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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    I've made this recipe before but just skip the sugar entirely. Good stuff without any "modified corn starch" involved. That one always puzzled me. OK it started out as corn starch and then was modified but into what exactly? Hmmm?
    Modified corn starch is just regular corn starch that has been treated either with an acid, an enzyme, or a physical process to change its regular properties. Depending on what somebody wants to do with it, you can change its heat stability, acid stability, shear, reaction time, cooling and freezing properties, change viscosity, lengthen or shorten gelatinization time, and change a texture, to name some. It still is corn starch - just has a new bag of tricks.

    In the world of gluten-free baking, Expandex is a brand name of modified tapioca starch that is sold in expensive bags and makes g/f goods crumb resemble wheat baking to a much greater extent. I have worked with g/f-d/f daughter with a few mixes with it in it and it IS much more like a wheat product when finished.

    Still doesn't need to be in anything Real Food, though.

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    Days 29-33

    Hey guys. Haven't been on much, wanted to do an update. The last three days have been CRAZY. We had a situation at my house (which I won't bother going into) and had to pack up 5 peoples stuff immediately on Day 30. I spent 6 hours doing that. Up and down from 3rd floor. Followed by helping a friend move on day 31 to a 4th floor apartment, followed by several more hours of packing, cleaning and house related damage control today. All three days labor in 90+ degree weather. It's entirely possible I've just been continuously sweating for most of the last 72 hours, save for a few minutes each day in a cold shower.

    In the midst of all of that, my eating has been crap. Not really non-primal, just sporadic, fruit heavy, way too few calories and not at all well planned or balanced, though I have managed to get a solid protein source in me at least once a day. If it weren't for cherries and boiled eggs, not sure what I would have done. Tonight (Day 32) I almost reached my limit when at 6:30 pm I realized all I had eaten the whole day was half a cantaloupe and a banana, just as my roommate sat down with pizza. It smelled so damn good. I thought "well, this is it. This is where it all falls apart. Three days of insanity and barely eating, and I'm undone." Still don't know where I gathered the will, but I proceeded to eat an apple, head to Aldi to buy some salmon, but when I got back a roommate was cooking Rwandan Chicken, which I happily ate (despite it having corn oil in it). That and a hell of a lot more cherries (we had 8 lbs, I'm pretty sure I've eaten about 3 of them).

    Tomorrow (Day 33) will be spending several more hours hauling out old furniture, assembling new furniture, cleaning, etc. However, the rush is off and hopefully can at least eat semi-normal. Might be a couple more days before I post again.

    If you didn't see it already, check out my thread with reflections from my first month.
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    Sorry about the awfulness... but glad you made it through. Yesterday I lost some will and put a pile of beans on my tomato salad. And last night paid for it with an awful bout of heartburn - took a Prilosec and famotidine bomb to kill the pain. Connected? Can't scientifically prove it, but what a helluva coincidence.

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    Keep strong buddy! You're doing so well and all of the heavy lifting and moving slowly will help balance out your high sugar intake.
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    Yup, summer can really disrupt things. Not to worry, daily posting is not a moral obligation.

    So you actually want spelling corrections? You are a unique person. You should be careful; I am a total spelling/grammar nazi.

    Sounds like you have been doing pretty well, all in all. Cherries are an excellent fruit to be eating, and apples get high marks too, so your "cheating" is still pretty virtuous. Good going.
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    All of you 'sturdy' sized guys are doing really great. Your menu planning seems to be right on the mark -- good planning and great execution. Now just hit the button "Repeat Ad Nauseum!"
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    Day 41 - Back at it

    Hi all, it's good to be back. Was a rough week and a half. Can't believe I'm at the 6 week mark already. This second month is flying. Down almost 30 pounds overall and holding steady the last few days. Just started reading the exercise chapter in PB and I'm already doing a good bit of that, but want to be more intentional. Need to get some sprinting in there, start YAYOG (you are your own gym) for strength and try to schedule more regular recreational sports, which has tapered off after some early success. And of course, still struggling to get sleep under control and eat enough veggies. All in all though, feeling good and that things are moving along well.

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    B - 3 eggs, spinach, bacon | blueberries & blackberries w/ almonds & coconut milk
    L - 2 bacon burgers w/ havarti cheese, tomato, avocado, mustard
    D - Salmon w/ tomato & apple
    Snacks - carrots, pork rinds, almonds

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    2 hr yard work

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    You certainly cook up some good looking dishes!
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    So, I am totally going to steal some of your format ideas. Hope you don't mind!

    Also, as someone who has taken the ride from 300+ down to 220 before, it doesn't matter if you think you should notice it, you won't--but other people will. When I was at 225, I still felt fat (largely because I was, but still), but other people were just blown away. Its how it happens. You see yourself every day, so you always look the same. If you don't, you should really take pictures, because you can't argue it then, and it can be a big motivation.

    Thirdly..oh my god, those Scotch Primal Eggs look amazing. I had never seen them before. How do you cook them? (I read the recipe, but I'm curious how they actually work out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
    You certainly cook up some good looking dishes!
    Thanks! Haven't been much in the pic-taking mood the last couple weeks (busy life and a food rut), but will definitely get back to it soon, especially when I start trying more new foods/recipes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Inksplat View Post
    So, I am totally going to steal some of your format ideas. Hope you don't mind!
    Go for it. I changed my format in the 2nd week after being inspired by someone else's journal, but forget who.

    Quote Originally Posted by Inksplat View Post
    Also, as someone who has taken the ride from 300+ down to 220 before, it doesn't matter if you think you should notice it, you won't--but other people will. When I was at 225, I still felt fat (largely because I was, but still), but other people were just blown away. Its how it happens. You see yourself every day, so you always look the same. If you don't, you should really take pictures, because you can't argue it then, and it can be a big motivation.
    Last week, after more than 20lb, I finally started noticing a little that my face was a bit thinner and some clothes were a bit looser. Though this week I feel like I look bigger again. So maybe my mind is just playing tricks. Even though I've lost 30 pounds, so far, no one has noticed. But honestly that's not a lot of weight off me. Once I'm hitting 50+, pretty sure people will start noticing. Did a beginning pic and wanted to do weekly pics but got lazy. So doing at least monthly.

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    Thirdly..oh my god, those Scotch Primal Eggs look amazing. I had never seen them before. How do you cook them? (I read the recipe, but I'm curious how they actually work out for you.
    I didn't want to fry them, mainly because it seemed like a waste of oil. I just shaped the raw sausage around the boiled eggs. The hardest part for me was getting the sausage thickness relatively even (which I failed at). Then I sauteed them for a few minutes on each side until they were brown. On a couple the sausage split where it was too thin, but not a huge deal. Then finished them off in the oven (don't remember how long). However, it apparently wasn't long enough because some particularly thick spots of sausage weren't cooked all the way through. But no biggie as I was heating them up in a toaster oven each morning for breakfast, so just left them in a few extra minutes to finish cooking.
    My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

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