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  • Siobhan, isn't it so irritating when you forget things and then you're stuck for the whole shift. And when you were planning on doing something with it you have the whole time to wish you could be doing it, lol. Glad that slim cat is doing well with his healthier food! I must say that Maine sounds much more attractive after reading your journal for a while. Less food regulations, more rural, beautiful scenery - what is not to like!? Did I miss something else?
    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
    Primal low: 186 lbs
    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
    Goal weight: 140 lbs

    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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    • Well, it does get pretty darn cold here, and there is normally no shortage of snow and ice in the winter! But I like those things, as long as I have a nice snug comfortable home. I am actually looking forward to winter because it is going to be so beautiful from my new treetop home. And we do have a LOT less food regulations. We have great food here, and it is getting better all of the time as the locavore movement gets more popular, and people are seeking clean food.

      Today is a 'meh' day. I am sorry to report that. I'm a little short on energy, tired, probably dehydrated. I think I have just worked a lot and worried too much. After an energetic start to getting my place all tidied and uncluttered, I have let things go and now I need a major cleaning festival in addition to the tidying and uncluttering. As an excuse, although a fairly valid one, it has been wickedly hot, no real way to cool down the inside of my home, and it is very hard to sleep much of the time. This morning I was treated to some sort of full-on construction-heavy machinery somewhere close by. After working my fourth night this week, that was not welcome. And it is now really hot again. Okay, enough of that. Must drink some water, maybe with some lemon or lime in it.

      Update on my induction burner that I purchased a few weeks ago - I love it. If you have an opportunity to use or convert to an induction stovetop, do it. That has been the one saving grace in this heat wave. I can still cook on my burner. Of course it still throws off heat, but not nearly as much as the propane burner. And so clean and fast. I like it so much I am going to invest in at least one really good magnetic pan. Currently I am using my old (actually new) cookware with a conversion plate, which works fine but magnetic cookware will be much, much better. Also, I can use cast iron which is cool AND cheap.

      I bought some bread-and-butter pickles at the farmers market. They are stupendously good. They also contain sugar. I wonder how much? If I just eat a few, is that a lot of sugar? Is the road to hell paved with good intentions?

      I am off to drink lots of water 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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      • Once again I slept and slept but am still tired. Am so tempted to go back to bed, but I have slept for 9 or 10 hours. I got up to feed those rompin' cats at 5:30 and went promptly back to sleep. They are crazy in the morning, running from one end of the place to the other, throwing their toys around. I slept through it all. I want to go to church and I am working tonight, so I dragged myself out of bed.
        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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        • Well, I am glad I went to church because the service was spectacular. The sermon was extremely powerful, the music was challenging and almost disturbingly emotive. Really energized me! Also had a nice conversation with some friends afterwards. Now I have to wind down and rest for work tonight. But I am really glad I am feeling better.
          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 made another discovery in my n=1 primal experiment - one that will send shudders down the spine of vegetarians everywhere. I really need to eat meat. Over the past week, my meat consumption has fallen dramatically as I have eaten mostly vegetables, fruit, coconut oil, olive oil, small amounts of cheese and butter. I have gotten most of my protein from an egg or two and protein powder in smoothies, which is whey protein. I looked over my food journal and my energy level fell every day, and I was hungry after meals at times, feeling unsatisfied despite having eaten a reasonable amount of food. The missing component was meat. I bought a chicken yesterday and had some this morning for breakfast with a lovely ripe peach and I don't think it is just the church service that energized me. I had a substantial amount of beef for lunch and now feel really good. I've eaten small amounts of meat - 2 oz. or so but I don't think it was enough. Despite having eaten a fair amount of meat today, my overall calorie count is still pretty low. Meat. Yeah.
            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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            • Hey! I am so with you on the meat thing!! I start craving stuff not only if I eat too many carbs but if I am not getting enough meat! I need it to feel satisfied and energetic! Glad you are feeling better - church sounded great Yay, for connecting with friends too. Hope you start to get some cooler weather and quieter sleeping conditions soon - night duty was my least favourite because that is usually when it is hot and everyone else is busy doing all the day time stuff, which tends to be a lot noisier generally! Our weather is a little cooler and supposed to get cooler over the next few days. It got down to 52F last night - LOVELY!
              Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
              Primal low: 186 lbs
              Current weight: 221.4 lbs
              Goal weight: 140 lbs

