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  • #16
    Sorry for causing the confusion. I meant that I wouldn't be using grass-fed dairy or eggs just yet. I want to, believe me, but... well, I'll not go into it.

    You have to understand, I'm not trying to replicate the taste or texture of foods I ate previously. For example, the rare times I did eat pancakes, they were apple-cinnamon-oatmeal wheatcakes and they tasted far different than the pancakes I make these days (I suppose the texture is similar, but I prefer the crepes anyway, even with a very different texture than with what I'm familiar). Pizza is a similar issue (I never had a biscuit pizza crust before two weeks ago, nor did I ever add veggies to my pizza). The point is that I'm not trying to replicate the taste or texture of foods I've eaten previously. I assure you that I have no desire to eat any sort of bread products again. I guess I just never got addicted to gluten.

    As to the sleep issue, I am perfectly aware of it. In fact, I once tried the Uberman polyphasic sleep cycle. While my mind was perfectly functional at that time, I likely did permanent damage to my shoulders. The truth is that I've found that I have plenty of time in the day for things when I stick to my schedule, but I've been off-schedule for a while now. If I stuck to my schedule and things were less hectic (IE having to make chicken stock that night or have nothing for dinner the next, and I could not make it previously because I lacked the supplies), then I would most certainly get enough sleep and enough time in the day to do all that I want.

    The good news is that I went to bed at about 1 AM yesterday (for now, my schedule says to go to bed at 12 AM).

    Thank you for your thoughts and well-wishes. I do appreciate them.

    Updating the journal

    My mother is out of town for the next day and a half, which means that she'll probably not be able to eat very well for the next 3-4 meals (lunch today through breakfast, perhaps lunch, and hopefully not dinner tomorrow). I coached her about how to order food at a restaurant, but I think we all know that that's not ideal in the first place. Aside from that, my mother does not have the best memory (you should have seen her baselines for the memory test... actually, I'll be putting those on my Tumblr next week), nor is she too good at extra requests (such as that something be cooked in real butter as opposed to oil). Still, I think she should do fairly well. Much better than she would have a few weeks ago, anyway.
    See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

    Or check out my journal thread here.

    If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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    • #17
      My first week measurements are uploaded and ready to go. You can download my current progress (.xls files packed in a .zip file) here, if you're so inclined and don't wish to visit my blog to do so.
      See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

      Or check out my journal thread here.

      If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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      • #18
        You are autistic? My baby (11) has an Autism diagnosis. I like you already.
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        Start date: 7-5-12
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        GOAL: to live to be a healthy and active 100


        "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties."
        Henri Frederic Amiel

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        • #19
          Originally posted by PHaselow View Post
          You are autistic? My baby (11) has an Autism diagnosis. I like you already.
          My parents decided to forego an official diagnosis (actually, my dad did, but he managed to convince my mom), and I think it was that that had the greatest impact on my life. Without the constant stream of everyone and everything telling me that this innate part of my being was wrong, I could appreciate myself for who I was... for who I am. If I wasn't autistic, I never would have become obsessed with nutrition, I wouldn't do as well with math, I'd probably be a very poor writer, I wouldn't be so good at helping people out when they're feeling down or when they need advice.

          The bottom line is that it's brought so much to my life, and instead of loving it and living as I naturally am, a diagnosis probably would have meant that I put all the effort that went into doing the things that I love into learning the social norms or resisting those obsessions that have taught me so much or forcing myself to eat eggs and veggies together because how dare I have SID.

          But you know what? I'm fine with not knowing the social norms. I'm fine with getting obsessive about things, and I'm certainly fine with avoiding eggs (that aren't hard boiled... I have no idea how I'm okay with this) with veggies.

          Don't get me wrong. There are advantages to being neurotypical and I would not try to force a neurotypical to become autistic even if they could. All I'm saying is that this is my natural state of being and I've gained so much more by going along with it, rather than fighting it.
          See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

          Or check out my journal thread here.

