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THE ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSE JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER

ISSUE 202

www.alternativeuniverse.ca

CHAT FROM VcToria


Click Here> Geof Gray Cobbs [my late Father] original works Prices of Psychic Reads


A warm welcome to all my new readers that have subscribed to my Newsletter.


GREAT NEWS! : Last month I asked if anyone was interested in my restoring Reiki classes. I had enough response and interest to set dates and a Level One and Two Class. September 29th and 30th 2018. I only take 6 students per class. If you wish to read about the class and what you will learn please click here>Reiki Level One and Two


If you wish to sign up you may either register on my webstore> or call me with a deposit. I do not sign you up until I have a $100 deposit. Click here to register with the deposit. >Deposit for Reiki


VIP: As most of you know, I choose not to do any ‘full’ reads at my office while the summer festivals, that I take part in, are on. From June 20th 2018 to September 4th 2018 I am unavailable, unless you drop by any festival that I am a part of. I do NOT do Full reads at festivals, so if you are someone who waits for me each year to do a mini read know that I am in all the festivals.


INFORMATION: My book is now available from Amazon and other places. To see the forty year old love letters that are scanned and up on the website, PLUS pictures of me and Donald, the main characters in my memoir, and others, you may go to my Author website that is up and running. www.vctoriagray.com


The only way to get an autographed copy of my book is to order it from my website. If you wish to do that then Click Here>Then Now and Forever by VcToria Gray There is also a choice of ONE MP3 file gifted to the order from my website. You may choose either a Guided Meditation or Attracting Money or Removing Negative Energy. These are my later Fathers work and always receive rave reviews.

If you wish to read the first three chapters this link will take you there. >PREVIEW of Chapters Then Now and Forever a Memoir by VcToria Gray


If you choose to buy the book, know that every action in it was true. Every emotion was factual. Every lesson was learnt. :)  Thank you for supporting my work if you choose to buy. Please feel free to comment on my blog on the author’s website. Or a review on Amazon, as some have chosen to do. I have a five star rating so far. www.amazon.ca


CHAT BEGINS: June began and I was very aware that I had limited time till the first long festival started. Because of this I cleaned the house, stocked up on pet food, bought groceries for myself and whatever I saw fit to get ready.


June 1st I did the yearly little gig that I do on the street in Tofield. It’s a carnival on the main street that I really enjoy doing because of the atmosphere and people. The following morning, at the ungodly hour of 8 am, I arrived at Spa Lady to set up for their little gig. It was not as busy as I had hoped for, but many people took my information and one person booked a full read at my office. It only ran till 2 pm so I was OK!! There is another one in January that I do plan to do, as I feel winter time attracts more folks to the gym. Next I had a house party up in Fort Saskatchewan and the rest of the month till the 14th reads seemed to be plentiful. Most likely because I mentioned that I am not doing office reads till September :)  Next little gig was The Night Market, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed that 2 day event. It started at 3 pm each day and ran till 11 pm. I am totally a night person and LOVE, LOVE, the silence and moon energy of the dark. I wish all shows started at 3 pm :) I will be doing this gig again in October.


Lastly I set up for The Works festival on June 20th. This year it is taking place at The Legislation Plaza on 99th Ave and 108 Street in Edmonton, Alberta. I will be here until July 3rd every day from 11 am to 9.30 pm. I realise that you will not get this Newsletter till June 30th but you still have time to come down and get a mini psychic read and see many artists and free live music. I am also selling my book, so you would get an autographed copy, plus a wee channelled message inscribed for you.


