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  • Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    All this talk up there about hiking the Inca Trail reminded me that I had put together a photo journal after I did the hike a few years back. I talked to PB to see if she'd be interested in seeing it (she was), so I tracked it down online. The original place I had posted it had been bought out, the new place had rearranged everything, and it took me a while to get them all back in the (I think) correct order, then to share them I had to create a website....

    Long story short, here is the link to see the pics from my Inca Trail hike. I took a couple of thousand pictures, then edited the good ones down to just a handful and added a caption to every single one, since one of my pet peeves is people who just upload every picture they took from a vacation. I like quality content. So...check it out if you're interested. Also let me know if there are any issues.
    Those are great! Thanks for sharing.
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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    • Originally posted by Jac View Post
      I love that process, too. It feels so light, especially if the stuff has gone someplace useful.
      Yes, it's not like it is going in a dumpster.

      Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
      All this talk up there about hiking the Inca Trail reminded me that I had put together a photo journal after I did the hike a few years back. I talked to PB to see if she'd be interested in seeing it (she was), so I tracked it down online. The original place I had posted it had been bought out, the new place had rearranged everything, and it took me a while to get them all back in the (I think) correct order, then to share them I had to create a website....

      Long story short, here is the link to see the pics from my Inca Trail hike. I took a couple of thousand pictures, then edited the good ones down to just a handful and added a caption to every single one, since one of my pet peeves is people who just upload every picture they took from a vacation. I like quality content. So...check it out if you're interested. Also let me know if there are any issues.
      Thank you, Mr Anthony.

      Originally posted by winencandy View Post
      I think that is a great idea. It might be too soon to think of selling. We just moved after 25 years in the same house. Imagine the stuff
      I'm thinking maybe if I de-clutter my own house a bit, then I wouldn't feel this pressing need to move out and on. The way things are, I can hardly turn around in this place. And I'm not really even the "pack rat" type. I don't know where it all comes from. I think when you turn out the lights at night, all the junk gets together and multiplies on its own.

      Originally posted by zoebird View Post
      PB, I'll ask my friend which outfit he used and whether or not that particular spot had a name so that you can request it.

      I think putting the house question on hold for the right now is a very good idea. It's nearly the best time for inca trail walking, so you could get a good walk in for sure. And no doubt you have enough reserves to do well.

      I also love letting go of stuff. DH and I still ahve to toy cull. It is totally addictive to declutter!
      Yes, please. I want to see the rainbows.
      De-cluttering could definitely become addictive. It is a rush

      Originally posted by Jac View Post
      When I tried ketosis before, I had the experience of feeling amazing, but in my effort to find different things to eat I ended up re-flaring my IBS on coconut or too much protein or avodaco. I also ended up eating very little, followed by being ravenous, which also flared me. I gave up, and since then it's been a rocky road, but I have managed to completely detox from artificial sweeteners and caffeine for over a month. That's the hardest thing I've ever done. My IBS is horrible at present, so I want to give ketosis another try.

      I have to exclude all nuts, seeds, dairy, and raw veges. I can tolerate smallish amounts of coconut cream, well cooked brassicas, leafy greens, and other veges (pumpkin, carrots, beets, tomatoes, peas). Sometimes I have real difficulty digesting cold or reheated proteins, or too many eggs. Overeating flares me, too - so letting myself get so hungry that I can't stop eating is a bad move.

      On the plus side, I don't seem to have much trouble with digesting fat.

      (I've tried probiotics and digestive enzymes - they flared me. I have lots of healing to do, so part of my motivation with ketosis is to completely avoid flares for a really long time to allow healing)
      Kudos on ditching the sweeteners and caffeine. That is a big step in the right direction.
      Wow. That really is pretty restrictive. I would just suggest to keep it simple. Fatty cuts of meat like brisket with a side of creamed spinach done with coconut cream. Have you tried ghee to see if that is ok with your insides? It can make a lot of things taste better and get you your fat content without ODing on coconut oil.

