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Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: November 13, 2015, 07:19:39 am »
Dan!!!!!  ;D
Five exclamation marks. I guess you did miss me. Good to see you around here Ioanna. Hope you're doing well. :)

I was just thinking of you today, wondering how you're doing, and here you are! You must have heard me!  :D
It's The Shining. Be careful with it though. With power comes responsibility. ;)

I haven't been here in a while, also something in my family, but glad to be back and glad to hear from you!
Glad to hear from you too. Hope the whole family issue has resolved itself. If you need another ear you know where to find me.

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: November 12, 2015, 08:38:01 am »
After two years of very stressful insta-parenting (my wife and I had to take in my niece and nephew after their mother had a bad car wreck and a long road to semi-recovery) I've been working to get back on track the last 4 months or so since the kids went back to their mother.

It hasn't been easy to get myself back on track but the last month has been 100% raw paleo barring the odd cup of coffee. Two-ish weeks have been very low carb to get my yeast issues back under control which is going well. Had a little liver tonight to see how it goes.

Taking down at least a gallon of water each day but I still find myself feeling "dry". Hoping to see this clear up as I continue to flush out years of accumulated gunk.

Again the gym and regular exercise have been instrumental in getting myself back into shape. Two weight circuits a week with normal speed one day and very slow deliberate 4-count movements the other day. The other days are stationary bike right now but I plan to get back into the rowing machine as well. I've been very deliberate with my movements to make sure I don't tweak anything and so far no significant pain in my knee.

The last thing I've done, which has had the most profound impact, is maintaining a daily gratitude journal. Each day I document 3 unique items I am grateful for. Once you consciously appreciate all of the small things to be grateful for the setbacks that can happen in life aren't that bad.

Back down below 200 (198), have about 70% of the energy I had before, and starting to get that focused clarity back which was so welcome. Happy to be back with you all. :)

General Discussion / Re: How are you able to substain this?
« on: April 24, 2015, 07:58:36 am »
I'm a project manager for an architect. We've got a ton of work in construction at a hospital in the area. Beautiful place to visit but the North-East has my heart with all the different environments and seasons. :)

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: April 24, 2015, 07:54:44 am »
Just took a week off of the gym and it settled down.

I haven't had a long enough run of sticking to the diet to accurately gauge how I'm handling carbs.
I have noticed that while eating pseudo-RPD That I feel OK with some carbs.  I can't speak to it being diminished recognition on a "dirty" diet or doing better with certain foods.
I'm going to eat simple and clean for a couple weeks then give some things a shot. I really want some carbs back in my diet if I can find a way to do it. One of my biggest gripes going really low carb was the time it took to recover from heavy anaerobic exercises. I'm hoping to find some glucose sources less taxing than gluconeogenisis to recoup glycogen.

General Discussion / Re: How are you able to substain this?
« on: April 17, 2015, 10:37:05 am »
I pack some with the meat.
Work takes me to the panhandle of Louisiana. Sourcing meat that sits well with me has always been a problem (I will get heartburn if there is any corn in the animal's diet) and I have not gone to the trouble yet. It's easy to get complacent in a routine that works.

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: April 17, 2015, 10:33:53 am »
Still kicking. :)
Lots of ups and downs in my diet. Having more options in the house has made it harder to stick to what my body needs. I find I do good for a week or two then slip up a meal (or three) and start it over again.
I've been dealing with a bout of (self-diagnosed) bursitis in my knee the past couple days. I think it's a combination of twisting it awkwardly doing work outside complicated by frequent inflammation and the extra weight I'm carrying. Hoping it's the impetus I need to stay on track.

