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  1. 39 points
    Thank you for prayers. So far it seems like a best case scenario. Basically an overgrown cyst. She told my husband no signs of cancer. Left an ovary. Hopefully trauma doesn’t turn it off. I’ve walked 3-4 laps of the hospital block but still feel wonky and dizzy, probably from anesthesia. Pain is under control so far but may get worse as spinal wears off. Interestingly, surgery team was all women. Have to fart and/ or poop to go home. No bowel sounds yet. Prayers and thoughts still appreciated. Still very sad about loss of uterus. I know that is silly but it is what it is.
  2. 31 points
    Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. I have been learning the Wahls Protocol for the past couple months and have been working really hard to fit in 7-9 cups of vegetables. My neuro is out for June so I went to my GP. I’ve lost 19 pounds. That’s a lot for me. I’m barely in normal ranges for iron, despite taking three different high quality supplements. My MCV level is above normal range - indicating very low B12. (It was normal last fall.) He didn’t test B12, but this is more telling anyway. The labs were run on Friday. Friday AM, DH had to have an MRI, a steroid shot in his back, and DS went almost an hour away to bale hay and pick up rocks. We had a grad party in the evening, so when DH got done we were in a hurry to pick up DS so we ran through Taco Bell. Nothing was compliant and I gave in and ate an enormous thing full of protein - dairy, refined beans, black beans (all banned on Wahl Level 3) and steak. On Saturday I felt pretty decent for the first time in a few weeks. DH blamed the diet. Test results came back. He went and bought sardines, lol. (Essentially, you can have iron available and low B12 can dampen your ability to utilize it.) So - instead of just focusing on the veg., I’m tracking protein too and I’m fitting in at least one high B12 food each day. It’s only Tuesday. I feel shockingly better. I don’t know why my B12 is so readily depleted... Regardless, I thought I’d share. I really can’t believe the impact. Thank you all for the prayers. This has been one amazing week for us.
  3. 25 points
    BABY!!! I'm an auntie! Woot! (I have two nieces and a nephew on my husband's side, but this is the first child of my only sibling. I'm excited!!!)
  4. 23 points
    And you know, just because I don't have enough going on, I got a call today for a job I didn't even apply for. They found my resume in their district application system and thought they would like to interview me. They called me and said they wanted to interview me either this week or next and I explained that I am going to the West Coast from Wed-Wed. They immediately said, "Well, what about tomorrow?" 😮 I just hope this isn't a, "We know who we want but we have to fill our quota of interviewing at least 3 people first" type of thing. High School, larger district, pays better, better hours, closer to home. So, here is hoping.....
  5. 21 points
    MRI and CT scan tomorrow. Would appreciate prayers and positive thoughts. Had my 6th round of THCP chemo on Tuesday. I opt not to have a port so all 6 was through IV. Next up is MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound mammogram, pre-surgery appointment, surgery then tentatively a year of Herceptin. ETA: Both the recent echocardiogram and the first echocardiogram three months were okay. Next echocardiogram in three months time.
  6. 21 points
    We are having new flooring installed so it is a good opportunity to sort through stuff as it all has to be moved and then put back anyway. I had decided that there was no reason to hold onto all the yarn and knitting/crocheting accessories since it had been about 15 years since anyone in the household had tried this hobby. I had not yet mentioned this to the family and I had not pulled it out to discard it. A few days ago, both DDs started knitting/crocheting projects out of the blue! Argh. I'm doomed to live with clutter.
  7. 19 points
    I have a big chicken coop, a small one and one that I refer to as the Duplex. Tonight while trying to round up some chicks I inserted myself into a doorway that no sane person would ever even think about entering. No one was home, I didn't have my phone (wouldn't have been able to reach my pocket anyway) and I did not react calmly. Finally I realized that if I got in I should be able to get out. Tomorrow the chicks move to a coop with a bigger door. Door on the right.
