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Raise your hand if you’re straddling the line between crippling anxiety and not giving any fucks about anything


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#personal  #anxiety  #mental health 
"Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales."

Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)

Also worth highlighting is this section:

Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)

So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.

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I watched a really great tv show on this as well. I cannot remember what it was called but it basically said most of the research surrounding “superfoods” was dodgy.

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— 1 day ago with 14511 notes
#food  #nutrition  #sustainability  #amazon  #quinoa  #blueberries  #superfood 
  1. sometimes teenagers take rebellion against their families to the extreme.
  2. the nanny is an extremely underrated show.
  3. romeo and juliet gets too much love compared to his other works.
  4. go watch the nanny right now.

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— 2 days ago with 286033 notes
#romeo and juliet  #william shakespeare  #the nanny  #fran drescher  #women  #drama 

it has been a weekend of literary acquisitions. aside form the comics i got yesterday, i went to Powell’s with my dad today and he bought me a few books;

  1. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (because Halloween approaches)
  2. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  4. Essays on a Science of Mythology by C. G. Jung and C. Kerenyi
  5. Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham

so, it was a success.
also, got some over-the-knee wool socks for when winter arrives. 


— 3 days ago with 3 notes
#POWELL'S BOOKS  #ray bradbury  #neil gaiman  #haruki murakami  #c. g. jung  #frank j. barbiere  #comics  #books  #literature  #socks  #c. kerenyi  #chris mooneyham  #portland  #personal 

unapologetically lieing in bed and watching supernatural all morning. until i fall back asleep.
the pain is not as bad today but its bad enough that i really don’t want to do anything. so its a netflix and green tea lemonade day.
and leftover roasted root vegetable soup.
its seriously delicious. 

— 1 week ago
#personal  #Supernatural  #soup  #healing  #self care  #green tea  #lemons 

I sit here struggling with how I feel about my current circumstances regarding health and my body- trying to feel trauma around all its edges. And how heavy it all feels right now.
I know it won’t always feel so heavy; bunched up around my waist and neck. Pulling at me and forcing me to the floor. But eventually it’ll spread across my body in more manageable bits, some moveable. And as time passes it will feel lighter.
But it didn’t lose weight. It merely changed its shape.
And I became a little stronger for having to carry it.

I don’t want to get stronger right now though. I just want to succumb to the weight for now.
I want to aptly know what I carry.
Otherwise, how will I integrate it?

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#trauma  #cancer  #personal  #weight  #mental health 

trauma doesn’t change weight; just shape.

— 1 week ago with 2 notes

i ate soup on the floor of my living room and tried to stretch. but it feels like more than a physical wound. it radiates. it pulls. its as if i am raw all the way through.
but i breathe. i want it to stop.

i am exhausted. but even crying brings spasm and pain. 

— 1 week ago
#personal  #it didn't feel this heavy last time 

trying not to cry.

but i probably should just let myself. i’ll just cry on this couch and fall asleep.

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Biopsy Day: it had ups and downs. it started off with me feeling zen and calm. i worked in the morning but took the afternoon off. as the hours passed i got slowly more anxious and scared. the biopsy was painful. i tried not to shake during. bethany drove me there and back. we made roasted root vegetable soup that is amazing. 
i am still scared. i will have the results on tuesday.

— 1 week ago with 4 notes
#personal  #i am scared  #cancer  #biopsy  #soup  #friends 
Sir Salman Rushdie on the continuing Satanic Verses controversy →

can we have a discussion ?!?!?!

when can a book have the ‘ordinary life of a novel’ and when can it not? is this a piece that warranted the reactions it received from religious and non-religious communities? is this more than an argument for free speech? how has this expanded the culture? has it expanded it at all?

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note
#salman rushdie  #literature  #the satanic verses  #controversy  #Religion 
Haruki Murakami to publish new book in English in December →

this pleases me.

— 2 weeks ago with 3 notes
#books  #lliterature  #haruki murakami  #translation  #japanese literature 

need to go in for a biopsy next week to look at possibly cancerous cells.
then today
my grandma died.

it was quiet. my sister was sitting with her as it happened.
she said she wasn’t sure what to do as her breathing slowly stopped.

i feel more heavy now.
sadness sort of moving through me.

can august just be over now?

— 2 weeks ago with 3 notes
#personal  #death  #cancer  #grandma