Did You Know, That Beer Your Drinking May Contain Isinglass…Which Comes From Fish?

Did you know that that beer your drinking may contain Isinglass…which is extracted from fish (it is part of the filter process to clarify the brew).  To be honest, I never really was much of a beer drinker, but this really kind of intrigued me.  I searched what exactly isinglass is and here’s the definition:  a semitransparent whitish very pure gelatin prepared from the air bladders of fishes (as sturgeons) and used especially as a clarifying agent and in jellies and glue.  Personally, this sounds disgusting to me.!!  Not all brews are alike though.  Some (the vegan ones) are filtered or clarified using a seaweed extract, which to me still doesn’t sound appealing, but I guess it is a better way to go.  I wonder if an avid beer drinker could taste a difference between the two??  Any thoughts are welcome!!

I must admit, my daughter who is 12 told us about 2 months ago or so that beer is made of fish bladder…how and where in the world did she learn this?  I have no idea.  Since I have changed much of what we eat, she is quite interested in the ingredients of food.  We weren’t real sure if what she was saying was true, but kind of played along…until I read an article in Vegetarian Times (March 2009).  All I can say is WOW, we learn something new every day!!  I am more of a wine drinker…rarely, but a glass here and there is great!  Not sure about the filter/clarifying process for wine…I guess I ought to look into it!!  Well, have a very Happy New Year…stay safe!!

Here are some websites that offer information on animal-derived ingredients used to make beer, how different beers are made and if they are vegan or vegetarian:  beeradvocate.com; barnivore.com; veganconnection.com/veganbeer.htm

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Being Sick at Christmas Time Really Stinks!!

I am in bed and have been almost 2 whole days now.  I am pretty sure it could be the flu, but I seemed to have a weird reaction to an MRI a few days ago.  After the MRI, (which I have had quite a few of them) I had a hard time getting up because I was so dizzy~that was on Tuesday.  Wednesday I was still a little dizzy.  Yesterday I could barely get up from sitting or laying down without losing balance and feeling of dizziness.  This morning I woke up with a bellyache, a real bad headache, really tired and dizziness again!  Totally feels like the flu.  A few people have said that I should have gotten the flu shot…but I don’t get that shot anymore and I opt out for my family as well.

Anyhow, a friend of mine I met on Twitter told me I should make a pot of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau‘s Garlic and Greens soup.  Sounded great, and garlic is so healthy so I made a small pot of it.  I have not had it yet because my stomach is really not settled yet, but it sure smells delicious!  I am determined to have some…as a bowl of it is sitting right next to me! Watch as Colleen makes this very easy…and super nutritious soup:

Well, my main reason for sending this message today is because I wanted to wish every a very Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa.  I am hoping I will not be in bed tomorrow because I have lots to do to get ready…we are supposed to have 30 visitors for Christmas dinner, so I am doing lots of my work tomorrow!  Enjoy your holiday weekend and stay safe!!


Could Diet Alone Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Lower Your Cholesterol?

Most of us know that what we eat has an effect on our health.  Most of us know that what we eat can help us.  What about those foods that we think are better for us?  Could diet alone reduce your risk for heart attack and lower your cholesterol?  It is crazy but is has been proven.

Many people think that because they have high cholesterol or heart disease, they will live the rest of their lives taking medications.  Would you rather pay for seriously great foods that can reverse your health problems or just pay for medication the rest of your life, some of those medications are outrageously expensive!!

Eating a plant based diet…which means getting rid of all the animal products, can and will turn your disease around if you give it a try.  Not just for a day, or a week…but long term.  What do you have to lose…besides your medications which you will be taking the rest of your life if you choose NOT to change your diet?

Check out this fantastic video from Dr. Greger….this short video will tell you the facts!!

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Comfort Food and Food Addiction~My Story!

Comfort Foods and Food Addiction~My Story!

When I was a child, there were things in my life that I kept to myself that had happened to me.  And because of my not wanting to or being afraid to tell others things that were happening, I realized that I could feel better when I ate.  I didn’t really have a problem with food that I knew of until I was older.

I believe there are things we all go through in our lives that shape us into who we become as an adult.  These things include good things AND bad things.  I have always believed we go through things for a reason and I believe that those reasons are possibly so we can help someone else who has been though or is going through something that we also had to go through.

I went through things as a child that my mind didn’t even let me remember until I was an adult.  I also lost my best friend at the age of 17 and then years later lost my brother in the same manner (almost exactly) as my best friend.  Although difficult, we are able to get through.  Wherever you put your faith, you must hang onto that to get through.  In my case, I totally believe that God would not allow me to go through something that He knew I could not get through alone…without Him.

So, going through some things actually caused me to cope in my way….turning to binge eating.  I was never anorexic or bulimic….but my problem was binge eating.  Binge eating turned into becoming a closet eater.  I actually became that person that I always thought disgusting…I actually discovered I had a food addiction.  Many people, my husband included didn’t believe there was even such a thing.  I always said to him, just because you don’t have this problem doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  As an adult, I would put my kids to bed, husband in bed and that was my time to raid the cupboards.   While my kids were in school, I would buy myself lunch…sometimes I would buy 2 sandwiches with the intention of only eating half of each of them and i would devour both whole sandwiches…this was my life.  This is who I am…who I will always be, but it does not have to define who I am!!  Eating is STILL difficult for me, I will always struggle as a former drug addict does, just as a former smoker, alcoholic does!  I want to help those who have been there…with a food addiction but also those who are plagued with disease and let them know that they CAN do something other than take medication to help their current problems.

I look back and I see myself turning to food as a comfort.  I am a stay at home mom and my husband really doesn’t want me to work, we really don’t need me to.  I felt lonely, and I really have not had many true friendships for many years so the food was my friend.  This is still a struggle for me at times, I must admit.

My turn around point came when I looked at a picture of myself from 6 yrs ago.  I had lost a few pounds since then but the picture made me cringe.  Wow, I looked terrible. I also looked pregnant when I certainly was NOT.  I keep this picture in my purse at all times so I can just look at it and remind myself that I do NOT want to get back to that!   I had read some books, in years past but never really thought getting rid of animal products would really matter. It was not exactly an easy transition, but, I must tell you…my experience has been fantastic!  Anytime I get off and splurge…boy can I feel a difference.  Even if I just have a few cookies (made with butter), it amazes me how tired I feel, bellyache, headache.

I have to encourage you to give this a chance.  Go plant strong for 3 weeks…see how you feel.  Yes, on the 3rd day or so, you may go through some withdrawal, but you will be amazed at how clear your mind will be and how light on your feet you will feel…you also will not have that feeling of bloat.  Just give it a try!!  You will NOT regret it!!

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