Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

You will still need to put time and effort into eating right, keeping fit and making other important lifestyle changes but we make sure you have all the latest and most up-to-date information and resources to make the best decisions for living a healthier lifestyle and creating your healthy body. And if something negative has already happened, we offer guidance and resources to help you get back on track to creating that healthy body by design you desire and deserve.

We are here to help you in the important goal of creating health and wellness. Our belief is that we are all better off caring for and maintaining our bodies with healthy regiments, rather than waiting for a catastrophe to hit before deciding to do something good for our total well being.

…Is this really such a difficult choice to make?

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can give your body the chance it needs to function at its very best. And you know that when you are healthier, you are also more likely to be able to look at every situation in your life in a much more positive light including feeling good about yourself.

Focusing on a healthy lifestyle also ensures that your body is being taken care of not only for the moment, but also for as long as you continue to incorporate these new practices into your lifestyle. Give your body all the help it needs, so that you can continue living life to the fullest. Visit us often as new and important information will be provided on a continual basis to keep you up-to-date and well informed.

The practices and resources presented on this website to help you in the creation of health and wellness have been selected specifically in response to the increased pace of our everyday lives. We provide lots of targeted informative fitness and nutrition health articles and resources on many important topics including healthy eating guidlines and weight loss and fitness tips so you can get the information you need quickly and easily all in one place without spending lots of time trying to find it.

Please keep in mind, this information provided on this website is not medical advice in any way. Our purpose is to offer health and wellness resources not replace any medical help you’re getting. You should always consult with your own medical professionals before following any recommendations or fitness regiments.

But whatever you do, begin a more positive lifestyle right now, today. At this very moment. Make this important commitment to yourself to create your Healthy Body By Design. Don’t tell yourself you can begin tomorrow because we all know tomorrow never comes.



Charlie Sheen is suffering from bi-polar disorder which has a manic and a depressive state.  He is in the manic state now and when he is in the depressive state he is very vulnerable to depression and thoughts of suicide. Oftentimes the thoughts of suicide are put into action and an attempt to kill oneself is made with some people being successful in their first attempt.  Charlie Sheen is setting himself up for a very bad episode of depression.  There is no question he will go into depression at some time in the future as that is the process of bi-polar disorder.  The question then becomes when will it happen and to what degree will he fall into depression and will he take his life or attempt to take his life.

Charlie’s brain has been fried by drugs and it shows in the way he speaks and moves his body, especially his facial expression and hand and arm movements.  The movements are not that of a normal human being and show there is something going on in his brain that isn’t right.  There is the possibility he has permanently injured his brain and will never recover.  This will be quite a shock to Charlie and he will not take it very well.  Charlie has shown the world the dangers of taking drugs and what it does to one’s mind and all one needs to do is watch him and think to oneself are his actions that of a person in his right mind or one who has a serious physical and mental problem.  The future of Charlie Sheen will be very bleak indeed and were he to not seek therapy as soon as possible, which is now, he will crash and not be able to pick himself up by his own bootstraps and get his life back on track.

Charlie Sheen needs extensive therapy and to enter a detoxification program and learn to use the tools necessary to stay off drugs.  Charlie says he isn’t taking drugs but his actions show otherwise.  He is constantly taking drugs to keep himself high and in a manic state.  This can’t last without there being consequences and Charlie Sheen has made the wrong choice and is continuing to slowly kill himself.  This type of behavior is not the type of behavior those in society who are on the brink of sanity themselves should see as it gives them the idea it is alright to be a crack head and kill off ones brain cells and slowly become a vegetable.  Well, for anyone who is on the brink of sanity, it isn’t alright to destroy ones brain as the brain cells can’t be replaced.

Once they are dead they are dead forever and they don’t get replaced as other cells in the body are replaced.  Charlie Sheen is one sick man who is showing the world how to kill oneself using drugs.  We can chose to take this as a lesson and learn from it and not emulate it or we can chose to not take it as a lesson and go on killing ourselves by using drugs that kill our brain cells.  The choice is up to the individual and Charlie Sheen has made the wrong choice.  It is too bad his father, Martin Sheen, can’t help Charlie, but he has in the past and failed.  Martin has to play “tough love” now and let Charlie crash and hit bottom, for only then is there a place to build from and regain ones sanity.

