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  • Really kicking myself because I missed a concert this afternoon! Need to keep a better calendar. But it was a nice day anyway.
    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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    • Started off my day with cats jumping on my head in an attempt to get me to get up and feed them. Imagine my consternation when I finally gave up trying to sleep, staggered into the kitchen and saw they hadn't finished the food I gave them last night. Just not fair. I'm going to play turnabout and bother them while they try to sleep in the sun this morning. There they are right now, sprawled across my unmade bed, basking luxuriously, dozing peacefully...we'll see...

      Had two hot dogs. Also grated up a carrot, an apple, added a small amount of raisins and walnuts, some cinnamon, cardamom, ginger. Very good. Kinda carb-y for the morning, but lots of nutrition in that little concoction.

      I've eaten down my food pretty well. I'm leaving for my retreat tomorrow so that is good. Also the bigger of the two little refrigerators needs to be cleaned out. It seems to get yucky in a day or two. Not sure why. One problem is the tiny freezer that is NOT frost-free and in fact frosts up in a couple of days. I really need to just get a small freezer. That will be my project for the next month.
      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
        Started off my day with cats jumping on my head in an attempt to get me to get up and feed them. Imagine my consternation when I finally gave up trying to sleep, staggered into the kitchen and saw they hadn't finished the food I gave them last night. Just not fair. I'm going to play turnabout and bother them while they try to sleep in the sun this morning. There they are right now, sprawled across my unmade bed, basking luxuriously, dozing peacefully...we'll see...
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        We didn't want food mom - we wanted the whole bed to sprawl across and you were hogging it!
        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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        • My littlest cat has developed this habit of howling and mewling for only FRESH biscuits. We've tried to get her to accept more primal food but she isn't interested in anything except tuna and butter... or fresh cat biscuits. She will also try to eat you (starting with your hairline) if they are not deposited promptly and HEAVEN FORBID that you forget to put some out before bedtime.

          The other formerly tubby cat (still morphing) has taken to drawing back the covers with his claws when hungry which has led to him catching my lip from time to time... as if the 16lbs of butterball fuzz sitting on my chest wasn't enough to disturb me!

          Sio, I think you're the best to ask for this, but I'm getting a veg box weekly and its really causing me to become creative with my cooking. This week we got pears and sugar pumpkin. Sugar pumpkin I'm planning on roasting with some cumin and salt (as I'm trying to avoid using it as a dessert) but the pears... I've never really been a huge fan of pears as a kid, and as an adult I'm hoping to rectify this. But every pear dessert I come across starts thus: 1 cup sugar, add flour, etc etc. Do you have any pear recipes you can recommend? The last time I tried pears was in a salad with goats cheese and fig dressing, and it was awful, even though it sounded amazing.

          At any rate, have a fantastic time on your retreat!!

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          • Well, back in my entertaining days, I often served pears with cheese - brie and some type of blue cheese, like gorgonzola - and walnuts or pecans. Some raspberries and little squares of dark chocolate, or those super dark chocolate chips you can buy these days would be good too. Obviously there is no cooking involved here, just a nice presentation. I love pears, so I usually just eat them as they come.

            They make good fritters, too. Slice them thin, dip them in egg and coconut flour and spices (like for pumpkin pie) and fry them up in butter or coconut oil. Don't cook them too long - they don't need much cooking.

            I would make the pumpkin into soup - roast it, scrape it out, cook it in a saucepan with chicken broth and onions. Then add in some diced pears and cook for awhile. Add in those pumpkin pie spices or any spices you like. When it is good and mushy, 20 minutes or so, put it in a blender or use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth.

            Might have to go buy me some sugar pumpkins and pears...
            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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            • Amazing! Thanks so much! I'm going to try all three Stupid question time -- can you eat the skins? I've been peeling them but it seems like such a waste...

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              • Yes, you can eat the skins even if they don't look nice. I usually eat them, seems a waste otherwise. The pears I get locally are not organic, but the trees are sprayed before the fruit forms, so I feel it isn't too bad.

