Preface: I Am Not A Doctor or Medical Professional. All Medical info posted herein has been given to me by a Doctor or Medical Professional.
It’s been an eye opening year for me healthy wise. Early in the year I found out by accident that I was having Kidney issues after applying to do a Fatty Liver Study. Just recently they did confirm my Liver Enzymes were Up and told me it could be a precursor to cirrhosis.
On top of the fact that I already suffer from Diabetes and High Blood Pressure I am now a walking Time Bomb. Needless to say I have immediately embarked on a plan to learn all I can about how to control and possibly reverse my diagnosis if possible. Prior to finding all this out I had wanted to embark on a KETO Diet. After an eye opening talk with my Kidney and Liver Doctors they nixed that idea telling me that a High Meat Protein Diet over taxes the function of both the Kidneys and the Liver and not in a good way. They suggested I eat a more plant based diet and told me there were plenty of veggies that were as high in protein if not higher than meat. The difference being that plant based protein did not tax the Kidneys or Liver the same way Meat Protein does.
There is a wealth of information on line to help us live a healthier life BUT we can’t just talk the talk WE MUST Walk the Walk as well in order for any of it to do us any good.
So it’s obvious we all need protein to live but what many of us do not know is that there are plenty of vegetables that ares high if not higher in protein thank meat. Watercress is a cruciferous plant that grows in water and has a high protein content.
One cup (34 grams) of chopped Watercress contains 0.8 grams of protein and 100% of your RDI of vitamin K. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense leafy green vegetables you can eat. Protein accounts for 30% of its calories and it contains all the essential amino acids. A 1-cup (30-gram) serving provides 1 gram of protein and 181% of the RDI for vitamin K.
Among others are Alfalfa sprouts, Chinese cabbage, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower and quite a few others.
Yes, it is a huge struggle, more so for us that love to eat than others but if we plan to live a longer and healthier life It Is Something We Must Learn To Do. Think about a healthy Plant Based Diet. Just Another Point of View.
Fall is here and along with the cool temps it would seem there are lot of cool movies on the way as well.
First, a performance so powerful by Joaquin Phoenix that even theaters themselves are putting out a serious parental warning about the movie “Joker”.
“PARENTAL WARNING, This is Not a Joke.
Joker is Rated R and for Good Reason. There’s a lot of very, very rough language, Brutal Violence and Over All Bad Vibes.
It’s a gritty and realistic, Taxi Driver-esque depiction of one man’s descent into Madness. It Is Not For Kids.” **If you suffer from any sort of Mental Condition Please Consult Your Mental Health Professional before deciding whether to see this movie.
From Warner Bros Pictures and Rated R, “Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night. Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events and his descent into Madness.”
Joker runs 122 minutes.
On TV, if you are into Suspense, Drama and Action shows, and you have not been watching the new FOX Series “The Prodigal Son”, you are certainly missing out.
The series revolves around a young man, the son of a nefarious serial killer who has been caught and locked away for life in prison but not before he put his young son through a life of horror while growing up. Needless to say, the son has recurring night terrors about his childhood and all the things his dad did in his presence but in spite it all he has grown up to be a serial killer pro-filer for the police in hopes he can prevent people like his dad from running free and getting away with murder.
Criminal Psychologist Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), due to his horrible upbringing has the best insight as to how a serial killer thinks and why they do what they do so he is the perfect person to profile them. Meanwhile his serial killer dad in prison keeps reaching out to him trying to be part of every case.
The Prodigal Son on the FOX Network, 8pm central on Monday’s. It’s worth a look.
Hope your Fall is off to a great start and sneak into another great adventure and escape At The Movies.
If your trying your best to eat Low Carb there are those times that you would just kill for something Sinful like a Waffle. Wait, Don’t despair, now there is an answer for you where you can enjoy a Waffle-Like creation that is Low Carb, KETO Friendly. It’s called The Chaffle.
Amazingly easy to make and all you’ll need is a waffle maker and the following ingredients.
