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    I'm been thinking about coconut oil - I haven't even began to embrace coconut yet. I have a bit of flaked coconut that I use for snacks along with almonds. I have very, very sensitive skin, contact dermatitis to just about everything, have always been this way. I shouldn't hope for miracles, but I do hope this primal lifestyle will help my skin. The idea of being to go outside for more than half an hour and not get totally fried to a crisp is very wonderful. Seriously, it is one reason I moved to Maine - the sun is not as powerful here and I can go outside in the summer. A couple of summers ago I actually became tan for the first time in my life. It was so weird! I didn't know what was happening. I had been going to the beach and swimming and playing every day and noticed I was turning a strange brown color...my friend just about died laughing and told me I was getting tan. I responded that I don't get tan, only red and she said, "Look in the mirror and tell me that's not tan!" She still teases about that. "So, are you going to turn that strange brown color if we go hiking?" Hmmm, maybe I can make some beauty product out of all the canola and peanut oil I have in my cupboard...but if I shouldn't eat it, I suppose I shouldn't slather it on my body either.

    I think I have lost tons of inflammation - I really think gluten intolerance was my deal. I have not included in this journal some of the grosser things that have happened since going primal, but you can probably imagine, and maybe you experienced something like that yourself. Let me just say that it was obvious that my body shed a lot of stuff that wasn't doing it any good. My clothes are hanging on me, enough so that people are mentioning it. I'm fitting easily into jeans that were way too small a couple of weeks ago. Still, it is hard not to focus on the scale. As I have mentioned, I work with a lot of very overweight (100 lbs or more) and unhealthy, unhappy people. (Where are all those jolly fat people? They don't work in hospitals.) But really, adjusting to this lifestyle is the most important thing at this point, and finding ways to make it convenient and effortless are the focus.

    Anyway, it was pretty easy last night. I was quite hungry when I came home, so I ate a few nuts. Slept very well, woke up when tubby cat sat on my head, thereby declaring that it was high time I got up and fed him. Slim cat came around and laid his ultra-soft paw on my cheek in a rather unusual gesture that is unique to him. I've never had a cat who does this - he sits in front of me and gently places his paw on my cheek. He will sit there until I respond in some way. Not usual predator behavior. Speaking of which, tubby cat dispatched a mouse with great aplomp a short while ago. I think they are coming in because it is so very dry outside - we need rain quite desperately. Supposed to get some this weekend.

    Back to work tonight. Wish me well -
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    Oh! My friend's cat, Disco, does this too. Maybe they are soul mates.

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    I hear you about the skin. Despite being an ethnic mishmash, I managed to get the very fair, freckly Celtic skin (only one of my five kids picked up on that) and it burns and blushes and flushes at the slightest provocation. And since allergies and intolerances have become part of the picture, it will get rashes and hives and rosacea for nothing too. Although people have been commenting on how good it looks lately. I don't know if that is due to the progressive cutback on carbs or my dropping hormones or a bit of both. Either way, I'll take it gladly. Getting the colour back in my cheeks hasn't hurt either.

    Too funny about not recognizing a tan. Boy... That is something like the time I was trying to scrub the dirt off my baby's hands until I realized it wasn't going to come off because it was freckles. I had always protected him from the sun but he'd managed to get his little hands out on the rail of the stroller and into the sun.

    Be prepared for jealous co-workers. There's a lady at church who calls me "you skinny thing" with a bit of a sneer. I know she means it as a compliment, although I'm sure she's jealous too, so I don't take offense. That's the great part about having been obese - everyone who knew you thinks you're skinny when you're still really quite plump... LOL! I'm sure strangers aren't particularly impressed, but at least I don't feel like I'm attracting attention with my excess pounds like I used too. I remember the first time I was out in public and realized I felt normal - like nobody was looking at me and feeling sorry for me. It was very strange, but nice.

    And I wish you well, although you probably won't see this until after you get home. Working at a hospital, you probably don't have time for surfing on the job.
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    Yeah, I definitely got the delicate Celtic skin thing - I was a redhead back in the pre-gray days. So I guess I'm still a redhead.

