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    I remembered, with a nudge from David's journal, that when I felt bad a couple of months ago, sweet potatoes fixed me right up. Luckily I have one of those magical tubers on standby, so I fried it up in coconut oil and three drops of sriracha. Ate it with half a Niman Ranch sausage and feel much better. Just realized that I am trying this whole 30/no dairy thing and calorie restriction at the same time. Not a good idea. I'll stick with the whole30 but try not to be so concerned about calorie count.

    Is it just my imagination that sweet potatoes make me feel better when I feel flu-ish? I'm not VLC, never have been. I like them fine, but I'm not crazy about them. Weird.
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    Had a real craving for beef and something green, which is strange since that is what I am supposed to be eating. Got some steak tips and brussels sprouts. Is it okay to admit that I am really missing my nightly glass of wine? Not really a craving, but just kind of regretful. I normally pour myself a glass when I start to cook dinner. I am glad that I don't have any in the house, I wouldn't want to be testing my willpower right now!
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    So I just ate a stupid amount of sirloin and some Brussels sprouts and some grapes. My macros are kind of weird. 36%F 33%P 31%C - 1500 cals. Normally I consume a lot more fat, a lot less protein and less carbs also. Perhaps not too surprising when you consider that I was eating at least half an ounce to an ounce of cheese a day. It was a carb heavy day with both sweet potato and grapes. I can't help it, though, the champagne grapes that I love so much are only in season for a short while and then no more til next year. In fact this is my last batch as it is at the end of the season and they aren't nearly so good anymore.
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    I need to stay away from the scale. Very discouraging this morning, woke up feeling pretty good, third day dairy and alcohol free, calories in line and I am up another half pound. Shouldn't have weighed myself! The good thing is that I have woken up not hungry and energetic and my back feels better. I will focus on the positive.

    I wonder when or if I will feel benefits from this? So far nothing. Not like when I ditched grains. That was HUGE.

    Last night I unpacked two more boxes and moved more stuff around. This place is going to be great when I get it all sorted out. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a place that feels like you are on vacation? That is where I will be.
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    You are going to have to post pictures of your place when you're done.

    Sometimes the whole weight thing makes no sense at all. Of course, how much water you have in your system, and how full your intestines are can make a very big difference, and neither has anything to do with how much fat you have on you. My only answer to all that is to persevere.

    I've learned to love sweet potatoes too. Heated one up the other day (it was already cooked) with some thyme and some butter and then threw in the rest of my cottage cheese for a quick and easy meal. It was delicious. But I'm going to try reducing my dairy for a while, so I'm going to have to try something else.
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    A friend is coming to visit for a couple of days, looking forward to that! She is a vegetarian! (Actually, as I snarkily put it, a junkitarian - heating up Lean Cuisine frozen dinners is not an actual diet.) But it will be okay. Now I'm just worried about her getting here as she is a little lost. Luckily this is Maine and basically you just need to drive north. But I will feel better when she gets here.
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    Hey Siobhan, glad you have a friend coming! Who knows? Maybe she will get all inspired by your diet and how healthy you are looking and decide to go carnivorous! Lol. Hopefully she isn't too lost and will get there soon in one piece. I am contemplating cutting out dairy for a few weeks just to see if it makes a difference. I do have a very soft spot for dairy, specifically cream and cheese and butter (and milk) The problem is I can't find raw cream here and I am wondering if the ultra pasteurised cream is maybe contributing to my foot problems. I just haven't gotten around to trying this as I LOVE my cup of tea with cream every morning. Maybe I should just try going to only raw products and small amounts ... are you just going for 30 days without dairy?
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    Whew. Well, is it nice to have guests, and to be social, and I'm glad it's over. Food was a major problem/issue as she is adamantly and vocally against eating meat...while consuming nothing but processed junk. To be honest, processed junk food is bigger threat to animals and the environment than sustainably, humanely raised meat animals. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, so I won't cite any examples. But when I am being criticized, it is hard for me to keep my mouth shut. The thing is, it won't be any good. The really, really, really hard part is the pharmaceuticals - here is an overweight menopausal woman addicted to junk taking pills, creams, and drops for virtually every inch of her body. I'm not exaggerating. She takes metamucil every day - added to diet gatorade because she has this and that wrong (blames her mother for this), eye drops for something or other, an enormous array of pills for everything you can think of from depression to acid reflux. You know what the sad thing is? Guess who pays for this? We do. Society pays. Of course we have created this situation, so maybe we are getting what we deserve. But it is hard to keep quiet. If I thought I could make a difference, I would speak up, but I know it wouldn't help. One thing that nearly drove me over the edge was the restaurant food. For one thing, she sent back every meal she ordered. Sent back the french toast because it came with cinnamon on it. Sent back the asparagus because it wasn't grilled properly. Sent back the toast because it touched my corned beef. And I have found that it is almost impossible for me to eat out and stay primal, not so much because of lack of choices, but because I simply cannot afford the quantities of primal food I need in a restaurant situation. I was starving the whole time. I would have been happy to cook vegetarian fare for her, as I am (ahem) quite a good cook. But she is too picky. I wouldn't dare. She doesn't like spices of any kind (sent back fries because it looked like they had spice on them), no onions, garlic, pepper, olives, tomatoes, anything remotely slimy(?), basically doesn't like anything that is new or different. And yes, I realize this is largely a psychological condition. Doesn't really make it any easier to deal with.

