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post #141 of 205
I am super excited to be in this thread. I'll probably end up spending a lot of time looking at recipes when my son naps!
post #142 of 205
I am also a newbie on this board and I have a sleeping baby on my back and not enough time to read thread. What are the quintessential boks I should read to get more info on primal/paleo diet. Thank you so much
post #143 of 205
Hi again, friends! I only skimmed this months thread in an effort to actually post and try to jump back in!

New things-

1- I have come very close to my weight goal. !!! I am working on body composition, but I am right around 130 lbs (goal is 125-130) and fitting into size 4s, some 6s, xs tops. !!! I was 150 and closing in on 8-10s in April. (I'm a 5 ft 2 inches pear shape)
So, yay me.

2-Even with weekends of looser "primal" morals, lol, I have been steadily losing weight and tightening up all summer. It's fantastic! And now an off day (like yesterday) means I succumbed to a handful of potato chips, a half piece of chebe pizza (along with my primal pizza) and a teensy more 90% lindt than I really needed. So, my tolerance for crap has gone waaay down.

3-My older two (had been homeschooling) are going to start public next week. Grades 4 and 2. Their choice, but we are all looking forward to it for various reasons. We have been getting to bed earlier and up earlier, following motivatied moms chore list and generally getting more organized here at the beginning of fall (fall. snort, Feb2003 will tell ya, it's fckin hot here in tx. 100-1005 for over two weeks straight.)
Anyhoo, I'm looking at primal bento planning, meal planning in general and feeling very proud of myself. :-)

4- I have been fitting in walking a bit more, and will be walking the kids to school in the morning, so I'm getting the "move slowly" a lot more. I also, drumroll, have been barefooting it more, and will be ordering a huaraches kit from barefoot ted's site, luna something or other. Looking at knitting some mocs and slippers for winter for dd and I as we want to stay as barefoot as possible! I hope to strengthen/heal my flat arches.

And.... my menu for the week!

Sunday- we celebrated our 5 year anniversary by (I know, this is so lacking in romance...) taking the kids to the mall to play lunar golf, walking a bunch, going to the sporting store and looking at vibrams and skateboards, and grilling up a bunch of sausages, hatch chilies, potatoes, onions, and had a salad on the side. organic red wine (Sunday has become my fasting day as well, 22 hrs this time!)
Monday-playdate/sleepover with toooo many kids- baked potatoes- loaded. Pork Carnitas in the crockpot (with a hatch chili in it, yum), salad. I made an AWESOME mock margarita with a half shot of tequila, lime, pinch sea salt, and a couple ounces of diet tonic (splenda, I know, but I love tonic and found one with no aspartame and its just perfect in this heat) over ice. mmm
Tuesday-Dinner at moms, made pizza dough with flax/coconut flour/cheese/egg. Also "cheated" a bit with half a piece of chebe, but seriously didn't want more. lots of veggies, some sausage and pepperoni, etc. A "margarita" and half a glass of white wine. Finished the day with a cup of rrl tea with my dd.

Wed- PLanning on grilling up a bunch of chicken, with a salad. Picking all the leftover chicken apart, making bone broth

Thurs- Dd helped plan chinese food PF Chang night
Egg Drop Soup (with bone broth)
Lettuce Wraps (with picked chicken from W)
Onigiri (Rice balls wrapped in Nori, the kids want these in their bento, I've agreed to 1-2 times a week. I don't mind them having small amounts of rice, so I am practicing the rice ball making)
Coconut fortune cookies

Fri- Leftovers or gram's house, I work 4-7
Sat-maybe a party at a friends house, work 3-6

Sun- DH grill, salad, food prep for next week

Look at me, I'm all organized!
post #144 of 205
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What are the quintessential boks I should read to get more info on primal/paleo diet. Thank you so much
I just posted my thoughts on this here: http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...&postcount=111

Welcome lurve!!
post #145 of 205
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Look at me, I'm all organized!
Woo hoo on everything Shelley!!!!! Sounds like a primal success story for sure! And your organization--wow! You arfe inspirational!!!!
post #146 of 205
Yesterday's eats:

B- 2 grass fed hot dogs w/ bbq sauce and mustardand a green smoothie

L-leftover chicken leg w/ hot sauce, brussel sprouts w/ garlic and onions

S-pepperoni and a peach

D- chipotle salad w/ chicken, salsa and guac mmmmm banana dessert

OOOO-and I tried a bit of ds' coconut carob bark and didn't get a headache from the CO!!!! Healing is happening over here!!! WOO HOO!!

