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  • Thanks for the good wishes, ladies. Yes, it is gone. I forced myself to finish a novel today (cheap bestseller type, meh) just to prevent myself from trying to do too much. The "hangover", as you so nicely termed it, only started to lift a couple of hours ago, so I made myself a late supper. And then had two helpings. But it was so gooood...

    So, without further ado, here is the report:

    Health journal May 15, 2012

    Sleep: ? 8 hours? Post-migraine, so I'm all limp

    Weight: X

    Food
    Vitamins: check
    Breakfast: 2-egg omelet with 2 strips bacon, onion, red pepper, mushrooms, mozza. And thyme, don't forget the thyme.
    Lunch: 2 carrot "muffins"
    Supper: Smoked mussels with bacon, mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes and cream over spaghetti squash. And thyme, don't forget the thyme. Have I mentioned I like thyme? 2 pitted dates for dessert
    Snacks: almond and apple butter, by the spoon, 2 Brazil nuts

    Exercise: Slow walk. 1k+

    Activities: Precious little. Read the news and a novel to prevent myself from trying to do housework. But some cooking, obviously. Washed hand dishes, a reasonable amount this time. All this cooking makes for a lot more dishes.
    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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    • So sorry to hear about the migraine! I've only had a few of those in my life - 3 times while going through the divorce. I also don't experience a lot of pain, but I do lose my vision and have the totally drug out feeling afterwards. I'm so glad you're feeling better. Any clue what brings them on? Mine were strictly stress induced.

      So I have to ask, as it must be terminology for your part of the world - but, what exactly are "hand dishes". At my house pretty much everything goes in the dishwasher!
      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
      2. Eat to heal
      3. Move to live
      4. Embrace today
      5. Live with intention
      6. Respect my body
      7. Cultivate joy
      8. Find my passion
      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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      • Hand dishes are anything that I don't want to put in the dishwasher: cast iron frying pans, well, all the frying pans and pots, bowls that would take up too much room, anything with egg stuck on it, wooden spoons, the components of my coffee maker that are supposed to be handwashed, anything with a mesh that would just filter out the gunk in the dishwasher and come out dirtier rather than cleaner, narrow bottles...

        Normally my migraines are triggered by sleep deprivation plus excitement/stress. I've had two or three in the last few months, much more than usual, and no clue why. In my case, the hangover is usually worse than the actual headache, but I do get the classic visual disturbances (and very rarely the aphasia which was truly terrifying when I didn't know what was causing it) so I am semi-blind for a while too. Two Advil Liquigels and bed in a dark, quiet room is my standard treatment. And a day of rest afterward. All in all, I'm very fortunate, because they aren't frequent or particularly painful.
        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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        • What are carrot "muffins" and how do you smoke your mussels?
          Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

          GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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          • I so feel for you on the migraine thing. Mine seems to be food and stress related. Weirdly, it can be the cessation of stress.

            Smoked foods, nitrates (natural or unnatural) -- so bacon with celery powder is out, maybe nightshades, but basically processed. So, soaked and dehydrated nuts are okay migraine-wise, but non-soaked processed ones are not. Annatto is bad for me, but homemade stuff with no coloring seems fine. Not sure about aged cheese. Might be a trigger for me.

            Hoping you don't get any more migraines ever! They suck!

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            • Originally posted by Alessandra View Post
              What are carrot "muffins" and how do you smoke your mussels?
              Paleo carrot muffins here. The smoked mussels I just buy in a tin, already smoked. They are a recent addition to my diet, because they are rich in iron.

              Originally posted by lopisheep View Post
              I so feel for you on the migraine thing. Mine seems to be food and stress related. Weirdly, it can be the cessation of stress.

              Smoked foods, nitrates (natural or unnatural) -- so bacon with celery powder is out, maybe nightshades, but basically processed. So, soaked and dehydrated nuts are okay migraine-wise, but non-soaked processed ones are not. Annatto is bad for me, but homemade stuff with no coloring seems fine. Not sure about aged cheese. Might be a trigger for me.

