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Primal day 13: Funny conversation

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Apparently, even though I eat lunch at my desk most days, my food habits are outside-of-normal enough to warrant notice. I had a funny (funny weird, not funny haha) conversation with a coworker today while I was heating up my lunch:

Me: (fiddling with microwave)
Coworker: So what fancy thing is for lunch today?
Me: Err...leftover coconut curry.
Coworker: So are you a vegetarian or something?
Me: !!! No no no, not at all. Ha, I actually just joined a meat CSA. Why do you ask?
Coworker: You always have such eclectic foods. My friends who eat like that are all vegetarians.
Me: I do like vegetables. But I like meat, too.
Coworker: You know what I like? Snacks! *takes package of oreos from snack shelf and walks away*

I think there's some sort of paleo-parable buried in that conversation.

Outside of that it was a pretty normal day. I've now got a freezer full of grass fed beef to get me through the gap between the farmer's market ending and my CSA share starting. And more importantly, by the time I left work this evening I was DEFINITELY feeing last night's workout. Delayed onset muscle soreness is one funny beast! Now if only my oral allergy syndrome would stop acting up so I could eat things like raw apples without my mouth getting all swollen...

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ANGEL636 9/22/2011 2:02AM

    Well done on great food choices. We have a very small lunch room at work & everyone comments on everyone else s food. The Indian doctors bring some awesome smelling foods & most of them are vegetarian. emoticon

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GHK1962 9/22/2011 1:50AM

    I used to always be asked if I was a vegetarian. Then again, that is how I eat a lot I admit. Still...when others see not quite the "normal" food...that is kinda what comes to their minds. Oh well.

As for oreos....have I ever mentioned the oreo-mustard combination?

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CATWOOMAN 9/22/2011 1:22AM

    Your co-worker was probably just envious and salivating over your yummy meals. What a great role model you are! emoticon

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CHAOSTHEORY635 9/21/2011 11:01PM

    I GET THE SAME COMMENTS! Usually it's "what's that smell???" followed by "whoa! what's your lunch today?" Do people just not know how to cook?!

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Primal day 12: Resistance is NOT futile!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Methinks my hormones are still a bit wonky - I spent most of this afternoon and evening feeling half asleep and daydreaming about Ben and Jerry's Phish Phood ice cream. I expended soooo much energy debating whether I should stop and pick some up but in the end I RESISTED! Woohoo, backflips, fireworks, etc.! :D

I did end up eating a few more squares of dark chocolate than I had meant to but the great thing about paleo eating is that it's nearly impossible to hit the sort of ungodly calorie counts that are so easy to hit eating things like potato chips and ice cream. All that protein, fat, and fiber has a built in cut-off valve. Even going wild and stuffing my face like a grizzly bear getting ready to hibernate my daily totals were:

Calories: 2200
Carbs: 140
Fat: 145
Protein: 130

That's more of every macronutrient category than my recent-normal but to put it in perspective - I feel stuffed like an overfed goldfish on just *2200 calories*! That's a perfectly reasonable amount, and I'm still under 150 on carbs for the day. I'm sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out if there was something I forgot to track but I think all the fat in my broccoli cheddar soup is what filled me up. This is most excellent. Even the "bad" days aren't so bad when you keep out the grains. Me like! Me like. :)

*Edit* to add...I did forget to track a few spoonfuls of almond butter. So make that:

Calories: 2500
Carbs: 145
Fat: 160
Protein: 140

Still not even CLOSE to what it would have been if I had added a pint of B&J's to today's totals. I call that a win. emoticon

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GINAV2 9/21/2011 7:17AM


I spent about half an hour last night doing various bodyweight resistance exercises: Pushups, burpees, crunch-punches on an exercise ball, lunges, squat-jumps, planks, a few yoga sequences. I'm less sore than I was hoping to be today, though. Think I need to up my reps next time, but this evening is reserved for a run. :)

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GHK1962 9/21/2011 1:24AM

    Nice on the carb to protein is the exercise going? That's where the protein intake makes a difference from what I have been reading and stuffs.

As for resisting...nice :)

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CATWOOMAN 9/20/2011 9:34PM

    You're right about that Ben & Jerry's ....AND you would have probably been irritated if you had ate some! Well done. My daughter wanted to go and get an ice cream this eve (we're having nice weather here) and I did not go with her as I knew I could not be strong enough to not sucuumb. Weigh in day tomorrow!

