Did You Know There Are 4 Different Types of Vegetarians?

The most widely accepted definition of a vegetarian by fellow vegetarians is a person who eats no meat, fish, or poultry. Primarily a vegetarian consistently avoids all flesh foods as well as byproducts of meat, fish, and poultry.  However, vegetarian diets vary in the extent to which they exclude animal products.

There are four types of vegetarians, Semi-vegetarians, Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, Lacto-vegetarians, and Vegans.  The difference between them are as follows:

  • Semi-vegetarians are those who are cutting back on his or her intake of meat. A pollo vegetarian avoids red meat and fish but eats chicken, and a pesco pollo vegetarian avoids red meat but eats chicken and fish.
  • Lacto-Ovo vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry but includes dairy products and eggs. They eat such foods as cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milk, and eggs as well as foods that include these ingredients.
  • Lacto vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry, as well as eggs and any foods containing eggs, however, they eat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Vegans avoid eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, any foods containing by-products of these ingredients, including the use of wool, silk, leather, and any nonfood items made with animal byproducts. Some vegans even avoid money.

What type of vegetarian are you?  Today is day 5 of my journey of becoming a vegetarian, and according to this list I am a pollo vegetarian, however, I do not eat chicken, but I do eat seafood and plenty of vegetables and salads. Because becoming a vegetarian is very new for me, I thought it would be nice to include in the Workout
Wednesday category, recipes for vegetarians and for those who just want to eat healthier. I hope you enjoy the new additions and now I’m off to search for the recipes, Lois.

 

About Workout Wednesdays!

Welcome to Workout Wednesday!  Everyone is or should be aware of the importance of working out.  There is nowhere you can go on the planet where there is not a reference to how important regular exercising is. Whether you’re out for a walk or surfing on social media you will see advertisements from gyms who are hosting specials for memberships, as well as literature or videos showing different types of movements that are beneficial to the body and one’s well-being.

According to Brian D. Johnston of International Association of Resistance Training: Prescribed Exercise Clinics, “exercising regularly makes the heart stronger and the lungs fitter, enabling the cardiovascular system to deliver more oxygen to the body with every heartbeat and the pulmonary system to increase the maximum amount of oxygen that the lungs can take in. Exercise lowers blood pressure, somewhat decreases the levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and increases the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good cholesterol). These beneficial effects, in turn, decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease. In addition, colon cancer and some forms of diabetes are less likely to occur in people who exercise regularly.”

Simply put working out, is beneficial to not only one’s physical appearance but also to one’s internal mechanisms that keep the body running smoothly.  As well as improving muscle strength which allows for performing physical tasks easier.  Exercising/working out aids in the stretching of muscles and joints, which also allow for an increase in flexibility and aids in the prevention of injuries.

Here are 10 additional reasons to get your workout in, written by Esther Chain, Women’s Health:

  1. Improves Your Mood  – Who doesn’t need a mood stabilizer? Did you know that a brisk workout boost production brain chemicals that ease stress and anxiety which makes you feel happier and more relaxed?
  2. Helps You Sleep Better  – According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation up to 67% of those who exercise regularly, report that they get a good night’s sleep.
  3. Strengthens Your Memory – The Behavioral Brain Research study shows that a single session of an aerobic workout produces higher blood levels of hormones that are associated with a strong memory.
  4. Boosts Your Creativity – A published article in the journal, “Frontiers of Neuroscience,” reported that working out regularly can jack your ability to brainstorm new ideas. 
  5. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer – Though it’s not clear as to how much exercising or which type of exercise, physical activity has been linked to a lower risk of breast and endometrial cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. 
  6. Recharges Your Batteries – Exercising just 2-3 times a week can boost energy level by 20%, decreasing fatigue by 60%.
  7. Make You More Confident – Knowing the amazing physical challenges that you’ve been able to accomplish, gives you kick ass confidence that spills over into other parts of your life.
  8. Fewer Sick Days – Research suggests that working out at least 2-3 times a week, results in the ability to fight off bacteria.
  9. Eases Killer Cramps – Research shows that working out triggers the release of endorphins, which are like opioids that relieve the agony of period pain. 
  10. Allows for Smoother Work Day – According to a study published last year by the journal, “Population Health Management, exercise increases productivity at the job.

In this section, I will be posting different facts, exercising tips, summaries of interesting articles, interviews with personal trainers (sometime in the future), and loads of motivation. So be sure to stop in regularly. 

Lois

Welcome To Tasty Tuesdays!

 

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Welcome to Tasty Tuesday!