              Hoping you don't get any more migraines ever! They suck!
              Likewise, Pam! Although it really sounds to me like you have a worse time of it than I do. I've never noticed any foods triggering my attacks, I would have a lot more of them if food were behind it!

              Today is better so far, but I am still moving cautiously.
              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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              • Okay, I had to laugh when I read that you 'forced' yourself to read a novel to avoid...housework!
                We are SO different in that regard. I sometimes trick myself into doing dishes by promising myself a reading reward after ten minutes of hard labor. And when I say 'sometimes', I mean, EVERYDAY! (That I do dishes, that is. Yes, sometimes I let them go for a whole day. Or two!)

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                • Well, I love reading, but it feels like a guilty pleasure. And this was a cheap read, like eating Macdonald's instead of gourmet. Trust me, I am not a fan of housework, so I almost always feel that I should be doing it. I have lived among Quebeckers and Italians, both of whom have insanely high standards of cleanliness (the Dutch are worse) and I've always felt rather inferior in that department. It's been made worse by the fact that my health hasn't cooperated, and you're always kind of wondering if you aren't using your health problems as a cop-out to escape what you should be doing. So yesterday, I gave myself the order to sit down and read and not think about anything else, and especially not what I "should" be doing. But next time, I will choose a better book... 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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                  • Oh, yeah. I'm with Sabine there. Books rule. I keep the first floor / ground floor reasonably clean and always neat. My two adult kids are in charge of the second floor, and my husband's got the basement. I let go worrying about the messes above and below the first floor / ground floor as books are just too good.

                    Anybody else love the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko? Read it the first time in English, now in German. I think Russian translates better into German! Languages are that way. BTW, don't bother reading H.P. in Russian. Translator did a lousy job. Likewise with The Hunger Games -- unless the English was also terribly written!

                    In a Russian grammar book yesterday, the first sentence of Kafka's Metamorphosis appeared to translate. That was fun:-)

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                    • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                      Okay, I had to laugh when I read that you 'forced' yourself to read a novel to avoid...housework!
                      We are SO different in that regard. I sometimes trick myself into doing dishes by promising myself a reading reward after ten minutes of hard labor. And when I say 'sometimes', I mean, EVERYDAY! (That I do dishes, that is. Yes, sometimes I let them go for a whole day. Or two!)
                      Agree with you there, Sabine. It doesn't take much to "force" me to avoid housework...



                      Originally posted by lopisheep View Post
                      I so feel for you on the migraine thing. Mine seems to be food and stress related. Weirdly, it can be the cessation of stress.

                      Smoked foods, nitrates (natural or unnatural) -- so bacon with celery powder is out, maybe nightshades, but basically processed. So, soaked and dehydrated nuts are okay migraine-wise, but non-soaked processed ones are not. Annatto is bad for me, but homemade stuff with no coloring seems fine. Not sure about aged cheese. Might be a trigger for me.

                      Hoping you don't get any more migraines ever! They suck!
                      My mother in law had the same triggers. She was later diagnosed with fibromylagia. I don't know anything about her headaches now - as in whether she has them or not. I know she had to cut out all forms of alcohol and tomatoes.
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • My favourite go-to book for languages is the Bible. I know the text well, so I don't have to be constantly looking things up just to figure out the meaning. I'd love to start on Spanish, but I haven't mastered Italian yet, and I'm afraid I'll confuse the two if I try to do them both at once. And I haven't been applying myself too much.

                        Learning songs can be really useful to get various structures to sink into our heads. And fun at the same time.

                        Schliemann, the archeologist who uncovered Troy, used Ivanhoe. He'd memorized it in English (or so they say, I figured it couldn't have been word for word) and when he wanted to acquire a new language, he'd work through the translation. I always wondered how the translators handled that snarky little passage about the differences between French and English...

