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  • Neeleh, it sounds like you had a good food day. Chocolate milk...love the stuff but i haven't drank that in a long while. Chocolate though...that's another story!
    “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

    ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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    • ^ It was chocolate - milk chocolate - Oh my! And it was good I dont enjoy drinking my chocolate, it's all in the chew lol. Thanks for the dropping by.

      The lamb bolognese worked out even better second time round with a reheat in the slow cooker. Topped up with some chopped fresh yellow toms it was good and sloppy. Great that growers are getting onboard and producing a wider variety 'cos I am into maxing out with phyto-nutrients. The local supermarket has just starting selling fresh cavello nero. Small signs of progress deserve attention!!

      Fitness: I rocked up at the outdoor pool yesterday afternoon at what is usually the quietest time. Post lunch, pre-end of school. The paradox of the warm sunny weather is that, well, naturally everyone wants to go.

      The carpark was full and so were the cycle racks. I leaned my bike against the wall, walked to the entrance and peeped across the turnstile. Though the happy shouts of children playing told me everything, I was looking to confirm and see for myself.

      Yup, busy. Too busy. I'll try again today. I kept my schedule afloat during the winter, cycling a 5 mile round trip to the indoor pool 2-3 times per week, somehow fitting it around the winter weather.

      So I won't be scuppered by the sun. Will rejig my routine and go in the evening for the adult swim. That's busy too, but in a calmer way, if that makes sense? Gotta swim!! Really hope I can make it work, either that or will have to pray for rain = empty pool
      Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
      Ralph Waldo Emerson

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      • Spent part of the morning at the community gardens. J the co-ordinator was enthusing about a new project; a festival 'we' are hosting over summer solstice I'm not quite matching her enthusiasm levels yet and neither is M, the hen keeper. I guess we like to keep this part of paradise to ourselves, when really it was created to benefit the many, not just the few.

        M is a self-confessed mama to those hens, former battery birds (ie kept indoors in cramped, unnatural conditions). Every year M herself gets broody and hatches a few to add to the flock. She names them etc. Pictured with 'Didi' who she incubated for three days in her bra while he was still an egg-bound embryo.

        The hens all seem happy enough and are fed on local organic spelt grain as well as kitchen scraps and the grubs, insects and what not in their enclosure.

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        Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
        Ralph Waldo Emerson

        Journal: Vibrant Life

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        • With recent warm temps am sleeping with bedroom doors open (double patio doors into garden). Even though it's ground floor and currently sleeping alone (temporary one hopes!) I feel trustful and secure. Am waking to vibrant birdsong and first light, a little before 5am. There is some traffic sound, but it has a remote quality.

          This very comfortable arrangement tends to make me linger in bed for longer. Every day is like Sunday - in a good way No need to spring out and get the place warm, the immediate environment is so delicious and comforting, a cocoon. I just changed curtains, from heavy red to light linen. Yes, I know the wisdom is for darkness in the sleep zone, but harmonising with the increased light feels good. Maybe darker curtains would help me sleep longer, but even with industrial ear plugs I can't sleep through the birdsong, nature's alarm.

          Have two celebrations this w/e: tonight a birthday. Feel blessed that a socially extroverted, busy professional friend expressed her truest wish to have a quiet meal and a fire in her garden with just me, cos she wants my deep peace etc. That was nice to hear that my quiet nature is positive, I often feel a bit 'less than' cos I cant handle socialising in large groups without getting panicky and losing myself.

          Foodwise, I am providing salad from the gardens and she some wild salmon, should be a harmonious pairing. I half have it in mind to make this nettle cake. Another friend just made it and I can borrow her tins. It's not paleo/primal, but as a beginner baker, I dont feel up to reworking and refining the recipe. Surely one slice won't hurt??

          I may double bake for a wedding anniversary, tomorrow afternoon, also outside, in a field. Will be mostly celtic muso types, faeries, pixies, wizards and summer frolickin'. Foodwise, best hopes = stodgy vegan. Nettle cake would be a good match to the vibe.

          Contemplating cakes, it's like two for one, they pretty much double up as gift and food offering and you get the 'ah! wow!' factor. So that is tempting me to go ahead and make 'em, I'm just feeling a bit lazy about it.

