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Well, so much for not eating the artichoke! That was delicious! Although I ate it with Hellman's mayonnaise. (Hanging head in shame.) I will getting some more of those. I made some mayo a while back, and though it worked just fine, I didn't like the taste! Must work on that. Why can't someone make a commercial mayo without crap in it? Also had a burger patty, hit the spot nicely. Now am sipping a cup of white wine. Very happy. Listening to jazz.
Sounds like a lovely day. I, too, am longing for a primal and tasty replacement for my beloved Hellman's. If you ever find one, please do share (and I'll do the same of course). EVOO just doesn't do it for me taste-wise.
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
I did make it - hated it - love EVOO in general, but the mayo unfortunately was a waste for me. I just read something about adding in some ghee which tempers the flavor - might try that as I just made some ghee. I hesitate because it is really expensive to make something like this that doesn't turn out. But I will perserve. And have another artichoke!
Have you clicked on the 'bread gloves' link at MDA today? That is so wrong.
Don't know where to start, and the story is kinda boring, so here goes - woke up at 4 AM with a horrific sore throat. Ascertained very quickly that I wasn't actually sick, i.e. no infection, and was probably having a reaction to some spray I used on my shoes to waterproof them. Guess I wasn't careful enough! My soft palate seemed quite swollen, and swallowing was very painful. I did a thorough nasal wash and gargled repeatedly with salt water. (I am a healthcare professional-type person.) Drank a cup of rose tea and went back to sleep. Woke up at 9:10 AM! Church at 10! Still didn't feel great but much better. Yes, I wore my white jeans, which fit well now. I looked nice. This is my 7-week anniversary. I never would have dreamed I would be wearing white jeans 2 sizes smaller. Church was a little weird as this is Pentecost Sunday, Memorial Day service, new member service, high school graduation, and oh....yeah...worship. Whew.
Came home pretty hungry! Guess I did an unintentional IF. One chicken sausage, 2 pieces bacon, 1 egg, half a melon. Was that ever good! I want to have something special for dinner tonight but I have no idea what that should be. I have been spending so much money lately, I should probably have lettuce leaves and bacon fat. That doesn't sound too bad, actually.
I am very tired and plan to sleep a little this afternoon, but have to do a thing or two first. Better get to it -
Slept for 1 1/2 hours, woke up feeling much better. Little headache-y, think it is probably a side effect from the spraying mistake. Haven't called my mom yet today, must do that soon, she will worry.
I bought the cats a new kind of fancy feast - chicken hearts and liver. I never got it before because, to be honest, it sounds gross. Well, they loved it. Must get some more. A couple of days ago I purchased a very expensive organic high quality grain free brand - they wouldn't touch it. Sigh.
Figuring out what to do with the coconut manna. It isn't workable at room temp here in Maine (66 degrees) so I warm it up and measure it into Tbsps. Then it hardens up and I can put the little discs in a jar. I can make primal candy with them by adding some almond meal, honey, chocolate, etc. or crumble them into a smoothie. When it gets warmer here, the consistency in the jar won't be a problem, but for most of the year it is not 73 degrees at room temp (thank you God, for giving us Maine). I was thinking of adapting the coconut kale recipe on today's MDA using this manna stuff and coconut oil.
Really feel like seeing a film tonight but would have to leave in the next five minutes and I will never get it together in time! I will just have to look at the collection. (I have hundreds of movies.) And of course Netfl*x and Amazon. Actually I find very little on Netfl*x, if the subscription weren't $8 I would cancel it. I watch it just enough to make it worthwhile, mostly Doctor Who at work. They don't carry any of the films I like - indies, foreign. Once in a while I score one, but it's not impressive. Same with Amazon, but I really joined for the free shipping, which is very, very valuable when one lives in a small fishing village at the end of a peninsula in Maine and doesn't have shops.
Had a smoothie, very satisfying. That might be dinner.
Did you check out that free stuff available today at MDA? I downloaded the stuff and found it worthwhile. It makes me really want to know some real-life paleos/primals. I am starting to feel like a freak in a good way and I would like to have a tribe. Today at church two people I don't know told me how great I look. A woman walked up to me, introduced herself, and said she saw me sitting in my usual spot but she had never noticed how beautiful I am. Me?!?!?!? No, she wasn't coming on to me, she is at least 85 and had her grandchildren with her. I will be happy to accept the compliment, but I think it is the light - this time of year the morning sun comes through the windows and bathes everyone in a peachy glow, extremely flattering. Another acquaintance told me that I was looking especially nice today. Again with the compliment, but I didn't tell her that it is the reduction of the dark under-eye circles that is making me look nice. I'm making too big a deal over these remarks, but it is weird for me as I am not used to it. I am not terrible to look at and I am well-groomed always - you will have to pry my mascara wand out of my cold, dead hands - but I am just ordinary nice-looking. Regular fair-skinned, fair-haired WASP-y female type, more Saxon than Anglo. Sounds nicer to say I am obviously of Celtic heritage.
After church I was writing my grandfather's name on the memory board as he fought in WWI. One of my friends was shocked at his surname as it is the same as hers - I don't find it too shocking because it is very, very common. Anyway, she decided we are cousins, and perhaps we are distantly related. I will have to dig out my genealogy stuff.