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  9. 19 points
    It's hard to read intent online, but it feels to me like you are interpreting Lanny to be saying, "What were they thinking, disabled boys can't do scouts!" and I really don't think that's what he meant, based on many comments I've read by Lanny these last couple years. I think he meant, "What were they thinking? Was observation-as-participation the best/only option for the boy, were there arrangements that could have been made ahead of time to facilitate inclusion, could one of the parents have served as aide/facilitator or helped give ideas to the leaders? Were the parents there to observe a meeting or two, and then be able to make a plan for inclusion?" That is, he was asking an honest question, not a rhetorical one. I hope I have simply misinterpreted your intent, but Lanny is such a seemingly nice guy, I wanted to speak up.
  10. 19 points
    I'm . . . still not sure. What part of this was an accident, just the bit where she didn't put the firearm away before she left for school this morning? Because if a 7th-grader was directed to protect the family by sleeping with a loaded gun on their nightstand, I'm sticking with 😱
  11. 19 points
    This morning, I requested and got permission for my daughter to participate in the public school's cross country conditioning. In fact, the coach added that she can also participate in the season if she wants to! Really? I am excited for her and for me! Her other option was a very inconvenient schedule at the Lutheran high school. I'm liking this public stuff already ....
  12. 17 points
    Since you both have similar views on things, I'd be frank: "Hey, did you know that Bob has a loaded handgun on his nightstand?" And if she says yes, then go from there.
  13. 16 points
    Personally, I'm skeptical of the push to follow the latest craze in eating. It's mind-numbing, and these things tend to boomerang. If people want to judge my food choices as moral or immoral, they can keep their opinions to themselves. I do my best to best to provide a variety of fruits and veggies, whole grains, good protein, meals from scratch, etc., so it's quite irritating to have someone pronounce my decision to serve a homemade pie some kind of immoral act. Obviously a junk food diet is not going to be good for anyone. But the idea that most people (absent a food-related health condition) have to agonize over every.single.mouthful. is absurd. If you're going to do that (general you), please don't come to my house.
  14. 15 points
    My comment should have been that I believe the parents of the boy in the wheelchair should have discussed his issues with the people running the camp and what he could or could not do, etc., and that the people running the camp should have communicated that to the DS of the OP who was caught by surprise and had no clue. Lack of preparation. Lack of communication. Sad for the boy in the wheelchair. Kudos for the DS of the OP.
  15. 15 points
    I find myself really, really disturbed for this young girl and the responsibility being placed on her shoulders to potentially determine the need to use deadly force. I've lived in really and truly dangerous circumstances, in a situation where we had an armed guard with a semi-automatic rifle riding our school bus with us every day, and for a few weeks under direct threat to my own family that necessitated a 24 hour armed guard on our home. That's the only period in his life when my dad--who grew up in hunting culture and was trained in firearms as well for his job--carried. No one ever put the weight of regularly carrying and potentially using a deadly weapon on one of us kids. That psychological burden alone, even aside from the issues of potential accident or suicide, feels profoundly wrong to hand to a child. A 7th grader may be adult size, may feel grown up and be flattered by the responsibility. She is still very much a child. Even soldiers deployed in combat zones do not sleep with a loaded gun beside their bed.
