CHAT FROM VcToria
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VIP: If you have a diabetic cat I have a bottle of Caninsulin [insulin expiry October 2018] almost full. I also have needles, about 25 Accu Check strips for blood testing and most everything else you would need for a diabetic cat. I am letting this go for free. If a rescue needs it, or yourself, please contact me. I am in the West End for pick up.
Another luxurious month of rest and enjoyment. If I start to feel restless I simply focus on the memories of the back to back shows and a smile comes to me and I go back to resting. Not lazy resting though. Productive resting! Lets’ look back at my month.
My carpets are done! Last month I said I was steaming and cleaning all my carpets in the house. I cannot believe how dirty my carpets were. I usually do them professionally but it costs an arm and a leg. I had bought a wonderful Bissell carpet cleaner last year with the intention of doing them all by myself. BUT the dirt!! I was surprised. A tip!! If you do have a stain that is hard to remove do this: Spray the stain with Windex. Then take a cloth or paper towel and rest a warm iron on top till it steams. The towel will then lift up the stain.
Now I am removing all unwanted things from my home. Still, have you ever thrown something out and then wished you had not? I have especially in book areas. This time I am buying those plastic containers and putting everything in them with a list. Then I plan to store the containers in the garage. If, by this time next year, I have not regretted anything I will throw out the contents.
Talking about unwanted things. Most people know I live by my Numerology seasons. My belief is that just like the Universe shows us, we too have a time to seed, awaken, grow, mature, receive and then clear the clutter for the next harvest. It only works if you plant at the correct time. I liken it to a garden. If you do not plant, nothing grows. I covered this in my January Newsletter. However, this is my Nine Season, technically my Nine Personal Year. Meaning ‘get rid of what you do not need or want’ OR it will follow you to your next nine year cycle. My weight is what I wish to get rid of. I planned to leave 20 lbs in this year. Thus being guaranteed it will not follow me over to 2019 and stay stuck on me. LOL. My plan was to lose two pound a month. 12 x 2 = 24. It has NOT been so. I am really pissed. Therefore I am dropping all nuts, rice and potatoes for the month of March. I am going on a FULL 30 day plant based only. If this does not work I will increase my working out. I will keep you posted. Its true, the older you get the more the body changes and the less weight comes off. I need to half my portions too as I eat a lot and I mean a lot LOL. All vegan of course. It’s how I keep my energy levels so high.
My second edit came back. It is almost completed to be returned and then the cover will be designed and the book put together. I have separated ways from my ghost writer. We do not see eye to eye on many things like organization and being on time. Plus I found that all the marketing ideas she had were a little off. I am now on my own with editing and design plus marketing. Finding my creative writing areas. Quite enjoying it too. I feel that if my book is supposed to be a success it will be. Today is Feb 26th and I sent the final edit back this morning. Now to await the design cover and proof it. I will cover the entire ‘how I feel’ about self-publishing and who I used [Tellwell] when all is finalized.
I am doing a book launch in Fort Mc Murray on April 26 at Coles Book Store. More information will follow and for those of you who live in Fort McMurray you will be notified by e-mail. I will be doing a talk, a small read and autographing.
This month my treadmill bit the dust. I prefer to work out at home as it’s easier for me. A gym is nice but I hate driving to and from it. Plus none of them have swimming pools any more. Off to Flaman I went to buy a new treadmill. I chose a Bow flex BXT116 made by Nautilus. Service was Ok. Delivery came on time and the guys set the treadmill up. I had asked the sales guy if it ran in kilometres. He said yes. I had a heck of a time finding this. Nowhere in the manual did it show how to flip this from miles. I called the company and got GREAT service. Once flipping the weight in Kgs it did change the speed of running to kilometres. BUT!!! It would not change the distance from registering in miles. Unbelievable. Next the speed went up in .2 as opposed to .1. I hate that as I usually run manually. Next I tried out the pre-set programs and lo and behold you have to adjust the speed yourself. Never have I experienced that on pre-set programs. I tried to get used to the machine but hate it. It is being returned and I will be exchanging it for another. This time I’ll check all programs, speed etc. before it leaves the store. Luckily Flaman has a good exchange policy. Will be doing this sometime this week. Next month I’ll update you.
