Dear sweet, hard-working, yet neglected body;
I see you…really see you (like I haven’t in years), and I want to say I’m sorry.
I haven’t seen you or listened to you in so, so, so long. I admit to you that I have deeply neglected you. This grown-up world caused me to become a floating head, oblivious to the hard-working, never-quitting, crawling-through-the-muck body down there.
Remember when we used to run and jump and climb trees? Kick a goal? Sit bunched up tight on top of a galloping horse? Water-ski? How about the diving board?
It has been a long winter between you and me. We’ve been separated and unaware of each other. I dragged you out of bed night after night to midwife all these hundreds of mamas and babies, forgetting to mother or baby you. I abandoned you.
This long cold winter expressed by these tears that drop so easily now. It must have been so hard to partner with someone who ignored you for years. I’ve been there through two marriages; I know that feeling, I’m so sorry.
I choose to share my humor and spark and love with others and not you. I imagine you little match-stick-girl, crouched outside my window, trying to light your own match in the wet snow. No wonder you layered up on your soft spots with mounds of insulation.
I know that in those 18 years there were some big battles you were left to fight on your own. Big falls, energy-stumbles, crap food, and sleeplessness. I can feel the amour you have built. This tension, scar tissue, joint pain are all your burden to carry.
There were times in these 18 years that we did work together, right? In labor, though I think I mostly made it harder for you until the point I put my trust in you. I was so proud of you then. I’m sorry I forgot your magnificence. You are such a good leader, when I let you. You stretched so much to grow and nurture those babies of ours.
I see those purple-cast stretch marks on those soft places that are rarely touched anymore.
Believe me—it’s not because you are any less beautiful.
I looked in the mirror today. We are so much older than I remember seeing before; with scrunched up lines.
I want to be your best friend and your lover again, will you take me? Can you forgive me?
I promise to listen and listen deeply. I want to know your truths. I want to hear your soul and rhythms made by your music.
I will not forsake you again.
I vow to thee:
Thank you, thank you for waiting. I wish I’d married you all those years ago.
I’m sorry it took me so long to remember how much I love you.
Author: Augustine Colebrook
Apprentice Editor: Kari Miller / Editor: Renée Picard
Image: afunkydamsel at flickr
The literal cure-all, wonder, liquid
How to serve it to your family broth everyday..
The best way to start is with turkey or chicken broth, when you've got done processing it, put enough for 1-6 mugs worth in a clean put, bring to just almost a boil. Ladle into a mug and add any or all:
It goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway; commercially prepared broth or stock especially from a bullion cube IS NOT THE SAME AS THIS MAGIC YOU WILL MAKE! Sorry, its just really important that you know canned, boxed and freeze dried 'chicken both' is not health promoting, in fact most brands have ridiculous amounts of sodium and soy - obviously not healthy! if you need to know more about why not to eat soy, go here and why to use only sea salt not table salt click here.
Click here to go on to the blog post on how to make it...
Cast Iron is so great! Not just for the health benefits, but the well-seasoned pan is the best/easiest to cook with!
So to get that well-seasoned pan, find a cast iron skillet, pan or griddle either from your neighbor that doesn't use it, your grandma, the local thrift store, or an outdoor/camp store. Use a Brillo pad and scrub out any flaking black stuff, or red rust and get the pan relatively smooth (if it is new, you may want to do this anyway to remove the scary-non-food-grade pre-seasoning oil) you should do this under/with running hot water. Then pour 1/2 cup course salt and some cheap olive oil (you will just rinse it out, so save the good stuff) and scrub again. The entire surface should feel smooth when you are done.
Fill your clean, smooth, warm pan with the oil of your choice I prefer bacon fat (olive or coconut would do too) and pop it in a low oven around 225'. Swirl the oil around to coat the insides of the pan, check periodically... the oil will get absorbed, take it out, rub more oil all over the pan and put more in the pan, swirling it around, you may have to do this several time depending on how old the pan is.... after several hours and/or when the oil stops being absorbed take it out and let it cool on the stove with any leftover oil in it. Now you can cook in it; I recommend just using fatty foods to begin with like bacon and sausage - avoid tomatoes or other acidic foods, that strips your seasoning. Right after you have served food out of it, rinse it under running water and put right back on the burner you were using - turn it off.... this evaporates the water from rinsing and dries the pan (you don't ever want it to sit with water in it or use soap on your seasoned cast iron pan).
Eventually, your pan will get to where you can cook no-stick eggs or potatoes.. Your pan becomes non-stick over time. Once you have a well-seasoned pan, you can cook tomatoes ect. in it occasionally and it actually helps you get that 'iron' from your pan because the acidity releases more out of the iron pan than other foods.
Because your iron requirements go up in pregnancy, but iron pills are hard to absorb and cause constipation, switching to using cast-iron cookware everyday even before you are pregnant can help avoid anemia. Not only is cast iron cookware some of the best health-wise, it is also some of the best chef-wise - so enjoy and use for generations to come!
Oh that chest burn that just wouldn't go away; what a drag for pregnant moms...
I recommend some prevention, a few easy remedies, and an AVOID.
Prevention: First try to avoid getting too full - so snack often, eating 6 meals not 3 every day. If you notice that spicy foods or foods that make you burp increase the heartburn, than obviously avoid them. Try not to eat right before laying down, as the sheer pressure of your growing belly on your squished stomach can increase the leakage of acids into your esophagus. Also see your chiropractor to have your stomach checked for a diaphragmatic hernia because having part of your stomach caught in your diaphragm will definitely cause heartburn.
Remedy: Try having raw almonds in your purse and snacking on them periodically, they contain an enzyme that is somewhat neutralizing to stomach acid, also many people find success with Papaya Enzyme pills or lozenges. Our favorite middle-of-the-night remedy is slippery elm bark powder mixed with a little honey. Mix about about a tablespoon of both in a small bowl until a paste is formed, then gum it down. This is especially helpful for middle of the night heartburn. Some people try a glass of milk, but we have heard that heartburn with acidy-milk burps are almost worse. And the best immediate fix-on-the-go remedy is just chomping on some chia seeds. Yes, thats right, the old cha-cha-chai pets of our youth have been re-purposed to eliminate heartburn (an make you laugh while singing the theme song in your head). Bonus:
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
Avoid: Tums or other ant-acids with added calcium. The calcium sounds like a good idea but actually is practically non-absorbable and in large doses (as in popping 2 tums every couple days the entire last trimester) forms calcium deposits in the placenta. These deposits of calcium can cause certain small parts of the placenta to die. The calcium deposits may cause some parts of the placenta to be replaced with fibrous tissue. The calcium deposits can also obstruct parts of the placenta with clots of maternal blood which can harden or block the maternal blood vessels. Calcification can be caused by other factors as well, like just post mature pregnancy, or cigarette smoking. In most cases, placental calcification does not affect the functioning of the placenta, and the fetus is generally not harmed. But I feel it wise to avoid adding that much of a substance that isn't helpful and can be harmful.