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    And now for today's...

    Health journal June 17, 2012

    Sleep: 8-9 hours

    Weight: 153.2

    Food
    Vitamins: check
    Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs with cheese
    Lunch: Lamb and veal, salad, sweet potato, red pepper
    Supper: Way too many cashews, watermelon
    Snacks: Go-to indulgence... and iced coffee

    Exercise: Walk, less than 2 km I think.

    Activities: Family, kids, dishes, nap (I crashed)
    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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    Sounds like a pleasant weekend! And I'm added my 2 cents worth on the cinnamon/sweet potato --- delish!
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    Yes, it was a nice weekend. I'm feeling surprisingly well today too, seeing as I yet again had trouble sleeping. Hey, if hubby comes to bed just when I'm getting nice and dozy and then fidgets for 15 minutes, it wakes me right up. *sigh* Good thing everybody could sleep in this morning, so they didn't wake me early crashing around.

    I've discovered a wonderful strategy to beat the excessive second helping habit. I dish up the main dish, filling the plates (I go as small as necessary to make this work) and put the salad bowl in the middle of the table. Those people who like to fill up their plates a second time just automatically reach for the salad bowl. And I make plenty, so they can do it another time if they want. They are totally unaware that I am helping them lose weight, LOL! And at the same time, it makes it easier for me too. It's a win-win strategy.

    I tried the Morrocan Mash that Lex is so fond of. It was good, but I would definitely use both the squash and the sweet potatoes. I used half lamb, half beef to give it a more authentic Middle Eastern taste, and fresh onion and garlic instead of the dried spices. I also added black pepper and next time will put in more. We like food that bites back a bit.
    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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    Yum.. Italian week sounds like something that I would need to stay away from right now! I also put cinnamon on my sweet potato. Actually, I put cinnamon on so many things, it just seems to make everything better!

    Looks like the weight is steadily going down, great for you! Now it's time to get the sleep thing down.

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    Ah the sleep thing. I'd have to throw out my entire family...

    I am seriously going to look for a DVD player we can use with headphones, so the late-night TV watching habits of the other residents of this house stop bothering me. And I am trying to train myself not to stew about things when I go to bed, which is an old and absolutely terrible habit. Making some progress there. I think I'll start Epsom salt baths before bed too, although with the heat wave we have coming I can guarantee they won't be hot ones! Might absorb a little extra magnesium while I'm at it, which can only be a good thing.

    Cinnamon is healthy. I forget why, but it doesn't matter. I just retain that it's a good thing to pile on herbs and spices. They all have some beneficial effect.

    I'm not a great fan of street festivals, but I do rather enjoy sitting on the balcony of the Italian bakery/ice cream place (they make their own) and people-watching. We played "spot the Italians" this time, seeing as nobody we actually knew went by. This is a very multi-cultural town, so people-watching is a particularly interesting sport.
    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 put cinnamon in my cofee, every time. It tastes good and is good for your cholesterol, among other things (articles here and here).
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    it takes some getting used to - but when hubby is snoring too loud I need to resort to those foam ear plugs. They do a good job of blocking out most everything.

    As for the night-time fretting............ me too! Doctor told me that was caused from cortisol levels being too high. She suggested that I keep a pad and pencil by the bed and when I start mulling things over, just write them down and vow to take it up again the next day. Once they get written down, they are to be "tabled" for the time being.

    Have you had your cortisol levels checked? Mine were extremely high in the morning, and just not quite low enough to relax and fall off to sleep at night. I'm on meds to regulate things......... from what I can see, the one I take in the morning is just a very high dose Vitamin B complex. Similar to what you would find in the store that is labeled "stress formula". Just have to remember to take it with food cuz the mega dose b vitamins tend to cause vomiting on an empty stomach. Also - my melatonin was low, also messing with ability to sleep --- doc suggested up to 3 mg Melatonin 1/2 hour before planned bedtime. It works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Analog6 View Post
    I put cinnamon in my cofee, every time. It tastes good and is good for your cholesterol, among other things (articles here and here).
    I knew somebody would come along who knew what they were talking about. I put cinnamon on my cappuccino, but my normal coffee I drink black. I wonder how cinnamon would taste with that...

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    it takes some getting used to - but when hubby is snoring too loud I need to resort to those foam ear plugs. They do a good job of blocking out most everything.

    As for the night-time fretting............ me too! Doctor told me that was caused from cortisol levels being too high. She suggested that I keep a pad and pencil by the bed and when I start mulling things over, just write them down and vow to take it up again the next day. Once they get written down, they are to be "tabled" for the time being.

    Have you had your cortisol levels checked? Mine were extremely high in the morning, and just not quite low enough to relax and fall off to sleep at night. I'm on meds to regulate things......... from what I can see, the one I take in the morning is just a very high dose Vitamin B complex. Similar to what you would find in the store that is labeled "stress formula". Just have to remember to take it with food cuz the mega dose b vitamins tend to cause vomiting on an empty stomach. Also - my melatonin was low, also messing with ability to sleep --- doc suggested up to 3 mg Melatonin 1/2 hour before planned bedtime. It works!
    All good advice. I do have some foam plugs, but the last ones I bought weren't very good quality. And they make my ears itch. But I should try again. I have sometimes used writing things down when there was something specific bugging me. Or back when I was writing when I found the things were just writing themselves in my head. I had to let them out to get some sleep...

    I wouldn't be surprised if cortisol is involved. I often feel tense even when I have no reason to be. I wonder if there is a food that fights cortisol.
    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.
    - Lewis Mumford

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    Health journal June 18, 2012

    Sleep: 7 hours?

    Food
    Vitamins: check
    Breakfast: Gr. yogurt with pineapple, walnuts, seeds, and maple syrup
    Lunch: Moroccan mash (lamb, beef, onion, sweet potato, butternut squash), mixed salad
    Supper: Lunch redux, smaller helpings. Plus a piece of provolone.
    Snacks: Iced coffee. Hey, it's hot.

    Exercise: None

    Activities: Dishwasher, cooking

    Comments: I am still in recovery mode. But getting there. There's a heat wave on the way, so exercise may consist of mall cruising...
    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.
    - Lewis Mumford

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Ah the sleep thing.
    I'm really bad with the sleep thing

    Quote Originally Posted by tomi View Post
    it takes some getting used to - but when hubby is snoring too loud I need to resort to those foam ear plugs. They do a good job of blocking out most everything.
    When my Farmer snores, I hit him. It works
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