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  • Your new place sounds perfect for you, as we know you:-)
    It really is amazing how the cravings leave us on this plan.
    I've never had as much energy and same good mood.

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    • It is funny, I already feel like my new place is home, even though I have just spent half an hour there. I am picturing myself sitting on the sofa in the kitchen, winter sun pouring through the skylights, a stew simmering on the stove, sleeping cats. And walking down the beautiful road, enjoying the view. The road I am going to live on is well known for being scenic and is a favorite walking place for locals.

      What to have for dinner? Quite a nice dilemma. I'm thinking of mixing some egg into the spaghetti squash and frying it up like a fritter with some chicken sausage. Also I have three artichokes that need cooking. When I woke up, about an hour ago, I had a lime water and a cup of tea. Getting hungry 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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      • Just ate a huge fat-laden dinner. Why do I feel so good? CW would inform that I should feel sluggish and bloated. I will admit I ate a bit past satiation. The squash fritters were a great success! Delicious. In the bad old days, I would never have considered making or eating a plate of fritters. Made them very simply, just squash, egg, salt, pepper. Also cooked a chicken sausage. Ate the whole thing with my fingers. Oh, I had a leafy green appetizer - just ate a couple of handfuls. Then I had homemade lemonade - juice of a lemon with water and packet of stevia. The artichokes are done, will probably eat one.

        My taste for alcohol has virtually disappeared. When I have poured myself a small glass of wine, it has been going unfinished. The lemon and lime water, however, tastes wonderful to me. I seem to need the caffeine in a cup of tea, that is 40-50 milligrams, I think. (Have to look that up.) I seem to also be losing my taste for tea, but when I have gone without it I got a headache and felt a bit tired. When I realized I hadn't had any tea and brewed up a cup, those symptoms disappeared. I might try weaning myself off it. In the past when I stopped all caffeine, I never really felt any different once the withdrawal period was over, i.e. the vaunted benefits of being caffeine-free escaped me. Stuff like sleeping better, etc. But if it is going to be merely a nuisance to have to have it every 24 hours and I no longer enjoy it, I might need to get it out of my system. Something to think about.

        It rained like cats and dogs for hours and hours and we have massive flooding. I was lucky I got home. I went through several very scary patches of standing water that I should not have. My warning lights started flashing - weird stuff like my battery, gas, seatbelt. Obviously the electrical system was wet. Scared me! I was so relieved to get home. A friend stopped by with a book, and then I slept like a baby.

        Have a million things to do, must get busy -
        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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        • Put my food into Paleotracker and was surprised to find I am only at 1300 calories for the day with macros right on target. I estimate my dinner had three tablespoons of olive oil and butter. This makes me feel very good because I feel I am really getting the hang of this. I know I have said this before, but getting rid of those empty calories is magical. This is eight weeks for me. I'm two sizes smaller and I think I have lost about 12 lbs. Not sure on the weight as I am think I have my starting weight wrong - I don't really care anyway. I really just care about how I look, feel, and the only number that matters to me is my size. I really want to be a size 6 or 8 and lose the middle fat. And I want to be really strong and healthy and have no physical limitations, either real or in my mind. As in "I'm too fat and unattractive to wear that dress or go to that party or dare to speak to someone new who might become a good friend."

          Now I really have to go!
          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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          • After my success at soap-brushing my teeth I've been thinking about shampoo - as in no shampoo. Let me make it clear I have no intention of going through life with dirty, oily, lank hair. I would like to have healthy, manageable hair. I'm not really sure how this non-shampoo thing works, especially since I use hair spray and I color my hair also. I am thinking I will brush my hair thoroughly and then rinse it in the shower. Use shampoo every other day or something.

