Could it be the Snow?

First I want to follow-up on a couple things from previous posts. I mentioned roasted Brussels sprouts but gave very little guidance.


Cut the bottoms off the sprouts and cut the large ones in half, mix in olive oil in a roasting pan and top with sea salt.


This is how they look when they are done, or you could roast them a little longer. I was hungry and the rest of the meal was ready.

We had the “Cocoa” nut pie for dessert, and it was even better, actually much better than I had expected.  The flavors melded together very well overnight.  The crust tasted a lot like date coconut rolls, and it complemented the flavor of the filling very well.  Yesterday Dora noted an “awkward” finish to the filling, which must have been the avocado flavor standing out.  It didn’t have a “green” aftertaste tonight.  I really would like another slice!  For those who are interested, here is the nutritional breakdown for a small slice, 1/12 of a pie, 243 calories:

Fat 15.1g 52.6%
Saturated Fat 5.3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 49.5mg
Carbohydrates 27.1g 42%
Fiber 6.8g
Protein 3.5g 5.4%

So this is not a low-carb or diabetic-friendly dessert, but with 7g of fiber and all the nutritious ingredients, it’s still a great alternative to conventional desserts.

Day 11
Success Score 8

Create a Primal Recipe
Frittata a la Refrigerator Gourmet
2tsp olive oil
1C sliced mushrooms
1/4C cooked onion slices
1/4C cooked red bell pepper strips
1/8C cooked collard greens
4 eggs
1oz feta cheese, crumbled
Serves 2
For instructions see my previous blog post. Please use this recipe as a guideline and incorporate whatever you have handy to throw into a frittata. Looking forward to having this for breakfast again tomorrow!

Hardest part: making myself measure and write down the ingredients
Best part: it was delicious, and I don’t have to share it!
Comments: My husband sometimes gets frustrated with me because I can’t duplicate what I’ve made in the past, so this is a good idea.

Moderate Duration Aerobic Workout
Comments: unable to perform due to back pain. However, I did notice that I had less back pain today. A cold front came through, and it even snowed a little this afternoon. Not sure if the change in weather is what made the difference. I’m hoping it will be well enough tomorrow for me to do some sort of exercise.

Work Peak Performance
Comments: this was a “make a to-do list” challenge. I attended a class all day, so it wasn’t something meaningful for today. I find to-do lists frustrating. In my work I am constantly getting pulled away from my desk by a number of people. If I get a patient referral, I have to drop what I’m doing and go to the hospital. I may try a to-do list tomorrow for my day off.

Summary Comments
Daily energy levels: 8
Hunger level between meals: 2
Satisfaction with meals: 10
Struggles with Primal efforts: had to pack a lunch & snacks to take with me to the class, but it wasn’t a big deal.
Benefits noticed from primal efforts: plenty of energy and mental focus during long and demanding class today.
Daily highlights: passing the written ACLS exam on my first try, “Cocoa” nut pie
Daily needs-to-improve: ability to exercise

Pain Management

Today started out on a good note. I don’t really mind getting up at 4am to work out. It is dark and quiet, so in spite of my alarm it is a peaceful awakening. When I walked into the kitchen I briefly wondered what the fabulous smell was.

Then I remembered the chicken stock! It had turned out perfectly, gorgeous golden color and clarity.

The resolution crowd doesn’t get up this early, so I was able to get my work out done at the neighborhood gym before it got busy and loud. When I got home I made homemade turkey sausages.

This was my breakfast:

Who needs toast?

My back started hurting as soon as I got to work and steadily worsened throughout the course of the day. Like any good chronic back pain patient, I am allergic to all NSAIDs, so I have to wait until I am safely at home to take anything for pain. All I can do at work is apply an ice pack. I was hoping to attend a hot yoga class after work, but I ended up working too late. After reading this article, I’m not sure I need to do yoga at all anyway, especially the more challenging classes.

Day 4 Journal
Success score: 4/10

Honor Hunger
What times did you eat? 0415, 0630, 0930, 1130, 1430, 1730, 1850 (and I will need a bedtime snack)
Hardest part: I really am hungry that frequently! I can’t see myself ever practicing intermittent fasting.
Best part: There was no best part.
Comments: I think that every diet I have ever tried promised me I would not be hungry. I call bullshit.

Aerobic Adventure
Location: neighborhood gym
Activity: intervals on the Lifecycle
Duration: 30 min
Comments: Ok, this just pissed me off. The author specifically said to start this program on a Monday to take into consideration when the weekend falls. One of the recommendations was to rent a stand-up paddle board! I was supposed to try something new, but I’ve tried every piece of cardio equipment in the gym, and I don’t have the sort of job where I can leave for a couple hours in the middle of the day to go inline skating or snow shoeing. Sorry, Mark, the rest of us aren’t self-employed authors living in Malibu. Get real.

Stand-Up Work Station
Modifications made: none needed. I stand quite a bit at work as it is, more than my back can handle on some days.
Total time standing up: too busy doing my job to time it
Longest stretch: too long, according to my back
Hardest part: debilitating back pain
Best part: I do like that I don’t spend the whole day at my desk. Sitting in one position all day isn’t good for back pain either. It also helps my mental health to get outside several times a day.

Daily energy level: 7
Hunger level between meals: 8
Satisfaction level with meals: 9
Struggles today with Primal efforts: hunger, back pain
Benefits noticed from Primal efforts: had enough energy to make it through the day despite the pain
Daily highlights: “discovering” the chicken stock in the slow cooker
Daily “needs to improve”: need to take more food to work