An Egg, Vanilla Extract, Almond Flour, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Mozzarella,
A chaffle is fairly simple to make. The Basic Chaffel is made of only two ingredients: Cheese and eggs. It is a cheese and egg waffle.
Of course there are all sorts of variations. Some folks add baking powder to get their chaffle to become a little fluffier, while others simply add things like bacon or cinnamon to make it tastier.
Preheat your mini waffle maker for a few minutes so its nice and hot or you’ll end up with a sticky, burned mess that doesn’t look like a waffle.
Chaffles are great for sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and even tacos!
If you think your chaffle tastes too eggy, try using two egg whites instead of one whole egg.
Don’t open and close the maker while your chaffle is cooking, it will tear apart and be a huge mess!
Adding a teaspoon of baking powder to your batter, or a table spoon of almond flour will make your chaffle more bread-like.
So play around with the recipe you can’t possibly go wrong. Add things like raisins or spice it up with Jalapeno slices. Enjoy and Happy, Healthy Eating.
Happy October and rapidly approaching Día de Muertos or Day of The Dead.
You would think with a daunting name like Day of The Dead you would think the
Dia De Los Muertos would be a day of horror or fright But No.
The spooky celebration originated in Aztec tradition deep in central and southern Mexico.
Celebrated on November 1 and now combined in many places with Halloween. A tradition that honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations these days typically in most of Mexico and Latin American.
According to National Geographic, “Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.”
Belief is that at midnight on October 31, the souls of all deceased children come down from heaven and reunite with their families on November 1, and the souls of deceased adults come visit on November 2.
Believers make colorful altars in their homes in honor of their deceased and the altars are decorated with flowers, candles, their loved one’s favorite food and Pan de Muerto, a Pan Dulce, a slightly sweet bread specifically made for this occasion.
Dia de Los Muertos is a time honored tradition that has been celebrated for 3000 years now.
Not even the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th Century who thought the tradition was sacrilegious was able to extinguish it.
So this year think about inviting people to your house for Pan de Muerto, Go to the cemetery where you can eat rich food, drink Tequila or Mezcal, and have a celebration. Don’t forget to leave your door open because a stranger may just bring a spirit of one of your loved ones along.
Feliz Dia de Los Muertos Amigos.
I had read some bad reviews about J Lo’s performance in Hustlers so I waited to see it for myself. Even though the movie is in no way Family Friendly, I mean, after all it’s about strippers in a club where cash rules and sex, drugs and alcohol fly freely. All that aside the movies has it’s own merits as it spins the story about a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Personally I though J-Lo is looking a little long in the tooth but then again she is 50. Her vigorous tour schedule is noticeably taking it’s tole on her facial features but she is still stunning none the less and at the peak of good health.
Not being the typical J-Lo style movie I can see why some would question her performance but I found it to be as credible as any.
From STXfilms; “Working as a stripper to make ends meet, Destiny’s life changes forever when she becomes friends with Ramona the club’s top money earner. Ramona soon shows Destiny how to finagle her way around the wealthy Wall Street clientele who frequent the club.”
Hustlers is Rated: R and Runs: 107 Minutes.
Coming this October 18th from Walt Disney Pictures, Angelina Jolie is back as Maleficent. “Five years after the first film, Maleficent’s peaceful life in the Moors takes an unexpected turn when Prince Phillip proposes to Aurora and she accepts. Unbeknownst to all, Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith of Ulstead, plans to use the wedding to divide humans and fairies forever. With Maleficent and Aurora finding themselves on opposite sides of an impending war, the two question whether they can truly be a family.
This film is Not yet Rated and No Run Time is available yet.
That’s a wrap for this time so duck into the nearest theater near you soon as you cause there is a whole new world and adventure waiting for you At The Movies.
The day after Halloween is known as the Day of the Dead. A day for celebration of the lives of friends, family, loved ones, and even pets who have departed. A happy day with parties, festivals, concerts, art installations and of course, great food.
