I’m in the stacks today researching for future posts. In the meantime, check out these fabulous posts:
The Undervalued Therapeutic Power of Rest
If you think you might POSSIBLY ever have another baby read this (including comments) first!
We live in a culture that has no value or respect for rest. If you’re resting, you’re lazy and incorrigible. We have been raised on Tampax ads that say “Go play tennis, golf and volleyball when you’re having your moon time. An active woman is an attractive woman.” I love the Orthodox Jewish practice of giving women a bed of their own from when their period starts to 12 days later and arranging a complete day of rest from all household duties on Saturday. We would all be well advised to adopt these customs.
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How To Buy Real Food – 8 Helpful Guides
Since my egg farmer stopped delivering a couple months ago (he lives 2 hours away) our family has eaten A LOT of oatmeal for breakfast. This week a desperate craving for scrambled eggs this week drove me to pick up some organic “free range” eggs at my local farmers market. I had a feeling something wasn’t right, though, so I called the farm they came from and found out they are neither organic nor free range. They are factory farmed, full of GMOs and still sitting in my fridge untouched. The sad fact is, these days it requires some detective work to eat healthy. Although farmers markets are a great place to shop, consumers still need to be careful. Here’s the best guide I have read on sourcing good ingredients:
Our modern food system is full of complexities, regulations, and corporate influences. How do we get to the truth of our food? The following eight guides will give you a strong knowledge base to make the best choices for how to buy real food.
Consumers need to be their own advocates. In a transparent food system produce would include its list of accompanying pesticides, animal products like eggs, dairy, and meats would label how animals are raised, treated and fed, and processed foods would have truth in labeling.
This kind of transparency does not exist in our food system. Hidden ingredients and poor production methods have powerful impacts on our health- especially children and their developing bodies- and the environment.
Cry It Out: 10 Reasons Why It’s Not For Us
Here’s a broad, research-based overview of the effects of the CIO method:
Science has shown that stress in infancy can result in enduring negative impacts on the brain. Prolonged cries in infants causes increased blood pressure in the brain, elevates stress hormones, obstructs blood from draining out of the brain, and decreases oxygenation to the brain. Excessive crying results in an oversensitive stress system (likened to a faulty burglar alarm in one book) that can lead to a fear of being alone, separation anxiety, panic attacks and addictions. Harvard researchers found that it makes them more susceptible to stress as adults and changes the nervous system so that they are overly sensitive to future trauma.
Read more at PhD in Parenting