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  • My husband of 23 years and I are having our first primal wedding anniversary meal tonight! He has kind of joined me on this journey (with no interest in the science as yet except the few snippets I've told him) ... he's feeling better though! Less bloating, belly going down (otherwise he's v v slim) and more energy and feeling alert.

    Starter: (rather retro?) prawn cocktail with home made mayo
    Main: steak, local spinach and asparagus and some tiny new Jersey potatoes (from the Channel Islands - they are special)
    Dessert: Panna Cotta with raspberries (only a fragment of sugar), maybe some 90% chocolate too
    and not primal at all ... a bottle of pink fizz

    None of these courses are very big .. apart from the big steak with probably a Madeira cream sauce .. mmmm!!

    We had a primal 'fry up' for breakfast and a bowl of home made veg soup for lunch so all good otherwise!


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    • Sounds like fun, I will think of you! My houseguests are gone but they were very, very interested in the primal lifestyle and raved and raved about my skin - they saw me with the horrid rash. One of them has suffered from eczema for years and is willing to give it a try. I will be interested to see if she does. She actually made me stand in the sunlight and rubbed at my skin to make sure I wasn't wearing makeup.

      Last night I gave them lamb, mushrooms with onions and red peppers, sweet potatoes. All cooked in coconut oil and butter. Strawberries with heavy cream for dessert. They loved it and I probably could have served them the meal and not mentioned primal and they wouldn't have noticed. Oh, and we shared a bottle of red wine. A good time was had by all.

      Breakfast was bacon and scrambled eggs. Visited a local coffee shop for the local color and a cappuccino (for them, not for me). Went for a wonderful hike in a special area I know followed by a drive along our stunningly beautiful Maine coast, and then lunch of steak and salad. Shared a bottle of mead, made with honey doncha know. They have just left as they have to work tomorrow. I miss them.
      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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      • Nice weekend Siobhan - we too!


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        • Robust eating today! Looking over my food journal, I realized that, due to eating leafy greens and mushrooms as my only carb source, I was sorely deficient in that area, so I had a smoothie of banana - strawberry - greek yogurt - 2 tsps honey. Wowza, that was good!

          Went out to commune with the goats and sheep. Nasty neighbor's dog came and barked and barked and scared them away, making me very sad. I love dogs, but I do not love large uncontrolled dogs, or the people responsible for them. Luckily they came back in half an hour or so, and we had a good long commune. I get the feeling they find me very foolish but put up with me anyway because one has to overlook these shortcomings in their herdmates. Probably also because I come bearing carrots.
          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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          • Sunday morning - such beautiful words - Sunday morning. I'm going to skip adult ed at church this morning as it hasn't been too edifying lately and lounge around until it is time for morning service at 10. I like to get a little bit dressed up for church as it is the only time all week that I have the opportunity to do so, and is also the only time that someone might actually be looking at me. I don't feel like eating at all. If I don't eat before church, it will be noon before I do so, and that is maybe too long. But I had a very high fat day yesterday, 70% of my calories, so it is no wonder I'm not hungry. Does lack of hunger mean I'm doing it right? Does it mean anything?

            The coconut oil is doing fab things for my skin. Absolutely the best facial creme I have ever used, and my hands have no cracks or sore places at all. I work in a hospital and wash my hands at least a thousand times every shift as well as use hand sanitizer at least two thousand times.

            This sounds really weird, I know, but my singing voice seems to have improved. I have a higher range and at least to my own ears, sound slightly richer, less tinny. I used to have a decent voice, not a great one, but two severe bouts of laryngitis and my lack of proper care of my voice afterwards left me with a cracky, tinny singing voice. Not a big loss, grant you, but I am wondering if the fat is oiling up the old vocal cords?
            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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            • Friends, good food, and nature. What could be better?

              Lack of hunger DOES mean you are doing it right. I find it interesting to look back at the beginning of my (paper) food log (which goes back further than my on-line endeavour). I was regularly eating four times a day, or more. Now, twice a day is more common, with the occasional three- or one-spot. I am just not as hungry as I used to be, because my body is learning: one, what normal blood sugar will do for me, and two, that it has got all the energy it needs, right there, to be drawn upon at will, and since it is not battling insulin, it is easy to get to.

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              • Sabine, that is good to know! I looked back over my food journal (paper) and was surprised to see how much I used to snack. I haven't snacked at all the past week, unless you count tea with a splash of milk as a snack. When I do get hungry, it is a relatively slow process, i.e. I start thinking that I might want to eat in an hour or two, which gives me time to prepare real food instead of the constant grazing I used to do (and which CW told me was okay). Today is only my three week primal anniversary! What a great time it has been, thanks in large part to the great people here who patiently answer my questions and are always there in one form or another 24/7. I love you ladies!
                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 to the fishermen's memorial service today, where the names of all those lost at sea from this area are read aloud with the tolling of the bell. Very poignant this year as a fisherman was just lost this week. Then comes the blessing of the fleet, where boats sail by the end of the dock and local clergy throws holy water and blessings on them. Unintentionally quite funny when the Catholic priest had a pithy comment about many of the boats, and some of them had obviously inebriated captains or were REALLY overloaded - uhh, folks, the Coast Guard is there! The Coast Guard chaplain kept turning around, saying, "I can't see anything. Sun's in my eyes."

                  Came home and had 2 hot dogs, a big salad with avocado and onion dressed with walnut oil and balsamic vinegar. The walnut oil was a gift from my house guests, very lovely stuff. I've been tracking my food on paleotrack, and it helps with the ratios.

