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  • #16
    Fed the neighbor's goats carrots this morning. They love carrots and celery. The sheep weren't around, I suspect they are being sheared. You wouldn't believe the fleece they have grown over the winter! I wonder what it is like to be encased in 14 inches of wool coat? I suppose it is okay in February but not now. They are kept strictly to keep the pasture vegetation down. I think it is cheaper and easier to keep let them eat it down rather than mowing. There are four miniature goats, three sheep, and one really large goat. The large goat and the eight foot fence with barbed wire at the top are for predator control. Oddly enough we don't really have a predator problem around here. The big goat could not, of course, hold off a pack of coyotes or dogs but can and will take on one. I like watching them graze in the pasture, it looks like a postcard. Of course reality is not a postcard, but on the whole I think they have pretty good lives. There are also a few chickens that follow them around. The chickens are really funny, almost like little clowns. They eat parasites, so it works out.

    Had a bowlful of the turkey I made last night with a knob of butter in it to liven it up a bit. Ginger is kind of a magic ingredient, isn't it? Just about everything tastes better with ginger.

    Well, I'm off to my adult ed class (we're studying archeology right now) and then to church. Guest pastor this morning, she has a wonderful reputation and I am looking forward to hearing her sermon. I really like female pastors although I hate to sound prejudiced. They seem to be able to hit that perfect note of emotion without being overly sentimental. Well, better get moving -
    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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    • #17
      I LOVE the other parts!

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      • #18
        Welcome Siobhan! I love your journal so far. We have a goat named Sonic. I always believed that goats would eat anything, but it turns out that they use their mouths like hands to touch and analyze things. If it is not edible, Sonic spits it out.
        We have 3 cats as well. I am thinking of putting them on grain free food like the dog. Sadly, they eat Fancy Feast and Meow Mix right now.

        I love Maine. My BIL lives in Bath.
        Primal since 9/24/2010
        "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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        • #19
          Thank you Pebbles, I am glad you stopped by! Alas, my cats also eat Friskies and Fancy Feast. I have tried to introduce them to something better but they just look at me with great sadness when I set down a dish with a high-quality raw diet. Kind of like kids who will only eat mac and cheese and oreos. I am going to continue to try, however.

          I was wrong about the sheep, they are back and still rocking their winter coats.

          Today marks my first week going primal. It is a little scary that it has been very easy so far. I haven't had low-carb flu yet, do I still have that in my future? No cravings. Arms and shoulders a little sore but that is a positive. It's a gorgeous day so I am going to get out and enjoy it because it is supposed to rain later.
          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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          • #20
            I don't think I have mentioned that I live in a small coastal village in Maine. It looks like a picture postcard no matter what the season. We have a tourist-oriented economy, which means that for most of the year it is very quiet and sleepy and then explodes with summer people and vacationers in the summer. By explodes, I mean the population goes up by a factor of ten. It hasn't exploded yet, but with the beautiful mild spring we are having, quite a number of tourists are roaming about even though only a few shops are open.

            I walked to the coffee shop and ordered a coffee. Haven't had coffee in quite a while. I enjoyed it, but about 20 minutes later I got chest pain so bad I could hardly breathe. I'm really not a drama queen, I promise. I walked around a bit outside until the pain eased. I used to feel like that all the time! I love coffee but it is not for me. It will have to go on the stack with the grains.

            I came home and ate a banana. Offered a sniff to big thin athletic cat and he ran away as though I had struck him. Tubby cat wanted a bite or two. Sigh. I'm not sure bananas are any better than pizza for cats.
            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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            • #21
              Went and saw The Hunger Games. I read the book a few years ago and loved it, but the film didn't do anything for me. I almost left out of boredom. Oh well.

              Is there a better combination than chicken and bacon and avocado? Had that and some almonds.
              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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              • #22
                Made some omelet muffins from the reader cookbook, very nice recipe. Unfortunately I cooked them too long and they are a bit dry. I will do better next time as I will definitely make these again. Very convenient food to have on hand and this will be really good for work. I have to make some primal ketchup.

                Despite overcooking them, I managed to eat three of the muffins for dinner last night, so that is like a three egg omelet. Also some greens and strawberries. This morning I am fasting until noon. I'm going to try that and tweak it to go with my work schedule. The real test will be when I go back to work at the end of the week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday night) and make sure I have plenty of primal food available all the time AND avoid all the junk at work. Normally there are cakes and chips literally everywhere. You would not believe what we feed the patients. That is literally a crime. Peanut butter full of trans-fat - I kid you not - saltine and graham crackers - ice cream - jello - canned soup. There is absolutely no high quality protein, no vegetables, no fruit. Even the bread is full of junk and fillers. Perhaps I should say especially the bread is full of junk and fillers. Yikes. Actually I am not tempted to eat that stuff, but my co-workers bring in tons of homebaked junk. Needless to say most of my co-workers are fat, unhealthy, unhappy, and many smoke even though we supposedly work on a non-smoking campus (what a joke). They sit around stuffing themselves and talk about how rotten their wonderful kids are, how many sacrifices they are making for their perfect kids who don't appreciate anything, etc. etc. Hasn't every generation done this? I wonder how anyone breaks out of this pattern. Okay, enough of that, I don't have to deal with it for a few more days. Accentuate the positive!
                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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                • #23
                  Well, I didn't make it until noon. The cauliflower was calling to me, which is strange because up until now I would have told you that I hated cauliflower. I have been really interested in making cauliflower 'rice' and so I just did it. Fun and easy! I ate some with a mushroom/onion/red pepper mix I had already made. Added some cooked chicken into that and Bob's your uncle. Finished it with a banana.

