Health And Wellness

I ate shrimp and rice for dinner the night before last. Afterwards, I drunk one or two full cups of ice-cold apple juice.

When I cook that particular meal it always comes out delicious and filling. I’ve bought and fixed shrimp quite a few times lately. It had been a while since I’ve eaten shrimp.

I don’t have a problem finding the product on the shelf. They are a little expensive compared to the other items of seafood stocked in the local supermarket, and certain people aren’t too eager to purchase these particular quality of shrimps on account of the price, even though they are worth the money.

As I sit here in my living room I decide what to prepare for dinner tonight and at the same time I have a memory enter into my mind.

The thought reflected on one of the wealthy clients I worked with for a few months a few years ago. She was a retired business attorney who practiced law for nearly 20 years at Home Box Office, specializing in satellite transactions and international partnerships with movie studios and cable companies to bring HBO abroad.

Anyway, one day we took a cab from her million-dollar rented apartment that she came to eventually own, situated in Manhattan, NY to her hair-salon that was located on the second floor of a fancy building.

While I waited for my client to get her hair colored, washed, blow-dried, and styled I killed time by going down to one of the first floor restaurants to order me some food to take back to her apartment.

I was staying at her home for nearly the entire week straight-working a double and extended day shift. Usually I’d do four days a week overnight with her, but her day caregiver was temporarily off schedule, and I covered her shifts as well as mine.

There inside the restaurant I ordered shrimp with french fries, a side of vegetables, two packages of mixed fruit, and a vegan smoothie.

I placed my order for take out; the order summed up to a little over fifty dollars.

I saved all of my food to eat later that night except for the smoothie, and one of the packages of fruit.

I sat at one of the restaurant tables and ate my delicious fruit while I sipped on my green-colored smoothie that was made purely of vegetables, fruit, and spices.

Aside from having juiced raw fruit and vegetables in my juicer years ago, I had never tasted one of these modern-day smoothies that are usually made with dairy yogurt or whatever else.

I was surprised at how very good the smoothie that I had tasted, considering the combination of the raw vegetables mixed in together. I can’t remember the entire ingredient list but the beverage did contain spinach, carrots, apples, celery and a few other nutritious edibles along with lemon and spice.

 

Out For Lunch

For the first time this year I was able to take off my jacket and sweater for the nice weather yesterday as I went out to shop and eat. I won’t do it again, though, until the weather can be trusted because as usual today is cloudy and breezy, and who knows what tomorrow the unpredictable forecast will bring there is too constant a shift within the weather everyday.

Yesterday was just pleasant, regardless, and I spent the majority of it with the enjoyment outdoors.

I don’t eat out too often at restaurants as I use to (because preparing and cooking meals at home is much healthier and sanitary you definitely know the ingredients that is being inserted into your own food by your own hands) aside from the exception of from time to time buying food from the hot bar at Whole Foods.

A little after twelve p.m. we (a relative and I) entered into the restaurant in which we chose and ordered our lunch.

She had her lobster pizza (that is all that she wanted aside from her water and non alcoholic fruit drink), I had three baked potatoes, an order of fries, steamed broccoli, two fried pieces of flounder, some fried clams, and some fried scallions. I didn’t eat the fried shrimp that I had ordered because when I had bit into one of them It tasted like eggs were mixed into the coated batter and that butter had been sautéed into the preparation. I don’t eat dairy.

I stick to my natural vegetarian/vegan diet. It’s just once in a while or rarely that I go the pollo pescatarian route (one that absolutely does not eat any red meat or pork on a vegetarian diet modified enabling the consumption of seafood and poultry) and eat a little shrimp, fish, chicken or turkey.

Afterwards, we headed on home and I did some grocery shopping.

 

 

The Body Is The Temple

Make vegetarian pizza with Chao vegan cheese (my choice of cheese if need be)

Plant-based is absolutely the best way to go and I go that way naturally and that diet is also compatible with my blood-type as our blood-types have a lot to do with our distinct personalities (https://misslatoya.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/blood-typepersonality-type/).

In the early nineties a little over twenty years ago there was a health food store that I use to go to and purchase vitamins and vegan food from because back then I had stopped eating poultry and seafood altogether along with red meat. I hadn’t eaten red meat since I was about twelve. It was until I turned about eighteen that I would eat poultry and fish here and there and I still do from time to time but I never went back to eating red meat and I never will.

Then I use to head a little further down to Grand Union supermarket to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables-oh, those were the good ole days!

Use only healthy quality soy grounds if able to find it nowadays-Miss LaToya

This particular health food store sold quality products and they had a veggie protein soy grounds item that came in a package inside of a box that didn’t need to be refrigerated. And I use to cook it in a sauce and stuff it inside a pita-like pocket bread and it was so healthy and delicious I don’t see anything like this nowadays.

My mother and one of her friends had ate a meatless veggie burger from there once back then and told me how good that it was I had never ever had a veggie burger until recently.

I had a black bean veggie burger that tasted good and that filled me up as I heated and covered it with Chao brand original creamy vegan cheese slices (the only non dairy cheese that I ever tasted that could actually pass for cheese).

There is not really any good tasting or quality vegan cheese on the market except for Earth Balance vegan white cheddar puffs and Chao-Miss LaToya

“Daiya” vegan cheese slices were the nastiest thing I had ever tasted in my life and the shit had made me sick for a few days. “Tofutti” cheese slices were more on the style of Kraft singles American cheese yet the product still didn’t taste all that hot.

