Have been meaning to get this out for the last few weeks – but at 39 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) there has just been so much other stuff that had to come first.
A few weeks ago my sister sent me this interesting NYTimes article on antibiotics and how they may possibly be affecting growth in humans. Research is inconclusive. What we do know is that antibiotic use does have the potential to impact growth (to increase it) and that it’s important to only use antibiotics when they’re really needed.
I just ordered this post-partum compression girdle. (As seen on SkinnyMeg - hers was for a c-section though.) “Girdle” may not sound very appealing, but compression after birth actually has a longstanding history in many cultures. Here’s some more info on post-partum girdles. There is currently a $10 OFF code on the site or you can get it on Amazon.
If you are moving, I just saw this cool service: Bin It (via Reading My Tea Leaves, a design/minimalist/NYC apt blog I started reading recently). I should mention that I love FlatRate and will probably use them again if we ever move, but Bin It seems to be a little cheaper.
Quick and easy tips for making guests feel at home.
This morning on my way into work I picked up a loaf of walnut bread at Le Pain Quotidien. I will have to try some of these 20 toast topping ideas to use it.
Mark always has good advice. Here are some tips to staying healthy later in life. I especially like: walking, having a pet, laughing, sleeping, drinking coffee/tea (!), and meditating.
I was reading a macrobiotic blog a few days ago and came across this recipe for Couscous Cake. I had forgotten all about Couscous Cake! I used to make it all the time. Here are my recipes:
Asian Pear and Date Couscous Cake
Strawberry Coconut Couscous Cake
Strawberry Lychee Couscous Cake
I have not been very macrobiotic lately but I really miss it. A friend posted a picture of a Souen meal on Facebook last night and I thought “MUST GET SOUEN!!”.
Macrobiotic Shopping Guide - just thought this was helpful for anyone interested in macrobiotics.
And I always love reading Jess’s MacroTreat Fridays.
B and I are in full on nesting mode. Here are a bunch of organization tips. Can’t say I’ve followed all of them but they certainly are inspirational!
Speaking of nesting, we got this cosleeper - I am excited to see how it works out. We also finally finished our renovations (!!!!!!) and are actually ready for this baby to come. It took firing our old contractor and getting a new one but it was so worth it. Now I’m just doing insane amounts of wash and putting things away. Trying to figure out where all this baby stuff is going to go is hard.
That’s it for me, I will try to do a pregnancy update later this week (as long as I don’t go in to labor – fingers crossed I do, I’m sick of being pregnant).
*All links above are not affiliate links, just products that I thought were cool.*
I’ve decided to break up these weekend link posts into a couple different sections. I will try to have posts in the following topics each time I do a WLL: Recipes, Yoga, Pregnancy/Parenting, and Health (general).
Bacon & Green Onion Zucchini Pancakes - I made these yesterday for breakfast. My changes were: 1) halved the recipe; 2) instead of bacon in the pancake, we had pork roll on the side (pork roll is a Jersey thing); 3) I used gluten free flour in place of coconut flour, which I don’t have; 4) skipped the green onions (didn’t have); 5) added ground black pepper. They were great.
Super Easy Crockpot Chili. I am 7 months pregnant and it is cold outside. “Super easy” + chili + everything that goes with it (cheese, sour cream, simple and flavorful brown rice) make me a happy camper. This version also happens to have butternut squash – how could you go wrong? It’s on my menu plan this week. Might have to sub out that butternut for kabocha though.
Macrobiotic Ratatouille. Need I say more…
Carrot Scramble. Everything I’ve ever made from The Vegan Stoner has been pretty awesome and I would expect this to be the same.
A short history of yoga. If you have ten minutes and you want to know more about where the practice originated, this is a nice simple intro to yoga history. Here are a few key takeaways:
- Yoga originated ~5000 years ago, in India.
- Five sections of yoga history:
- Vedic Yoga - the earliest yoga, a way of life, similar to a religion;
- Preclassical Yoga – a continuation of Vedic, but this is when yoga really started to come into its own, with its own texts;
- Classical Yoga - aka lowercase a ashtanga yoga (8 limbed yoga), based on Patanjali’s yoga sutras (a book of 196 short statements yogis should live by);
- Postclassical Yoga – everything else that came after Patanjali! much more focused on the body; and
- Modern Yoga – 1893-; lots of “gurus” and the spread of yoga worldwide.
3 short yoga videos. Recommended by /r/yoga. I have not tried these yet but will do so this week in the morning.
Pregnancy & Parenting
10 books for the first year (boy, but likely gender-neutral). Great ideas.
Growing Up Unvaccinated. Great read (it’s pro vaccines).
Celebrating the Real Bodies of Mothers.
Men at Work for Women in Labor. An article about male doulas in the NYTimes.
GOOP’s Warming Winter Detox issue. From tips for staying warm (search for “Tips from Dr. Junger”) to Quinoa Stuffed Kabocha (this should probably go in recipes…), this whole issue is worth savoring! Can’t wait to add some of these tips to my winter way of life. First up? Taking a bath. Wearing warm socks sounds good too.
Hope you had a good weekend! Mine was full of organizing/cleaning (yesterday) and relaxing/yoga (today). I had to start a root canal on Friday (my first) so I was trying to stay low key to rest up afterwards.
I was going through my draft posts and came across a link love that I never put up. Thought I would share now, because though these articles may be a year old, they are still interesting and relevant. Since we are at the end of the week it’s kind of still “week end” link love.
The Case Against Kids. About a year ago (when I compiled these links) was around the time when I fully changed my mind about having kids (to YES, definitely). If you’d asked me a few years before, I was very much anti-kid (at least for me). Now – I hope to have one or two soon. Still a good read.
Why do zoo apes get heart disease? It could be diet, lifestyle, or stress. Interesting read.
Is Sugar Toxic? Probably, yes! Did you know the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar per year? This is an interview between Sanjay Gupta (a doctor who is a public health advocate) and Robert Lustig (an anti-sugar doctor who is famous with the paleo/primal/low-carb crowd).
Ova Ova. A really innovative (woman-founded) start-up that helps you (women) track your ovulation and fertility naturally (temperature, etc) via something called the Fertility Awareness Method. FAM can be used to get pregnant or to not get pregnant, ha.
Learning to Walk: How America Can Start Walking Again. Re: the lack of walking / public transportation here in the states.
Recipe: Paleo Singapore Street Noodles. Looks delish!
Homemade Deodorant. A simple recipe: baking soda, cornstarch or arrowroot, coconut oil, Tea Tree Oil (optional). I currently use Soapwalla’s deodorant (which recently raised in price from $12 to $14! and I thought it was expensive before). Love Soapwalla, but it’s very pricey. I may try this next time I run out (very soon).
That’s all I have! Have you read anything good online lately?