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  • #16
    What an amazing journal! Definitely gets my "Best New Primal Journal" award! Entertaining to read and a ton of commenters! Good for you!!
    Regards,
    ~ Chris

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Jendara View Post
      [Wow when you cut sugar, fruit really does start to taste like candy, and I'm noticing my cravings are diminishing a LOT. At church I almost picked up a cookie without thinking, it was like a reflex.
      I realized what I was doing and moved away from the snack table, but I really noticed how much eating has become habit, mindless.
      If it's there, you just shove it in your mouth!

      Hmm, all sorts of interesting things I'm learning.
      Jenny, thanks for the recipe. As for fruit tasting like candy now, you are right. I was just saying to my daughter that it's a good thing not to have a "sweet tooth" because I now get to enjoy so many more sweet things - even my roasted carrots and onions tasted sweet tonight.

      Funny about the cookie too. Most of us do tend to eat food when we see it in front of us. However I can now find that I go to a morning tea for example and don't even NOTICE the cookies etc, because they no longer seem like food to me. Strange but true.
      Annie Ups the Ante
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Jendara View Post
        I felt so sick, I thought I was going to throw up. I actually felt dizzy and shaky, it was just such a sugar rush after having cut it cold turkey that my body seemed to go into some sort of sugar shock!
        The only bright side of this whole ordeal was that it has convinced me that this crap really does make you feel horrible.
        That the feeling I was having is a normal reaction to putting that much junk into my body.
        It really takes the desire to sugar binge, I'll tell ya what!
        Our church also does "breakfast items" between services, which means donuts and bought or homemade breads coffee cakes, etc. My favorite ones were always the icing filled, chocolate topped angel cream ones. Now I can't even look at them without the feeling that my tongue is going to leap out of my mouth in a desperate act of self-preservation! And when I actually did eat a few bites of one awhile back, it wasn't as good as I had remembered, and I too felt "out of whack" the rest of the day.

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        • #19
          I have a confession:
          Today I ate, with little remorse mind you, half a rice-krispy square and an iced chai latte.
          I know, I know, you're thinking: Didn't she just do this with oreos?
          And the short answer is: Yes. Yes I did.

          And like the oreo fiasco, I feel just as horrible after – so WHY did I?
          I had been craving an “iced drink” for the last two days, and when I was at the cafe, Ella was asking for some snackage, and I knew a rice-krispie square would go over well (which it did.)
          Speaking of, she has been SO picky lately, and not to brag, but I make really good dinners! I'm starting to get a little offended at the way she turns up her little nose at every delicious meal I slave over; considering that she was previously a little piggy who'd eat anything I put in front of her!

          “2 year olds don't eat.” My mother informed me.

          “What do you mean they don't eat?” I asked.

          “They just don't really eat. You give them what you can, when you can, but they're not really all that interested in sitting down and eating a meal.”

          “That is awful! Isn't there anything I can do?” I was horrified, how can a 2 year old just not eat?

          “Not really, like I said, feed them as much as you can, when you can, but the odds are they'll reject 90% of what you offer them. Don't worry! You and your brother and sister did the same thing!”

          I was a little relieved, as me and my siblings are the LEAST picky eaters on the planet. So maybe this is normal?

          My sister and her two little ones (3&5) came over today for lunch before we all headed out to StoryTime at the local Library.
          She was impressed by my assortment of meats, fruit and veg. I proudly told her how well we had been doing and how I was really getting the sugar monkey off my back.
          And thus is the old tale of pride going before the fall.
          After I had ordered my Iced Chai Latte from the cafe, she was quick to point out how I should have ordered just a sugar-free iced coffee like her because: “You're supposed to be even more strict than me!”

          Yeah yeah.
          I know, but darnit, what's a moment of self-degradation if there isn't someone there to appreciate it?

          I was weak. I am ashamed. I will do better next time. I am not going to tell my husband. (ha!)

          Today as an act of penitence I'm trying out Mark's mini-meatloaves aka 'Scotch Eggs', and making a really good paleo dinner.
          I figured the scotch eggs would make a good breakfast for Remi before he had to scoot off to work, if they turn out I'll post some photo's on here of my attempt.

          Remi and I got on the scales last night, this will be the first time weighing ourselves since starting a week and a half ago.
          I was surprised to see that my weight had stayed the exact same at 120lbs.
          Remi was very happy to see that he had lost 5lbs.
          Tonight I also plan on taking his measurements so we can see where he's losing in inches as well.

          And that's my day so far!
          How has yours been?

          ~ Jenny
          Last edited by Jendara; 07-24-2013, 01:31 PM.
          The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
          "It Takes A Village"
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

          "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Mud Flinger View Post
            Love reding your journal! I lol'd at the date turd description and read it out loud to hubby as he is used to seeing many such experiments in my kitchen. I have found that round balls go over better and that you can dip a turd in dark chocolate and everyone will still claim it is delicious.