General Discussion / Re: How are you able to substain this?
« on: April 17, 2015, 10:27:29 am »
I spend a week a month clear across the country for work. I pack sealed packs of my frozen ground meat in Ziploc freezer bags then gang a couple of these together in a larger bag. This gets packed in my checked bag and makes it 1500 miles with minimal thawing.
Anecdotally I did go through the TSA checkpoint once with the frozen meat in my bag. The agent opened the bag up and looked at me for clarification. I said "It's not on the prohibited list" and shrugged. He passed me through but you could tell he was reticent to do so. The next trip I started with the checked bag.
I tried in the beginning to do jerky mixed with raw suet to make a raw pemmican. It was convenient but I felt hungry most of the trip. Between that and some constipation from the reduced water I decided it wasn't worth the hassle.

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:46:33 am »
I'm not a negative person GS but there's no point offering anything for my sister-in-law. She's not one to be at all proactive in her recovery. She'd much rather put others out of their way and garner pity for her condition. :)

The kids are wonderful. They do bring very positive energy to the house. We're also doing all we can to give them positive reinforcement and help them learn the life skills they will never receive at home. They're thriving here with structure and love. :D

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:21:57 am »
Well, I'm still alive but life has been very interesting this past year.
My sister-in-law was in a nearly fatal car accident at the end of August last year. We've had her two kids (5 &7 when they moved in) as well as her dog since then. Her hip isn't healing like it's supposed to so she's going to get that done this fall and we'll have them another school year. It's been a big adjustment going from a couple complacent in a marriage without kids to parents of school age children. It's a lot of work but has been nice. :)
I've been horrible eating right while they've been here. It's a lot harder when you have food readily at hand. I've also developed quite a fondness for coffee to help on the days I'm running a sleep deficit which compounds my personal craving for foods I'm allergic to. I cycle through a while of eating right then slip up for a while then right the ship. It's been getting better the longer I stay at it but it's a lot harder with the food in the house. My hats off to those who maintain this way of eating while preparing SAD meals for others.

Hope everyone else is doing well. I miss you guys and gals but I haven't had time to visit on here as I did before kids. Work has dropped back some in hours so maybe I'll be around a bit more frequently. :)

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: August 11, 2013, 07:59:18 am »
Yes, you are !
Thank you Iguana. :)
How has life been treating you?

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:16:09 pm »
Thanks Ioanna. It's good to see some of the familiar faces each time I stop back in.  :)
I'm glad to read you're making progress on your side. You go girl. ;D

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: August 10, 2013, 09:41:10 pm »
Wow, has it really been over sixth months since I posted here?
Same old, same old to report.
I've been more lax with going to the gym the past couple months opting to ride my bike. I've noticed the impact this has had on muscle so plan to get back to the gym a couple days a week to use some weights.
I've also had a couple short goes with less paleo foods but each indulgence further builds conviction to stick with raw paleo. Life is just miserable eating anything SAD.

I do want to broaden my diet from just raw meat so I have options if meat isn't available but it's going to be a slow road getting there.
The Candida flares back up with any small amount of carbs so while zero/very low carb contains the Candida it doesn't address the issue. I'm going to work on finding some pro-biotic foods which I can tolerate then work on attacking the Candida slowly. Ultimately I'd like to end up still eating low carb but having some home grown or wild berries and some veggies (like onions and garlic) in my diet.
That's about it. :)

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:53:50 am »
I guess it can be a good sign when people post less and less in their journals? In my case it means all is going good. Still eating RAF, going to the gym, and living positively. Hope everyone else is doing well. :)

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: October 09, 2012, 07:45:11 pm »
My wife and I just got back Saturday from a trip to Florida. We flew out for a week and got to see a bunch of family we had not visited with in years. Just a great trip and a solid reminder than there are other things to nourish the body & mind in life just as important as food, water, and exercise. :)

I did come up with a fantastic trick which sat fine and make travels exponentially easier. I took a bunch of my ground meat and dried it out in a dehydrator for around 3 days. Pulverized it into a powder with a food processor and then added raw suet (and I put a little sea salt) and pulsed it a couple times to combine. You're looking for roughly the consistency you would use to make a graham cracker pie shell. I took this, scooped out portioned sizes into the smallest Ziplocks (sandwich size) I had and formed it into logs. Froze them solid overnight and packed them in my suitcase. I didn't even bother to keep them cold after the first night we were there and the couple I had left over when we got back are still good. You could make these and hike for days with no problem. ;D