Just because something is labeled vegan or vegetarian doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthy or nutritious for us it all depends on how the food was processed and manufactured. I don’t trust too many items which is why I do stick to simple fresh foods and grains like broccoli, pineapples, rice and the rest of that yummy stuff that is so very nutritious and healthy but I do like my soy milk by “Silk”, soy ice cream by “So Delicious” and oil and fruit-based buttery spread and white cheddar vegan puffs that is not made from any dairy by “Earth Balance”.

Garlic is one of the most clean and nutritional foods garlic a day will keep the doctor away, and it is also good in keeping evil spirits away-Miss LaToya

Soul Food

powdered-cakeThis past Friday, Sunday and Monday which was yesterday I enjoyed a nice and wonderful day at work doing my occupational activities and so far everything was professional as it should be and that is the way that I like it; to go to work enjoying what I do with no bullshit just doing good business, providing sufficient performance and helping out the customers as they need and inquire none of us that are genuinely productive and constructive and that mean well have any time for nonsense just peace and contentment.

When I got off the job I went straight to the neighborhood grocery to pick out some items and was so delighted to come across a great quality non dairy plant-based buttery spread that I had heard of and a non dairy vegan/vegetarian cheddar style cheese that I hadn’t paid attention to even notice was stocked there in that supermarket for as long as I have been going there. Now I don’t have to go out of my way or spend a fortune to buy my certain other non dairy items to indulge in as they are at a reasonable price and nearby location.

powdered-sweetsMy day was made after I left that supermarket as I love to eat and live healthily it is just exciting to me to know there are so many foods becoming more available for the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle to choose from. I love my soy meat (textured soy protein that I deliciously discovered years ago back in the early nineties) I love my very vanilla non dairy soy milk, vanilla non dairy ice cream and non dairy alternative cheese and butter all made from plants, fruits, vegetables and vegetable oils.

Our own personal environment and lifestyle play a significant role within keeping our aura/energy field as well as mind, body, and spirit maintained, unaffected and protected against negativity and darkness and that livelihood comes natural when we are in tune to the universe within our own specific innate tendency.

 

 

So Natural

How I Stopped Constipation/The Essential Benefits Of Turmeric by misslatoya

hot-spiceAyushi said 4 days ago

I agree with the turmeric remedy to get rid of constipation. I had started getting constipated and had such a food regime to keep it under control. It would be fine for ten days and then return on the 11th day or so. I gave turmeric a try and I haven’t been constipated in two months now. It’s probably too soon to say anything but the problem was so frequently recurring earlier that two months have been such a relief!

You said 2 minutes ago

spiceI am so into healthy eating and caring for the body I even use a natural deodorant product that contains the safest of ingredients and that is endorsed by many cancer treatment centers as it does not supply any harsh chemicals like the commercial brands do only mineral salts and plant based extracts and the deodorant works so well and wonderfully for me.

spicyThat would be really great if the Turmeric does turn out to be a solid remedy for you within the long run I hope that it does, if not, hopefully you will fine another natural source that works in harmony with you and within your corresponding food regimen and body chemistry, because that is the key for all of us as unique individuals with different bodily constitutions and the circumstances that effect our overall functions as well as our digestive tracts.

We need to find things that are agreeable with us in order for it to work properly and thoroughly, and what may be a remedy for us may not always be or serve as the same productive treatment or cure for someone else.

fruit-vegetable-grainIn our occasional search to find the specific things that will cater to our own personal individual needs and growth that may also call for the vital improvement within whatever it is that may sometimes ail us I am sure that at the same time we are all reaching for that ultimate goal of consistently endeavoring to maintain the most optimal of health that is possible.

Blood Type/Personality Type

596382-200A person’s blood type really does matter.  My mother use to tell me when I was a teenager that my blood had a lot to do with my character and how I was, and I agreed with her as my intuition confirmed that she was correct in her assessment.

I just love the way my mother and I was always able to share and to discuss our own thoughts and insights with one another.

What I found out and revealed to my mother later on in life though was just how deep the blood type revelations had been when it had come into concern with me.

I always did a lot of reading and exploring. Back then, there was no internet available to me for a quick look up to recognize, analyze, or to debate with an intriguing and too familiar subject.

And just like in regards to astrology (a favorite topic of mine in the past that I use to indulge in during my teens and in early adulthood) blood type is a definite indicator of one’s own innate traits. Personal experience has taught me that this is genuine knowledge.

Aside from being born under the zodiac sign Taurus (which of course has nothing to do with my blood type) I shared the similar and exact same characteristics (stubborn, serious, consistent, hardworking, trustworthy, good listener, detail oriented, analytical, creative and inventive) to a person who was born with my specific blood type.

And not only within personality was I a perfect match, but also within my tendency for certain foods, and to the inclines of my particular lifestyle.

As a loner, I kept myself away and separated from most other people, chiefly those who I did not relate to. Living healthily, and quietly.

At the age of fourteen I became a strict vegan.

I suddenly became turned off by red meat, however, later I took the vegetarian route by eating poultry (chicken & turkey) and seafood (whiting/shrimp) as well as certain fruits which had absolutely agreed with my blood type.

Generally red meat is not allowed for my type of blood.

It was like I was naturally being lead down the right path of harmony within myself physically as well as spiritually within the great universe.

Life sometimes has a way of leading and bringing us into the appropriate modes and direction in accordance to plan. There is so much more to life and things than what seems to meet the eye.

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Nutritious Desserts/Healthy Desserts That Provide Nourishment

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It is wonderful to know that as a vegetarian one is not limited when it comes to enjoying sweet tasting desserts.

