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  • Am trying to stop thinking so much. That is my problem, too much thinking. I've had a couple of difficult weeks at work, no big deal. I overthink things.

    Baked some potatoes and couldn't help eating one with a little chicken broth. It was really, really, really good. I haven't had a white potato in ages. I'm really liking this idea. If it helps me get off this plateau, that is even 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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    • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
      Here I am at work. Feeling very horrible, undervalued, put-upon, badly treated. Trying not to feel this way but can't help it. Wondering what else I could do to earn a living. I just can't get all the pieces together - I have a great place to live, but the job stinks.

      I suppose its good that IF is easy when I am feeling low like this. Not the remotest urge to eat.
      Yup, a lot of people going through that kind of thing. Very, very intense for my husband right now. Everybody else is totally demoralized there too. Such a shame.

      Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
      Okay, I have just had a bit of a primal binge. Two Niman Ranch pork sausages (these are quite large), I love these, with guacamole, followed by some blueberries and raspberries. I have one sausage left, some raspberries and an apple that I will eat before going home tomorrow morning. Then it will be all potatoes all the time. Wish I had some malt vinegar. I have lots of vinegar but I don't think any malt. Does that have gluten? Must check. I have some organic tomato sauce that contains no sugar, I think I can doctor that up into ketchup with a little stevia and fish sauce or something. Should be fun!
      Okay, what have I missed? Since when is an all-potato diet supposed to do anything good? Sounds to me like a great way to send your blood sugar soaring.
      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 was wondering about the potato diet too. Sounds like fun taste-wise, but wasn't sure about the rest. I'm sure it'll work, though. Your body will probably just push it through. In my case, I'd probably get a migraine or arthritis or one of those other nasty effects of potatoes!

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        • All is explained here:
          http://http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread67137.html

          It's in the nutrition threads, called EAT MOAR TATERS! Huh?
          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 thought it looked really interesting and I am up for a change right now. Funny how potatoes taste very sweet to me now. Pre-primal I would never have described the lowly tater as sweet.

            David is doing it, I learned about it on his thread. All kudos to him.

            Slept and slept and slept and...you get the idea. Did some reading. Nothing else to report. Getting ready for my first tater. Or shall I say three or four small ones.

            This work thing will chew me up and spit me out if I let it - have to deal with it constructively. I am really lucky I have some time off coming up which includes a retreat. Wouldn't mind facing this problem a few pounds lighter!
            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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            • Just ate four very small baked potatoes with a bit of chicken broth sprinkled on them. I will be interested to see how I feel in an hour.

              Also a cup of very good aged Earl Grey tea, black of course.

              This morning I weighed 139.5.
              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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              • Realized that activity is as good a way as any to get out of a funk. This came at the same time I realized I can't remember the last time I cleaned the bathroom. So I got to it. Maybe I burned up some of those carbs? Also realized I have a stupid amount of laundry to do. Bathmats, towels, scrubs. Piles everywhere now waiting their turn. Another realization - it has been quite chilly for several days although we have not yet had a frost. The plants are now inside. I hope they like their new home, 8 feet from their summer home.

                Must go into town. Post office, library, thrift shop.
                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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                • Yes, activity is a good way to jar us loose from morose thinking, for sure.

                  After I asked you about the potato thing, I saw DCarr's journal and started to catch on. It will be interesting to see your thoughts on it.

                  Is it as cold in your neck of the woods as it is here? We have a frost warning tonight. The wind is vicious, so it feels much colder than it is. I became a wuss this summer, it would appear.
                  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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                  • Yes, frost warning tonight, and it is has crossed over from chilly to cold. Good thing I brought the plants in. I also turned on the heat for the first time in this home. Waited about 5 minutes and touched the floor. Warm! Magic! Only turned the heat on in one room - the one with the high ceiling. The other room has a woodstove, which I just fired up. I will be cozy.

                    Observations on potato experiment:

                    Got really hungry while I was knocking around town. I had only eaten about 400 calories of potatoes all day and it was 4 PM. Came home and tried to make fried potatoes without fat. Failed. Partially burned, partially raw. Will have to work on technique. Ate it anyway. Have put four potatoes in the oven to bake. They are all small - these are local potatoes, not the huge russets you see in the grocery store.

                    I feel fine. I am somewhat disturbed to realize the only thing I miss is wine. I would dearly love a glass of wine this evening. Am consoling myself with Earl Grey. Tea...the most genial beverage.

                    Is fat melting off? I hope at least a little bit is! At this point, about 10 lbs from goal, I don't want to lose any more off my butt, hips, and thighs. As an over-50 woman, those are not problem areas. I don't want the typical old-lady-figure of skinny legs, flat butt and thick middle. I need to lose this padding on my waist!

                    Went to the thrift shop and struck out with everything I was looking for.

                    1. Bathmat. No.

                    2. Soup spoons. Long shot. No.

                    3. Size 8 or size 6 jeans or trousers or something for the lower half. None that weren't really dorky and way, way too short.

                    Is it possible to find 100% cotton jeans any more? Does everything has lycra or spandex or whatever that stuff is? Maybe if I buy men's jeans?
                    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 like the stretch jeans, myself. They fit me better than almost everything else. But if you're fairly straight-waisted, the men's jeans might work. I might check them out myself, as I definitely don't have an hourglass figure. Women's pants tend to be tight in the waist and baggy in the thighs for me, unless they have some stretch.
                      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'm checking out the men's stuff. I want a pair of nice straight 100% cotton jeans. Don't want to spend a fortune either.

                        I'm going swimming - I don't really like to go in the evening, but if I don't I know I will regret it as soon as the pool is closed.

                        The carnivores are sleeping on the sofa nose to nose. Makes me happy and sad at the same time.
                        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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                        • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                          Came home and tried to make fried potatoes without fat. Failed. Partially burned, partially raw. Will have to work on technique. Ate it anyway.
                          Hi..

                          Without a cooking liquid (fat) to increase the surface area exposed to heat (which makes the cooking time shorter), you'll have to cook them at a low temp so they can go long enough without burning. So either lower the temp quite a bit, or maybe try microwaving to at least partially cook them first? Cutting the potato finer/smaller can help by reducing the required cooking time. And, maybe rinse the starch off and then dry them, as I think the starch may scorch/blacken easily. And water will prevent the formation of crust.

                          Good luck with the experiments!


                          Cheers,

                          Matt-

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                          • Thank you, I will try that!
                            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 pre-boiled mine then used a non-stick skillet and medium heat, some paprika, salt and pepper and it turned out pretty well.
                              Height: 5' 10"
                              Starting Weight: 292
                              Starting Primal Weight: 275
                              Current weight: 224
                              Goal weight: 172
                              Body Fat 30.5

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                              • Okay, I have one day on the potato feast under my belt. Am feeling a little nauseated. I have definitely verified that I am a protein and fat monster. This has definitely revived memories of how I felt on the SAD and how great I feel eating primal. I think I have the wrong potatoes for this also. They have a rather sickening sweet taste. Might be better off with those big fluffy russets! Who would think regular white potatoes would taste sweet? Wondering what the scale will show tomorrow. Is one day enough to see weight loss?

                                I smashed up my last potato of the day with chicken broth, paprika, and salt. Made it into patties and fried it. Not too bad.

                                Ate less than 1000 calories today but can't eat any more.

                                There was a movie a few years ago called 'The Illusionist' with Edward Norton and Jessica Biel. For some reason I really like that film. I've seen it maybe 6 or 7 times. Watching it 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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