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  • Also, I learned that just a dash of sriracha (rooster hot sauce) is divine in avocado.
    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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    • Sriracha is unbeatable. Although you should have seen the look on my MIL's face when she slathered some on her bread and bit into it, over our chorus of objections. She should have listened to us... She had no idea it was that potent.

      I have read the occasional article on decluttering your wardrobe. That has happened all on its own...
      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 n=1 experiment is rather interesting. Yesterday morning I got home from work, felt very hungry, ate a normal meal, went right to sleep, slept very well, woke up full of energy. Ate pretty close to bedtime last night, slept really well, woke up early and full of energy. I seem to sleep better with food. This morning I feel hungry and am cooking breakfast, a hamburger accompanied by some leafy greens. Maybe I need to replenish after the rather grueling three nights of work.

        Sriracha is powerful stuff all right! Which is good, because it contains sugar, but if you only use two or three drops, I don't think it is significant.

        I have a couple of observations. I might be all wet. The first - it seems to be better to just go cold turkey primal. Easing into it is harder in the long run. Eating grains and sugar, even in small amounts, has a profound effect on the body. Although an occasional 'emergency' carb in the beginning can be helpful in getting through rough spots, it is better to rely on primal carbs like bananas and sweet potatoes while making the adjustment.

        The second - don't try to replicate the SAD with primal foods. For one thing, doing so is quite expensive and can be complicated. Down the road when your tastes have changed you can try to make primal pizza or something along those lines. In the beginning, keep it simple - meats, salads, veg, fruit, eggs prepared simply. A little dairy if you do dairy.

        Of course all this kind of stuff is elsewhere, but I'm speaking from my own experience, which is of course my own!
        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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        • Since I did such a poor job yesterday at not charting, etc., I'm going to declare today the holiday. I've eaten a bucketload of fruit already.

          Had breakfast at church, ate a little bit of a crustless quiche and some fruit to be social (I had already eaten). The person who cooked the quiche couldn't remember if it had flour in it or not, but I got some fairly bad stomach cramps and the left side of my face broke out in red splotches. Yikes. Luckily my hair covers it, and I sat at the far left in church. Methinks there was gluten in that quiche!

          Really have to do some serious packing today!
          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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          • Quiche! (Crustless quiche, that is.) I am starting to think it is the perfect snack food. Eggs, cheese, vegetables, cream. Maybe some meat. Good warm or cold. Lovely stuff.

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            • Yes, I remember making some "muffin omelets" a couple of months ago, they were great! I have to make some more of those. Great snack and work food.

              I think this is my nine-week anniversary, I can't remember. I just had a steak and half a melon and a couple of 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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              • Had a little crash this afternoon, although I don't think it is dietary. I simply became very, very sleepy and had to have a lie down. Actually I would have expected this reaction tomorrow, but there you go. Just got up, took a shower, having a cup of tea with coconut milk (the real stuff). Hopefully this will revive me. I have so much to do!

                Looking back, I see my posts have become very boring! Hope this changes as I can spend more time thinking deep thoughts and less time fighting windmills.
                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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                • Don't worry about being profound. We can't do that on command.
                  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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                  • Well, I have finished my day of not charting and "free" eating and I must say I do not like it. I'm not ready for the lack of structure yet. I forget what or when I ate and for some reason I don't really enjoy my food as much. I guess I have too many questions in my mind about what I'm eating. A good experiment though. I'm too analytic to free graze. And there is something really satisfying about seeing the graph and the good feeling I get seeing that I'm on track.

                    I did eat some nice food today. Made stuffed peppers for dinner, had a steak for lunch.
                    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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                    • We all have to find what works best for us. I don't mind keeping my journal, but the daily tracking got on my nerves after a while. I will check in occasionally out of curiosity, but I don't want to feel constrained by it.
                      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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                      • Back on track this morning, not feeling great for some reason, very tired. Maybe I'm fighting off something. Took a stuffed pepper from last night and broke an egg into it and put it into the oven. Looking forward to that!

                        Went to the chiropractor this morning, that went well but I am certainly tired of doing that. I am looking forward to putting this behind me.

                        Can't wait to get moved! When I'm facing something like this, I often like to imagine one month from now, when I will be all tucked into my new home and all this will be past. Since time passing is inevitable no matter what I do or don't do, this is a pleasant way for me to motivate myself.
                        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 just weighed myself - 151. I've lost 18 lbs in 9 weeks. I would call this respectable and sustainable. I was bursting out of my size 12s and now I am almost in size 8. Pretty much without exercising, as I hurt my back a month ago and was a bit derailed by circumstances before then. I did step up my activity at work and walked more - a lot more - until I hurt my back. I have always thought that exercise was about looking and feeling good and not so much about weight loss - the numbers are just against you there. The amount you have to exercise to lose even one pound is huge. Exercise keeps you strong and agile and feeling alive, not necessarily thin.

                          Someone said to me the other day, "When you go off this diet, you will gain it right back." I told her that is certainly true! Good thing I have no intention of "going off." After everything I have read about grains and the SAD, no way would I go back. That and of course the way I feel.

                          I know this sounds very lame, but I am going to rest this morning and then tackle things again this afternoon.
                          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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                          • Okay, this irks me. Good for you that you were able to respond in such a non-confrontational/defensive way, but, really!

                            I have found that when people say these kinds of things (you'll gain it all back), they are NOT trying to encourage you to keep at it. No they are saying, "why bother (subtext: you LOSER)".

                            Why are others so eager to drag you down with them?

                            God, I hope I am not that way without realizing it! I want to be a positive force in others' lives, not a sabotager. (Cannot spell that in any way that makes spell-check happy, so it will just have to stand there, in all its clunky glory.)

                            Please let me be as graceful as you were, when someone says this to me. Or, at least let me have to courage to flip out at them, because one thing I do NOT want to do is internalize it, and let it fester in my soul.

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                            • What is lame about knowing and respecting your limits? And congrats on the weight loss! You've certainly got me beat hands down!

                              Are sizes bigger in the States or something? Everybody at my weight is in smaller sizes than me. I have size 10s that I still have to squeeze into. Mind you, there are others that are comfortable and size 12s that are getting baggy and require tugging. Still, not thinking about 8s yet, except for stretch jeans. But it's summer, and I won't be wearing long pants often enough to bother.

                              You can't blame your friend's scepticism. Pretty well everybody else does gain it back. I hope she's enough of a friend to be delighted for you when you prove her wrong.
                              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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                              • I'm not positive, but I believe they are bigger. I think your size 8 is our size 10. There is also great variation in manufacturers as well. Anything "designer" is sized larger - apparently the designers are trying to make you feel good about yourself (and buy their clothes).

                                The person who made that remark is a woman I work with who has repeatedly remarked on my appearance change. She asked me about it again in the context of wondering about her husband, who has had FIVE intestinal biopsies but still hasn't been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. I suggested that instead of waiting for doctors to come up with an answer, he change his diet - just embrace the celiac/gluten intolerance diet and give up grains - and see if his symptoms ease. This is a nurse I'm talking to! The idea of that is just too far out there for her, and for him apparently. To me, the thought of having ONE intestinal biopsy, much less five, is too far out there. It is so sad to me, and I think a very sad statement about our society, that her/his attitude is prevalent. Why take control? Why not just let doctors and conventional thinking dictate my life? Just go passively through life, getting sicker and fatter, eating mostly empty calories and drinking three or four beers a day to dull the pain.

                                As you can tell, I am quite passionate about this!
                                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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