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  • Pickled garlic? Okay, I'm heading for the fridge for a dill pickle. Great snack all around.
    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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    • Cross-posted... You don't like salad? The mind boggles. I will be making my "serendipity" salad sometime soon, a canteloup-cucumber-feta concoction (there are other things). It happened a couple of years ago when hubby didn't want what I had planned for lunch. "Just a salad," he said. So he got one made of what I had. And that time I wrote the ingredients down, because it blew my socks off. And you would be pleased, there is relatively little crunching.

      Yes, cutting the beans has reduced my methane levels too.
      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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      • Hey now, that sounds good. I think I need to stay away from old standards like carrots and things that take too long to chew.

        Can't believe how much I ate today yet still came in at 1600 cals, 55% fat/29% protein/16% carb, that's 93g/112g/61g. Did a LOT of walking - couple hours. Stayed out of the car because the car is too painful on the back. Think of the gas I'm saving!
        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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        • Okay, I need recipes, gals! Zuccini thing and now canteloupe-cucumber. I read an interesting combination on mommymd's journal, which I am looking forward to trying later in the week: herring, full-fat yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, apples, and pepper.

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          • I found some barley and buckwheat at the bottom of a canister. Was about to throw it away, but then I made the buckwheat into a little pillow for my neck and gave the barley to the outside animals. I didn't know if anyone would eat it, but I just saw the chipmunks and squirrels shoveling it up. All's well that ends well, I hope!
            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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            • Zucchini thing -

              2 or 3 zucchini, cut in approximate matchsticks
              2 large garlic cloves, minced
              12 basil leaves, chopped
              1/3 cup pine nuts (or any nuts)
              2 tbsp butter
              1 tbsp olive oil
              salt
              1/2 to 1 cup parmesan or any cheese

              In a large saucepan, toast the nuts. Keep a close eye on them because they can burn very quickly. Pour out of plan and set aside. Melt the butter in the pan along with the olive oil. Add zucchini and salt to taste. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Turn down heat and add garlic, stirring for about 1 minute. Be careful as garlic burns easily. Add cheese and more butter, stirring until cheese melts and everything is well combined. Add basil at the end to preserve flavor.

              Serve with any meat you would like.

              If you don't want dairy, leave out the cheese and use all olive oil. You could also add red bell peppers, onion (sweet onions are really nice here, don't cook them very long). Or you can use feta cheese. Red chile flakes or hot sauce, maybe. Or try mint instead of basil. And...this can be made with eggplant instead. This could even be served to vegetarians! If you are around people who eat corn (shudder), they will enjoy this with fresh corn on the cob.
              Last edited by Siobhan; 05-21-2012, 12:42 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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              • Yes, all the animals for miles around come to me! I do love to feed other creatures.

                Hey, I need that cantalope recipe, they are on sale right now!
                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 all those ingredients in my fridge right now! I think I will make it tomorrow, when I am eating again. Thanks, Siobhan.

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                  • Okay, I'll post the cantaloup recipe on my journal. Dang, I forgot to buy the cucumber. Stores are probably closed today.
                    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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                    • You ladies are making me hungry! Whip up some onion soup and you will be quickly reminded of farting (my overly dramatic children were far from impressed). But that is true, very little gas now. I can't keep up with all these wonderful food ideas.

                      I haven't found raw milk around here. There was a big deal over someone in Ontario not too long ago, the evils of unpasteurized milk. I posted a link to a story on my site. I remember as a kid we used to stop by the dairy to fill the milk jugs. Wonderful stuff.

                      And I second you on salads. I have to find ways to get creative. They are also much better when someone else makes the (or so my mind tells me). Enjoy the day.

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                      • Whew, what a day so far! Slept like a newborn baby, 10 hours. Had a doc appt this morning, rushed to get there and waited 1 hr 45 min. That wasn't so bad but sitting in the waiting room listening to a very disturbed young woman hash over the sordid details of her life was pretty trying. Also, my back is way, way better but the 20-min drive in the car just about did me in. The car is the worst. Anyway, all is good, I'm back to work tomorrow night, YAY HEY! Back is 80% better. Did a lot of errands on the way home. Check Engine light came on in the car Running fine, though. Hey, when you drive a 14 year old car, you have to expect these things. It is probably the oxygen sensor, which I just can't bring myself to spend $400 to fix. Anyway.