I don’t envy Martin Sheen for this is a very tough call as Charlie may very well take his own life.  But the alternative is death of Charlie Sheen by a stupid mistake as taking too much of a drug by accidentally overdosing.  This happens a lot when one’s mind isn’t functioning properly as one forgets they just took the drug and goes ahead and takes another dose which proves to be the fatal dose.  Charlie is fortunate he has two women living in his house as they can be watchful over him and possibly save his live.  I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they haven’t saved his life sometime in the past as he is very impulsive and may have taken too much of a drug and they nursed him thorough the effects of the drug.  This saving can only go on for as long as Charlie stays alive and he won’t stay alive much longer if he doesn’t stop taking drugs right now.  The show, Two and a Half Men, will not take him back until he has shown he is off drugs and has been through a drug treatment program.

Charlie is in denial of the fact he has a drug and alcohol problem and this is the sign of an addict who needs help and needs it sooner rather than later.  Get your act together Charlie or you will die.  It’s as simple as that.  The fact Charlie is suffering from bi-polar disorder is also something that needs to be dealt with by a psychiatrist and Charlie needs medication to take every time he feels a mood swing from either the manic stage or the depressive stage so he can make the attempt to balance the episodes and not make either too severe.  There is a long road ahead for Charlie Sheen to recover if he decides to seek treatment, which up to now he has said he is treating himself.  I would like to introduce the world to Doctor Charlie Sheen who has the infinite wisdom to treat himself for drug and alcohol abuse and bi-polar disorder.

Charlie Sheen thinks he is invincible and to him he is, for he only knows of himself as to him there is nobody other than himself.  This is self centeredness to the extreme and who would want to be associated in any way with a person as selfish as he, not me, and I’m certain not many others, except the women who want money, favors and sex with Charlie.

Confession: I have body issues

I have to admit, I’m not entirely excited to write about this. This is the first time I’m blogging about this problem that I’m sure many other girls my age have. Body Issues! I’m very nervous as to who or why people might read this, but hopefully it can give everyone out there an understanding of what I’m going through. My main and personal reasons for writing this are: A) To reach out to other girls and say “You’re not alone, we all feel this way at some point in our lives” and B) To let it all out once and for all about how I feel. Like I said, I have never told anyone this. The only person who knows is my boyfriend of 4 years, not even my mother knows, and I believe she is the one who should know about it even more. Why? Let’s start..

Because my mom is constantly talking to about clothes and my girl cousins. Just last month we had to go to a wedding and I saw family members I have not seen in a while. I saw one of my cousins, let’s call her Jamie, who is 3 years younger than I am. The last time I saw her,we played with our Barbies, so it was a shock for me to see her so tall, gorgeous and thin. She is also a soccer player so her legs were fit and pretty much perfect in her mini-dress. My mom kept talking about how much she changed and it really bothered me. I know my mom was not comparing her to me, or making her seem better than I was, but it truly bothered me. It’s the same situation with my mom and clothes, she is constantly telling me what’s “cute” or what’s on sale. She always wants to go shopping for clothes but I seriously hate that now. Why? Nothing looks good on me. I’m only 5’2 so the way models look in clothes, is pretty much the complete opposite on how they are on me. In no way am I saying short girls can’t be beautiful, or wear things fashionably, but in my case I have a hard trouble thinking I look good in most things. My mom is Hispanic, and not to stereotype, but because I am Latina, I have hips and I don’t have the thinnest wait. It’s really hard to wear low-cut jeans or small tight blouses because I look like a big blob. My boyfriend is always telling me that he loves my curves and my butt. I believe he does, but I wish I felt the same. There are plenty of beautiful and curvy women walking on this earth; example: Beyonce. However, every time I try to convince myself that I am pretty enough, beautiful enough, and have the potential, I let myself down. I can’t seem to escape from this.