          If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by CocoaNut View Post
            My parents decided to forego an official diagnosis (actually, my dad did, but he managed to convince my mom), and I think it was that that had the greatest impact on my life. Without the constant stream of everyone and everything telling me that this innate part of my being was wrong, I could appreciate myself for who I was... for who I am. If I wasn't autistic, I never would have become obsessed with nutrition, I wouldn't do as well with math, I'd probably be a very poor writer, I wouldn't be so good at helping people out when they're feeling down or when they need advice.

            The bottom line is that it's brought so much to my life, and instead of loving it and living as I naturally am, a diagnosis probably would have meant that I put all the effort that went into doing the things that I love into learning the social norms or resisting those obsessions that have taught me so much or forcing myself to eat eggs and veggies together because how dare I have SID.

            But you know what? I'm fine with not knowing the social norms. I'm fine with getting obsessive about things, and I'm certainly fine with avoiding eggs (that aren't hard boiled... I have no idea how I'm okay with this) with veggies.

            Don't get me wrong. There are advantages to being neurotypical and I would not try to force a neurotypical to become autistic even if they could. All I'm saying is that this is my natural state of being and I've gained so much more by going along with it, rather than fighting it.
            Yes, I often wish I hadn't gotten him diagnosed. The legacy of years of behavioral therapy is still getting in the way. He still remains about 18 months behind his age appropriate peers, but I tell people that when he is 40 and he acts like he is 38 nobody will notice the difference. It gets us needed services/accomodations in school (more ADD/Aspergers as he matures), but I am considering pulling him from public education into a more hands-on learning environment. 6th grade this year.

            Your parents did a great job. Sounds like you are doing a great job now, too.

            I wish my son was obsessed with nutrition! He's obsessed with sugar. Any insights on how to switch focus? He is actually too thin with little muscle mass. We have to find a physical activity that he enjoys or the long term health effects will be huge. If we lived in a warm climate we could bicycle all year. I'm in Wisconsin (brrrrr)

            I wish you continued progress with both you and your mom!
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            Age 48
            Start date: 7-5-12
            5'3"
            121lbs
            GOAL: to live to be a healthy and active 100


            "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties."
            Henri Frederic Amiel

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            • #21
              It is so much harder to eat healthy on your own than with a partner. While my mother was away, I skipped lunch one day (which I'd actually been doing a few times because of naps) only to eat it later that night. Then I put off lunch today until about 2 PM and had an egg with cheese. Eggs are great, but one egg and nothing else for lunch is not.

              Then, just before she made me aware that she was back and without dinner, I was about to cook a couple sausage patties for the entirety of my dinner (I even had the bag with the sausage balls out) when I found out she was back. With apples and pears.

              I had one of each, which I'm now regretting a bit. And then we had chicken and veggie soup, which was tasty, but was VERY filling (which is why I'm regretting the fruit).
              See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

              Or check out my journal thread here.

              If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by PHaselow View Post
                Yes, I often wish I hadn't gotten him diagnosed. The legacy of years of behavioral therapy is still getting in the way. He still remains about 18 months behind his age appropriate peers, but I tell people that when he is 40 and he acts like he is 38 nobody will notice the difference. It gets us needed services/accomodations in school (more ADD/Aspergers as he matures), but I am considering pulling him from public education into a more hands-on learning environment. 6th grade this year.

                Your parents did a great job. Sounds like you are doing a great job now, too.

                I wish my son was obsessed with nutrition! He's obsessed with sugar. Any insights on how to switch focus? He is actually too thin with little muscle mass. We have to find a physical activity that he enjoys or the long term health effects will be huge. If we lived in a warm climate we could bicycle all year. I'm in Wisconsin (brrrrr)

                I wish you continued progress with both you and your mom!
                I'm sure your son will catch up rather quickly.