          Need more green tea. Hmm, could install kettle in bedroom and have mini-tea making station, then I'd never leave lol.
          Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
          Ralph Waldo Emerson

          Journal: Vibrant Life

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          • For a healthy life style healthy food is must. for that you should watch what you eat and when you eat. you have a great articles.

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            • ^ Thank you!

              Birthday gathering was lovely. Didnt make nettle cake afterall, recipe is on the back burner for another time and it might get paleo-ized. We ate inside, then made a fire in the garden, the skies darkened slowly and even by 10pm it felt light.

              I'll say it again: fire = essentially primal.

              Dietary confusion continues; avalanches of starch have soothed my mood, normalised my digestion and I have dropped back on fish consumption accordingly. Yesterday I was so perplexed about what to eat/not to eat that I fasted til midday. While out on my morning nature walk, bumped into a similarly health-focussed friend. She was raving about a naturopathic nutritionist who had given her a diagnosis and has put her on a 14 day liver cleanse with skype support.

              I am wondering whether or not to take a consultation. He is very young and confident, quite possibly gifted. I have resistance to taking an appointment as he is raw/superfoods in orientation. But he works with herbs and tinctures and holistic systems and the synchronicity of it intrigues me. Just dont know whether or not to drop 75 quid on a session, that could be a new pair of walking sandals. Then, I dont want to get into a limited money mindset

              Its already a bright and boldy sunny day. I've an afternoon picnic and hoping to swim at the lido later, Sat eve is generally the quietest time. So I'm retaining my energy this morning, staying home quietly and hoping I can be alive and alert enough for that late swim.
              Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
              Ralph Waldo Emerson

              Journal: Vibrant Life

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              • I'm taking a break from this eating arrangement; it's open-ended. See you around/later. Good luck with your food and health journeys
                Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
                Ralph Waldo Emerson

                Journal: Vibrant Life

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                • Originally posted by Neeleh View Post
                  I'm taking a break from this eating arrangement; it's open-ended. See you around/later. Good luck with your food and health journeys
                  Best of luck lady! We'll miss you!

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                  • hey, I'll miss you too...take it easy!
                    “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

                    ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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                    • Originally posted by Neeleh View Post
                      I'm taking a break from this eating arrangement; it's open-ended. See you around/later. Good luck with your food and health journeys
                      Seriously? Why? All the best to you neeleh, I've enjoyed your conversations and musings.
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                      • Aww, that's lovely. Thought I could sneak away quietly. I've really enjoyed this forum and the company. I just can't ignore the spiralling depression, constipation and increasing cravings. I've been bingeing and gained weight and that is just so hideous and wrong, something is obviously out of balance.

                        It's been building for so long and escalating that I can't take the symptoms to be transitional. Something had to change. I already reintroduced complex carbohydrates as bananas and sweet potatoes, but it was only when I added rice (red and brown basmati) that my mood and bowel regulated.

                        I decided to take a break from animal products at that point, while my mood stabilises and I get my head straight. I really get it that this is nutritional folly, from one point of view. Maybe I was over-emphasising meat and fish, three times a day wasnt right for me and would do better with a more balanced equation such as PHD. I have a freezer full of fish and meat that isnt going anywhere

                        I imagine I could swing around again and revisit this diet, I came here for a reason - to resurrect my health and find optimal nutrition and that remains my quest. I just need a breather from the intensity of the learning curve and am taking a bit of time out to sit on the sidelines and let the experience settle. I'm eating clean: whole, unprocessed plant foods.

                        Err, babbling now, but grateful for your attention, and maybe see you soon. I will miss you Ritten, Annie and Bullymama, your warmth and intelligence and friendliness as well as the inspiration of your personal journeys.
                        Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air
                        Ralph Waldo Emerson

                        Journal: Vibrant Life

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                        • sad to see you leave! i hope you can figure out what works for you i've enjoyed reading up on your last posts. they breathe such peace, even though there is also struggle and sadness int here at times.
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                          • I for one will miss your gorgeous walk photos!! But there's no shame in experimenting. It's your health, body, and life, and it takes more than that to break it.


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