But not many and not much. It is oddly satisfying and when I think about having a snack, I am always happy to have kombucha instead. I think it is the tart flavor that helps kill the false hunger. Also the probiotic qualities are most welcome. Who can't use better digestion? I'm sitting here sipping on a bottle of my homebrew right now. I scored some Meyer lemons, organic better yet, and I can't believe how good it tastes. This is a blueberry batch. Love the fruit flavors. My next flavor choice will be lemon and ginger.
                          I look forward to it, too, I bought one of each color of these for a gift, so cute, and thinking how great kombucha would be in them, ordered a set for me, love them.

                          Color Pop Juice Glass - Anthropologie.com

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                          • Those are super cool! I'm also lusting after a couple of these: Amazon.com: GIR Spatula: Red: Kitchen & Dining

                            GIR Spatula.jpg

                            I could throw out tons of junk in my kitchen if I had a couple of these bad boys.

                            Tonight was final dress rehearsal for our concerts. I did well until about halfway, when I got kind of hoarse. I think I've been overdoing the practice.
                            Last edited by Siobhan; 08-14-2013, 06:57 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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                            • Oh, my, they think highly of those, don't they?? Was gonna buy several, wowza, settled for 1, in yellow,
                              But I really needed it

                              Hope you can rest your voice, stay hydrated.

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                              • Yes, they are pricey! But indestructible and they don't stain, one piece so no icky mold - as long as you don't lose it, you will have it for life. Nom Nom Paleo is giving some away. I entered the contest but of course I have no hope of actually winning. Still, I can dream. She obviously has boatloads of money and gets lots of stuff for free anyway. Hey, this is sort of a blog! And I even got spammed twice last night. Someone, send me swag!
                                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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