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  • When I lived in California, I suffered horribly from allergies/asthma/upper respiratory infections/pneumonia - but moving to the Northeast, and particularly since I have moved to Maine I have had no virtually no problems. I had one cold that cleared up in four days and I've given myself one nebulizer treatment the entire time I've been here, and that wasn't even a real asthma event. Yeah Maine! I've been primal for 10 weeks - in that time two bouts of cold/stomach bug swept through the hospital, causing massive sick-outs, but I didn't catch anything. There could be a number of reasons for that, but I'm not complaining.

    I'm in the mainstream healthcare milieu, but I never drank the Kool-Aid - I think most of what we do is worthless and some of it is harmful and we push medication to an extremely unhealthy degree. We don't address the root causes of illness - in fact we practically encourage it. As a respiratory therapist, I only do what I'm told - what the doctor orders. Although most of the docs I work with now trust me and ask my opinion, 97% of the time I'm simply carrying out orders that were written by doctors I never see for reasons that I don't know. We are strongly "encouraged" NOT to question anything. Just do what is ordered. Teamwork? Hah! In this country, we take very good care of really, really sick people - the ICUs in big hospitals are fantastic. We are terrific at advanced procedures. At the lower and middle range of healthcare, not so much. Okay, I'm getting off my soapbox now.

    Pedidoc, what is your field? I wish I had found some way to stay in school and get a lot more education and go into research - I think I could have made a real contribution.
    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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    • Pedidoc, what is your field? I wish I had found some way to stay in school and get a lot more education and go into research - I think I could have made a real contribution.[/QUOTE]

      I'm a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who doesn't know when to stop going to school! I've got a Doctrate of Nursing Practice (evidence-based clinical focused on best evidence, provider experience, AND patient preference). I'm back in school because I'm doing research on vicarious PTSD in children along the US-Mexico border. I'm still doing research on lowering pediatric obesity rates. I live >800 miles from my full time job of teaching on-line and director of PNP Concentrations at a state University. I do some per dium work at a pedi night clinic and the military hospital in the same town. In the city I live in, I try and work 2 days a week in an undeserved pedi clinic around my travel schedule. I'm hoping the local private university is going to offer me a faculty position starting this fall - then travel only for school and research!
      Female 55
      Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
      Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

      With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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      • Wow, good on you! That is really valuable work! And I imagine it is very challenging. I hope being primal is a help in your work; steady energy levels, clear mind. It has certainly helped me with managing the night shift.

        I just had breakfast, guess today was an IF day! Two pieces of bacon, two fried eggs, 1/4 cantaloupe. Feel good.
        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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        • Forgot to mention the eggs are as free range as you can get - I bought them on the farm, handed over the $3 with the chickens milling about my feet. After I have been in my new home for awhile, I might ask my landlord how he feels about chickens...they seem like such fun creatures to have around.
          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 am jealous. The free-range, organic part of the primal equation is what I am not doing well with. Although one of the local chain groceries now has an entire section in the meat counter dedicated to "traditionally raised" pork. With pictures of the farmers on the label. I bought a package the other day to see, but haven't eaten it yet. Still, I was happy to see it. One step in the right direction. All the organic butchers are miles away from me... But I'll get there one small step at a time.
            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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            • Love your different quotes!

              I am very fortunate in the organic/sustainable/free-range category. This part of the world is very big on local production, and meat is an obvious product for Maine. Our local veg is pretty scanty in the winter months, although you would be surprised. There is a year-round organic tomato farm and a fair amount of hydroponic stuff. And it's really fun to eat seasonal, just go to the market and see what is there and enjoy it. And it is relatively affordable. My employer chips in for a CSA, so it is basically half-price, can't turn that down! I can get the cheaper cuts of grass-fed beef for $4 a lb., that is unbeatable. I love grass-fed beef, it is so beefy. Wouldn't I like to tuck into a nice steak right now, with some green veg and a glass of good red wine...but I am at work. I have brought a very nice concoction, though. Spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, cheese, meatballs, more tomato sauce. Must go have some 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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              • I keep a file of favourite quotes and cycle through them. I add to it whenever I see something I like.

