litany-for-survival

litany-for-survival:

femmewitchqueen:

eenfish:

"healthy living" is a bourgeois construct to victim blame the working class for not being motivated to eat and live healthy after being forced to work exorbitant hours that takes up a majority of their life. only the rich can afford to be healthy.

Also it shames and marginalises people with disabilities and chronic illness and a whole shit ton more problematic stuff too. Fuck the concept of “healthy living”.

Hm.

mujeristaxicana

x-io-mar:

“Nixtamal” comes from the Nahuatl word nixtamalliwhich means “unformed corn dough.” Nixtamalization is the process  of soaking the corn in an alkaline solution, such as “cal” or wood ash.  This soaking process makes the corn more digestible and the nutrients in the corn more accessible to the body.  On a practical level, it makes the corn easier to grind and makes it easily form into a dough (masa) for use in tortillas, tamales, pupusas, tlacoyos and more.  To make posol (hominy)you skip the grinding process and simply boil the nixtamal corn in broth. 

Nixtamal has sustained our ancestors for thousands of years.  No one knows for sure when our ancestors first discovered the process of nixtamalization—the earliest evidence of nixtamal has been located in Guatemalan cooking equipment that is 3500 years old!  I think it quite powerful—at a spiritual and cultural level—to reclaim this practice by doing it yourself. 

Health benefits of nixtamal: 

  • Converts corn’s bound niacin to free niacin, making it available for absorption into the body.
  • Alkalinity improves the balance among essential amino acids, making more protein available.
  • Is rich in calcium, iron, copper, and zinc. After nixtamalization with cal, the corn has 750% more calcium! 
  • Eliminates certain carcinogenic fungus found in corn. 

Note: Industrially-produced tortillas no longer use the ancient process of nixtamalization and instead use an enzymatic process that produces a much inferior masa. There are still tortillerias in the US and Mexico that produce nixtamal but I fear their days are numbered. Blame NAFTA. 

Because it is hard to find organic, GMO-free masa in the Bay Area, I decided I would learn how to make nixtamal corn masa myself.  There are a lot of steps involved but it is not *that* difficult and totally do-able with a little practice and planning. 
 
And, nothing beats the taste of a tortilla made this way! It’s not spongy and sour like the fresher store-bought ones, nor dry and stiff like the older ones. The outside has a slightly toasted texture, the inside is tender but fully cooked. You can taste and smell the sweetness of the  corn. Plus, you are eating something that is entirely good for you, you are resisting GMO tortillas,  and you are connecting to an ancestral practice that is over 3500 years old.  
I am going to need to engage this practice into
my healing. The one element I have been deprived of
since leaving Chicago has been true maize tortillas.
Tomorrow I am headed to Little Havana for some ingredients. 
phalange
madnessinthemist:

sourcedumal:

fuckinginactivity:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

athenagray:

Tweet 1: I can see a lot of people either avoiding Plan B & ending up pregnant or attempting to take multiple doses & getting sick.
Tweet 2: anyone w a credit card (not everyone, I know) can/should use ella ella-rx.com they’ll ship it overnight $45
SIGNAL BOOST. Ella is another form of emergency contraception/the morning-after pill. It’s more effective than Plan B and can be taken up to FIVE DAYS after your mishap, rather than three days. Please spread this around; with all of the anti-choice legislation flying about and how difficult it can be for some people to get Plan B even OTC (like minors, people living in small towns, etc.), this might be the only way a lot of people can get their hands on the morning-after pill.

Boooooost

I’ve also read that Ella is more effective for plus size people.

This is important. Ella works for everyone. Plan B is not effective for people over 176 pounds. Protect yourself

Everyone?
Boosting the shit outta this.


$45 is a lot of money but I remember when I needed it desperately I had to beg for it at the pharmacy and barely given the ok and had pay $25, so I’m glad there is another option.

madnessinthemist:

sourcedumal:

fuckinginactivity:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

athenagray:

Tweet 1: I can see a lot of people either avoiding Plan B & ending up pregnant or attempting to take multiple doses & getting sick.

Tweet 2: anyone w a credit card (not everyone, I know) can/should use ella ella-rx.com they’ll ship it overnight $45

SIGNAL BOOST. Ella is another form of emergency contraception/the morning-after pill. It’s more effective than Plan B and can be taken up to FIVE DAYS after your mishap, rather than three days. Please spread this around; with all of the anti-choice legislation flying about and how difficult it can be for some people to get Plan B even OTC (like minors, people living in small towns, etc.), this might be the only way a lot of people can get their hands on the morning-after pill.

Boooooost

I’ve also read that Ella is more effective for plus size people.

This is important. Ella works for everyone. Plan B is not effective for people over 176 pounds. Protect yourself

Everyone?

Boosting the shit outta this.

$45 is a lot of money but I remember when I needed it desperately I had to beg for it at the pharmacy and barely given the ok and had pay $25, so I’m glad there is another option.

skinnedheart

femmerocious:

Preparing for Dia de los Muertos and remembering all the loss of life this year in the community and out. The alarming number of  TWOC that have been murdered this year was at the front of my mind. I started making them memorial candles.

They are not forgotten and never will be. 
89% of LGBTQ murders in 2013 were of Trans women of color. 
I pray that when you are signing petitions and marching for Trayvon, Mike Brown, gay marriage, and abortion rights to remember that statistic. These women and SO SO many others….. are gone. Due to hatred and bigotry.  Stand up for our sisters. ALL women . ALL women of color.