Well, things are chugging along here. Thanks for the prayers, we appreciate them! I don't want to talk too much about our financial issues just because it's stressful, and also it just makes me whiny, when really I should count my blessings and be grateful for all that I have!
I'm 32 weeks and things seem to be going well with the baby. He wiggles and rolls a lot, which I love. I've gained about 21 pounds, which is pretty good for me! (I gained 50 pounds with my third pregnancy!) I'm anxiously awaiting Tyson's student loan next month so I can buy the baby things I need and get our room ready for our little guy. You'd think since he's number 4 I'd have everything, but after 9 years of kids most of the stuff needs replaced! We need a new carseat (the infant carrier we used for the last two is getting ready to expire), a new changing table (we bought one used for $25 with dd1 and it finally died after dd3), some new diaper covers and I'm sure other things!
Oh, I've been reading a lot lately about "traditional foods" and I'm finding it very fascinating. Right now I'm reading Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck. I definitely recommend it, it's a great read. There's a lot of technical information, but she has a pleasant writing style so it isn't boring to read. The basic idea is that post-industrial processed foods are bad for us (big surprise!) and that traditional foods, like butter, grassfed beef, lard, raw milk, pastured eggs, fresh vegetables, etc are good for us. So really, a lot of what I already felt instinctively, but she gives a solid scientific base for it all.
Most interesting to me is the information on grains, particularly how our bodies digest them, and how harmful the over consumption of them is. I've always eaten very carb/grain heavy, but told myself it was okay since I eat whole grains almost exclusively. But after looking at some of the science behind it, I can see my grain heavy diet has contributed to a lot of my health issues, particularly my difficulty with losing weight. Grains and legumes contain phytic acid, which is a kind of antinutrient that inhibits the body's ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. They also contain protease inhibitors which affect our ability to digest protein. Which is not to say that we shouldn't eat grains and legumes! Just that we need to eat them in moderation, and more importantly, soak them before eating. Soaking helps to break down the phytic acid and causes your body to digest the grains or legumes as if they were vegetables. I've been doing this just for a couple weeks and already see a big reduction in gas and digestive issues for me! And it's not difficult, soak rice for an hour or two before using, soak beans overnight, let bread doughs have plenty of time to rise (overnight is best). Right now I'm soaking some jasmine rice to eat later with some green curry lamb meat balls, yum!