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What I’ve learned in three months…

Eating a strawberry. Image by (cc) Flickr user .craig

Eating a strawberry. Image by (cc) Flickr user .craig

Pregnancy (or the first trimester at least) is extremely limiting, disruptive and confusing. During the first three months your body takes over and tells you, at times by shouting and at times by stopping everything so that you will listen, what it needs and what it will not accept. As my sister notes, pregnancy is a time of great cleansing. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

– 2 eggs in the morning will start the day
– a tiny mid morning snack will keep you steady: I’m staying cool with 1 hard boiled egg
– a noon snack is a must: some favorites are baby carrots, cucumbers, radishes, grapefruit, oolong tea
– a small lunch will you sustain you: I’m staying strong with lemon flavored greens (lettuce, spinach, leeks, green beans) and a protein (chicken or salmon work for me) — or just a tasty cup of liquid skimmed from a delicious soup when I can’t take much more; peppermint or another tummy soothing tea
– a mid afternoon snack is a must: some favorites are baby carrots, cucumbers, radishes, seaweed, grapefruit, frozen fruit (bananas or mango)
– small dinners win: salad and a legume (beans or lentils) OR a simple soup; lemon and mineral water
– supplements are great midday or at night: prenatal vitamin, some sort of quality fish type oil, flaxseeds, homemade eggshell calcium powder
– a snack before bed will keep my hunger pangs away through 8am: yogurt and cacao powder OR Mestemacher rye bread; lemon and mineral water.

Exercise! Move! Laugh! Smile! If you can stand the nausea, nothing will hold you back. Move and travel as your heart desires. And forget absolutely everything else.


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on family in the new America

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Sitting next to a golden fire

One that is ever kind said yesterday:
“Your well-beloved’s hair has threads of grey,
And little shadows come about her eyes;
Time can but make it easier to be wise
Though now it seems impossible, and so
All that you need is patience.”
Heart cries, “No,
I have not a crumb of comfort, not a grain.
Time can but make her beauty over again:
Because of that great nobleness of hers
The fire that stirs about her, when she stirs,
Burns but more clearly. O she had not these ways
When all the wild Summer was in her gaze.”
Heart! O heart! if she’d but turn her head,
You’d know the folly of being comforted.
~ The Folly of Being Comforted, W.B. Yeats

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Flow: Body, health and design

Back pain. Americans spend $50 billion per year on treatment. It is the second most common reason for visiting a doc. Do you or have you experienced back pain? Hear interviews with alternative health practitioners and postural health experts that’ll help you get back to good health. This audio show was made for Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley, CA
Keywords: back painposturesomatic healthalternative medicineaccupuncturechiropractormassagechairsdesignurban design


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Resiliency amidst systemic changes

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Messy multilateralism and a mediascape long removed from the glory day budgets of the 70’s-90’s. Where do we turn to for wisdom? Why not Japanese author Yuriko Miyamoto:

Born just 50 years after Japan first opened itself to foreigners, Yuriko Miyamoto lived through the transformation from Meiji era Edo (1868-1912) to post-World War Tokyo, inhabiting the many spheres where the new and old orders coalesced.

How does one attain the motivation to endure ? I wonder how Yuriko tackled this question.

She wrote about her divorce, same sex coupling, and finally her marriage to Communist leader and literary critic Kenji Miyamoto. Never doubting, always writing, she would eventually become the conscience of the intellectuals.
During her 52 years she published over 100 short stories, novels, travel journals, and essays, devoting her life to writing about class and gender issues in the modern era.

She is known for her rejection of the traditional female role, the institute of marriage and the state, and her advocacy for improved societies.

It’s too bad only four of her works are available in English. Surely we would benefit from increased access. Until the full collection is available, I recommend Nobuko, The Breast, and One Flower.