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    Today would have been my father's 64th birthday...

    Today would have been my father's 64th birthday if he had lived long enough to see it.

    People ask me sadly, "oh, was it cancer?".

    No. My father died of alcoholism. Decades of...
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    Sending you long distance hugs. Financial...

    Sending you long distance hugs.

    Financial stress can take such a toll. It raises your cortisol levels so high. I have to find the article but there is evidence that elevated cortisol levels...
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    Thank you, Goldie!!!! Just what I needed. So...

    Thank you, Goldie!!!! Just what I needed.

    So here is today's slow cooker recipe:


    4 cups low sodium chicken broth (I am using more of my own bone broth)
    4 large, raw chicken breasts (I'm...
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    Great blog, teach! I'll follow you. :) Yeay...

    Great blog, teach! I'll follow you. :)

    Yeay for people noticing the weight loss, both of you. I think most people look for something else like a hairstyle or clothes but it is weight loss. ...
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    I just laughed so hard I woke the baby up. ...

    I just laughed so hard I woke the baby up. Totally worth it. "Psychotic sock puppets." I'm so glad those two found each other. Now maybe reasonable people can move on and do their own research.
    ...
  6. When I weaned off the Topamax, my neurologist...

    When I weaned off the Topamax, my neurologist gave me a plan on reducing my dose and frequency over a month or so. He was on board with the neurofeedback (though skeptical). He even called me 2...
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    Crazy craptastic day :( too tired to share about...

    Crazy craptastic day :( too tired to share about it now.

    But hey, let me leave you with a kid-friendly, pretty-much-anyone-will-eat-it super EASY slow-cooker recipe. I'll post the original and...
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    I've never attempted kimchi...yet. At our...

    I've never attempted kimchi...yet.

    At our farmer's market there is a small pickling company called Fresh Crunch that sells different items each week. They often have these pickled carrots they...
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    It's done! Mandolined garlic covered with honey...

    It's done! Mandolined garlic covered with honey now in the cabinet next to the ginger-honey, and the apple chutney (take 2). Now I just have to be patient. That's not my strong suit but so...
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    This is exactly why I did on Saturday and...

    This is exactly why I did on Saturday and yesterday. Uphill and walk down. I am a little sore but my joints aren't hurting or swollen.

    I registered for my first 5k on November 10. Woot!
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    My current fermentations include kombucha,...

    My current fermentations include kombucha, coconut water kefir, lacto-fermented ketchup and apple chutney and the pickled ginger. Garlic is next! Do you slice the cloves thinly or just use them...
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    Any chance she could be sensitive to nightshades?...

    Any chance she could be sensitive to nightshades? It's the only thing jumping out at me. Maybe not enough carbs? It's all I can pick up on.

    4.5 is tough. Actually I think each 1/2 mark is...
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    I took the kids to a local forest trail that just...

    I took the kids to a local forest trail that just happens to have those workout stations like step-ups, pull-ups, sit-up bench, et cetera. I believe they are called parkours?? Maybe?

    Baby sat in...
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    I'm keeping everything crossed for you. Fingers,...

    I'm keeping everything crossed for you. Fingers, toes, eyes! Whatever it takes. I'm sending you lots of good thoughts!

    I've also gotten more sun this summer and no burns. I'm limiting it to...
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    I think you will find your auto-immune issues get...

    I think you will find your auto-immune issues get better on primal, or at least being strictly grain-free.

    My rheumatologist also suggested acupuncture last year, that made a huge difference. ...
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    Hahah! This worked with my DS too. He starts K...

    Hahah! This worked with my DS too. He starts K in September. We did the whole series of BOB books and now we just let him pick books he wants to read. We have some Dr. Seuss that are favorites and...
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    This is too funny and too accurate: what it is...

    This is too funny and too accurate:

    what it is like to (not) sleep at night – illustrated with crappy pictures


    But my cats know better now to not try the 5:00 am wake-up. They do find a way...
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    Oh, good plan. Yes, I think coconut meat plus oil...

    Oh, good plan. Yes, I think coconut meat plus oil and very little bit of honey. I am pretty coo-coo for coconuts. ;) maybe we need to start a support group for coconut lovers. I use coconut oil on...
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    Such wonderful news about your mom. She must be...

    Such wonderful news about your mom. She must be so grateful. What a great send off with a coconut cheesecake. When do you head West again? You must miss everyone in California.

    I only made a...
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    I promise not to tell on you. We can start an...

    I promise not to tell on you. We can start an Underground Avocado Export Service. I'd offer you something from the DC Metro area but we just seem to specialize in politicians. And they definitely...
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    Preach on, brother. I can't wait to hear about...

    Preach on, brother. I can't wait to hear about your coconut cheesecake. *faints*

    Okay, all you Californians need to stop talking about avocados rolling in the street. It makes my heart hurt. ...
  22. Regarding neurofeedback, a good book to read is...

    Regarding neurofeedback, a good book to read is "A Symphony in the Brain" by Robbins. It's a good place to start.

    As a long time meditator, I'm a firm believer in that whole "mind over matter"...
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    I was pretty sore yesterday from my LHT workout...

    I was pretty sore yesterday from my LHT workout on Friday and my sprints on Saturday. But today I feel great. No soreness and no pain in my knees. Woot woot!

    Hubby finally made it home...
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    Wow, I posted before even reading this new post of yours.

    If you want to visit Johns Hopkins, you have a place to stay not too far away. We are just outside the Beltway.
  25. I'll have time to post more later. I have...

    I'll have time to post more later. I have partial seizures. I used to be on Topamax. I underwent neurofeedback sessions that effectually ended my need for meds. I still do neurofeedback but only...
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