It’s Thanksgiving Week and I am hosting family and friends.  I love, love, love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  And I love, love, love collecting Thanksgiving recipes!  Here are a few I have found this week and am eager to try:

First, for a little Pumpkin-Pa-Looza.  You have this Pumpkin Crepe Cake from I Breathe I’m Hungry.  And then there’s this gorgeous Maple Pumpkin Custard from Against All Grain.

I can attest to how fabulous these Grain Free Pumpkin Pancakes are, because my kiddos gobbled them up this morning.  Wellness Mama featured this recipe from the 19 year-old blogger, Empowered Sustenance.

And the overachieving Sarah from The Paleo Mom delivers multiple Thanksgiving possibilities.

Finally, this Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake from Nourishing Meals is going on my must-make list.

Though food has dominated my consciousness this week, I have thought about other things, too.  I listened to this terrific podcast from Chris Kresser.  Give it a listen or read the transcript to learn why Chris does not recommend bioidentical hormones in a cream form, although he does judiciously use oral forms in his practice.  Also, if you are concerned about your Vitamin D levels and wonder how much (or whether) to supplement, he has some great commonsense advice for you.

Now, a little bit about pregnancy.  There is some early data showing a link between date (yep, the fruit!) consumption and shorter labors for pregnant women.  I sure wish I had read this before my last labor and delivery!  You can bet I would have been popping those suckers like candy!

This is a sobering blog piece, written by an OB in Frisco, Texas, entitled “Top Ten Signs Your Doctor is Planning To Perform an Unnecessary Cesarean Section On You.”  It’s not some cynical rant.  It’s an effort by a practicing OB to empower women to make the birthing decisions that are right for them.

I think that’s enough exploration for this week.  If you are traveling for the holiday, please be careful!

2 Responses to “Explore More : November 21st”

  1. on 21 Nov 2012 at 9:24 amKatie

    Thanks for the podcast – interested to hear about the vitamin d supplementation. I’m so torn on this, especially for my little one. I understand bf might not deliver the daily amount of vitamin d but I think we are intended to get it from the sun not necessarily eat it all. I found some dye and artificial flavor free drops at whole foods I’m using a couple times a week but still not sure.

  2. on 21 Nov 2012 at 9:48 amKristine Rudolph

    I didn’t supplement my first. But, like Chris Kresser suggests, I had my D levels checked after my second was born while I was BFing and they were on the low end of normal. I have to confess, I was surprised because I am outside (sans sunscreen save for my face) almost everyday. So I supplemented my second and added supplementation for myself.

    I am in desperate need of having my levels checked again. I have been taking the Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil / Butter Oil blend for about 6 mos. now and I am interested to see where my levels are as a result.

    I love the approach he takes, though. So like him to be so commonsense about it all. It is a fast, cheap blood test and a good thing to track. He also talks about the desired ranges, and I really appreciate his position on them. We are such a “more is better” society. The fact is that Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so you do have the potential for toxicity issues.

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