Trusting One’s Gut

So I’ve been checking out a lot of cookbooks from the library lately. For inspiration, health, and information. I’ve had low back pain for weeks which has just recently relented. And my gut instinct is telling me that at least part of it is related to diet. 
I liked this one so much that I purchased it:
The Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells

It’s got a lot of gluten free items as well as kid friendly meals. The coconut flour biscuits are some of the best gluten free biscuits I’ve ever made – and they are quick and easy to make.

Digestive Health With Real Food: A Practical Guide to An Anti-inflammatory, Low-irritant, Nutrient-dense Diet for IBS & Other Digestive Issues by Jacob Agalee

This book has a lot of good information but not as many inspiring recipes. 

The Anti-inflammation Cookbook: The Delicious Way to Reduce Inflammation and Stay Healthy by Amanda Haas

This cookbook has lots of pretty pictures and some recipes I want to try.

The Food Lover’s Cleanse: 140 Delicious, Nourishing Recipes That Will Tempt You Back Into Healthful Eating by Sara Dickerman

And this book has even more recipes I’d like to try. I like how this book is arranged seasonally. It has recipes and menus for a two week cleanse that can be done at any time of the year – just flip to the right season. And the recipes just look like good yummy food, not things one might think of when one thinks of a cleanse (lots of raw vegetables, lemons, juices, algae, etc).

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child, her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

By Anne Fadiman

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1997

Genres: nonfiction, social sciences, anthropology, cultural studies, medicine

ISBN: 9780374525644

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 341 (including Notes, Bibliography, and Index).

Setting: Mostly set in Merced, CA, but also includes places where the Hmong have lived – including China, Laos, & Thailand, and other cities in the US.

Time period: Early to mid 1980’s (but the book also covers different times in the Hmong’s history – including America’s secret war in Laos)

 

Description: When Lia Lee, a Hmong child, was an infant, her older sister slammed the door on her way out.  Immediately afterwards Lia suffered her first epileptic seizure and Lia’s parents took her to the hospital.  Thus began a frustrating and strained relationship between Lia’s parents and hospital staff.  Language barriers and cultural expectations prevented Lia from getting the right care for her, leaving her in a tragic state of being. Continue reading