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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What Is Your Vote - Should They or Shouldn't They

"It's not fair, there's more of us, aren't there?"

"But, it's the only thing I love to snack on."

"Oh my God, why the dramatics, it's only a little bit."

"That mother thinks she runs the place."

"She's such a drama queen."

"Why should my kid suffer, send your kid to an isolated room or keep the kid home."

"Can't she just go eat in her car, away from everyone else."

And on and on....


What is Your Vote?  Should they or shouldn't they ban certain foods in schools, in work areas, at meetings due to allergies?

I suffer with too many allergy/asthma issues to ban items.  They would need to ban everyone from everything!  People have tried to be considerate, some people anyway, however, it's nearly impossible in my instance.

What is your take on banning nuts in the classroom of a child with a nut allergy or banning it at the job of a person with a nut allergy?  Should those in charge declare such a ban?


Have you ever come up against an uncaring, inconsiderate, selfish person who feels that their rights are being infringed upon?  They seem to forget that while they may be inconvenienced, agreed, someone else could, well, DIE!   My opinion, death outweighs inconvenience.

Have you ever heard any of the above statements?  Do you have a doozy of your own to share?

Let's chat.  Leave a comment on this blog post.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dealing With The Issues Associated With Hashimoto's Disease


I have been diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency


I also suffer from brain fog


I've had stomach issues for years.  I've seen at least five Gastroenterologists and had many tests done, including swallowing a pill that's a camera and many colonoscopies/endoscopies, bloodwork and more.  I do not have Celiac Disease.  I'm scheduled to see a new specialist (Gastro) associated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.  Getting an appointment was difficult.


I have joined many online groups and spoken with people in person.  I learned about a condition called Leaky Gut.  A lot of doctors say it's a farce, but this new allergist/immunologist is the first one to say he believes it's real.

I've been told my stomach issues are in my head more times than I can count.  I assure you, they are not in my head... they are in my stomach!  Ha Ha.  Hey, you gotta keep a sense of humor!

I also see an Endocrinologist and many other doctors.  If it's a GIST, I see them!  Allergist, immunologist, gastroenterologist, hematologist, ophthalmologist, nephrologist, gynecologist, and I'm sure other GISTs I'm forgetting at the moment.
Mainstream medicine is taught to look at numbers (test results), images (test results) and to medicate. If the numbers and images don't "show" them what they think the problem is, they simply give you pills to ease the symptoms.  No one is fixing the problem.  With each pill, they want to give you another and another to combat side effects.


All of this leads to anxiety.  Hashimotos itself causes anxiety, but dealing with the physical and mental issues and the inability to get help from medical professionals, creates even more anxiety. Dealing with daily life can cause much stress.  Even a snowstorm can be anxiety filled.


If you are suffering, realize you are not alone.  Join groups online, join support groups in person if possible, and don't give up trying to find medical professionals to help you. It can be a daunting task, I know.  It can feel isolating to not be understood, but you are not the only person out there suffering.

Don't listen to the ignorant words of others,  Too many people have told me, "I know someone with Hashimotos and they don't suffer..."  Well, I do and many others do.

I find that I have many of the symptoms described below.  There are 300 symptoms or more associated with this illness.

Hashimoto's Disease Symptoms

  • Adrenal issues ------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Anxiety          ------------------------------------------------------------- yes                                        
  • Bipolar disorder             
  • Bloating         ------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Body aches
  • Brain fog and memory issues  ------------------------------------------- yes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic candida
  • Cold all the time and/or cold extremities ------------------------------- yes
  • Constipation or sluggish bowels ----------------------------------------- yes
  • Cognitive and other neurological disorders
  • Depression
  • Difficulty losing weight -------------------------------------------------- yes  
  • Diffuse hair loss and thinning outer third of eyebrows  --------------- yes
  • Dry skin and hair --------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Eczema
  • Elevated cholesterol, LDL and other lipids
  • Fatigue --------------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frequent infections, colds or flus  --------------------------------------- yes
  • Gall bladder issues and gall stones  -------------------------------------- yes
  • Gluten sensitivity ---------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) -------------------------------- yes
  • Heavy feeling throughout body
  • High homocysteine
  • Hormonal dysregulation (adrenal fatigue, PMS, PCOS)
  • Insufficient pancreatic enzymes
  • Irritability ----------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Kidney stones, infection or disease  ------------------------------------- yes
  • Low ferritin, low iron (anemia)
  • Low vitamin D levels ---------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Low progesterone
  • Muscle aches 
  • Neurotransmitter deficiencies: (acetyl-choline, catecholamines, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin)
  • Nutrient deficiency, despite good diet  ---------------------------------- yes
  • Neck discomfort or pain  ------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
  • Pale skin
  • Palpitations
  • Poor concentration, memory and/or motivation ------------------------ yes
  • Quality of life compromised due to symptoms ------------------------- yes
  • Ridges and lines on nails
  • Run down ------------------------------------------------------------------ yes
  • Shortness of breath  ------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Sluggishness --------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Skin problems (dryness, eczema) ---------------------------------------- yes
  • Throat discomfort, swelling or frequent sore throats ------------------- yes
  • Unease
  • Vitiligo
  • Water retention ------------------------------------------------------------ yes
  • Weakness ------------------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Wake feeling tired --------------------------------------------------------- yes
  • Xeric (dry, deficient in moisture, especially eyes and mucous membranes)
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: (Vitamin D, B6, B12, B5, selenium, magnesium, iron, zinc)------ yes
  • Zero or very low energy and more (click link below for more)! ---- yes
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Organic Brussels Sprouts & NYC Restaurant Known For It's Brussels Sprouts!