When it comes to my diet and exercise habits, they are good. Not perfect, but good. I am in college so that always adds unwanted stress and makes me either gain weight, or grab the munchies while I’m studying. They are definitely a lot better than when I was in high school. I went through several phases where I would “starve” or eat very little. I wouldn’t have lunch with my friends or just lie and say “I had a big breakfast”. It came to the point where my starvation led me to have horrible anxiety attacks and I was rushed to the ER twice in one year because of them. Because that happened, I decided to eat and go on with my life. However, as I sit here now, I realize not much has changed and I’m this vulnerable little girl. I still can’t wear what I want and I still don’t feel happy about myself.

Here’s my main problem though: I tell women, my friends and even here on Yahoo! that they are beautiful. You cannot imagine how many women are insecure like me, and I always say “Be yourself, you are beautiful, and being thin does not mean you are perfection”. However, I never listen to my own advice. I feel like the world’s biggest hypocrite. I feel like I am lying to my friends every time I say “That looks great on you!” Not because it doesn’t, but because I lie to myself about these things too. If I can’t love myself, I can’t love anyone else, and it hurts. I want to be able to love everything and everyone around me, but I am always in my own way. I want to change. Dove has an excellent campaign for true beauty and so does Seventeen Magazine (more aimed at teens). I want to look more into them and be able to join them. But I can’t lie to myself. I can’t pretend I’m OK. I need to fix myself first, and then sign/join these things.

What Is Neurodegenerative Disease

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s are neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegeneration refers to the malfunctioning or loss of neurons. Unlike many cells in the rest of the body, neurons are not readily regenerated. Therefore, excessive neuron damage or loss can have devastating effects on an individual. Neurodegeneration can result from stroke, heart attack, head and spinal cord trauma, and bleeding in the brain. Although each disease or injury has its own peculiar characteristics, many affect middle aged or older people, progress slowly over time, and result in premature death. Neuronal death begins long before an individual experiences any symptoms and the symptoms are only recognized when many cells have died and specific areas of the brain have been weakened to the extent they can no longer function properly.

Prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s affects about 10% of the population over 65-years old and about 40% of the population over 80-years old. On June 12, 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing diabetes. As many as 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s. Approximately 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime. The cost of caring for people with the disease in US is more than $148 billion each year. This epidemic has enormous implications for society, in terms of both human suffering and monetary cost.

Advancing age is the number one risk factor for developing this condition. One out of eight people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease, and almost one out of every two people over the age of 85 has got it. The probability of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s doubles every five years after age 65. The mechanisms underlying the origin and the events responsible for the progression of the disease remain elusive and drugs developed for Alzheimer’s disease have demonstrated no clinically significant effects.

Warning Signs:

    • Memory loss – forget more often and unable to recall recently learned information.
    • Difficulty performing familiar tasks – prepare a meal, place a phone call or play a game.
    • Problems with language – forget simple words or make speech or writing hard to understand.
    • Disorientation to time and place – get lost in a familiar neighborhood.
    • Poor judgment – dress inappropriately or give away large sums of money to strangers.
    • Problems with abstract thinking – have difficulty performing complex mental tasks.
    • Misplacing things – put things in unusual places such as an iron in the freezer.
    • Changes in mood or behavior – show rapid mood swings without apparent reason.
    • Changes in personality – become extremely confused, suspicious, fearful or dependent.
    • Loss of initiative – become very passive, sitting in front of the TV for hours or sleep more than usual.
    • Inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Over the past 15 years, accumulating evidence supports the importance of inflammation and oxidative stress in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. The brain is populated by microglia and astrocytes, resident inflammatory cells capable of producing almost all of the same cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, enzymes, and free radicals as their counterparts in other systems of the body.

