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  • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
    Haven't put this in my journal, but I started using homemade toothpaste over a month ago and am having good results. I had tried it before, brushing with soap, but my teeth started to ache. This time around, after my last dental cleaning, I mixed up some calcium powder (just bought a supplement and crushed it), coconut oil, baking soda, and a little stevia. I pour a little peroxide over my toothbrush before and after brushing. The stevia dramatically improves the flavor. My teeth are very clean, much cleaner than they would normally be. I have been looking at them and the last few days have noticed white streaks in them. Is this remineralization? It is only noticeable up close. I like the homemade stuff, my teeth feel better and it is unbelievably cheap. I still floss. You'll have to pry my dental floss out of my cold, dead hands. (Along with my mascara and lipstick)
    Interesting. How much do you mix up at once?

    Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
    I highly recommend it. Read through the recipe before you try it. They are not kidding about the gelatinous, sticky dough. Very weird. But it tastes great and cooks up fine. Also surprisingly easy to clean up. I think next time I will make some little rounds that could be used to make sandwiches or little pizzas. Another nice thing is that tapioca flour is relatively inexpensive compared to say, almond or coconut flour. And this is a good use for the that high-oleic sunflower oil Mark approves of. Another thing is that the little puffs are shockingly good at soaking up stuff, like the homemade broth I used in my soup. (Homemade at the co-op, not by me) They remind me of Yorkshire pudding, which I dearly love but obviously can't have. I would make these to go with a lovely roast.
    We must have a different recipe. Mine has olive oil in it. I made some today too, to give to DD with her frittata. I managed to consume only two. The rest I threw in the freezer.

    Made with less milk (or whatever liquid your recipe called for), and spread on a pan, it makes a decent pizza crust too. Needs a bit of precooking before adding toppings.

    Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
    And so far today I have had turkey soup and an apple with a couple of tbsps of almond butter. This is really good BTW. Hadn't tried it before. I'm getting to like almond butter more and more as peanut butter becomes a distant memory. Some apples and a jar of almond butter would be good road food for next week.
    I sometimes have just a banana with some almond butter spread on every bite for breakfast or a very light meal. It doesn't get much easier than that. I made my own almond butter today, because I had almonds I needed to use up. Just roasted almonds, nothing else. I won't do it often though, because to my incredulous shock, almond butter is cheaper than roasted almonds which are cheaper than blanched almonds at Bulk Barn. Makes no sense at all. The more effort has gone into it, the cheaper they sell it...

    Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
    Got my LL Bean men's jeans. They fit perfectly. No extra in the seat, no extra around the thighs and hips. 100% cotton. I don't absolutely love them because the waist is higher than I would like and the legs are slightly tapered at the bottom. But they will do. They are good for wearing around, doing errands, etc. Not fashion by any means. I like them and the price was right. I had two gift coupons so they were almost free. And now I know my size - men's classic fit 30 x 32.
    Hey, it might even do for fashion... Except possibly for the high-rise.
    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 didn't give my pepper eggs recipe very well. The peppers need to be very soft, so cook them over low heat for awhile. Cut them into small pieces as they cook. Keep the heat low and stir a lot after you add the eggs so they form small curds. This is comfort food - the final result should be a creamy, soft concoction. I had it again for breakfast and it was even better this morning.

      So many questions, Judg! Let's see - I mix up 2-3 tbsps. Lasts for a month or so. Use very little. I use it twice a day, the other times I brush I just use plain peroxide. It is abrasive stuff, you don't want to overdo it.

      The recipe I have for cheese bread calls for vegetable oil, it doesn't specify. I think tasteless oil is good for this particular use; however it would be good to experiment. I can tell it will make excellent pizza crust - chewy, crunchy, sturdy enough to pick up. I will make some for a special occasion sometime. Maybe on Thanksgiving.