              "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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              • I had 3 strangers remark on how great it smelled as I pushed my grocery buggy along with a big ol' cage free roasted chicken riding up front. Most everyone loves the smell of cooked/cooking meat. Glad you're feeling better; meat makes a body feel good.

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                • Meat - it's what's for dinner i had grilled pork chops, yum!

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                  • Hey, I am glad everyone is with me on the meat! It is so true, meat is good food.

                    Came into work to find disaster - not the patients, they are okay - administrative disaster. The computer not working, the patient lists and worklists not just inaccurate but completely messed up. I had to commandeer a secretary from the ER to help me get everything back in shape and it took us 1 1/2 hours! My co-workers totally bite sometimes. This affected patient care, so will have to be reported. Although I hasten to add that no patients actually harmed.
                    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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                    • Well, I hope the rest of your night is uneventful after a crazy start! Goodnight ...
                      Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                      Primal low: 186 lbs
                      Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                      Goal weight: 140 lbs

                      "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                      • Been eating a lot of bits and pieces in my kitchen - funny how quickly my food supply decreases. One day I am thinking, "How am I going to eat all of this before it goes bad?" and the next day I am finding the cupboard is bare. Today has been an egg day and now they are all gone. I broke down and made some paleo breakfast bread - main ingredients almond butter, eggs, maple syrup. Very easy and I had all of the ingredients on hand. Very good but very high calorie. For me, baked goods, even paleo ones, are the road to hell. But once in a while is okay. Just have to make sure than 'once in a while' means every two months or so, not every week. Anyway, here is the recipe -

                        Practical Paleo: Simple & Delicious: Paleo Breakfast Bread

                        No work tonight! Whew. I guess I should get out and about and maybe buy some food, although I am discovering that 2 servings of paleo breakfast bread are quite filling. Too filling. I wish I could take back one serving! Lesson learned. It is dense stuff.

                        I also broke down and orderd It Starts With Food as it is getting very positive reviews and I am in a bit of a lull, having read a boatload of paleo/primal books and have been casting around for some more really good ones with actual scientific information in a readable, interesting style. Hope this fits the bill.
                        Last edited by Siobhan; 08-13-2012, 01:53 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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                        • Oh, another thing - when I put the recipe in paleotrack, it told me that baking soda contains grain? Didn't know that. The listed ingredient is sodium bicarbonate. Is it derived from grain? Must google that.

                          Edit - answered my own question, I think. Baking POWDER contains starch, which may or may not contain gluten, but baking SODA is pure bicarb - not sure why paleotrack thinks it has grain.
                          Last edited by Siobhan; 08-13-2012, 01:59 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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                          • It Starts with Food is so great, may be my fave.

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                            • That is good to know - I can't wait to receive it.

                              Finished today with a whopping 2300 calories! I guess you could say I was hungry. I don't really feel bloated or overfed or anything. All primal food of course. Probably going to open the mead 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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                              • Looking over my calories I realized that on Sunday I finished with less than 1000 calories and had a rather large salad just after midnight Monday, so my intake was not bad - if you average the two days, quite respectable actually. Good macros both days too. Have fasted for 14 hours so I think I will hang in there for a couple more hours. Not really hungry and not feeling very good either. I'm so tired and achy. Slept quite well last night, why am I so tired when I am sleeping well? Is it just my schedule? Could be, very well could be.

                                Cats are doing well on the good quality Fancy Feast, eating enthusiastically. I wonder what they think of the changes? They can't tell me. I wonder if they get low-carb flu?
                                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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