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  • I am already feeling better after a couple of generous primal meals. I am a fat-burning beast, but three days of one small meal a day with hardly any fat have depleted my energy stores. I stopped at the food co-op and bought plenty of clean meat and a big bag of organic salad greens, also some raspberries. Last night I had a horrible headache that wouldn't go away - I NEVER get headaches. Sinus, probably. But I am at work tonight and glad to be here. The more I am around other people, the more I realize what a great life I have. I have worked hard to make it so, but I am grateful for what I have. I am especially grateful for primal living and eating and if I ever meet Mark Sisson I will tell him so.
    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 so happy to be back on my happy primal diet and eating good clean food! I had some leafy greens with a poached egg and a pear for dinner. The pear had a weird shape but was just about the best pear I ever ate. I will pick oddly shaped ones from now on.
      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! The oddballs are the best, eh?
        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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        • Woke up after only about 3 hours of broken sleep. Not sleeping well during the day lately! Sleep is a big factor in weight loss. (See Robb Wolff's work.)

          There is a concert this afternoon I want to go to, a world famous organist is coming to our humble church. Our organ, however, is not humble and neither is our endowment. We have had a number of wealthy church members die in the last few years who left considerable funds to be used for music at the discretion of the Minister of Music, a wonderful and wise lady who uses it not just for the church members but for the community at large. So it's free! Time to break out the cold-brewed coffee. For some reason cold-brewed doesn't give me acid reflux. I thought I was crazy until I saw the same sentiment expressed by others who seem perfectly rational otherwise.

          When I got home from work, very hungry indeed, I ate some beautiful natural ham, uncured with no nitrates or nitrites. Just pork, salt, and very small amount of sugar - less than a gram per serving, which is 2 oz. Who am I kidding, I ate three servings! It is delicious.
          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. Sounds like a great concert in view!

            And what is cold-brewed coffee?

            And now you've made me hungry for ham.
            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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            • One thing that happened when my friend was here was a bit disturbing. She sat down in a chair - actually my landlord's chair - and leapt up, saying she had been bitten by something. There was a bit of hysteria, and I got a garbage bag and covered the chair, then a clean blanket. She went on about how I am obviously infested. I mentioned the cats haven't been scratching and there is no sign of flea dirt, or of any insect. Yes, I have checked - it is summer and even indoor cats can fall victim to insects that come in on clothing. I have many mosquito bites, but I know where I received all of them! (Outside - it is usually my cue to leave.) Incidentally, the chairs and sofa are swathed in muslin sheets to protect them from said cats since I have no idea how they will react to upholstered furniture and I don't want to find out. I brought home a large stack of fresh clean muslin sheets and stripped all the furniture. Upon stripping the guilty chair, I found two open safety pins in just the spot she said was bitten. I was very relieved! I did, however, continue the project and thoroughly sprayed the furniture with the natural stuff I bought (and very nice it smells, lemongrass and cinnamon) and re-wrapped them in muslin with nice blankets over them. Oh well, it was something that needed to be done. And now I am much better at the covering and am able to secure the muslin over the danger spots much better. Also I need to add that the chairs are in pretty bad shape, very old and kind of nasty looking. I would have requested their removal, but they are big and heavy and let's be honest, pretty comfortable. I don't mind sitting in them or looking at them now they are covered with my colorful blankets.
              Last edited by Siobhan; 08-26-2012, 11:27 AM.
              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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              • Ow! Safety pins??? Disturbing in their own right, but at least you don't have to worry about them reproducing.

                Still wondering about cold-brewed coffee.
                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, you take coffee grounds, put them in cold water and stick them in the refrigerator for 10-12 hours, then strain and enjoy. The taste is very different from regular brewed coffee, smoother, less bitter. I prefer it, and of course I prefer my OWN, which I take pride in making properly, and am always disappointed when I see it advertised and try it in a coffee shop. Probably just as well, the cost of my own is cents instead of dollars!
                  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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                  • Sort of like Sun tea... Minus the Sun... and the tea.
                    Height: 5' 10"
                    Highest Weight: 292
                    Recent Starting Weight 287
                    Current weight: 244.0
                    Goal weight: 195
                    Body Fat 32.5%

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                    • I will have to try that. Just a regular, all-purpose grind? How much do you put in?

