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  • #91
    Here I am at work. Been pretty busy for awhile but have a minute now. Really good night though, routine stuff, nice people, not too stressful. Shouldn't say that too loud.

    Primal pluses

    1. It is great to not be hungry all of the time
    2. My skin is clear and looks great
    3. GERD and reflux totally gone. I thought it was stress!
    4. Lower back pain gone
    5. Right knee pain gone
    6. Wrist pain that I have had for 15 years is gone - this is incredible
    7. I've gone down a size even though I've only lost 3 lbs

    Well, that is seven things and any one of those reasons would be enough to stay primal.
    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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    • #92
      Had a big salad (all veg) and lamb & mushroom stew. Really delicious - I cooked the lamb in the broth from the chicken tikka masala. Feeling good, full of energy, mind is clear, no cravings.

      I've been wondering about Primal Fuel. I've never liked that type of thing but maybe I should reassess my prejudice. Could be a convenient thing for work.
      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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      • #93
        Just had a very delicious cup of curry chicken coconut soup. I should have bought a vat of the stuff! Completely primal. I love that the food co-op posts complete lists of the ingredients in their foods.

        I've spent way too much time on the computer lately and my upper back has gotten very sore. Seems to be a bit better but I had better watch my computer time. How do people work on them all day, every day? I know that many people here probably 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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        • #94
          Wow~that list is awesome and how right you are , any of those reasons would be enough but all of them combined are fantastic!!

          Lamb is one of my favorite discoveries in the recent past and I have it as often as I can!

          I will be checking in often to see how your faring!!

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          • #95
            I heard on npr this afternoon that Maine is the happiest state in the union, and I immediately thought of you. It must be true!

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            • #96
              Are we the happiest state? That doesn't surprise me. We have a lot to be happy about here! I'm not a native Mainer - in the vernacular, I am 'from away.' But this is a great place to be.

              Thanks for coming by, longing2bft! I will check out your recipes, it is really fun learning to cook these different foods and best of all, not having to feel even remotely guilty about eating the results.

              Today I have eaten some ground beef with onions and tomatillos, some kefir with a banana and coconut, and a bottle of kombucha. I think have forgotten to mention that I have been enjoying some beautiful juicy raspberries the last couple of days, all gone now. I can't wait for June when we will have our local raspberries. We aren't very good at growing grapes here, but we grow berries like mad. The farmers markets will be opening soon, that will be great. I'm in a CSA and might join another. It is really fun to go to the market and load up a basket and it is already paid for! My employer picks up half the cost, so it is an unbeatable deal.

              Well, I'm at work and I had better get to it -
              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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              • #97
                You might be "from away" but you're saying "we" anyway. Sounds like you're putting down roots...

                But of course it stands to reason that Maine is the happiest state. It's almost surrounded by Canada. LOL!
                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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                • #98
                  Yep, we consider Canadians to be honorary Mainers. (Don't let them hear that!) Actually we have a Canadian who works here sometimes - he drives five hours, works two 12-hour shifts and goes back home. He is almost always referred to as "The Canadian" which is non-PC but is meant as an endearment - he is very well liked - as in "It's time for lunch, be sure to tell The Canadian."

                  Not too busy patient-wise but I found an opportunity to move around a lot. I took out the recycling in the whole hospital and just about filled up a dumpster. We have zero-sort recycling here, so it all goes together. Gathered up all the returnables to take to the animal shelter. We have a lot of returnables here and most of it gets deposited in charity boxes for boy scouts, art associations, schools, etc. I usually take them to the animal shelter because it is on my way home, but I spread them around too. Then I cleaned and set up a lot of equipment. About an hour of moderate activity and some lifting/carrying of heavy things.

                  I was reading Sabine's Sexy thread over in Odds and Ends because I have been thinking about this a bit more than usual. People are telling me I look different already. I think it is mostly because my skin looks nice - really nice now since I started slathering it with coconut oil before I go to sleep, and nice and clear. I also tend to show weight loss first in my face and neck. But one important thing is that I am now pain free, not shuffling like an elderly person. This probably comes from spending too much time watching my cats, but I so admire the way they walk - so effortless and graceful with that suggestion of tremendous power. My foot strike is different now that my knee and back don't hurt and I notice my feet don't make much noise now. Before this you could hear me coming a mile away!

                  I have the classic film Au hasard Balthazar and I might even get to watch it. I mostly watch older films, so many classics I haven't seen. I saw a really good one earlier this week called Obselidia - and indie film a couple of years old, I think. Really, really thought provoking and led me to read the classic short story Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borge, and several analyses of this work. The story explores the theme that ideas can become manifest in the material world. Great stuff.

                  Well, I think it is time for tea -
                  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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                  • #99
                    LOL! Anybody can look at a map and see that Maine belongs in Canada... Behave well enough and we'll consider you honorary Canadians. ROFL!

                    Don't know the movies whereof you speak, I am afraid. Okay, I studied literature and even I don't read analyses of things very often. I'm impressed.
                    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 been thinking a lot about stripes lately. I'm about as far from a fashionista as you can get, but I can't help but notice that stripes are everywhere - horizontal stripes at that. I love them. After years and years of being told not to wear stripes because they will make you look fat or are unflattering or something, I am embracing stripes. So they make me look fat? So what? Like I can hide? Like I'm going to fool anyone that I'm a fashion model if I wear black all of the time? I'm going to wear what I bloody well want - stripes, maybe plaid. I have plaid shoes, I love them.

                      I'm starting to get inspired to go through my closet and get rid of loads of stuff.
                      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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                      • Plantar fascitis. A weird name for a weird affliction.