                  I am really tired (didn't sleep too well last night) and I think I will get a few zzzzz's. Hopefully I will wake up with some energy because I need to do some serious chores around my home and pay some bills too!
                  Last edited by Siobhan; 04-29-2012, 12:44 PM.
                  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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                  • Siobhan, I just read your entire journal! Lovely to hear your journey so far... I too used to work nights (7 x12 hr shifts and then 7 off! Nasty!) I also have very fair skin and am hoping to see an improvement in my tolerance of the sun (auto-immune skin condition too) and the thing that has been bugging me a lot lately is a very painful heel. Someone referred me to your story of the PF that has cleared up. I don't believe I have PF (have had previously) but the inside of my heel is killing me! It has been painful for about 6 months now and I have been doing ice packs and stretches to no avail! I am going to try - sometime- getting off my feet for a few days. Kind of hard to do at the moment as I am right in the middle of trying to finish getting a garden ready for planting and sorting my backyard out. But the next rainy day I think I am going to sit and knit and lie and read for as long as I can
                    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                    Primal low: 186 lbs
                    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                    Goal weight: 140 lbs

                    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                    • Siobhan, sounds like you have had a lovely weekend.

                      Cappuccinos are one of my sensible indulgences, but definitely not on a daily basis. Our espresso machine is an old and well-loved friend. Getting elderly even.

                      You're using the coconut oil on your face too? It's not making it greasy? Hmm. I've decided to use up my excess Vaseline as a night hand cream. I'm going to be careful with coconut. I tried it on my hands and they got a bit tingly. Plus I've had some minor allergic reactions lately and wondering if coconut is the culprit. Consuming large amounts of inhabitual foods has sometimes caused me problems in the past and created new intolerances and I don't want to chase coconut out of my diet by overdoing it. So I'm limiting my exposure for now.
                      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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                      • Came over to check out your journal, you are a lovely writer!

                        Sounds like you are getting into the Bed, Breakfast, Dinner business! How lovely to have a friend in beautiful Maine that will cook delicious Primal food!

                        I use lots of coconut oil too, inside and outside, all kinds of places. I mixed some up with my expensive Cellex-C cream and it makes it last much longer. Except then I read somewhere that putting coconut oil on your skin at night can interfere with your sleep, so I only use it in the morning now. Seems to be true for me.

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                        • Yes, be careful with that! But no, the coconut isn't making me greasy. It is greasy when it goes on, but in the morning it is all absorbed and my skin looks like a baby's. No breakouts, no clogged pores. Love it!

                          Well, this is the moment of truth. I fell off the wagon. Last night I was trying to go to sleep - it was after midnight - and I was hungry. Maybe didn't eat enough, maybe it was all in my head - anyway, I was hungry. Here is what I ate:

                          3 spelt crackers
                          1 tbsp butter
                          2 hot dogs
                          1 large strawberry
                          10 pistachios

                          Is it okay to say the crackers with the butter were delicious? 22g of carb, and of course a grain. After eating that stuff, I felt satisfied, went back to bed and slept like a log. Woke up not hungry at all. Not planning on making of habit of this.

                          Planning a purge of refrigerator today - not just non-primal foods, but I need to get rid of some old primal foods. I over-bought, being a bit worried about running out of primal goodies. I hate to throw away food, but this one time I will chalk it up to experience.

                          Going to make some beef stew today - very simple, carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, grass-fed beef. And I feel like turkey. Would you believe I have a large frozen turkey from Christmas that someone gave me? That needs to get cooked.

                          Still spending too much time on the computer - need to cut back and get some movement into my life -
                          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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                          • Last week I experimented with walking barefoot - the first night I walked around the deserted hallways for 10 minutes. The next night I felt so good I walked around for 30 minutes. Need I say it was a bit much, and my left achilles tendon got a bit sore. I've been stretching it carefully, wearing my boot for about 30 minutes every so often, and today it seems completely better. Whew. Takes a while to get used to barefoot. I have been wearing Dansko clogs for ages. Is it okay to say that I like that they make me taller? At work I need to protect my feet (and every other body part). Last week my right foot got run over by a stretcher - my shoe was badly munched, but my foot was okay. There are lots of shoes in the world, but only one Siobhan's right foot.

                            Well, I had better get to the housework -
                            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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                            • The occasional cheat is not the end of the world. I have found it helps me immensely to give myself permission in advance to cheat. Because I've done that, it's so much easier to say to myself "But it can wait a while longer." And then have a controlled cheat instead of a major binge. And then not have to deal with guilt and so get right back to eating better. For me at least, those permissions have been a major part of my finally succeeding with weight loss. My scale and my clothes let me know when the occasional cheat is becoming too frequent.
                              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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                              • Hi dancermom, thanks for reading my jottings! I will have to check into the coconut oil disturbing sleep, can't have that! Sleep is of paramount importance for me, and I feel that getting proper rest is the bedrock of good health.

                                I'm not too worried about being hungry and eating last night - I'm more interested in why I felt that way, because that hadn't happened to me yet. I did have a busy, active, fun, and yes, stressful weekend. Although it was great having guests, it is stressful in some ways. I'm not used to having people around - I like being alone, although I can be very social at times. I was surprised how sad I was when they left. Also some stuff happened with my ex-husband that was very sad - stuff I haven't revealed here in my journal.

                                It has been 12 hours since I last ate, and I'm not hungry...hmmm...maybe I've got myself on a weird schedule...
                                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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