As I sit here thinking about what I should post, I thought it would be best to post recipes that do not require too much prepping and time to prepare.  I myself am a big fan of one pan recipes for those days that get away from me, but I am also a rabid fan of foods that takes lots of time to prep and prepare.  I usually save the weekends (Sundays) for preparing large dinners, which are great for leftovers during the week.  And once the leftovers have been consumed, then it’s time for either a  meal that takes little to no time or a nice DeGiorno Supreme frozen pizza. Mmm, yum!

It never occurred to me that choosing a recipe to share with you guys would be so very difficult until I sat at my computer today, to do so. LOL.  So I decided that it might be nice to post a recipe for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner all on the same day.  This way you’ll have three choices in which to choose from. In time this section should be bursting with great recipes increasing your choices or at least give you an inkling of what you may have a taste for.  

The recipes you find here will be from different sources, of which I will provide the URL for. Some will be my very own as they have been handed down from my family tree, and finally, there will be YouTube videos of me preparing meals for you to watch at your leisure.

I hope you enjoy this section and Bon Appetite!  

Lois

I Am A Strong Woman!

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22 Egg Recipes (Gotta love eggs)! Part I

If you love eggs like I do, then you too believe that eggs are not just for breakfast. In fact, there are so many ways in which to prepare eggs that you can eat them any time of the day. Not only are eggs filled with protein, they are especially easy to prepare.

And if that is not exciting enough for you then, then you are going to jump for joy with what I came across on BuzzFeed, 22 Brillant Ways to Eat Eggs For Dinner, provided by Marie Telling. I will be breaking this into two posts.  However, by clicking on the above URL you’ll find all twenty-two recipes.

Unfortunately, for me, my wife is not an egg lover, which means I don’t have a guinea pig to try them out on. I guess I will just have to host a Dinner Egg Party! Enjoy the recipes :). Lois

1. Spaghetti Marinara With Poached Eggs

I gotta tell ya, I’ve never thought of adding a poached egg to my pasta, but in thinking about the different textures I can easily see how this might be yummy. I mean wow, just the way it looks, makes me want to give it a try. Go here for the full recipe.

2. Fried Rice

If you grew up in New York, most of the Chinese Restaurants prepare their fried rice with eggs already. However, did you know that the best way to reheat your fried rice is in a frying pan with a little oil and a couple of eggs and cheese? Give this recipe a try and add a slice of cheese on top, mmm. Go here for this recipe.

Fast, easy, and always satisfying. Get the recipe here.

3. Turmeric Sweet Potatoes, Poached Eggs, and Lemon Dressing

I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I have to admit that the lemon dressing seems to be a little out there, however, a little lemon flavor does go very well with sweet potatoes and yams. Go here for this recipe.

 

4. Sesame Roasted Asparagus, Egg, and Bacon Salad

Anything that has bacon and eggs in its ingredients, have to be good right? Yum! I love my asparagus seasoned and crunchy, how do you like yours? This recipe is definitely a keeper for me. Go here for the recipe.

 

5. Baked Eggs With Spinach and Mushrooms

This is a recipe that I would definitely have to add some additional flavor too. While I love spinach, it does not have a desirable taste. I usually add crush red pepper and a little bacon grease to my spinach to give it a different taste. In looking at this particular recipe, I also see myself adding White American Slices as well. Go here for the recipe.

6. Zucchini Crust Pizza

Anyone for pizza? Looking at this picture, you have to admit that this looks yummy! This is the type of recipe one tries out on the weekend with a bunch of friends over, laughing and throwing back a couple of beers or wine coolers. Go here for the recipe.

Low-carb and delicious. Get the recipe here.

7. Mushroom, Leek, and Fontina Frittata

Are you into quiche,?  That’s what came to mind when l first saw this recipe.  There are a couple of things that I will swap out and use substitutes instead to make me it more appealing to my palate.  I suggest you do the same if some of the ingredients are not to your liking.  All in all, I think this is a winner.  

Get the recipe here.

A hearty and comforting recipe. You can easily turn into a full meal by serving it with some salad.Get the recipe here.

 

8. Eggs in Squash Rings

Mmm, eggs and squash, yum, yum, yum! Delicious and easy to make. 

9. Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs With Pesto Veggies

I’ve never tried goat cheese so this recipe will be a surprise to my palate.  I have, however, tried eggs with vegetables, so I am looking forward to trying this recipe as it stands. 

Get the recipe here.

Breakfast for dinner for grown-ups. Get the recipe here.

 

10. Ham, Eggs, and Cheese Grilled Cheese

Ok, this recipe is quite simple and in my opinion one that we’ve all tried, the only difference being the use of a waffle maker.  I have done this on George Forman grill so any portable grill will work fine with this recipe.

Get the recipe here.

 

 

11. Spring Vegetable Egg Casserole

When I hear the casserole, the first thing that comes to mind is entertaining.  This is a quick easy recipe that can be accompanied by a nice healthy salad. 

Get the recipe here.