      I wore my new jeans all day and got a compliment. I stopped by my friend's shop and she said, "Don't take this the wrong way, but your @ss looks amazing." Which led to my admitting to buying men's jeans, and an analysis of why this might make one's @ss look good. We decided it is because the pockets are set low and are plain. She's going to get a pair, too. It's been a long time since I had jeans that really fit. I'm really enjoying wearing clothes that fit but don't bind or constrict. I think when I am too fat it is just impossible to get clothes that actually fit - I have to go for the Omar the Tentmaker style. Now that I am reasonably trim, Omar will have to look elsewhere for business.
      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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      • So when I was in high school and college, there wasn't such a thing as "women's" jeans yet, there were just jeans. Women wore them all the time and I, for one, thought their...assets looked nice in them, even at the expense of being a bit loose in the waist. So I am not at all surprised.

        Of course all we have is your word for this... ;-)
        Height: 5' 10"
        Starting Weight: 292
        Starting Primal Weight: 275
        Current weight: 224
        Goal weight: 172
        Body Fat 30.5

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        • I can see the thread now.....What's up, no jeans in my size?

          Every women that reads you post is thinking, "gee, I need to go find me some men's jeans so my backside looks as good as Siobhan's!"

          My gripe, being a little taller and fuller, is why don't they make women's jeans like men's and give us the option of waist and inseam length? Petites and medium length are too short, talls a bit long, unless worn with heeled boots. And I'm sure you are right about the plain pocket placement. I think it's a master plan to keep us buying more and looking for the ever elusive pair of jeans that gives us that "amazing @ss" like Siobhan!

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          • Absolutely - I for one have wasted many $$$$$$ looking for those perfect jeans. I have despaired of ever fitting into any and wondering why I am so different from (apparently) every other woman. If the hips fit, the waist doesn't. They are always too long or too short. Yes, I am lovin' me my new jeans! Alas, my @ss only looks good IN the jeans. Must keep swimming...

            I went to the pool but it was really crowded. I decided to go walk on a nearby trail despite wearing Dansko clogs and a cashmere sweater. My attire meant a casual stroll rather than a vigorous walk. So check off half an hour of moving slowly. Then I went back to the pool, which was still crowded but I jumped in anyway. Swam and splashed around for awhile. It was nice. Now I am going to turn off the computer and do some chores around here, yes I am!
            Last edited by Siobhan; 10-18-2012, 10:41 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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            • I've been thinking about the olden days, which in terms of jeans ended in the '70's. Remember when they were not only unisex but were not prewashed? They were stiff as boards. Also in those days parents didn't just buy you whatever you wanted. In my group of friends, our parents did not understand why we needed a pair of 'dungarees' and so we used our own funds, mostly from babysitting, to go on an outing and purchase honest-to-gosh Levi Strauss red labels. We liked them so tight we had to lay down to zip them up, which made trying them on in a dressing room an interesting process. Then they had to be washed and bleached several times before they were properly seasoned. This led to some interesting discussions with our mothers, as back then we generally were not allowed carte blanche with the washing machine either. I remember sitting with my friends after a couple of weeks, comparing the faded blues we had so painstakingly attained. Life was so simple then.
              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 remember my sisters putting them on while still damp and letting them dry (and shrink) so that they were more form-fitting!
                Height: 5' 10"
                Starting Weight: 292
                Starting Primal Weight: 275
                Current weight: 224
                Goal weight: 172
                Body Fat 30.5

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                • I remember that lying on the floor thing while using a pair of pliers to get the zipper up. Hmmm. Not quite sure I'd call it the good old days .

                  Maybe I should sneak a try on of my 16 year old son's jeans (30 x 32 or maybe 34). Though they're the sort with big pockets that he wears low down on the hips, so maybe not such a good idea. I'd have to do that when nobody else is home .
                  My musings

                  The old stuff

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                  • Yeah, those were NOT the good old days. We did crazy stuff. Not even good crazy stuff!