                I'm actually pretty prone to suggestion in regards to my obsessions. I got obsessed with baking and cooking in general because of Good Eats, I got obsessed with poker from watching the WSoP, I got obsessed with nutrition from an argument on another forum... but I don't think most autistics are like that.

                As for turning him from the sugar... I'm not sure. The advice I'd give in most cases doesn't really fit on a primal forum (boiling broccoli, for example, is a terrible way to cook it, but primal eaters know that).

                I guess the only thing of which I can think would be a slow transition, much like watering down fruit juice more and more every week until it's water. If there are any other foods in which he's interested, try incorporating them into dishes.

                I'm sorry, but that's all of which I can think. I'm a pretty picky eater myself, which was one of my major challenges when going primal.
                See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

                Or check out my journal thread here.

                If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by CocoaNut View Post


                  As for turning him from the sugar... I'm not sure.

                  I guess the only thing of which I can think would be a slow transition, much like watering down fruit juice more and more every week until it's water. If there are any other foods in which he's interested, try incorporating them into dishes.

                  I'm sorry, but that's all of which I can think. I'm a pretty picky eater myself, which was one of my major challenges when going primal.
                  Yes, I don't expect you to solve my problems! Like any human, what works for one might not work for another...

                  I gain a lot of insight just be reading what you and some others write. Although I consider myself pretty darned close to the spectrum myself, I still can't make the leap into his head and motivations a lot of the time.

                  Lucky for me, his picky eating doesn't rule out any one food group, just items within each group. I can get some proteins, some vegetables, some fruits in him. Overall, he eats better than the other 2 kids in the house for sure.

                  thanks!
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                  Age 48
                  Start date: 7-5-12
                  5'3"
                  121lbs
                  GOAL: to live to be a healthy and active 100


                  "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties."
                  Henri Frederic Amiel

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                  • #24
                    So I just had a salad (pretty late). I was getting out the olive oil and, for some reason, an idea struck me: Why not butter?

                    So I melted some butter, poured in a bit of apple cider vinegar, and...

                    Delicious. My goodness. I added a little too much salt (I used unsalted butter for the most part... homemade, in fact), but other than the saltiness, that salad was the best I've had in a while. I actually might give up on making some sort of primal ranch dressing just because I think it's so awesome.
                    See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

                    Or check out my journal thread here.

                    If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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                    • #25
                      I have now failed three times to make pizza.

                      Okay, let me explain a bit about SID. SID is known as Sensory Integration Disorder. It means that a stimulus or combination of stimuli affecting an individual's senses has a very bad affect on them. For example, I can't go outside (or even inside in well-lit places) without my sunglasses. I can't stand being touched, etc.

                      The worst for me on this diet, though, is taste. As I mentioned before, I have trouble with eggs and veggies. The only way I can eat eggs if I'm eating them with veggies is hard boiled. I don't know why I can, I just can.

                      I should point out that this is rather distinct from being a picky eater. For example, I don't like cucumbers, but I have no actual SID-based issues with them. Furthermore, I actually like eggs and I like veggies (well, it depends on the veggies) and, truth be told, I actually like the flavor a bit. I just can't eat them together.

                      Which has caused me quite a few issues, but that's aside from the point.

                      But I've decided to abandon the making of biscuit crust pizza. I'm actually pretty close, but it really isn't worth the effort, omega-6's, and price of almond flour when I have another alternative.

                      See, today, I made the pizza with my breakfast sausage. And, while the crust didn't pan out (I forgot the eggs. How could I forget the eggs?), it gave me an idea. It's basically a pizza bake without the crust. You have the sausage with the cheese, topped with that same pizza sauce (not the same one I made, but the new one I'll be making that doesn't have the pitfalls of the other)... and then I decided that it would be a good idea to top it with eggs. Four raw eggs that then bake in the oven.

