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  1. After I was diagnosed with nerve damage the doctor said he'd see me again around menopause. The hormonal changes of menopause often cause bowel changes in women, and I'm attributing my current issues to perimenopause and a slightly more sedentary lifestyle now that my youngest is in school, on top of the nerve damage. More generally, my kids are all in high school, and it's time to focus more on taking care of myself.
  2. Thanks so much for these great ideas--lots of things to try, many of which are new to me. Always interesting that what works for some (prunes!) may not work for another (prunes). I was thinking of getting a sit/stand desk for other reasons, and this just clinched it! I do not! Googling yielded articles and videos on both opening and closing--let me know if there's anything in particular I should know about this.
  3. Read no further if you can't handle potty talk 🙂 Also, given my medical history, I need tips beyond just increasing fluids and fiber. Background: I had nerve damage with my first pregnancy, and despite plentiful fluids, veggies and fruit have needed daily magnesium or fiber supplements ever since. What worked for years was magnesium supplements. But recently with perimenopause, and switching to eggs most days for breakfast in an attempt to go lower carb, my symptoms have gotten much worse. I doubled my dosage of mag but it's clear I need to step up daily management, and also have options on hand for acute symptoms short term. If, like me, you're an overachiever in the constipation department, talk to me about your daily routine. I know I could be more intentional about my breakfast, hot beverages and exercise in the morning to support bowel health, but haven't figured out the magic combination yet. No detail is too small in terms of dosage, timing, sequence etc. Hoping to avoid stimulant laxatives except for the rarest necessity. That said, how do you handle acute symptoms? Travel or other changes to your routine? I'm also interested in the impact of various strategies on carb intake and gut health, since I'd like to go lower carb and improve my gut flora at the same time. Thanks, Amy
  4. My cookbook shelf is full, so I check out cookbooks from the library and xerox recipes I've tested and love for my recipe binder. For online recipes that I've tried and want to keep, I have a list of links on Trello. Amy
  5. That sounds fun! I spent a year focusing on soups after college, and it was well worth it. I didn't use a single source, just picked out interesting soup recipes from all over, finding some favorite recipes and developing confidence in soup improv that serves me well to this day 🙂
  6. I'd work through some of Ina Garten's books before Julia Child. Almost all her recipes that I've tried have been wonderful, a nice balance between taste and technique and realistic prep time and ingredients. ETA--we were writing at the same time--before posting this I didn't see your idea to focus on Ina Garten's recipes! Yeah, do that, especially if you're already drawn to her style. Amy
  7. That dark brown is just beautiful! Looks like the house was built that way IMHO. Or if not, it should have been 🙂 Amy
  8. We're hosting dh's family this year. Because some drama is inevitable, I'm trying to be intentional about planning so I'll be more likely to enjoy the day without getting into reaction mode. But I do love a feast! Share your hacks for enjoying your Thanksgiving feast as a host. Other family members will contribute homemade cranberry sauce and an unspecified dish that may or may not appear, so I'm not counting on it. I will have help from dh and kids, but getting the whole extended family involved would only complicate things. Some ideas I've come up with so far-- 1) I'm ordering a precooked turkey and gravy. Normally I roast my own bird, but the prospect of just heating it up sounds like a relief this year. 2) Brussels sprout salad, so I can slice the sprouts the day before and toss with dressing an hour before we eat. 3) A selection of pies for dessert, some purchased and some homemade in advance and frozen. 4) A gratitude tree on the wall, where people can write what they're grateful for on a leaf and add it to the tree 5) A parlor game of some sort and a walk after dinner What do you prep in advance for sides? What else do you do to make things easier? Need to figure out simple appetizer and drink stations to keep folks out of the kitchen.... Thanks, Amy
  9. This is a series of interviews hosted by Sounds True on the subject of narcissism. Two new videos are released each day, and they're free for 24 hours. Overall the quality is very high and I'm finding many of the videos to be incredibly helpful. I wanted to share here because we've had a number of threads on narcissism that have taught me so much. Amy
  10. Sounds delish! In terms of quantity I'd double the mac-n-cheese and green salad. Veggie tray with the appetizers sounds great too, and the colors will look lovely on the table. Amy
  11. This is a helpful way for me to think about my interactions with my inlaws--thank you! Amy
  12. Could you tell your sister you're thinking of hosting and ask what she'd be comfortable with? Golden child/scapegoat dynamics are incredibly damaging for the whole family, and as the parent of the golden child I think you do have a responsibility not to gloss over it and give it a pass. I'd make sure to reach out to your sister to let her know you understand her anger, pain and protectiveness toward her children over this, and that you want to be sure to see them for the holiday. That could be with everyone, as you've done traditionally, or in a gathering that's just the younger generation or your two families, whichever she prefers. Perhaps the options could be left open until closer to the holiday in case she and your parents are able to move the needle on this in the next month or two. If she doesn't want to spend the holiday with your parents this year, two gatherings seem to me like the way to go. You can process for yourself your parents' aging and the limited time you have left with them, and I can see why it's so important to you to share the holiday and enjoy your time with them. But your sister's relationship with them is complicated by this hurt, and she needs space to figure it out on her own timeframe. No one else can do it for her, or dictate how soon or in what way she processes things. Attempts to do so could hurt her and all of your relationships even more. Amy
  13. Another experience with polycythemia vera--my aunt was diagnosed about 20 years ago and has had medication and blood draws but after an initial adjustment has been generally healthy. Amy
  14. If you do cover windows as previous posters have suggested, consider not covering your south-facing windows. Sun can warm your interior considerably during the day. I think it's more than enough to compensate for any heat loss at night. Of course, if it's just a matter of pulling down a shade at night, that's easy, and you can pull it up in the morning.. But I wouldn't put drywall that stays in place over a south-facing window that gets sun. My area gets down to -15 in winter, and solar warming through our south-facing windows makes a big difference. Amy
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