June 16th, 2010

arrrr

TMI stinky pits and sabbaticals.

me: smell my armpit!
D: what?
me: smell my armpit and tell me what you smell.
D: *takes a big whiff* i dont smell anything.
me: exactly. i lifted this morning and was outside sweating in the garden all day. i forgot to put on deodorant.

i've been eating primal now, more or less, since the end of march, save for the birthday cake gorgefest on my birthday, and accidentally ingesting grains here and there in times of uncertainty. regularly reading through forums, i have witnessed accounts of peoples body changes - getting leaner, more energy, gaining strength - all of which has happened to me, but i dared not even experiment on the personal hygiene tip. i am usually a stinky person. if i sweat, i smell. not anymore! i assure you i'm not the only one. i know quite a number of you are all about the natural deodorizers, but i dont even need THAT anymore. well, i do now use coconut oil as a moisturizer just for extra assurance, and then drag it down to the kitchen to put in the morning coffee. heh heh.

know what else doesn't happen to me anymore? i don't burn in the sun. please recall that i am a natural redhead with really pale skin. y'all have seen a few pics of the freakishly horrid burns i've received while biking in the past. granted, i do go to the tanning bed to get some color int he summer, but i havent gone in weeks. and, i've been out cavorting in the backyard in the midday sun almost every day for the past 5 days or so, and not one bit of red on me.



last night i made liver! i have not had liver in over 10 years, and i do love it. eating organ meats has a lot of health benefits and i've been trying to get them more into our diets here. D had not eaten liver since he was a kid, like most people because they cave into the popular misconception that liver is nasty. most kids hate almost everything. so, they try it once as a kid, remember that awful feeling,a nd then dont try it again as adults. 

know what i-am-really-scared-of-liver-D said about this? "wow, this is really good!"

i sauteed it with red onions and granny smith apples, with lemon juice and thyme from the garden. omg, so good.

either today or tomorrow i'm hitting up a local butcher to procure some big ole bones for the marrow. i have a few recipes i want to try. 

also in my extensive readings and research and really knowledgeable friends i've discovered the importance of vitamin D. and i quote:

"Technically not a "vitamin," vitamin D is in a class by itself. Its metabolic product, calcitriol, is actually a secosteroid hormone that targets over 2000 genes (about 10% of the human genome) in the human body. Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.Vitamin D's influence on key biological functions vital to one's health and well-being mandates that vitamin D no longer be ignored by the health care industry nor by individuals striving to achieve and maintain a greater state of health."

do you know where we get the biggest amount of vitamin D? the sun. do you know what prohibits vitamin D absorption? lack of cholesterol.

what are two things that people fear a lot and avoid? yeah, you got it.

so, i've been supplementing with vitamin D on days when i dont get to go outside. i do encourage you to check out the vitamin D council's website and read the linked research.

on the personal side, i am absolutely loving my little sabbatical. sure, i'm kind of concerned about the future, but with one facebook status message i got a crapload of leads because i am the social networking queen and man, what a marketable skill that is. haha.

i am feeling so centered now. i get enough sleep, i've been incredibly active outside and walking everywhere - hell, i filled up my gas tank yesterday and it will more than likely last me a month. i got to check out the farmers market here in lakewood today - mmm, grassfed cheese - and just generally enjoying life. i got a fellow primal coming over tomorrow to learn proper weightlifting form in exchange for a crock pot full of his renowned lamb and bison crock pot meatballs, and we're gonna talk about cowpooling. one of the tenets of the primal lifestyle is to avoid poisonous things, and now i can safely say that there is not one poisonous thing in my life at the moment. it is good.

in the prayer box that i wear, i had written down "peace by friday" on a little strip of paper and stuck it in. i sure as hell got it and i am glad i did.

but, really, i love you guys for your support. you're part of why i am feeling so good, too. so thank you.