When the brain is injured or infected, microglia and astrocytes produce inflammatory mediators. Normally, this response shuts down when the injury or infection is over. But in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, these inflammatory cells are highly activated and produce too much cytokines to try to repair the damage. These inflammatory cytokines have been shown to promote neuronal dysfunction and premature death of neurons. Several clinical studies have revealed supporting evidence that elevated levels of inflammatory biomarkers are associated with increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

Treatment and Prevention:

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Efforts to find a cure for this condition have been disappointing. The patients are treated for their associated risk factors, which include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Other treatments are available, which offer relatively small symptomatic benefit.

While oxidative stress causes neuron damage, there is considerable doubt as to whether antioxidant supplementation is beneficial, and if so, which antioxidant(s) are beneficial and in what amounts. To date, some studies have suggested antioxidant supplements have health benefits, other large clinical trials did not detect any benefit for the formulations tested.

Success of preventive strategies has been noticed. Studies indicate that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) delay the onset and lower the risk of  this condition. Prevention strategies appear to work the best only if begun long before the symptoms of overt Alzheimer’s appear. Long-term NSAIDs users, however, are exposed to dangerous side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies:

To fight inflammation without the side effects of NSAIDs, consumers and medical professionals are looking for safer alternative anti-inflammatory products.

Many natural remedies are readily available for relief of symptoms related to Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases. FlameEz-Memory, however, is the only natural memory supplement that helps remove inflammatory toxins, the most important contributing factors to neuronal damage and memory loss. Using the safest natural antiinflammatory ingredients in a proprietary combination, FlameEz-Memory is designed to deliver unique benefits to Alzheimer’s sufferers.
For individuals who are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease or neurodegenerative diseases, balancing inflammatory response may be the only effective prevention strategy. Because there is no coming back from neurodegeneration, control of inflammation is more than important, it is VITAL!


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Better Option on Diet Food

Diet food could be something that irritate quite a number of people given that they may think that they will not be able to eat as they wish and are forced to only consume such the food for their health and weight loss program. As a matter of fact, you may find out that your foodstuff could also be something fun to enjoy and taste, depends on how your nutritionist arrange your  food.

In general, it is really good to support the healthy lifestyle. It is not only for the elderly, or the patients who suffer from certain disease. Diet food is suggested for everyone who wants to prevent their selves from the attack of the serious disease like heart attack or stroke from the medical guide site. Usually, it will be made of organic ingredients, such as organic rice, organic vegetables, organic spices, and more. Fruits are included in the menu of the program too. The importance of vegetables will also make the foodstuff contents more vegetables rather than meat. If you really want to have meat, the white one will be better than the red one. If possible, to eat like those vegetarian people, and you will experience the healthy body that has been experienced by those vegetarian people.

Delicious and Healthy

Just look at your vegetarian friends. They have their diet plan for example south beach diet food lst out of the meat stuffs, but it does not mean that they cannot taste the taste and the sensation of the meat. They could have the meat made from bean, which is processed in such a way that resulted exactly like meat. Therefore, you do not have to be afraid that the diet will torture you, especially if you used to be culinary lovers. For the longer life, it is always good to choose a diet instead of the junk food. Lots of restaurants are coming with the diet plan to fulfill the demand of the people upon the healthy food. If you cannot find any of the specific diet foodstuff on the menu, choosing the steamed or baked one instead of the fried or grilled one is would do you good. In recent times, where countless numbers of people are getting more and more aware of healthy food for their healthy and longer life, this type of food has become an alternative to choose to help them achieve such an ultimate purpose. As a matter of fact, you might be surprised to find out that there are a lot of healthy foods available for us to choose of which taste is absolutely delicious.

The Best One From Home

The best food for your plan will be found at home, since you are able to find the best ingredients, to control the cooking process, and to measure the amount of the spices. You can also make experiments to create the most delicious one. You can replace the cooking oil with olive oil, steam the fish instead of fry it, and boil the vegetables in appropriate times so that it will not be too well done. The half done boiled vegetables will give you more nutrition that completes your regimen best.

Enhance your Mood with Essential Oil

In aromatherapy, essential oils extracted from parts of plants, are made use of for treatment. The body and the brain are affected when their aromas are inhaled. By exciting the brain regions, essential oils ensure calmness for your mind. In addition it helps to raise your mood.

