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

The Lazy Omelet

I started writing this last night, but I was in too much pain to finish it.

I awoke groggily, the remains of the midnight dose of Percocet trying to talk me into staying in bed. I forced myself into the shower. I had cooking to do.

Ok, a bit of background here. Although I love to cook, I have no interest in cooking as an arts and crafts project. Feta-stuffed dates is about as fussy as I’ll get preparing food. Omelets are fussy: they require 2 pans, and if you don’t flip them just right (I never do) they look terrible. Therefore I make frittatas instead.

You don’t need a recipe for a frittata. (However, if you want a great sounding recipe, check out today’s Mark’s Daily Apple)  Use whatever veggies, cheese and meat you have handy. It’s a great use for small portions of leftovers. I do recommend using a small amount of chopped onion no matter what else you add. Oh, and a cast-iron skillet is a must!

Sauté the onion in olive oil over low heat. Place an oven rack as high as will accommodate your skillet and preheat the oven on low broil.

When onion is golden, add chopped garlic if desired.

I sliced these baby portobello mushrooms and added them to the skillet.

Next I added some leftover steamed spinach. You could also use raw spinach.

If you want to use cheese, grate it or crumble it into the eggs. I used feta this time.

Pour the egg and cheese mixture into the skillet, increase heat to med or med-low depending on your stove. Let cook until the edges start to solidify. Then pick up the edges with a spatula and tilt the pan so some of the liquid mixture on top goes to the bottom of the pan.

When the frittata is mostly solid but the top is still wet, place skillet in oven for 1-2 min. If you want to add tomatoes, place the tomato slices on top now.

The frittata will puff up and brown in the oven.

Friday’s breakfast. I topped my frittata with salsa. Avocado slices are good too, but I didn’t have any.

Day 5 Journal
Success Score: 4

Modern Foraging
Meal: dinner
Location: Mom & Dad’s
Hardest part: passing up sea salt dark chocolate covered caramels
Best part: lots of fresh food simply prepared
Comments: We had a delicious, healthy, Primal-friendly meal! I wish I had remembered to take a picture of it! We ate baked salmon, sautéed asparagus, creamed spinach and a salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I enjoyed a glass of red wine but passed on dessert.

Abbreviated PEM workout
Comments: unable to work out related to severe back pain all day.

Active Couch Potato Rebellion
Activity: a slow-paced 30min walk on my lunch break.
Activity: walked over to clinic and took the stairs, stood while I waited for the doctor
Activity: at least every 30min I got up and walked around the office for a few minutes, checked the fax machine & printer, did my dishes, etc.
Longest sedentary period without break today: 30min
Hardest part: I was in severe back pain all day, so I didn’t really want to move around.
Best part: Making myself move around is probably better for back though it didn’t seem to help.
Comments: In order to accomplish this, I set the timer on my phone for 30 min each time I sat down.

Summary Comments
Daily energy level: 6
Hunger level: 4
Satisfaction with meals: 10
Struggles today with Primal efforts: back pain did not allow me to work out
Benefits noticed from Primal efforts: none
Daily highlights: eating wonderful food at Mom & Dad’s that I didn’t have to cook
Daily needs-to-improve: back pain