All Posts Tagged ‘vegetarianism

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Update on my Recent Heart Attack

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I am doing better but i’m still in shock over what happened. Like i mentioned before, i’ve been a vegetarian since 1973 and have (especially over the last couple of years) been eating mostly whole, organic, unprocessed foods. When i would make pizza, i would use fat-free cheese (with a little bit of organic, regular cheese sprinkled on too); i am gluten-free; i do not eat eggs, but when i did, they were mostly Egg-Beaters cholesterol-free eggs. Realizing that heart conditions run in my family, i would take 2,000mg of fish oil every day. I always religiously, very vigorously exercised on a Schwinn indoor bicycle, 15 minutes a day; plus i kept active with cleaning my aquariums and going on nature walks, etc. My total cholesterol (when i went into the hospital) was 104. My LDL cholesterol was 44. (Needless to say, these were very good numbers.) Other factors can play into what causes heart problems, especially, inflammation (and heredity). I have both osteoarthritis and mild rheumatoid arthritis. (Actually, there is a very good chance that if i did not live such a healthy lifestyle… i would have simply flat out died.)

When i was in the hospital, at one point 10 doctors, (as a group, for staff “learning” purposes), came into my room. I said, “Well if something happens to me now, i’m pretty well covered for care!” 🙂 The doctors told me that i was doing everything right. That is both very reassuring and very disheartening. (Hopefully, the medications that they are putting me on will help.)

My blogs keep running (as i had previously scheduled) them and when those run out, that will be it for a while. I will likely take a break. I will (in the future) likely continue to blog but i’ll be doing so with much less frequency. Thanks very much, everyone (for your very kind wishes) and please take good care of yourselves.

Bullfrog up-close … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

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Ant close-up (Yikes! for Halloween)… (Three Photos)…

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Good Grief! With even closer macro shots… we can see that some of the ants wear ties! (They are better dressed than the photographer!)

Ant wearing Tie (macro) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Vegan Shot (you are what you eat)…

Vegan Shot … (You are what you eat.) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Just another one of you meat-eaters.

Just another one of you meat-eaters. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019
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Good Nutrition (essential for a stable mind)…

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Good nutrition is essential for having (i.e., being) a mind that is perceptive, stable, innocent, compassionate, whole, and non-fragmentary.  What we eat affects us cognitively, and a mind that eats a lot of unnecessary sweets and junk food and that takes all kinds of mind-altering drugs cannot have — and be — the stable integrity that allows profound order, beautiful wisdom, and spiritual magic to take place.  We truly are what we eat, and if we eat junk… we end up being intrinsically junky.  (Look at what the current president of the U.S. is eating.)

A lot of people are not fully aware of the very detrimental contents pertaining to much of the “so-called food” in the grocery stores.   No wonder why many diseases and disorders are increasing in alarming numbers in countries like the United States.  In the U.S., the FDA (the Fraud and Deception Administration) certainly doesn’t really care what happens to you; look at all the garbage on the shelves that people can buy; it’s $ and extended shelf life (for the powerful industries) that is fundamentally important to the FDA and U.S. government.  We laugh at what people did many years ago with blood-letting and leeches.  What we are doing — in the U.S. — in this day and age, with tons of crazy, synthetic medications (most of which have very deleterious side-effects)… and foods giving us inflammatory disease, increased blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, autism, and such things as Alzheimer’s disease… is equally tragic and malignant.  These days, in the U.S., most doctors — though most mean well and are doing a reasonable amount of  “good” — are, unfortunately, puppets of the pharmaceutical companies; most of them just do not tell you how to heal your body naturally and holistically.  Big $ supersedes the overall health of the nation’s people.  We are not a sick species that needs to depend on innumerable kinds of synthetic (unnatural) drugs in the quantities that we currently take!  I am recommending two important videos — their links are offered below — for you to watch to get started.   I admire both Dr. John Bergman and Dr. Mandell, who talk in these videos, but i certainly don’t agree with everything that they say (especially in certain other videos that they provide); however, for the most part, they are far better to listen to than the standard fare!  Do yourself a favor and watch these two videos when you have the time.  Super healthful Chia seeds, mentioned below, actually got their name from the Mayan word for “strength,” and for good reason!  They have maximum nutrients with minimal calories and are very high in top quality fiber, and contain very high levels of ALA omega-3 fatty acids (higher than flax seeds and even salmon)!   So, here is how i make Chia Pudding daily (which is anti-inflammatory, raises HDL, lowers blood pressure, and lowers triglycerides.):  

 (I make my Chia in the evening… to refrigerate overnight and eat in two portions the next day.) 


1. Add 1 cup of unsweetened Almond milk (vanilla flavor) to a small, plastic container.

2. Add some honey and flavorings (possibly more vanilla if preferred) and/or some powdered cinnamon (to one’s taste)… and stir vigorously.  

3.  Add 4 level Tablespoons of Organic Chia Seeds (Walmart sells it in the flour section)… and stir vigorously; (if you have time, stir every now and then for the first few minutes).

4.  Let it set for 45 minutes or so and stir it well one more quick time (to homogenize it and get out the clumps). 

[Note:  It is at this step that i add my favorite flavoring — instead of the others mentioned above — which is organic Cacao Powder (not Cocoa); i add about a tablespoonful of the powder and stir it in well (with honey having been added previously in step 2).  (If you add the organic Cacao, you might want to add a bit more milk in step 1.)  Organic Cacao is sold where the Chia is (at Walmart) and is full of antioxidant flavanols. Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and has nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate — more than 20 times than that of blueberries. ]

5. Put it in the refrigerator (covered) overnight and then eat in the morning (or later) as is, or with blueberries added, or whatever.  Get healthier.  

 

(If you have any questions regarding making the Chia, just ask.)

I also take curcumin in the form of “Double Strength Theracurmin” daily, which does wonders for the joints!   I’ll post more on nutrition at a later time.

 

 

More Spring Emergence … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m A Texas Longhorn

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I’m a Texas Longhorn
as rugged as they come
I wish that people would gustatorily leave us alone
and not try to exploit most of us (one by one)

Since they don’t leave us alone
I’ll put my hands together and solemnly pray
that we bovine could somehow grow angel wings
and fly the hell away

 

 

 

Texas Longhorn … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

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I’m a Vegetarian but…

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Many whom i know eat meat.
Some of them have two legs,
some of them have eight.  

 

 

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NOTE:   Now and then, since October is the month of Halloween here in the U.S., i will likely post a few more spider photos than usual; not that spiders are really all that “scary” but that people associate them with Halloween (which is kind of fun and silly at the same time).   🙂

 

 

Spider with Prey … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

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Some Plants in Illinois have Eyes! (Two-Photos… for Your Eyes Only)

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             If you don’t like to be stared at,
don’t come to rural Illinois!

There are some rare plants here in rural Illinois
that are sensitive to the touch and that are quickly evolving.
             At first, besides their sensitivity to touch,
they began being sensitive to the sunlight.
Then, gradually over time, they developed 
photoreceptors that could better detect sun-
light and let them know when to fold their leaves for the evening.
           Now these photoreceptors are further evolving
into legitimate eyes.

      Some plants that i know have
      better response and better perception than
      a lot of the humans out there!

       I am a vegetarian,
       and i certainly am not going to eat these plants
       while they stare back at me!

 

 

Chamaecrista fasciculata, a wild plant of Illinois with an eye on each branch section and with leaves closed for the evening… Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

Chamaecrista fasciculata, a wild plant of Illinois with leaves open in daylight for photosynthesis…. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018