Friday, March 9, 2012

Soul Food

I had hummus for lunch today.

Ok, not soul food by definition, but it makes my soul feel good, so whatever.

After we discovered Michael's many food allergies/sensitivities I was pretty devastated because they were all the foods I love to eat. Soy, beans, chickpeas, hazelnuts, pistachios. When I was pregnant I craved hummus so badly I was checking airfares to the mid-east for real hummus. But I gave them all up when I realized the problem.

But now Michael is older and I'm hoping that he's outgrowing some of these sensitivities but I haven't really pushed to test it yet. I have, however, resumed eating a few of these foods myself. He's still nursing just two times a day (before nap and bed) so his exposure through my breastmilk is pretty minimal, but I'd still hate to cause him problems.

So far I've been dabbling in beans. Oh, how I've missed beans. How can one be a vegetarian and not eat beans? It's been sad around here.

When I do indulge in the forbidden foods I usually try them kinda on a rotation diet schedule. I'd rather limit myself to enjoying them in a rotation diet than go whole hog and end up with miserable toddler. So far so good.

So today, after about a year and a half of craving, I fixed hummus for lunch with onion and tomatoes and feta on a whole wheat pita. Oh Lord, it was delicious. There was this wonderful full feeling in my stomach that I haven't felt in so long. I find myself dreaming about discovering local hummus restaurants in Israel again. This is going on the bucket list.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Some days I hate men

I try to stay out of political commentary on here, but I'm so sick of this birth control bs. Honestly, I probably shouldn't be saying anything about this because I'm not well enough researched on the subject, but there are some things that are commonsense enough that anyone should know it's wrong.

I wasn't paying attention to any of this until there was a letter in our church bulletin from our bishop about dropping all their insurance coverage rather than cover co-pays for birth-control. Really? Cutting off the nose to spite the face? I had a very visceral reaction to that declaration.

I'm a former protestant turned atheist turned agnostic turned Catholic and although I still struggle reconciling some of my beliefs, I feel I made the right choice for myself... but some days are still a struggle. I started taking birth control pills when I was 15. And although some might classify me as a slut for taking them, I didn't have sex until the night of my wedding. It kills me that this whole issue is being so taken out of context (and the context being WOMEN'S HEALTH). It was important for my physical (and mental) health to have birth control pills to manage the symptoms of PCOS. I always felt so lucky that we had such good prescription coverage growing up. A package of brand name BCPs only cost my family $14 a month and we could afford that, thankfully. It pains me that so many are left to suffer because they cannot afford the medication... or even the drs. visit to diagnose medical problems. This is the point of the women's health initiative, provide access to these things to allow women to manage their health.

This isn't about having sex or states rights or abortion, it's about giving women access to vital health services. A right we deserve as humans.

I hate to get all feminazi (what a disgusting word) up in here, but the time has come that politicians need to take note if they haven't already. Women are important and you can't use and mistreat us like we're too dumb to notice. And it ain't cool with most of your buddies to preach misogyny anymore either because those men are our fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons and they are tired of seeing the women they love being mistreated too.

So I just want to give a big FUCK YOU to the politicians politizing this issue for their own gain. FUCK YOU to the leaders of the organizations that would rather deny coverage to everyone rather than cover a copay for a few (but if this were dick medication no one would think twice). And a big, warm FUCK YOU to Rush Limbaugh. I am Sandra Fluke, and so is every other woman that has ever tried to manage PCOS by taking a contraceptive pill (or for any reason really). There might be other ways to manage this problem, but let me have the choice to manage how me and my dr see fit and don't call me a SLUT for it.