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I rendered my own tallow for the first time today. It turned out beautifully! Now, what do I use it for?
Fry up some root veg chips! Tallow+potatoes= the awesomest french fries. And a really nicely seasoned cast iron skillet.

Yesterday was a little crapalicious. No grain still, but too much sugar.

TODAY though!!! today is day one of a 15 day personal challenge.

I will Daily-
Eat at least 60%from fat, 70 would be better
Eat no grains,
No sugar (may cave for a tsp of raw local honey at night, for my allergies)
No potatoes, limited starchy veg
No fruit- except berries. I serving daily
No alcohol (may have 1-2 glasses red wine TOTAL on the weekends. Not per night.)
Much veggies, Meat, Eggs, Fat, and some dairy. Raw milk in my coffee- good! Raw cheese in moderation- good! Butter- yay!
Move a little more, sit on the computer a little less
Sleep more. I have been staying up too late, and not feeling well because of it. in bed by 11 is my goal.

Weekly
Walk 3-4 times
IF 2-3 times for 16+ hours (fat and coffee with cream are fine)
Lift heavy things 1-2 times (probly will do the playground thing with the kids for the most part. Also will work on my pullups again)
Go to one yoga class (1 a week is free at a local studio that has an awesome Karma program. There is no excuse for me not to go!)

Whew! That felt good to write out! This morning I am fasting to get it started, though I am having coffee with whole milk (coffee addiction is NOT something I want to tackle now. I like coffee. ) Will break it at about 1 pm, unless I really feel I need something before then. Probably have an omelet with ham and sharp cheddar for that.

Dinner is Roast chicken and green beans, salad. I'm going to experiment with some mineral water/lime mix for a "cocktail" to sip as I am a creature of habit and will want to sip something once dinner comes around.
post #22 of 378
Coming out of lurk mode for a minute. I'm interested in following the primal plan in tandem w/ doing weight watchers. I really need to lose some weight, and I truly believe that primal nutrition is the most healthy way to live and thrive and the weight watchers keeps me in control of portions.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone here has tried miracle noodles? They're made from shiritaki and are soy free, calorie free, gluten free, etc. I'm just wondering if they're any good.
post #23 of 378
The miracle noodles that I love have tofu in them. So I am off of them. The soy free ones imo, are disgusting.

I prefer zucchini "noodles" personally. Very satisfying. I just use a veg peeler to shave off "noodle" strips all around until I hit the seeds, toss the center seed section in my veg bowl for soups. Saute the zucchini strips in a little oil, salt and pepper, garlic, etc. til they are softened but not limp. serve with meat sauce and drool.
post #24 of 378
I'd like to join in here. I have been primal for the last week. The first 5 days or so I felt great but I think I am having some die off type symptoms. First my tongue was burning, then I got swollen lymph nodes and a bad sore throat and feel lethargic, brain foggy, seeing spots etc. Anyone else get this when starting? I think I am coming out on the other side now. I am starting to feel more energetic and my sore throat went away. I know I have some yeast and bad bacteria problems and this has happened every time Ive cut carbs. Taking vit c flushes and milk thistle to hopefully protect my nursling.

My lo has lots of sensitivities through my milk so my primal diet is basically most meats (all except beef and shellfish), all fruit, veg, and coconut stuff. I have been tracking on fitday and am averaging around 68% fat 15% protein and 17% carbs eating about 2300 cal/day. I can't wait to trial eggs and beef but I am going to wait to start some lamb pancreas enzyme supp after our vacation in a couple weeks.

I am having a hard time figuring out if I want to get my 19 month old on the diet 100%. My DH eats GF bread and the ds is really used to eating it so every time he sees it he wants some. He is probably eating about 1/4 slice a day so not a lot %age wise but I wonder if with all of his sensitivities if it would help to cut grains totally, scd style. My DH is not super supportive here. Ds is so limited already and fairly picky to boot.

Today's food:

B: grapefruit, green tea with coco milk, turkey burger fried in lard with kimchi
S: a bit of ds's smoothie, blueberries, coconut flakes
L: salad (lettuce, carrot) with canned salmon and lots of EVOO and lemon
D will be: chicken livers, onions, mushrooms, lard in a coconut cream sauce, probably some potato, and greens.
post #25 of 378
I like spaghetti squash for "noodles".