            Huge storm is blowing outside! I wonder how the goats are? They have a barn, they will be fine.
            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 an important factor in my weight loss and overall success with PB is intermittent fasting. This is a totally new concept to me, and quite fascinating. The idea that the body benefits by skipping a meal sometimes, that compressing eating into 8-10 hours will help your body achieve homeostasis, is startling. I haven't made a real effort at this, it just seems to happen, but I never would have gone with it, or made any effort at all in this direction, if I hadn't read about it here. This is a also a great tool for someone like me who works a strange schedule and has to really think about when and what to eat to actually be able to function at certain times.
              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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              • Glad you got home safely! I have to agree on the IF. It has helped me a LOT, if I keep my eating to lunch and dinner I feel good and the weight just gradually keeps coming off. FOr some reason if I eat breakfast now I get on a roll with eating the rest of the day, and honestly I am not usually hungry until much later in the morning. Lunch is always so good because I am really hungry by the time it rolls around.
                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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                • Actually, the fasting articles helped pull me in, personally. I always found the "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and "kickstart your metabolism by eating first thing in the morning" to be bogus. I don't usually feel like eating first thing in the morning, and found that weight loss usually went better if I didn't eat till noon or whenever I got hungry. I tried the five mini-meals, and while it sometimes worked for a short while, it just wasn't sustainable. It was too much effort to think of something to eat that often, and I got very tired of never being full.

                  And I had fasted quite frequently as a young woman as a spiritual discipline, and never experienced all those terrible things that are supposed to happen to you from skipping eating. So Mark's respect for fasting, and the fact that he backed it up with science, really rather impressed me. Finally somebody who was talking sense...

                  Yesterday I felt very empty in the evening, but strangely, not hungry. If somebody had put good food in front of me, I could have happily eaten, but I just didn't care enough to prepare anything. It is a rather strange sensation. It is a very liberating thing, I find, not to feel compelled to eat. Granted, I was part way there before primal, but the sugar hunger was a little harder to say no to. And it could keep me awake at night, which the new hunger does not do. I like.
                  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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                  • So true, so true! Virtually everything Mark says on MDA is so in line with my own experience that it seemed almost eerie to me when I found it, because I had always been told the complete opposite. Amazing, isn't it?

                    Woke up quite hungry this morning but decided not to eat. Back is sore, and I was supposed to go to the chiropractor but I am flooded in! I'm okay, my home is on high ground, but there is water everywhere else. The main highway (or what passes for a highway around here - a two lane rural road with no shoulder) is almost impassable. After my rather scary drive home on Sunday morning I am not about to attempt any journeys now. So I will go tomorrow. I thought the storm was over, but it poured all night! I might try to build an ark.

                    Anyway, with so much to do, you think I would be a hive of activity, but instead I gathered a large number of papers I have been collecting about spiritual matters, things I have printed off the internet or copied from books, and sat down for several hours of reading, prayer, and meditation. Wrote quite a bit in my journal. Did one constructive thing - made a call to my former landlady for a reference and left a message. It was interesting to be able to work on my journal and meditate in a (minor) fasted state without it being terribly distracting. I accomplished a great deal and was able to discard the materials I had been saving. One less thing to move!

                    Another thought on success on the PB - I am a decent cook, I have been cooking since I was a child and I know my way around a kitchen. You can hand me some raw material and I can turn it into a meal without any problem. I can't imagine coming to this without knowing how to cook, and some people, especially the young people, don't know how. In looking at the other sections of the forum, some people literally do not know how to pan-fry a hamburger or boil an egg, much less scramble one. I consider cooking a basic life skill, on the same level as knowing how to dress oneself and do up the fastenings on one's clothing, bathe, use a hammer, pliers, and screwdriver. Maybe even sew a button on a shirt. Not that my opinion counts for anything. Also, I rarely eat out, which is another stumbling block for many.

                    The only thing I miss is peanut butter, although I don't crave it.

                    I am also shocked that protein powder smoothies have become a favorite and regular part of my food intake. I would never have thought this would happen. I always thought that stuff was for, I don't know, bodybuilders or something. Certainly not for me. But again, I credit this with my success as getting enough protein otherwise is a stumbling block.

                    Ate a big lunch, two eggs and several pieces of bacon, a bottle of kombucha. Had to struggle to finish. Tubby cat helped me with the bacon, very enthusiastically too I might add! Slim cat sniffed at a small piece and walked away with great disdain.

