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  • My head is spinning with food happiness. I decided that since I needed a large shot of protein, a dinner smoothie was in order, and I can report that the chocolate designer whey protein is even better than the vanilla. Wow. I still can't get over how satisfying food is when you eliminate empty calories. I could have eaten half a loaf of bread in the olden days and not felt full - or good, for that matter.

    Now I am feeling like I need to spend some time meditating and praying and working through all these things that have been happening to me lately, so off goes the computer -good night, 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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    • In looking over my journal yesterday, it seems all those fruits and veg and sunshine really energized me. Woke up at 3:30 AM, wide awake. That is okay, though. I will go to my prayer group this morning and come home and sleep for a good part of the day as I am back to work tonight, hooray! Besides, it is raining today. (I love rain and gloom...yeah, weird, I know, I know.)

      Actually woke up hungry, really hungry, although it snuck up on me. I think I had a lot of fruit yesterday, maybe that's why, although my carbs were still only around 90g. Possibly the fruit just affects me differently. That melon is possibly the best melon I have ever had in my life. It tastes like honey with an intense melony overtone. You just have to go with that when you have the opportunity.

      Last night I wrote, in longhand no less, several pages about animals and spirituality. I have been reading a lot about our paleo ancestors and their attitudes towards many things, one of the major ones being animals. Clearly animals were extremely important to them and they seem to have considered animals to be superior beings. An interesting thing about this is that I had virtually given up handwriting because it was too painful...doesn't seem to be a problem now...

      And for breakfast I had a fried pastured egg and 2 pieces of uncured bacon. Right now I am enjoying a cup of tea with goat 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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      • Was just reading a post over the nutrition thread about coconut oil. Some people eat quite a lot of it, but have unhappy consequences, nausea, diarrhea, general weird feelings, etc. And not just once, but over and over. I'm not saying this to be critical, but why would you eat something that repeatedly made you feel bad? I couldn't and wouldn't eat something that made me nauseous. I have never eaten more than 1 tsp. of coconut oil and have not experienced any effects at all that I noticed. I use it on my skin, which is great but doesn't seem to affect me internally at all. I am very curious about this, I don't know much about coconut oil - okay, I don't know anything about CO except that it is recommended on PB and I tried it and liked it. To be honest, eating two tablespoons of any fat all at once without anything else sounds like a formula for intestinal disaster, but I'm not a gut specialist.

        We are all really different for certain! I look at other people's meals - I can't imagine eating a 5-egg omelet and half a pound of bacon. To be honest the thought of that makes me feel sick. I'd have to be pretty starving to eat two eggs, usually one is just fine. I imagine other people read my meals and think I must be starving to death.

        I do apologize if I have said anything offensive, I don't mean to be, but I am really curious about this stuff.
        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 can't imagine you being offensive:-)

          Some people even put CO in their coffee! Go figure.

          I tried coconut oil but it's a bit heavy for my tastes. It's a wonderful alternative to vegetable oils, but you do have to like the taste. Others use ghee. I like plain old grass fed butter.

          I also use it on my skin. It seems to work just fine there.

          And then, some people actually have coconut allergies.

          Yep, five eggs are a lot, but a half pound of bacon with all the fat gotten rid of mixed in with kale, that sounds good to me. I have had to let bacon go, though, as it's a pain in the butt to try to get without sugar or celery powder. Sugar is, well, sugar, and celery powder is a natural MSG, which I don't need!

          So, to make a rambling story short, just use CO as it works for you personally and you'll be all set:-):-):-)

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          • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post

            I went outside to put out bird food and there was a tiny baby chipmunk...he climbed right into my hand.
            How wonderful! I once had a chickadee sit on my hand and take bird seed from it. But a baby chipmunk *awwwwww* how lovely. We love all the wildlife in our backyard (well, not Mr Possum-who-looks-like-a-giant-rat-and-lurks-in-the-shadows, he gives me the creeps) and the chipmunks are especially adorable in our book. Don't worry about the bread, he won't be stuck in a SAD WOE for the rest of his life you just gave him a one-time treat.

            I'm so happy you're regaining your health and vitality - it shines through your writing.
            SW: 243
            CW: 177
            Goal: Health

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            • Yes, I have lots to learn about CO. I would think it is one of those substances with a great capacity for allergic reaction, I don't know why. Just seems like it. I have puzzled over the coffee thing. Not something I would ever have thought of. Not knocking it at all, just haven't tried it. (For one thing, I can't drink coffee, gives me horrible GERD.) But I guess I feel weird commenting about other people's eating habits. I know my own eating is very idiosyncratic.

