1. Grizz, I'm having a logic fail with the supposed salt detox. If salt drives bromine out of our system, then how do Americans accumulate bromine? The SAD diet is so loaded with salt that there's probably enough to drive out all the bromine from brominated flour, on a daily basis. I remember we talked about this way back in the thread -- that the only thing saving Americans from goiter is all the processed salt-laden junk food. If anything, SAD would be a CURE for bromine toxicity, and that means that primals are at greater risk for excess bromine.
2. Something that puzzled me:Rrecently -- after starting salt protocol -- I checked my blood pressure on the machine in the grocery store. It said 125/80. Usually my bp is 105/75 or so. I know it's not very accurate, but that's a big jump. Is the salt raising my blood pressure? I'll check it again soon. If it's still high, I have to cut down on the salt.
3. Pillow positioning: If you can sleep on your back, the best place to put the pillow is half under your thighs and half under your butt. You know how you're supposed to bend your knees, to keep your back from arching? It's great for your back but I found that it's hard to keep my knees up. So I tried the butt/thigh position. To get the positioning right, lie on your back with your knees bent. When your knees are up, the lower part of your butt should be lifted up a little away from the mattress. That empty space under your butt is where you should stuff the pillow. When you have it right, you can unbend your knees. The pillow will keep your thighs and butt in position without having to keep your knees up, and your back will still be bent up a little so it's not arched. I found that without the pillow under there, my back arches a bit, which throws everything off including my head. With the pillow in place, my back is flat and comfy and it doesn't matter where my head is. I learned the pillow trick when I had shoulder tendonitis and couldn't sleep on either side.
5'0" female, 43 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Current weight: skinny-fat 106 lbs. Resetting with the 21-day challenge.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I aim for 80-90 g carb/day and advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.