Overcoming Writer’s Block

I've been quiet here and on Facebook lately. Some of you have asked for updates, others have expressed concern. I am well my dear readers, and it does good to my heart to hear from you. My kitchen is still bubbling with homemade broths every night. My pantry is still permeated with the pungent smells of lacto-fermented veggies and herbal tinctures. I am committed to making wholesome, nourishing meals for myself and my husband. What has changed then, you might ask. Why haven’t I been sharing my culinary escapades ripe with Eastern European anecdotes? It's a question I've been exploring myself. This fall when we returned from our trip to Europe I began sharing our adventures on the blog. I had so many ideas for posts, photos, outlines, funny stories. But to my surprise, instead of being lighthearted and fun, the posts were heavy with my past. I felt that I was being [...]

March 7th, 2016|Categories: Announcements, Diana, Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Why I Said Yes to Breast Thermography

Last Spring I developed an odd pain in my left breast that made it uncomfortable to even wear a bra. At first I thought I strained a pectoral muscle, but a month later I still had no relief. I’m a healthy twenty-nine year old woman with no family history of breast cancer. The odds were pretty low but the fear kept creeping in. As a result I had two doctors - my American homeopathic doctor and my Irish/Moldovan doctor/godmother - give me a physical breast exam. They both agreed: everything seemed normal. Why I was In So Much Pain My husband and I theorized that it was maybe caused by my desk job, so I hoped that once we took off for our seven week vacation it would all go away. It didn’t. The dull, sometimes stabbing pain in my left breast was there all the time no matter how [...]

December 13th, 2015|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , |2 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

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

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 [...]

Stop the PMS Nightmare

Did you know that periods aren't supposed to be painful? In most cases the debilitating cramps, irritability, weight gain, acne, abdominal bloating, cravings, and mood swings may actually be caused by hormonal imbalance, food allergies, magnesium deficiency, or too much sugar in your diet. Your body is sending you a message. Start listening! Maybe you all knew this, but for me this is big news. I always thought that women have to be in at least a little bit of pain, and if I wasn't I felt uneasy.  An old wife's tale from my country was that if you have painful periods you will have easy births. So I welcomed the pain and felt relieved. As a teenager, while laying in bed in the fetal position, holding a heated water bottle to my abdomen and moaning, I couldn't be happier. My mama fed me chicken soup and tried to make [...]

July 26th, 2014|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

My Five Favorite Ways to Use Avocado Oil

The day I had to give up my precious stick of grass-fed butter was a sad day. I hope to bring it back to my plate soon,  but for now, while my gut is healing, I am dairy free. Unfortunately, this also means giving up my main cooking oil - butter. So, I've taken to using coconut oil and clarified lard instead. Although I love both of these fats, let's face it, they both have a pretty overwhelming flavor for most cooking applications. I don't mind cooking meat in clarified lard or tallow, but with veggies, it tends to get gross. I've tried coconut oil for this, but it's was just too sweet and, for lack of a better word, coconutty. I felt like I was eating coconut with every meal. About three months of experimenting with different butter substitutes, I finally discovered avocado oil. At first I was apprehensive [...]

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

Easy, Gentle Detoxing with Hydrotherapy

One of these statements is false. Guess which one. A) Over one billion pesticides are used in one product or another every year in the US. Source B) Out of 84,000 chemicals on the market today, many of which are in objects that people come into contact with on a daily basis, only 50% have been studied for safety. Source C) The average newborn baby, according to the Environmental Working Group, has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood. Source If you click on the sources you will quickly figure out which one is false, but I'll save you some time and give you the answer. If you don't believe me you can go back and read the article. The false statement is B.  Only 1% of the 84 chemicals on the market today have been tested for safety, not 50%! Are you horrified? Me too. If a [...]

February 10th, 2014|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|2 Comments
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