Today--coconut flour muffin for breakfast (eggs again--I'm feeling good!!) and a peach

(late) Lunch plan is oven baked ribs!!! (and my BBQ sauce) w/ a green smoothie (ds and dh will have fries)

Dinner--probably grilled chicken w/ a salad (w/ avocado and EVOO dressing for good fats!)

I'm excited! And been doing well sticking to it! Woo hoo!!!
post #147 of 205

Today

Today I made bannock with sole purpose of consuming some. I ate some and then some more.
I don't feel regretful about this, its something I needed to do for me. August is a hard month for me, my father died August 18th, 24 years ago when I was 10 years old. Bannock is a huge part of my peoples community. If we had dry meat, I would have eat that instead. Instead I made bannock and I remembered.

Sometimes you need to deviate from the plan
post #148 of 205
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Today I made bannock with sole purpose of consuming some. I ate some and then some more.
I don't feel regretful about this, its something I needed to do for me. August is a hard month for me, my father died August 18th, 24 years ago when I was 10 years old. Bannock is a huge part of my peoples community. If we had dry meat, I would have eat that instead. Instead I made bannock and I remembered.

Sometimes you need to deviate from the plan
Sacred foods are exempt, and belong in the realm of tradition, healing and spiritualty, not to be dictated by diet or health choices that we make in the rest of life imo.
post #149 of 205
Now I want some Bannock.

Sorry for your loss, and I agree, some things are sacred and worth the few times in your life you will have them. <3 Be good to yourself.

Last nights dinner was delish.
We grilled up a bunch of chicken, (skinless thighs and a pack of leg quarters), russet and sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and had a salad with it. Had some more red wine but I'm thinking I won't have wine again this week. We haven't been drinking it (it's so damn hot here) and have been mixing up little tonic drinks instead, and I'm liking that much more. Wine is just so heavy in this heat. blah.
I walked for 45 minutes on moms treadmill in the air conditioning. :-) I need to do that more often, it was nice, I read a silly Highlander romance while walking (move slowly!) and not dying from overheat. score.
post #150 of 205
ugh. the closer i get to the end of this pregnancy the harder time i'm having eating good. and it's catching up with me, i gained 3.5-4lb in the past 2 weeks. This has zoomed me up to within half a pound of my goal weight gain of 40lb. I'm 39weeks today, so if I have the baby soon I may still stay under it. If I go to 42 weeks, then I'm definitely going to be over. Right now I just plain don't care what I eat, but I think I'm getting sick so that has something to do with it.
post #151 of 205
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Sacred foods are exempt, and belong in the realm of tradition, healing and spiritualty, not to be dictated by diet or health choices that we make in the rest of life imo.
Hope you're doing ok neverdoingitagain!

Vaquitita--You've come so far!!! No matter what you do for the next couple of weeks, it has been a pleasure to be here with you during your primal pregnancy--very inspiring!

I've been keeping on keeping on, and been *almost* sticking to my plan 100% Yesterday I IF'd the am (um, yeah, AND I have my period--how cool huh? Never has happened b/4 for me! I was working and didn't feel hungry.) I went out to eat for lunch and had a HUGE salad w/ chicken, bacon, strawberries, avocado, balsamic vinagrette (made w/ a blend of olive oil and veg. oil and possibly a small amount of sugar --I usually bring my own dressing, but didn't pack it w/ me b/c I was out working all day and didn't think about it...) and pecans, which I didn't realize until I stared eating them were *candied*!!! AHHHH! (Remember--I've been trying to avoid SUGAR?) My sister bought me the lunch (I was working for her) and I decided to just enjoy it and go w/ it. It was so delish, and I didn't notice any ill effects from the sugar consumption. Today I'm a little less energized than usual, but I've also got houseguests which changes things up a bit.