So I'm a day away from 2 weeks in and I'm doing GREAT! I have tons of energy today after a yoga session in the AM and lunching (shredded beef with tons of salt and salsa on greens with raw cheese) outside in the sun.

At about the 9 day mark I just had to have some more fruit and went a little crazy on the strawberries. And then these Chebe type tapioca rolls I make for DS called to me before I could think straight but I only had a half of usual amount. I out of the blue craved a Coke of all things and I rarely have been a soda drinker all my life and could probably count the number of times I had Coke on one hand! Otherwise I have been so not hungry or craving my nemeses: maple syrup and honey. Had dark chocolate while going to see "Sex & The City: 2" and was able to eat small a amount. It's weird (and nice!) to seem to be over the hump.

However, sometimes I'm so not hungry I don't even want to eat and I don't know if that's good or bad.

In my mind I'm sad to give up some of my favorite foods, but physically it's easy not to eat them right now. Or just envision having a baked potato at a restaurant, slathering it in butter and sour cream and end up only eating 1/4 of the potato. (I'm such a planner!)

Found this amazing talk on insulin I want to xpost here. It really sums up everything I want to achieve with this diet as a life plan:

Ron Rosedale, M.D.
Insulin and It's Metabolic Effects

Presented at Designs for Health Institute's BoulderFest August 1999 Seminar

http://www.lowcarb.ca/articles/article149.html

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Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
I hate it that they get cereal at my mom`s house, but I figure if I can make something good then I might even eat it when it feels too hot to cook breakie.
There's a great soaked flour recipe in Eat Fat Lose Fat that can be adapted to almond flour. You bake it like a sheet cake, then crumble it up and dehydrate to crunchy in the oven. It's a lot of steps and two days but it makes a ton and comes out really good, like Grape Nuts cereal. Which means you can make hot cereal out of it (hot Grape Nuts was a long time breakfast staple for me!) If you are interested, I'll post recipe, it might be around here on MDC somewhere...

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Originally Posted by FairyRae View Post
Sorry to ramble on, your words just really touched me Jane. I hear you mama!
Ramble on sistah! At least here, we all understand completely.
post #26 of 378
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Originally Posted by JaneS View Post
There's a great soaked flour recipe in Eat Fat Lose Fat that can be adapted to almond flour. You bake it like a sheet cake, then crumble it up and dehydrate to crunchy in the oven. It's a lot of steps and two days but it makes a ton and comes out really good, like Grape Nuts cereal. Which means you can make hot cereal out of it (hot Grape Nuts was a long time breakfast staple for me!) If you are interested, I'll post recipe, it might be around here on MDC somewhere...
Oooh yes please!!!
post #27 of 378
That sounds AMAZING, Jane! Please do post it!

Right now, I'm trying to avoid the siren song of the espresso machine at work. Free, custom made lattes? Be still my heart.

Today's food was:

B: eggs, tapioca rolls (not great, but hey)
L: large spinach salad with eggs and bacon, watermelon
D: (to be): Fuji Apple Chicken salad, no gorgonzola, add avocado
Snack: strawberries, 85% dark chocolate
post #28 of 378
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Originally Posted by JaneS View Post
However, sometimes I'm so not hungry I don't even want to eat and I don't know if that's good or bad.
Welcome to the world of IF! http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting/ Once you think about it and really look this topic, it makes sense that our paleolithic ancestors wouldn't have access to food 3-6 times a day, every day. So, eating a diet similar to theirs may enable us to wait longer between meals and not even feel hungry (like we have evolved to be able to fast for some period of time). And there have been studies showing this is actually really good for us!

I think this is a pretty common thing in the realm of primal/paleo eating, and there is TONS of info out there on it that I find fascinating to read. Google Intermittant Fasting/IF to learn more!!