And not just sweet tasting desserts but desserts that are also healthy and agreeable to eat.

As long as we are consciously aware and particular about the ingredients that are used to prepare a dessert, we may consume and indulge in as many variety of sweets that are available to choose from.

More frequently now in this day and age there are more products on the market that cater to the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.

Certain health food store merchandise tend to be very expensive. Everyone cannot always afford to buy high quality vegetarian oriented foods.

So many people just result to purchasing their items at their local grocery. Which at times can be just as much expensive as shopping at one of those health food stores that specialize in organic and all natural and nutritious health food products.

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Whether one chooses the local supermarket or the store for special dietary needs both are able to provide the proper and necessary ingredients to make a favorite and delectable dessert or sweet.

Even if one just wants to buy a dessert that is already made on the shelf. There are brands that are vegan and vegetarian suitable.

For those who like to bake their own fancy recipes there are the basic, simple, and deluxe ingredients to gather for preparation.

I like to be very creative and sample and substitute the old fashion recipes that ordinarily included shortenings (lard) and artificial flavorings.

In my opinion, the baked sweets that are the most natural and “less” animal derived taste the best.

The “vegetarian” ingredients needed to make the most healthy and nutritious desserts are:

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All purpose flour, cake flour, pastry flour, bread flour, and prepared graham cracker crusts (for cheese cakes and pies). Some also prefer rice and/or potato flour, and so on.

Baking powder, baking soda, vegetable oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, butter, butter milk, whole milk, cornstarch, white sugar, brown sugar, powder sugar, salt, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and distilled white vinegar.

“Vegans” can also use soy milk, rice milk, soybean margarine or “Earth Balance” brand natural buttery spread (all 100% vegan), soft tofu, and non dairy cream cheeses to bake with.

And, depending on the kind and type of dessert that is going to be made, flavoring options could include cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, coconut flakes, and whatever else that may satisfy one’s fancy.

I love ice cream. My favorite flavors are vanilla, french vanilla, and butter pecan. My favorite brand of ice cream is Haagen Daz.

The ingredients contained in the Haagen Daz ice cream is all natural. The vanilla is made with
cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla extract.

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The butter pecan is made with cream, skim milk (lactose reduced), sugar, pecans, coconut oil, butter, corn syrup, egg yolks and vanilla extract.

Ice cream is considered as a type of junk food by many people, however, I disagree. I do not believe that ice cream itself is a junk food. It all depends on how the product is manufactured.

A lot of ice creams on the market are not processed very well even though some claim to be natural.

Brands with ingredients that contain mono and diglycerides, yellow 5 and 6 (synthetic coal tar dyes that are made from industrial waste) and other very unnecessary substances, I absolutely stay away from.

Breyers ice cream is another very good brand that is made with just a few all natural ingredients such as milk, cream, sugar, egg yolk, tara gum and natural flavor.

And there are a few more other high quality ice creams that are out there on the market that contain the appropriate nutrition.

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Although pizza is not a sweet it is sometimes a treat-and one that has also gotten a bad reputation for being considered as a type of junk food by many people.

I have to disagree again. Pizza that is prepared with the correct ingredients can be a very healthy and nutritious meal or appetizer.

There is the dough, the oil, the tomato sauce, and the cheese. What is so unhealthy about the combination of those preparations?

Pizza’s and desserts that are made with the finest quality ingredients are much more nutrient and less more bad for one’s health than when compared to certain lunches and dinners that contain beef and pork.

Sweets do not have to be copiously poured and glazed with sugars.

The excessive use of sugar in a dessert or beverage is what would most likely contribute to the poor health in individuals. Especially if one is constant with their intake of high sugary foods and sweets.

I for one cannot tolerate high levels of sugar within my diet. Sugar will sometimes sit up inside of my chest area as it is unable to digest properly.

And I do not like a food or beverage that has too sweet of a taste. It is not at all satisfying.

Delectable does not equate gross amounts of sugar. My desserts are just as fine and rich with great flavor with the minor portions of sugars, salts, and butters that I may include.

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Less is often more in certain cases as is the same with particular foods.

If a dessert contains too much grease or oil that can also be a problem.

So the bottom line is that the constant intake of any particular ingredient (especially a wrong or bad ingredient) which is used in excess to prepare a food or beverage is what makes the item unwholesome, and not good for one’s health.

Whenever I shop for a product I always check out the contents. I often can tell what is of good quality and worth buying.

Some people just have an eye or gift for spotting the right things.

As a dedicated vegetarian I have to keep my eyes and ears open to all of what is out there. Good or bad. Old or new. And open to the things that are up for suggestion, and that are in the making.

It is gratifying and exciting to be a vegetarian. What is more better than one who takes great pride and pleasure in caring for them self.

I love reading my V.I.P. Vitamin Shoppe packages that come to me free through the mail. I receive health magazines and literature all towards maintaining health, health products, coupons and more.

I even watch out for the health of a pet.

Animals in my care would get nothing but the best of treatment, mentally and physically.

Canines bodies are more sensitive then us humans. Things effect and work faster on them than if it were to be given or applied to a human being.

I am generous as well as cautious in the care of a pet when giving them something to intake.

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All of my puppies and dogs had got spoiled. They all ate table food.

And if one of them got sick or got hurt by accident and I could not get them to the vet right away or did not have to because it was not a major emergency, i’d give them some of my internal antibiotics (for a bacterial infection) that I had on hand.

Eye drops (for red irritated eyes), and topical Neosporin (topical relief and healing that I used on my pet for raw skin cause by a dog collar).