    I was eating my BAS and thinking about my post from a few days ago regarding chewing a lot, using small plates, etc. and realized that stuff is totally unnecessary on PB. It is almost impossible to eat too many vegetables of the leafy and crunchy green variety, or those pretty red bell peppers. And you HAVE to chew them properly. Real food has to be chewed, can't be scarfed like bread or pastries. Now, you can choke on meat for sure. That's kind of a common-sense survival thing. (Don't try to swallow dead cow without chewing...)

    I can't wait to make the chicken tikka marsala. I've made careful lists of what can be purchased at the regular grocery and what needs to be purchased at the specialty co-op. I am so, so, so, so lucky to have that co-op. They have absolutely everything and I can buy spices in small quantities as needed. I know it will be delicious and I will be thinking of all the great people I have met here and how thankful I am that others share recipes and knowledge. Okay, I'm getting all choked up and I'm at work - no emotions here!

    I'm thinking about getting a mandolin. I have an attachment for my Kitchenaid, but it doesn't work well and is quite a pain to clean. Maybe I should just go wild and get a hi-tech fancy-schmancy food processor. That's not really in the budget but it is fun to think about.
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    Sabine, I'll bet they are soul mates. Along the lines of questioning CW, I definitely feel like animals, particularly cats, are completely misunderstood and most of what 'experts' tell you is, if not wrong, at least on the wrong track. Although there a few cats that are genuine loners (like people), most are quite social if given the opportunity and will readily bond with other species: people, horses, dogs. My boys are extremely bonded to each other and to me and will run around calling if they find themselves alone. Yet they are as 'catlike' as you can imagine, being great hunters, fastidious, cautious. And so many animals are considered 'stupid' because they just have no desire to please human beings or learn silly tricks. Well, I could go on like this for quite awhile so I will be quiet now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siobhan View Post
    Yeah, I definitely got the delicate Celtic skin thing - I was a redhead back in the pre-gray days. So I guess I'm still a redhead.

    I was eating my BAS and thinking about my post from a few days ago regarding chewing a lot, using small plates, etc. and realized that stuff is totally unnecessary on PB. It is almost impossible to eat too many vegetables of the leafy and crunchy green variety, or those pretty red bell peppers. And you HAVE to chew them properly. Real food has to be chewed, can't be scarfed like bread or pastries. Now, you can choke on meat for sure. That's kind of a common-sense survival thing. (Don't try to swallow dead cow without chewing...)

    I can't wait to make the chicken tikka marsala. I've made careful lists of what can be purchased at the regular grocery and what needs to be purchased at the specialty co-op. I am so, so, so, so lucky to have that co-op. They have absolutely everything and I can buy spices in small quantities as needed. I know it will be delicious and I will be thinking of all the great people I have met here and how thankful I am that others share recipes and knowledge. Okay, I'm getting all choked up and I'm at work - no emotions here!

    I'm thinking about getting a mandolin. I have an attachment for my Kitchenaid, but it doesn't work well and is quite a pain to clean. Maybe I should just go wild and get a hi-tech fancy-schmancy food processor. That's not really in the budget but it is fun to think about.
    BAS? And mandolin? In my books that's a musical instrument. And Kitchenaid is a brand of a whole bunch of different appliances. Which one are you talking about?

    Cats are very social animals. But they are not pack hunters, which is what gives them their reputation for being anti-social. I had a cat who was absolutely brilliant. She would look both ways before crossing the street, stop on the boulevard, look both ways again. Hey, there was a wheat field full of mice on the other side of that six-lane road. Until they built a shopping centre there... It was not surprising she lived to be 24. She never got fat even after being spayed and was too smart to get creamed by a car, the two things that tend to kill domesticated cats.
    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

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
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    BAS is a Big-Ass Salad, lol. Leafy greens and whatever ever other veg I have handy. Very good for bringing to work. I throw in some protein, again whatever I have, an egg or some already cooked meat. And a mandolin is a kind of slicer -also spelled mandoline, and yes, also a musical instrument. It's not electric but can slice things very fine. My Kitchenaid is a large stand mixer, but has attachments that screw into the front and use the electric power - I can grind meat or nuts and slice things, but I'm not that happy with the way it works. Nice idea though. I used to make bread a lot in that stand mixer - no more of that!

