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  • Whew, back at work. Everything is sneaking up on me! Time is flashing by and I have so much to do! It will all work in the end - it always does.

    Not much to report, been eating lots of primal food, same old stuff as I always eat, haven't discovered any new delights lately. Well, maybe I have. Today at the co-op there was cabbage with bacon. I got some of this and plan to add a couple of my favorite grass-fed hot dogs. I'm guessing it will be pretty good! Not hungry now, maybe after midnight. Haven't eaten enough today but I'm not going to worry about it.

    My friend interested in primal is having a lot of trouble wrapping his mind around the idea that you eat lots of fat and lose weight and feel really good. I did too, in the beginning.

    The library called, they have Wheat Belly for me. Really looking forward to that!
    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 keep wondering how to become a primal dietitian, if that is even possible. As part of the mainstream healthcare establishment, I have quite a few sleepless nights chewing over what we do to people, and what we don't do to people. I need my job, and I usually like my job, but I wish I could feel more positive about it. I feel like 98% of what we do is either misguided, unnecessary, or harmful. I hate feeling like that.
      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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      • Today is a holiday - I am going to eat whatever I want as long as it is primal. That won't be hard as I don't have any non-primal food and I don't even want to eat non-primal food. But today is a no-tracking, no-macro-balancing day. Just some relaxing.
        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 quit tracking after a few days. It just felt like too much of a burden to me. I did buy fish oil supplements as a result though. Those Omega 3s just weren't high enough.

          Yes, I can imagine you would feel hurt after a comment like that. But it is a reflection of her, not of you.

          Old delights do very well too. They're like old friends, perhaps not as stimulating as new ones, but comforting.
          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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          • Hi, Siobhan! Excited to hear about your new place.

            I wonder about your friend who killed himself, also. I have definitely noticed a change in my mood when I am eating right over eating SAD. It is scary to think that your very enjoyment of life might be changed, or taken away, because of how you eat. And not just from stuffing yourself with Ho-hos and candy, but because you are following recommendations to eat 'healthy' with whole grains, and pasta, plenty of beans, etc. How I wish I could have learned what I know now, thirty years ago. But at least I know it now!

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            • That is so true, and it is touched on in several of the books I have read, and I think it is mentioned in Fathead. For one thing, the use of anti-depressants and obesity are well-known to be linked - ask any doctor. We see a lot of mood disorders in the hospital (we actually see them everywhere, not just in the hospital) and I feel sure these are linked to our poor eating habits and yes, those "healthy whole grains." I know for myself, my mood is changed dramatically, I think more clearly, I make better decisions. This really needs to be studied.

              My poor friend was a true carb addict, I'm sure he derived 80% of his calories from carbs and the rest from bad fats (margarine, "heart healthy ha haha) and low quality protein. At one point he changed his diet, stopped drinking the Gatorade and cut back on the potatoes and rice, lost forty lbs., and he seemed much better. But then the Gatorade and the other stuff crept back in, the weight went up, and the mood went down. Of course these things are always more complicated than I could detail here, but I think about this, especially now, and especially when I see severely depressed and suicidal patients at the hospital - and we give them crackers and apple juice.
              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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              • When I came home this morning, I was really quite hungry and ate some tuna, cucumber, and apple with some cottage cheese. Slept very well indeed. I broke down and put it in the tracker and was surprised to discover my macros were all good. I must be getting the hang of this. I do like the tracker, it is a fun toy and appeals to the analytic part of me. And it doesn't hurt that I have emailed the man who made it and received helpful and cordial responses. There is really something about this paleo/primal thing - people who adhere to this lifestyle are just different. There seems to be a real sense of being part of something bigger than yourself.

                I am so relieved to not have to go to work tonight, I need a mental break! The physical break won't hurt either, I was very tired. Starting to feel better now, and I really have to do some packing tonight. My move is sneaking up on me, it will be here soon!
                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 to face the sad fact that my favorite nonstick frying pan is no longer usable. It has served me faithfully and well, and now the coating is gone, it is nonstick no more, and shouldn't be used. I have another but I don't like it as well. If I ever see another one like my old worn one, I will buy it immediately! It's kind of special - just a little bit bigger than a small fry pan and with deeper sides, with one side higher, so you can easily stir things and flip things and pour things. RIP frying pan - it will be missed.

                  Now I really must go tackle some packing.
                  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 popped in to report the happy fact that I ran across a pair of waterproof pants that I only wore once before becoming too large to fit into them and they fit fine now! Will be great for sledding and snowshoeing next winter!
                    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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                    • AND I just found the jacket, which also fits perfectly - this is really a great find as these are quality garments and like new. AND I think I am doing better at getting rid of junk - I have a big load of stuff for the thrift shop.
                      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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                      • Cool! Many healthy lifestyle plans recommend a full clear up and out to help put you in a great, organized, clean frame of mind... I'll bet this clearing & packing is therapeutic and helping you 'clear out' your old non-primal life!!
                        Last edited by KerryK; 06-09-2012, 04:35 PM. Reason: Weird word thank to phone's auto correct
                        SW: 243
                        CW: 177
                        Goal: Health

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                        • Big jackpot! I found a box of summer clothes, again virtually new, that now fit. Can't believe it.
                          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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                          • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                            Just popped in to report the happy fact that I ran across a pair of waterproof pants that I only wore once before becoming too large to fit into them and they fit fine now! Will be great for sledding and snowshoeing next winter!
                            Unless of course, they are then too big. LOL!

                            Sounds like your packing expedition is starting to resemble a shopping expedition. Score, score, score!
                            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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                            • KerryK- I think you are so right. Taking charge of one area of your life and having success with it, spurs you on to other things. I have done a lot of clearing out and organizing since I've gone primal. Now, if I would only get inspired in my writing or crafting!

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                              • You are so right, Kerry. I have collected a box of things I have been hanging onto to for sentimental reasons - and not healthy sentimental reasons. I need to let go of a lot of stuff - and I don't necessarily mean broken vases and old sweaters. But those broken vases and old sweaters won't let me go, if you understand what I'm really talking about. I've collected them, and I'm going to take them to my friend's beautiful oceanside forested property and bury them and have a ceremony of my own design. I am strong enough to do this now.

                                And won't that be a happy dilemma when I don't have a thing to wear! That day is coming!

                                The results of my binge day - 1900 calories, 55% fat, 24% protein, 21% carb. Actually, my binge day looks a lot like I expect to eat all the time when I reach my goal weight. (Maybe a bit lower in calories overall, probably 1700-1800 with proper macros.) All primal. My dinner - grass-fed hamburger patty, avocado, radishes with salt and butter, red wine. Not sure I will be able to stand this sort of regimen, it's so horrible! Seriously, I am a bit mystified as to why I have no cravings and why the honey jar sits in the cupboard untouched. I have always had a monster of a sweet tooth, and I still enjoy my fruit very, very much - I eat a banana and berries pretty much every day. I am very happy.
                                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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