You sound so much better. Have a happy day tomorrow. emoticon

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Primal day 11: burpees and Starbucks

Monday, September 19, 2011

After yesterday's random bout of emotional upheaval, today was a pleasant return to normalcy. There was a really cute little kid on the bus this morning (we had a nice chat about her plastic eggs) and I got a lot done at work.

The paleo downfall of the day came in the form of one (small) full fat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. With whipped cream. Not that I'm limiting fat these days, but those Starbucks drinks are so sugary! I enjoy those frou frou coffee drinks a bit more than most people do, though, so years back I set myself a workable limit - every year I indulge in ONE pumpkin spice latte with the works, ONE cinnamon dulce de leche latte with the works, and ONE (ok, maybe two, because it's always around Christmas time) full fat gingerbread-flavored mocha, with whipped cream. And chocolate sauce.


So this morning I noticed a sign outside of Starbucks announcing the return of the pumpkin spice latte and it was all I could think about all morning. I figured I ought to cut off any down-the-road bingey urges by just indulging in a small drink, so I did. But you know what? A) it wasn't as anti-primal as I thought it would be (sugar, condensed nonfat milk, sweet condensed nonfat milk, annatto (a colorant), natural and artificial flavors, and caramel coloring - not exactly natural, obviously, but it could be much worse), and B) it wasn't NEARLY as good as I remembered it being. My taste buds just don't go for "sweet condensed nonfat" or "artificial flavors" anymore. I think I could do better with my own fresh roasted coffee, some heavy cream, raw honey, and some real cinnamon and nutmeg. Maybe some ginger? The whipped cream was good, though. Heh.

Oh the flip side, I was curious about these "burpees" I keep seeing mentioned on various fitness blogs so I finally looked them up. All I can say is: best. exercise. ever. It's an eeeevil little fitness series but it works so many muscle groups! And I'm digging body weight exercises right now, since my resistance bands are starting to wear out and I can't spend money on fitness equipment right now what with grad school application fees and whatnot looming on the financial horizon. Still, there's a lot that can be done with a good pair of sneakers and the 140ish pounds I carry around everywhere I go, so 's all good. :)

Anywho, that's that. Sugary coffee drink aside, the paleo/primal experiment continues to go well. I hope you're all having a brilliant start to your work weeks, too.


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CATWOOMAN 9/20/2011 9:26PM

    emoticonI love the way you've thought out what to do about those food items you love. I think your plan is great ... now you can move on and not be fretting about it. Bonus that you don't like it as much anymore!
Your lifestyle change is going great! emoticon

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GHK1962 9/20/2011 12:31AM just got introduced to burpees?

One of the most evil exercises for sure. Sound easy...for the 1st minute. Legs, back, arms. Theres tons of variations too. Push heavy plates around, end with a burpee. Jump high and spider roll into a burpee. Or my favorite, a series of jumps over stuffs, while doing burpees in between. Ahhhgggggg.

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CHAOSTHEORY635 9/19/2011 11:36PM

    Oh man. Burpees DESTROY me! Not as bad as running, but still...

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Primal day 10: Frakking hormones :P

Sunday, September 18, 2011

At the times of my life when I've had a boyfriend, I've positively lived for lazy Sundays. Sleep in, have a big brunch, get some stuff done around the house, and maybe curl up on the couch together for a good movie. And I usually enjoy these types of lazy Sunday afternoons as a single gal, too, but sometimes - usually when my hormones are all whacky because FLO is about to stop by - spending a lazy Sunday getting things done alone SUCKS.

Today was one of those days.

I mean, I accomplished a lot. My clothes are all clean, my car is all shined up, groceries have been purchased, and I now have another bison meatloaf, a few cups of mashed cauliflower, a pot of chicken coconut curry, and a pot of broccoli cheddar soup chillin' in the fridge to get me through the week. Plus I made serious progress on my grad school apps, which is friggin' awesome! My school list is set and the essays are all drafted. Things are well underway.

But you all know how hormones can be. They can make you CRAZY. And lonely. Doesn't matter how well things are going - one second I'm folding laundry, the next I'm all emoticon over some silly song playing on the radio.

It's shaping up to be a feel-good movie and a good night's sleep sort of evening. Things always seem happier in the morning. :)

Happy Sparking, folks.


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CATWOOMAN 9/19/2011 8:26PM

    We all have our ups and downs. Women and their silly hormones. Sometimes a good cry does make you feel better. Glad you relaxed a bit and feel better.

Sending you emoticon

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GINAV2 9/19/2011 7:10AM

    Hehe, I ended up watching Kung Fu Panda. And I did indeed wake up feeling better. Thanks, guys!


