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    It is interesting to me too. After posting that I had some coffee and for an hour felt positively elated, really good. 8:00 was breakfast and I looked in the fridge and there wasn't any Chinese dumplings, but there was the lunch that I forgot on Wednesday. So I had that. It was about four ounces of grass fed London broil and about a cup of curried vegetable stir-fry. Not a big meal really. But no sooner did I eat it then the fun began. Weird. Like I said before, no discomfort, no cramping. Lots of bubbling and noise from my GI tract too. I feel actually over-full and even a bit bloated. But not to the point of discomfort.

    But, the feeling of elation is completely gone and has been replaced by a contented heaviness, sort of like the feeling I get after eating thanksgiving dinner. Fascinating.

    It would probably have been better to choose a breakfast that wasn't so challenging for my system, but in this case my Yankee thrift (not wanting to throw away the food) overcame my desire to ease my re-entry into normal eating. Oh the perils of being the son of parents who lived through the great depression, knew hunger and were at times uncertain when their next meal would come.
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    Now you're set for the wedding! Have a blast.

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    Hi Siobahn,

    I really think there is something to that! I read in a lot of women's journals that they clean up their diets and are dismayed to find that they've gained weight! I read somewhere or other that with a carb heavy diet it is possible to be both overweight and clinically starving. I wonder if the body, once fed properly, takes care of the muscle gain before shedding fat (or the two happen simultaneously and since muscle weighs more than fat, the result is a net gain).

    I didn't gain weight at first, but the weight loss was frustratingly slow, though I knew things were changing for the better. Now the pendulum has swung the other way. I am solidly in Ketosis (using the urine sticks) and the weight loss has picked up.

    Things really are dropping into place in understanding how my body works...and after only 52 years!
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    I went for a walk after breakfast, Boy was having a soccer game so I circled around to the park to watch. SWMBO was there talking to some of her friends, and one of the women commented on how much weight I had lost. It was nice.

    I walked about 4 miles, my energy level was a bit low, but not bad. Of course it is a grey drizzly day and that may have as much to do with it as any residual effects of the fast. My mood is affected by the weather.

    Lunch was a tin of boneless sardine fillets in olive oil. I'm still kind of hungry, but will wait until the wedding banquet tonite to eat. Hopefully I'll find something there that's primal enough.
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    Gary Taubes writes extensively about that phenomenon in his highly technical but fascinating books. One of the shorter ones is Why We get Fat and What We Can Do About It. Really interesting. He explains in a way I can understand why obesity and poverty go hand in hand. Basically we are as fat as we need to be. And Tom Naughton gets into it in his movie Fathead, one of my favorites.
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    Ketosis sticks? Where does one find such a thing?

    Siobhan, I'm a bit jealous. I'd love to have a peek into what my body is doing.
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    Hi Siobahn, I think it was Taubes, "Why we get fat" where I read it. It was one of the first books I read and it brought me (in a sort of a circuitive path to Primal). I should re-read some of these book now that I've been Primal for awhile. At the beginning, I was somewhat lost in all of the terminology, much of which now is clear to me. I'd probably benefit from the review.

    Hi Judge, I got mine from the CVS or Walgreens drugstore. I don't know what drugstores you have up in the North Country, but I would think that any large, well-stocked drugstore would have them, though you might have to ask the pharmacist. Mine are branded "ketone Care" by Nipro Diagnostics. I think they were $15.00 for 50. Pee on the stick, wait 15 seconds and compare the color with a chart on the bottle. I doubt they're as accurate as the blood test Siobahn got, but it does let you know if you are in Ketosis. During the two day fast I got up to about 80 on the scale. Normaly with my low carb diet, I'm at 15 - 40.

    So, last night was the wedding, I did a self photo but didn't get much of the tux in it. The babysitter took a shot or two on SWMBO's camera, I'll upload these later.

    The wedding was nice. It was on a beautiful golf course country-club in Weston, CT. When I went to rent the tux, I said to the guy, I want to look like I fit in, I don't want to look underdressed and I don't want to look garish. He picked everything out and did a great job, I fit right in. I did feel a bit like the beggar at the feast, these people were clearly the 1% or perhaps the 0.1% you read about. We know them because the mother of the groom went to college with SWMBO.

    But the setting was beautiful, the rain cleared and the sun broke through the clouds during the service, which was conducted on the the grassy first tee of the course overlooking the manicured hills. Then the reception was held in the clubhouse banquet hall. It was beautiful, everything was lovely.

    The food was actually great, the appetizer was seafood, with cocktails on the porch, while the bridal party took photographs at sunset, down on the course. I ate a reasonable amount, because I am trying to keep my protein around 75 gr. a day. But there were jumbo shrimp, crab legs, raw clams and oysters on the half shell. Besides a half a glass of champagne during the toast, I didn't drink at all! (a triumph).

    Dinner was a buffet (I was a bit surprised by this) but the food was wonderful, lots of salads, sea bass, pot roasted beef (which was wonderful) and lots of carby side dishes, which I skipped. The only "bad" thing I ate was a crab cake with breading. Oh and dessert, a tiny slice of wedding cake with a golfball sized scoop of mango sorbet and a whipped cream floret over raspberry sauce, that went too. They later rolled out a huge dessert cart with a lifetime of carbs on it, which since we were busy dancing, we ignored.

    The evening ended all too early as we had to get back for the babysitter. But it was an experience. Thanks to all for the advice, hot drinks, gum, squatting etc. I used it all and was fine. A few rumblings after the meal, but no trouble!

    Today I return the tux to the rental place and resume my quiet life on my side of town.

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    That sounds like a lot of fun. Seafood, and dancing (and nothing untoward!). Good job on breaking your fast so effectively.

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    @Sabine- Thanks! It was a great time!

    So I had to go return the tux and so decided to head over to Whole Foods and check them out to see if I like them any better than TJs. Boy do I ever! It was big, beautiful, the vegetables were gorgeous and the local ones were marked with the name of the farm where they were grown, the others were marked with the country of origin. The prices were high, but the quality was apparent. A big case of organic meat, some of which was grass fed. Very expensive, but at least is an option if I need something in particular.

    I bought a frozen package of sockeye salmon and broiled it up when I got home, it is the most intense red I have ever seen and delicious! I cooked it Rare...yummmmm. Served over a bed of slightly sautéed baby spinach. Had that with an avocado for lunch.

    It's a solid half hour (with traffic) to get to WFs, but I'll try to get there as often as I'm over that way or when I have time. In some bodies journal (maybe Siobahn's) I read about Tiki Masala sauce, I tried some at TJs and loved it, now I bought two of a different brand at WFs. I also got some Kippers and sardines, which I like for breakfast.

    So all in all it's been a great morning!
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    All in all a great weekend! I have found, not surprisingly, that the more upscale the establishment, the more likely I am to find primal food. Which is really sad. Alas.

    Taubes's book was instrumental for me when I first went primal - he validated a lot of thoughts I had, and explained quite a few things I had always wondered about. I read it, got to the end, and turned back to the first page for another reading. But I am in the mood to read it again.
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