Give People Back Their Lives

And for those who don’t have time for links, here is a really really wonderful quote:

One of the kindest things you can do for the people you love is to develop more emotional autonomy. Managing your own emotions, anxieties, and feelings of self-worth gives other people back their lives.

That. Is. So. True.

Forget adults. Imagine when those people are children who would like their lives back.

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Summer Clean Eating Marathon

I’m starting a summer clean eating marathon where I’ll be doing new fun recipes every day in order to try to change my very Ukrainian way of eating for good. I don’t think I’ll be able to publish all the recipes but I’ll share many of them. Here is the very first one.

For an easy transition, this is a cucumber salad with very Eastern European undertones yet a lot lighter than anything we eat as a standalone meal.

Cucumbers are spiralized and marinated overnight with thinly shaved red onions in somr vinegar with a bit of honey. On the next day, fresh dill and some plain yogurt are added. Salt, pepper to taste. Here you can see a slice of Ukrainian bread and a detox beverage (apple, lemon, ginger.)

If you add three pork kotlety, a pile of mashed potatoes and a dessert of cherry varenyky, this would be a very recognizable Ukrainian meal. But I’m trying to transition to a cleaner, lighter menu.

P.S. Fresh dill can’t be found in stores around here and farmers charge ridiculous prices sensing my desperation. In Ukraine, dill is a weed. Nobody pays for it. I totally need to start growing my own because I don’t have many dill-free summer recipes.

A Fuss About Nothing

Women who try to obtain any medical treatment are asked about their menstrual cycles and sex life, on the off chance that they are pregnant, and not believed if they say it can’t be so. Medical procedures or prescriptions – all of them, basically – which can possibly lead to a miscarriage are now a malpractice suit concern. Soon they will be a manslaughter concern. Women won’t be able to go to the doctor.

Where are people getting all this from? I can’t get even my OB-GYN to evince this much interest in my cycle. I’ve been in and out of doctors’ offices in recent years (give birth earlier rather than later, ladies, if at all possible), and I’ve noticed none of this. I had to pee on a stick before the surgery last month but there was a lot more grilling on whether I smoke (it can impact anaesthesia if you are not honest, so be honest) and whether I’m allergic to anything on the planet.

I’m sure no doctor wants to provoke a miscarriage, and if they do, they shouldn’t be in the medical profession because they are mentally ill. But if anything, it’s too easy to get procedures and medication in this country if you have insurance. Maybe we should fret about the really serious problems with the medical insurance business in this country and about the people who have no insurance at all instead of coming up with these delusional scenarios.

As for women not being believed when they say they can’t be pregnant, this is a really childish statement. Just last week I had a conversation with a woman who desperately wanted to get pregnant, had been trying to get pregnant, got pregnant, developed obvious symptoms, and went to a doctor whom she tried to persuade she must be seriously ill because she couldn’t possibly be pregnant. A doctor who “believes” instead of administering the easiest, most non-invasive test in history is a quack. And the woman who knew she couldn’t be pregnant now has a beautiful, adored toddler.