                    Confession is good for the soul. I have sinned. Today I have eaten almost 2200 calories, 160g carbs! Yikes. All primal, though. I was just hungry and things got out of hand. That really hasn't happened to me very much since going primal, so I'm not sure why. Stress? Yeah, got that, but no worse than usual. Also feeling strangely melancholy. At choir practice tonight, the director called on me to do a solo and I just shook my head and almost started to cry! This is not like me! What the heck? I have new jeans and my @ss looks good, why am I sad?!?
                    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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                    • Hugs. Hope you are feeling more chipper this morning. Just goes to show: a great bottom does not guarantee happiness. And yet, so many of us, too often, think that losing weight will solve all our problems. When we SHOULD know, it is having money. Or wait, no, the perfect spouse. A satisfying job. A soul mate. Cute puppy. Darn it, just give me the number three combo. Super-size.

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                      • So right...and also the answer becomes obvious the next day, when one wakes up and discovers that one's "friend" was come to visit. Damn. The problem with being old and still having a 'friend' is that you never know when she will visit. She just shows up whenever. You don't hear from her for months, and then there she is, when you have plans that don't involve her. Most inconvenient!
                        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 at least you know what it was and that it will soon be better. For years I've struggled with Seasonal depression. I've used the lamps and I try to get outside as much as I can. But last year and (knock on wood) this year so far has been really better.

                          Hope you're feeling better soon!
                          Height: 5' 10"
                          Starting Weight: 292
                          Starting Primal Weight: 275
                          Current weight: 224
                          Goal weight: 172
                          Body Fat 30.5

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                          • Yes, it is true, I was quite relieved to discover the source of my ennui, annoying as it is. To tell the truth I was quite disturbed by my sudden mood swing. It's frightening to have these things come at you out of the blue. I'm feeling better and have even tackled some paperwork that has lain on my desk for far too long. Also went on YouTube and listened to the pieces that I couldn't grasp at practice last night. Thank you to all those choirs out there, amateur and professional, who record and upload these arrangements that help untrained people like myself to learn to sing with others. I'll be fine by Sunday.

                            Tonight I am off to Portland with a couple of friends to hear a famous theologian talk about whatever he wants to talk about. Very much looking forward to this.

                            Cooked up a batch of spaghetti squash with eggs - kind of a quiche thing. Squash, eggs, parmesan cheese, seasonings. sriracha. I'm always surprised when I put a recipe like this in Paleotrack - SS has very few calories and very few carbs comparatively. Sriracha improves vastly improves the taste and isn't really hot - just a hint of peppery goodness. At least to me.

                            Feeling much better about myself today.
                            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 saw sriracha at Stop and Shop and nearly picked some up. They also sell the same brand of Tikka Masala at the same price as WF. I was presently suprised.

                              Gives me a good idea about what to do with the spaghetti squash I got from the CSA...!
                              Height: 5' 10"
                              Starting Weight: 292
                              Starting Primal Weight: 275
                              Current weight: 224
                              Goal weight: 172
                              Body Fat 30.5

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                              • NEARLY picked some up. NEARLY. What on earth are you waiting for? Sheesh...

                                Siobhan, glad you're feeling better. I was fortunate in that I was never very subject to mood swings from hormones. And my "friend", after throwing a rather memorable hissy fit, more or less walked out of my life without the "hello, did you miss me" thing going on too much. I don't miss her at all. I mean, I was 54, for crying out loud...

                                In my crowd, jeans had to be distressed naturally, or you were considered a faker. I never did the super-tight thing, probably because I was too plump for it.

                                I also don't intend to spend a lot of money looking for perfect jeans, but the next time I need a pair, I might check out the men's. They would probably work well for me, seeing as I'm so straight-waisted. Hubby's old jeans (great quality there) are, alas, way too big. Should have thought of it twenty or thirty pounds ago, but I didn't. I have requisitioned the belt he wore with them though. You know, when they used to make belts out of a solid chunk of real leather... I am going to look for something like that for him for Christmas. His last new belt was one of those pureed leather in glue abominations.
                                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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