      Originally posted by quelsen View Post
      shalom
      Thank you, Honey Badger.

      Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
      Mr. Anthony Those pics rocked. I love the one of you sitting on the ledge above Machu Picchu. I am a Spanish teacher and would love to take a field trip. HMMM
      Need a hiking buddy?

      Originally posted by Owly View Post
      That's disappointing to hear. I wonder if that was an issue with those guides for that site or if it's an endemic problem? My brother is in an ecotourism degree program and was saying that G is considered one of the model businesses for ethical ecotourism setups because of their partnership models and relationship building with communities.
      Well, technically they could claim to be eco friendly in that they are getting a bunch of people in a big bus instead of a bunch of jeeps therefore less gas being used but, for that environment, the buses are really more disruptive to the wildlife. I ran across the same thing at a couple of different parks.

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      • OMG going on a trip like that with you would be awesome. Unfortunately I have young kids and a full time teaching job. WAAAAH!
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        • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          I think when you turn out the lights at night, all the junk gets together and multiplies on its own.
          Yes, yes, they do. If you ever move an office, the office supplies do it as well. My boss said that he thinks he might retire when he runs out of binder clips.
          Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

          If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

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          • My friend wrote back and said the company that he went with went bust, and he can't find the old head of the group to find the porters. Sorry about that!

            --

            Jac, would probably strive to keep it very simple.

            Under that list of "can't" I do see a lot of possible "cans"

            First, I see great possibility in bone broths as a starting point. Why? Because the veggies that you list make delicious soups. With just bone broth, herbs that work for you, and the veggies cooked down and pureed in -- you actually have a lot of diversity in terms of flavor profiles. It's also easy to carry in a thermos. It also helps with satiety and protein up-take, as well as having gut healing properties and lots of other goodness, so go for that as a starting point.

            Many of these soups can also include fatty cuts of meat (ie, split pea and ham). Or you can make the meat separately and then tear it into the soup after the fact. This might make it easier on you on the re-heat, I don't know.

            I would probably do eggs and veg (brekkie), soup with meat (lunch), and then soup/veg plus meat (dinner). And if it wouldn't be "too many eggs" do the pumpkin pancakes (pumpkin -- roasted, strained -- baking powder, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spices, then normal cooking in the skillet).

            For cooking fat, consider using duckfat (very little overt flavor) and just add olive oil to the soups after you've made them (so adding cold olive oils to the soups).

            I think it's perfectly possible to eat very well within your limitations, particularly if you gather some diverse flavor profiles within the veggies that you use (ie, I can make 4 different kinds of pumpkin soups just based on spices/herb profiles added along; I have 3 different split-pea flavor profiles; etc).

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            • Thanks ladies - it's reassuring to hear that it really IS restrictive. When I hear that loud and clear, my focus can change to what is yummy and possible - some good ideas there, Zoebird.

              I've gotta say, those trips sound amazing. I'm practically a travel virgin , but looking forward to stretching my wings a bit now that the kids have left home.
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              • Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                OMG going on a trip like that with you would be awesome. Unfortunately I have young kids and a full time teaching job. WAAAAH!
                Let me know when you retire.........

                Originally posted by Twibble View Post
                Yes, yes, they do. If you ever move an office, the office supplies do it as well. My boss said that he thinks he might retire when he runs out of binder clips.
                My desk drawer won't close. I think they are at it in there too.

                Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                My friend wrote back and said the company that he went with went bust, and he can't find the old head of the group to find the porters. Sorry about that!
                --
                Jac, would probably strive to keep it very simple.

                Under that list of "can't" I do see a lot of possible "cans"

                First, I see great possibility in bone broths as a starting point. Why? Because the veggies that you list make delicious soups. With just bone broth, herbs that work for you, and the veggies cooked down and pureed in -- you actually have a lot of diversity in terms of flavor profiles. It's also easy to carry in a thermos. It also helps with satiety and protein up-take, as well as having gut healing properties and lots of other goodness, so go for that as a starting point.