These medications had worked just fine on my canines.

It is said by some to not serve a puppy or a dog milk due to the fact that the beverage may cause them to develop tapeworms.

Well one of my dogs that I had for seventeen years loved milk and ice cream. They were her favorite foods. And she never once had any tapeworms.

My dog also loved carrots. She and I use to sit up and eat the fresh carrots all of the time. My dog was my eating buddy.

At times I can eat at just the same capacity as a canine pet.

Whether one eats like a dog or a bird we can rest assured that our nourishment of desserts are filled with the quality that we put into them for the continuous indulgence that we love to enjoy.

Chocolate Is A Sweet That I Cannot Eat/My Mind And Body’s Intolerance For Chocolate. I’d Prefer Peanut Butter Over Chocolate Any Day Of The Week

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As some of us know chocolate is derived from the cacao bean which grows in pod-like fruits on the tropical cacao tree called the “Theobroma”. Although there are four major types of cacao trees grown throughout the world (the Forastero, Criollo, Trinitario, and Nacional) a very large percentage of the beans are cultivated in Africa.

There are a few myths associated with the consumption of chocolate, however, I am not here to confirm or deny any of them.

I have heard in detail that dark chocolate is supposedly rich in minerals, high in antioxidants, naturally possessing the good fat (the cocoa butter that is found in the cacao beans), cuts the risk of cardiovascular problems, has properties that reduce stress, relieve cough, relieve diarrhea, boost intelligence, and that prevent diabetes and give protection from the sun due to flavonoids. The nitric oxide production increase is said to contribute to the drop in insulin resistance among some.

I’ve also heard a few other things that I am not sold on. Such as, the chocolate being responsible for expectant mothers able to better handle their stress during their pregnancy. And as a bonus they delivered happier children. And supposedly, in general, chocolate stopped the cravings for particular foods that were fattening, therefore aiding in a method of proper weight loss.

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Now for the negative side. Chocolate is regarded by some as containing a very high caffeine content. A cause of migraine headaches, hyperactivity, tooth decay, and acne. And there are those who disagree with these claims, declaring that they are untrue.

I know myself that there are millions and billions of people out there in the world and everyone will not always be medically, mentally, emotionally, and physically affected in the same way as that of another person. Not everyone will come into agreement in regards to certain matters. And that is natural and logical.

We are all different. So are our bodies. None of our constitutions are exactly alike.

As a young child, before I hit my teens, I loved chocolate. I was a chocoholic. It was my favorite flavor. And I just could not get enough of those delicious tasting Hershey candy bars.

Now and then my mother would bake her own homemade chocolate chip cookies from scratch. I’d delightfully eat up pieces of the morsels that she’d position into the malleable roundly shaped cookie dough.

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On my birthdays my mother always purchased yellow cakes with chocolate icing until I started requesting for all chocolate desserts for my special occasion.

A time came when my little body would be in the bed balled up in the fetal position, suffering from a very severe and terrible pain. The degree of pain was really unbearable. And it happened a couple of times more before my mother eventually took me to a doctor.

The doctor told my mother that the cause of my illness was due to my consumption of chocolate and coca cola. And that I should refrain from eating and drinking these products.

My mother and I did heed the doctor’s advice. Though later on as I grew older I fell into temptation and I began to consume the chocolate and coca cola again, knowing that I was not suppose to. However, by the time I had entered into my early teens I stopped completely.

The results have been grand, especially since that is the time when I became a serious vegetarian. I did not, and I still do not crave or desire the taste of soda or chocolate. A complete change had come over me.

I know that chocolate is naturally a vegetarian food but it is a substance that does not at all agree with me. And all of the additives that go into preparing chocolate during manufacture to enhance taste and texture just makes the product very unhealthy.

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Peanuts are a natural food that I love and enjoy eating. Peanuts are in the “Legume” family. They come from a leguminous plant, which also have fruits that are in the form of pods.

There are two type of legumes. The immature, and the mature ones. Peas and green beans are immature legumes since they are harvested before they mature on the plant.The dried seeds that are found inside the pods that hang from stems of particular plants are the mature legumes.

Pinto beans, black eyed beans, red beans and black beans-all of which I love-have high nutrient properties. Nutrients that include selenium, magnesium, folate and antioxidants. Legumes are very rich in antioxidants.

They are also an excellent source of protein as we know for a fact that we can gain from peanuts. They are low in fat and are a great source of fiber, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron and zinc just like potatoes.

So peanuts outdo chocolate in a nutshell.

Now as peanuts are a delight to me they are also a danger to certain others because of the allergic reactions that some may have from eating them.

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I know that I definitely cannot eat walnuts. I get sick almost immediately after ingesting them. I get a severe pain that travels down to my backside. I’ve even vomited on account of the walnuts that I ate. We must take precaution because as we know, some food allergies are life threatening.

I remember talking to a paramedic who’d arrived to my home one day to see if I needed to go to the hospital. As a usual procedure he asked if I was allergic to anything. I told him that a doctor told me to stay away from chocolate and coca cola when I was a child.

His words were “It probably was that caffeine”.

I am not a large fan of caffeine. And that is the reason why I do not drink tea unless it is caffeine free, like herbal teas. I love the cinnamon apple flavored. I use to enjoy the decaffeinated black tea by Lipton-It tastes so great with milk-but there is still small amounts of caffeine hidden in there. When something is decaffeinated residue is always left behind.

I don’t like the way caffeine keeps me up if I drink enough of it. I could be wanting to go to sleep and then unable to. And it does give me a headache in the process.