            Keep on writing and keep it real because you are hilarious!
            Lol! Thanks! I will try your 'round' attempt next time - Mmm and dipping them in dark chocolate just sounds awesome! Do you use date or something else? (to dip in chocolate I mean.)

            Originally posted by bluechip View Post
            What an amazing journal! Definitely gets my "Best New Primal Journal" award! Entertaining to read and a ton of commenters! Good for you!!
            Ahaha, thanks Bluechip, I'm just writing it like is is - but I'm certainly glad you're liking it, and I just loooove reading comments too! So thank you! I've been enjoying following your blog too.

            Originally posted by Annieh View Post
            Jenny, thanks for the recipe. As for fruit tasting like candy now, you are right. I was just saying to my daughter that it's a good thing not to have a "sweet tooth" because I now get to enjoy so many more sweet things - even my roasted carrots and onions tasted sweet tonight.

            Funny about the cookie too. Most of us do tend to eat food when we see it in front of us. However I can now find that I go to a morning tea for example and don't even NOTICE the cookies etc, because they no longer seem like food to me. Strange but true.
            Oh my dear Annie, how jealous I am of you!
            I cannot wait until I stop drooling at the sight of a cookie or piece of cake. And I KNOW that my roasted carrots or even better caramelized onions are just as delicious, part of me still just wants to down that cookie like no tomorrow!
            The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!

            Originally posted by Tigger View Post
            Our church also does "breakfast items" between services, which means donuts and bought or homemade breads coffee cakes, etc. My favorite ones were always the icing filled, chocolate topped angel cream ones. Now I can't even look at them without the feeling that my tongue is going to leap out of my mouth in a desperate act of self-preservation! And when I actually did eat a few bites of one awhile back, it wasn't as good as I had remembered, and I too felt "out of whack" the rest of the day.
            Yes! I always feel 'out of whack' after I indulge. But that still doesn't stop me from wanting to see how many fairy-cakes I can cram into my mouth before passing out from lack of oxygen!
            I think I just need more time of restraining myself.
            When I was pregnant, I promised my husband I would not have caffine, in the form of coffee or sodas.
            It came to the point that when I'd take a sip of coke, I didn't like it!
            THATS where I want to be with sugar, but like I said, it takes time, and less moments of weakness.
            I wonder if I'll get there. *sighs*

            ~ Jenny
            The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
            "It Takes A Village"
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

            "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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            • #21
              You'll get there. I did. Most commercial sweets are rather gross to me now. And I can taste the "processed" taste in most baked things.

              Home-made with quality ingredients is another matter. If you're going to "succumb", do it on the best stuff...

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              • #22
                It's true that in time, your brain will stop seeing certain things as food, and other things you may have always hated/avoided will be tried and maybe even enjoyed. If you have a sugary treat, just move on. It can be hard with little people when you go out as you are just trying to enjoy the the outing and as you know, they can be picky. Just do your best. When you find some primal treats she likes, you can bring them with sometimes. Think of how much sugar you avoided this week. You are really doing quite well!

                As far as date treats, I have found that any dried fruit, nut and coconut flake mixture in the food processor will make a gooey mess that can be pressed into a glass dish or pan or rolled into balls. You can dip them into chocolate if balls or spread chocolate on top or roll balls into cocoa powder. Check out elanaspantry.com for lots of treat ideas.

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                • #23
                  Why is it that people always randomly show up on your front door when that is the absolute last thing you'd want?

                  My two year old is having a rough time right now, mostly because she's in her 'terrible' year and living up to her title.

                  This morning we were up early and having a slooow morning, we just needed some time to veg and wake up a little.
                  So I threw on “The Lorax” (great movie btw) and we sat happily on the couch, her with her oatmeal and me with my coffee.
                  I took a cursory glance around my house – the family room was a bomb. Toys, papers, crayons sippy cups littered the floor.
                  I looking in at the kitchen; dishes were piled high, baking pans were still soaking and I hadn't cleaned up my coffee making mess.
                  I shrugged, after all, the last week I had been super woman with the cleaning. Every night after the munchkin was in bed, I blitzed the family room and kitchen making everything nice and clean before I went to bed.

                  Last night though, I was just too damn tired.

                  And so this morning I allowed myself to wallow, just a little, in my filth and worry about it later. Little did I know that was NOT how my morning was going to go.
                  First the very noisy electrician showed up, who was hired by my landlord, and I wasn't told he had an appointment, then the landscape guys showed up and chewed me out about leaving baby toys on the back lawn (oops!)

                  So I did what I thought was the best option and just got out of there.
                  I went over to my sisters and just hung out and let the munchkin run wild with her cousins.

