Nutrition

Mind, Body, and Soul…

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I’m so happy to have received a visit from this young lady “Simple Ula”! Thank you for sharing your words and thoughts on life and living it abundantly. winkingsmiley As I make my journey through life, I like to read and learn new things that will help to keep my mind, body, and soul healthy, and at peace. In addition to my post on “who says it can’t be done?!” with three 30 Day Challenges, I will include some of the healthy drinks with my “doyouyoga-mediation challenge” from Simple Ula’s site read more here: Mornings – what’s the healthiest to drink first?

Like Ula, I’ve always contemplated what’s the best thing to drink in the mornings before breakfast that will energize my body and mind to make it throughout the day. Since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s been a challenge keeping my spirits high with all the prescription drugs but I’m determined to win this battle with a little help from my friends.  Thanks for taking the time to read this post and I hope you click on the links here and delve into other topics on my blog as well.

Here’s to life, happiness, and prosperity! Feel free to like, share, and/or comment on some things you find that naturally keep you on your toes- like exercising, mediation, and clean eating habits that work for you with the rest of the world. Remember, we are all connected and everything you do MATTERS!

Until next time…

Peace, love, and prosperity,

ET

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BELIEVE IT or NOT

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Greetings! I’ve been on a mini vacation from my bill paying job and decided to work on my passion, “bringing awareness of the economic disparity between the rich and poor within the United States”. During my research, I came across this video and it speaks volumes…believe it or not.

My Why

This past Tuesday, I was running an errand with my son and we ended up in the zip code of 77093 (the Eastside of Houston) where there is a lot of closed businesses and dilapidated houses. As opposed to where we live, in the zip code area 77084 with many grocery markets providing access to fresh produce and vibrant shopping malls.

My son had an appointment so I dropped him off and went to find something to eat. I drove for a good little while, thinking I would find a healthy foods market or a Krogers, maybe even an HEB (supermarkets with fresh produce), not so lucky. I didn’t want to get lost (me not being familiar with the area) so I stayed close to the Eastex freeway and turned down Kelley St.

frenchy'sI drove past a few gas stations, convenience stores, liquor stores and a small restaurant called Frenchy’s. “Finally”, I said out loud and stopped in to check the menu. They had fish, chicken, mashed and french-fried potatoes, collard greens, and salad to name a few things on their menu. I’m trying to eat more plant-based foods, so I ask what the collard greens were cooked with and the ladies behind the glass window told me “bacon”. I quickly checked them off my mental list. So, I placed my order and asked if I could leave a few postcards with information about my book “Journey Into Finance” on the counter, and then handed two, one to each, a glossy business card for a free download of my eBook to the ladies that served me. Who doesn’t like “free” merchandise?!

While sitting and waiting for my order, I realized, this is where I need to spread my message of financial independence, and building a legacy. These are my people, my niche audience.

my hometownMy story started in an area much like this back in my hometown.

The clip above “A Tale of Two Zip Codes” by Blackmath, touched my heart. Like, share, and/or comment, I’d love to read your thoughts. This is a peek into my life, as my journey continues.

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Thanks for watching and reading.

Wishing you peace and prosperity,

ET

The Seven Day Vegan Challenge

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Goodness2.1 (2)What I learned from my Seven Day Vegan challenge is… I really have a lot to learn.

Sure, I ate healthier, by not consuming processed foods, eliminating dairy, and animal byproducts but that was just a tip of the iceberg.

Vegetarianism goes way deeper than just avoiding the consumption of meats, including animal byproducts. I can say with all honesty, I failed horribly at being a Vegan for the following reasons:

1.  I still dressed in leather, silks, and wool (on a cool night).

2.  I consumed honey (once I learned that was a “no-no” I stopped immediately).

3.  I drank caffeinated coffee and with cream (again, a “no-no”) SMH.

However, the good thing is… I’m learning and the more knowledge I obtain, the better I’ll become at practicing the Vegan lifestyle. I can truly say that I agree with the ethical side of being a Vegan and understand that supplements are needed in order to maintain optimal health. Just eating fruits and vegetables (raw or semi-cooked) will not suffice, especially for my busy life.

