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    Quote Originally Posted by Siobhan View Post
    I'm with you on the sausage. Since I found the organic, nitrate/nitriate free, humanely raised, yadda yadda sausage, it has become a staple. I could eat it every day. Maybe I should. And congratulations on the dress!
    There's just something about pork, isn't there? Anyway, thanks Siobhan.

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    Today's feed
    4AM Snack - package tamari almonds (I think dropping blood sugar woke me, guess it's out of wack still from sleep deprivation)
    Pre-workout breakfast - goats' milk latte
    Post-workout breakfast - 3 boiled eggs + pork sausage
    Lunch - BAS w/ mixed lettuce; red, yellow and green bells, tuna, tomatoes, bacon, homemade vinaigrette
    Snack: three very thin squares of 99% pure dark chocolate (very, very bitter) but was craving some and it was all I had (I like it because it's too bitter to binge on)
    Dinner: Saoto - basically chicken soup w/ Indonesian spices included actual chicken, a boiled egg and chili (made do without the rice or crunchy things it came with)
    Snack: 3 more squares of dark chocolate + spice tea

    Hmm...much more snacking than usual today - either because I was tired and blood sugar was out of whack and/or because I was feeling guilty about indulging in some Japanese bed therapy today. Maybe I was just exhausted - continuing fallout from my half-nighter and because Mr. Clean's workout this morning cleaned me out so to speak (see below).

    Workout
    45 minutes of squats, lunges, deadlifts, rows, snatches, presses and exercises I don't know the name for; all made more challenging with the addition of bars, bands, and weighted bags. Oh and it wasn't reps today it was do as many as you can do in 2.5 minutes and then 1 minute and then 30 seconds, all with only a minute to recover in between. I accused Mr. Clean of trying to make me throw up. He said we were trying to create a metabolic catastrophe. I said same difference.

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    Okay, I've been sleeping a lot lately, don't seem to want to get out of bed in the morning, and I find myself thinking of it as Japanese Bed Therapy!
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

    “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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    Siobhan led me to your journal and I LOVE it. I too have been known to use Japanese bed therapy and drink a bottle of wine. I also travel for work and am always looking for tips. I'm going to try and incorporate your hotel room routine the next time I travel! Will be following to see how you are doing.
    Female 52 travel for business monthly
    Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 160
    Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

    With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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    Hi Pedidoc. Thanks. Looks like you've made great progress, despite all the travel. How do you do it? Will be stopping by your journal to see if I can discover the secrets to your success

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    I've been remiss in my resolution to at least post a food diary daily. I have been keeping track and I haven't plunged off the rails - despite a friend's dinner party Sunday night where I gave myself a free pass. I've been sticking to primal choices 95% of the time I'd say, but I still feel tired, lethargic, apathetic even...so what gives? I think part of it may be that I need to get my sleep sorted out - been getting into bed with my laptop - but it's more than that. Anyway, in the interest of sleep I'm going to end on that rather vague note, record my food diary for the past four days, and skedaddle off to bed. Such an exciting post!

    Saturday, October 13
    B: frittata w/ onions and red, yellow, and green peppers (badly wanted to add some avocado, so badly I jumped the gun and sliced into one that I knew wasn't ripe, ruining my winning streak )
    L:4 oysters (they have a stall at the farmer's market - yum!), wildburger (deer, bison, not sure what else) and red pepper soup
    D: venison steak (Mark's marinade) w/ spinach salad with roasted pumpkin and carmelised pears (based on Mark's recipe)

    Sunday, October 14
    B: 3 fried eggs, bacon, tomato
    L/S: pork sausage + 3 squares 90% dark chocolate
    D: radishes with anchovy dip; farro (barley soup w/ pinto beans, mushrooms, carrot); frittata with carmelised onions; grilled asparagus; fennel salad; goat cheese; tiramisu; 4 glasses of wine (it was a party thrown by my vegetarian friend; I helped with the menu so aside from the soup and the desert pretty primal; I considered white knuckling it and saying no to soup, tiramisu and wine, but it would have been hard and somewhat unpleasant and I just didn't feel up to it...did get a tiny bit overindulgent with the wine as is my wont)