Speaking of IF, today I skipped breakfast and lunch (not hungry and pretty busy) and just ate those yummy chipotle cherry BBQ ribs w/ fries and a bit of kimchi. I'm planning on doing some sort of green smoothie or perhaps and coconut milk/frozen berry 'ice cream' of some sort for dessert later--maybe adding in some broken up dark chocolate .
post #29 of 378
the past 2 days I just can't stop eating. Yesterday I had a good day up till 9pm, but then stayed up too late and ate jack in the box on top of a full days food. i was over 3100 calories yesterday! and 179g of carbs! i felt so stuffed and sick when i went to bed.

today i ate a good breakfast (veggie omelette) and lunch (big salad and steak), but then drank 2 cups of a smoothie type drink (blackberries and coconut milk). So here it is 2 o'clock and I've already eaten 1900 calories (I'm not hung up on only eating a certain number of calories, but I do know I don't need 3000!) and 97.6g of carbs. I just hope I'm not hungry at dinner time (though that makes it hard to feel like cooking) and go to bed early before any late night cravings kick in.

And I'm SO tired! I just want to put a movie on for the kids and take a nap.
post #30 of 378
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Originally Posted by FairyRae View Post

Speaking of IF, today I skipped breakfast and lunch (not hungry and pretty busy) and just ate those yummy chipotle cherry BBQ ribs w/ fries and a bit of kimchi. I'm planning on doing some sort of green smoothie or perhaps and coconut milk/frozen berry 'ice cream' of some sort for dessert later--maybe adding in some broken up dark chocolate .
Oh...that sounds soooo good.


Here's my day so far:

1st breakfast: Slice of coconut flour bread with blueberry butter, coffee

2nd breakfast: 2 eggs and a few slices of bacon, cranberry cooler thing

Snack: Banana slathered in almond butter

Lunch: Salami, carrot sticks

And.....I'm totally crashing now. Headachey, grouchy, nauseous, and starving. Nothing sounds good except toast with jam. Or french fries.... Any suggestions for dealing with this?
post #31 of 378
today I had 2 soft boiled eggs with salsa and a tbsp of butter
1 homemade mocha sweetened with stevia

snack of trail mix
a few raisins
a few blackberries

lunch was roasted shredded pork in a salad of greens, tomatoes and zucchini ribbons with sliced avocado and more salsa!

1 grain free chocolate cupcake

dinner is beef pot roast with garlic and rosemary and roasted green beans. making corn on the cob for LO and DH

I'm trying to limit the sugar a bit but going grain free is my focus mainly. Also trying to avoid any dairy that isn't raw, because it seems to bother me. I've found that if you want that creamy goodness that you can get from sour cream in a taco salad, just top it with a fried gooey egg and maybe some avocado. That does the trick! I don't even miss the cheese, but I'm sure if I had raw cheddar in my house right now, I'd eat it! My allergies are 10x better than they were before going off grains! It's amazing. I was hooked on nasal spray and decongestants to get through the spring season. I think all I have to do now is go off grains during this time! I also just feel really good. I have a lot of energy and my mood has improved tremendously since going primal!
post #32 of 378
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Originally Posted by tolovemercy View Post
Oh...that sounds soooo good.


Here's my day so far:

1st breakfast: Slice of coconut flour bread with blueberry butter, coffee

2nd breakfast: 2 eggs and a few slices of bacon, cranberry cooler thing

Snack: Banana slathered in almond butter

Lunch: Salami, carrot sticks

And.....I'm totally crashing now. Headachey, grouchy, nauseous, and starving. Nothing sounds good except toast with jam. Or french fries.... Any suggestions for dealing with this?
Are you limiting sugar? If so, try to start off slow by just not eating grains, and still eat a good amount of fruit. The carbs will help with the craving for toast and fries. The first day is the worst, after that it gets a lot easier.
post #33 of 378
Here's food from today:


B- baby carrots
S- watermelon, baby carrots
L- 2 organic turkey hot dogs, 1 oz cheese, blueberries, 1/2 of a yam with butter
S- 3 tortilla chips with mashed avacado
D- spinach, strawberries, chicken
post #34 of 378
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Originally Posted by FairyRae View Post

Speaking of IF, today I skipped breakfast and lunch (not hungry and pretty busy) and just ate those yummy chipotle cherry BBQ ribs w/ fries and a bit of kimchi. I'm planning on doing some sort of green smoothie or perhaps and coconut milk/frozen berry 'ice cream' of some sort for dessert later--maybe adding in some broken up dark chocolate .
Did I miss the recipe for those ribs!? *drool* Sounds amazing!!!

