It’s Been Awhile…

It has been almost 2 years since I have posted to this blog. And for that I apologize to anyone who may have been following me. I just found out that I am pregnant with a new jellybean, which has kicked me into gear to get back to eating healthy. So, this blog is going to take a slight turn from its original purpose. It will still contain posts about my traditional foods journey, just with the addition of updates on my journey through this pregnancy towards a freebirth at home. I will be attempting to do weekly posts with my meals and recipes from them, both to help keep me on track and to hopefully help others. Thoughts on food, spirituality, shamanic midwifery, and pregnancy updates will fill in the rest of my posts. Here is a little about me…

Eating & Cooking Habits Based on the Teachings of:

    + Weston A. Price/Nourishing Traditions (“traditional nutrition”), the Paleo diet, and the GAPS Gut Healing Diet.
    = Raw and cultured grassfed dairy products
    = Grassfed/Pastured eggs and meat products, wild-caught seafood
    = Generous amounts of healthy saturated fats (coconut oil, avocado, organic/grassfed animal products)
    = Balanced fruits and veggies, try to eat seasonally
    = Souring, Soaking, Sprouting, & Fermenting grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes whenever possible
    = Avoiding processed/refined grain and sugar products as much as possible
    = Lacto-fermented and Fermented foods and beverages (veggies, condiments, kefir, kombucha, etc.)
    = Lots of Bone Broth
    = Activator X Butter Oil + Fermented Cod Liver Oil supplementing
    = Teeth can be remineralized and cavities can be healed

Birth Philosophy Based on the Teachings of:

    + Whapio Diane Bartlett, Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Jeannine Parvati Baker, Jane Collings, Krista Joy Arias, and my own spiritual practices and “personal gnosis”
    = Keeping birth and the immediate postpartum undisturbed
    = Keeping mom and baby together immediately following birth
    = Mother-directed labor/pushing/breastfeeding
    = Nutrition is KEY to a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby, and a complication-free birth
    = Every woman has the innate ability to be her own midwife
    = We can birth alone, but we don’t need to– but sometimes it is what’s best
    = Women-Centered Care
    = Midwives were the original abortion providers
    = Miscarriage and Abortion are births, and Abortion is a part of Motherhood
    = Pregnancy, Birth, & Motherhood is the Original Hero’s Journey
    = Altered States in Pregnancy, Birth, & Motherhood
    = A Mother Knows
    = Sometimes, technology can be needed
    = We need to take responsibility for our birth outcomes, not blame others for them
    = Death is a part of the cycle of Life

Spiritual Beliefs Based On:

    + Neopaganism, Heathanism, Hellenism, Some Eastern Practices, Shamanism, Traditional Witchcraft, Voodoo, Hoodoo/Rootworking, Historical Studies, and “Personal Gnosis”
    = Loosely follow a kind of Wheel of the Year
    = Polytheism (work with and worship of multiple deities)
    = Animism (everything has Spirit)
    = Energy Flow, Manipulation, and Energetic Bodies (meridians, nadis, chakras, and others)
    = Study of cultures and ancient religious, folk magic practices, and lore from my particular ethnic heritages
    = Spiritworking and Bio-Regional Animism (working with Spirits of Place)
    = Meditation, Journeying, Shapeshifting
    = Ritual & Ceremony
    = Northern Shamanism and Seidr/Volur work
    = Greek and Celtic Recon (some)
    = Head Coverings
    = The Poison Path (flying ointments, witches’ herbs, etc)
    = Folk magic
    = Divination: tarot, runes, ogham staves, oracle cards, pendulum, scrying, dreams, throwing the bones, cowrie shells, omens