Had Italian sausage w/ LOTS of peppers and onions for dinner last night, plus a banana dipped in homemade frosting (palm oil + vanilla extract + stevia) and a coconut flour cupcake (w/ eggs--no tummy troubles! ) Today had leftover sausage for breakfast w/ peppers and onions. Snacked for lunch on a banana and some pepperoni (I need to stop having it in my house!! Really not a great choice b/c I'm not getting pastured/organic/nitrate free ) Maybe will do grilled chicken w/ salad tonight for dinner (with real EVOO dressing as it will be homemade!)

Anyway, feeling good and proud and thrilled that I've stuck to this. I feel like I'm doing lots of healing, faster than I expected. It's very very exciting!
post #152 of 205
Hi ladies -
So I just found out I'm about 6-7 weeks pregnant since I've been sick as a dog the last few days. Guess my last period was really just implantation spotting.

Meanwhile, getting any food down has been really tough. Nothing sounds appealing except for maybe homemade chicken broth. All meat sounds awful right now and I couldn't even stomach the smell of the pulled pork I made yesterday in the crockpot.

I went and got some gluten free bread items since toasted bread is all I can stomach right now. I'm hoping to get off all grains again as soon as I feel like I don't have to puke every 5 minutes. It was never this bad with my son.

So my goal is to stay as primal as I can during the first trimester but realizing that I do need to eat so I'm going to cut myself some slack.
post #153 of 205
to all the ladies right now. You are all doing great and a source of inspiration to me. Also, thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate your support.
I ate the bannock, suffered no ill effects(yet...?) and actually feel refreshed by it. It felt good to remember my father that way. He made the best bannock
Alireb: Congratulations on your pregnancy, thats so great and better you than me, babe
Vaquitita: You're doing great! Really Your baby will be here very soon, maybe thats why you're feeling crappy?

Oh and I made my first meatza. Yeah thats right, my very first meat pizza Its cooling atm, can't wait to dig in! Oh...and my side?
Bac'N'Puffs! (oh no she didn't!)

post #154 of 205
Sounds like it has been a big week for everyone.

Nevrdoinitagain-sorry about your father, hope that eating a traditional food helped you in your healing/remembering.

Vaquitita-great job on your goal weight! And making it through eating the foods you set out to eat. I hope your birth will be enjoyable and that you will have great energy!

Alireb-congrats on the new pregnancy, hopefully your ms will dissipate quickly.

I am very thankful to those of you who post your daily diets in detail.

I have had a tough week. I got AF, then I had to travel for 2.5 days. I managed to make decent food choices (I brought some food with me), Breakfeast at home eggs, coffee w 1/2 and 1/2, half an avocado, lunchrosciutto wrapped asparagus (6oz of meat), snack:coconut mi8lk kefir smoothie with mixed berries and half a banana. For dinner I had breaded and fried chicken livers, a small field greens salad and a small bowl of crab soup with broth from scratch, and a serving of dark chocolate. I IF'd for 16 hrs and then went for a run. I snacked before lunch because I knew I couldn't make it another hr without food: organic beef jerky and a serving of plantain chips. For lunch I had coffee w' cream, and a seared tuna salad with vinaigrette, blue cheese and bacon. Dinner: beef and cheese from a philly cheese steak sandwich, didn't eat the bread. Then at 10 pm when we were driving home ( a 3 hr drive) I got the incredible urge to snack and eat salty food, I ate a bit of cheese, beef jerky, plaintain chips (prob 2 servings or 40 g carbs), and small serving of dark chocolate.

I got home and weighed myself and I had gained 4 lbs during the past week. I feel heavier and I don't like it. I don't know if I am feeling like snacking because of emotional eating or if I am not having enough fat. My goal when I started was just trying to cut grains and eat more paleo, get myself moving more and hoped that I would drop a couple lbs so my clothes would be a little looser, but I have stuck to those goals and gained more weight. It is especially frustrating to me because after I had my first child I dropped a ton of weight (did SCD and a couple other special diets) and could eat anything I wanted and stayed a weight that I was very happy with.