So, two things happened this month. Let me start with the biggie. I have a new cat. I rescued a nine year old Siamese male. I have named him Luke. How did he arrive in my life? I foolishly sometimes look at the lost and found pages of ACC. And damn if there was not a cat that was the spitting image of Solomon, my cat who passed over November 2017. I called ACC and asked how long he would be held. “10 days” they said “and then he would belong to the city if he was not claimed”. To make a very long story short, he was not claimed and I took him in. Bad, bad, timing as I had to pick him up the same day as my 13 day show started. Since I have two other cats I had to keep him away from them while I was not home. He got my office that has a window that takes him out to the cat cage. At night, once I got home I let him out. Boy is he curious. No manners either LOL. He jumped on the kitchen counters, then onto the kitchen table. Then BOOM up on top of the fridge. Then up to the top of the 10 foot scratching post and BOOM flew off onto the couch below. Ran all over the house, sniffing everything in sight, and making little growls when he found a smell he did not like. However, when I went up to my bedroom to watch TV he ran up after me and curled up and slept for the whole night. Venus one of my cats is OK with him, she’s not a 100% sure, but not awfully annoyed. China, my more dominant cat hisses at him, she slapped his face once, but really is not overly bothered either. I let him out to the garden last night but unfortunately he jumped the eight foot fence and decided he would like to walk along it. I had to grab a coat and run around the side of the house and grab him. There went his garden time. I do not know if he will come back or go looking for his previous home if I let him wander. He is, it would appear, very happy at my home. It is only the 3rd day he is here and once the show is over I will be home for an entire week and I will let him roam and see what happens. Keeping an eye on him of course.


Second thing that happened, was the same night I was leaving the show to go and pick him up. As exhausted as I was, I had no choice but to go get him as someone had picked him up for me. Then the bloody van would not start. Here I am stranded downtown with a van that is going ‘click, click, click as I turn the key. I know that it is either the battery or the starter. I text my grandson who says “yup, on my way to get you in 5 minutes” Then the Angels look down and for some reason my van fires up. Text back the grandson and tell him. “Great”, he texts back “just let me know if you break down on the way home” I don’t, and when I arrive at the place where I am picking up the cat I leave the van running while I grab him. The next day the van goes ‘click click ‘ After several turns of the key it fires up. I take it to the dealership, grab a lift with their shuttle to the festival, at 3 pm they call telling me it’s the battery. Thank You Angels. Cost of repairing and installing was $260 much to my relief. Son picked me up that night and drove me to the dealership where my van had been placed on the side street for me.


That my readers was my excitement for the month LOL. Still it is only the 24th today. Seems the festival is VERY slow on weekends. The week days so far have been AWESOME. Thus it was the reason I brought the computer today and very happy I did as today, Sunday has started out very slow as well. However, on the plus side, I can get my Newsletter done and up on the website to go out on time.

Today is now the 27th and I have to say that the location of this festival is a wee bit disappointing. However, as I have always said ‘this is my clear the clutter year and either I will not do this festival next year, or split the days with a person I work with when it gets too busy.’ I will decide next year not now.


I am ending off today, the 27th,  with words of wisdom I hope. :) Enjoy summer, take breaks for yourself. Meditate and do not ignore the journey that life is all about. Observe, learn, ask, and understand. It’s all about the moment of the journey that is absorbed and creates the distance.


CAT COSTS: ANOTHER VERY cheap month for me. Tinned food came to $29.43. Dry food was $15.49. Kitty litter came to $100.43. Raw meat came to $41.84. Treats came to $9.99. Total month came to $197.18. If the cat costs are under $200 I am one happy camper. :) 

If you are thinking of getting a pet please know that from the cute stage, they grow with personality to adult stage. Animals feel with unconditional love from their souls. They get attached and used to their homes. If you cannot give up 12-18 years and maybe longer, do NOT get a pet. It is not a companion till you find a mate, have a child, decide to move to an apartment that will not allow pets, it is a companion for life. They also need dental care, checkups and GOOD food. Not this cheap, no nutrient food that I see so many people buy. Your pets will suffer later just as you would if all you ate was junk.


Look at rescue places for loving animals. These pets will not only be grateful, it's almost like they know you saved them and love and adore you for it. Think before you add to your life. Can you give this type of commitment? If the answer is yes then enjoy looking for your new companion. Think older if you can, for some reason older pets are harder to re-home and they are much sadder as they wait not knowing what it was they did to be removed from the homes they knew.


My Coincidence this Month: HA!!! I am finally Instagram and hash tag savvy! Some may smile, but I never really understood the tech behind these two. Then Face Book offered some free on line seminar about Instagram and business that I signed up for. Once there I discovered it was more for people who understood the reason behind Instagram! So I was still perplexed by the purpose of these two things. Next, I went into a Night Market, and a vendor was right beside me, who was the seller of bath bombs that I had befriended at some shows, and bought some lovely smelling bombs off her. I mentioned this on line seminar to her and how I was still in the dark about Instagram. She said ‘do you have an account’? “Yup” I replied. She walked over to my table, took my phone and went bing, bing, bing, this is the upload, this is that and this is for that. Then she explained the principle behind hash tags. ALL made sense, and I am now the Instagram/hash tag queen LOL. Right time to learn, right person came at the right time to complete the learning. Now I understand the business seminar that I took. So happy.


