There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  If you are thinking about losing weight, on a Keto diet, or are a Diabetic,  then counting carbohydrates is a way of life. There are apps that can give you a quick response if you are at a restaurant and considering your meal.  In the beginning, if you need to learn about carbohydrates, particularly if you are a Type 1 Diabetic, it seems complicated.  When my son was diagnosed twenty-four years ago when he was a child, my first visit to the grocery took two and one half hours.  Eventually you learn though.  For example, did you know the amount of carbohydrates in peas or corn?   Lovely vegetables that they are, they are high in basic sugar even though none is added.  The only plus about peas is that they are also a probiotic.  If you decide to indulge, remember rice and pasta are sugar to your bloodstream.  You will need to consider an exercise plan otherwise your sugar will hit the roof!  If you pay attention, you can enjoy lovely meals without overindulging in carbohydrates.  The one thing most people don’t understand is that whatever you eat if its on the high side, the carbohydrates will give you more sugar than a candy bar.  Fruits are on the list but also fast food should go off your radar.  There are many apps and plenty of books but common sense works best.  I never wrote a story about a Type 1 Diabetic in any of my stories.  I guess it is something to consider.  The good Gus series is available on Kindle with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones. As we round the corner to the end of the year people begin thinking about estate plans and wills.  Read “Misplaced Trust” before making a choice.  It will open your eyes.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

During this crisis, many people are beginning to question their eating habits. Because they cannot buy all their favorite foods and eat at restaurants they are now discovering eating at home again after many years.  Although yesterday as I went to the health grocery store when I drove home I was shocked and amazed that the line at the window of Chick-fil-a was around the corner.  Apparently take away in the U.S. continues.  I have not heard of this in Europe.  A chef commented today on the internet about people changing their lifestyles in terms of the foods that they eat.  He believes that people will realize that eating healthy might prevent catching the virus in the future.  Other articles remind people to grow and or eat fresh herbs.  Whenever a new cook starts out, they generally begin with a semi-homemade recipe.  Then, because they feel that they are on the path to better health they experiment with fresh herbs.  For example, a simple tea sandwich you could make easily is this.  Soften and mix cream cheese and add a dash of lemon juice.  Cut up fresh dill, parsley or the fresh herb of your choice and blend well.  Trim the crust of two pieces of bread and spread with the cream cheese mix.  Peel and slice some cucumber, tomato,  or any other type of vegetable you might like and place on the cream cheese mix.  It’s a quick easy sandwich that you can completely enjoy.  It’s a small step towards better health.  Just an update regarding dog number three at my daughter’s.  A neighbor, who is a nurse, was grateful that her dog was found.  Now if she could find a home for Duke who is still a puppy, everyone would be happy.  By the way, my daughter’s original rescue dog, Bonnie, refused to eat in the beginning.  So I did what I used to do with my two Dobermans; I made their food.  If there is no dog food and your dog has no allergies, you can make your own easy inexpensive meals.  Find cheap meats at the grocery such as chicken livers, beef, even turkey and brown it in some oil.  Cook a large pana fair amount of  rice and add some carrots or any type of vegetable your dog will eat.  Use a bouillon cube for the broth.  Then, when the rice is done, add the meat and cook a few minutes longer.  It’s inexpensive and healthy for your dog.   In the Good Gus series everyone did have better health because they ate farm to table food.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