  16. 15 points
    This. I think this another iteration of one of the same core problems of your relationship with your dh. You could change the facts to be a different scenario, but you've posted several versions of I want to do x for our child. Here's how much it costs, and where x is located, and how we could make x work. Child does not need x. We can't afford x. We can afford x. If you didn't spend money on y, we would have money for x. I don't think you should do x. And, I'm going to prevent your ability (either spoken or unspoken through his actions) to do x by withholding transportation or by withholding supportive childcare. Swimming lessons should happen for both or for neither. Promising them to a 4 yo last summer out of guilt was probably not the best parenting move. There's also no reason an 11 yo, NT or no, can't sit poolside in a chair while you work with your 4 yo. Your 4 yo could hang out in a life jacket while you work with your 11 yo. (Like, literally I floated my 4 yo in the pool beside me while I worked with my older (not-NT) child who needed some additional support in learning how to swim.) In your shoes, I would probably drive weekly to a real pool with the kids and just work with them one on one. I'd bundle my weekly big shopping trip into that and odds are that the cheaper groceries from being in a real town would offset that 4 gallons of gas that you used. I cannot imagine my husband telling me I couldn't do a thing. I trust him when we counsel together and I think one of your core relationship issues is that you can't trust each other in making decisions together. I think that's driven by a number of factors (anxiety, executive functioning, rigidity in thinking)---but ultimately, Heart, I think you need to start finding a way to do what you want and need to do and to be thinking about long-term plans.....keeping your own car working, getting your own bank account, providing your own income, and finding a happier/healthier/more functional way to live. Maybe that's with him, maybe that's not, but this isn't working and likely the only thing you can change is you.
  17. 14 points
    It would have been great if they would have prepped your son ahead of time and said that " so and so can do .........but needs .........". Letting your son know if he understands everything but can't talk, uses a communication device, can speak normally, etc and we f he has ant cognitive impairment. Is it possible for your son to ask his supervisors before his sessions tomorrow morning? Or ask the parents? Inclusion is great, but really works best with proper preparation.
  18. 14 points
    Do they live in a particularly dangerous area or something? This kind of “training” seems bizarre if they live in an average neighborhood. Sorry to seem so shocked, but do people really do “drills” like that with children and guns? I can’t even imagine expecting a child to be at all responsible for protecting the household from an intruder. And a gun in a kid’s bedroom? No. Just NO.
  19. 14 points
    I'm glad you brought up the issue and mentioned the bio trigger lock. But, wow, I would so not be ok with that. That's not a responsibility that you give to a 7th grader, no matter how good of a shot they are. You don't keep a handgun at home unless you are willing to take a life to save yours or a loved one's, and that's not an emotional burden you place on a 12 year old.
  20. 14 points
    One more thing - if you can't gently tell your friend "I'm not comfortable with this" and expect her to have concern and respect your boundaries, she is not your friend. Friends can have hard conversations.
  21. 13 points
    While I agree with you in principle, I might make an exception for those hot dogs simply because it's trivially easy to toss them on the grill with everything else, isn't it? And honestly, I get where your daughter is coming from. It doesn't feel fair to her, and it wouldn't to most kids, I think, even if they intellectually understood the situation. (The person it's really unfair for is you, of course, but that's a lot of empathy to ask from a kid who just wants hot dogs.)
  22. 13 points
    How about a non-emergency call to the local police? Just ask the question about the legality. I can't imagine that it is legal to for an unlicensed child to drive a motorized vehicle on a public road anywhere (in the US). But of course I could be wrong. Anyway, if it's illegal, the police can step up patrols in the neighborhood. Catch a kid in the act, take them home and confront the parents - no tickets or citations or anything, just tell them to knock it off. Maybe?