Essential oil is a concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing explosive fragrant compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils. The term “essential” is with respect to the distinguishing scent or essence of the plant. Essential oils do not have any particular chemical properties. They are generally extracted by distillation expression, or solvent extraction. They are used:

1) In cosmetics, perfumes, bath products etc,
2) For flavoring drink
3) For scenting incense and household cleaning products.

Various essential oils have been used as medicines for centuries. They have been found useful from skin treatments to cancer. Of late, interest in essential oils has multiplied with the reputation of aromatherapy, which claims aromas of essential oils have medicinal effects. Oils are diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by heating over a flame or burned as incense.

Essential oils are cannot be mixed with water. However they can be diluted with alcohol, glycol or oils. Essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin in the concentrated form. They can cause severe irritation and allergic reactions. Before applying, essential oils should be mixed with carrier oil. Common carrier oils are almond, olive, grape, hazelnut etc. Some essential oils cause harm to the applied body if exposed to sunlight.

Intake of essential oils for remedial purposes should be done only under the supervision of licensed health professionals. Some essential oils like Eucalyptus are poisonous. Oral consumption can be hazardous to pregnant woman.

Mood-Boosting Essential Oils

Following are some essential oils which help to improve mood:
1) Lemon
Lemon essential oil ” enhances positive mood. The fragrance caused an increase in the level of nor epinephrine, which regulates the mood of the brain, in all the men and women who had undergone the test.
2) Lavender
It possesses stress-easing abilities. Some students who were administered lavender oil were able to minimize the level of depression. Aromatherapy treatment involving lavender oil helped students to get rid of insomnia. However, it’s important to remember that depression shouldn’t be self-treated.
3) Rosemary
Those whom were subjected to the scent of Rosemary essential oil were seen as more alert and content than others who were in normal atmosphere. Rosemary also appeared to improve reasoning of the students.

Methods of using Essential Oils

To enhance your mood:
1) has a massage or bath with a mix of commercial oil and an essential oil,
2) Make use of an aromatherapy diffuser with an essential oil to scent your room and
3) Gently soak your tissue with an essential oil of your choice and inhale the emitting odor.

Essential oils can be extremely harmful if used improperly. So consult a doctor especially when you want to have it orally.

Workplace Obesity and Overweight Concerns

Workplace obesity and overweight issues continues to be a rising concern and one of the most costly risk factors found in corporate America today. Health professionals from the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center reported in 2006 that an obese individual with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more cost an excess of $1,500 per year.

Workplace Obesity

According to a recently published report by the Conference Board, Weight and Measures: What businesses should know about obesity—obese employees cost private businesses an estimated $45 billion annually. America is one of the, if not the heaviest countries on the planet.The Centers of Disease Control estimates that 36% of the US adults are obese and 65% fit into the overweight category.

There are big differences between overweight and obesity when it comes to health but when it comes to a person’s overall health and wellness, they both are definitely putting individuals at high risks for developing other chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease, and even death.

It is quite apparent that the cause of an increase in worksite obesity rates is in fact the link between physical inactivity and poor nutritional habits. The average American is consuming more fast food (4-5 times per week on average) and high calorie, high fat snack foods. On top of the extremely high caloric diets, we are also a very sedentary society. The days of walking to the grocery store instead of taking your car everywhere are over!

Despite the clear benefits of regular physical activity, over 60% of US adults do not meet the recommended exercise guidelines for better health. The shocking statistic for me is that less than 25% of the American population get even a slight amount of physical activity even in leisure or recreational time. No wonder we have such a huge obesity crisis on our hands today.

Businesses can help address workplace obesity through programs offered as part of their wellness program. It is especially crucial that they do help address the issue if they want to manage their own health care costs and medical claims.

Some of the ways that employers can address workplace obesity is to offer physical activity or walking challenges, nutritional awareness campaigns, and incorporating environmental policies that support behavior and lifestyle changes among employees.