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Farms in New York...which one?
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:21:43 am »
I bought ground meat from their stall in the city and it was really tasty. Do you know what they feed the cows during winter time?
They cut their grass long and bundle as much hay as possible throughout the year for winter. If it's a mild winter, like this past one, the cattle will forage a fair amount. If it's a heavy winter they have to subsidize more with the hay.
I have a lot of food allergies which makes me very sensitive to the diet of the animals I eat. I've been eating their meat exclusively for roughly 2 years now (other than wild animals). I've never had any reactions whatsoever to their meat.

FYI, I highly recommend you try their brisket when you get a chance. It's definitely my favorite cut they sell. :)

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Farms in New York...which one?
« on: August 12, 2012, 12:18:02 am »
I've bought from Grazin' Angus Acres for the past couple years. Great quality to the meat and great folks to deal with. You can buy from the farm is Ghent or you can stop in at one of their stalls in NYC on the weekends. :)

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: August 03, 2012, 08:58:21 am »
glad you are feeling better my friend  :)  i guess if your digestion is off you know what you need to do to overcome the effects of antibiotics.
Thanks. :)
My digestion is doing pretty good now that I'm eating my regular. We'll see how it goes.

did your wife get sick too?  send her a hello!
Surprisingly she didn't get sick. I was thankful for that with how miserable I felt.
I'll say hello for you. :)

if you make some progress from meat and fat i'd be curious to know. i seem to do great with meat and fat except on days i workout i need more. i can tolerate raw honey ok digesting, but it makes me crazy!... to much energy, anxiety and it's too hard for me to only eat a tiny bit.
I'll definitely post how I do. It's a scary step back in the other direction. I'm probably going to stick to my "safe" foods for a couple weeks and then give a little berries a shot.

i'm doing very well with organs these days too thanks to inger, lol. i've advanced from dog food to whole organ in the kitchen and  a pair of scissors. :D
Way to go.  ;D

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: July 28, 2012, 10:16:33 am »
I got my ass seriously kicked by some sort of bug last month. Like many others I'd found that I rarely came down sick with anything and when I did it was usually gone in a day or two.
Whatever I got sick with this time must have incubated for a enough time to get rooted because when I started to feel sick it took a lot to get rid of the infection.

I started to feel under the weather on a Sunday night. I woke up Monday and I could barely swallow. Throughout the day the worst sinus infection I've had in decades reared it's head. I spent the first 4 days home sick trying to fight it with bed rest, lots of water, and sticking to my normal diet.
By Thursday with no improvement on how I was doing I resorted to antibiotics (Cipro) and widened my diet (chicken stock and fresh fruit) in hopes that it might help me get better.
By the end of the weekend the mucus had gone from yellow to off-white. I was also feeling ~40% (up from the ~20% I had been down to).
I spent the next week working and eating my normal diet again but the mucus started getting yellow again. I went on another run of antibiotics (Zithromax) to try and beat it again which seems to have worked. I'm still dealing with a lingering cough and now I've got post nasal drip but I'm thinking this might be from the decimated gut flora.

I need to work on getting more organ meats into my diet. I'd also like to see if I can find something other than just meat/fat which sits well. I'm concerned at this point about hedging my bets. Straight raw carnivore worked well for ~3 years but I'm concerned about the fact that I needed something more than just diet to get over being as sick as I was.

On the good side I just got a new bike. 29" single speed mountain bike. I should get to go on a long ride this weekend to see how it rides but it's been great on short rides around the neighborhood.

General Discussion / Re: Natural Disaster?
« on: July 02, 2012, 01:06:19 am »
Set up racks and a fan. With this summer heat it should dry easily.