We all have taste buds. However, if you smoke, it does deter your ability to really taste foods.  When I was really young and first went to expensive restaurants with clients, I didn’t understand why they brought a light lime sherbet to clear our taste buds before the next course.  Once, I was at a restaurant that claimed to be upscale and they didn’t bring the sherbet, I instantly understood.  Many restaurants over salt their foods but as my late husband would say, and he was usually right, “The chef smokes.”  It impaled his or her taste buds.  The fast food restaurants do add extra salt and if you wren’t aware, other ingredients to help you become addicted to their food.  Bars always offer salty foods that make your taste buds feel like you need more to drink.  It definitely increases your spending.  There are food type TV shows from the UK and the states that test the contestants’ abilities to stimulate the judges’ taste buds.  Sometimes at the gym, I choose a treadmill with the food shows because I can read the closed captions and follow the shows.  It makes it less boring.  Today, for example, there were four contestants who were celebrities.  I truthfully didn’t know any of them.  I was on the treadmill for the second round.  They gave the chefs boar, patty pan squash, cranberries and a Japanese flavored dipping sauce. They only had thirty minutes. Two of the three people added rice too late in the cooking process.  The person who lost didn’t properly cook all the food and you can see in an instant that her food was unappealing to the taste buds of the judges.  In this hustle and bustle lifestyle, we really need to take time to prepare good food or purchase the types of foods that will stimulate our taste buds and that we will enjoy.  At Mary’s Cafe’, the food was always tasty and was pleasing to the diner’s taste buds.  The series is online at Kindle, Waterstones and Nook.  Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Dog food is quite expensive. Not to mention that dogs now have allergies to various grains which is making it more complicated for their owners to feed them.  Is there a simple solution?  Yes, make your own dog food.  When I had two dobermans, I had a friend who used to give me a case of real meat dog food at a very low price as he was a distributor.  When one of my dogs became ill, the Vet told me to make my own dog food for him.  He improved dramatically.  As dog food is so pricey, you can economise by making your own.  How?  I have a friend who uses raw ground up turkey for her dog.  The dog is healthy and has little or no old age issues.  She also taught this recipe to her brother who now feeds his dog the same way.  She does include a few extra items, but once a week she makes it in bulk and then she has it for the entire week.  When my daughter was taking care of a dog while the family was away, the dog stopped eating.  In order to solve the problem I bought a bag of white rice, a few carrots and chicken livers.  I made two cups of rice with the carrots cut up so they would be easy for the dog to eat.  I fried up the chicken parts (no bones) and added it after the rice had cooked.  The first day my daughter brought the food to the dog,  she gobbled it up.  I made enough for the entire week the family was away.  They were thrilled that the dog was eating.  As always, if you look for a solution a problem will disappear.  In the Good Gus series there were no pets.  There were however, visitors,  in book nineteen, such as “Bandits Come to Pecos.”  You can guess what animals they were.  Remember reading is relaxing for the children and the series is only a click away online at Kindle and Waterstones.  If your child loves the feel of a book, the hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  When you are looking for ‘me’ time, remember “Misplaced Trust” is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

