This takes such balls to post. Most of us have been there in some form (if not in the EXACT form) and I commend you for putting it out there. It's not always easy to talk about, and you articulated every facet of that harrowing process. Such a great piece from a wonderful writer - thank you!
LOVE THIS. I've only traveled with my little hellion under the age of one. The fact that she's 18 months and never ever ever sits still, not even long enough to pee, makes me think we could never travel together until she's ten. But then again, it might give me something new to write about... :) Oh, and we need to be friends. You speak my language. Don't make me beg.
Aw, thanks. I don't know about that, but a sense of humor helps me stay alive. :)
LACB, this article is supposed to be funny. I would never call my child names to her face, just like my hubby and I would never call each other names. I think it's vital to have a sense of humor as a parent, don't you?
I think all of this is a bit beside the point - this article was kind of meant to be fun and informative from an editor who was taking on a different way of eating to see what all the health hype was about. Full Bladder - nutrition IS a personal science, which is why I just wrote a book about it. There's no one size fits all when it comes to eating or exercise or relationships - that's why it's so tricky and everyone has different opinions (as everyone experiences different reactions to certain food). These days, it's more about the sourcing of our food and all the chemicals used that make us sometimes feel worse than the food itself...
Mike, foods containing arachidonic acid, such as eggs, organ meats (including liver, heart and giblets), beef and dairy products promote inflammation. Through a complicated process the body breaks down arachidonic acid into inflammatory compounds, including the hormones, prostaglandins and leukotrienes that control the mechanisms of inflammation, constrict blood vessels and promote blood clotting.
Overcooked food or foods cooked at high temperatures promote the inflammatory response because they create advanced glycation end products, something the body treats as an invader. As the body tries to break these AGES apart, immune cells secrete large amounts of inflammatory cytokines. Many of the diseases that we think of as part of aging are actually caused by this process. Depending on where the AGES occur, the result can be arthritis, heart disease, cataracts, memory loss, wrinkled skin or diabetes complications, to name a few. Blah, blah, blah. The list goes on and on.
You can pretty much find any study to support anything. Cooked food is healthy! Eggs are the most perfect food ever! Vegetables will kill you! It's all so oversaturated and confusing, it can be frustrating to find what works well for you.
The reason people juice is to give the digestive system a break and to heal. Hundreds of thousands of people have healed themselves from juicing alone. But if you don't need to heal from a chronic illness, green smoothies might be more your speed.
We focus way too much on calories, protein and fat - if people are juicing to lose weight, that's not the best way to go about it as they will just lose water.
Anyway, I think for what this article was, Abby did a great job and tried some new food and can make a few adjustments.
Mike, you are misinformed if you think raw food has no health benefits over cooked food. Cooked food destroys important enzymes abundant in raw foods. Raw food=living food. Cooked food=dead food. It's harder for our bodies to digest and food cooked at high temperatures can wreak havoc on our bodies. The other great thing about raw foods is you're not usually eating processed crap that so many of us eat today. We're made to eat whole foods - period. And many people avoid gluten because again, it appears in processed foods, or food that provides no nutritional value. And eggs can be incredibly inflammatory, blah, blah, blah. Being a certified nutritionist, food is all about science and how it reacts with your body. While you're entitled to your opinion, you're not necessarily right. The point to this article is to see how she felt eating a different diet, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine, etc. We could all stand to pay attention to how we feel after we eat - it's the only way we can really figure out what's going on.
Ha - actually, potty training is the one of the things she loves. We started EC (elimination communication) at 6 months. All babies are born with the innate ability to tell you what they need (hunger, eliminating, sick, etc.), so starting babies younger with no pressure often results in better communication and a sense of independence. We are the only culture to stuff babies into diapers and let them shit on themselves - how does that not do a number psychologically? Here, sit in your own poo. That's awesome. They essentially have to relearn how to tell us they need to go to the bathroom, rather than us tuning in to their cues early on. Yes, it's a lot because you have to have a potty on hand and a lot of patience. I'm not knocking they way Americans do things, but our little one took to it right away. We catch about 80-90% of everything, and she's beyond proud of herself, and thus, more independent overall.
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