  23. 13 points
    There are SO many things I could list. I feel baffled by others a lot of the time. One... why do some guys spit so much? Not tobacco. Just spit. Open the car door & spit while in traffic. While standing on the sidewalk. Walking down the street. Before walking into a building. Just everywhere (hopefully outside). Is it excess saliva production? Or something? 🤔
  24. 13 points
    The two articles are pretty good, thanks for sharing them @Pawz4me & @PrincessMommy Especially the one on individualized eating plans is important because it really highlights the fact that food is very personal. I used to think that vegan diets were always bad (WAPF propaganda) but recently I've been coming across quite a bit of research that shows that there are some people who really cannot digest meat very well in the same way that some have problems digesting grain. There's also a lot of research, and both articles touch on this somewhat, about how gut flora is as important as the actual food we consume as far as health issues go. This topic is on my mind a lot because of elder care and because I have my own health concerns that I've struggled with over the years (not to mention baby fat!). I think one of the things that really bothers me about the health and food industry and all the laymen who become evangelizers for this or that diet or anti-diet is the fact that things are presented so dogmatically and rigidly: as if health and food is the purpose of man's existence or as if it really doesn't matter at all and we have no control whatsoever. Please don't misunderstand: I'm not belittling health and trying to get healthy, I'm not in anyway downplaying the role food plays in our health/quality of life: I just think that we live in a fallen world and people will have health issues. And sometimes other human goods trump even health concerns. One of the things that have been brought up on this thread - and it is a big concern - is people belittling/mocking each other's food choices. When I think about this I think the issue actually goes beyond food and really highlights how broken relationships are. I mean, I'm sorry, but rudeness is always rudeness and crossing boundaries is always crossing boundaries no matter if it's about food or parenting choices or whatever. Now that I'm a little older (and have more children), I cringe at times in the past when I thought it was perfectly acceptable to comment on x, y or z in a friend's or relative's life. I still struggle with tact, but I'm hoping that at least being aware of it now will help me progress in the right direction. To address your original concerns, @soror, about the health epidemic in America: as in the case of people making inappropriate comments, I think it actually goes beyond food. For whatever reasons, American culture oscillates between extremes: villanizes tobacco, but legalizes marijuana; crusades for environmental causes while promoting a hedonistic lifestyle; works to downplay traditional religions while creating new ones to fill the void that is left. The list goes on and on. We live in a culture that values pleasure, convenience and ease (sometimes to the point of over anything else). This can be seen across the entire population and spectrum of religion/politics from the holdover from the 50s housewife who won't let go of her boxed cake mix to the yuppie who goes on about environmental decay but wants Alexa to deliver his exotic ingredient and newest kitchen gadget next day (definitely guilty of this and I'm not young nor urban nor professional). And changing these things takes time and generations and a multi-generational outlook, which this country also seems to lack. It requires teaching patience, moderation, mindfulness, common sense and tact. That sort of change is a lot harder than slapping an organic label on something that is essentially the same unhealthy product and carrying on with business as usual or declaring food a, b, or c evil and untouchable. Just my rambling thoughts as I avoid folding the laundry and getting started on those freezer meals I meant to prepare today... Sorry for the dissertation.
  25. 13 points
    I will just validate that yes, your dh's habit of always questioning and criticizing your judgment is not a healthy relationship habit. You take care of the children on a regular basis, he shouldn't be questioning whether you can adequately supervise them at the VBS venue. As for the flat tire--it may or may not have been an error in judgment to drive on it, but if it was that's OK--we all make imperfect decisions sometimes and spouses should not be criticizing each other for imperfect decisions, especially ones made under stress. Both dh and I have done dumb stuff at times that has cost the family $$ or time or caused other problems; no one gains anything if we criticize and nitpick over that stuff. Learning to let people be wrong on most stuff is a great relationship skill.
  26. 13 points
    Funny ‘difficult wedding guests’ story—a friend of mine in college had a lot of relatives who would get very obnoxiously drunk if they had the chance. So at their wedding reception there were two bowls of punch, implying one was spiked and one was not. I tasted them both on behalf of my date, who was Filipino and couldn’t tolerate any alcohol at all. I drew what I thought was a reasonable conclusion, and we both drank the non-alcoholic one. About half an hour later my date told me he thought that I picked the wrong one because he wasn’t feeling well. So I took the groom aside and asked him straight up which was which—and neither had booze. He had adjusted the proportions to make one taste more sour than the other, but it didn’t actually have an alcohol in it. My date had psyched himself into thinking he was drinking, and actually nobody was. It was pretty funny.
  27. 12 points
    Curious, so I googled, and found this on a golf cart company site: In all states, a Street Legal Golf Cart must be operated by a licensed driver. Below we’ve listed the federal requirements that each street legal and and low speed vehicle must have: {I omitted the requirements but they are in the link} eta: I don't think it's curmudgeonly at all to be worried about something like this. I don't think it's at all like riding a bike. Though maybe the carts you are seeing are not what I am picturing. And, I know it can be hard to be the one complaining about people in the neighborhood.