                      I found some ham in the fridge. I thought it was eaten up. The no nitrates kind.

                      DCarr, you are too funny.
                      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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                      • David is completely correct! Try this -

                        http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/...ew-coffee.html

                        The weird thing (so many weird things here) is that I sat in that chair a thousand times and the pin never stuck me. And this pretty much sums up my friend's life.

                        Okay, confession is good for the soul, right? I have learned a valuable lesson. Never cook an entire package of bacon when you are really, really hungry.

                        I decided to cook all the bacon as it is so much more convenient, also it is good for the cast iron pan to cook a lot of fatty things in the beginning to thoroughly season the surface. And I think you can guess what happened from there. Twelve ounces of bacon have been consumed, along with a wonderful Early Girl tomato compliments of my landlord, homemade mayo (I whip it up like nothing now, so easy), a handful of lettuce, and a lot of Brussels sprouts (they cook really nicely in bacon grease).

                        But...I am not beating myself up about it. For one thing, one outrageous meal doesn't really make any difference. Also I am fighting a sinus infection and as long as I feel like eating, I'm going to eat. Not stressing about anything now. My body is a product of millions of years of evolution and it can easily heal itself as long as I don't do stupid things like worry about what size I'm going to wear in December.

                        I am really full now and the natural ham is safe for tonight. What's left of it anyway.

                        Pork. It's what's for dinner.
                        Last edited by Siobhan; 08-26-2012, 04:42 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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                        • That bacon story sounds familiar.

                          My natural ham was not as lucky as yours. It has diminished. Along with a big whack of roasted cauliflower with caraway seeds, seeing as I didn't have any whole cumin seeds on hand. Simple, two-dish meal.
                          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've made an executive decision. I'm aborting my Whole30. This sinus infection is getting out of hand. Looking back in my journal, obviously it was taking hold on the first day of the Whole30, and this is not a good time to figure out what causes problems and what is positive. Here it is Monday morning and I woke up feeling miserable, and I thought I would be better now! Although not really much will change as I already am 98% primal without a whole lot of dairy. I might have a glass of wine tonight.

                            Oddly, my calories and macros were fine yesterday despite eating 10 slices of bacon. Funny how when I have decided to feast I still end up in the same place. The only thing that really pushes me out of bounds is sweet treats. It seems like meaty feasts, even fatty ones, are okay. Maybe because you don't really eat much else when you overindulge in things like bacon and ribs.

                            I've had to give myself two nebulizer treatments - last night and then this morning. I'm just wheezing too much. As a respiratory therapist I know that letting myself wheeze uncontrollably is just promoting more inflammation and more wheezing. A little discouraging because I really hate using this medication even though it is a major part of my job to administer it to other people. I have been so happy that I have eradicated virtually all medication from my life, no drug company shill am I! But getting a sinus infection should not be viewed as a personal failure. There is also a little voice in the back of my mind saying that firing up the old immune system here at the end of the summer is not a bad thing as cold/flu season is just around the corner. I am over 50 now. (Gulp) But on the heels of my having my friend visit and seeing how she is totally in the thrall of prescription pharmaceuticals for everything from dry eyes to dry heels to digestion, I am really reluctant to put anything in my mouth that isn't nutrient-dense food. Which is stupid; I need to do what I need to do.
                            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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                            • Siobhan, I hope you feel better soon. From experience (with kids, mind you) it really sounds like you might need some augmentin for 10-14 days. I'm not a big antibiotic prescriber (even for ear infections, as most are viral), but reading your symptoms hits all my must haves to get me to prescribe. It's important you go into the winter season healthy, you know what it's like in the hospital during flu/pneumonia season!
                              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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                              • I'm sorry about the battle with your sinuses, but I'm very interested that the Whole 30 is the cause. I wonder why cutting OUT certain foods is triggering your sinusitis. Could it be your body finally cleaning up that area? At first I was wondering if your pill of a friend wore or used products you're sensitive to, or perhaps that eating out exposed you to rancid oils one too many times, but since you started struggling with this before-hand, that's out.

                                Anyway, hope you mend soon.
                                SW: 243
                                CW: 177
                                Goal: Health

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