                        I had a Russian friend who was a German translator. He ran a samizdat press questioning the communist version of history and eventually had to flee to Austria. And thence to Canada. He ended up as a radio announcer for CBC's Russian broadcasts. Great guy and fascinating man, needless to say.
                        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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                        • And on a totally different note: my Siberian irises started blooming this morning. The bearded irises (Loreley - a heritage variety) will be close behind and my eye-popping red Oriental poppies are developing huge buds. Last year the clump was finally mature, and one morning I had a full dozen of them blooming all at once. Then we got the worst wind storm in years and they were totally shredded. I know, I was lucky, my roof was unscathed, and I didn't get injured by falling trees like a couple of other ladies in town, but I was still so disappointed.

                          Pam, did you catch the German and Russian allusions? 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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                          • My bearded irises have been blooming for about a week and a half now. They're so pretty. And I'd be disappointed if my gardens were shredded too, even if my roof was fine.

                            Since we're talking plants... I have a parsley and a basil plant that are not doing well post transplant. i got them from the farmers market and they look all droopy, despite being watered and placed in Miracle Grow soil... suggestions??
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Oh, yes! I can be the most obtuse person in the world, but I can sense a foreign language a mile away. My youngest turns hysterical with laughter when I start following people speaking Russian or Swedish around the stores! I am also that bad with horses, goats, and sheep. I literally follow horse trailers past my stop if I can see the horses, and I usually stop the car for animals grazing (not on the freeway!). I take one walk fairly near us -- not for the walk -- but for this nice horse that loves petting. He needs brushing always, and I really have to control myself not to beg the owners to let me brush him! Worse than cheese in the refrigerator!

                              Originally posted by Judg View Post
                              And on a totally different note: my Siberian irises started blooming this morning. The bearded irises (Loreley - a heritage variety) will be close behind and my eye-popping red Oriental poppies are developing huge buds. Last year the clump was finally mature, and one morning I had a full dozen of them blooming all at once. Then we got the worst wind storm in years and they were totally shredded. I know, I was lucky, my roof was unscathed, and I didn't get injured by falling trees like a couple of other ladies in town, but I was still so disappointed.

                              Pam, did you catch the German and Russian allusions? LOL!

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                              • Originally posted by Judg View Post
                                Normally my migraines are triggered by sleep deprivation plus excitement/stress. I've had two or three in the last few months, much more than usual, and no clue why. In my case, the hangover is usually worse than the actual headache, but I do get the classic visual disturbances (and very rarely the aphasia which was truly terrifying when I didn't know what was causing it) so I am semi-blind for a while too. Two Advil Liquigels and bed in a dark, quiet room is my standard treatment. And a day of rest afterward. All in all, I'm very fortunate, because they aren't frequent or particularly painful.
                                Mine are stress induced. I haven't had a bad one in a long time, but lately I've been getting the auras without the pain.

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                Okay, I had to laugh when I read that you 'forced' yourself to read a novel to avoid...housework!
                                We are SO different in that regard. I sometimes trick myself into doing dishes by promising myself a reading reward after ten minutes of hard labor. And when I say 'sometimes', I mean, EVERYDAY! (That I do dishes, that is. Yes, sometimes I let them go for a whole day. Or two!)
                                Me too!!!

                                Originally posted by Judg View Post
                                Learning songs can be really useful to get various structures to sink into our heads. And fun at the same time.

                                Schliemann, the archeologist who uncovered Troy, used Ivanhoe. He'd memorized it in English (or so they say, I figured it couldn't have been word for word) and when he wanted to acquire a new language, he'd work through the translation. I always wondered how the translators handled that snarky little passage about the differences between French and English...
                                While I was working on my ESL AQ I decided I should learn French. I haven''t started yet. No real plan or idea how to start. I can count to 20, know some basic words and a few phrases...
                                any ideas?
                                "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                                "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                                "Moderation sucks." Suse
                                "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                                "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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