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: June 03, 2012, 09:31:39 am »
I forgot to mention my wife is doing really good as well.
She's had some issues staying on course with her diet on weekends, either by choice (the girl scouts were selling cookies a couple months ago) or through experimentation (strawberries are apparently not her friend). Consequently she's about the same weight she was back in January (~253 today). We're still experimenting with foods for her to add variety but she's doing a lot better not eating things she knows she has issues with.
We also went to the doctor's and had her blood work done. Everything was in acceptable range except for her folate level (1.5 ng/mL) and her cholesterol (44 HDL, 157 LDL, 223 Total). Triglycerides were fine though (110).

General Discussion / Re: Base Temperature/Pulse
« on: June 03, 2012, 09:16:45 am »
dont know much about Ray Peat, but there can be a correlation between longterm low body temperature and increased allergy.
This was a clear way for me to determine when I was eating allergenic foods early on in figuring out my issues. I always ran a temperature at roughly 97*F until I found my current diet. Now I run in the mid 98*F area.
An interesting personal observation is I break out in a fever very shortly after I eat something I'm allergic to. I'll bump up into at least the 99*F range and will sweat a lot. After roughly 15 minutes this sweating subsides. I haven't thought to check my temperature regularly after I eat something to see when that subsides.

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: June 03, 2012, 08:57:48 am »
Wow, been a little while since I posted here. Not much to say really though. Still eating raw carnivorously. Been getting to the gym semi-regularly (probably 2-3 days a week). I've also been biking a lot more recently which, as usual, makes everything work better.
I feel bad that I don't stop in here much anymore but much like raising children you know you're doing it right when they fly the nest. :D
I hope everyone else is doing well. :)

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:21:06 am »
I've been pretty lax the past month. I did spend a couple days eating more of a cooked paleo diet around Christmas and then got back to raw. It's amazing how much better you feel when you start eating raw again. I did notice I was tolerating cooked food a little better than before but I'm sticking with raw. :)

I missed a month of the gym. My wife and I were sick just before Christmas and then I was off for a week and a half of vacation so didn't make the half hour drive to my gym. After a couple weeks of getting back into work we made our way back to the gym a couple weeks ago. My numbers went down a little bit but not too much. Last week I started pushing things back over past limits. I've also fond that rather than the really slow reps each time I feel better doing real slow reps one night and quicker but heavier reps the next visit. Maxed out one of the machines on the circuit (thigh machine) and closing in on maxing out the leg press (went from 350 to 370 in one week, max is somewhere between 450 and 500 on this machine). No significant gains in mass but I'm happy with the strength increases.

I've also added one thing to my diet and I'm getting a big benefit from it. I ordered some of the fermented cod liver oil from Dr. Ron's. Everything(focus, energy, digestion, bounce back from eating things I shouldn't) just seems to work better with a little bit of the oil each morning (I'm taking one 2ml dose each day). I haven't noticed any gastrointestinal issues with it so it's definitely staying in my diet. I have noticed my blood is a bit thinner but not dangerously so.

Journals / Re: Ramblings of a madman...
« on: December 24, 2011, 06:42:51 am »
I'm indulging some food for Christmas that I wouldn't normally eat. Most of it's of the cooked paleo variety but I picked up a bottle of GT's Cherry Chia Kumbucha and I had to share how good this stuff is.
I went through a phase 3-4 years ago where I was drinking a bottle of GT's every day (both plain and the green) but I cut it out because I found it bothers my Candida. I saw this though and gave in (I love Cherry and was intrigued by the Chia).
This stuff is weird going down. It's kind of like tapioca tea where the chia has softened some and has a slimy coating around it. Actually it kind of seems like drinking frogs eggs; tasty, tasty frogs eggs. :D
The bite of the kombucha is slightly milder than the plain variety. The cherry juice further tempers this just a bit. It tastes like a lime-cherry spritzer.
I recommend you guys try it if you see it. It's raw if not 100% paleo. They've got grape and raspberry too. :)

I doubt I'll be on between now and Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Hope you all get to spend some quality time with those you love. ;D

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Winter running
« on: December 23, 2011, 07:57:39 pm »
I don't think any of my attempts worked to provide links, I'm very sorry the website is www.
I fixed what I could Adora. ;)

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