New Things to Learn (Yay!) & Some Thoughts

I’m very excited about a new course of study I’ve begun. It’s teaching the importance of diet in conceiving, pregnancy, lactation, and in creating healthy future generations. I don’t plan on conceiving just yet, but I know I want to do it in the nearish future, and by planning ahead and doing things correctly now, I will be giving my baby a better start in life (and my subsequent grandchildren). Here is the course and the book that is written by the same author.
I’ve done plenty of reading about traditional foods and how they affect fertility and genetics, but this course has much to offer that is both new to me and very important. The first lesson got me thinking about all the various factors throughout history that have affected a mother’s ability to carry and produce healthy children. The availability of nutrient-dense food is a huge factor, but there are also things like religious views towards family planning/spacing children apart, outside attacks due to war or raiding, quality of the water, and exposure to deadly illnesses. Given all the hardships and sorrows humanity has faced over the years, it’s a wonder we’re still alive. More

This Christmas

Photograph: David Hedges/SWNS.com

Christmas was always a big deal for my family. Tree decorating, watching specials together, wrapping presents, driving around town to look at the Christmas lights… so many things we always did together. For me, Christmas is a time of happiness, warmth, love and excitement.┬áMy Honey didn’t get the same experience growing up. He remembers fights over decorating, lots of stress… with some good things thrown in, thankfully. But still. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and love.

This Christmas season has been very out of the ordinary, at least for me. Illness and finances have kept us from doing a lot of the things we wanted to do to celebrate Christmas. The tree we bought has very sparse decorations, but it hasn’t mattered. Seeing the cheery green, well-lit tree has been a great source of joy for us. The two year old and I colored Christmas cards for a few people, and then enjoyed coloring a picture of a Yule log to hang on the fridge. We haven’t done any Christmas baking (much to my chagrin). There aren’t any presents under the tree. But those things really don’t matter, not once you stop and really think about them. More