                  Visited my favorite tree and managed to do a couple of 3-second dead hangs. (Don't laugh) I do much better with a parallel grip, which I learned from a Daily Apple post last week. I will get there - I will - I will - I will actually do a chin-up one day. Doing fine with the pushups, planks, squats. (By that I mean I can actually perform those moves.)

                  Slept really well but only about 5 hours last night.

                  Today my goal is to find a playground somewhere.
                  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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                  • #24
                    Made some kale chips and felt a bit tired, so I lay down and must have dozed off because I was awakened by gunshots right outside my window. Hel-lo! Saw a police car in my driveway, heard shouting. Ran outside - maybe not the smartest thing I've ever done - and a policeman (actually the police chief) told me he just shot a raccoon that had been hit by a car. That is what passes for excitement around here. The property I live on is heavily wooded and has a busy highway running in front of it. This sort of thing happens fairly often, but usually not so close to my house. Someone pulled up in a red pickup, threw a plastic bag over the raccoon and took it away. I walked around barefoot in my moss-covered yard for awhile. The squirrels chittered very loudly at me.

                    Threw away a load of stuff from my refrigerator and put all my fresh primal food in the front. I have to be careful about waste because I am not a rich person. I don't want anything going bad because I forgot it was there.

                    A moment of silence for the raccoon.
                    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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                    • #25
                      Poor raccoon. I'm glad it had a quick end, rather than lingering on the road for hours.

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                      • #26
                        I think I am posting too much. Kind of embarrassing.

                        Got my bike out, filled up the tires, tested the brakes, and rode it all over. Went to the post office and then remembered it is Patriot's Day. Bought a pork tenderloin and a bottle of mead and rode home.

                        Went to the playground at the school (it is spring vacation, no one there) and used the equipment to do dead hangs and even managed three Australian pull-ups. I do feel I am getting stronger although I don't think it is possible for the human body to change that much in a week. Probably all in my head.

                        I haven't looked up the info on mead. It is, of course, made from honey. We can't grow good grapes in Maine but we are pretty good at honey production.

                        Time for some strawberries -
                        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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                        • #27
                          Yeah, that is one side of life in the country - animals getting hit by cars in a much more personal way than I experienced in the city. I'm a city girl, born and raised in one, and lived in quite a few others until I moved to Maine two years ago. Three of my co-workers and one of my BFFs hit deer over the winter - actually can be quite dangerous, but luckily no people were hurt. The deer were eaten in every case. The police send over someone to prepare it for the food bank.

                          I asked the police chief what to do if I see an animal in distress, because that happens sometimes. I hesitate to call 911 because it doesn't really seem like an emergency, but that is city girl thinking. He said don't hesitate, call, because a person could easily get injured trying to help an animal and it is better to let them handle it. I can't help being sad over the raccoon even though I know it is the way of things. They are so clever and fun to watch. Well, must go commune with the neighbor's goats, that will cheer me up.
                          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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                          • #28
                            Feed the goats the strawberry tops and cauliflower trimmings and carrots. They loved the strawberry tops and carrots are a big favorite always. I wonder if they like the crunchiness?

                            For lunch I had a big salad. For dinner I cooked a pork tenderloin with herbs de provence, a great deal of butter, and balsamic vinegar. I ate a very healthy portion of that with half a sweet potato, also adorned with butter. I decided to double down on the fat because I felt kind of hungry today and I was afraid that, despite the impressive amount of food I seem to be eating, I'm not sure my calorie count is very high. Funny how much whole food you can eat. I want to lose weight - 30 lbs - but I'm in this for the long term and I don't want to have cravings or binges. For eight days now I have had no grains at all, no legumes or beans, no sugar, no seed or nut oils. Nothing from a box.

                            I am craving ribs, but that is a do-able craving. Maybe tomorrow I will make some.

                            I've been reading other people's journals and finding them extremely inspiring. Some really great people here! Also I have made quite a few recipes from the reader cookbook and have found them really, really good and even worthy of being served to non-primal types. Next time I get roped into a staff meeting I am taking omelet muffins and trashing the cake with trans-fat frosting that we normally have. (Can you believe that people still use that stuff and feed it to their families?)
                            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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                            • #29
                              Rode my bike to my prayer group this morning, lots of fun there! Most people don't lock their bikes here, but bikes do get stolen, and I don't think it is good to tempt people. Luckily I can just put it inside the entryway. Then to the post office, where I received the good news that I have sold a poem to a small publication. That makes four poems and one short story sold since I decided to start sending out my work last fall. My mom is going to be so happy!

                              I'm going to a retreat this summer and my pastor has asked me to represent the church - this just involves attending a meeting and voting. I'm very pleased and honored. It will also be nice to get away even for a few days as I haven't had a vacation in two years.
                              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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                              • #30
                                siobhan! I love your journal... you had me captivated at 'goats'!! heh heh heh

                                you've expressed so many things I've felt along the way, and written them out so beautifully...

                                the changes at first are pretty dramatic! it has been what keeps me going.

                                like you, I was shocked to discover that once I took the gluten out I couldn't put it back into my diet. but that probably explains a lot about that vexing intractable midsection weight gain. I dont miss it now; when I want the rare cheat with a crust or a crumb I make it for myself with King Arthur brand gluten-free flour. I really enjoy a woodfired pizza now and again, or a cream scone at breakfast (and that's basically just to serve as a delivery harness for a dollop of lemon curd! hahaha)

                                anyway, keep writing. I feel like my outer beauty and inner beauty are finally on a trajectory to meet and match in my 50's! xoL

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