The best bet is to stick with what naturally does not contain any caffeine if one is particular about their concerns.

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A thing that I personally noticed about tea is that it fills me up. It takes away hunger. I don’t know if it is the combination of tea and sugar or what. Those who want to diet may consider using tea as a method for possibly controlling their appetite to lose weight. One never knows it just might work for some.

There are so many delicious ways to use peanuts. I have roasted them in their raw state, and spread them on my whole wheat breads in their smoothed out state. I eat them along with their peanut butter in granola bars, cracker snacks, cookies and sometimes just with a spoon.

What a pleasure it is when we know that what we love to eat also serves to us a high nutritional value.The peanut butter taste is so rich with deep good flavor.

My Regimen For Dairy/The Restrictions On My Dairy Intake

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Cheese does have an odor. In fact, it stinks. Nevertheless, many of us still resort to including the food in our diet.

Another thing stinks when it comes to cheese. The way in which certain companies manufacture the product. Some cheeses are processed with derivatives from pork. Pig enzymes.

I am a vegetarian so I only eat cheeses that contain vegetable rennet. It is important to know what is being put into our foods today. It is also important to know how these products are being made and why they have to be made in their particular fashion.

Specific food preparations are not always necessary and are able to be replaced with better alternatives.

If everyone was completely aware of each and every detail that went on within the manufacturing process of certain items I am quite sure that they would not want to eat them.

Some of the ingredients that are put into the foods that we eat can make us sick and can contribute to further health problems.

It is bad enough that a lot of food product labels are misleading and not explanatory enough to discern. One has to be careful about the hidden ingredients that are not listed on certain labels.

I have never been allergic to dairy products in any way. However, my digestive system will not tolerate large amounts of butter and milk. I do not seem to have a problem from eating a large quantity of eggs or cheese.

When it comes to butter I definitely have to consume in moderation. I only cook with a small amount of it when I prepare a meal or dessert.

And I can only apply a small amount of butter onto toast if I plan to eat quite a few slices within or through out the day.

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I have funny eating habits. I can eat or nearly eat a whole loaf of bread up in one day. I regularly eat peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread.

I do not normally eat three times a day, though when I do eat it is in large quantities. And I am very slim in size. When people would see me go to eat they’d say “You’re going to eat all of that by yourself?” or they would just look at me and laugh.

It does not bother me one bit. I love to eat in abundance. I have a very healthy appetite. And I pay for it with my own money so no one should complain.

When I was a little girl my mother would tell me that my eyes were bigger than my belly. Now that I am much older I see that my belly and my eyes are equal in comparison. I can handle what is agreeable to my body and in excess.

Nobody likes to be sick. In pain with gas. Suffering from abdominal or pelvic discomfort, then vomiting and letting out the nasty bowel waste

And that is why no matter how much I like to eat I take precaution on the things that I can only have in moderation.

I cannot eat too many products at a time and in large portions that contain butter though it is not that way with me when it comes to products that contain milk.

If there are products made with milk ingredients I can eat as much of them as I want. I just cannot drink too many cups of milk straight.

Although I do not have any problems regarding cheese eating too much of it can bring about constipation. I settled my constipation issues years ago with the herb Turmeric. So as long as I take my supplements I do not have to worry.

One snack that I ate constantly was melted swiss and monterey jack cheese atop a split hot onion bagel. Cream cheese spread in between a hot onion bagel was also one of my favorites as well as a delicious piece of cheese cake.

I haven’t had a boiled or scrambled egg in years. I remember that boiled eggs went good sprinkled with salt. And I use to like my eggs scrambled with pepper. I also enjoyed eating egg sandwiches on toast with lettuce and tomatoes.

I do eat some products that contain egg ingredients.

The only problem that I have with eggs is that they may cause me to have and/or pass gas. Other than that a large quantity of egg consumption is not harsh on my stomach.

I love the no yolk egg noodles. They taste so good mixed in with sea salt, pepper, and butter. I usually eat the noodles with my boiled chicken breasts or thighs.

I also love potato salad that is made with chopped boiled eggs. Macaroni and tuna fish salad, and potato salad are two of my favorite dishes.

There are many pleasures in life and food is one of them. It is said that too much of something is not so good. And that may be true for some things in particular. It all depends on what the matter is at hand. I do not think there is anything wrong in being overindulgent as long as it is of our benefit, and no harm comes about in the process.

If we did not over indulge in certain things we would not learn or improve. There is always more than one way to think and to look at things.

The only time to not indulge in what one is interested in is if there is a cause for harm or danger.

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If I did not frequently indulge in my love for writing I would not be writing this article right now, expressing the graveness of what we put into our bodies and, how I have to be careful just like many other people do about what to eat in moderation.

Once we keep establishing all of the things we can and cannot do we will continue on living a better and healthier lifestyle physically and mentally.

Vegetarian Meals That Are Delicious/The Life Of A Vegetarian Is Not A Flavorless One

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Some people think that going vegetarian means an end to the appetizing meals that usually taste good. It is quite the contrary. There are a number of pleasant foods out there for us vegetarians to consume.

Eating is one of the natural enjoyments of my life. And I love to cook for myself when I am in the mood. Anyone who knows me knows that I eat the things that are very nutritious yet at the same time, satisfying.

Vegetarians are not limited in their options when it pertains to the choices of meal plan.

Potatoes are a fantastic example. There are a wide variety of ways in how to use potatoes. They can be baked, boiled, roasted, mashed, scalloped, wedged and so on. No matter what style or fashion that they’re prepared in they make a great dish.