When you are food shopping with dieting in mind, it can be a long drawn out process . One of my favorite adverts  for diets are “Beat Belly Fat” which come in a variety of forms.  What are the latest food shopping trends keeping diets in mind?  Here is a list of the top ten for 2017:  DASH Diet, Mediterranean Diet, MIND Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet, TLC Diet, Volumetrics Diet, Weight Watchers Diet, The Fertility Diet, the Flexitarian Diet, Dr. Weils’ Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Jenny Craig, Ornish Diet, the Traditional Asian Diet and Vegetarian Diet.  In the past there were more weight loss gimmicks such as “How to Lose Ten Pounds in Ten Minutes.”  Were they kidding?  There is also among some of the food trends and diets the various numbers of foods you shouldn’t eat.  When selecting products while food shopping  consider organic.  It was recently posted that many foods from China are filled with pesticides.  They haven’t even begun to address the issue.  The Eurozone is quite particular about the pesticides allowed in their countries.  The United States tries but they export a fair amount of foods from China.  Consider this when food shopping.  Tilapia is grown literally in waste water which is obviously toxic.  The same is true with cod fish.  I didn’t realize that apple juice produced in China  is not only filled with toxins but pesticides as well.  Processed mushrooms are contaminated.  Their garlic is sprayed with toxic chemicals and leave an aftertaste.  Their chicken carries food-born illnesses and the  avian flu.  They also sell plastic rice that is made from the resin from potatoes.  You have to be careful how you heat it and it doesn’t break apart like real rice.  The long term effects are said to be cancer.  They also sell mud and call it black pepper.  Seriously, mud?  They use industrial salt which is supposed to be used be for commercial purposes and sell it as table salt.  Their green peas are actually soy with a green dye and a sodium type bleach. So the next time you are doing food shopping avoid all food trends and diets and read every label of every food you purchase.  In the Good Gus Series as you all know the food shopping  was in the residents gardens with only natural pesticides.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  After your trip to the grocery food shopping and your exhaustion from reading all the labels, relax with a cool drink and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everything you read, ads on the TV, radio, and in magazines all praise milk. Yet, now when you go to the grocery, there isn’t just cow’s milk anymore.  The choices have increased within the past few years.  Most people have drunk cow’s milk their entire lives.  Now there is almond, cashew, soy, rice and coconut just to name a few.  Sometimes they are combined together to form a different flavor.  However, if you have read any previous blogs, and agree with the research, anyone with type O, A,  or B, either positive or negative should not drink cow’s milk.  One of the reasons almond milk has become so popular is that is only thirty calories per serving, if you choose the unsweetened.  That is less than half the calories in a glass of skim milk.  Speaking of which, there has been several studies regarding low fat or no fat dairy products.  The consensus is that whole fat is best.  If you stop and think about it, the product has to be changed to reduce the fat.  In so doing you are technically altering it.  Occasionally, in some yogurts and other low fat dairy products, sugar is added which makes your calorie intake higher than you possibly originally thought.  The proponents of unsweetened almond milk boast that the product is sugar free naturally.  In skim milk there are twelve grams of sugar, most of which is lactose.  What is also significant is that there huge numbers of people around the world who are lactose intolerant.  Their bodies do not produce enough of the enzyme lactase which is required to break down and digest dairy based carbohydrates.  For many individuals, the symptoms begin to appear anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours.  The lactose intolerant person may develop a stomach pain, gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea and occasionally vomiting. All in all not a fun time.  When I was a girl I was forced to have cow’s milk every morning before school.  The end result was that every single day I felt nauseous for hours.  Unfortunately, by the time it cleared up, the only beverage during those days was again milk for lunch.  If you are wondering did I hate school?  The absolute answer was yes, very definitely.  If you are trying to lose weight, then one of the lactose free milks is your answer.  If you would like to try making your own almond milk here is the recipe.  Soak one cup of almonds at least twelve hours in filtered water with a pinch of salt.  Then rinse them and place them in a blender or food processor with four cups of filtered water.  The blending or processing  make take several minutes until it becomes smooth and creams.  After, strain and store in your refrigerator for up to one week.  One last thought, almond milk contains Vitamin D as does regular milk, and  is also an excellent source of Vitamin E.  In addition, it  contains the heart healthy fats.  In the Good Gus series there was only one type of milk, cow’s.  The series is available on Kindle exclusively worldwide.  If you have decided to relax and have a glass of milk,  while you are enjoying it remember that “Misplaced Trust” is an excellent read and is available  on  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

 As anyone ages or if a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, fear of the diseases begins to creep into our brains. Are there ways to stop it now? Suzanne DeLaMonte is credited with coining the term, “Type 3 Diabetes.” She is a sugar neuropathologist.  According to her research, the consumption of too much sugar results in insulin resistance.  Regularly consuming insulin spiking foods can eventually lead to brain degeneration and Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  For example, if you are a fan of cheese, any processed cheese can slowly build up proteins in the body which have been linked to Alzheimer’s.  You are better off to eat a few nuts.  It will satisfy your protein need without ruining your health.  Processed meats, ham, sausage, and bacon all have issues with your brain.  Even smoked meats because they contain a carcinogenic chemical compound, nitrosamines, leads to the destruction of the brain and Alzheimer’s or Dementia.If you love beer, check the label ingredients.  It may contain nitrosamines or nitrates which are the same preservatives in processed meat.  The Mind Diet which I had mentioned in a previous blog does recommend a glass of red wine each day.  Inflammation in you body, which is being studied as a possible cause of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, can occur from the white bread, white rice, pasta group as it raises your insulin.  Don’t let the whole grain bread fool you into thinking that is safe as it has just as many sugars as a doughnut or a bagel.  Beans and vegetables are good alternate choices instead of bread with processed meats. There are good choices to avoid these foods such as salads with spinach, raw or steamed vegetables included in your salad, not to mention a few nuts to add texture.  Also, by reducing the amount of carbohydrates you eat on a daily basis, can drastically reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  In the Good Gus series all the foods were home grown and there was no such thing as processed meats or cheeses.  Sugar had to be kept to a minimum as it was costly and not grown locally.  The books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you feel your brain is being fried and Alzheimer’s or Dementia may be in your future, consider the choices recommended above and take a reading break with “Misplaced Trust.”  The books are available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

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