I am all the fuck over this today. I won’t be able to use it for a month, which will kill me with anticipation.
Makes 1 pint or more
1/2 cup peeled and diced horseradish
1/2 cup peeled and diced garlic
1/2 cup peeled and diced onion
1/4 cup peeled and diced ginger
1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric
1 habanero chile, split in half
1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 lemon, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (at least 5% acidity)
1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste
Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 1-quart jar. Fill the jar with vinegar, covering all the ingredients and making sure there are no air bubbles. Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between the jar and the lid to prevent corrosion from the vinegar. Shake well.
Let the jar sit for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember).
Strain the vinegar into a clean jar. Add honey to taste. Refrigerate and use within a year.
I am an unabashed Heather Havrilesky fangirl.
SEE THE THING IS, he said, BIG GIRLS LEAVE MORE SPACE FOR ME TO GRAB AHOLD OF
i’m not your handlebars
SEE THE THING IS, she said, BIG GIRLS ARE BETTER THAN SKINNY ONES BECAUSE MEN DON’T LIKE BONES
other girls are not graveyards
SEE THE THING IS
a baby girl isn’t beautiful because somebody is gonna hold her
i mean we all wanna be loved but i want her to
a baby girl isn’t beautiful because a man’s fingertips can dig
bruises into her hips, she’s beautiful because
she just is
in nature we don’t say a flower is beautiful
when somebody wants to pick it
in fact we say that nature’s beauty is at the height of purity
when it would destroy you to even touch it
SEE THE THING IS
i would rather be an ocean of danger and deep black and
thick mermaid thighs rather than
a body you want to cruise across
i would rather be the night sky and crush ribs with a suffocating sense that we are all small and purposeless
rather than a landscape of freckles someone happens to think
are akin to constellations
i would rather be storms and lightning and a bright sun rising, i
would rather make you quake in your boots than get your heart
i would rather be beautiful like a cold spring stream:
not beautiful because you said so
but beautiful because
i am me.
In the eternal quest to integrate exercise into my day, I found this little cheapo app that guides you through a 7-minute circuit. You can do it multiple circuits in a row if you have the time, or you can do multiple 7-minute one-offs throughout the day. Or you can do it once a day, like I have been, and build on that.
Anyway, I’ve been using it for 4 days, so I’m pretty much swole now.
Highly recommend. It’s unfuckupable and kind of busts any excuse you might concoct not to exercise. It’s 7 minutes, yo. It takes me longer to blow-dry my hair. There are voice cues, timers, and videos to guide you. You just hit start and it … starts. Anyway, get it.
Fun fact: I cannot do jumping jacks anymore, so I modified to a sort of side-lunge/raised arms stance. I cannot run (in place, even, and definitely not with high knees), so I do a ridiculously exaggerated Ian Curtis march. I also swapped out a step-up move for a pile move that approximates it nicely. And instead of crunches, I’m doing those leg raises that I did hundreds and hundreds of back in June. I missed those guys.
In the list of “things that might be behind vague and mysterious health problems,” thyroid disorders usually come first – but PCOS probably deserves mention just as much: it’s common, it’s poorly understood, and it can be devastating.
Just another branch in the long-ass road of trying to figure out what’s going with my bod.
ALL FOOD CONTAINS NUTRIENTS. NUTRIENTS ARE GOOD FOR YOU. NO, REALLY. I’M SERIOUS.
"Bacteria within the gut are manipulative," said Carlo Maley, PhD, director of the UCSF Center for Evolution and Cancer and corresponding author on the paper." "There is a diversity of interests represented in the microbiome, some aligned with our own dietary goals, and others not."
Fortunately, it’s a two-way street. We can influence the compatibility of these microscopic, single-celled houseguests by deliberating altering what we ingest, Maley said, with measurable changes in the microbiome within 24 hours of diet change.
As follows, the less you eat certain things or drink certain things, the less you will crave them. Something to think about when you’re thinking about drinking less booze or eating less sugar. Basically, “it gets better.”
First, I want to say that I fucking LOVE Coach Calorie’s Facebook feed. Sometimes they have hokey clickbait headlines, but their copy is always well written, smart, and surprisingly kind and gentle.
Second, I want to share that I got my thyroid tested and it’s all in “normal” ranges. So, although I am clearly displaying the traits of someone with hypothyroidism issues, there’s nothing straightforward that I can do to “fix it.” I need to talk to an actual endocrinologist, as my doctor feels that I’m doing just fine, although I am clearly not losing weight (read: body fat) after eating healthily and exercising regularly for a full year.
Third, I am feeling awesome and healthy. Just trying to get my body to do what I want it to do.