Despite flame retardant and other chemicals found in breast milk, breast is still best

When I made the decision to breastfeed my children, I did so confident in the knowledge that I was doing the best thing for both their health and mine. After all, studies have consistently shown there are numerous health benefits to both mother and baby. ...more

You know, I'd shied away from doing so because Matt is reading it right now. And also because ...more

Not Enough Time For Fitness?

Time. There isn’t enough of it, right? After all, if you could add additional hours to your day, certainly you could find more opportunities to be active. Here’s the thing. If you look around, you’ll find a lot of people who don't believe that a lack of time is a good excuse for not doing something – especially when it comes to working out. Certainly there will be days when we don’t feel like moving our bodies. But if you get that feeling, own it. Tell it like it is. Say, “I just don’t want to do it today. I’d rather sit here with my laptop, put my feet up, and read blogs.” ...more

Fitting in fitness while you cook dinner is awesome! The kids may think you look silly, but at ...more

Dodgeball Gets a Pink Slip

Blue Eyes, Baby Girl and I went to watch Noel participate in the University of Texas' Volleyball Playday this weekend. Noel has been playing volleyball with other 5th graders after school to prepare for the playday. The kids did drills with the UT volleyball team and scrimmaged with other schools. ...more

What makes you feel sexy?

Candles, music, lingerie... Sure, there's the traditionals. But the other night I was wearing a stretchy dance top, the kind that's cut across the top ala "Flashdance," and some oversized Calvin Klein drawstring shorts that may be guys shorts for all I know (both the top and the shorts are from clothing exchanges with friends), and I was thinking about how I always feel so sexy in this most schlubby of outfits. It's just something about how the top stretches across me and the way the shorts sit loosely on my hips like they could just fall down at any moment. ...more

menopause

I started menopause when I was 43 years old.I never even knew when I started menopause in my early.I had a very full life and kept busy with my job and housework from morning till night.Anna,I did not even realise that I had reached menopause that early.I don't know why I didn't suffer any symptoms,maybe I was too busy didn't worry about them. I seldom ate outside or had junk food,as I were not well to do so.I used to cook with very little oil and salt so I have never had any problems of my heart and blood pressure. ...more

Oh, the hilarity.

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Toxin Avengers

I'm the sort of person whose first reaction when she hears bad news is to stick her fingers in her ears and chant la-la-la-la-la. Economy taking a turn for the worse? Cow farts burning up the ozone layer? La-la-la-la-la-la. But if the news is really scary? I take my fingers out of my ears and go running around like a madwoman looking for information. To the point where I get somewhat obsessive and - my doctor tells me - prone to anxiety. The thing is, though, sometimes one has good reason to be anxious. ...more

I like the lifewithoutplastic site's "Facts on Plastic" ...more

Midwives, home birth proven safe - contrary to ACOG's false assertion

Last week I wrote about The Big Push for Midwives, a national grassroots campaign pushing for the regulation and licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. As it currently stands, there are 26 states that ban CPMs. If caught practicing there, midwives could be subjected to fines, jail time, even face the possibility of a felony conviction in Missouri. Despite the fact that other developed countries in the world that have adopted midwives as the primary care providers for healthy pregnant women, the United States has yet to catch on. One percent of American women choose to give birth at home. Just last week the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a trade union representing the financial and professional interests of obstetricians, released a statement reiterating their opposition to home births and CPMs, and suggesting that mothers who give birth at home with a midwife are choosing the birth experience over the health of their baby. Rather than advocating for "quality health care for women" as the group claims is part of their work on their about page, the entire statement perpetuates FUD; Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. ...more

If given birth normally, the kid might present complications with the cord around ...more

Can Silicone Get in the Way of Finding True Love?

In the March issue of Glamour, Gabriel Olds, an actor living in Hollywood, asks, “Was I really going to let plastic surgery get in the way of my search for love — again?” ...more

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: The Reviews

The latest book from Mark Bittman's "The Minimalist" How to cook everything series was published last fall. Perhaps because it's such a tome -- think 1000 pages, 2000 recipes and endless variations -- that it's just now starting to reach consciousness. Or perhaps it took Bittman's recent New York Time Op-Ed piece called Rethinking the Meat Guzzler to get the attention the cookbook seems to deserve. The cookbook reviews are complimentary. But some from the vegetarian community are wondering about the credentials of a meat-eater who writes a vegetarian cookbook. Let's take a look ~ ...more

Being a vegetarian in the US is not easy since most people don't understand what vegetarians can ...more