                      I... hope my body responds well to that. I don't see how it would, but I came up with the idea and my mind had no objections (it usually would if there will be a SID-based issue that it can predict), so I think I'm good. If not, I can always take the eggs out of the equation.
                      See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

                      Or check out my journal thread here.

                      If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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                      • #26
                        Well, I forgot to take my blood pressure, and my sister needs to make out a check to a local farm that sells grass-fed ground beef at $4.50/lb for 40 lbs or more, which is a pretty good deal (yeah, yeah, I know all about ground beef, but at least this will come from a single cow). Otherwise, it costs about $2 more at the local store that sells it.

                        Also, I'm running out of pork for my sausage, which means I need to order it online. That's also something that involves my sister, and I forgot to talk to her about it.

                        I blame the keto-adaptation.
                        See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

                        Or check out my journal thread here.

                        If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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                        • #27
                          Well, after my failure to eat properly in terms of omega-3s over the weekend, I ended up with a deficiency, which (for me) means depression. It hit me a few nights ago (Tuesday night, in fact) and I didn't get to sleep until 5 AM. I've been slowly getting back on track the past couple days.

                          But my lack of sleep didn't stop me from making yogurt yesterday or starting on some beef broth today! I had been using pre-packaged beef broth before (I know, I'm a terrible person), but now... not.

                          Also, I'm much more caught up on all the prep, so I doubt I'll be having many more late nights of making broth or sausage or anything like that.

                          I do need to be more careful when making soup, though. I.. kind of burned the roux (well, since roux is made with flour, it wasn't exactly a roux, but it should have successfully thickened the soup) because I wasn't ready to add the liquid and the chicken stock was still frozen.

                          Oops.

                          It was still pretty good, though!
                          Last edited by CocoaNut; 10-19-2012, 05:19 PM.
                          See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

                          Or check out my journal thread here.

                          If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by CocoaNut View Post
                            So I just had a salad (pretty late). I was getting out the olive oil and, for some reason, an idea struck me: Why not butter?

                            So I melted some butter, poured in a bit of apple cider vinegar, and...

                            Delicious. My goodness. I added a little too much salt (I used unsalted butter for the most part... homemade, in fact), but other than the saltiness, that salad was the best I've had in a while. I actually might give up on making some sort of primal ranch dressing just because I think it's so awesome.
                            I make a warm vinaigrette with bacon grease (I keep a jar in the fridge), olive oil and apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. It is good! Oh, and pink sea salt.
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                            Age 48
                            Start date: 7-5-12
                            5'3"
                            121lbs
                            GOAL: to live to be a healthy and active 100


                            "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties."
                            Henri Frederic Amiel

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by PHaselow View Post
                              I make a warm vinaigrette with bacon grease (I keep a jar in the fridge), olive oil and apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. It is good! Oh, and pink sea salt.
                              I would do that myself, but I have no bacon. All I have is beef bacon, which does not taste the same as real bacon. US Wellness Meats was out of their sugar-free, nitrate-free bacon when I ordered and nitrate-free bacon you find in the store isn't... well... it isn't exactly nitrate-free.

                              I just made some ranch dressing to put on my chicken strip salad tonight. I used yogurt instead of mayonnaise and creme fraiche instead of sour cream. It's rather tangy (also, I don't have any garlic powder, so... it's missing that particular flavor), but it's pretty good.
                              See my progress at Cocoa's Corner.

                              Or check out my journal thread here.

                              If I accidently make you a brony or convert you to Taoism, well... you shouldn't have talked to me if you didn't want that to happen.

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                              • #30
                                Where do you live that you have access to all this natural, good food. I'm sincerely jealous. I want homemade butter on my bre....wait, can't have that. Curse it! What am I supposed to put awesome butter on now?

                                I saw you posting on another newbie's journal and I thought I'd stop by, say that it was classy of you, and let you know that I'm looking forward to your posts.

                                Did that, now I'm off to explore the rest of the journals. This is my favorite part of the forums: meeting and even conversing with awesome health-minded people.
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