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    Sounds like you got filled to the brim with a lot of good things mentally.

    Oh, and speaking of things we don't speak of, when I was feeling constipated during my fast, I tried squatting on the toilet (which I am sure looked hilarious, glad honey was not around). It didn't produce the hoped for results, but it did seem to relieve the feeling inside. As if things went to where they were supposed to, and weren't stuck, so I felt better. Something to keep in your toolbox for any future occasions. I bet it doesn't even have to be on top of the toilet, after all, just a good, deep squat for a few minutes.

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    That is funny - I didn't mention it, but I did attempt a squat position and it did help! I am on board with the squatty potty thing. I was even looking around my dorm room trying to find something to assist with squatting. After having this back problem that is actually relieved by squatting - getting the knees above the hips relaxes the muscle spasm - I am very interested in exploring this. Of course it helps that I have always been able to assume that position quite easily - yoga helps with that. Once I took a dance class (what was I thinking?) and the women there, having studied ballet their entire lives, were unbelievably flexible. But when the instructor had us assume a position that was very unfamiliar for them - squatting - I was the only one who could do it easily. (I was quite the freak.) They had spent their whole lives bending their feet the OTHER way. The end of the digestive tract does align properly with flexed hips and knees, so it's not that weird, just something we don't talk about in our society.
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    Packing up and getting ready to move, and also doing more purging. I hauled my bread machine and a large box of bread/dessert cookbooks off to the charity shops. The used bookstore was thrilled with the cookbooks, which are quite nice and modern, with glossy photos and glamorous people like Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson and other people with non-U.S. accents encouraging us to gorge ourselves on refined carbohydrates. Okay, that's not fair, they also urge us to eat non-processed foods and vegetables. Still, they aren't primal and they have to go and I haven't used those cookbooks anyway. No qualms at all in giving this stuff away, except for the fact that I don't think ANYONE should be using a bread machine. If you're going to make bread, you can make it by hand quickly and easily, you don't need a machine. And I will admit, making bread is great fun. Too bad it is poison.
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    Although Translator Son will assure you that making sourdough bread with wild yeast and allowing it to ferment for a loooong time makes it much better for you, the fermentation breaking down many of the anti-nutrients.

    Here he has spent so much time perfecting the technique and neither I nor his mother-in-law have even tasted it... She read Wheat Belly and has sworn off wheat too, although she'll still eat corn and other grains.
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    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

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    Alas, I come from the land of sourdough bread (California) and it does taste heavenly and is fun to make, but if I have to manipulate a food that much to make it safe, that's a problem for me. Not to mention the relative lack of nutrients compared to, say, an apple or a cupful of berries. And then there's the gluten intolerance thing. And the blood sugar going sky high thing. But yes, it is fun, I was on that bandwagon for a while. I made many loaves of sourdough goodness, but it did me no favors. I wish him better luck.

    I weighed myself before and after my retreat and I am happy to report that I am exactly the same, FWIW. I thought I must surely have gained, eating three rather large meals at the standard times. I am really happy because that is the first time I have had to eat meals that were completely out of my control, and in a somewhat stressful situation. It was a good stressful situation, but stressful nonetheless.

    Off to work tonight, then diving into moving feet first!
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    Here I am at work, getting caught up. Went through boxes of old papers and shredded them or recycled them. Not a good day to do this since the recycling bins are filled already as it is Sunday. Hauled out at least five batches of stuff. It is unbelievable how much paper we generate. Why don't computers make this unnecessary? It seems like it is worse because now we can print stuff so easily. Why do we keep paper copies of things in files anyway? They are all online and backed up.

    Dinner was spaghetti squash, chicken sausage, tomatoes. Lots of blueberries. It is berry season here and I am going to eat berries of some type everyday.
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    I'm going to have to get some new scrub pants. The ones I have are starting to look like clown pants. You can only pull in a drawstring so far, there is too much material. And as I shrink, they get longer and I am going to trip. I just bought a couple of new pairs, though! And my favorite ones that I will never be able to replace are getting too worn and too big. Well, I guess there are worse problems to have.
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    LOL! Siobhan the clown. I hope the new pairs are a smaller size, at least. I also found cardigan sleeves getting ridiculously long on me. I joked that dieting was shortening my arms.

    And congrats on holding the line with your weight. I figure that's a major victory at times like that.

    What did you do with the spaghetti squash? Just eat it as a side? I've cooked one up for experimentation purposes. I'm going to try to make something my son can make wraps with, inspired by something you said a gazillion pages back. Wish me luck! It's a cool day here, so I might indulge in some cooking without worrying about melting like the Wicked Witch of the West.
    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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    I do all sorts of things with it. My current favorite is to make something that reminds me of lasagna. I put a layer of squash, some tomato sauce (primal of course), some cheese, some meat, repeat. This travels very well so I take it to work a lot. I also like to fry it - just take a small handful, drop it in a fry pan with some fat and cook away. Good with any meat or veg, including eggs at breakfast. I mix it with cottage cheese and eggs and cook it like a pancake. Yes, I am a spaghetti squash lover. It has quite a mild taste, unlike other squashes like butternut or acorn. It doesn't assert itself in a dish so it can go with just about anything. Also you could put any type of sauce on it that you used to put on pasta.

    And wasn't I just wondering about dairy and Mark's post is about experimenting with different types of dairy? Scary!

    What a day. Left work this AM and spent an hour and a half at hard labor in my new home. Came home, got on the phone and arranged for moving on Thursday. Fingers crossed about that. Slept and then went back to new home, which now was devoid of unwanted furniture and junk and cleaned like a fiend. The place was FILTHY. The 'stains' on the floor? Not stains. Just dirt. The woman who lived there must have never washed it. Now, I'm not the world's greatest housekeeper, but I would never leave a place in that condition. Well, it is clean now.

    Home now, had a smoothie and now am relaxing a bit. I can accomplish this, I know it. At this time next week I will be settled into my new home.

    I started listening to some CDs from The Teaching Company about C.S. Lewis. What a mind that man had! I am really enjoying learning about him and his ideas. Funny, I never really liked The Chronicles of Narnia so I never looked further into Lewis's life and work. But I have come to realize I have really missed out - he was a great man with great ideas. How did I figure this out? Oddly, I learned he was a great fan of Wagner, especially the Ring Cycle, as I am.

    Need a shower badly.
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    Also want to mention, in case I ever go back and read all this and try to draw conclusions from it, I did an 18-hour IF without realizing it.

    Cooked up 6 oz. of ground beef and half an onion with some Indian spices - tumeric, chili powder, garam masala, I don't know what else. Threw in some white wine and cooked it until it was done. Tasted like manna from heaven. I sincerely thank the cow that gave its life for me to enjoy such benefits. Had this with some of my beloved spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. Add 6 oz. red wine and called it a day eating-wise.
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