Wednesday, June 03, 2009


I have been pondering some random things lately. And yet they are related. They all happen to have something in common: bellies.

Perhaps it is because I just gave birth to E and am intimately involved in feeding his belly, M's belly, and R's belly (sometimes, when I actually make dinner). Perhaps it is because I am currently mothering. Perhaps it is just one of those organic phases of life.

  1. Like Dr. George Tiller's murder a few days ago. I like this article in the NYTimes about it, specifically that they refer to him as "Dr." instead of "abortionist" (he was an Ob/gyn for heaven's sake) and the use of the word "terrorism". 'Nuff said.
  2. I also am enjoying this blog called The Belly Project. It is fascinating as a study and as a working piece of art. I love seeing the new pictures added of different bellies. I also agree with the author in that, "Women (and sometimes men…you know who you are…) can be obsessed with their bodies. Hair, nails, toes, skin, breasts, hips, eyes, they all get fixated on. But perhaps nothing is as preoccupying to us as our bellies. Our bellies are intimately related our sexuality and to our reproductive lives. It’s a complicated interaction, that confluence of sex and babies....So, with that in mind, this blog is a place to come and put our bellies in perspective..." Good stuff.
  3. I am also in agreement with another post on the Green and Natural Parenting blog: BPA is most certainly a bad thing, so don't get fooled by the almost certain propaganda that will be coming your way soon about how "it isn't so bad, trust us". I'm calling them big fat liars in advance. You heard it here!
  4. It kind of reminds me of how angry I get when I see those commercials for high fructose corn syrup. I also call them big fat liars. Please avoid HFCS no matter what they say.
  5. And partially- or fully-hydrogenated oils (shortening) for that matter.
  6. And MSG--monosodium glutamate.
  7. And sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (Nutrasweet/Equal),
  8. And farm-raised fish. Buy wild caught. Check fish lists online to know what is healthy for the time of year.
These are NOT naturally occurring ingredients we should be eating. Do not (literally) swallow what various food companies are trying to sell to you and me. Read labels!! It's not as hard as you think to gradually shift to healthier alternatives. I promise. One ingredient at a time.

Check out
this comprehensive list, it is a nice overview in one spot.
And I have spiraled into yet another food quality rant. (End of food rant.)

p.s. Can you leave me a comment telling me if this is of some meaning to you, dear reader? I get discouraged sometimes when I think of all the dishonesty these food companies engage in. The lack respect for the human body makes me so (to borrow a phrase from M:) mad and sad! Let us become aware together and change the way we honor these vessels of life we live in.


Lani said...

Yes! I appreciate your informative rants on healthy living. We're trying to make more informed choices (we have a ways to go). Thanks Kendahl!

Brian Neesham said...

Don't eat lobster either. They tie up their little claws so they have no defense mechanisms, grab them from water, toss them into water and kill them. Imagine your hands being tied and somebody coming after you and you can't defend yourself. Point taken? Stop eating lobster. Lobsters in a bucket can't climb out!! Don't be a lobster, friends are best.

k said...

I can only think of the lobster song while simultaneously picturing you doing the lobster hands miming climbing out of a bucket.

Robin said...

Amen! Love all your stuff.