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 Want a Carefree Saturday!

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Happy Saturday to Ya!

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Rainbow Shots!

Have you ever been out at a social event where the bartender is just off the chain with skills?  I’m not talking about your neighborhood bar where the bartender’s skills are limited to mixing simple drinks like Bacardi and Coke.  No, I am referring to real skills where the bartender show-boats with the multiple bottles of alcohol, tower glass pour and decorative drinks that are too pretty to drink.

 

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Ever wonder how they do it?  Ever wish you were able to do at least one of those cool feats?  Well, wonder and wish no more.  Here’s a “Rainbow Shots,” recipe from the Tipsy Bartender, that you can do at your next function sure to impress your friends, (with a little practice of course).

Happy cocktail making!

Lois “Depurplelady” Percente

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Shots

And She’s Back…

 

 

Hello Beautiful People,

How the hell are you?  Hopefully, you are doing well and are keeping your head way above water, successfully.

As for me,  I am slowly feeling like myself again.  You know how it is…Shit just happens, no need to go into grave details about it.  It’s just sometimes we need to take a step back from our regular routine and examine our lives and put things back into perspective.  And sometimes that is easier said than done.

We sometimes cannot understand the sadness that comes over us and we try like hell to get over it on our own, however, sometimes taking a step back and isolating others, out of fear of taking out our frustrations on others may not be the answer.  But we weather the storm and hopefully pull ourselves out of the dump and return to society.  That be me now and going forward. (Hence, she’s back…)

I know that I do not have to tell/remind you that sometimes “this thing called life,” can be challenging, unpredictable and quite stressful.  Dealing with stress is not an easy task for it causes one to pull away from family members and friends.  Pulling away and putting distance between those we love sends them mixed messages, causing them (your loved ones and friends) pain and suffering.  You may think that hey, “I’m doing them a favor by not sharing what’s on my mind,” or “Not sharing your problems,” because you feel that if you do so you will prompt one or many of these feelings:

  • Looking like a loser
  • Family/Friend won’t understand
  • Will prompt unnecessary advice or obvious solutions
  • Fear of ruining your relationship/friendship

Most often when things go wrong, and when Life decides to throw a monkey wrench in your not so perfect world, but a quite manageable one.   You feel foolish for not being prepared in the event something goes wrong.

When it comes to talking with a family member or a friend one could find this to be a complicated, because thoughts like, “If I confide in them, what will they think of me?,” “Will confiding in said family member or friend, results in them sharing my feelings with someone else (another family member or other mutual friends?”) and (“Can really trust them?”)

And ewww, I can’t begin to express just how pissy I become when someone yo)u decide to confide in, and you begin to speak not completely explaining your situation when the party you’re confiding in decides to cut you off and offer their opinion.  And their solution as to what you should do.  You’re like, “That’s nice, however, if you had let me to finished you would see how that solution you offered has already been tried, or you would see that I already tried that and it made matters worse.”  At this point, the other person is blue in the face and quickly changes the subject.  So much for sharing.

Lastly having the fear of damaging your relationship (with a loved one or friend). This can also apply to a family member who offers up what you should do, or they don’t understand why you are having such a hard time.

It is in my opinion that Life has either shown or has taught some of us a valuable lesson on what part of our lives we should share and what parts of our lives should not be shared.  It is important to keep in mind that our Family and friends (good friends-of which most of us have one or two, in which we can depend upon and share anything with), are not problem solvers, however, sometimes sharing your feelings with one member can relieve some stress and tension.  Most importantly when you decide to share your feelings with someone, it is important to:

Really know that person and know in your heart that they are on your team, and are trustworthy.  And this doesn’t mean that they are the type that is going to agree with you when they know you are wrong. (News Flash: NOT A FRIEND) There is nothing worse than confiding in someone and have others look at you strangely because your business has been put out there.  Second, don’t share all your business, just share what really bothers you.  Or better yet share the solution, (i.e. you are unemployed and funds are running low. The problem is obvious, you stress that you may not find employment before your funds run out, that’s all that needs to be shared). Put out the word what your needs are because the number one priority is finding employment, not how you lost the job and blah, blah, blah.

We also learned from “this thing called Life,” is that it is very unhealthy to hold things in.  But you have a fear of talking to others or you find that you are unable to articulate your feelings, properly to others.  Then go another route.  Yes, there is therapy or a psychiatrist, however, the fear of sharing your life may occur and you wind up talking about everything except what’s bugging you.

I find it therapeutic to write entries in my autobiography. (You fellow writers, will get a kick out this).  I read an article some time ago, by Michael Lewis, “4 Reasons Why You Should Write An Autobiography or Personal Memoir,” and it got me thinking how this may help me, help myself.  Writing an autobiography or Personal Memoir, allows me to deal with my issues.  Writing the words down allows me to examine my situation, express my feelings about them without the worry that someone is going to interject, give me an unfavorable stare or offer solutions that are just preposterous.  This may not help you, however, I thought I would throw it out there.  Why not give it try, next time you feel yourself pulling away from those you love and care about.  Hey, what can it hurt?

Although the autobiography or memoir may never be finished or published, (because the story ends upon my death), at least it is a therapeutic remedy to what ails me and gives me a different outlook on “this thing called life.”  More importantly, there will no longer be a reason to push away loved ones, and friends, with the end result being losing them forever.

I thought it appropriate to add Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” as my sign off. Feels good to be back!

 

Lois “Depurplelady” Percente

 

 

 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Why I am Making Strides

Like so many others, breast cancer is a very personal cause for me. It gives me the chance to make a difference and to honor those touched by breast cancer by raising funds for groundbreaking research, and services for people dealing with breast cancer.  I believe that there will come a day where the pain caused by breast cancer is a thing of the past. And until it arrives, I’m walking to inspire hope to those facing the disease and raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event to help save lives from breast cancer.  I hope you’ll consider signing up too.

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Two years ago, I lost my mentor and great friend Karen Olson to this terrible disease.  Although most of us are acutely aware of how deadly this disease is and how many lives it claims yearly.  The reality of its deadliness doesn’t seem to stick until it becomes personal.

Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in innovative research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer. 

I have signed up to walk and fundraise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I hope you will consider joining my team and/or making a donation in support of my efforts. 

Together, we can make a difference.

Won’t you make a donation today?  No donation is too small. To make a donation please go to this URL: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/LoisPercente

 

 

Inspiration for Today

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  “Stay humble, work hard, be kind.”

 

 

Make Today Count!

Keep in mind today, even when if things don’t go your way, that you are AWESOME! Rule the day!

 

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