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  • what a fun idea Lopi, sleeping outside, I used to do that all the time as a kid -- never as an adult though other than camping. If it stops raining I think I'm going to give it a whirl!

    Sio, you said baby turnips... I've never been a turnip person before but I'm always discovering new things I didn't used to like I now think are great. What do you do to prepare them? Boil/steam/braise? Also you mention leafy greens (and here's where I show my sad ignorance) but what counts as leafy greens other than spinach, kale, cabbage(?) or certain kinds of lettuce? Trying to come up with my primal monthly menu and stealing all sorts of ideas lol..

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    • Bok choy, all kinds of chard, spring greens, turnip greens, cilantro, parsley, Italian parsley, dandelion greens, nettles (delicious, but use gloves when picking)... Infinite:-)

      ecks makes pancakes with turnips. I tried it and they are amazingly yummy. A little starch that's not too starchy.

      Hope you get your sleepout and lots of stars!

      Originally posted by tachikomoo View Post
      what a fun idea Lopi, sleeping outside, I used to do that all the time as a kid -- never as an adult though other than camping. If it stops raining I think I'm going to give it a whirl!

      Sio, you said baby turnips... I've never been a turnip person before but I'm always discovering new things I didn't used to like I now think are great. What do you do to prepare them? Boil/steam/braise? Also you mention leafy greens (and here's where I show my sad ignorance) but what counts as leafy greens other than spinach, kale, cabbage(?) or certain kinds of lettuce? Trying to come up with my primal monthly menu and stealing all sorts of ideas lol..

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      • That could be it, and I have been IFing. I remember when I first went primal, about four days in I smelled so bad I thought something was seriously wrong. I went cold turkey, it seems something got released or burned or whatever. Luckily I didn't have to go anywhere that day and it disappeared after a few hours. I was reading somewhere, who knows if it is true, that it can take a couple of years for your body to get rid of transfat after you stop consuming them. Yikes.

        The little white turnips I call baby turnips are really common around here - a few of the organic farms seem to like growing them and people must like to buy them because they are in all the shops. I slice and saute them in butter. They have quite a mild taste and are very tender, unlike mature turnips. They can be eaten raw. The leafy greens I mention are the kind I get at the supermarket - I go through boxes of the organic spring mix and herb mix. I eat them raw and also cook them, a quick saute just until wilted. I put it in paleotrack so it is easy to journal.

        This afternoon I had two scrambled eggs with tomatoes and goat cheese. Must get some red peppers - ever had scrambled eggs with roasted red peppers and parmesan cheese? It's delicious. I must eat that soon.

        Hungry - not hungry - hungry - not hungry. I think I am really hungry while I am busy, and then when I'm not busy I don't feel like eating. On the way to work I was so hungry I stopped and bought grass-fed hot dogs that I could cook up quickly, but when I got to work I wasn't hungry anymore. At this point I think I will wait for my usual 2 AM feed.

        Also I have dropped more weight than I think I should, 5 lbs. in ten days. I just noticed when I was writing in my new journal (Mark's) - I knew I had lost some, but didn't realize how much. Much as I want to lose weight, I don't want to lose lean tissue and I don't want to get sick and I don't want to crash.
        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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        • IMHO, the 10 pounds could easily be okay -- could be water and such -- as long as it doesn't continue. You might plateau now.

          Yep, I could definitely eat your food minus the nightshades.

          I am trying to imagine eating at 2:00 a.m. Having a hard time. Like, I never even see 2:00 a.m.!

          I wonder if those little turnips are a Maine specialty. I bet you don't even have to peel them!

          I am guessing it's 11ish there and you're at work. Not too weird. Weird is when I write my sister in Dubai and don't know whether to say good morning from my point of view or good evening from her point of view. Hope you're having a very productive night!

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          • I'm kind of jealous of the 10 pounds lost. Maybe I need to move to Maine!
            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 is weird, isn't it? You probably wouldn't be able to eat at 2 AM, I didn't when I first started this. I used to try not to eat between 11 PM and 7 AM, CW doncha know, totally didn't work. But when I am not working I sleep at night and don't eat - once in a great while I wake up hungry in the middle of the night. Used to berate myself. Now I just eat something, read for awhile and go back to sleep. So much nicer.

