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Birth Choices in Ithaca — A Shifting Landscape

Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:31

 

By Lauren Korfine and Jeanette McCulloch

Hands-And-Belly-smPregnancy is a time of possibility and learning, of growth and questions, and the contemplation of new life. It is also a time when most of us interact with care providers more frequently than any other time in our lives until that point.

For many women, the first time they think about the kind of care they hope to have during pregnancy and childbirth is when they become pregnant themselves. The learning curve is steep as women discover the many decisions to make, some of them right at the outset.

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20 Empowering Tools for Changing Your Diet (Or Facing Any Big Life Change)

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 01:47

 By Jayalalita

food-change-300Whether you've received some diagnosis (say, hypoglycemia, diabetes, or celiac disease) that requires a change in your eating habits, or you simply decide to experiment with food choices to see if a change of diet might give you a different experience (as I did — successfully! — with trying an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce pain levels), you may find the prospect of radical dietary change a daunting one. You may feel ill-equipped to face it.

The concepts that follow can be applied to any realm of life, to any place where life invites you to step into change that scares you ... even as you see the greater well-being and better life such change may offer.

1. It's empowering to hold a consciousness of choice. Even if it's life-and-death (as with diabetes, for instance), changing your diet is still a choice. Dying is an option. So if you choose to live, choose it with gusto and conviction. Choose the diet that will give you a vibrant life.

2. Having chosen, get 100 percent behind your choice. I never stand in front of a case of pastries wondering if I should have one because the decision's already been made; there's nothing to debate. (If you've made the choice to be monogamous, isn't it insanity to walk around checking out others? You'll only feel a constant dissatisfaction and bring a flimsy presence to your relationship.)

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Multipurpose Plants (and Mushrooms!) for the Garden

Sunday, 03 June 2012 00:35

 By Steve Gabriel

Shiitake mushroom

In permaculture, the aim is to design gardens and farms for two things — the provision of human needs and the improvement of ecosystem health. When looking at any individual plant, animal, or structure, permaculturists consider first and foremost how it relates to the bigger picture.

Often I am asked, by those enthusiastic to the ideas of permaculture, "Where to begin?" My answer is always the same: take a class, and pick just a few things that excite you. Plant these the first season and observe, learning their habits and life cycle. Then add some more each new year.

Listed below, in preparation for the upcoming growing season, are a few of the many amazing multipurpose plants that should have a home in every garden. All of these plants are perennials — meaning you plant them once and they return year after year. They're easy to grow and propagate. Finally, they all offer benefits to human health as well as to the ecosystem they inhabit.

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