                I really wish I had a market nearby.
                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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                • Read Mark's post today with great interest. IF is something that just happened to me and although I don't have evidence, I believe it is responsible for my weight loss. Also it is quite enjoyable, something I would never have suspected before starting this journey. I realize I am an odd duck, 53 years old and still not menopausal. I am generally on the 14/10 schedule but occasionally have gone 16 hours. In fact today I did just that and still wasn't hungry but ate anyway because I am under a lot more stress than usual with moving, lots of work (5 nights out of 7), my annual review coming up tomorrow AM, etc. etc. I was very glad to read validation of this in Mark's post, i.e. don't fast without 'pre-reqs' which I don't have right now.

                  Actually what I just said is a bit confusing, to clarify - I did an IF of 16 hours but deliberately broke it because I realize this is not a good time right now.

                  Well, I have some work to do, back later I hope.
                  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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                  • Another thing - my feet don't smell anymore. I take my shoes off whenever I can at work (when I am in my office I am by myself) and sometimes the odor - well, let's not talk about that. Last night I realized that was no longer a problem. When I went to my prayer group after work I fearlessly took off my shoes. No smell. This no B.O. business is really surprising to me.
                    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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                    • Could it be less toxins???
                      Female 55
                      Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                      Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                      With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                      • It must be! Who would think grains and sugar would be so smelly? Although I am guessing the sugar could feed the bacteria that smell bad?

                        Actually, the little scent I can detect on myself is pretty pleasant. I wonder if Mark has done a post on this? Must go check -
                        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 am finally, at age 53, reading Proust. Love it. Can't believe I never this before. I am actually quite well educated and well read, but I have never picked up In Search of Lost Time. Maybe I am coming to it at the perfect time.

                          Have you seen Henri the Tormented French Cat? Henri 2, Paw de Deux - YouTube
                          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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                          • Yesterday as I was leaving for work in the early evening I was surprised to find a very young robin on my front doorstep. It must have tried to fly a bit too early. Now, this was not a good place for a little bird. The neighbor's dog might come by any minute looking for a handout, as she often does, and that would not go well for the robin. The nest was far, far overhead. I went back inside for some gloves and as gently as I could picked up the little bird. With mama bird screaming at me, I deposited him under a huge rhododendron in my side yard. Hopefully he could shelter there and be cared for until his flight matures. I left for work wondering if I had done the right thing.

                            This afternoon as I was again preparing to go to work I noticed a robin outside my kitchen window yanking a worm out of the ground, and then disappearing into the rhododendron. Again and again she did this as I stood very still and watched. Then I noticed a small movement. A little ways in, a fledgling sat on the ground, almost invisible. Mama Robin continued to feed her baby as I stood there, transfixed. At least it had survived 24 hours. I can only hope for the best.
                            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
                              Yesterday as I was leaving for work in the early evening I was surprised to find a very young robin on my front doorstep. It must have tried to fly a bit too early. Now, this was not a good place for a little bird. The neighbor's dog might come by any minute looking for a handout, as she often does, and that would not go well for the robin. The nest was far, far overhead. I went back inside for some gloves and as gently as I could picked up the little bird. With mama bird screaming at me, I deposited him under a huge rhododendron in my side yard. Hopefully he could shelter there and be cared for until his flight matures. I left for work wondering if I had done the right thing.

                              This afternoon as I was again preparing to go to work I noticed a robin outside my kitchen window yanking a worm out of the ground, and then disappearing into the rhododendron. Again and again she did this as I stood very still and watched. Then I noticed a small movement. A little ways in, a fledgling sat on the ground, almost invisible. Mama Robin continued to feed her baby as I stood there, transfixed. At least it had survived 24 hours. I can only hope for the best.
                              This is lovely!
                              SW: 243
                              CW: 177
                              Goal: Health

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                              • Awww, such a treat to watch nature sometimes, huh? Well done with the assist.
                                5' 9" 47 YO F
                                PB start June 2, 2012
                                Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                                Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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