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

Traditional Detox: Not What You’d Expect

Yesterday I asked my readers on Facebook what foods come to mind when they think "liver cleanse". Here are some of the responses: fruit, lemon water, milk thistle, dandelion salad, kombucha, beet juice, cabbage, olive oil, citrus, nettles, tumeric. These are all wonderfully cleaning foods, but we are missing a few key players. This list is missing  meat, eggs, and dairy. Are you shocked? Stay with me and I can explain  why I am adding such "heavy", "clogging" foods to a detox food list. Image source My Story A few  years ago I decided I needed to seriously detox my body. I was newbie to the whole foods movement and after reading that, the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood (Source), I became concerned. I couldn't stop thinking about all the toxins I was carrying around with me all the time. My poor liver [...]

April 15th, 2014|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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

The No Poo Method: Doable or Disgusting?

After witnessing the public shaming/bullying of my best friend Jackie who blogs at LittleOwlCrunchyMama on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda (and the appalling flood of disgusted, unthoughtful, unkind comments questioning everything from Jackie's hygiene to her child rearing, integrity, intelligence, appearance, and so on when they shared the segment of their Facebook page) I decided now would be a good time to speak up about hair hygiene, shampoo health risks, and no-poo alternatives. Here is the segment to which I refer, at about 6.40 minutes in. WARNING: You're about to see some really mind-numblingly awful journalism.  While I was busy writing on the Today show's Facebook page demanding they offer an apology to my friend my phone rang. "I know you'll be honest with me.  Do you think my hair looks disgusting?" Jackie asked me as her image was getting slaughtered in the press. I cringed. My friend is [...]

January 16th, 2014|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , |38 Comments

Dairy Intolerance: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Did you know that although more than 50 millions Americans are lactose intolerant, more than 70% of them don't relate their symptoms to the ingestion of lactose. Why? Because everyone seems to have a different reaction to a dairy intolerance, some symptoms being more obvious than others. A few days ago I asked my dairy-free readers on The Kitchen Rag's Facebook page if they had any other symptoms besides diarrhea, flatulence, bloatedess, or cystic acne - the more classic symptoms of a dairy intolerance- when they ingested dairy products. Here are some of their answers: The Bad "Oozing rash across the back of my fingers. Found out about lactose intolerance after a break from it. I still flirt with it sometimes, as it's hard to resist! Most immediate symptom seems to be the whole surface of my scalp seems to jump off within 24 hours... Not too pretty!" "Pain in my joints. Completely dairy [...]

January 14th, 2014|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Chicken Pox Round 2

My Chicken Pox Story " It's 102.5." "Whoa babe! That's quite a fever! I am so sorry. Can I get you anything?" "Maybe another wet towel" comes my congested and slightly coarse answer. "Wouldn't it be crazy if I got the chicken pox again!" I yell after Clayton while he is running cold water on a wash cloth in the bathroom. "Whaaaat?! I can't hear you babe. Do you need anything else?" "I said wouldn't it be funny if I got.... ah never-mind... No! I don't need anything!" "Ok!" Two weeks ago one of our dear friends, Julian, got the chicken pox. I was one of the people who took him to the doctor, brought him food, and ran errands while he was quarantined.  "For most people", according to CDS, "getting chickenpox once provides immunity for life. However, a few people, can get chickenpox more than once, although this is not common." In [...]

October 14th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Pushing Your Limits

"I can't stand up." I whisper to Clayton. "Something is wrong with my foot."  I am in the tent staring at my swollen ankle while my poor husband is asking me where it hurts. I am so disappointed with myself. All the fears about how physically weak I am come stumbling through." I knew this was going to be too much for me." I reply bitterly to Clayton's reassuring remarks. We have been planning this trip for six months and it is the beginning of our third day of backpacking  around the Three Sisters wilderness. We have four more days to go... So far our trip has been fantastic. Four of our close friends joined us for the first night in the wilderness, and for some of them it was their first experience backpacking, so everyone was excited and in high spirits. The next day we woke up and said goodbye to [...]

September 11th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , |1 Comment
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