                    Tried something a bit scary with my hair. I went a shade or two darker than normal and colored it last night. Then this morning I wove in some lighter color, like highlights but much more subtle and much cheaper. It turned out okay. This is kind of a complicated process to attempt on myself but I have been wanting to try it. Haven't decided if it is worth the effort or not, time will tell. Always takes a week or so for the color to oxidize, etc. to see how I really like it.
                    Last edited by Siobhan; 06-04-2012, 09:21 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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                    • I made all my kids learn how to cook. None of them complained about it; it was one of the few things I forced them to learn that they DIDN'T complain about. Please note that four of the five are boys. Two are enthusiastic foodies, and the other two are quite capable of fending for themselves in a kitchen. One of those is now big into making sourdough bread (I think it's all they eat now) and his own beer. One of my small successes in life. DD is also a very enthusiastic cook. I just can't imagine releasing your kids into the wild without having taught them to cook and do laundry.

                      I took over the family cooking when I was thirteen for a while after my mother left, and did that until my stepmother joined us. Didn't know how to do much at that age, but I could at least handle the basics.

                      So when are you posting a picture of that new hair colour? LOL! You know me and my pictures...
                      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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                      • No pics!

                        This is kind of a sad story, but it is one that I can't get over. Some years ago a co-worker of mine was tragically killed. She left a husband and two teenage sons. None of them knew how to do laundry or change the sheets on a bed. They couldn't FREAKING CHANGE THE SHEETS!!!!!!!!

                        I have a co-worker right now (male) who claims he can't use laundry machines - doesn't know how because "the women in my life have always taken care of me." This is a man who is responsible for putting people on life support machines. Note: he is currently single, and his last girlfriend threw him out repeatedly, towards the end changing the locks and calling the police.

                        Well, I have accomplished something today after all. Took a check over to my new landlord, got my former landlady to vouch for me (and had a nice talk with her), packed two boxes (!), paid my bills. Back is really sore!
                        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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                        • You know, classic French cooking is totally primal. I just found an old cookbook that was first published in 1930. (I have an English translation.) Example: instructions on how to thicken sauces with egg instead of flour. Totally primal. About 10 ways to cook eggs involving cream, butter, mushrooms, ham, bacon, and shrimp. Also some alternative meats like frog's legs, pig's feet, pig's ears, and rabbit. Pork chops and applesauce - the only ingredients being chops, apples, salt, pepper, and pork fat. Oh, you can throw in some butter if you want, and maybe mustard. Sausages, kidneys. The word "canola" does not appear anywhere. Nor does "low-fat." Primal, primal, primal.
                          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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                          • These are just some notes I jotted down a while ago -

                            When I started reading MDA it was so in line with my own experiences with food and addressed all the issues I had with CW. Like...

                            - Fiber is filling. If fiber is so filling, why can I eat four bowls of hi-fiber boxed stuff and still be hungry? Bloated and gross, yes. Satisfied, no.

                            - Supposedly healthy high-carb meals, whole grains, etc. provide energy and are satiating - so why do I fall asleep after a "healthy" lunch? And why am I hungry an hour later?

                            - The total absence of all that Puritanical BS about being fat and unhealthy because I am weak, spineless and lacking in willpower. Or that I eat too fast, or off the wrong size plate. Actually, I'm fat and unhealthy because eating became totally politicized and I've been told (and fed) a load of crap almost my whole life.

                            Being something of a scientist myself, I find this theory fascinating and love reading about it. I mowed through Taubes's and Cordain's books like a hot knife through butter.

                            On this note, I feel like having a treat. I think maybe an almond butter/coconut oil/honey thing. Haven't had that in a while.
                            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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                            • For me it was "why am I told that iron supplements should not be taken with whole grains and dairy because they inhibit mineral absorption, at the same time I have been told all my adult life that whole grains, dairy, and legumes is the healthiest way to eat?" That threw me for a total loop.
                              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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                              • Yeah! And since you read my journal, you know I enjoy wildlife, birds, etc., and I am always, always told at lectures and presentations, "DO NOT FEED BREAD! PLEASE! It is not nutritious and can cause starvation as the animals need nutritious foods instead of empty calories." So, um, why are people eating it? Don't I need nutritious food instead of empty calories?

                                Woke up in a fair amount of back pain after doing some light packing. This was rather ominous as I will be moving this month. Off to the chiropractor and today I will take it somewhat easy although it is hard to do so at a time like this, and except for the pain, I am full of energy and very eager to get started.
                                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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