ERGO El Pan De Muerto. The bread of the Dead.
After all the dead too must have their daily bread. A light and sweet bread traditionally spiced with ground anise and brushed with an orange glaze topping.
An egg-y sweet bread that is shaped as a round loaf or smaller round rolls. Both decorated with bone shaped strips of dough to honor the celebration of those whom have passed on to the beyond.
In a small saucepan heat the milk, water, and butter together until the butter has melted. Remove the pan from the heat and cool the mixture to roughly 80-90F.
In a large bowl, mix together 1 c flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and anise. Add the cooled milk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the eggs and whisk until combined.
Add the remaining 2 c flour, ½ c at a time, stirring well after each addition, until a soft dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for 5-7 minutes, adding flour as needed, until it is smooth, soft, and slightly tacky.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover it with a damp tea towel and let is rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in bulk, roughly 1 hour.
Once the dough has risen, turn it onto the counter and knead it a few times to deflate it. Cut 6, 1 oz, pieces (roughly the size of a golf ball) from the dough. Shape the larger portion of dough into a round loaf and place it on a lightly floured baking sheet. Shape each of the 6 smaller portions into a bone, by rolling them in the center to create two larger sections on each end of a smaller connecting strip. Arrange the bones on top of the round loaf. Cover the shaped loaf with a damp tea towel and let rise until doubled, roughly 30 min.
During the last 10 minutes of rising time, preheat your oven to 350F.
Brush the dough lightly with 1 Tbsp milk and place it in the oven. Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes, until it sounds hollow when tapped.
While the bread is baking, make the glaze: Heat ¼ c sugar together with the zest and juice of one orange. Bring the mixture to a simmer and simmer for 2-3 minutes. If necessary, strain the glaze of any orange pulp and set the strained glaze aside.
When the bread is done, brush the warm loaf with the glaze and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of sugar.
Let the bread cool slightly before slicing. Enjoy with your favorite coffee or hot Mexican Chocolate. Happy, Healthy Eating.
Is the solution to the mass shootings going on these days as easy as “Open Carry”?
After carrying a sidearm, as a law enforcement officer myself for quite a few years, I often wonder if the solution is really that simple?
If we give everyone the opportunity to “Open Carry” a Side Arm (with special training and certification of course), several things will happen. First, It Will Be So much easier to SEE who has a gun. Second, as crass as it may sound, the BAD and Stupid Ones Will Kill Themselves Off right away.
I totally agree that No One needs an assault weapon. I also believe that “The Right To Bear Arms” as written into the constitution came at a time that our government still thought there was a real threat of being overthrown by another governments militia and therefore provided the average citizen like you and me the right to arm ourselves and our households to prevent such a take over. Those days, however, are long gone.
The need to amend and clarify that part of the constitution has been needed for a long time now because NOW it is being used by gun fanatics way beyond it’s intended purpose.
I was born and raised in Texas. Texas the land where cowboys roam on horses and everyone carried a shotgun or deer rifle in the gun rack in their truck for years without any issue at all.
For all my youth and into my adult life I NEVER saw anyone take one of those shotguns or deer rifles and start shooting people at random until recent years. We need to Pin Point the root cause of that and go from there.
The problem in America today is that there is little or No Respect for the Law and others and their property. These days everyone believes they can get away with anything they want until they get caught and then they believe they can just argue their way out of it.
When confronted by The Law they have No Respect for their Authority and start talking back to the officers and disputing their command from the get go.
Yes, your right, there are way too many Police Officers that take their authority way to far these days and that is part of the problem. Some many officers these days believe that They Are Martial Law and In Total Control No Matter Where They Arrive. Nothing Could be Further From the Truth. State constitutions clearly define the law and authority of a police officer BUT many of them purposely go beyond what the law allows and abuse their authority.
Both of the last two paragraphs define what has led to us to the situation that we are in today. Politicians believe that Gun Control will cure the entire problem. WRONG.