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GHK1962 9/19/2011 12:26AM

    Uhh...I don't know what FLO means...but for some reason thinks I'm not sure I want to know! Sooo...leaving that alone...and instead amhoping you wake indeed feeling better.

By the way, did you watch a feel good movie? Which one?

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GIANTMICROBE 9/18/2011 7:04PM

    I had a semi-productive day as well. Made some lunches for the week so all I have to do in the morning is grab one and go. Hope you feel better soon, when I'm hormonal I cry over silly stuff as well.

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Primal challenge days 8 and 9: dental torture and soup

Saturday, September 17, 2011

After a week of paleo/primal/clean eating and workouts, along with going public with my plans to go back to school next year, I'm starting my weekend in a nice content state of mind. There's a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change colors...I just love this time of year!

Today's paleo adventure started off with a fantastic run. 50 degree weather FTW! I stuck to the bike path and went low tech: no podcasts, no music, no heart rate monitor. Just me in my sneakers, listening to how my body was feeling. I ran/jogged about a mile, walked a bit, did a few reps of sprints, and then walked home. There was a brief detour to stop by the pond and watch some ducks and a swan quacking at each other, and then it was back home for bacon and butternut squash soup. Could you ask for a better September morning?

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Since the weather is colder I'm on a soup kick. I already mentioned the butternut squash soup, and on the way home last night I picked up the fixin's for broccoli cheddar. It's hard to find paleo friendly commercial soup stock but I found a brand ("Kitchen Basics") that's gluten free with no preservatives but not prohibitively expensive. It'll get the job done. Soup stock my be my next culinary adventure, but in the meantime I've got broccoli, cheese, chicken stock, and a shiny new immersion blender all ready to go!

Now...on to yesterday. The good news - no cavity after all! So I just had to face the standard torture of a dental cleaning. My gums are still tender 24 hours later, and my gut flora are all out of whack because I have to premedicate before dental work, but I'm eating yogurt and I survived my return to dental care relatively unscathed.

Ok, on to the bad - my tooth pain, which had actually stopped on its own (well, until the dentist found the spot and poked at it for a while - sadistic bastard!) was not from a cavity. Apparently I'm suffering from "decalcification" all over my mouth, in a distinct pattern that pops up when people have had braces in their youth. It's kind of like the first stage of a cavity but not in a way that warrants treatment. The doc recommended Sensodyne toothpaste and a daily fluoride rinse, and sent me on my merry way.

That sounded reasonable but I was curious so I looked up decalcification last night and this was the first link that popped up:

The take home point is that scientific studies done in the *1920's* proved that teeth, with cavities, are perfectly capable of healing themselves as long as you have:

1. Proper mineral intake, 'specially calcium/phosphorus
2. Plenty of fat-soluble vitamins - vitamin D in particular (most important step!)
3. Limited phytic acid, which binds up minerals and makes them unavailable, so skip the grains and beans primal. Winning! I hope this means I'll be in better shape by my next cleaning, six months from now.

(Ok, angry rant time: As I was reading this I started thinking about how WRONG the government recommendations are, and how much solid science is completely ignored so that big businesses can keep us fat and unhealthy so that they can milk us as cash cows, and it just made me SO ANGRY!!! I've always been fairly apolitical but with everything I've learned about nutrition, health, and politics in the USA these past couple of months I'm hopping mad and ready to take to the streets! From the processed food and sickened meat in our grocery stores to the pill-pushing medical industry OF COURSE we have an obesity epidemic! Gah! /rant)

Aaaaand now I feel like some sort of crazy hippy-dippy conspiracy theorist. emoticon (Is it still paranoia if they really are out to take your money?)

Angry rant aside, this little n=1 primal experiment seems to be delivering serious results even just one week in. I'm down two pounds after this week of bacon, eggs, vegetables, fruits, meatloaf, steak. butter, coconut oil...and I haven't changed my calorie intake or boosted my workout routine at all. I can't wait to see what results the next week brings!

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CATWOOMAN 9/18/2011 7:02PM

    Interesting about the 1920 scientific evidence on how our teeth will heal is all about the almighty dollar! Funny how it is kinda trendy to be going all natural; like with cleaning products, eating organic and such .... we are just doing what people did before the event of mass advertising. I'm with you with the ranting ... wow, you are doing great on your eating, emoticon with the 2 lb. loss. emoticonHave a great week! emoticon

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GHK1962 9/18/2011 1:52AM

    Sounds like it was a super run day this morning...simple...and nice.

As for the're not alone. By the way, I especially liked that bit about asking if it really is paranoia.'re right I's not paranoia...esp if you KNOW they are watching.

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