I know it’s been a couple days since I’ve posted. My computer died again on Friday. I have been using my husband’s, just to check email mostly, but my first priority right now is getting my files off my hard drive before taking my computer in to be fixed. I’ll try to post something proper later this week, hopefully an overview of our Mabon feast from last week.
Archive for September, 2010
Today is the first full day of Autumn, and the Equinox, when traditionally is celebrated the second of the three pagan harvest festivals, Mabon. It also happens to be the full moon, so the Harvest Moon actually falls on the Harvest Festival. Neat.
- About a year ago, I first discovered traditional, nourishing diets, and was able, by changing the way I eat, to go from at least one migraine per week to going over two months without a migraine. I now have one maybe once a month, usually when I’m stressed or the weather is strange.
- I’m so glad I’ve started researching herbal remedies in the Wise Woman tradition. Adding nourishing infusions to my lifestyle seems a gentler way of healing than just having remedies for acute symptoms.
- I’m thankful that I have a wonderful husband who supports all these changes I’ve made, and has even added his own.
- I’m thankful for the understanding and support of my family members, despite the fact that they don’t have the same philosophies.
- I’m glad that I’ve had a year full of learning and productivity, and I look forward to taking the next step with my degree and getting a new job.
One of Susun Weed’s recommendations for women at risk for osteoporosis is to make herbal vinegars with plants that have a high calcium content. Similar to the nourishing practice of adding a spoonful of vinegar to broth to help extract minerals, tincturing calcium-rich plants in vinegar helps to extract calcium into the vinegar. I made kale vinegar this summer by packing a jar with fresh kale and then filling it with apple cider vinegar.
Well, yesterday was day 30 of my Whole30, and I finished strong. I learned some things, and saw some changes, but not as dramatic as some people seem to. I guess partly that’s validation that my diet is pretty healthy to begin with.
- Coconut curry veggies as a side dish.
- Egg-based stir-fries — don’t need no rice!
- Girl Gone Primal’s Pizza Cake. I make it with chopped broccoli instead of cauliflower and it’s so yummy, and pretty frugal, since it’s only 2 eggs per person.
- Grain-free breakfasts. Yes, I will eat oatmeal occasionally when the weather gets cold, but eggs and smoothies are great breakfasts for me.
- At least one grain-free dinner per week.
- Sweet potatoes. They are my friends.