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Interesting article about the emerging so-called Homo Obeseus. It puts forward the idea that the typical western diet is screwing us over by sending signals to our DNA to turn us into a "species" unable to cope with inflammation or balance our own metabolisms.

Dairy is a main culprit of promoting inflammation that the article's author cites. As some of you know, I've been struggling at removing dairy from my diet for going on four years now. I have regularly relapsed into eating dairy, but seeing as how I suffer from a certain pesky inflammatory ailment, asthma, reducing inflammation is of great interest to me. Most of my falling off the wagon is when we eat out, as most American cuisine has butter, milk, and cheese all through. It's practically impossible to avoid dairy completely at certain restaurants.

I don't think I'm ready to go vegan, but I am beyond ready to go completely dairy-free. My kids and husband, however, are not at all enthusiastic. My younger child's caloric intake would plummet, at least in the short term, if I removed dairy, as she takes most of it in the form of either yogurt or mac 'n' cheese or cheese pizza. My older child has turned her nose up at my dairy substitutes, especially soy yogurt and ice cream substitutes. Do you have any freaking idea how hard it is to get fully non-dairy cheese? Most soy and rice cheeses have caesin in them, a milk protein, so they melt like regular cheese. So it's dairy but not? Right. I am glad she likes falafel at Jerusalem Garden; there is some hope that I can build on that to reduce dairy in the future. Here's hoping I can find ways for us to unhook from the dairy economy.
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A bad marriage or other caustic primary relationship may be linked to a bad heart, i.e., increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Thanks to the lj-friend who cited this on her journal.

Here's the CBS story (watch for pop-ups):
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I'm on a local email list that is family-oriented, but frequently drifts off specific topic and into social commentary on anything tangentially relating to children and child-rearing. This meaning anything to do with culture, period, sometimes. And I'm as guilty as the next person. It's actually why I like the list.

Here's the text of an email I composed in response to a thread that started with asking about which restaurants were smoke-free and has drifted on to being about smoking bans in restaurants.

While I agree that prohibition is, and Prohibition was, a terrible idea... )

Now we'll see if I get flamed. :) If I only get one person to think about how privatized our culture is, and how that interacts with "public" smoking, then I did the right thing.

Mail call

Dec. 30th, 2006 12:07 pm
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This week, I opened a new Blockbuster online subscription due to a free trial offer and a gift subscription from one of my sisters. The first three movies just arrived in today's mail. Wordplay, A Prairie Home Companion, and Monster House. I'm glad they showed up today. The envelopes shipped yesterday, and the expected delivery was 1/1/07. Which would have meant Wednesday. Have you heard that there won't be mail on Tuesday due to President Ford's funeral observance? The way the subscription works, we can return our movies in their envelopes to any Blockbuster location for a free in store rental and faster shipping of the next movie in our queue. Kinda neat. I will have to watch out for movie overload. Or get a treadmill for in front of my TV. I'd get rid of our cable if I didn't like to watch college football on TV.

In the same set of mail, I also received an envelope from This is an organization whose purpose is to raise awareness about HPV (Human Papaloma Virus) and cervical cancer. I wouldn't be surprised if it's funded by the pharmaceutical company which recently developed the first HPV vaccine. Fine by me. My daughters will get that vaccine when they reach whatever the recommended age for it is. Which appears to be possibly as early as after S's next birthday, actually. The envelope contained an awareness bracelet kit. I ordered several kits IIRC, whatever the limit was, quite a long time ago. I'd frankly forgotten about it. The envelope contained one (very stylish, actually) kit and a note saying that "due to overwhelming interest" they can only fulfill one bracelet per order at this time. I'm now wearing the bracelet, but it needs a real clasp instead of just a knot IMO. My older daughter wants one too. Especially if you have daughters, sisters, nieces, or granddaughters, age 26 and younger, then I think you should help spread the word about the vaccine. And every woman should get yearly Pap tests. Unfortunately, the web site above says they are not taking new bracelet orders at present, but you can go there and to the CDC vaccine page to get more information on the campaign and the issue.
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I created a "Weekly Health Journal" form to record things like my weight, whether I take my vitamins, how much water I drink, how many servings of veggies and fruits I eat, whether I exercise and what kind and how much for each day of the week. It's a two-page word document, intended to be used double-sided, one page per week. The form has a spot to record weight each day, but I don't intend to weigh in every day. Once a week or so is sufficient in my opinion.

It's vaguely inspired by Flylady's Body Clutter Investigator, but vastly streamlined. Her system is one single-sided page per day. That's too darn much paper.

ETA: Ooooh. I should add waist measurement, since that is what I care about, not weight per se. *Goes and edits document*


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