    But, here I have said all these negative things, but it was nice, too. We went on a really beautiful river cruise and saw all sorts of wildlife. When you cruise the coast of Maine, much of it looks like has looked for hundreds if not thousands of years. Yes, you see houses. But there are long stretches where you don't, and even the houses are not closely packed and are often in the dense trees. It is pretty easy to imagine they aren't there. The day was perfect, warm and sunny, the ocean calm. (It was a river cruise, but it's a tidal river and very deep.)

    Looking back at my journal, I'm not sure I mentioned my back was very sore earlier in the week. Actually everything was sore, I ached all over, but the aches disappeared overnight (Tuesday). But I came down with what I first thought was an allergy but has turned out to be a sinus infection. Also turns out that it is almost gone too. I am definitely on the mend, probably tomorrow I will be fine. Can you believe I got over a sinus infection so quickly? I think there is also a bit of allergic component to it, but still I am rather amazed. Back in the day this would linger on for weeks. Although it is pretty rare for me to get sick, when I become ill with a cold or viral something, I would always have trouble getting rid of it.

    As soon as I had my kitchen back, I cooked up a big serving of zucchini with garlic and plopped two eggs on top with plenty of butter. Was that ever good! Also I have received my new cast iron pan which cooks like a dream on my induction burner. I only had to turn it to 3 (out of ten) to cook perfectly. I think I should have got a 10-inch pan, though. The 12-incher is just a bit too big for me unless I am cooking a really large amount of food. It will do nicely though. I understand that with use it will become virtually non-stick as long as I care for it properly, which is quite easy. It did pretty well on its maiden voyage since it came preseasoned. Although it looked like the food was really stuck, it came right off with a little salt. Wish I had something else to cook.

    Now I am going to eat a sausage I just found in the back of the veg tray. Don't worry, it is fresh.
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    Oh, and I am still good on the Whole30 front - that wasn't too hard because the only things available at a normal downscale restaurant are some kind of meat and veg, namely some lettuce/leafy greens with chicken. Breakfast spots are better because of the availability of eggs. (Don't think about the oils used in preparation - that's a losing battle - although I did ask that the eggs be scrambled in real butter.)
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    Sorry the eating side of the visit was so negative, but I hope it went well otherwise.

    I don't worry too much about oils or trace amounts of nonos when I'm eating out or at someone else's house. There is such a thing as being more Catholic than the Pope, as they say in Quebec. If I was eating out on a daily basis, I'm sure I would be pickier. I've only been invited out to one non-family member's place since I've gone primal, and I just let them know ahead of time that I wasn't eating any grains. This to an Italian baker... They were very gracious about it, and served salmon and salad, everything in serving dishes on the table, which made it easy for me to avoid things. There was no way I was going to nitpick about anything else. I passed on the pastries, needless to say, but there was enough things I could eat that it was no hardship.

    If I had been you, I think I would have finished the day with a generous helping of "primal candy". You were the one who got me started on that stuff to begin with, and it's a great way to calm down an empty tummy at the end of a calorie-deficient day.

    Glad to hear that you are recovering quickly from whatever was ailing you.
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