    Monday, October 15
    B: 3 boiled eggs, tamari almonds
    L: BAS w/ venison, pumpkin, broccoli, seeds, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and homemade vinaigrette
    S: dried pork sausage & dark chocolate
    D: homemade chili (100% primal ingredients), 1/2 an avocado, tomatillo salsa + more dark chocolate

    Tuesday, October 16
    B: 3 scrambled eggs, bacon, half an avocado, salsa
    L/S: olives, almonds and dried pork sausage
    D: chicken leg sautéed w/ garlic, white, wine and rosemary (went out and got a single serving bottle of white wine so I wouldn't be tempted by any leftovers) + nearly an entire jar of raw chocolate and almond butter (a small jar and sweetened with agave but still. I knew it didn't belong in my shopping cart, but I'm going through kind of a chocolate thing at the moment...finding it nearly impossible to resist.)

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    Okay, reading your journal has sent me into a food porn frenzy! Wow!
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

    “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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    Diving deeper into the primal way of life

    So once again, I've gone for over a month without posting, but, unlike last time, it wasn't because I fell off the wagon. It's true I was teetering on the edge around the time of my last post. My energy was low. Japanese bed therapy and chocolate consumption both high, and getting higher. I was still sticking mostly to primal food choices, at least technically, but had lost touch with the spirit of the primal WOE. By the end of that week (so Oct 19), I was up to 100g of dark chocolate per day (probably a week's ration for Mark). Didn't hit home how out of control I was until I found myself eating my daily 100 grams melted and combined with a whole jar of almond butter...a small jar, but still, when that's your idea of dinner, time to put down the spoon and back away.

    When I'm feeling stressed or depressed, my instinct has always been to ease up, cut myself some slack. Not always a bad strategy, but in this case...I was heading down the road to chocoholism and the farther I got from truly primal eating, the less energy I had and the more depressed I felt. So after eating that entire jar of chocolate-almond butter and then feeling very bad indeed, I decided time for a new strategy: dive deeper. I quit chocolate cold turkey. But I didn't stop there. I also switched dairy from a daily indulgence to a special treat. This meant giving up my morning goat's milk latte, which I wasn't sure I could survive without, but I told myself it was just for one week - just to see if I felt better. Guess what, I felt better, so much so that I'm still drinking black coffee over a month later. I also set myself other weekly challenges - like eating more fish or more organ meat or trying new vegetables. And it worked - my energy started increasing, the cravings went away, and I started to feel pretty darn good again.

    Some highlights:
    Best new healthy routine - going to the organic farmer's market on Saturday morning and stocking up for the week. They have a stand where you can slurp oysters out of the shell after watching them being shucked before your very eyes. "10€ for four oysters?" my miserly friend said. "You mean 10€ for happiness on the halfshell" I said. (He made a face, but succumbed to the lure of oystery goodness.)

    Favorite cheat that's not really a cheat - after several weeks of no chocolate what-so-ever I felt in-control enough to allow myself a weekly treat. Among the delights of the farmers' market there's also a raw food stand where they sell raw chocolate gluten-free fudge squares. I thought these were a cheat, but turns out they're 100% primal. The creamy sweetness comes from coconut oil and dates! Still, probably a good thing that they're only available once a week.

    Favorite new recipes
    • Spiced pork with pumpkin and sage (a la Mark). So good!
    • Primal almond meal pancakes - I've been making a half batch for myself every Sunday topped off with some berry puree.
    • Primal breakfast muffins - for an on-the-go meal, these are great. I can heat up a couple while I'm getting dressed and then breakfast while walking my dog. No more self-consciously nibbling cold boiled eggs on the train! For my eat-more-fish week, tried using canned salmon, spinach and dill instead of ground beef and kale...not bad, but a little too fishy first thing in the morning for my taste.