How to Use A Raccoon Repellent

Using a raccoon repellent is necessary as they affect us much. A Raccoon is found in the burrows of hollow trees and bushes. But in an urban area it lives under the portico or attic or decks. Raccoon is cute looking with its grey far and two round black masks around its eyes. But this lovely attire of them reminds me only about their mischief. In wild they usually have fruits, nuts, frogs or crayfishes. But in the cities they look for food in garbage drums and inside trash cans. They damage furniture and ventilators. Along with that they spread rabies and raccoon roundworms; two dangerous diseases.

If you are having trouble with raccoons then you may think of using the raccoon repellents all by yourself. In doing so, repellent powder can be of much help. Raccoons have extra sensitive noses, lungs and eyes. So, they can not stand toxic odors. These powders spread a smell containing high toxic odor. This smell removes the raccoons. You can spread this powder anywhere, where you will not like the raccoons to enter. This never harms the plant or animal life of the surroundings.

Raccoons are intelligent enough; they possess the ability of quick climbing and a surprisingly sharp memory. Therefore, capturing a raccoon is not an easy task. Chasing them will result in fruitless effort as they are not easily frightened. The basic problem with the manual process of raccoon repellent is being a large animal they are hard to trap or kill. If you trap them and leave them anywhere else, it is usually seen that they return to the same place. And sometimes, you may get hurt while catching them. However, there are some homemade raccoon repellents. Being homemade they are easy to prepare and completely environment friendly.

You can boil some Tabasco sauce and need to mix with it some chili flakes, cayenne pepper, a little amount of sticky detergent which we often use for dish cleaning. Lastly, add about one gallon water. This mixture is easy to made and bio—friendly also. Spray it anywhere you want to. Spray it in garbage cans, garden and back yard in particular as these are the preferred locations for a raccoon.

Spraying is an effective method but not always applicable. In some certain places you can use another raccoon repellent, i.e. highly toxic smelling cloths. As raccoons can not stand this odor you just take a piece of rag and soak it into ammonia. It will start smelling pungent. Then keep the cloth inside of trash cans or garbage bags or in chimneys. Remember that the place must be nearly airtight. In an airtight place the smell becomes more toxic as it by no means can be dissipated.

To remove raccoons is not an easier thing to do. Rather you must look for preventing them to enter. As they are usually in search of food if you can stop them from finding food they will not come anymore. For this, you must keep your garbage can closed. You can place some heavy objects like—bricks etc. on your garbage drum. Sometimes it is said that spreading baby powder on the lid of garbage cans prevent the raccoons. This is a common raccoon repellent as they do not like the powder to get on hands. Placing a radio playing in a low volume on the lid of your garbage drums may be seen as a raccoon repellent. As it is believed that they don’t like noise.

Pack your garbage bags twice and that too in thick plastic bags. If you can seal off their access to your porch or deck or to your attic they will fail to make nest. Do not allow your pets to take food outside. And make sure that your leftover foods are tightly packed. This double bagging helps to stop the odor of food spreading, which usually attract the raccoons.

Everyday lots of raccoon repellents are being advertised. But those moth balls and urine balls are not effective enough as raccoons are now accustomed to the urban odors. Follow the raccoon repellent reviews and choose the suitable one. The best is to call for a professional.

Ask a Vegan: ‘Life Without Cheese?’

‘I am currently a vegetarian and would love to go vegan except for one issue- cheese! How do you give up cheese and are there vegan alternatives that are equally delicious?’

Answer: There are wonderful alternatives out there. Daiya cheese is my personal favorite because it melts just like real cheese and tastes amazing. You can also try making your own cheese out of cashews, almonds or tofu. There are a number of reasons why you should definitely go all the way and stop eating dairy. Dairy cows are abused with milking machines while alive and are killed when they stop providing as much milk.

