A Day in my Jammies

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While my courageous older sister is propelling herself through 144.6 miles today in IronMan Chattanooga (4 extra miles than the standard IM, due to a last-minute course-change), I am going to stay in my jammies and track her progress online. And write a little bit about my RA onset story and chronicle where I am one month in on the AutoImmune Protocol. Go sis!!

Lunch on the Road

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I was away from home today from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.–my first all-day outing since I started the AutoImmune Protocol (AIP) one month ago. Time to experience my first away-from-home mealtimes. After eating an ample breakfast at home I was sure I could handle spartan and simple eating on the road. Lunch was a can of sardines and an orange and banana. I ended up not drinking the “organic” coconut water pictured after I noticed that one of its two ingredients was “natural” flavor, which, to me, is code for “some ‘naturally-derived’ synthetic flavoring that will make all of our products taste exactly like each other–the ingredients of which we do not want to name in our ingredient list.” I skipped the evening meal and then ate a banana on the two-hour drive home. That worked out fine.

Beef Heart and Ground Beef Burgers

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I guess it was only a matter of time before this granddaughter of a butcher got the old meat grinder out and put it to use grinding some pastured beef heart to add to some pastured ground beef.

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I got to these bits below (vessels) and I wasn’t sure how to proceed. Include or not?… Since I am eating connective tissue and increasing intake of animal fats I decided to go for it. It took a little more forceful arm pressure to grind through it, but the grinder did not clog.

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It was noon and I was hungry, so I shaped a patty and got it cooking pronto in the cast iron skillet. When the patty neared completion, I added some frozen wild blueberries to the skillet. Served the beef and berries up with my cauli faux-tatoes from yesterday drizzled with pesto oil.

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2014-09-24 12.30.28Whoa! That was awesome!… I am looking forward to repeating that for supper tonight with my spouse.