Several things need to happen to correct all this. Police need to Stop Abusing Their Authority and Citizens need to to start Respecting The Law, Others and Others Property. PERIOD.
Yes, OUTLAW AND STOP the sale of assault weapons. Strictly control their ownership and possession and Immediately start seizing assault weapons not in compliance.
Yes, even allow Open Carry so that the average citizen can protect themselves.
Just Another Point of View.
So the latest installment in the “Has Fallen” Movie Series is out before it was Olympus Has Fallen, then it was London Has Fallen and this time it’s “Angel Has Fallen”.
From Lionsgate, “When there is an assassination attempt on the U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.”
Angel Has Fallen is Rated: R and Runs: 114 Minutes.
From, Fox Searchlight Pictures, “Ready Or Not” follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
Ready or Not is Rated: R and Runs: 95 Minutes
Mariachi Director Robert Rodriguez is working on a New Film Project titled “We Can Be Heros”. Among the cast will be Priyanka Chopra, Pedro Pascal and Christian Slater to name a few.
According to IMDb tv the movie is in production now: “A Young Girl discovers that she has powers and puts together a group of other young heroes to help stop an alien invasion.” Stay tuned for updates on this one.
The Fall Movie season is limping in to a good start and will only get better in months to come. Take time to sneak into a theater near you and jump into a great adventure At The Movies.
Since close to the beginning of time, shortly after the discovery of fire, Man has been brewing and drinking coffee.
For a while now we have been told that research shows that drinking coffee can lead to a longer life and that buzz, along with the caffeine buzz just keeps on re-emerging over and over again.
Some say that coffee could just be the healthiest drink on the planet. Many of it’s compounds are antioxidants.
Antioxidants are known to protect against oxidative stress in our body that can be caused by damaging free radicals. Treating yourself to a cup of coffee, you’re not only getting that caffeine buzz but, you also get the beneficial compounds and powerful antioxidants.
In 2012 a study done with close to half a Million People, of those who drank the most coffee, were significantly less likely to have died during the 12–13-year study.
Another plus to drinking coffee is that studies show that coffee may make you happier, reducing your risk of depression and suicide by 20% and 53%, respectively.
So why wouldn’t you consider continuing to drink decent quantities of coffee since it’s linked to a lower risk of depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes, and liver diseases. Studies even show that people who drink coffee are also less likely to die by suicide. Who knew?
With cooler weather on the way, get ready to pour you another cup or two during the day and Live Longer and Prosper.
So many people gone just all of the sudden. It’s not like we should be surprised , after all we know from the start that there will be an end at some point.
Still it seems like we’re just never prepared for someone passing no matter how evident it’s meant to be. Dog, The Bounty Hunter just lost his wife Beth Chapman not long ago and to anyone that watched any of their shows she was an icon.
Luis Alvarez was a former New York City detective who was a first responder on September 11, 2001 at the terrorist attacks.
Nipsey Hussle was only 33 when he was killed in shooting outside his Los Angeles store several months ago.
Luke Perry died March 4th at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke and sadly the list goes on and on as it will until the end of time for all of us.
But do we ever stop to think that those who died yesterday had plans for this morning. Those who died this morning had plans for tonight. In fact everyone that has passed had future plans the certainly did not involve dying.
The point being is that we can Never Take Life For Granted. In the blink of an eye everything can change. So we must Forgive as often as we can. We must Love with All Our Heart. Every single day like it was the last day of our life.
Reason being is our time here is a gift. One which we may may never get a chance to live again. So no matter what yesterday or the days before that were for you make every day from here on out count.
As someone one so much smarter than I once said, “None of us are getting out of here alive so stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat delicious food, walk in the sunshine, jump in the ocean. Say the truth your carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly, Be Kind, Be Weird as if there was no time for anything else.” and Live Like You Were Dying.
Just Another Point of View and GOD Speed.