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    Here's how I cook liver:

    Chop some onions and put them in a frying pan with a little coconut oil so they don't burn. Toss in a big piece of liver. Once it's cooked enough I can cut it without turning it to mush, I slice it up into pieces in the pan. Then I push it all to the side of the pan, crack my eggs into the pan, put it on low and cover the pan while I make coffee. After a while I just turn off the heat and let it all sit in the pan with the cover on while I drink my coffee. Then I eat it. The liver will be cooked, the onions carmelized and often the egg yolks are a tad overdone, but I like them that way as I lose less yolk when it's all solid.
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    I feel I should add things like sardines and liver to my eating list, but ..... I've always hated them. Well, not always, just after I tasted them.

    I looking for ways to "sneak" them in, or disguise the taste. In the case of liver, it might be disguise the texture as well. Funny how texture can be just as important as flavor. Mushrooms are an excellent case in point -- don't mind the flavor, hate the texture. I did once have a very nice rich mushroom soup, with the mushrooms all ground up (or finely minced, I don't know). Of course, I'm betting there was a fair amount of butter and/or cream in the soup.

    Anyway, anyone have similar aversions (past or present) and any good ideas for hiding these foods with others? I read somewhere else, probably on this forum, about mixing ground up chicken livers with hamburger, so I may try that. That would be a good day to have onions too, I would think. That's rather traditional for liver, is it not? There must be some reason -- ameliorate the taste? Some nutrient combo?

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    I had a great recipe for chicken liver which my kids actually loved. None of us is too fond of liver in any other form. I haven't primalized it 100% yet, but here is the idea.

    Cook the livers in boiling water with a splash of lemon juice. The lemon is important, because the colour is very unappetizing if you leave it out. Drain, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

    Saute onions, green peppers, and mushrooms in butter or bacon fat. When they are done, thicken with tapioca starch or arrowroot, enough to absorb all the fat. Add chicken broth bit by bit to the desired thickness, stirring in well to eliminate lumps. Add a splash of red wine, ketchup to taste (that's the part I haven't figured out how to primalize, perhaps a tbsp or two of tomato paste?), add the chicken livers and serve not over white rice, LOL. OK, over cauliflower rice, or eat straight, or however you substitute for rice.

    The beauty of this is that the sauce is very flavourful and hides the taste of the chicken liver. And the smaller you cut the pieces of liver, the less you notice them. You can even mash them with your fork on your plate and mix them in. This was a regular meal when my kids were growing up, and almost all of them have asked for the recipe.

    For beef and pork liver, I find the trick is to cook them just enough, because otherwise they turn to leather. Simmering in a sauce for ages doesn't seem to help tenderize them. I find the texture rather off-putting too, but I really need my iron, so I am going to have to master the fine art of taking them out of the pan faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meegads View Post
    Ok, here we go - my first TOM since going primal. Is anyone else absolutely STARVING during their cycle?? I swear, I've eaten ALL DAY (only good things, of course ) and an hour later, I'm hungry again! And it's not boredom - I can tell the difference between bored hunger and real hunger these days. I ate like a half-pound of bacon with breakfast, and wanted MORE bacon for dinner!! Is this normal? I'm trying not to worry about calories and fat grams and to just feed my body what it wants and get through this week. Hopefully next week, things balance back out.

    On a happy note, I'm nearly cramp-free this time - and I typically get cramps so badly, I spend two days in bed with a hot pack and a bottle of Vicodin. So yay for that!
    ME! My first TOM since going Primal too. I ate like a pound of steak this morning and had 2 tbsp of coconut oil at breakfast, I had a grass-fed burger patty with 2 pcs bacon, a qtr of an avocado with fried mushrooms over lettuce at lunch (with tea with cococonut oil) and I'M STILL HUNGRY. I have a jar of almond butter open and I'm just eating it with a spoon. And I've been having cottage cheese, which is the only dairy (besides like parmesan) that my body doesn't seem to react to. SO HUNGRY MUST EAT NOW. If I maintain this week, and lose next...then awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli889 View Post
    ME! My first TOM since going Primal too. I ate like a pound of steak this morning and had 2 tbsp of coconut oil at breakfast, I had a grass-fed burger patty with 2 pcs bacon, a qtr of an avocado with fried mushrooms over lettuce at lunch (with tea with cococonut oil) and I'M STILL HUNGRY. I have a jar of almond butter open and I'm just eating it with a spoon. And I've been having cottage cheese, which is the only dairy (besides like parmesan) that my body doesn't seem to react to. SO HUNGRY MUST EAT NOW. If I maintain this week, and lose next...then awesome!
    Yesterday was the start of my period, and I was both sleepy and starving. Despite having a snack of cottage cheese at 4, a lovely lunch of short ribs, and a good 2 oz of pate for breakfast, I just couldn't shake the exhaustion or the constant need to eat. Made my husband take me out for dinner, where I had some nice organic rotisserie chicken, a bit of potato, and lots of veggies. I'll also cop to a hot fudge sundae. Today I feel "normal" again; skipped breakfast, ate more of the short ribs, and feel content and full and awake.