  28. 12 points
    Most people don’t know this, but 80% of people with Cerebral Palsy (a common dx for those in wheelchairs, but definitely not the only possibility) have NO cognitive impairment. I think your son did the best he could given the circumstances but I would encourage him in the future to assume that he can speak normally to any child who appears to be severely disabled. Being physically excluded may be inevitable but we can always interact socially with disabled kids (and usually that’s the part they really crave). Kudos to him for wanting to do better next time!
  29. 12 points
    I wrote this: I am personally not joining the call to ban churches who have unknowingly purchased this curriculum. I am trying to forge another way forward to preserve relationship and engage in conversation. My own church purchased this as they purchase Group's VBS kit every year as long as I can remember. Our program is due to start in 10 days. It's too late to pull it. I am engaged currently in helping them respond to this. Right now, I have gotten agreement to modify the program. I am in progress on some other points I have made, and the senior leadership is meeting this morning about this. I am personally not going to allow my children to wear the shirts. I have asked the church to consider pulling the shirts and replace them with something else even plain t-shirts. I am working with them on a public statement and because we are a mega church, Group has been in contact with our church. I am hopeful that the dialogue with Group's representatives will be fruitful as they have expressed a desire to talk to me about this. I have asked our church to not purchase Group's products going forward until Group has acknowledged the wrongs and made some tangible steps toward reconcilation and restoration. I believe that this is an important step as Group is a large curriclum provider. Later this: I have really great news. My church is pulling it in its entirety. They are going to pull together their own with 10 days to go. I have been praying about my communications with the senior leadership. I am beyond words that they heard me out and want to step out and make a statement about the value our church places on inclusion and diversity in our pursuit of winning people to. They want our actions to reflect our words and this does not reflect the message of love and acceptance that Christ offers to all people. Adding this comment: i have been careful not to label this curriculum as racist. I am pointing out that there are flaws in this. Flaws that are significant enough to speak up about it. Perpeturating racial sterotypes and cultural appropriation are not acceptable. As a Christian and a person of color, I have to speak up. I am not condemning the whole company either. This company has a huge reach. Millions of children will be exposed to this. If they are given this, modeled and taught this as it stood, then then they will internalize that this is acceptable and normalize it. They do not have the lens or experience to recognize it as inappropriate and racially insensitive. Unless people speak out (hopefully and always in truth and love) to admonish andr rebuke, then no change will happen. There must be many (based on the responses I keep reading) of white Christians who are my brothers and sisters who do not see anything wrong with this. That is exactly why speaking up about this is important to start conversations with them in relationship and community so that they can learn to understand why this is a big deal and why these parts of this curriculum are problematic. When you have a big platform like this, it comes with a great deal of responsibility to use it wisely. Group can do better. I hope it does do better. I do not want their company to be destroyed by this. They are moving in the right direction, but what they have communicated so far still indicates that there is still work to be done. I often think the God does the greatest transformative work in our lives during the painful and most challenging times. I realize that this must be that for them. I truly hope that they would see that there are most people truly desire for them to come through this and to help them through to grow in this area.
  30. 12 points
    Or the child is more likely to commit suicide with the weapon than need to use it in self defense. About twice as likely, if the statistics I've read are correct. My heart breaks for children being raised in such a fear based environment.
  31. 12 points
    Why is it your responsibility to bring it up in a careful way and not your husband's responsibility to remember that your emotions aren't an attack?
  32. 12 points
    Not worth it, imo. Tons of kids have outstanding AP scores, she has plenty of other stuff and a few AP tests are not going to make a difference. Plus, the point of an AP class is to verify that a course taken in high school is equivalent to a college course. She is TAKING the college course, so . . . For a kid without other stuff going on, maybe. For a kid looking at a "we love APs!" school like UG, maybe. But I think her time is probably better spent elsewhere.