                        I went outside to put out bird food and there was a tiny baby chipmunk...he climbed right into my hand. Now, I know this is wrong and I should not be interacting with this wild creature and I may have doomed him to death by not teaching him to fear me, but it is just one of those things that happened. I was sitting on the ground cleaning up the old stuff and he just came up to me. I put my hand in the seed bag, and when I took it out he just jumped on. I am feeling guilty though, I put out some old bread that I had in my freezer and they ate it all up - bread isn't good for them. I don't know what I was thinking.

                        The pheromone stuff is great, the cats are blissed out like opium addicts or something. Honestly, they are sprawled on the bed, their legs all tangled together, eyes at half mast. I need to find some of this stuff for people and use it at work!

                        Didn't eat until 2 this PM - got up too late, wasn't hungry anyway. Had smoked salmon, avocado, onion, capers, lemon juice. Spectacular. In fact, I might eat some more. I still feel hungry.

                        I edited my zucchini recipe, forgot to mention to cut it up like matchsticks. Actually, you can cut it up any way you want. The original recipe called for pasta like fusilli or rotini, so that gives you an idea of the size, but it doesn't matter at all.

                        Tried to catch up on everyone's journals, I read a lot of them even if I don't comment very often. So much interesting stuff going on!

                        If you're reading this, Judg, yes, I make up my mind very, very quickly on just about everything and do most things cold turkey.
                        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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                        • Ate the rest of the chicken and some of the zucchini. Better now. Thirsty, thirsty. Even though I eat a lot less salt now, I am thirstier than I ever remember being. And water actually tastes good to me now. Weird.

                          It has only been six weeks, and I know I probably sound crazy, but I think my eyesight is improving. I don't reach for my glasses first thing when I wake up in the morning anymore, often an hour or more goes by until I put them on. My contact lenses are more comfortable, formerly I could only wear them for a couple of hours - now I can wear them all day. And I already mentioned the dark undereye circles I have always had, even as a child, are lessened.

                          My favorite Banana Republic thrift store khakis that I just started fitting into three weeks ago are getting too big! Thank goodness for the thrift store, I would be hurting for clothes. I wish I could sew.
                          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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                          • Just did a weird thing. Took a lawn chair and went outside in the sun for about half an hour. Felt great and now I am full of energy. It is so nice to feel better again after this bout of back trouble. I'm not 100% yet by any means but I feel so much better and my mental attitude is completely turned around. And I think I have grown spiritually too. I realized that I am not immortal, that someday I will have to ask for help - and it will be okay. Hopefully not for a long time, but it will be okay. There is a time and place for everything, a time to say no to medicine and a time to say yes to medicine. That I really am pretty smart and if I let go of fears and listen to what my intuition is saying, positive things will be the result.
                            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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                            • Red a bunch of your journal. It is delightful.

                              Love the way you're doing primal and your success. Thinking about your lean cat. We have three cats and one jumps straight up in the air like a baby goat when you give him a "strange" food to smell. So glad you're not trying to feed the goats cupcakes any more. We used to have a goat farm and mine liked our blueberry bushes the best of anything -- and peanuts in the shell! Just raw, not oiled, salted, or roasted. It was cute. You live in a wonderful area of the U.S. My B and SIL always talk of retiring there, and that's where they often go for vacations. They backpack and camp, so they probably aren't upping the tourist numbers in beautiful towns like yours.

                              I'll keep reading parts of your journal until I catch up! Love the fact that you write a lot. Fun to read.

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                              • Thank you so much! I've never kept a journal or a blog before and I am really enjoying it. Maybe too much! I keep thinking, "I have to put this in my journal!" Can't lose sight of real life, now can I? But this journal has been key to my success. I am sure I would have been lost without the input of so many people here. Gonna have to get some peanuts for the goats!
                                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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