                Many of these soups can also include fatty cuts of meat (ie, split pea and ham). Or you can make the meat separately and then tear it into the soup after the fact. This might make it easier on you on the re-heat, I don't know.

                I would probably do eggs and veg (brekkie), soup with meat (lunch), and then soup/veg plus meat (dinner). And if it wouldn't be "too many eggs" do the pumpkin pancakes (pumpkin -- roasted, strained -- baking powder, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spices, then normal cooking in the skillet).

                For cooking fat, consider using duckfat (very little overt flavor) and just add olive oil to the soups after you've made them (so adding cold olive oils to the soups).

                I think it's perfectly possible to eat very well within your limitations, particularly if you gather some diverse flavor profiles within the veggies that you use (ie, I can make 4 different kinds of pumpkin soups just based on spices/herb profiles added along; I have 3 different split-pea flavor profiles; etc).
                Bummer about that company going under. Do you have any way of knowing what that trail/peak were called so maybe I could ask another company if they go there?

                Some really good suggestions for Jac there Zoe. Bone broth is definitely going to be a centerpiece of the recovery process.

                Originally posted by Jac View Post
                Thanks ladies - it's reassuring to hear that it really IS restrictive. When I hear that loud and clear, my focus can change to what is yummy and possible - some good ideas there, Zoebird.

                I've gotta say, those trips sound amazing. I'm practically a travel virgin , but looking forward to stretching my wings a bit now that the kids have left home.
                Yep. You get your insides all healed up and functioning properly and travel also becomes much more fun and less risky. (I'm someone who eats off of taco carts in Mexico without stomach problems.)

                The other road trip I was thinking about doing is a Route 66 trip from LA to Chicago. I have never been through that middle part of the US.

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                • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                  Yep. You get your insides all healed up and functioning properly and travel also becomes much more fun and less risky. (I'm someone who eats off of taco carts in Mexico without stomach problems.)
                  Heh, me too. My poor partner can't be nearly as adventurous as I can when it comes to eating while travelling. I joke that maybe my years of celiac disease made my digestive system too calloused and tough to get sick from a mere taco.
                  “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                  • I asked him and he honestly doesn't remember. He didn't even write it down. He's quite certain now that he was on some pretty hefty tea. LOL

                    Hopefully, no matter which way you go, you'll see something amazing.

                    There's a show recently with Billy Connolly who did Rt 66. It was really interesting. I would definitely recommend it. He takes great joy in Americana.

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                    • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                      Heh, me too. My poor partner can't be nearly as adventurous as I can when it comes to eating while travelling. I joke that maybe my years of celiac disease made my digestive system too calloused and tough to get sick from a mere taco.
                      Some of being able to eat adventurously is a mindset too.

                      Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                      I asked him and he honestly doesn't remember. He didn't even write it down. He's quite certain now that he was on some pretty hefty tea. LOL
                      Hopefully, no matter which way you go, you'll see something amazing.
                      There's a show recently with Billy Connolly who did Rt 66. It was really interesting. I would definitely recommend it. He takes great joy in Americana.
                      Oh yeah, that tea is pretty intense. I bought some of that online from Peru for my Kilimangaro climb. It really does help with the altitude.

                      Originally posted by Heather519
                      I've got friends who gained 20 each on a 2-week cruise. I hear those 24-hour ice cream bars and pizza bars are a killer!
                      Why do the bots always choose this phrase to re-quote? That has to be about the fourth or fifth time that has be recycled.

                      Bad spambot!

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                      • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        Some of being able to eat adventurously is a mindset too.
                        Too true. I am generally the more adventurous eater and definitely have more spice tolerance as well. However, he makes up for it by going off and doing cave dives and things like that. I don't think I could be happy with someone who had no sense of adventure at all.
                        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                        • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                          My thanks to all of you that have been so supportive. It means a lot to me.