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  35. 11 points
    A board member requested that I repost my AoPS Intro to Algebra exams since the link from the old post no longer words. I am trying to post them as attachments, hope this works. AoPS Intro to Algebra ch 1 to 6.pdf AoPS Intro to Algebra ch 1 to 14.pdf AoPS Intro to Algebra ch 15 to 22.pdf
  36. 11 points
    Good morning. Dh is grousing. My father's day gift to him is to ignore him instead of gifting him with the Laser Death Glare of Doom.
  37. 11 points
    I am happy to say that one of the neighbor’s husband is alive. I haven’t seen him in over a year and he is always in such bad shape that his death was not out of the realm of possibility. But it didn’t exactly seem like the kind of thing that you could ask about. And the more months went by I didn’t even feel like I could ask “how is your husband doing” in case the answer was “he died a year ago “. So I was very relieved to see him hobbling out to the mailbox. They have young kids.
  38. 11 points
    I babysat for a boy with severe cerebral palsy for a year when I was in college. He was in a wheelchair with no ability to control his body, and non-verbal, but did not have any mental retardation. So how do you let a 5 year old boy (the age of the child I worked with) be 5 in that situation? Here are some things we did: - Took him out of the wheelchair as much as possible, and literally hauled him through playground equipment. It was a great workout for me. 🙂 We did slides and bridges and swings, I walked on the cement curb balance-beam style like kids do, etc. - We got down on the floor and played with toys, and I would tell silly stories like a kid might tell to accompany the actions of the figures or animals or legos or whatever it was. - We did activities in the kitchen that allowed for sensory input, things like washing and tearing salad. I had to put my hands over his and do it for him, but he was still touching and feeling the water and the salad and the tearing sensation. In your son's situation, it's almost too bad that they are rotating through stations. For that child, it would be great to have a dedicated team of leaders to work with him and find out what he can do. Some examples might be for one of the counselors to run the courses with the boy on his back or in his arms (if that's safe), carry the boy on a military stretcher and have the other cubs (under supervision) do this as well, etc. BUT... I would not have your son do any of those things without getting explicit consent from the parents that yes, this IS what they were thinking about when signing him up for cub scouts. Only they know their son, only they can decide if they are comfortable having another person physically handling their child, etc.
  39. 11 points
    It’s so kind of your son to want to find a way to include the boy in the activities. Your son shouldn’t have to be responsible for handling this on his own, but if no one else seems to be supervising and if the boy is nonverbal, maybe your son could ask the boy’s parents what they think their son would like to do. Again, your son sounds like such a nice young man!
  40. 11 points
    Gosh, if I have to open a screen to knock, I close it and then take several steps back. I'd find it super intrusive/creepy to be *right there* when someone open the door. And I can't stand when people are in the phone in public restrooms. Makes me want to carry a whoopie cushion in my purse so I can make obnoxious and disgusting sounds.
  41. 11 points
    Good Morning, Happy Hump Day. Woke up with a sore back again today. I almost feel like it was before we got the pad for our mattress. I wonder if it needs to be flipped around. Things are really happening at the science center. I have a signed contract for the school assemblies in January, looks like at least one week of camp will be completely full, I just got an email for a birthday party (may be too many kids for my space though, I have to consider), and registrations are already coming in for next year and once class is already almost full (and not one of the classes that usual fills). It's very exciting.
  42. 11 points
    The bugs here have armor. In Oregon you'd tap them and they'd be mush. Here you jump off a trampoline, put your full weight into the landing on a common house fly and they fly away laughing. It's a little embarrassing.
  43. 11 points
    Not really the same thing, but still baffling. Took my mom out shopping today, after picking her up from her house, where I grew up (age 8-17), and where she has continued to live. She gave me driving directions to get back. I don’t know how I managed on my own pre-Google when I was 16, much less now!
  44. 11 points
    Abuelos came through. Balance restored.
  45. 11 points
    Brought it up and it went well, thankfully things weren’t quite as they appeared and everyone was amenable to discussing.