APPOINTMENTS

VcToria books her appointments around your schedule. The only time she will not book is first thing in the morning. Appointments are from 1pm to midnight. Her office is located in the West End of Edmonton, AB.


Home Office Appointments: Please look at my website for prices and the package of your choice before you call. Please note I do NOT do the mini reads at home that I do at the shows around town. Or out of town.

Please go to www.alternativeuniverse.ca under the menu bar for all prices and descriptions of reads. 780-4817238 OR click here to go directly to the prices>Prices of Psychic Reads


 AWARENESS


To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.- Romain Rolland, Nobe


VcToria’s Comment: From a tee shirt a person was wearing at The Edmonton Fringe 2017: YOU CANNOT LOVE ANIMALS IF YOU WALK AROUND WITH A BELLY FULL OF THEM.


PROTEIN


Protein is an essential nutrient your body uses to build and repair tissues. So many people ask me where I get the protein from since I am vegan. My answer is ‘I skip the middle man, the poor animal who gets their protein from grass and veggies.” Then it is murdered and people are told this is where protein comes from. Weigh yourself and know that the amount of protein you need daily comes from what you weigh. You need .8 of a gram of protein for each kilogram you weigh. One kilogram =2.2 lbs for those who are still on that system.


Here are 10 healthy vegetables that contain a fair amount of protein.

1. Watercress

Watercress is a cruciferous plant that grows in water and has a high protein content.

One cup (34 grams) of chopped watercress contains 0.8 grams of protein and 100% of your RDI of vitamin K. It also has good amounts of B vitamins, calcium, manganese, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C (1).


Moreover, watercress has been shown to offer antioxidant protection. It also contains phenolic compounds that may help prevent cancer (23456).

Avoid boiling watercress in water, since this will decrease the antioxidant content. Instead, try eating raw watercress in salads, stuff it in sandwiches or blend it in smoothies (7).

Protein Content: One cup (34 grams) of watercress contains 0.8 grams of protein, while 100 grams of watercress contain 2.3 grams. Protein accounts for 50% of its calories.


2. Alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts are very low in calories, but rich in nutrients.

One cup (33 grams) of alfalfa sprouts provides 1.3 grams of protein. This vegetable also has decent amounts of folate, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and vitamins K and C (8).


A couple of studies performed in animals demonstrated that alfalfa sprouts can reduce cholesterol levels. This was thought to be due to their high content of saponins, a group of compounds that can lower cholesterol (910).

One study treated 15 people who had high blood lipid levels with 40 grams of alfalfa seeds, three times daily, for eight weeks. These people had a 17% reduction in total cholesterol and an 18% reduction in "bad" LDL cholesterol (11).

Alfalfa sprouts have also been shown to decrease inflammation, reduce symptoms of menopause and help treat and prevent osteoporosis (12131415).


Protein Content: One cup (33 grams) of alfalfa sprouts contains 1.3 grams of protein, while 100 grams of sprouts contain 4 grams of protein. Protein accounts for 42% of its calories.


3. Spinach

Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense leafy green vegetables you can eat.

Protein accounts for 30% of its calories and it contains all the essential amino acids. A 1-cup (30-gram) serving provides 1 gram of protein and 181% of the RDI for vitamin K (16).

It also contains high amounts of folate, manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C (16).

Besides its high protein content, spinach contains plant compounds that can increase antioxidant defense and reduce inflammation (17).

In one study, 20 athletes who took spinach supplements for 14 days experienced reduced oxidative stress and less muscle damage (18).

Another study gave nitrate-rich spinach to healthy participants and measured its effects on their levels of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule normally used in the body to widen the blood vessels.

The study also measured endothelial function and blood pressure. Nitrate-rich spinach was found to increase nitric oxide, improve endothelial function and lower blood pressure, all of which can improve heart health (19).


Lastly, regularly consuming spinach has been linked to as much as a 44% lower risk of breast cancer (20).

Protein Content: One cup (30 grams) of raw spinach contains 0.9 grams of protein, while 100 grams of spinach contain 2.9 grams. Protein accounts for 30% of the calories in spinach.