                  In other news, I made Mark's “Hungarian Goulash” for dinner, it was very good, except it was too thin, so I caved and added just a bit of corn starch to thicken it.
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                  I made Paleo pancakes from Nom Nom Paleo's website, which were amazingly delicious and eeeaasy! So two thumbs way up!
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                  Oh, and the Scotch Eggs turned out really well, but I don't have a photo. The meat sort of shrunk on me as I baked it, so I have some 'egg' poking through, but Remi is loving them for breakfast, he tells me they really get him through to lunch without any cravings.
                  So yay!

                  And that's what I've been upto!

                  ~Jenny
                  The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                  "It Takes A Village"
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                  "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                  • #24
                    Get some rice flour or potato flour to have on hand as a thickener.
                    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                    • #25
                      I'm still here! I'm alive and kicking and still working on our paleo goals.
                      Remi has lost 10 lbs, I'm still at my average weight, and our munchkin celebrated her 2nd birthday last Sunday.
                      I've made a few more kickin' meals,

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                      The Zucchini Lasagna is unbaked at the time of this photo, but it was amazingly delicious!

                      I also made this:
                      Paleo NomNom's Whole30 Chicken-in-a-pot
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                      This post will be short as I have a 2 year-old trying to throw blocks and grapes on my keyboard...
                      But I will return! fdasfxsvb 8766wrfnwsf ( <-- Thanks eloise)

                      ~Jendar
                      The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                      "It Takes A Village"
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                      "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                      • #26
                        The Walk Of Shame

                        In shame, I come back here.
                        While we have done well, this past holiday has been a complete fiasco with our diet (or lack of.)
                        We really just allowed ourselves to go back into our old eating habits, and boy, have we paid for it!
                        My sugar addiction is ridiculous - and Remi has even gained back some of the weight that he had worked SO hard to lose!

                        But it's a new year and with chin held high as socially-acceptable, we're back wanting to make a change!

                        I swear I even wrote up a contract and Remi and I signed it. To get back on track, to do more physical activity and really be each-other's accountability partners.
                        I need to get my sugar addiction broken, and Remi needs to get back off of wheat and crap-foods.

                        So today I went to the grocery store, walked past the aisles of candies and chocolate that were whispering sweet temptations, and defiantly bought Chicken liver, dried apricots, ghee and nuts.
                        I am determined to really keep it going this year, and it really looks like Remi is all in with me - so here's hoping for a Happier, Healthier New Year.

                        ~ Jendara
                        The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                        "It Takes A Village"
                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                        "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                        • #27
                          Glad you are back. I am fairly new here and didn't see your journal until you posted today. I've read it all and I think you definitely have a really great writing style. You made me LOL a couple of times. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful btw.
                          Where in Canada are you? I am in Kitchener, about an hour west of Toronto.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Clarkie View Post
                            Glad you are back. I am fairly new here and didn't see your journal until you posted today. I've read it all and I think you definitely have a really great writing style. You made me LOL a couple of times. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful btw.
                            Where in Canada are you? I am in Kitchener, about an hour west of Toronto.
                            Nice to meet ya Clarkie!
                            I'm happy to hear you like my rambling posts~
                            I'm actually right near Ottawa, so we're not too far from each other. I have family in Kitchener and T.O as well!

                            Always nice to meet another 'local'
                            ..I'm trying to remember if you guys are getting pelted by that freezing rain or snow storm that's been blowing around tonight....
                            I can already hear the ice getting thrown against the window..ugh.
                            I'm a bad ass Canadian no doubt, but you know its bad when you're happy about freezing rain, because that means it's getting WARMER out!

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                            Cheers, eh!

                            ~ Jen
                            The ridiculous, hilarious, sometimes infuriating and frustrating journal of one woman trying to feed a family caveman style.
                            "It Takes A Village"
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90638.html

                            "Canadian cavemen could have eaten poutine.."

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Jendara View Post
                              Nice to meet ya Clarkie!
                              I'm happy to hear you like my rambling posts~
                              I'm actually right near Ottawa, so we're not too far from each other. I have family in Kitchener and T.O as well!

                              Always nice to meet another 'local'
                              ..I'm trying to remember if you guys are getting pelted by that freezing rain or snow storm that's been blowing around tonight....
                              I can already hear the ice getting thrown against the window..ugh.
                              I'm a bad ass Canadian no doubt, but you know its bad when you're happy about freezing rain, because that means it's getting WARMER out!

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                              Cheers, eh!

                              ~ Jen
                              Oh ya we had that wicked weather big time, I think the whole province got hit hard. Today was -3 positively balmy! lol!
                              Love the pic btw!

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                              • #30
                                I just read through your journal and loved it so much I had to call my mom and read it to her! I'm sure the belly laughing counted as exercise!! Your meals look fantastic as well!

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