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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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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

[audio http://www.archive.org/embed/FlowBodyHealthAndDesign]


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Francisca, study of a strong woman

Women work as a team. Photo by jakusa, flckr user, creative commons

“Without self-respect, you certainly self-destruct.”
— Cornel West

Francisca Carranza one of the 61 Castlewood workers who have been locked out since February 2010, talks about lessons she’s learned about the year, how she deals with anti-immigrant slurs, and what sustains her struggle for decency at the workplace.

 

Facing rising health care costs, last year the stately Castlewood Country Club shifted the burden to workers. From one day to the next janitors and servers were to pay 40% of their wages in order to receive family healthcare – $739/month.

Food service and custodial workers, who are represented by Unite Here local 2850, refused this change and were subsequently locked out. These workers now have the support of the Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, City Council, and various area clergy. Recently they received a letter of support from the NFL Player’s Association.


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Recycling workers feel the strain

Recycling Bins at a recycling station. Photo by ThreadedThoughts, flickr, Creative Commons license

What is it like to work the recycling assembly line? At Waste Management’s Davis Street Recycling Center located near the Oakland Airport, roughly 80 workers sort through 3,000 tons of  waste per day. This includes smelly food scraps, aluminum, paper, and glass, which provide Oakland with valuable export commodities.

Isabel, an Oakland recycling center employee talks about her job and union contract with Waste Management, the nation’s largest waste services provider.  She and fellow co-workers are beginning to feel the pressure and strain as their contract expires later this month. She asks that Bay Area residents support center employees in organizing for better wages. To lend support, contact Oakland city council members and express support for recycling workers: OAKLANDNET.COM/GOVERNMENT/COUNCIL/CITY-OFFICIALS

Street level recycling bins. Photo by Tim-Tak, Flickr, Creative Commons license