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  • #76
    Well, I'm not doing well at staying away, am I? I did a great restorative yoga practice from myyogaonline - probably the best $60 I have ever spent was joining there. I went through the gently flowing sequence, done entirely sitting or lying down, with my cats gliding silently around me - almost mystical. My cats are fascinated by yoga. Slathered coconut oil in my hair. Actually, 'slathered' isn't really correct - very little is needed. Such cool stuff. Why did I never know about it? Then lit a fire in the woodstove. Unlike yesterday, it is drawing fine. We are indeed having a storm, lots of rain but no snow (probably up north). Perversely, I love this. This is my only entire day off until Saturday (back to work tomorrow night) and I love having an excuse to be a bit lazy, do yoga, read books, play with the cats. I have lots of food, no need to go out or spend time cooking unless I feel like it. It has been a long time since I had a day like this.

    For brekkie I had kefir + coconut + banana in the blender. Also about 10 almonds.
    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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    • #77
      BTW, I reported that spam post you see here -
      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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      • #78
        Back posting (hanging head in shame) -

        Hey, spam post is gone! Thank you!

        Having a great day. Finished Cordain's Paleo book - great stuff and I am glad I bought it as it will be a great reference for the future. Slept a little in front of the fire. Cats sleeping too. Had my favorite beefy hot god, salad, apple for lunch. Put homemade mayo on the salad - just a little. That was fun. Brought in a rather large amount of firewood. Thinking of going to grocery store and seeing what they have for lamb. Store is next door, will don rainboots and raincoat for foraging expedition.

        No goats today, they stay in the pole barn when it rains. They don't like rain.

        Very interested in Mark's post about gout today. I have had one attack on my life, and that was at age 21 when I got drunk on Southern Comfort. It remains memorable to this day (I am now 52). Never again. My brother has suffered from it off and on. He is a dear person to me, but he definitely will not listen to any advice from me. His eyes glaze over when I say more than two sentences. My other brother, who died last fall, had it a lot. Incidentally, neither brother is or was a drinker, but both are/were overeaters and not enough exercise.
        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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        • #79
          Siblings tend to be pretty good at not listening to each other, don't they?

          You have a store next door? *eyes glaze with envy* I would love to go on frequent small foraging trips instead of once every week or two, for sure. This week's might be compromised, seeing as my father-in-law has an EKG appointment. If it isn't early enough, we won't have enough time to do the shopping on Thursday. Oh well, will figure something out.
          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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          • #80
            Yes, I am very lucky - I live next door to a rather sizeable grocery, yet I am separated from it by a nice stand of woods. My own home is on a heavily wooded lot and set back quite far from the street, so even though I am right in the middle of everything I am really quite isolated. For me, isolation = good! I have really been enjoying buying heavy stuff at the grocery and slinging it over my shoulder to walk home, pretending I am a cavewoman with a haunch of deer...no, of course I don't really do that! That would be silly!

            I am really enjoying my day. I have a lamb stew simmering away and let me tell you, it smells heavenly. I attracted my landlord with the smell, so maybe my idea of attracting a primal mate by cooking scent is not so crazy. Not the landlord, of course. He is 1) already married 2) not my type at all 3) not attractive to me. But I have proved that I can attract a male with my cooking even if he is an undesirable male. Hah!

            I am deep into Deep Play by Diane Ackerman, a book recommended by Mark here on this site. So far I have gone from Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, to swimming with wild dolphins to Lascaux cave in France. This book is seriously wonderful. I might have to buy it. (I got it from the library.) Ackerman writes like a dream.
            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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            • #81
              The old adage "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is not so far from the truth.

              Hubby and I were already engaged before I had him over for supper, but he raved about that for years, to my considerable embarrassment. It was a very simple thing I made...
              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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              • #82
                Well, I caught the last ex-Mr. Siobhan with my cooking and the less said about that the better, so maybe I'm not on the right track after all!

                Your hubby must have been dazzled by the company! And the cooking too, of course!
                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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                • #83
                  I won't ask then.

                  Yes, it must have been the company. For sure.
                  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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                  • #84
                    And what was it you served him? Hmmm?

                    Just had a great dinner. Not the lamb - that is put away for the next three nights when I am working. When I am in my 'work cycle' I don't do much but sleep, work, shower, and eat. Pretty much literally. Twelve hour night shifts just don't leave much time. Occasionally I find the energy to do something, but not often, and I don't like to pressure myself. Enough pressure as is. Anyway, I cooked some beef steaks, delicious, with some sauteed mushrooms and a leafy green salad with a little homemade mayo and some extra balsamic vinegar. Small glass of red wine made it just about a perfect meal. My cats get so affectionate when I cook beef! They want lots of cuddles, can't imagine why Actually, I remember reading somewhere that one reason we are attracted to cats is because they are about the same size as a human infant, making holding one a somewhat primal experience. I totally get that, even though I am the least maternal person you will ever meet.