                        My experience with PF started in the summer of 2007 after an unusually challenging session of yoga with a substitute yoga instructor who pushed us like a drill sergeant. First it was only my right foot, and then showed up in the left. It was more painful that I could have ever imagined, and since I had a job requiring me to be on my feet all of the time, it was excruciating. I researched it, tried stretching, etc. but it kept getting worse. When I thought it couldn't get any worse, it would get even more horrible. Finally it was keeping me awake at night, and I went to a CW doctor. Thus followed an expensive odyssey of orthotics (useless), stretching (useless), exercises (useless). A doctor pushed me to let her operate, but I resisted. I got more inactive, fatter, and tried to figure out how to live with the pain.

                        Fast forward to Spring 2011. Many life changes but PF accompanied me on every one of them! I was driving home from work, looking forward to having a few days off, but realized that I was coming down with a cold - a very unusual event for me. I am rarely sick. I stopped at the store and bought some supplies - chicken soup, Advil.

                        To be continued...
                        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 wish I could take credit for that wonderful 'Feeling Sexy' thread, but it was the fabulous Pebbles who started it. I HAVE been enjoying it, however. And learning new things.

                          Does this tease mean your PF has been helped? Come on, post again! Tell!

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                          • LOL! Yes, stripes are a hot item this year. Haven't bought any yet because I tend to buy off the clearance rack, especially now that I don't expect to be wearing my clothes for the next ten years. Which means I'm not too up with the latest trends. Oh well.

                            But you certainly are starting to sound like a member of the Red Hat Society, or whatever it's called. That is the extremely nice thing about middle age, you quit caring about all those silly rules that have no logical function. I heard a while back that you're not supposed to wear white before Memorial Day. Give me a break. There are enough rules that actually matter in life, or that I am legally obliged to conform to, there is no way I am piling a bunch of extra rules on myself that are just designed to show who's "in" and who isn't. I'm out. I wear what I want. I don't mind wearing current styles if I happen to like them, but I'm not going to renew my wardrobe yearly just to keep up.

                            Ironically, I'm probably more stylish now than I've ever been, just because I've been obliged to get so much new stuff. But I am really looking forward to finding my permanent shape, so I can shop with the long term in mind. Do you know that even my hat and shoe sizes have gone down? That totally freaked me. Ticked me off a wee bit. I had one of those men's wool caps (what do they call them? Driving caps) that I was quite fond of and now it won't stay propped up at all. No more swelled head keeping it in place. Apart from the quirky look, I liked it because I could fold it in half and throw it in my purse when I wasn't wearing it, which I can't do with my felt cloche.
                            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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                            • Sorry for the abrupt tease above - I was at work and got called away suddenly, then went home and was so knackered I fell into bed (oh beautiful sheets!).

                              So...I am driving home with my cold supplies - soup, Advil, and I determined that I was going to just go with it - baby myself and not suffer more than I had to. The world will not end if I decided to stay in bed for a day or two or three. I did in fact come down with a full-blown cold with the attendant icky symptoms - cough, sniffles, aches, etc. I can't take any type of OTC cold medicine, so I just took Advil for the inflammation. I burrowed down in the sheets and hibernated, listened to music, read books. At this time the PF was pretty bad. I have one of those boots you wear to keep your foot flexed, and I wore that quite a bit as I found it was the one thing that sometimes helped. I switched it from foot to foot at regular intervals. Four days went by, and my cold disappeared, just as the 'experts' tell you it will, but rarely seems to happen in real life. In real life it lingers for three or four weeks and makes your life miserable. But here I was, almost totally cold-free and...PF free. After four days of rest, Vitamin I, and passive stretching, after years of pain and dysfunction, the PF was almost completely gone. No doctor had EVER recommended rest for the PF. If I had known - I will always wonder, to the end of my days, if I had merely taken a couple of days off work and rested the feet, would I have saved myself years of really significant pain and possibly changed the course of my life? During the PF period, I actually obtained and then quit my dream job because it required me to be on my feet even more than normal and I just couldn't take it - it was agonizing - at the end of my 12-hour shift my face would be gray and creased with pain lines. And I am not a drama queen, believe me, it was terrible. Now that my feet are pain-free, it is hard for me remember and imagine how bad it was.

                              But to get back to the cure - four days of rest, Advil, passive stretching. I still can't believe it. Now, the road wasn't completely smooth, as I continued to get occasional flare-ups, although never as bad as previously, and usually triggered by trying to run or do certain yoga asanas. But since going primal only a short time ago, I have run a couple of times and last night I walked around barefoot in the hallways for 15 minutes (socks only in non-patient areas of the hospital - I'm not crazy) and my feet feel great.

                              When I think back of all the things I was told by CW doctors, it was all just so counter-intuitive. Like - you need orthotics forever, it is like a cast for your foot. Me thinking - hmmm....casts are normally only worn until the body part has healed, not forever. At the worst point, the bottom of my feet were so swollen that it was visible to the naked eye and a decent x-ray couldn't be obtained. Yet the doctor never suggested I get off my feet. In fact I was told to stay on my feet, that they basically would get better or they wouldn't. This really annoys me. I am not and have never been a slacker, but when I think of all the money I spent, all the time wasted, all the suffering - yeah, CW medicine seriously let me down.

                              So that is my PF story. I have left lots of stuff out because it was a long, painful, complex journey and I can only hit the highlights 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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                              • Oh my. And they wonder why we self-diagnose... and try treatments we find on the Internet.

                                Don't get me wrong. Doctors have literally saved my life. What they are very good at, they are very good at. But chronic conditions are where modern Western medicine gets it supremely wrong.

                                Did you ever go back to any of those doctors and let them have it? Or at least inform them so they could help the next person better?
                                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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