4. Chinese cabbage or bok choy

Chinese cabbage, also known as bok choy, is a good source of vegetable protein.

One cup (70 grams) of Chinese cabbage contains 1 gram of protein. It's also an excellent source of folate, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron and vitamins A, C and K (21).


A number of cell studies showed that Chinese cabbage is rich in compounds with antioxidant activity. Its outer leaves appear to contain the most antioxidants. Plus, it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties (222324).

It seems like some studies agree that high intakes of Brassica vegetables, like Chinese cabbage, can decrease the risk of prostate cancer (25).


Additionally, an animal study showed that taking supplements of Chinese cabbage powder reduced the risk of liver cancer (26). VcToria comments here: See how animas are used in all studies. I cannot fathom why this could not have been done on humans.

Chinese cabbage is used in many Asian recipes, such as stir-fries, kimchi, soups and spring rolls.


Protein Content: One cup (70 grams) of shredded Chinese cabbage contains 1 gram of protein, while 100 grams of Chinese cabbage contain 1.5 grams. Protein accounts for 28% of its calories.

5. Asparagus


Asparagus is a very popular vegetable with a high nutrient content.

A 1-cup (134-gram) serving contains 2.9 grams of protein. It is also an excellent source of B vitamins, folate, copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins A and K (27).

Asparagus is thought to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties (28).

It also contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which provide prebiotic benefits, stimulating the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria (2930).


Asparagus can be cooked in the oven, grilled, boiled, steamed or pan-fried and it is wonderful in salads or as a side dish.

Protein Content: One cup (134 grams) of asparagus contains 2.9 grams of protein, while 100 grams of asparagus contain 2.2 grams. Protein accounts for 27% of the calories in asparagus.

6. Mustard greens


Mustard greens belong to the Brassica family and are very similar to kale but with a distinct mustard flavor.

A 1-cup (56-gram) serving of mustard greens provides 1.5 grams of protein, as well as 348% of the RDI for vitamin K and 118% of the RDI for vitamin A. It is also high in manganese, calcium, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E (31).

Mustard greens, like other plants, contain phenolic compounds that give them antioxidant properties (2432).

A test-tube study demonstrated that steaming mustard greens increases their ability to bind to bile acids. This may help them reduce cholesterol levels (33).


The same study found that steaming may have similar positive effects on collard greens, kale, cabbage, green peppers and broccoli.

This veggie can be steamed, boiled, sautéed or simply eaten raw in salads.

Protein Content: One cup (56 grams) of chopped mustard greens contains 1.5 grams of protein, while 100 grams of mustard greens contain 2.7 grams. Protein accounts for 25% of the calories in mustard greens.


7. Broccoli

Broccoli is a very popular vegetable that also happens to be high in protein. It can be enjoyed raw or cooked.

A 1-cup (91-gram) serving of raw chopped broccoli can provide 2.6 grams of protein, including all the essential amino acids. It also contains plenty of folate, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins C and K (34).

For all these nutrients, a 1-cup serving of broccoli contains only 31 calories.

Broccoli also provides high amounts of plant compounds and flavonoids, like kaempferol. These can provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits (3536).


Similar to all other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli has a high content of glucosinolates, compounds that may help reduce the risk of cancer (373839).

Like mustard greens, broccoli has a higher capacity to bind to bile acids when it's steamed than when it's raw, so eating steamed broccoli may help reduce cholesterol levels in your blood (33).

Additionally, broccoli can help improve liver health by stimulating detoxification and the production of antioxidant compounds in the liver (40).

Broccoli can be steamed, roasted, baked or sautéed. You can use it to make tasty side dishes, soups and sauces.

Protein Content: One cup (91 grams) of chopped broccoli contains 2.6 grams of protein, while 100 grams of broccoli contain 2.8 grams. Protein accounts for 20% of the calories in broccoli.


8. Collard greens

Collard greens are a dark green, loose-leafed vegetable from the same family as kale, broccoli and cauliflower.

A 1-cup (36-gram) serving contains 0.9 grams of protein with only about 11 calories. The vitamin K content is particularly remarkable, with 230% of the RDI in a 1-cup serving (41).

Additionally, collard greens are an excellent source of calcium, potassium and manganese (41).