I had been searching for organic Brussels sprouts for months.  I asked several times at Whole Foods and they told me I wouldn't find them fresh or frozen.  For some reason, finding organic Brussels sprouts is very difficult.  They weren't kidding.  I even searched online to no avail.  And then... when I wasn't looking, there they were!   I found them in Stop & Shop.


I learned to cook from my grandmothers and my mom.  Being of Italian descent, they always made vegetables in oil and garlic. It's how I grew up eating my veggies.  I loved vegetables since I was a very young child.  In fact, my mother told me she couldn't feed me enough as a baby.



A few years back, I went into New York City with my husband and his family. We stopped at an Italian Restaurant/Pizzeria called Otto, owned by Mario Batali.  At the time, I was still able to eat in restaurants, however, I had developed the gluten and nut allergy.  It wasn't as bad as now.  I was able to order a salad and their famous Brussels sprouts.  Yes... when in season, people actually went FOR the Brussels sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts I had at Otto - absolutely delicious
Me about 5 years ago in front of Washington Square Park in NYC and inside the entrance to Otto Restaurant, which is right by the park.  The scene in When Harry Met Sally, when they arrive in New York, takes place in front of the park.  It is where they part ways.  

Many Italian restaurants, and restaurants serving other ethnic foods, offer more than the traditional options.

Growing up, there were always vegetables on the table, even on Sundays.  They were served after the traditional pasta dishes, alongside the meat (usually a roast of some sort) and potatoes.




If you live on Long Island, you don't need to travel into New York City for great Brussels sprouts made Italian style.  Emilio's in Commack offers a few dishes, one being gluten free.

I was very excited to find organic Brussels sprouts.  These days, I generally steam my vegetables and eat them plain. I'm undecided if I will try seasoning the Brussels sprouts with organic extra virgin olive oil and organic garlic.  See video below for steaming process.  


Yes, I was a strange child.  Most children don't like many vegetables and despise the dreaded spinach or Brussels sprouts serving bowl being placed on the table.  I was in my glory.  Those were my two favorite vegetables.  I couldn't get enough.


If you eat all organic and happen to love Brussels sprouts, check your local Stop & Shop if you have one.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Memories - Vintage Foods From Years Gone By

Food is a huge part of life.  See my article Family, Friends, Food & Fun.  Fun foods from our younger years can bring back wonderful memories of family, special events, holidays and what life was like at that time!

Ahhhh, memories of when I was a kid and I could eat "normally."  For me, these memories are even more precious because even if I wanted to, I can't eat those things anymore.


My mom always made healthy meals.  Every night for dinner there was something from all the food group. From a young child, I've loved vegetables.  She limited our "junk food" and the foods displayed here were not eaten often.


Snack Pack chocolate pudding in a CAN!!!!!  It just doesn't taste the same in plastic.  This brings back memories of elementary school.  I would eat my lunch, my fruit and save the pudding for last.  I still save the best for last.

Hearing the pop of the cover and the aroma of the pudding hitting my nose just made harder days a little easier. I NEVER traded my pudding with anyone!


Jiffy Pop!  The kids today have no idea what they are missing.  My children, when they were young, were appalled that I had to actually stand over a stove and shake a "pot" to get popcorn.  It was completely barbaric in their opinions.

Jiffy Pop was a treat.  We were never allowed to eat anywhere in the house but the kitchen, except at certain times.  During the holidays, when the children's shows were airing, mom would let us eat popcorn in the den while we watched.


Gerber baby food.  I am the oldest child.  My cousins and I would "steal" the baby's food and eat it as desserts.  The Custard pudding was delicious. I remember sitting around the kitchen table giggling with my cousins.  Mom started buying it for us to eat as a snack, so the baby didn't go hungry (just kidding, no one ever went hungry.)  She bought it for fun.


Chipwich - What an ingenious idea!  Take two existing products, put them together and become a millionaire!  The Chipwich was invented, if you could call it an invention, in 1981 by Richard LaMotta. Ahhhh, the Chipwich - I have fond memories of this ice cold treat.