    I accredit it to my hormones bottoming out. I accredit the hot fudge sundae to being slightly bummed that we didn't hit preggo goldmine on the first try. But on the bright side, we won't have a January due-date, and I'll be able to put more of the cost on my FSA account when we do finally conceive...which I hope is this time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I eat sardines regularly but I'm not very creative about it. I open the can, squeeze a couple mustard packets on it, and eat it at my desk.
    Awesome. I love mustard, and I love simplicity. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    Here's how I cook liver:

    Chop some onions and put them in a frying pan with a little coconut oil so they don't burn. Toss in a big piece of liver. Once it's cooked enough I can cut it without turning it to mush, I slice it up into pieces in the pan. Then I push it all to the side of the pan, crack my eggs into the pan, put it on low and cover the pan while I make coffee. After a while I just turn off the heat and let it all sit in the pan with the cover on while I drink my coffee. Then I eat it. The liver will be cooked, the onions carmelized and often the egg yolks are a tad overdone, but I like them that way as I lose less yolk when it's all solid.
    That sounds delicious! Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli889 View Post
    ME! My first TOM since going Primal too. I ate like a pound of steak this morning and had 2 tbsp of coconut oil at breakfast, I had a grass-fed burger patty with 2 pcs bacon, a qtr of an avocado with fried mushrooms over lettuce at lunch (with tea with cococonut oil) and I'M STILL HUNGRY. I have a jar of almond butter open and I'm just eating it with a spoon. And I've been having cottage cheese, which is the only dairy (besides like parmesan) that my body doesn't seem to react to. SO HUNGRY MUST EAT NOW. If I maintain this week, and lose next...then awesome!
    I had mine last week and was happily surprised that it was much lighter than normal (mine are every 6 or so weeks, but irregular) and I was definitely less crampy. I think the first day I wanted to eat everything in sight, but I felt bloated. The rest of it was fine, and it was shorter than normal. I'm interested to see what happens the next time my period comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli889 View Post
    Google magnesium and chronic heart disease. We're all mostly deficient in magnesium (along with everything else these days) and from what I've read, we get too much calcium (which can displace magnesium). Calcium helps our muscles contract, and magnesium helps them release. So if you imagine a heart attack, it's basically your heart just totally contracting and being unable to stop. Magnesium helps muscle cramps of all kinds (even lady cramps!). I saw this article about Paleo, magnesium and heart disease last night, I'll try to find it.

    I use magnesium oil spray, Epsom salt baths, and the CALM supplement before bed. This, along with PB, has made my experience of stress go WAY down. Stressful things? Meh. Totally chill now. Or almost totally chill.
    Magnesium is just plain awesome stuff! Helps with my migraines and my leg twitches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RitaRose View Post
    Magnesium is just plain awesome stuff! Helps with my migraines and my leg twitches.
    Okay - I've been taking magnesium supplements, but then I added up all the magnesium in ALL my supplements and I was about twice the RDA. So I stopped taking the added supplement. Maybe I need to do some more research on this one. How much is too much? My supplements are 500 mg and it says its 125% of the RDA. I think everything else totals 400 mg. Should I be taking that much? Today I read that magnesium helps muscles to release - and I have a terrible problem with cramping in my hands and feet. I'm gonna check WebMD and see what they say. Man this stuff is hard to figure out!
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