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  • Wow, my post is even more philosophical than I thought! I think. I have some publishable material there! But the really Meaty stuff will have to wait for a real computer. Hot as Hades here and many folding chairs are making me ponder Hell. Still primal although I am eating more than I need to. Weird when your eating is by necessity on someone else's schedule.
    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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    • Home and very glad to be here. Don't know where to start and don't have time anyway, I could write pages. Must get to some housework. I am having quite a chuckle over my post from my Kindle Fire. Yes, we live in a west Erna society! Kind of like Narnia, maybe.

      I learned a lot about being a warrior, although I didn't know it at the time.
      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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      • Looking over my notes from the retreat, I wonder that one person could incorporate so much into his own philosophy and worldview - Matthew Fox is truly extraordinary, a modern-day prophet and mystic. He was excommunicated for, among other things, referring to God as Mother, preaching Original Blessing instead of Original Sin, embracing spiritual practices from Native Americans, Hindus, Buddhists, and others. Also for stating his belief that heaven will be filled not just with Christians, but with Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, those who have found their place in the universe, etc. Oh, and you don't need to bow to anyone or give money to any organization to get there. Real heretic! He has a tremendous passion for justice and enthusiastically promotes the Goddess and the Holy Spirit. He is inspirated by Meister Eckhardt and Hildegarde of Bingen as well as Julian of Norwich (my personal favorite mystic). And many others, of course. He told us that everything we do is sacred (or can be), to use art as meditation, to embrace moral outrage, that religion is about fecundity and abundance, not fear and sinfulness. About how our culture gags us, the evil that we see around us is the opposite of the sacred. The dehumanizing ideal forced on us that all can be explained by science. He quoted Aquinas, "One human can do more evil than all the other species together." Religion is compassion, and compassion is religion. Compassion is another name for God.

        When things come together in life, in kind of a collision of ideas from different areas, that is a sign to me that things are going right. He spoke a great deal about becoming a warrior, and in many cultures to be a warrior means to be a prophet, a lover, a mystic, not a soldier. It is the inner work, dealing with fear, strengthening the heart to keep fear at bay - to live in the now, leaving the ghosts of the past behind, with no fear of the future. To be courageous is to have a big heart.

        He preached that we need to move away from the "casino capitalism" that has devastated the world and build an economy based on sustainable growth and justice. Get ourselves out of denial and express moral outrage! Our system is based on false values and can't be fixed - we need economics that work for every being on the planet, including the plants, the oceans, the animals. We are sold ignorance by the media, and the biggest sin of all is ignorance.

        Whew!
        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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        • Alright, covered some of the spiritual side. The physical side - the 1 1/2 hour car ride killed my back, and fighting back pain was a constant struggle during the entire weekend. Every time I think it is gone, it flares up again. I wish I could go to the chiropractor this evening! The long hours spent sitting in uncomfortable folding chairs exacerbated everything. Why is that such a common thing in our society? To sit for hours at a time? We should never sit for more than 45 minutes or so, and maybe we should never sit at all.

          Stayed primal although a bit heavy on dairy. Drank a great deal of whole milk with coffee and stevia - is that ever good! I reasoned that it was a way to get nutrients and fill myself up without hogging all the meat - this is a communal eating situation after all, and everyone deserves a chance at the protein. I took my own bottle of olive oil and doused my salad. I ate no desserts, and didn't want to. I would say I was as primal as I could get without preparing everything with my own hands. No potatoes either. Breezed by the pasta - never liked cafeteria-style pasta anyway. No pancakes, no french toast with fake syrup (corn syrup). Lots of apples and a banana every day. As far as staying primal, it helps that I have a fear of gluten and a possible reaction.

          The only bad news diet wise - my skin has suffered a minor breakout. Three small zits on my face and some bumps on my arms. I am pretty sure this is because of the rather large amount of milk I drank. Dairy always seems to get lumped into one category, but in my experience there is a big difference between a splash of milk in coffee or tea or an occasional taste of really good cheese, and fermented dairy IHMO is a different beast altogether. Actually drinking a lot of milk seems to be the problem for me.

          Also, not something we like to talk about but I had some irregularity that I usually have trouble with when I am forced onto someone else's schedule. No leisurely waking routine and using a communal bathroom pretty much guarantee that my business doesn't get taken care of properly. Now that I am home that problem seems to be solved.

          So glad to be home!
          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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          • Welcome back. Sorry you're in pain. Hopefully that will subside quickly.
            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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            • Sounds like you got filled to the brim with a lot of good things mentally.

              Oh, and speaking of things we don't speak of, when I was feeling constipated during my fast, I tried squatting on the toilet (which I am sure looked hilarious, glad honey was not around). It didn't produce the hoped for results, but it did seem to relieve the feeling inside. As if things went to where they were supposed to, and weren't stuck, so I felt better. Something to keep in your toolbox for any future occasions. I bet it doesn't even have to be on top of the toilet, after all, just a good, deep squat for a few minutes.