There are different levels (Lacto vegetarianismOvo vegetarianismOvo-lacto vegetarianism), to adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet. Both have healthy benefits, one is stricter than the other and then there is a little known term called “pescatarian”, which incorporates fish and other seafood (no red meat, pork, or poultry) with the vegetarian diet.

Pescatarians are sometimes described as vegetarian or pesco-vegetarian, but vegetarians commonly do not consider the pescatarian diet to be vegetarian. Because of the ingestion of poultry, fish, and other animal byproducts.

While observing my “flawed” vegan challenge, there were subtle changes in my body that occurred and I quickly made adjustments for. One of the most painful, was cramping in my extremities (legs, and hands). I found it was basically due to lack of sufficient hydration (H20). A minor complication that was easily corrected by drinking more water and less of my favorite beverage “caffeinated coffee”.  winkingsmiley

The benefits of becoming a Vegan or Vegetarian, definitely have me considering eliminating meat and dairy products altogether due to research studies that indicate higher levels of carcinogens. Namely, “casein” found in animal byproducts and it being attributed to cancer. The “China Study” that the majority of  vegans like to use as their “bible” for lack of a better word, uses test animals for their research. Hmm, I thought that cruelty to animals was something totally against the Vegan lifestyle?   Wouldn’t testing of animals fall under that category? I suppose some cruelty and loss of life is a justifiable evil. Right?

Well, for the sake of argument, I’ll just say from my own experience avoiding meat and dairy products for seven days has awakened my senses and I prefer a plant-based diet over the consumption of animals and their byproducts simply because I believe it to be “healthier”.

Here are some meal ideas I’ve adopted into my “healthier living” program:

BREAKFAST

  • Bagel with soy cream cheese
  • Cereal/granola with Soy/Almond/Rice/Hemp/Flax/Coconut milk
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Oatmeal made with soy milk and strawberries/ Maple syrup & brown sugar
  • Toast with nut butter and jelly
  • Toast with nut butter and sprinkled with Cinnamon & Sugar
  • Tofu Scrambled with veggie sausage
  • Vegan pancakes/French Toast with Potatoes O’Brien
  • Vegan Muffin
  • Wheat farina

SNACKS

LUNCH/DINNER

  • Baked potatoes and baked beans
  • Bean burrito with Spanish Rice
  • Beans, rice and salsa tacos
  • Dairy-free pizza loaded with veggies (You can top with Daiya cheese, Chicago Soydairy’s Teese, Follow Your Heart Mozzarella,Nutritional Yeast Cheese,  or  just veggies)
  • Falafel in a pita pocket, topped with Tahini paste (Also known as tehina, it is a paste made from ground sesame seeds)
  • Pasta with cannellini beans and marinara sauce, Pasta with meatless meatballs
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwich
  • Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps
  • Stir fried veggies with Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan or other mock meat
  • Taco salad with vegetarian refried beans, salsa, guacamole, vegan sour cream, and taco sauce, over a bed of corn tortilla chips and lettuce
  • TLT (tempeh bacon, lettuce and tomato- with Vegenaise) and Sweet Potato Fries
  • Vegan Chili
  • Vegetable lasagna with tofu “ricotta”
  • Vegetarian hotdog, Vegetarian hot dogs wrapped in Crescent Rolls, Chopped vegetarian hot dog with vegetarian baked beans
  • Veggie burger: Quinoa Burgers, Black Bean Burgers, Lentil Burgers, Soy Burgers
  • Veggie luncheon sandwich (umm, NOT)

DESSERT

  • Fruit sorbet
  • Soy “cheese” cake
  • Soy or coconut milk ice cream
  • Soy yogurt and fresh fruit
  • Vegan cake, pie, cookies, cupcakes & muffins
  • Vegan rice pudding & vegan tapioca pudding

That’s all for now as I continue my life’s journey into health and wealth, make sure to sign up via email to stay abreast of my next “self-discovery/adventure”. Thanks for reading and remember to share, comment, and/or like.

Wishing you peace and prosperity,

ET

 

Credits and References:
http://vegan.org/eat/
http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/the-china-study-myth/
http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/vegetarianism-in-america/
http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/alkaline-diets
http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/meal-planning-for-vegetarians/meal-ideas-for-vegetarians.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/