If you don’t eat meat because of the killing of animals then dairy doesn’t make much sense easier. Dairy cows constantly have to give birth and most of the time their children taken away from them and turned into veal making the meat and dairy industries completely intertwined.  Dairy cows are fed hormones to make them produce more milk which creates inflammation, a lot of pain and often infection in their udder. Lastly, the large scale of the milk industry is affecting the environment by emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases from transporting the products, deforestation for farms and methane release from cow belching. Try switching to mock cheese alternatives!


Vegan household and the cheese is not missed. All “cheese” dishes, lasagnas, stuffed shells, pizza’s are made with tofu put through a food processor. Pizzas now are just loaded with vegetables that I have sauteed in olive oil. The crust is homemade and that makes the flavor difference. We really don’t miss the cheese on the pizza. Good sauce, good crust=PIZZA!

You can also try more creative substitutions- a few slices of avocado on a sandwich instead of cheese. hummus with a drizzle of olive oil on pizza. nut butter and crackers instead of your typical cheddar. also check out coconut milk ice cream- one of my favorite vegan splurges!

Time Is Your Friend

I took my youngest, Adam, age six, to the playground in the park this morning.

As usual, kids were playing in the sunshine. As usual, the caregivers were roughly divided into four equal components: mommies, nannies, grannies, and daddies.

Yes, I live in quite an arty/progressive neighborhood: there are as many stay-at-home dads as moms on a given Friday morning or Wednesday afternoon. At least.

That’s nothing new, it’s been that way for years.

But I, Mack Daddy, did notice something different this morning.

Something that saddened the Daddy.

My youngest was the biggest kid there. My youngest was the oldest kid in the playground.

Time is passing! Mack D says this with a puzzled frown and furrowed brow (like Chef Gordon Ramsay, pictured above): No matter how fast you run (especially in M. Daddy’s case: my left leg’s still stiff from that ’94 drive-by), you can’t outrun time.

Or as Chef Ramsay might say: tempus *bleep* ing fugit.

Actually, he did say on the show once, to a wannabe chef that was under-performing, but whom he was giving a second chance: “You’ve got to pull up your bleep!-ing socks, right? Time is not your friend.”

You’ve been watching this show, haven’t you, my bloggies?

Publicly I deplore it. Chef Gordon Ramsay is psychotic, a horrible bully, screaming and throwing plates and chewing out his underlings in a most abusive way. And what a potty mouth! Every other word is bleeped out on this show.

But here’s a confession, just between you and me, my bloggies: secretly the Daddy’s hooked on the show. Mack’s a Hell’s Kitchen junkie. I watch it religiously. That, and “Kitchen Nightmares,” his other show.

What can I say? Look in the dictionary under “hypocrite” and you see the same sketch that accompanies this blog. Mack Daddy does not pretend to be perfect, far from it.

In any case, that phrase “Time is not your friend” stuck with me, has been rattling around in the Daddy’s coconut ever since.

Perhaps true for me: the Daddy is about to lose his 11-year-old as a “child,” forever.

I can feel it. He will always be my son. But he won’t by my “child” anymore, as of (I figure) the end of this summer, when the cool winds blow and he starts taking public transit on his own to get to his Grade 7 school.

Time is not the Daddy’s friend. My beautiful boy, don’t leave me!

On the other hand, Mrs. Daddy and I are currently in “the sweet spot” of parenting, I believe. All three kids (ages 11, 8, and 6 now) are still all children, still all cute, yet they can all tromp down the stairs in their PJs in the morning, and (after peeing: one, two, three) make their own breakfast!

It’s beautiful! The Mack loves the sheer, blissful, sensuous pleasure of hearing his kids get up– and staying in bed! Just rolling over and going back to sleep! And not even feeling guilty because Mrs. Daddy is doing likewise!

Mmm, it’s delicious. Now, pardon me, parents of kids who are still waking up every few hours, screaming, filling diapers: the Daddy’s not trying to sound smug. For one thing, Mack’s been there, where you are: in “The Tunnel.” Zombified with exhaustion, hardly knowing where you are or what you’re doing.

The Daddy’s just trying to give you something to shoot for, something to pace yourself for. To let you know there’s light at the end of the tunnel you are currently in.

Just trying to say…

Time is your friend.