I worked on Wall Street in New York City during the summer during high school and college.  I was a paid intern for the company my dad worked for.


There was a Chipwich cart a few feet from the front door of the building, The lines went down the block and it was impossible to buy a Chipwich during lunch hour.  So.... my friend and I would take a "bathroom break" every so often and go down to the street around 3 p.m.to buy a Chipwich.  There were plenty of giggles as we planned our adventure. I think our boss knew but didn't mind.

Me, one of the summers I worked on Wall Street as an intern.
Whenever I see a  Chipwich, I have fond memories of the fun times working summers on Wall Street and of my good friend for several summers.  I still remember her name, Sharon. Her dad was also a long-time employee of the company and she too was an intern.  Sharon was a black girl with the most gorgeous skin, the best smile and the greatest personality.


If it had been today, Sharon and I could have easily stayed  in touch. Back then, I lived on Long Island, she lived in The Bronx, that was a long-distance call and they were expensive. I wish I could remember her last name, I'd love to look her up.


Hostess Fruit Pies.  My grandmother used to buy these as a treat.  She loved to have one in the afternoon with a cup of coffee.  Us kids would pop in and had to have one.  We sat around Grandma's table, nibbling our fruit pies and had great conversations. Sometimes she'd tell us about the "old days", which led to breaking out her old photo albums. I'd give anything to sit at the table one more time over a fruit pie (even though I can't eat it anymore) and chat with Grandma.


Fluff was never my favorite.  I think I tried it once.  However, if my mom would have let her, my sister would have lived on Fluffernutter sandwiches.

I have fond memories of my sister trying to convince mom that eating a fluffernutter sandwich daily was a good idea.  My sister didn't win that one.


Nutter Butter - My mom enjoyed these.  I wasn't a fan.  Seeing the commercial (see video below) brings back memories of life in the 1970's.



We moved into the house my parents still own in the early 70's and life was good.  We lived in a great school district, a beautiful neighborhood and it was a fun time to be a kid.


Mrs. Paul's Fishsticks - Old fashioned people of Italian descent still followed the old-school 'Catholic rule of no meat on Fridays back in the 70's.  We would go to my grandparents' house on Friday nights.  Grandma would make spaghetti, fishsticks and salad for dinner. 

I haven't eaten a fishstick in about 30 years, (I certainly can't now) but they will always remind me of Friday nights at my grandparents' house.  


Pizza - Once myself and the older cousins became teens and started going out with friends on Friday nights, mom turned Friday into pizza night.  By then, my grandparents were living with us. The rule was, us kids had to clean the kitchen and feed the dogs every night .  We were in too much of a rush to eat and go out.  Pizza on paper plates solved the clean up problem. Friday nights have been pizza night for 37 years (unfortunately, I can no longer partake).  Yes... they do order meat on the pizza now.


Stuffed artichokes!  When I was a kid, every Sunday we drove from Long Island into Queens to my paternal grandparents' house for dinner.  Sometimes, along with all the other traditional foods, my grandmother would make stuffed artichokes.  

My grandmother was an amazing cook.  She could make a cardboard box taste good.  Artichokes were eaten after the first course of pasta and gravy meat and the second course of a roast with vegetables and salad. 




Eating an artichoke is messy but delicious.  As a kid, I'd share with relatives and listen to the banter around the table.  Anyone could pop in.  It was loud, confusing, and sounded like people were fighting. They weren't,  You felt loved and safe. 


Hamburger Helper - The marketing worked.  We kept asking mom to try this. She wasn't a fan, however, that silly hand got to us.  We were convinced it would make mom's life easier.  It wasn't a gourmet meal but it excited us.  My mom is an exceptional cook, yet, when she would make Hamburger Helper, we thought we hit the jackpot. 


Hershey's Chocolate - those delightful little chocolates bring big memories.  Their delectable scent is embedded in my brain.  One whiff of a Hershey's Miniature Chocolate and I'm back in Queens at my grandparents' house.  My grandmother used to keep candy in her dresser drawer and all us kids knew it.  She left it there for us!  Grandma also put a bowl of candies out in the evening, along with bowls of  fruits and nuts.  


Prince Spaghetti Commercial - I don't think anyone in my family used this brand.  In fact, sometimes there would be homemade pasta on the table and us kids used to help make it!  This commercial always gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling.  Even though we lived in New York, not Boston, the commercial is very authentic.  The family scenes are like my family.  As a kid, seeing this commercial just "brought me home."  

Seeing foods, smells, the taste of foods, ways of preparing foods, recipes, all play a big part in forming who we are and cementing lifetime memories of more than just a meal.


What are some of vintage foods that bring back some wonderful memories?  Leave a comment on this blog post.  
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