              I think the little turnips are a local specialty. I never saw them before I moved here. They are beautiful smooth cream-colored globes, no peeling necessary. About the size of radishes. We do like our root veg here in Maine, probably because they do very well.

              I have to look into the nightshades, maybe I should eliminate them? I have cut way back. I love tomatoes this time of year but I could live without them. I haven't eaten a potato since going primal, good riddance. Potatoes always made me feel like crap. Definitely an addiction. Couldn't stop eating them even though I knew I would pay for it. No thanks.
              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 plentiful for a few weeks, the compliments have dried up lately. Not that I mind, but it did seem a little strange to me that no one at work had made any comments on my weight loss, which now is somewhere around 25 lbs. I'm not that big a person and it is really quite evident, but maybe the baggy scrubs hide more than I think. But last night I got two compliments, one from a person I haven't seen in some time who said she barely recognized me, and another from someone asking my secret. The latter is quite overweight, and I would love to tell her about the primal lifestyle but I dare not. I just told her that I stopped eating junk and processed food, which sounds like a platitude but is basically true. Just depends on your definition of junk.

                Got pulled over by police for speeding on the way home from work. Yikes. He was good enough to just give me a warning. Must be more careful! Won't be so lucky next time. I haven't had a ticket in years and years and years. He said my record is as clean as you can get. Need to keep it that way.

                Should note some stuff about the cat food experiment but too tired, will do it later.
                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 sometimes those who see us everyday don't notice our weight loss. My oldest daughter, who I unfortunately don't see so often (she lives farther away than my other kids) notices, but those close by or right in the house don't notice. I am so glad two people noticed your weight loss last night.

                  Well, you could always start simply with talking to the overweight person at your work. Like, it's amazing what cutting out sugar does!

                  Sorry about the almost ticket, but I'm glad it was just a wake up call. I got a speeding ticket not too long ago after about a century of a clean record! Annoying!

                  Drive slowly and enjoy the nighttime / daytime view and get some really good rest!

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                  • People are starting to get used to your new reality, that's all. Just wait, it won't be long before they start saying you look TOO thin. Then they'll get used to that, then they'll forget you were ever overweight.

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                    • Oh, wow! I like the everyone forgetting we were ever overweight part:-)

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                      • I bet they are just secretly incredibly envious and cannot bring themselves to compliment you ....or they are mean...or they are blind...or they are envious mean and blind ...!!

                        euuu sorry !! am just being bit obstreperous but really they must be blind 25lbs is AMAZING !!!

                        I want your diet account blow by blow ...so I can follow it ... ..I know it would take to long so I'll settle for reading your very readable journal ..

                        with colleagues like that no wonder you felt like speeding to get away from 'em! glad you didn't get a ticket tho !

                        didn't get round to that courgette yet but its on the list
                        My Primal Journal :http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60751.html

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                        • Am looking through your journal and appreciating the optimism you bring to even very problematic circumstances. This post is not about food, but it is Primal. Eat, move, and live playfully. if others refuse to play, so sad.

                          Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                          Sabine, I took your advice and just threw a sheet over the bed instead of anything fancy - hmmm, I could get used to this sort of shortcut. For some reason the cats love it. I thought they would be slow to adopt new sleeping digs, but they actually seem to like the new bed better. Cats, who can figure them out?

                          I have a lot of cards that I have purchased but never send because, well, I like them too much. I hate to think of them being looked at for maybe a second and then tossed. So I keep them in the corner of my desk and look at them every so often. I picked out a favorite with a drawing of an owl and a cat and wrote a nice message to myself.