                          My Dad passed away last night about 7pm. It was peaceful and calm. He just stopped breathing and his heart stopped. I was holding his hand. He just decided it was time and shut things down.

                          In death as in life he was gracious, dignified, sweet, gentle, and efficient. He would not have wanted to linger on in a helpless condition any longer than necessary. He lived well and he died well.

                          I feel fortunate to have had the best father in the world.
                          I wondered if this had happened. I haven't been to your journal for a while because it moved so fast I couldn't keep up with it. I'm sorry to hear that your father died.

                          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                          I think I could use a little magic right about now. Maybe I will just put the whole to sell/rent.etc. question aside for a bit and go climb Machu Picchu and experience the rainbows.
                          Machu Picchu would be awesome. Or the Camino in Spain. Both I think would suit you way better than hiking the Pacific Crest. I did a trek long ago to the Khumbu. We climbed Mt. Kala Pattar to see the classic view of Mt. Everest. It was wonderful.
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                          • Originally posted by Owly View Post
                            Too true. I am generally the more adventurous eater and definitely have more spice tolerance as well. However, he makes up for it by going off and doing cave dives and things like that. I don't think I could be happy with someone who had no sense of adventure at all.
                            Oooh. Spelunking. That is definitely a sense of adventure. And that trait is definitely a must for anyone I would be with.

                            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                            I wondered if this had happened. I haven't been to your journal for a while because it moved so fast I couldn't keep up with it. I'm sorry to hear that your father died.

                            Machu Picchu would be awesome. Or the Camino in Spain. Both I think would suit you way better than hiking the Pacific Crest. I did a trek long ago to the Khumbu. We climbed Mt. Kala Pattar to see the classic view of Mt. Everest. It was wonderful.
                            Thanks SB. Yeah, I was on your journal talking about hiking the PCT and I just kind of assumed you knew why I was suddenly getting interested in such things again.

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                            • Spelunking is a little too adventurous for me, personally. I prefer adventurous eating. I remember on a trip to India there was an older American couple at the next table and they were trying desperately to order plain meat without any garlic or spices. They think that's barbaric in India. No self-respecting chef would serve such barbaric food. I think they probably had a terrible time in India. To be fair, I also had a terrible time in India. But not because of the food. I liked the food. It's a difficult place to visit, especially if you are female, American and blond and accompanied by an "American businessman" who obviously has money. Any one of those would be enough, but the combination was pretty difficult. I'd go again though. I like the adventure.
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                              • PB, more than simply spelunking (although I am fond of his fondness for...spelunking). He has his SCUBA cert and loves doing things like cave dives. I like caves too and will happily do them on foot or snorkelling, but I've only done the pool portion of my SCUBA training--I'm a little anxious about it because of my lungs but will probably do my open water training eventually.

                                SB, India was definitely a place for adventurous eating. I was in heaven. I joke that I eat my way through every country I visit. I think my experience of travelling there was a little different though because I was there primarily to do field work and definitely did not appear to be any sort of business person. The fun bit was when we were in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games and people kept thinking my partner was one of the athletes because he was tall, muscular, and obviously foreign. Kids kept wanting pictures with him.

                                I walked up to the check-in counter at the airport and the man there was surprised by my Canadian passport. He told me I looked far so Indian that he was shocked to find out I was a Canadian visitor. The long brown hair, nose piercing, and my choice of traditional simple khadi salwar kameez and leather chappals probably helped (the hair and nose ring I had long before I went, the clothing just seemed like the most sensible thing for the heat and for cultural appropriateness). I'm a bit too tall and pale to be passably Indian otherwise, but I think I was dressed so little like a tourist that he simply assumed I must belong there.

                                Sigh. Every time I think about India, I miss it so much that my heart aches. I will go back, hopefully soon.
                                “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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