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    Cori, your name is on my very next one! Probably not until next week, though.

    I think a lot about dairy, and know all the arguments against it - but - there's always a but - it is amazingly nutritious, the closest thing to a complete food that we have, utterly delicious and satisfying, versatile. And the benefits of raw milk, particularly raw goat milk which I am fortunate to have available, are wonderful. I haven't had a sneeze or a sniffle or red, weepy eyes at all this spring. I appear to be the only person in this part of the world without any seasonal allergies. When I was at the doctor last week, I was questioned intensely about this by the nurse, the PA, and the doc himself, who couldn't believe I wasn't coughing and sneezing my head off like everyone else, or taking handfuls of pills to ward off the pollen. I didn't tell them I consume raw goat milk from goats that are pastured less than 15 miles from where I live.

    Oddly this morning, we all woke up hungry. The cats jumped on me at 5 AM, and I was so thirsty I had to get up to drink something anyway. They ate their breakfast with a gusto I have not noticed before and asked for more - which I gave them, since slim cat can use all the food I can get him to eat and he was particularly tucked into his food bowl. Maybe it's the pheromones I plugged into the wall yesterday? They aren't supposed to affect me! The birds and chipmunks were clamoring outside the window for nuts and seeds. I was a bit peckish myself and did not want to repeat the mistake of taking steriods on an empty stomach as I did yesterday, so I had a piece of meatza (tastes better cold), half an avocado (YAY!), and a handful of blueberries. Don't usually eat fruit at breakfast but they looked so good. Can't wait for our delicious wild Maine blueberries to be ready. Those are the best. Very soon!

    The residents of my 'bird feeder' (the ground underneath a huge rhododendron outside my kitchen window) - two wood thrushes, probably a couple, a pair of bluejays, definitely a couple, a pair of cardinals, likewise, two chipmunks, a black squirrel, and a gray squirrel. Oh, and numerous juncos. They have their squabbles, but they seem to work things out. I gave up trying to chase off the small mammals and now feed two different kinds of food, placing the cracked corn that the mammals seem to like at the outer edges and the premium nuts and seeds more underneath the shrub. It sort of works. For some reason I have two large picture windows in my kitchen. Perhaps it was not a kitchen but a living room at one time. Who knows in these old houses.

    Back is much, much better this morning. I can almost forget about it for long periods of time. On that note, I think I have been on the computer long enough - hoping for everyone to have a wonderful and primal day -
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    So happy to hear that your back is better.

    I am dreaming up ways of adding punch to your chicken meatza. Oregano, Sri Racha hot sauce (the best, it doesn't mask the food's own flavour), garlic... Yum. I bought some ground turkey the other day, but there's so many things I want to try with it. Primalizing my orange-ginger hash perhaps. Or a white chili. Choices, choices...
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    I think I have figured out why people keep telling me I look good. I hadn't noticed before, but the dark circles I have had under my eyes for my entire life are definitely reduced. Not gone by any means, but much less noticeable.

    Went to the adult ed class this morning at church, which was very interesting, and then discovered that it is Children's Sunday. No sermon, the hour is turned over to the kids...frankly not my thing at all. So I left, and I will hold my own worship service in my kitchen. Don't get me wrong, I think it is great to have the kids so involved, they are the future after all. But I don't necessarily want to be around while they are doing it. Some things are just best left to doting parents and grandparents.

    Cats are starving again, what is up with that? They've already eaten twice as much as usual!
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    I am glad that my ancestors are from dairy-experimenting people: I have no problems with it. Yum, dairy!

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    Yes, I thank my ancestors for providing me with the proper working enzymes for dairy. I rarely eat ice cream, even before primal, but I love it ALOT. In fact I was thinking about walking down to the ice cream stand this afternoon and having a scoop of premium vanilla - 80/20 you know! The stand serves high quality stuff, real cream, real sugar, etc. I don't buy it at the store, although it is much cheaper because I will either eat way too much or it will go bad. So it isn't really cheaper at all!

    I walked over to the forest preserve and wandered up and down the handicapped trail (nice and even and wide) and got some sun and exercise. I am walking as slowly as I need to in order to avoid limping. The doc said it is better to take it really easy rather than favor the bad side as it only worsens the situation. I can't believe how beautiful it is outside. The ocean is dancing and the trees are singing for joy.

    I was thinking about a pasta dish I used to make with zucchini, onions, cheese, garlic....got a little sad, and then realized that I can still have it, minus the pasta that I don't care about anyway. Will make a nice side dish for the rest of the chicken. So I got a couple of zucchinis and a red pepper too. Really, it is ridiculous how well I am eating. Also my pears are ready so I have those to look forward to in the next couple of days. Also put a fresh batch of cut-up strawberries in the freezer for smoothie prep. Hmmmm, the smoothie sounding better than ice cream, and much better for me too. I know I won't be tired or headachey after a smoothie, whereas that might be the result with ice cream. Okay, talked myself into it.
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    Are you doing rice at all, Siobhan? If you are: we have found some rice pastas that work pretty well when you want the pasta texture in a dish. Look for the ones made only from rice, as some of them have rice as their name, but lots of other things in their ingredient list.

    My honey stopped on the way back from our walk/bike ride to buy himself snacks, and proceeded to munch in the car on the way home. Oh, the smell of pickled garlic! So tempting.

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    I'm enjoying spaghetti squash.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

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    Oh, that was cruel! Sounds pretty good though.

    I haven't done any rice, have never been a big rice eater. To be honest I have never seen the point of rice. And last year I lived with two Vietnamese people for three months. They had the rice cooker going constantly and tried to convert me; alas, I drove them to despair. I ate the other stuff though. They made some pretty cool meat salads. Actually the only thing I really miss is a really awesome peanut sauce I used to make and drown pasta in. Of course, I could still have it every so often. I never tried it with rice noodles, however I always thought it would be even better with rice noodles. I suppose I could try making this with almond butter but I'm not sure how that work - almonds don't taste anything like peanuts, and almond butter is really expensive, I would hate to waste it. I'm sure I can get good rice noodles at the food co-op.
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    Really liking my protein powder. It is probably not as good as Mark's, but I think it is close, but minus the fat. By adding the fat myself it is much cheaper. I think I will try the chocolate too. I love the way it plumps up my protein macro. And I am pretty sure I can have a smoothie every day and not get tired of it. For one thing, it is easy to make them different. Might have to get a mini-blender for work - that would really be cool. Must look at thrift shop for extremely cheap mini-blender. I'm kind of annoyed, I actually had two and I gave one away! What was I thinking?
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    Got the chocolate protein powder. Tomorrow I will have a choco-nana-strawberry concoction. Hope it's good!

    Made the zucchini dish, delicious. Quite the fat bomb! Butter, olive oil, boatload of cheese, almonds. Haha, you heard zucchini and thought - carbs - nope. Hardly ate any chicken, the zucchini was way better. Lots of garlic too. Drinking a very disappointing savingnon blanc. Very little carbs though.

    Is it okay to admit I don't like salads that much? Too much chewing. Raw veg also doesn't really agree with me. I have read about some interesting ones though. Smoked salmon and avocado - must try that. And that cucumber salad we were talking about a while ago. I think I need to add smoked salmon to the mix, haven't had any in awhile and it is just about my favorite food.

    Is it okay to talk about farting? I hardly ever fart anymore. It's great. I don't miss it.
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