French fries are one of my favorites. I fry them in pure vegetable oils. I notice that sunflower oil gives them the most distinct and crisp flavor.

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Chicken is another wonderful example. There are also a large variety of ways in which chicken can be prepared. Chicken is baked, boiled, broiled, roasted (and also rotisserie), barbecued, grilled, smothered, fried and sauteed.

I like pasta a lot. I eat meatless pasta dishes such as baked ziti, lasagna, macaroni, and spaghetti. I love pizza too.

The cheeses, seasonings, and sauce is what brings out the good flavor in the pasta. Spaghetti, lasagna and ziti taste so much better to me without the meat. That is just my preference.

There is a high quality pizzeria that has been located in my old neighborhood for over a decade now. The establishment even gained public notoriety by the media for being the number one best tasting quality pizzeria in all of New York. I saw footage of the television program that one of the cooks appeared on. And I recognized him from the restaurant.

I’d been eating from this particular pizzeria for years, since childhood. They serve this delicious chicken pizza that is loaded with parsley, tomatoes, cheese, and chunks of chopped chicken. They also serve broccoli and spinach pizza pies.

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Vegetables always liven up a meal. Especially when they are mixed in with rice, green peppers, shrimps, onions and the like.

I cannot resist the taste of corn, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, string beans, green peas and lima beans. And, do not mention salad. There was a nice zesty Italian “Good Seasons” brand dressing that came in a packet that I use to prepare and pour over my freshly made salads. The flavor was simply grand.

Most corn bread and cake mixes have lard ingredients in them (vegetable shortening). I only use the ones that do not. There are some name brand all butter and/or pure vegetable oil mixes. They are just hard to come by.

Popular name brands are not always a guarantee of quality. Lesser known and lesser expensive items can be just as good or effective and, sometimes even better.

I am not into and never have been into yogurt or tofu. I never had a smoothie either and I do not desire to. I’ll stick to my french vanilla and vanilla ice cream milk shakes and “Ensure Plus” health drinks.

My diet consists of a blissful food regimen. One that keeps me essentially happy and healthy. My lifestyle is not at all demanding or compromising. It comes naturally and easily.

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The Things That Go Good With Milk/My Solution For Consuming Large Portions Of Milk

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Milk is a beverage that I love. I do not drink milk the way that I use to, however, when I do I cannot drink milk straight in large amounts.

There was a time when I could drink as much milk as I wanted and it would not bother my digestive system. Now that I am older things have changed.

If I consume over three medium size cups of milk within a day I will be on the toilet seat stricken with diarrhea.

Some times when I eat or drink certain things they can taste so good that I cannot get enough of what I intake. And when a food or beverage is healthy and nutritious there is not too much harm that can result from overindulging, unless one has a serious medical problem such as diabetes and so on.

I took a notice of how whenever I ate or drank something that I used and combined with milk, I was able to consume as much of quantity as I wanted within one day.

I could eat numerous bowls of cereal with milk and my stomach would not at all get agitated. If I drank four to five medium size cups of hot or cold milk that was combined with my favorite Nestle Nesquick brand “very vanilla” flavored drink mix or Nestle Carnation french vanilla classic instant breakfast drink mix, it would not bother my digestive system at all.

Maybe the comparison has more to do with the ingredients that are in the other products. It is very possible that my body is better able to absorb high volumes of milk that are partially blended with other substances.

As I am particular about the things that I put into my body milk is no exception. I do not drink just any manufactured type of the beverage. I do not buy milk from cows that are treated with the hormone rbst.

I once tried soy milk. I could not stand the taste of it, though.

Milk in general has good properties. I know for a fact that it counteracts poison. And everyone knows that milk is a very good source of vitamin D. I take vitamin D supplements. Vitamin d2 (ergocalciferol) to be specific.

Milk also tastes very good. Especially when the beverage is cold or on ice.

There are the things that also go great together with the consumption of milk, especially sweets. Cookies and cakes, of course. Along with ice cream (shakes), tea and a variety of coffees.

For breakfast or lunch milk goes good with crescent rolls, toast, cold cuts, sandwiches and grilled cheese.

Some people like to dip their fruit and pastries in milk. And some people even drink and use milk as a laxative.

I drink milk only once in a while. I eat good quality vanilla ice cream rather frequently. So i am not exactly a milk fanatic. Yet I am crazy about the ice cream. As one grows they sometimes change. And that can include in ones dietary intake.

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I remember when I was a child how I could not stand the taste of strawberries. In my late teenage years as well as now in my adult years, I just love them.

Sometimes our preferences are a mind thing. We may see a flaw, smell a specific odor, or hear about an undesirable ingredient that is contained in one of our favorite foods and get turned off by it. In other instances our taste buds merely evolve.

I been stopped eating cold boxed cereal. Those type of products are not really very nutritious. Hot cereals such as grits, farina, and oatmeal are wholesome and nourishing. I always loved oatmeal. And oatmeal an raisin cookies.

I do not know for sure if I am absolutely lactose intolerant or if my body is just responding to an issue and condition that triggers when I ingest large amounts of milk. Whatever the case or cause may be, I recognized the problem long ago when it began and I discovered a remedy of better tolerance for my consumption of drinking milk.

Living The Life Of A Vegetarian

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I was raised and brought up on quality. My mother always made sure that i had the best of things. She never introduced me to any type of junk. And food was no exception. I was a very well taken care of little girl.

I also had my own naturally developed sense of style and taste that helped to distinguished my identity growing up through the years. From the beginning, i was always my own person, not influenced by anyone or anything. I was very observant, very opinionated, and very analytical.

