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Moldovan Home Remedies: Traditional Wisdom or Snake Oil?

Although I've lived in the US for over ten years, only recently have I been more open about what makes my country of birth different from the country I currently share with my husband. As an 18 year old, I quickly picked up on the fact that talking about slaughtering chickens, using an outhouse, or the absence of running water made people look at me differently. When you are trying to make friends and fit in, it's the last thing you want. So I put my background behind me and began the assimilation process.  I was a precocious young woman, so I learned quickly what sorts of topics to discuss, how to carry myself, and what would make me more likeable. I don't regret choosing to assimilate into American culture. Some of that was necessary to really grasp and appreciate the culture I have chosen to live in. Yet, since getting married, I have began sharing my stories and the world [...]

March 31st, 2015|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

Whose Team are You on?

"So what are we going to fight about in our counseling session today?" Clayton asks as I tap my knee nervously, sitting in our marriage counselor's waiting room. "Huh?" "Come on sweetie. I know you've been pretty upset with me this last week. What are we going to tackle today? The chores? My emotional distance? You always think of something. I just want to be prepared." He said it jokingly, but he seemed tired and overwhelmed. My usual come back would have been something sarcastic about how I like to keep him on his toes, but not this time. Instead I heard myself saying that I wasn't planning to fight with him at all. He smiled, unconvinced. I fell deeper into my chair and suddenly felt sad. My husband had been driving me crazy for the last two weeks. I was disappointed in his behavior and I felt like he could stand [...]

February 22nd, 2015|Categories: Diana, Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , |7 Comments

Grieving for A Loved One

About a month ago one of my dearest uncles passed away. I was not home. I was at work when I got the call.  For the first five minutes my feet and hands felt numb and I had a hard time breathing. As my mama explained more and talked to me I was able to gain control over my body again. Grief is an odd thing. I discovered fairly quickly that during those first few days I was sinking under its weight. It's difficult to mourn for a family member when you are away from them and your family. It feels strange and surreal. It makes the grief sharper and one struggles to understand how to say goodbye. I've been less present for the last few weeks. I've been compartmentalizing work, marriage, school, and death so that I can function. I allowed myself to sit with my grief some evenings but then some [...]

February 6th, 2015|Categories: Diana|0 Comments

Probiotic Sauerkraut & Kielbasa Potato Soup

First off, I apologize for my less than stellar photo for this recipe. This was my third bowl and I snapped it with my phone hurriedly because I couldn't wait to slurp up the sour broth and chow down on the meat and potatoes. Reasons I make this soup and you should to: It's cheap. It's nourishing and warm, great for cold weather. You can make it in 30 min. It will make your gut happy because its full of probiotics and broth Of course, I made it for about twenty people so I was working with a big pot. And when someone my size works in a commercial kitchen and has to stir a big pot of soup, this happens. If you want to know more about my living arrangements you can read them here. Don't worry, I reduced the quantities for you so this recipe will only make about 8 servings! Ingredients 1lb of smoked [...]

February 5th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Owning Your Birth

Attribution The idea for this post came during my sister-in-law's baby shower, when some of the women in my life shared their experience with birth. While I am not an expecting mamma, I found the stories and the information fascinating. Afterwards, I asked my mother-in-law if she could write down her story and some of her advice to future mothers. Grace has been an RN for over 30 years, has given birth to four babies at home, and has attended about 30 other births, some as midwife, some as doula, and some as friend, in both the home and hospital setting. My Story I started my journey of motherhood in 1976, when I was expecting my first baby. I was 21, and had no idea about the mysteries of birth. Birth was a well-hidden and taboo subject in my home of origin, so I pretty much assumed it must just be too [...]

January 7th, 2015|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , |0 Comments

40 Years of Marriage

Dale and Grace, 1974 The first time I met my in-laws, I was petrified. Clayton and I were thinking about getting married and we came to ask for their guidance and their blessing. At the airport, as they gave their son a long hug and told him how much they missed him, I thought to myself, "why would they?" We were two crazy kids. Clayton was twenty, a sophomore in college, and I was twenty three. My student visa was expiring, and it was either get married, go long distance, or break up. We were being spontaneous. "So you guys want to get married...", my mother in law finally brings it up as we are ordering food at a nice Italian restaurant. My mouth turns into cotton, but as my heart beats faster and faster I hear myself respond: "Not if you guys think it's a bad idea." [...]

December 29th, 2014|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

Simple Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Its almost Christmas time well we've only got nine days.... If you are done gift shopping I applaud you, if you are not join the club! I tend to live life on the wild side around the winter holidays. I swear I don't do it intentionally. I like to be inspired when I get my family and friends gifts. Now that I am working my way through a MS program and blog about food and health, my gifts have taken on a new dimension. Here is what  I mean: Magnesium Lotion - I am stressed, you are stressed, everyone is stressed. Magnesium will help relax your body and especially your cramped, knotted muscles. It is a supplement that is hard to absorb in pill form. Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is a smooth, quickly absorbed emulsion of magnesium chloride in a skin-nourishing base of certified organic oils. I love putting it on my feet! Essential [...]

December 18th, 2014|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

Are you dairy free? What if I told you that this holiday season you don't have to skip the mashed potatoes? Becoming dairy free has been a lot harder for me that being gluten free. I miss raw milk, a good slice of gouda, and buttery sauteed vegetables. But most of all, I missed mashed potatoes... for a while anyways. Imagine my delight a few months ago when I, feeling a bit experimental, decided to throw in some avocado oil with my boiled potatoes and mash 'em up. I was scared it would taste too strongly on potatoes, like coconut oil does for me (this was before I really fell in love with avocado oil). But the mild nutty flavor wasn't overpowering at all. In fact, it was quite complimentary. Since then I have made many bowls of inhalation-worthy mashed potatoes, and nowadays I don't even give a second thought to my husband's bowl full [...]

November 24th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Is Your Body Hiding Trauma?

The Trauma Last week, my husband and I were driving up I-5 on a grey, rainy Oregon winter day, en route to Seattle, when we suddenly ran right into a large, shallow, barely visible puddle of water stretched across the road. We were going about 65mph, and our low key road trip peppered with pleasant conversation instantly took a sour turn. A creepy sense of disconnection from the road took over and we started to hydroplane. The back of the car snapped clockwise 180 degrees until we were almost facing traffic and the car shifted course diagonally. It looked as if we would slide right into the cement divider. I instinctively pressed my head against the headrest and tensed my body in preparation the crash. "...Sorry babe.", Clayton muttered as he calmly gripped the wheel trying to avoid the impact. Overcorrection. We miss the wall by what seems like inches but the car jerks and starts spinning counter clockwise and shifts toward the [...]

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Ranch Dressing (Mayo-Free, Soy-Free)

Last week I shared a photo of a Cobb Salad drizzled with a homemade ranch dressing on Facebook and many of you asked if I would share the recipe for the dressing. Post by The Kitchen Rag.   So here it is! I first began making this by trying to follow Grass Fed Girl's dairy free ranch, which I has previously had prepared by her own hands. It was delicious and I've been meaning to make it for few months now. While I was putting it together I made a few tweaks to make it suit my tastes better, and I ended up totally transforming it. Ingredients 1 can of chilled full fat coconut milk 3 tablespoons of avocado oil one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon of yellow mustard 1/4  tsp of pepper 1/4 tsp  of sea salt 1/4 tsp of  garlic powder 1/4 tsp of paprika 1/4 tsp of [...]

October 28th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
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