    Well, this is my third night at work, a little tired but not bad. I'll probably babble away here a bit when I get a chance through the night because it helps me to think positive. One of the best advantages I am experiencing is that I don't get hungry like I used to - that "I have to eat now or I'll die" feeling that was so unpleasant. And then being hungry again in an hour! I seem to get hungry much more slowly and don't have the highs and lows. And being able to just eat when I'm hungry and not worry about whether I should have eaten something or missed something or whatever is much more manageable with my life and job. One problem here in the hospital, and one reason I think obesity is so widespread (one of many reasons) is that it is tempting to just eat whenever you can because you never know when you will get another opportunity. People just seem to stuff themselves all night long. But I'm doing much better with managing hunger and I plan to make this continue.

    Anyone out there like kombucha? I'm practically addicted to the stuff. Of course it does have a small amount of sugar - this particular bottle I just drank has 2g. I like GT's Enlightened Multi-Green. Get teased a lot for drinking a green drink, so I keep it in my office. No one thinks it is weird to drink artificial colors like fluorescent orange?!?!

    I wish I was home. I hate working Saturday night.
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    Thanks for the dictionary service. LOL! Yes, those huge salads are great, aren't they? I've been eating similar things for a long time. Like I've said, going primal has not been a huge step for me, I was halfway there in so many things.

    Never tried kombucha tea. I've noticed there's a bit of a buzz about it on MDA (okay, that shows I'm acclimatizing. Starting to use the acronyms) but I haven't taken the time yet to find out what it is. Just tease back. The fluorescent orange line would be great!
    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

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
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    I've been reading over my journal entries for the last few days...phwew...boring....

    The trouble is I am at work, and because of rather strict privacy laws, I can't really say much about what goes on here. I can't tell funny patient stories, etc. Which is a very good thing. But that leaves me with making snarky comments about my co-workers, which is not very productive or amusing. Might be more amusing if I could find out some of the snarky comments they are making about me and post them here. But I can't do that without sneaking around and eavesdropping, which is really wrong and not my style. Besides, I doubt if they are really talking about me at all.

    Had some cold salmon with capers and onions and some mixed fruit. Very nice. I made the horrific discovery that I forgot my book. The horrificness of this is mitigated by the fact that I can get Netfl*x and I have a stack of magazines a mile high as well as my Kindle Fire. Okay, so it is not really horrific at all.

    I'm almost done with Cordain's Paleo book - very, very interesting and really was just what I was looking for in terms of research and actual facts instead of the usual BS. I wonder what it was really like then...not just what they ate, but how they lived and felt. Must ruminate over this with a cup of tea.
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    Listened to some of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Wagner's Siegfried this afternoon. What I wouldn't give to see it! I am hoping for a re-showing of the simulcast from last fall - I didn't see it because it coincided with my brother's death. There is something poetic there, but I don't know what it is. Anyway, maybe the powers that be will show it again. The opera and theater simulcasts make living in rural heaven a lot more heavenly. As much as I adore Wagner's Ring and as high a priority I made it, I was only able to see Die Walkure. Just didn't work out - death, illness, car troubles. I hope I will have another chance. Deborah Voight is Brunnhilde - she lost something like 150 lbs after having a gastric bypass and now she is playing all kinds of top sexy roles. I think it is so sad she felt compelled to have that surgery but I hope it works out for her. Working in a hospital, I have a very dim view of it just because of the complications I see from it and simply because so often it just doesn't work. The person doesn't get slim and has all sorts of problems. Luckily I don't see much of this in Maine but when I worked in Boston I saw it all the time. In fact one of the ICUs had what was basically a 'gastric bypass complications unit.' Often these patients were in and out of the ICU all of the time - for years. And guess who pays for this? That's right - you and me. Virtually of them were medicaid/welfare types. Doctors actually go after these patients. They put up some flyers in likely neighborhoods, rent a hotel conference room and put on a show. "You can have a gastric bypass and not even have to pay for it! We'll do the paperwork!" I'm not kidding about this. Okay, I wasn't going to say anything controversial here and here I am doing it. Oh well.
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