And while other young teens were out running wild, hanging tough, partying hard, and selling their royal oats, I was home deciding what i wanted out of my life.

I knew that i wanted to be a writer and i would write and type up stories on the electric typewriter my mother had bought me. And i also knew that i wanted to lose a little bit of the weight that i had gained.

I was never a chubby child. I had always been on the slim side. It wasn’t until after I turned twelve that i noticed my body starting to fill out a bit. I was never at all self conscious about the way that I looked. My figure was solid and very well proportioned, I had a very attractive shape. However, when i walked my legs would rub together and that felt annoying. I’d also get tired kind of fast. My energy lagged a little.

As I was in the process of change upon entering into my teenage years I decided to change my eating habits. And i didn’t waste any time in doing it. Once I put my mind to something I will see it through.

I was very interested in becoming a vegetarian. The idea just seemed so right for me, it agreed with my personality. A young girl who was clean, healthy, and pure.

One of my favorite music super stars at the time was “Madonna”. I loved everything about her back then. And when I read In a magazine that she was homeless and would eat french fries out of public garbage cans before she became famous-from people who had thrown away the remains of their fast food meals-I was dead set.

Madonna claimed that she refused to eat any left over pieces of burger due to the fact that she was a “vegetarian”. So she did serve to me as a boost of inspiration.

At the start of my endeavor I became a very strict vegetarian. I only ate grains, vegetables and fruits. I drank only water and juice from fruits that i juiced.

When I turned nineteen years of age, I decided to settle and make a few adjustments to my diet. I accepted eating poultry, shrimp/fish (I love whiting), and dairy along with my usual regimen.

I still did not drink any soda. I didn’t have any desire to. And I still don’t til this day.There is no real nutritional value in those beverages. I did, however, start to drink milk again because I just loved vanilla milkshakes. And I drink only concentrated natural juices with textures that are “transparent”.

I am well aware that some people in particular do not consider chicken and seafood eaters 100% “pure vegetarians” but, nevertheless, I do fit into the category. I continue to refuse to consume anything that is derived from beef or pork.

I am very particular about what i put into my body. I check ingredients religiously and I will call up the company in which a product is manufactured in order to find out further detail regarding the quality.

I love breads. The majority of breads sold out on the market contain mono and diglycerides. An ingredient that I am not fond of and will not intake. There are the vegetable diglycerides which I do not prefer either. Certain labels are making an effort to bake breads with more natural contents now. They are starting to come out with bread titled “Simply Natural”.

Nothing beats Nature’s Pride breads in my opinion. It was an all natural brand. I just loved the honey and whole wheat flavors. Since “Hostess” shut down-the company which produced Nature’s Pride-the product was discontinued.

Haagen Daz is my favorite all natural brand of ice cream. The vanilla and butter pecan flavors are my preferences.

I am careful about cheeses that i eat as some are made with pig enzymes.

I purchase “Purdue” brand chicken and “Shady Brook Farms” turkey wings. I love the fact that purdue packs their chicken pretty clean. There is not so much messy slime to rinse and wash off. And their poultry does not have any animal by-products, hormones, or steroids. Their chickens are fed vegetarian diets and proteins.

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I’m a constant rice eater. I love “Near East” brand and flavors. And i am crazy about “Uncle Ben’s rice. I’ve been eating that product ever since childhood. Both brands are vegetarian suitable, and Uncle Ben’s rice is naturally fat free.

I’ve been a fifteen year V.I.P. member of the “Vitamin Shoppe”. Every time i enter into their establishment I feel like a kid in a candy store. A great place to indulge in all of the vital necessities that contribute to good health.

I take Vitamin A. Both retinal palmitate and beta carotene. I also take the Vitamin B Complex supplements, Vitamin C, Vitamin D2 ergocalciferol (plant derived), Vitamin E d-alpha tocopheryl succinate, and quite a few more other vitamins and minerals.

How we treat ourselves on the inside will inevitably compliment us on the outside. As vegetarians we constantly and continuously rejuvenate ourselves. A lot of benefits come along from watching what we eat. Our cells function more properly. Our bodies ultimately cleanse and detoxifies-which results in regularity and better circulation. We heal better, and much faster. And we may even look better.

I know that a lot depends on a person’s metabolism and genetic make up but I have tremendous energy as a vegetarian. I am very youthful in my appearance. I have the figure of a teenager. And I feel just great. I’m in the best of health and shape as far as my “way of life” is concerned.

We become incredibly rich within our well-being altogether when the state of our wealth is valued to us for having great health. What better is there to reap the excellent rewards of a lifestyle that is dedicated to loving oneself.

Major Ignorance Regarding My “Symptoms Of Voodoo Black Magic” Post

Isn’t it sad when people jump to conclusions when they do not take out time to research all of the facts?

It really shows their stupidity. People really should know what they are talking about before they go on to make accusations.

Please, anyone, before you come at me with some notion that is formed in your mind it would be very wise to ask me first. That is what you are suppose to do if you are provoked by something that I wrote and do not understand exactly where I am coming from thank you.

This is a comment that I received today along with my response:

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Toby on September 18, 2012 at 10:42 am said:

I’m curious, LaToya… If you feel so strongly against Voodoo (whether it’s the religion, or Hoodoo practices that you are referring to), why you chose the sacred symbol (ve-ve) for Papa Legba as your symbol on this post. Papa Legba is a Voodoo Spirit (called “lwa”), and is the guardian of the crossroads. I’ve been a Voodoo priest for 11 years in Traditional Haitian Voodoo. I am here to say, yes – there is negativity in Voodoo, but all spiritual practices have their negatives.