              Developed a craving for beef this AM, so went to the store and came home with a flatiron slab. Seasoned it up, sauteed it, heated up the rest of the zucchini stuff -and - the piece de resistance - squeezed orange juice over the whole thing. Also added all the pan juices. Did you know that orange goes very well with beef? It does. I guess the Chinese already figured that out Ate it ALL. I've eaten quite a bit of food today already! It's raining, my favorite classical music program is on the radio, my back is a lot better and all is right with the world. For this moment anyway, and this moment is really all that counts.

              I checked out the price of ghee and nearly fell over, but I know I can make it myself quite easily. Sounds like a good thing to put on the calendar for the next rainy day.
              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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              • Yep, oranges are the super food for cooking with. Glad you like them too.

                Have a super day. Yes, all the Indian populations says ghee is quite simple to make. It's that clarified butter you get with lobster tails. A little strong for me on a daily basis, but great stuff -- especially on a piece of naan bread.

                Cats are all cuddled up. Like you, I just might put some music on. My favorite kind is classical Hindustani -- specifically, the sarod. Love that instrument.

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                • What a lovely picture I have in my mind - kitties, great music -

                  I used to make ghee, ages and ages ago - it is a good way to preserve butter as it lasts just about forever when you remove the milk solids. And of course the taste and the ability to cook with high heat. Big win situation. Yes, must make ghee.

                  I am feeling good - way too good - way, way too good - just visited L.L. Bean and found a dress and a sweater I can't live without (right). Told myself I wouldn't get it unless I had a coupon to redeem, thinking that of course there would not be a coupon...but there were TWO coupons. So the dress and the sweater are on their way. Damn.
                  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 I have a slight coconut allergy, I tend to get reactions when I have a lot. I have a couple of foods like that; if I eat them in very small doses, I'm okay, but I can't overdo it. Citrus, unfortunately.

                    You and I are obviously wired differently. I like to mull things over for quite a while; so many of my impulse decisions work out badly! And I often prefer to ease my way into something, rather than plunging in. And I really detest flip-flopping. Once I've made up my mind, good luck talking me out of it! It takes a lot of evidence, and time to mull it over... Of course, life would be so boring if we were all the same.
                    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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                    • My cat brings chipmunks inside the house sometimes. The good thing - he never kills them, just likes to play with the cute, little critters. The not so good thing - I get to spend hours sometimes chasing them around till I'm finally able to capture and let them outside to freedom. I even have the pictures to prove it. LOL!!!
                      Oh, and Siobhan, I'm so glad to see you are doing much better.

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                      • Back at work and loving it! It is so nice to feel better and be useful and productive and have people come up to me and tell me they are glad I am back and they missed my work.

                        Did all my eating quite early today! Been running around here and am starting to get a bit peckish, but I'm going to wait until 2 AM. Then I won't eat again til around 4 PM. That's the plan! Not written in stone though.

                        Hey, I had a cup of coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil before I came to work, tasty it was too. I could get used to that. No GERD! It was a small cup. Maybe the fat helps prevent the reflux? I will experiment with that again.
                        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 you are doing great again! It is amazing how much easier it is to bounce back after a set back when you are fueling your body right!
                          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'm halfway through my shift and feeling great. Thinking back over this episode I am pleased that I stayed primal, although I can't claim any great willpower or anything as I really, really like being primal, and I sincerely believe that being primal helped me enormously. Normally something like this would have sucked energy from me like a sponge, maybe led to a bit of "oh poor me" or something - but hey, I went through it, I learned from it, I'm dealing with it. Anything that threatens my independence is horrible for me, as I am a fierce loner who despises asking for anything. Luckily I fed my brain enough fat to think through the situation more clearly than I would have imagined and didn't get all bent out of shape. There will be challenges in the future and I will deal with them - as long as I have fat coursing through my body I will be okay! Actually I am extremely pleased to find out, because of all the imaging that has been done, that my spine is in terrific shape. Not bad for almost 53. As soon as the sciatic nerve calms down, I'll be 100%.

                            Just had a rather large meal. Couldn't wait for 2 AM. So decadent. Crab with butter, smoked salmon, avocado, onion, broccoli slaw with BV+OO, a pear. I will be okay for quite a while 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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                            • Weird thing just happened. I just caught an error that had gone through about 12 people. There was no effect on the patient, just an admin thing, but still I kind of surprised myself. Pretty alert for an old girl at 3 AM!
                              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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                              • Good on you. Although I wish you'd stop calling yourself an old girl. I've got a couple of years on you! And glad you're feeling so much better.

                                BV?
                                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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