                    There is a show on tonight about climate change, looks good, might hook up the antenna and have a go. (No cable TV for me! Grok didn't have cable!)
                    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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                    • #85
                      Call me silly, I do that(cavewoman walking home with haunch of deer) all the time. Sometimes I imagine I am stalking the animal, on my way TO the store. No sprinting, though.

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                      • #86
                        Okay, I am going to do that even more! I like the stalking idea too. I definitely approach the grocery as a foraging expedition - finding the edibles among the vast amount of junk.

                        At my meditation/book group this morning we had a lively discussion about hoarding/material stuff/junk we hold onto. Didn't solve any problems, but lots of food for thought there. The other ladies in the group are definitely in a different socio-economic group than I am - to put it mildly, they are really, really comfortable financially. Some of them are actually rich. It was a little weird to hear them talk about having nothing but a buddha bowl and a coat when they live in multi-million dollar homes on waterfront property with a new car in the garage and a boat at their private dock. But this has nothing to do with the fact that I need to get rid of a lot of stuff. The key is to get rid of the junk and keep the pretty things that make me happy when I look at them.

                        Well, I'm kind of hungry, time to go forage in the refrigerator.
                        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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                        • #87
                          Leftover steak - maybe the nicest two words in the English language.

                          I have discovered that it is fun to keep a food diary when one isn't denying oneself. To look back over the day and see all the delicious things one has eaten - very satisfying. But since ultimately I want to lose some weight (something more than the few I have lost) I went back, picked a few days at random and added up the calories. I'm eating approximately 1800-1900 calories per day, which goes a way to explain why not much weight is coming off. But I am encouraged because this way of eating is very sustainable, very enjoyable, and I have no fears of 'what will I do when I'm not dieting' as I have had in the past when I have lost weight. There is plenty of room to cut back without much sacrifice, which is obvious from the diary. For instance yesterday, when I ate four substantial meals which I admit was excessive.

                          This morning I was up very early to go to my meditation/book group and just enjoyed a very nice breakfast of steak, mushrooms, onions, and kiwi.

                          Kind of a weird thing happened yesterday and I have been debating with myself on whether to journal about it or not - but here goes. I will soon be 53 years old, and had my last period 1 November 2011. I started to get hot flashes shortly after this, and when no more periods came, I thought - well, this is it. Menopause. Now, you have to go a year without periods to be considered menopausal, so here I am, almost six months from my last one and yesterday I had that old familiar feeling and bam! got a period. Has the primal diet rejuvenated me? My doctor is ecstatic that I am not menopausal yet, because we all know about osteoporosis, etc. that sets in after those lovely female hormones stop coursing through one's body. I have very mixed feelings - hey, I'm still a kid! and geez, do I have to keep dealing with this? I have not been eating meat that is full of hormones and antibiotics, I have been lucky to be able to purchase, if not grass-fed, at least hormone and antibiotic-free. It will interesting to see what will happen in the future -
                          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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                          • #88
                            You haven't been eating primally that long. If you can/have the patience, I would wait until you are a couple-few months in, before you start mindful calorie restriction. One, you may find you just naturally start eating less. I have more and more days where I only eat two meals a day, completely naturally, no thinking about it, just following my hunger (or actually FORGETTING to eat). Two, I am a strong believer in one change at a time. If you start restricting yourself before your body is ready, it may retaliate by 'helping' you to slip into non-primal ways.
                            Just my two cents.

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                            • #89
                              I think that is very wise advice, Sabine. In looking at my journal, I have eaten less even over the course of a couple of weeks. As I get more used to my new ways, I am less afraid of being hungry or eating the wrong thing at the wrong time. I can be patient. It has taken me 52 years to get where I am, a few more months is okay!

                              I have been practicing yoga nearly every day and am experiencing a very surprising improvement in flexibility. After losing flexibility over the last ten years despite regular practice, I am surprised to find my palms easily reaching the ground, forward bends suddenly becoming actual forward bends instead of slight inclines - it's great. I'm actually holding myself back so as not to overstretch too quickly. I have never been very flexible and have practiced yoga because of that - I was afraid I would become immobilized if I didn't do some serious loosening and stretching. Once again, I think this points to a gluten intolerance and reduction of inflammation.

                              Have accomplished a lot this morning - book group, errands, chores, yoga - must now think about moving towards rest since I am working tonight.
                              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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                              • #90
                                I don't know if the period re-appearing can be directly related to a change in diet. They come and go quite unpredictably while we're winding down. I know I had pretty mixed feelings when things started slowing down. I had been kind of grumbling that everyone else got to go through menopause, why didn't I? I was nicely past the averages. And when it did finally start skipping, I was very glad, and a little perturbed at the same time. Although more glad than perturbed. I will not complain if I never have to deal with it again.

                                Nice to hear that you're getting more flexible. I am starting to think about expanding my exercise horizons a bit. I do a good job with the moving slowly part, but sprinting and lifting heavy things have not been part of my life. I am going to take a go-slow-and-gradual approach, maybe some kind of mini-sprint session. Swimming perhaps. I always loved swimming.
                                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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