As another member of the Brassica family, collard greens are a good source of phenolic compounds and antioxidants (3242).

The high levels of antioxidants in collard greens have been linked to a decreased risk of developing prostate cancer (25).

One study reported that people who eat cruciferous vegetables like collard greens are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer (43).


Collard greens can also bind to bile acids in your gut, helping to reduce your cholesterol levels. One study showed that steam cooking boosts this benefit (33).

You can enjoy collard greens steamed or sautéed. They're particularly tasty mixed with other veggies like onions and mushrooms.

Protein Content: One cup (36 grams) of chopped collard greens contains 0.9 grams of protein, while 100 grams of collard greens contain 2.5 grams. Protein accounts for 20% of the calories in collard greens.


9. Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts can be a great addition to your diet. They're a good source of protein, fiber and vitamins.

A 1-cup (88-gram) serving contains 3 grams of protein and up to 3.3 grams of fiber. Brussels sprouts are also rich in folate, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and vitamins K, C, A and B6 (44).

A study in animals showed that Brussels sprouts can promote the growth and health of intestinal bacteria and stimulate the production of short-chain fatty acids in the gut (45).


People usually cook Brussels sprouts by boiling, steaming, grilling or roasting. They are an ideal side dish.

Protein Content: One cup (88 grams) of Brussels sprouts contains 3 grams of protein, while 100 grams of Brussels sprouts contain 3.4 grams. Protein accounts for 19% of the calories in this food.


10. Cauliflower

Like broccoli, cauliflower provides a high amount of protein for the number of calories it delivers.

One cup (100 grams) of cauliflower has 2 grams of protein and 25 calories. It is also a great source of vitamins C and K and minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron (46).

Cauliflower also contains a high amount of a particular glucosinolate compound called sinigrin. This is thought to have anticancer, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (384748).


The glucosinolate content of cauliflower may drop significantly when it's cooked. Therefore, cauliflower may be better eaten raw (48).

However, cauliflower is also high in other antioxidants that are preserved during cooking and may even increase after cauliflower is steamed or microwaved (49).

Like several other vegetables on this list, cauliflower has the potential to reduce cholesterol levels because of its capacity to bind bile acids. Steaming cauliflower increases this capacity (50).

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be adapted to a variety of recipes. In many cases, it can be used as a substitute for starchy carbs.

Protein Content: One cup of cauliflower weighs 100 grams and contains 2 grams of protein. Protein accounts for 19% of its calories.

VcToria's INFORMATION

Phone Readings: VcToria offers phone reads by appointment. She books seven days a week from 1pm till Midnight. VcToria prefers to see her clients in person, but if you do not reside in Edmonton and are not in any of the towns she travels to, please do call for a phone read. Click Here> Phone or Skype Reads


House Parties: VcToria offers house parties catered around your choice. She can supply as many psychics as you need for your party. Click Here> House Parties She also offers her services to corporate events. Click Here>Corporate Events. If she is driving through your town you can also arrange a house party at that time. She will stop and do mini psychic reads for your guests. Please call to see when she is traveling and if she is passing your way.


Readings: VcToria offers five packages of readings. You may choose from a variety of Tarot Cards/Numerology/Palmistry/Mind, Body and Soul/Astrology Charts and the latest read The Third Eye. To view her packages please click on this link Prices of Psychic Reads


Clearings: Do you need your home or office cleared of bothersome energies? VcToria offers clearings of all homes and offices in Edmonton. If you wish to have a home or office clearing and she is passing through your town she will stop to accommodate you. VcToria uses her Fathers voice and direction to start the clearings. She then uses her own energy, crystals and smudging to clear and heal your home. You will also have a personal clearing. For more information or to book an appointment please call her. 780-481-7238.You may also purchase the protective/energy clearance CD that VcToria has always used, on the website store.> Remove Negative Energy. Note this is VcToria’s late Fathers original work.


Personal Clearings: VcToria will open up your chakras by activating her Reiki knowledge then ask your guides to be present. She will then smudge and clear you, speaking very clearly about removing energy as she cleanses. You will leave with your chakras balanced and your aura energy vibrating. As a physical body needs a bath or shower so the outer energy needs clearing every so often. Duration of personal cleanse 10-15 minutes. Only available in conjunction with a reading.

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