    Triumphs
    • Deadlifting 95kg (~210lbs)
    • Fitting back into my favorite sexy black dress (still too scared to try on my old jeans)
    • Eating every meal out for five days (yet another business trip) and staying ~90% primal

    Lowpoints
    On business trip mentioned above, was doing so well. Was teaching a course in Spain with a friend. Eggs, peppers, and chorizo for breakfast. Big ass salad for lunch - 100% primal ingredients, right down to the dressing. Was staying away from the breadbasket and desert at dinner, at least for the most part. Even found awesome primal street food - roasted sweet potatoes and chestnuts - to snack on instead of resorting to Starbucks as my friend suggested. Then one evening after my friend and I had had a great free day traipsing around museums, I came back to the hotel and, while he went off to meet some friends of friends for a drink, I cleaned out the mini-bar - not the booze but the sweets (oreos, kit kat, M&Ms). Why did I do that?! And after passing up much more tempting things. I liked Mark's post on akrasia - acting against one's own best interest - particularly the part about willpower being limited: "the more we resist temptation in a given day, the weaker our will gets as the day goes on." That resonated! Since I got back, had a couple of similar binge incidents, when the compulsion to consume things that I know are bad for me took over. Firmly back on the straight and narrow now. What doesn't help curtail a binge: thinking about resulting weight gain. What does help: thinking about how what I eat affects my energy and mood and even immune system.

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    The dire consequences of diving headfirst into the breadbasket

    So I just reread through all my old posts; wish I'd done it a couple of months ago - contained some pretty sound lessons for my sad self. After my last post in late November I actually did pretty well for another month - very busy, so not posting, but enjoying the fruits of my primal life-style (plus actual fruit of course). Then came the Christmas holidays - lots of eating out, lots of stressful family dynamics, lots of drinking by all concerned to deal with (or rather to not deal with) stressful family dynamics.

    I held the course for a few days and then plunged headfirst into the nearest breadbasket. I'll take half a dozen dinner rolls with a bottle of your finest chianti thank you very much! I told myself that in this stressful situation that I would give myself a break from my fairly strict primal way of eating and reboot after the holidays. Sound familiar? After the holidays I did not reboot. I had more excuses: work stress, travel, my colleague was mean to me so I need cookies. And it was a replay of the last time I fell off the wagon. Somehow I managed to forget (AGAIN!) what an important part diet plays in managing my depression. I am just now crawling out of the hole that I've been occupying for the last three months - and believe you me, it was nothing like a comfy, warm Grok cave (at least in my imagination; in reality living in a cave probably kind of sucked).

    Addition and subtraction
    The first week I convinced myself to give up alcohol. The second week I convinced myself to give up sugar and grains. I did not feel like doing it. I wasn't sure I had the willpower or the energy to do it. Making a salad at a certain point seemed like a Herculean task. But I reminded myself (AGAIN!) how I felt better and had more energy within three days of starting to eat primally. And indeed, I'm now on day five of life post-cookies and I feel much better.

    It hasn't only been about subtracting things - I've also added back in (roughly in order): my bi-weekly sessions with Mr. Clean (my personal trainer/cheerful torturer), literature, daily visits to MDA, and now posting!

    Each day I get a bit more energy. I'm being disciplined about the things I've committed to (no booze, grains or sugar), but trying not to push myself too hard to fix everything - I get a bit of energy and suddenly I start thinking well I should be doing that and that and oh yes, definitely that. And then I start feeling tired again.

    Today's feed
    B goat's milk latte (maybe I'll give up or at least cut down on dairy next week or maybe not)
    L (or the second half of breakfast) 3 eggs scrambled in ghee (consumed hurriedly between conference calls alas)
    S ~100grams nitrate-free dried sausage (pork, salt, spices)
    D hamburger sans bun w/ avocado, tomato and a slice of organic goat cheese + spice tea (if I'm still hungry later I might have some blueberries and cream)

    A bit short on veggies I know (salad mix is languishing in the crisper), but baby steps. It will come.

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    Escape Artist, I'm glad you came back. I have enjoyed your posts, you're a great writer! I, too have fallen off the primal wagon, and felt terrible about it. You have inspired me to get back on it and not give up. You and Siohban, you both kill me with the food porn! I love it Where does one get "dried sausage?" Is that a UK thing? it sounds like a great portable snack, but I don't recall seeing it in any stores.

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