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  • #61
    I took a break from posting but not from Primal eating. Judg, the kombucha is definitely full of prebiotics, that's for sure. The first dose made me windy as all get-out but thankfully that calmed down. I'm going to try making my own shortly, I'm waiting for a friend to get back and share some of her starter with me.

    The reishi tea has made an *unbelievable* difference in my sleep! Maybe this is the key to restoring my endocrine health - it's been the one piece of primal life that I hadn't been able to master. The last two weekends have been really productive, I have made more progress on my various home projects than I had in months of prior feeble effort. Evidence: I am typing this in my completely reorganized and utterly charming bedroom... something I'd been nibbling at in bits and pieces since DH died.

    I still haven't made the bone broth though. The raw cream from the co-op is amazing, I thought about going off dairy but had second thoughts after I tasted it. We'll see what happens with that. I have cream in my coffee every day, and occasional cheese or yogurt but not daily.

    Next week I will get new labs done to see what's happened in the three months of this WOE. I am really interested to see what primal has done for my cholesterol levels. But I'll have a NO CAFFEINE day for the salivary cortisol so I am weaning myself off of coffee a bit at a time. Last time the headache was just awful and I don't want to go through that again.

    Summer has turned the corner towards fall here - no crispness in the air, it just means I can be outside without melting and turn off the AC at night. I'll take that as progress.
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

    "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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    • #62
      Reishi tea? This sounds interesting. What is it and where do you find it?
      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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      • #63
        Hi Judg - I make the reishi tea from reishi mushrooms picked in the woods and dehydrated. But you can get various mushroom extracts at a good healthy foods store if you have no mycologists handy. To make tea from the dehydrated mushrooms, I just chop the mushrooms very small for maximum surface area, bring 1.5 liters of spring water to boil, add mushrooms, and simmer for 2-3 hours. Then press the mushroom bits in a sieve to get all the liquid out. Refrigerate in a glass container, drink 3-4 oz. per day. It has a strong woody taste but not unpleasant.

        Exciting news - I had labs drawn on Thursday and my doctor was so excited by hemoglobin A1C results that he texted me yesterday. I've gone from prediabetic to normal in 4 months without medication or exercise. I can't wait to get the rest of the results and see what primal living has done for my cholesterol and adrenal profile!
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

        "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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        • #64
          They grow in the woods in North America? I did look online a bit, and local stores only seemed to have them in pill format.

          So glad to hear of your good results! You're going to convert your doctor, 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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          • #65
            Hi Judg, yes they do grow in North America, not that I would have known. My brother-in-law is seriously into mushrooms and he picks and dries them. I found various reishi teas on Amazon so you might like to check there if you're interested.
            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

            "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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            • #66
              Thanks, Wrenwood. I'll probably read up a bit more on it first. Or see if I can find some locally, haven't looked everywhere yet. I'm cheap, I hate getting dinged with shipping charges for just one thing. Hmm, should check Rainbow Foods...
              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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              • #67
                What are the felafel chips?
                I only eat vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, and only fruit is berries.

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                • #68
                  They're something non-primal made from chick peas that I had a hard time giving up. I haven't eaten them in a couple of months now. It's funny because I'm not usually a crunchy-snack type of person and I could always pass up potato chips, but those felafel chips were addictive. Supposedly everything in them was organic but I'm better off without 'em.

                  Sounds like our diets are pretty similar.
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

                  "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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                  • #69
                    Quick check-in. Wow, I've been busy. My energy level is SO much better than it was! I am very happy about this. Took a walk tonight, over the weekend learned how to make fresh sauerkraut (with salt instead of vinegar) for the prebiotics, am helping a friend's friend get out of a bad situation and into a better one, and I'm working on a major writing project daily. Plus working full-time and had two major successes there.

                    I did get the labs last week - almost everything is improving, some things faster than others. I don't have all the detail handy - basically my cholesterol is still a bit high but the ratio of good and bad cholesterol is definitely improved. Doc is very happy with the results and says keep on doing what I am doing. Nice!
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

                    "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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                    • #70


                      Always so nice to hear good news!

                      What are you writing?
                      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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                      • #71
                        Hi Wren, Not to derail the conversation - I'd also like to hear about your writing project - but I'm a month or so behind and was happy to read that you did so well at your conference. Told you you'd be the coolest kid in school - packing your own lunch. I've found that I can handle temptation and I can handle stress; I just can't handle them together. I think you were really strong to have only given in to a few Hershey's kisses and M&Ms - just enough to remind yourself that they're not so great. Anyway, just wanted to say hi, hi and thank you. I was wondering how you were doing while I was rolling around in the dirt after falling off the wagon and was worried you'd think I chewed my leg off at that mediation retreat. Helped me decide to climb back on and return to the Forum.
                        My primal journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread63591.html

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