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post #201 of 499

Here is what I made tonight with beans, and it was so good: 

 

1.  Puree carrot, onion, three or four cloves of garlic in food processor

2.  Saute with olive oil and salt

3.  Add cup or so of vegetable broth and three tablespoons of tomato paste

4.  Add equivalent of a can or two great northern beans (or equivalent) and simmer for 5-10 minutes

5. Puree half the bean mixture in food processor and then add back to the remaining bean mixture that you left in the pan.  Salt to taste.

6. Boil pasta (can go GF here) and mix with bean mixture.

7.  At some point, saute couple tablespoons of chopped rosemary and a clove or two of garlic in rosemary.  Drizzle over the pasta and beans when you plate it out.

8.  Grate parmesan if you eat real cheese(!)
 

Sometimes I puree some fresh greens at the end.  YUM!

post #202 of 499
I made coconut lentils w/leeks for dinner tonight. It was a hit!
post #203 of 499

Yum! We had taco bowls. :)

post #204 of 499

We had "OMG I have to take Jasper to the dr right after work at 4:30 and didn't get home until 6 and then dd1 wanted me to make a meringue to top her pie and dh is sick in bed and I still have to make lunches and no one ran the dishwasher so all I have time for is veggie burgers and fries."

 

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post #205 of 499
Yum everyone.

Amanda, do your kids cook? Ari will cook anything that doesn't involve chopping if I walk her through it verbally. She doesn't cook often, but she could make a meringue if I was in the kitchen. She made chocolate chip cookies while I made dinner recently. I like it when she helps a lot more than I used to.
post #206 of 499

Dd1 cooks a lot. She made a pie crust and lemon filling while I was gone, but the last time she made the meringue, there were three failed attempts at four eggs a piece. We have to separate eggs by hand, and if just a tiny bit of yolk gets in it won't whip right. IME anyway. And dd1 is capable of cooking dinner, but she is also very difficult... it would be unlikely that her desire to cook dinner would occur on a night that I needed it. She does cook breakfast on the weekends, though. She prefers to cook desserts. So we had veggie burgers with a lovely lemon meringue pie for dessert! 

post #207 of 499
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What?!  Sarah, Christina, and Rachel, you're famous and got a Boba?!  thumb.gif

http://www.mothering.com/community/a/freedom-together-the-mothering-mavens-test-the-boba-3g-carrier

post #208 of 499

I haven't been on birth control for 2-1/2 years because I just don't like the idea of it, but I don't have very good reasons to not be on it... just that I'm scared it's bad for a person's health.

 

Dilemma: I don't know how much longer I can go on with this extreme PMS I'm experiencing every 3 weeks. My periods are only 25 days apart like clockwork, and the PMS lasts for a whole 5 days at least, followed by 7-8 days of bleeding... and most months I'll have two periods in the same freakin' month. It's exhausting. My brain goes haywire with the impending period. It's like my skin is crawling, I get so anxious and panicky... I come close to quitting my job and having a nervous breakdown... I call my mom crying that I need help with Sora... The world literally feels like it's crashing down around me. Logically I know it's not, but emotionally I can't handle one more second of it. I'm a mess. Really. Besides an antidepressant (which I'm already on), my doctors have only ever been able to suggest using birth control to even out my hormones. I'm so freaked out about being on them, though! I hear people question whether or not birth control use may have an impact on fertility down the road... I believe the GAPS book says birth control is bad for you (though I can't remember why exactly)... I am afraid of blood clots due to my family history, though I tested negative for any thrombophilia... I just want to do things naturally like we have been with other contraceptives! I don't want to be on birth control for my MOOD of all things! greensad.gif

 

I feel so defeated... I felt my hormones change so drastically today when I started craving chocolate like crazy. I mean, women joke about that sort of thing, but this is no joke for me... I get ravenous. I can't even openly share with you all what I ate today, I'm so embarrassed. I've been putting on weight every month lately because of these out-of-control PMS binges. *sigh* Salt, sugar, salt, sugar, salt, sugar, more more MORE! disappointed.gif

 

What are your personal opinions about BCPs? Maybe I should just suck it up and try one out again...

post #209 of 499

I don't have an opinion on BCPs. I don't know enough about them. But when I was in my early 20s, after my first was born, I had terrible PMS every month. Much like what you describe. I was diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder. What my dr did was have me double my antidepressant dose the days before and during those episodes. It helped a ton. Also, the whole thing seemed to clear up after dd2 was born. Go figure. I would talk to your psychiatrist (or whoever you see for meds). Maybe there is even something better out now? Or, if it's bad enough, something like Xanax during that time? Also, I read that L-tryptophan and B-6 help. This is from the wiki:

 

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four SSRIs for the treatment of PMDD: Fluoxetine (available as generic or as Prozac or Sarafem), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) and escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro)."

post #210 of 499
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

What?!  Sarah, Christina, and Rachel, you're famous and got a Boba?!  thumb.gif

http://www.mothering.com/community/a/freedom-together-the-mothering-mavens-test-the-boba-3g-carrier

 