                Also, do not use sweet onions for soup - use ordinary white or yellow onions. The sweet onions will lose all their taste by the time the soup is ready.
                Last edited by Siobhan; 10-22-2012, 08:54 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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                • Well, I just got a wonderful surprise. I decided to clean out a closet that was piled high with stuff. Yes, I moved here in June and already my closets are hopeless. Anyway, in the bottom of a drawer I found a brand new swimming suit in a nice bright blue pattern that fits me perfectly. It is just what I have been wanting. I don't remember buying it! And it is 100% polyester, the kind that lasts just about forever. Woo-hoo! Going swimming this afternoon!
                  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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                  • Went swimming and it was the most successful night swim to date. I made sure to be there for the 5:30-6PM slot which is supposed to be adult lap swim - and it was. There were a few kids in the therapy pool, but they were well behaved and supervised. I had a great swim, lots of fun. I don't think anyone has as much fun as I do in that pool. Wore my new suit and it was great. Hung out in the sauna for awhile, got reeeeaaallllly hot. Oh yeah.

                    I was happy the refrigerator is pretty bare, but then thought it might be good idea to have something ready to go when I get home on Thursday. I bought a rotisserie chicken (natural organic, lucky me, it was on sale) and ate a stupid amount of it. I was really hungry! Also had some mushrooms cooked with onions. I had (blush) only one serving of chicken left. Just one lonely breast. I consumed the rest. That chicken did not die in vain, and it's sacrifice is appreciated by me and my tummy.

                    So when I come home from the retreat, there is a container of mushrooms and chicken waiting for me. Unless I eat it tomorrow, which is a possibility. Might have to come up with Plan B or even Plan C.
                    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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                    • Okay, just noticed some more weird stuff. I'm way more flexible than I was. I mentioned the other day that I was able to put my palms on the floor with my knees straight. So tonight I was lying on the couch and tried a few yoga poses. Shockingly I was able to do them easily. I haven't done yoga or even really stretched for months now. I tried a few standing poses - same result. Whew! When you get rid of inflammation in your joints, the effects are amazing. Maybe I will start doing yoga again!
                      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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                      • Did some sprinting today - REAL sprinting. Enough foolin' around. I went all out, pushed myself as hard as I could. I must have succeeded because I felt like throwing up AND my legs totally gave out on me at one point. It was fun! Then I went to the pool and just played around in the water for awhile. Did a few laps, ran in the shallow end a bit. I thought that would help flush out the lactic acid.

                        Scored two pairs of pants at the thrift shop. They aren't that nice, but they'll do. These days I'm keeping my eyes open for regular pants that can be worn for exercising outdoors. I don't want a wardrobe of special exercise clothes. I don't do that kind of exercise anymore.

                        I'm off to the retreat!
                        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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                        • Have fun!
                          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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                          • A'ght, I'm back. Whew. Glad that's over. No, really. It was good, it was useful, it was fun. But that was enough togetherness for a whole year. I'm so glad to be back in my solitary cave with the carnivores, who conveniently don't talk. (They probably think the same thing about me.) And my car is all fixed and is running like new, hallelujah!

                            Stayed primal the whole time except for some gluten-free cookies. They were my only sin. That and too much chocolate. I will also admit to eating too much, and engaging in some stress eating. Meals tended to drag on and on, with a lot of sitting around the table talking...me getting bored and getting more food....finding gluten-free cookies...you get the idea. Much better to just eat and get up and go back to the fireplace. There was a lot of walking in an exceptionally beautiful place, and very good sleep was had. And so glad to be home! The carnivores were overjoyed to see me and raced around in a most uncatlike way. That probably had something to do with my oppossable thumbs and ability with removing lids from cans. I would like to think it is also their great fondness for me, but that is probably a fantasy. Doesn't matter. I'm home and we are all happy.
                            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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                            • Welcome back. I love my family, but sometimes I like that I'm alone when I travel, so understand exactly what you mean!
                              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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                              • Brought something new home from the grocery store. Not sure how I feel about it. Tapioca bread. Contains rice flour, tapioca startch, high oleic sunflower oil, pear juice, bamboo fiber. It is shelf-stable - will last for a year unopened. Each slice has 80 cals, 3g fat, 11g carbs, 1g protein.

                                This comes on the heels of eating too many carbs for the last three days. If I ever needed proof that I'm a carb-a-holic, I have it now. I ate those gluten-free cookies, which are carb hell. And chocolate that has a lot of sugar, unlike my normal 85%, one small square treat. I am slightly headachey, bloated, gassy, and definitely in a brain fog. I think I should go on a meat and leafy green diet for a couple of days. I hate this foggy feeling!
                                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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