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              • That is funny - I didn't mention it, but I did attempt a squat position and it did help! I am on board with the squatty potty thing. I was even looking around my dorm room trying to find something to assist with squatting. After having this back problem that is actually relieved by squatting - getting the knees above the hips relaxes the muscle spasm - I am very interested in exploring this. Of course it helps that I have always been able to assume that position quite easily - yoga helps with that. Once I took a dance class (what was I thinking?) and the women there, having studied ballet their entire lives, were unbelievably flexible. But when the instructor had us assume a position that was very unfamiliar for them - squatting - I was the only one who could do it easily. (I was quite the freak.) They had spent their whole lives bending their feet the OTHER way. The end of the digestive tract does align properly with flexed hips and knees, so it's not that weird, just something we don't talk about in our society.
                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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                • Packing up and getting ready to move, and also doing more purging. I hauled my bread machine and a large box of bread/dessert cookbooks off to the charity shops. The used bookstore was thrilled with the cookbooks, which are quite nice and modern, with glossy photos and glamorous people like Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson and other people with non-U.S. accents encouraging us to gorge ourselves on refined carbohydrates. Okay, that's not fair, they also urge us to eat non-processed foods and vegetables. Still, they aren't primal and they have to go and I haven't used those cookbooks anyway. No qualms at all in giving this stuff away, except for the fact that I don't think ANYONE should be using a bread machine. If you're going to make bread, you can make it by hand quickly and easily, you don't need a machine. And I will admit, making bread is great fun. Too bad it is poison.
                  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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                  • Although Translator Son will assure you that making sourdough bread with wild yeast and allowing it to ferment for a loooong time makes it much better for you, the fermentation breaking down many of the anti-nutrients.

                    Here he has spent so much time perfecting the technique and neither I nor his mother-in-law have even tasted it... She read Wheat Belly and has sworn off wheat too, although she'll still eat corn and other grains.
                    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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                    • Alas, I come from the land of sourdough bread (California) and it does taste heavenly and is fun to make, but if I have to manipulate a food that much to make it safe, that's a problem for me. Not to mention the relative lack of nutrients compared to, say, an apple or a cupful of berries. And then there's the gluten intolerance thing. And the blood sugar going sky high thing. But yes, it is fun, I was on that bandwagon for a while. I made many loaves of sourdough goodness, but it did me no favors. I wish him better luck.

                      I weighed myself before and after my retreat and I am happy to report that I am exactly the same, FWIW. I thought I must surely have gained, eating three rather large meals at the standard times. I am really happy because that is the first time I have had to eat meals that were completely out of my control, and in a somewhat stressful situation. It was a good stressful situation, but stressful nonetheless.

                      Off to work tonight, then diving into moving feet first!
                      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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                      • Here I am at work, getting caught up. Went through boxes of old papers and shredded them or recycled them. Not a good day to do this since the recycling bins are filled already as it is Sunday. Hauled out at least five batches of stuff. It is unbelievable how much paper we generate. Why don't computers make this unnecessary? It seems like it is worse because now we can print stuff so easily. Why do we keep paper copies of things in files anyway? They are all online and backed up.

                        Dinner was spaghetti squash, chicken sausage, tomatoes. Lots of blueberries. It is berry season here and I am going to eat berries of some type everyday.
                        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'm going to have to get some new scrub pants. The ones I have are starting to look like clown pants. You can only pull in a drawstring so far, there is too much material. And as I shrink, they get longer and I am going to trip. I just bought a couple of new pairs, though! And my favorite ones that I will never be able to replace are getting too worn and too big. Well, I guess there are worse problems to have.
                          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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                          • LOL! Siobhan the clown. I hope the new pairs are a smaller size, at least. I also found cardigan sleeves getting ridiculously long on me. I joked that dieting was shortening my arms.

                            And congrats on holding the line with your weight. I figure that's a major victory at times like that.

                            What did you do with the spaghetti squash? Just eat it as a side? I've cooked one up for experimentation purposes. I'm going to try to make something my son can make wraps with, inspired by something you said a gazillion pages back. Wish me luck! It's a cool day here, so I might indulge in some cooking without worrying about melting like the Wicked Witch of the West.
                            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 do all sorts of things with it. My current favorite is to make something that reminds me of lasagna. I put a layer of squash, some tomato sauce (primal of course), some cheese, some meat, repeat. This travels very well so I take it to work a lot. I also like to fry it - just take a small handful, drop it in a fry pan with some fat and cook away. Good with any meat or veg, including eggs at breakfast. I mix it with cottage cheese and eggs and cook it like a pancake. Yes, I am a spaghetti squash lover. It has quite a mild taste, unlike other squashes like butternut or acorn. It doesn't assert itself in a dish so it can go with just about anything. Also you could put any type of sauce on it that you used to put on pasta.

                              And wasn't I just wondering about dairy and Mark's post is about experimenting with different types of dairy? Scary!

                              What a day. Left work this AM and spent an hour and a half at hard labor in my new home. Came home, got on the phone and arranged for moving on Thursday. Fingers crossed about that. Slept and then went back to new home, which now was devoid of unwanted furniture and junk and cleaned like a fiend. The place was FILTHY. The 'stains' on the floor? Not stains. Just dirt. The woman who lived there must have never washed it. Now, I'm not the world's greatest housekeeper, but I would never leave a place in that condition. Well, it is clean now.

                              Home now, had a smoothie and now am relaxing a bit. I can accomplish this, I know it. At this time next week I will be settled into my new home.

                              I started listening to some CDs from The Teaching Company about C.S. Lewis. What a mind that man had! I am really enjoying learning about him and his ideas. Funny, I never really liked The Chronicles of Narnia so I never looked further into Lewis's life and work. But I have come to realize I have really missed out - he was a great man with great ideas. How did I figure this out? Oddly, I learned he was a great fan of Wagner, especially the Ring Cycle, as I am.

                              Need a shower badly.
                              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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                              • Also want to mention, in case I ever go back and read all this and try to draw conclusions from it, I did an 18-hour IF without realizing it.

                                Cooked up 6 oz. of ground beef and half an onion with some Indian spices - tumeric, chili powder, garam masala, I don't know what else. Threw in some white wine and cooked it until it was done. Tasted like manna from heaven. I sincerely thank the cow that gave its life for me to enjoy such benefits. Had this with some of my beloved spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. Add 6 oz. red wine and called it a day eating-wise.
                                Last edited by Siobhan; 06-25-2012, 06:55 PM.
                                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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