Yes! It was very cool. :)

post #211 of 499

I think it's pretty well known that bcp's are pretty bad for the body.  Anything that synthetically changes hormones within the body also has other side effects or consequences.  However, it really does sound like you need to get your diet and health under control.  I know very well just how hard it is, but it is totally do-able and worth it!  Have you tried taking large doses of Omega 3s?  I've known several people whose pms symptoms pretty much went away after they started taking fermented cod liver oil or krill oil.  Also like Amanda said, b vitamins can help too.  Most of the time these symptoms are a deficiency of some sort.  We are always playing and experimenting with our diet and supplements trying to find the right ones.  Right now my DH is studying and researching about B vitamins and mental health.  In his last bloodwork he was low on B12, so I've been trying to learn and understand about the mthfr gene mutation.  There is so much information, but I'm sure that there is an answer!

post #212 of 499
I suddenly started having terrible pms too. Soooo grouchy and emotional. I noticed too I am iron deficient. I started taking Estrosense again... I took it after I went off the pill when we had already ttc for 9 months without getting pregnant, shortly after we got our positive pregnancy test smile.gif. I found it levelled out my hormones really well and my pms symptoms were ways less. I feel so much better today, definitely helping.

http://www.pno.ca/preferred-nutrition-products/item/womensense/estrosense.html
post #213 of 499

Yeah, I'll never go on BCP ever again. I was on them for 8 years and I already feel terrible about that. I do think there are other things at play, Joanie, and I bet with some experimenting and hard work you can figure it out.

 

Have you had blood work done recently?

 

Are you taking vit D?

post #214 of 499
I'm seriously considering a hysterectomy as an alternative to BCP's. of course that's not an option for you, Joanie...but, I don't see the potential side effects and long term harm as worth it. It scares me too. DH is pushing me to try BCP's instead because having a hysterectomy is a pretty big deal also.
post #215 of 499
I, personally, have no issues with BCP. I've taken them since I became sexually active, less during TTC and pregnancy.
post #216 of 499
I hate bcps it kills my sex drive:( and the side effects are scary....
post #217 of 499

Ash, isn't it likely you would have to go on hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy? I'd imagine that is very similar to the BCPs. My mom had one last year... it wasn't too bad, but I do think she has to take estrogen now.

 

 

My Mirena makes my periods lighter and regular. May help with other issues as well... not sure, haven't looked into it. I have almost no issue with the small amount of hormone it releases. 

 

Okay, we are deep in night weaning. I have to get some sleep. HAVE TO. I know that night weaning doesn't fix all sleep issues, but it has to help a little. I am switching to full time and a more demanding/ higher ranking position soon. I have to be able to function for 8-9 hrs a day at work. Also, I will be travelling. So night weaning time. Okay, issue: Jasper will cry forever. For freaking ever. We hold him, offer him a sippy cup, rub his back, sing to him, walk the floor, etc etc etc. He can scream and cry indefinitely. He finally calmed down when I took him in another room. He was distracted long enough to fall asleep. Around 4:30, he woke up wanting to nurse again and I gave up. My rationale was that 4:30 is almost morning. eyesroll.gif  Thoughts?? Did I ruin the hours of work we did by letting him nurse at 4:30? Is there any hope? Will he ever get it?? I am so tired........  

 

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post #218 of 499
How many times was he waking before? I think that slowly spacing out the feedings is probably the most gentle way. Olivine night weaned at 20mo when my milk dried up from pregnancy. It still took almost 2 weeks for her to get used to eating enough real food during the day. Make sure to offer him a large snack right before bed and then expect it will take a bit. He had to get used to taking in more calories during the day.
post #219 of 499

Okay, snack before bed. Maybe extra milk after he nurses before bed. We can do that. He was waking anywhere from two times (rare) to nursing the entire night nonstop. Spacing it out is a good idea. I need to make smaller goals, maybe.

post #220 of 499
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Originally Posted by TalkToMeNow View Post

Ash, isn't it likely you would have to go on hormone replacement therapy after a hysterectomy? I'd imagine that is very similar to the BCPs. My mom had one last year... it wasn't too bad, but I do think she has to take estrogen now.

 

 

My Mirena makes my periods lighter and regular. May help with other issues as well... not sure, haven't looked into it. I have almost no issue with the small amount of hormone it releases. 

 

Okay, we are deep in night weaning. I have to get some sleep. HAVE TO. I know that night weaning doesn't fix all sleep issues, but it has to help a little. I am switching to full time and a more demanding/ higher ranking position soon. I have to be able to function for 8-9 hrs a day at work. Also, I will be travelling. So night weaning time. Okay, issue: Jasper will cry forever. For freaking ever. We hold him, offer him a sippy cup, rub his back, sing to him, walk the floor, etc etc etc. He can scream and cry indefinitely. He finally calmed down when I took him in another room. He was distracted long enough to fall asleep. Around 4:30, he woke up wanting to nurse again and I gave up. My rationale was that 4:30 is almost morning. eyesroll.gif  Thoughts?? Did I ruin the hours of work we did by letting him nurse at 4:30? Is there any hope? Will he ever get it?? I am so tired........  

 

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They take the ovaries in a total hysterectomy,  and I would only be having a  hysterectomy so only my uterus would be taken out.  My ovaries would stay.  So, no need for hormone replacement. 

 

Im with Abra, small steps!  I night weaned B gradually.  First I made a time in my mind, like "I will not  nurse until 1AM".  Then I slowly extended that time.  I have never successfully cut out the 6AM feeding (we get up at 7).  Perhaps keep a sippy cup of water by the bed?

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