1) the symptoms that you mention COULD be signs of Black Magic, but they could also be signs that you’re a Manic Depressive, you have bad hygiene, you make poor diet choices, etc. Just because you are experiencing these symptoms doesn’t mean you are a victim of people doing work on you. Which leads me to my next point….

2) looking through many of the posts, I noticed that a number of people used the phrase “I’m a victim” or “i’ve been a victim”. In this new world, it seems people are constantly on the lookout for new ways to be victim, like we need to be victims or something. If my body hurts and aches for a week straight, does it mean I’m a “victim” of black magic? Nah. It MORE THAN LIKELY just means I have the flu. You know, the Influenza virus that’s been around for millions of years…

People do cracky things to other people. It happens. However, the more you put it out to the universe that you’re a “victim” the more victimized you become. You have generated a self-fulfilling prophecy. We’re not always going to be victims. It’s best sometimes to just be you, and understand that life doesn’t always hand us lemonade, but a bucket of really sour lemons.

misslatoya on September 18, 2012 at 11:12 am said:

No offense, but you have deeply misunderstood many things that you have read. And I highly doubt that you’ve read each and every post. I have over one hundred seventy posts on this blog.

Number one, I do not and never have considered myself a “victim” of black magic. I am nobody’s victim. Victim can be used in more than one term. When I used it I simply meant I was attacked by people through witchcraft- and that is a definite fact. I experienced this. I am gifted. I know. I’ve had black magic removed.

I do not care if you claim to be a priest; I was born with a caul. I am legitimate, not someone who joined a faith. I was born into one and I am very proud of it. This is my culture. And I know darn well who elegba is. He is my head orisha.

Second, I never said that I was against voodoo. I do voodoo. Voodoo is beautiful. There is good and bad in everything in life. I am against anything that is used unjustly by negative people.

I do not and have never suffered from any mental illness; I have great hygiene, and a very healthy well balanced diet. I have been a vegetarian for over twenty years. And I’ve never had all of the symptoms listed in the post. Those are just a number of things that affect many people who are crossed up.

Your comment was very ignorant and irresponsible because you do not know me and obviously you are not articulate and keen enough to comprehend.

And as far as the universe is concerned, I am in connection with the universe. I am aligned and in balance. I am very happy and at peace. I get everything that I want. I know way more about spirituality than you do-trust me. And I know real babalawos. So please do not perpetrate with your nonsense. You need to think before you speculate and make ignorant assumptions because you’ve just made an ass out of yourself.

I posted the “symptoms of voodoo black magic” for people in particular to be aware of what is going on in the world by no good, evil, jealous and malicious people who seek out to destroy.

And I am glad that the knowledge is out there so that people will fight back and bind up that shit through the great powers of the universe.

Check out three of my posts as an example:

https://misslatoya.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/brujeria/

https://misslatoya.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/caulveil-and-my-spirituality/

https://misslatoya.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/the-power-of-mind-and-spirit/

Sincerely LaToya

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amarble on September 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm said:

Hi there. No offense, but Elegba and Legba are two different spirits. Orisha does not equal lwa.

I wish you very well, but if you truly do love voodoo and respect its practice, you might want to be more careful about loosely equivocating the word “voodoo” with “black magic” even in casual contexts. I know that you didn’t mean it that way, but most people who approach this stuff with their own preconceptions won’t read things as carefully as they should. Just something to keep in mind. :)

Vegetarian/Vegan

I’ve been a vegetarian since the age of fourteen. And when I started out back then, I was a very strict one, only eating fruits and vegetables. I visited the health food stores getting my veggie-friendly sustained release vitamins and non-animal product foods. Soybean protein foods took the place of ground beef and tasted much better and fresher.

I juiced my fresh fruits and vegetables at home with my “Hamilton beach” juicer. I learned about juicers through the “juice man” who use to do those infomercials late after hours. My mother even bought me a juicing book stating just exactly what each fruit and vegetable represented and how they benefited the body.

I didn’t drink any soda, and I still don’t, as it serves as no genuine form of benefit or appeal to me. I only drink natural juices that I can see through and I love vanilla milk shakes.

When I reached nineteen, I settled just a little, and without regret. I accepted eating only poultry, seafood (whiting/shrimp), and dairy along with my fruits and vegetables. I know some do not consider chicken and fish eaters “pure vegetarians” however I still fall into the category. I still refuse to touch anything containing beef or pork. I’m very careful checking ingredients in foods even if I have to call up the company for verification.

Bread is one thing that I am particular about. Most bread found out on the market contains mono and diglycerides, something I definitely do not want to intake. Vegetable diglycerides are alright but I’d prefer none at all. So there are only two breads in particular that I eat in my location containing only naturally baked ingredients.

For years now, more natural sources became a necessity for me in my life. Instead of resorting to on the market medications all I have to do is pop a vitamin. Advil use to be the only thing that worked for me when it came to menstrual pain or the occasional headache. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I took an Advil.

Much to my surprise and relief I discovered that a single probiotic capsule or msm (methylsulfonylmethane) tablet knocked out my pain right away and for a long period of time (the entire day). Sometimes I may need to take two msm tablets twice for one day if the menstrual cramps are severe. Turmeric supplements are even good for pain. And these three natural vitamins are valuable for many more other things than just pain.

Vegetables, vitamins and minerals may not always be definite miracle cures but they certainly aide in making us healthier and making us function better. They definitely do work and provide excellent results.