I guess it is time to really track my calories and where they are going. Perhaps something more drastic is needed, like quitting dairy, which I am sensitive to. But, I have 3 weeks of traveling on the road for work in September and it is going to be very stressful. I will have my 16 mo with me, I am working, and we are in 3 different cities. I have no idea if my hotel rooms will have a refrigerator (I will have a cooler). I tend to overeat when I travel because of the 'big unknown', what if I am hungry in 5 hrs and I have no food with me or am nowhere near a good restaurant?

Sorry for the big rant I'm stressed and frustrated. And not looking forward to traveling.
post #155 of 205
Can someone post a recipe for meatza?
post #156 of 205
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Vaquitita--You've come so far!!! No matter what you do for the next couple of weeks, it has been a pleasure to be here with you during your primal pregnancy--very inspiring!
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Vaquitita: You're doing great! Really Your baby will be here very soon, maybe thats why you're feeling crappy?
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Vaquitita-great job on your goal weight! And making it through eating the foods you set out to eat. I hope your birth will be enjoyable and that you will have great energy!
Thank you everyone for the encouragement. It's really helping me keep going. I came down with the flu, which probably explains a lot of the I'm-too-tired-to-care feelings. But so not what I want to be dealing with at 39 weeks pregnant! I've done ok on carbs for the past few days, but mostly cause I'm not eating much. Because when I did eat yesterday, I was totally reaching for the carbs.

Thursday (the day I got sick):
b- 1 coconut flour pancake, blueberries, italian sausage fried with veggies.
l- my cousin had a low carb lunch/recipe exchange, so fun. had a bit of meatza and some spinach/chicken/avocado/grapefruit salad.
s- a nectarine and plain yogurt
d- 1/2 a chicken thigh
~134g carbs

Friday:
b- sprouted toast with butter
l- 2 rice cakes topped with labne, pb, jelly
s- 2c popcorn
d- 3 slices tri-tip
also, through out the day I drank a cup of juice and had a lot of tea with honey, probably tblsp total.
~126g carbs

today:
b- sprouted toast with butter, pb, and jelly.
i am starting to feel better, so i will try to get more meat and veg today. it actually sounds good to me right now, which it didn't yesterday.
post #157 of 205
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Can someone post a recipe for meatza?
Here's the meatza recipe i've been using.
post #158 of 205
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Originally Posted by Vaquitita View Post
Here's the meatza recipe i've been using.
This is the recipe I use as well except I use ground pork! I find it a bit more neutral and pizza crust-y.
post #159 of 205
checking in- glad to see you hanging on Vaquitta- your almost there!!!

neverdoingitagain- so sorry for your loss

I haven't been so militant lately about being 100% grainfree. Before I wouldn't even sample something with grains in it. I am trying to find a bit of moderation. I made some sorgum/potato starch pancakes this Sun and last and we thoroughly enjoyed them. I had pasta a couple of times as well(brown rice). I still feel better more away from grains and lower carb though but I am I guess moving to a 90/10-80/20 instead of thinking I have to be 100%.

We are also doing a dairy trial here w/ grassfed butter and raw goat milk. It has been nearly a week so far and going good. I made homemade ricotta last night and a pasta bake. It was kind of an emotional thing for us. It has been so long since I cooked anything like that and the kids have never had anything. Ds loved the cheese and kept raving about how he wanted to buy all the goat milk. Dh loved it as well- he stays df at home as well. I am trying not to get hopes up but to be one step closer to normal is exciting. I really, really, really hope that it works. We have been gluten free for 2 yrs now so I would think surely that the dairy intolerance was due to the gluten damage surely we have healed it.

Anyway, enough rambling about that! Working out is going great! Food has been basic- I have got to meal plan next week as we are starting back to school in another week and I must have a better plan. I plan to start going to a local gym next week, this is my last week at the CF gym- I am going to have dh take over super on that night. It will be awesome to have a night off from cooking as well!
post #160 of 205
re: meatza- I am really, really lazy I just make some ground pork w/ some italian spices and then just spread it out and cook it in a big pan. The other day I just did it and broke it into little pieces and then added all the pizza veggies to the pan- all the pizza flavor but in kind of like a hamburger helper form- without the noodles or nasty sauces
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