I'm about to have an odd all by myself guilty treat. Roasted garlic with salt and pepper. I know, I`m weird. I drizzled it with bacon grease instead of the usual olive oil, and it smells incredible!
post #35 of 378
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Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
Did I miss the recipe for those ribs!? *drool* Sounds amazing!!!

I'm about to have an odd all by myself guilty treat. Roasted garlic with salt and pepper. I know, I`m weird. I drizzled it with bacon grease instead of the usual olive oil, and it smells incredible!
I hope you shared with the hubby or you might get kicked out of bed
post #36 of 378
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Originally Posted by neverdoingitagain View Post
I hope you shared with the hubby or you might get kicked out of bed


Ya, I`m gonna share! It`s almost ready!!!
post #37 of 378
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Originally Posted by MrsBone View Post
today I had 2 soft boiled eggs with salsa and a tbsp of butter
1 homemade mocha sweetened with stevia

snack of trail mix
a few raisins
a few blackberries

lunch was roasted shredded pork in a salad of greens, tomatoes and zucchini ribbons with sliced avocado and more salsa!

1 grain free chocolate cupcake

dinner is beef pot roast with garlic and rosemary and roasted green beans. making corn on the cob for LO and DH

I'm trying to limit the sugar a bit but going grain free is my focus mainly. Also trying to avoid any dairy that isn't raw, because it seems to bother me. I've found that if you want that creamy goodness that you can get from sour cream in a taco salad, just top it with a fried gooey egg and maybe some avocado. That does the trick! I don't even miss the cheese, but I'm sure if I had raw cheddar in my house right now, I'd eat it! My allergies are 10x better than they were before going off grains! It's amazing. I was hooked on nasal spray and decongestants to get through the spring season. I think all I have to do now is go off grains during this time! I also just feel really good. I have a lot of energy and my mood has improved tremendously since going primal!
1- Yum.
2-Uh, Yum again. What a tasty day!
3-I am SO glad this is working for you! Kicking the spring/summer allergy crap is so cool. I am doing so much better too!!!

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Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
Did I miss the recipe for those ribs!? *drool* Sounds amazing!!!

I'm about to have an odd all by myself guilty treat. Roasted garlic with salt and pepper. I know, I`m weird. I drizzled it with bacon grease instead of the usual olive oil, and it smells incredible!
yes, recipe please!!!
And roasted garlic with s and p? Hell yeah. Pass some over, woman.

Today ended up being

A.M IF, had two cups of coffee, one with whole milk, one with cream
1 pm- Ham and Cheese omelet, with onion, in coconut oil
430?ish pm- salsa roast beef over zucchini noodles

totally though I might need to not eat dinner, I had that cranberry cooler the pp mentioned, with lime and a teensy touch of stevia at like 8 oclock and just wasn't hungry. But then at 9 I got very hungry!

9pm- salsa roast beef, lettuce salad, avocado, 1 tbsp coconut oil

Ah. Sipping some herb tea now, I also had 1 tsp raw local honey for my allergies.
post #38 of 378
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And roasted garlic with s and p? Hell yeah. Pass some over, woman.

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Mmmmmmmmm just scarfed it down with dh. The bacon fat totally put it over the top. This is such a tasty treat... and has got to be good for you! Although perhaps a little high in carbs? I think each clove is 1g of carb, and I ate two heads! so maybe 24g carb? WORTH IT THOUGH!!!
post #39 of 378
I can imagine that getting 24 carbs from a couple heads of bacon roasted garlic is much better for you, and more satisfying, than a few chips or something.

Grok on.
(Speaking of Grok. Is there any other geek here that order the cookbook, um, signed and including a poster?? )
post #40 of 378
I ate gluten last night- a scone at work. It wasn't even that GOOD, honestly, and I would have been just as happy with some fruit and chocolate or something. I'm paying for it today and I'm so mad at myself. I had been losing weight quickly and easily on a primal/paleo diet, and thanks to my little indulgences, I gained two pounds this week!

So back on it today! We had sausage and eggs for breakfast, and I'm going to fast until a late dinner of salad at work, and then fruit/chocolate.

Yummmmmmm, that garlic sounds AMAZING- esp with bacon grease! Definitely women after my own heart.
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