Had a light dinner of salami, goat milk gouda, a pear, and lemon water. The gouda is so delicious I can hardly stand it. I had quite a small portion because I am going to go to sleep in an hour or so and don't want to have too much food.
Cottage cheese and tuna? Wonder if that would work?
Watching March of the Penguins. Even though I hate the anthropomorphizing, the overt sentimentality, the glossing over of certain sexual facts, the depiction of predators as monsters - I still love the film. Wish I could get it without the stupid commentary (sorry Morgan Freeman) and just have the beautiful photography and the music. I have always dreamed of going to Antarctica, but realistically I probably won't get there.
One thing I have figured out - I am a fruit person. I do better eating a fair amount of fruit. Veg just doesn't do it for me, especially raw veg. I enjoy some things, like the artichoke I had yesterday, and I like brussels sprouts and once in a while I like a nice bowl of leafy greens, but not all the time. Fruit makes me feel good. Berries especially, a pear, apples. I've had a banana almost every day. Obviously fruit is my major carb source - in fact it has been almost my only carb source. I'm aiming for 100g per day, but usually don't make it. Today I'm at 84g and that is where I will stay. In the beginning I ate sweet potatoes quite a bit - that helped with the transition - but I don't really crave them now. I will eat them, though, because variety is the spice of life. I saved the milk solids from making ghee, wonder if that would be good for mashing up into a sweet pot? Because the butter was salted, the solids are very salty. Anyway, might try that.
Okay, enough about food, getting sleepy, off to bed.
Only slept about four hours, woke up feeling really good. So here I am! Relieved to hear it will be rainy today. Too much sunshine makes me sad. I need to rest my back also; I have been overdoing it the last couple of days, spurred on by guilt at staying inside while the weather is perfect. Although I might go for a short walk at the botanic garden later - moving slowly is good - and the garden is spectacular right now, about a month ahead of schedule.
I'm currently in stress mode over my hair. This is so stupid. I need to get my hair trimmed and reshaped quite badly - it has been months - but I despise getting it cut. It is a real phobia. I don't like strangers touching me, and I hate the whole process, and the inane chit-chat. Add to that a couple of really bad experiences, like the last time - I was treated to a long lecture about how I needed to take better care of my skin so it wouldn't break out (Really?!?!?!?!?! Thanks for mentioning it and telling me about it - like I didn't know) and a long racist diatribe against 'foreigners' - uh...my parents are immigrants, so I guess I had better go put my mom back on the boat....yes, I need to get over this silliness and just go get a trim. Now that I have written it down and see it here, it looks ridiculous. I wish I could get it done today, but the chances of a salon being open today - Memorial Day - are none and none.
Had a cup of tea with a splash of milk. Kind of hungry but can't decide if I want to eat or not.
Just put in a good hard hour of housework. Does it ever feel good to get some cleaning done around here! It has been at least three weeks since anything but emergency precautions have been taken because of my back problem and boy, does it show. I have changed both beds, all nice and clean, thoroughly vacuumed those two rooms and the hallway. Now the back is talking to me and I need to listen. Also I am getting pretty hungry. I think tuna for breakfast -
Happy to see your back is better, you really did luck out, still take it easy with all that energy you have
I had to LOL when I read that you hate having your hair done. I hate it like a dentist trip when my hair needs attention. I have always attributed it to a mean-ass chihuahua who would nip at my heels and actually bite me when my mom would send me up the street to the neighborhood beauty parlor. Why she thought I needed a pixie haircut was beyond me, and I was too young to protest. But, like you, I think I've never been comfortable with people touching me if I didn't know them.
Oh yes, I have bad pixie haircut flashbacks also! Funny how emotional we can be about our hair - at least I am, and I am probably not so different from most women.
Just took some bread out of the freezer and put it out for the birds and chipmunks, feeling very guilty indeed. I went to a wildlife lecture not long ago, and the lecturer implored us not to feed bread to birds - it is not nutritious enough. I felt like saying, "Well, why do WE eat it then?" Not to be snarky, totally serious - I'm on board. I am also feeding high quality nuts and seeds, so I thought a bit of bread would be okay. But you know what, it isn't. No more bread. I'm throwing it away.
Out with the bread! Time to primalize my kitchen. I can take a load of stuff to the food bank - they will even come pick it up if I ask. A good friend of mine is very active in the local food bank, which is unfortunately badly needed and well-attended. They can have all of my pasta, flour, and sugar.
The little chipmunk that jumped onto my hand last week is growing so rapidly that he is almost adult sized now. He has a white spot that is not quite lined up with the other spots so he is easy to identify. They are really quite aggressive little creatures.
Not only have I primalized my kitchen, I have made a start on primalizing my bookshelves. I have a large pile to take to the library used bookshop. Among them you will find a book that instructs one on how to gradually become a vegetarian, several Zone diet books (actually the Zone diet is not so dissimilar to primal), a number of diet books of various types that I kept primarily for the recipes that I will never use, and all my Harry Potter books. I will probably read the entire series again, probably more than once, but I know they will always be readily available and there is no sense having an entire shelf of them in my home. Trying to pare stuff down!