The old adage "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is not so far from the truth.
Hubby and I were already engaged before I had him over for supper, but he raved about that for years, to my considerable embarrassment. It was a very simple thing I made...
Well, I caught the last ex-Mr. Siobhan with my cooking and the less said about that the better, so maybe I'm not on the right track after all!
Your hubby must have been dazzled by the company! And the cooking too, of course!
I won't ask then.
Yes, it must have been the company. For sure. ;)
And what was it you served him? Hmmm?
Just had a great dinner. Not the lamb - that is put away for the next three nights when I am working. When I am in my 'work cycle' I don't do much but sleep, work, shower, and eat. Pretty much literally. Twelve hour night shifts just don't leave much time. Occasionally I find the energy to do something, but not often, and I don't like to pressure myself. Enough pressure as is. Anyway, I cooked some beef steaks, delicious, with some sauteed mushrooms and a leafy green salad with a little homemade mayo and some extra balsamic vinegar. Small glass of red wine made it just about a perfect meal. My cats get so affectionate when I cook beef! They want lots of cuddles, can't imagine why :) Actually, I remember reading somewhere that one reason we are attracted to cats is because they are about the same size as a human infant, making holding one a somewhat primal experience. I totally get that, even though I am the least maternal person you will ever meet.
There is a show on tonight about climate change, looks good, might hook up the antenna and have a go. (No cable TV for me! Grok didn't have cable!)
Call me silly, I do that(cavewoman walking home with haunch of deer) all the time. Sometimes I imagine I am stalking the animal, on my way TO the store. No sprinting, though.
Okay, I am going to do that even more! I like the stalking idea too. I definitely approach the grocery as a foraging expedition - finding the edibles among the vast amount of junk.
At my meditation/book group this morning we had a lively discussion about hoarding/material stuff/junk we hold onto. Didn't solve any problems, but lots of food for thought there. The other ladies in the group are definitely in a different socio-economic group than I am - to put it mildly, they are really, really comfortable financially. Some of them are actually rich. It was a little weird to hear them talk about having nothing but a buddha bowl and a coat when they live in multi-million dollar homes on waterfront property with a new car in the garage and a boat at their private dock. But this has nothing to do with the fact that I need to get rid of a lot of stuff. The key is to get rid of the junk and keep the pretty things that make me happy when I look at them.
Well, I'm kind of hungry, time to go forage in the refrigerator.
Leftover steak - maybe the nicest two words in the English language.
I have discovered that it is fun to keep a food diary when one isn't denying oneself. To look back over the day and see all the delicious things one has eaten - very satisfying. But since ultimately I want to lose some weight (something more than the few I have lost) I went back, picked a few days at random and added up the calories. I'm eating approximately 1800-1900 calories per day, which goes a way to explain why not much weight is coming off. But I am encouraged because this way of eating is very sustainable, very enjoyable, and I have no fears of 'what will I do when I'm not dieting' as I have had in the past when I have lost weight. There is plenty of room to cut back without much sacrifice, which is obvious from the diary. For instance yesterday, when I ate four substantial meals which I admit was excessive.
This morning I was up very early to go to my meditation/book group and just enjoyed a very nice breakfast of steak, mushrooms, onions, and kiwi.
Kind of a weird thing happened yesterday and I have been debating with myself on whether to journal about it or not - but here goes. I will soon be 53 years old, and had my last period 1 November 2011. I started to get hot flashes shortly after this, and when no more periods came, I thought - well, this is it. Menopause. Now, you have to go a year without periods to be considered menopausal, so here I am, almost six months from my last one and yesterday I had that old familiar feeling and bam! got a period. Has the primal diet rejuvenated me? My doctor is ecstatic that I am not menopausal yet, because we all know about osteoporosis, etc. that sets in after those lovely female hormones stop coursing through one's body. I have very mixed feelings - hey, I'm still a kid! and geez, do I have to keep dealing with this? I have not been eating meat that is full of hormones and antibiotics, I have been lucky to be able to purchase, if not grass-fed, at least hormone and antibiotic-free. It will interesting to see what will happen in the future -
You haven't been eating primally that long. If you can/have the patience, I would wait until you are a couple-few months in, before you start mindful calorie restriction. One, you may find you just naturally start eating less. I have more and more days where I only eat two meals a day, completely naturally, no thinking about it, just following my hunger (or actually FORGETTING to eat). Two, I am a strong believer in one change at a time. If you start restricting yourself before your body is ready, it may retaliate by 'helping' you to slip into non-primal ways.
Just my two cents.
I think that is very wise advice, Sabine. In looking at my journal, I have eaten less even over the course of a couple of weeks. As I get more used to my new ways, I am less afraid of being hungry or eating the wrong thing at the wrong time. I can be patient. It has taken me 52 years to get where I am, a few more months is okay!
I have been practicing yoga nearly every day and am experiencing a very surprising improvement in flexibility. After losing flexibility over the last ten years despite regular practice, I am surprised to find my palms easily reaching the ground, forward bends suddenly becoming actual forward bends instead of slight inclines - it's great. I'm actually holding myself back so as not to overstretch too quickly. I have never been very flexible and have practiced yoga because of that - I was afraid I would become immobilized if I didn't do some serious loosening and stretching. Once again, I think this points to a gluten intolerance and reduction of inflammation.
Have accomplished a lot this morning - book group, errands, chores, yoga - must now think about moving towards rest since I am working tonight.
I don't know if the period re-appearing can be directly related to a change in diet. They come and go quite unpredictably while we're winding down. I know I had pretty mixed feelings when things started slowing down. I had been kind of grumbling that everyone else got to go through menopause, why didn't I? I was nicely past the averages. And when it did finally start skipping, I was very glad, and a little perturbed at the same time. Although more glad than perturbed. I will not complain if I never have to deal with it again.
Nice to hear that you're getting more flexible. I am starting to think about expanding my exercise horizons a bit. I do a good job with the moving slowly part, but sprinting and lifting heavy things have not been part of my life. I am going to take a go-slow-and-gradual approach, maybe some kind of mini-sprint session. Swimming perhaps. I always loved swimming.