                          Once not so long ago during a really hard time with my family, who I am not close to, I made a nice card and a bookmark out of handmade art paper for my sister and my mom. I handed them to them at the same time. My mom opened it up and said, "What am I supposed to do with this?" My sister said, "Oh. Thanks." Then she literally threw them on the floor near her chair and went back to reading her book. I announced that I was going to turn in early - seemed like the only thing to do to get out of that awkward situation. Later while I was lying in bed, I heard my mom say to my sister, "Oh look, she made this. It has my name on it. I didn't see it before, I didn't have my glasses on." My sister said, "Yeah, it's kind of childish, I think."

                          That year I organized a bookmark swap in my book club and made everyone a personalized bookmark out of really nice art paper. They loved them. A couple of those ladies are really successful artists and even they loved them.

                          Well, that doesn't have anything to do with food, but I'll leave it in.

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                          • Here I am at work, very busy night and just signed on and found all these great comments! Lots of community here!

                            Tonight I drove much more slowly to work and you know what...it was nice. I don't need to drive so fast. It is very stressful to drive fast. Why did I think I had to drive so fast? It takes me maybe two minutes longer to get there at the speed limit. I'm really glad that nice young cop talked to me. He was right. I need to drive slower.

                            My weight loss is pretty good. To be honest I couldn't be happier with it. I really think I have lost a lot of fat and only a bit of lean weight, because I feel good, not weak at all, and I can even see some outlines of muscle, especially on my legs. And I'm not any flabbier than I ever was. Also I have noticed my body is much straighter, not apple-y anymore. Although I still have quite a way to go, and I have plenty of unwanted belly flab still!

                            My primal diet is pretty idiosyncratic, totally n=1. I just went with what worked for me, and will continue to do that. I just realized that I don't eat many nuts anymore. I used to eat them on a daily basis. Just don't really like them so much now. Weird, huh? I put them in things, like salads or veg dishes. I have always felt that sugar and grains go hand-in-hand and that is one problem with them. It is just too easy to eat way too much of that combo. I'm very rigorous - no sugar, no grains. The beans and legumes I had no problem letting go! If I eat breakfast, it is very high fat and protein, as few carbs in the AM as possible. I IF all the time, and love it. I absolutely love not being hungry all of the time, and not snacking. I rarely snack as I don't need to. I sit down for a meal and eat until I'm full, 2 or 3 times a day. Why does all this work for me? I have no idea. I thank Mark for providing all this information, totally free. Amazing.

                            Speaking of food, had leafy greens with BV, OO, mustard, and steak. I have a confession. I like plain old yellow mustard. Don't really like fancy mustard. I got a nice organic yellow mustard made with raw apple cider vinegar. It won't last long.
                            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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                            • Got another compliment last night, although it made me sad. A co-worker commented on my weight loss and said, "It's a real battle, isn't it?" I just nodded and said something like "worth it, though!" But it hasn't been a battle at all. It's been great. They were eating their normal SAD meals and they are all considerably overweight. I wish I could help them. I would sound like a lunatic if I told them how happy I am not eating grains, sugar, etc. And a couple of them have celiac disease and are always consuming those Frankenstein gluten-free foods, which are very high in calories and send your blood sugar soaring. Okay for once in a great while, I suppose, but they eat them every day.

                              Speaking of food, I was so busy last night I didn't get a chance to eat and came home starving. Such a good feeling! I'm coming off two very low calorie days because I wasn't too hungry. So I got home and cut up two grass fed hot dogs added them to a scrambled egg with a wedge of Laughing Cow Swiss. (Processed, I know, but so good in eggs.) Added some leafy greens with olive oil - a meal fit for a god. Or a goddess. I actually felt like making up another batch and snarfing that down too, but I didn't because I have to go to sleep. And I have Dana Carpender to thank for that meal, it is in her low-carb cookbook. Embarrassingly low-brow, but so delicious, especially when you are really hungry.

                              Off to sleep 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'm thinking when you lose even more weight, helping your coworkers will just come naturally. They're gonna' go: "Man, that's gotta' be a great diet and she has so much energy." Then, you could set up a week contest or something:-) It could really be fun and they'd all be happy and then happier and then happiest!
                                Last edited by lopisheep; 07-21-2012, 09:49 AM.

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