  46. 11 points
    Have you tried writing out what you want to communicate? Sometimes writing things can help you, whether you hand the written letter to someone or just use it as "notes" in a conversation.
  47. 10 points
    Happy birthday, kernal! Go, Critter, go! I hope you get in paint soon. Today was my first OB appt for Baby. I've seen the ultrasound tech a few times (there was a subchorianic hemorrhage early on, but it's gone now), but today I got to hear the heartbeat on the Doppler! I never get tired of that sound. Baby is growing well and is roughly the size of a lemon. I, on the other hand, am quickly starting to resemble the Say-Puft Marshmallow Man. 🙄 Runner is still feeling down, and Reader is acting very tired today, so we didn't get much done in the way of lessons. They're reading a lot, and every so often I ask them to tell me about it, so I guess that's enough. I have 6000 words to write and 12,500 to edit before tomorrow at 7 p.m., which is when the first 25% is due. I'm going to take a break, though, and play a board game with my kids.
  48. 10 points
    UPDATE . June 10 HE GRADUATED!!!! UPDATE: Page 4, April 29th Original Post: This is not my teen son, just for the record. A friend came to me with this scenario and asked for my advice. I gave it, but feel maybe there is something more I could have mentioned. Situation: High School Senior Only needs last 2 classes to graduate Has a car (pays half and pays gas and insurance) Has a job and works 20 hours a week Blows his money on going out with friends Is currently failing his classes (used to get As and Bs and one or two Cs) Has lost all motivation Goes to therapy once a week for ADD/Executive Function Issues/General teen stuff but no depression (yes, they have looked into it) WILL NOT GRADUATE without some major changes between now and June He just doesn't seem to care and says he can just go to CC for a trade anyway Therapist has talked to him, school counselor has pulled him aside, parents have talked and talked, but nothing is working. What punishments, advice, redirection, etc....would you give her as the parent?
  49. 10 points
    "Listening to your body" doesn't necessarily mean having a craving and heeding it. It means becoming aware of what foods might make you feel sluggish, what ones make you feel satiated while still feeling good, how to distinguish thirst from hunger, and a myriad other cues that our bodies give us but which are drowned out in today's modern society. I could give you a photo diary of what I eat as an obese person and it would not explain my weight problem. I eat appropriate portions (as I have repeatedly been told by nutritionists who have measured my food). I eat tons of fresh whole foods. You know what has worked FOR ME? Upping my magnesium intake dramatically. And actually increasing my food a bit each day. Also going gluten free (I most likely have celiac disease as does my daughter but at least am non-celiac gluten intolerant). Magnesium has been the most helpful because it has changed my insulin sensitivity for the better. I'm almost at the point where if someone criticized my food one more time they are going to get a punch in the nose. (Ok - not really because I am a pretty non-confrontational.) But I am tired of personal trainers flat out telling me that I must be lying on my food diary. Do they not realize that it would be super stupid of me to ask for help and then not record exactly what I am eating? I am tired of people who have no idea that the gluten free treat I picked up at the party is the only treat I have had in ages and that I have tweaked things specifically so that I can have it, giving me the stink eye. There is tons of information out there. Some of it is contradictory but most advocate some form of a whole foods diet with reliance on good sources of protein and lots of vegetables and some fruits. The OP started out talking about trying a AIP diet. I have done them over and over again for up to six months at a time. They don't fix my autoimmune chronic pain problem. But I wouldn't know that if I hadn't tried it. I'm sure that it does help some people. For me, magnesium is doing what an AIP diet promised and failed at. I no longer feel like I'm auditioning for The Exorcist with twisted contorted muscles that left me in so much pain. It's not a miracle - I still have fibro. And I also don't think that everyone in the world will necessarily benefit from what is helping me. This is for "food as medicine" diets as well as for weight loss diets/ lifestyles.
  50. 10 points
    Ds just came in all muddy and asked for a pencil and paper. He says he is studying rocks because he is going to be a brain surgeon and he needs to know about them in case people get hit on the head with one. 😂
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