So far this month I have only had eight clients!! Yup eight. Normally in the winter I get seven or eight per week. I don’t know if it is the economy, the cold weather or just the Universe saying ‘rest my dear’. You have enough money for the winter. Either way I chug along. Money is an interesting thing for me. I have ALWAYS, and I mean always, had money show up when it is needed. I can go back to my teenage years and I was always OK. Whenever I saved, something happened that created a ‘need’ to spend it. I assume, and I am rarely wrong, that money will always show up when I need it now. Still it’s funny when I review this and note ‘I always have enough’ but I am never rich in finances. Rich in peace and I’d rather have that. I always say, if your bills are paid why worry about money.
I shopped once a week for groceries and cat stuff. I put together my taxes for my accountant and got that off. I had a volunteer color therapy session with Jackie Pierce as she was teaching a class and needed a volunteer for her student. Thank You for that Jackie. She also helped me with scanning some papers over for a show. My scanner tends to act up and I have no patience for it. I need a new one and one will arrive later this year.
Next I had a lovely dinner out with my son. He texted unexpectedly and asked me out. He took me to an Indian restaurant so we both could eat. Lots of vegan stuff at Indian places. Next I had a lovely lunch with my friend Louise as we discussed business and personal stuff. Other than that I stayed home and lounged around, watched TV, finished up a series of David Baldacci books. Ordered the next series and have just started that. Groomed the cats, cleaned the house, took care of my plants, filled forms for the upcoming shows and wrote and edited my book. That was my restful month. Oh yes, I also worked out and meditated and used my Nuga Best bed every third day or so.
Another cleaning tip: You know how toilets get that yellow line around the water. I have always used CLR to remove them. However, you have to soak the CLR in toilet paper and leave it on the stain for an hour and then scrub like crazy. In Camrose there is this store called The Soap Shop. Every year I stop there for some cleaning stuff. This time I asked the guy about the stain removal. He sold me a bottle of Super Bowl Cleaner. Holy Cow!! You just take a wee bit and pour it on the stains and the stuff eats it away. I now have the cleanest toilets in the world I am sure. I highly recommend this product.
Another highly recommended helpful pain remover is this: I noticed that the more I worked on my computer the more my neck and left shoulder started to ache. This got to the point of keeping me awake at night. I took a bone scan and my bones are just fine they say. However I noticed that my height when they measured me was off!! I have lost one inch. This got me to thinking that posture might be the answer. A few years ago I had bought a back brace for $40 from a local store here. I used it at certain times to hold my shoulders back. I dug this out last night when I woke in the middle of the night aching. Immediately, and I mean right away, the pain cleared. I fell back to sleep with it on, and have kept it on all day today. This time under my clothes. The neck and shoulder pain is gone!!! If you have this pain rush out and buy a back brace or buy on line. It’s crazy, but it works wonders. Posture is so important.
On a closing note I wish to give you this delicious eats. Go to Cobbs bread. You can get dairy free bread there. Buy an avocado. Go to The Italian Centre. They now have extra virgin truffle oil. Buy the small bottle. Cost is around $6. They have all flavors but I just buy the ordinary flavor. Toast your bread, add mashed avocado to it and drizzle about ½ teaspoon of truffle oil over it. YUM!! Healthy, filling and to die for.
That’s it for me. I am heading into my first show this month and then have an exceptionally busy April after that. If you are thinking of coming for a read I suggest you do it before the end of March.
Meditate daily, enjoy the moment of time, it cannot be replaced. Do not let other people’s actions or choices in life upset you. Make your own way. Time waits for no man. Have a wonderful March and I will chat to you all next month.
CAT COSTS: This month, once again, another very cheap month for me. No one needed vet services and I again thank the Universe for that.
Tinned food came to $90.63. Kitty litter came to $47.21. Raw meat came to $62.75. Total month came to $200.59. An incredible cheap month.
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: Literally I went out three times to shop and twice to eat and I drove my granddaughter to the airport twice. I met very few people this month and I truly cannot place any type of coincidence. To me a coincidence means an action that takes place that brings you to another action that is totally unexpected and would not have happened other than the first action taking place. When I have no movement I believe it is the Universe saying ‘enjoy the place in life where you are now, no need to make actions happen’.
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.
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.
1. Do you recommend a vegetarian or a vegan diet?
Vegetarian diets, which contain no meat (beef, pork, poultry, or fish and shellfish), are naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and full of vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting compounds. A multitude of scientific studies have shown that vegetarian diets have remarkable health benefits and can help prevent certain diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. We encourage vegetarian diets as a way of improving general health and preventing diet-related illnesses.
Vegan diets, which contain no animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal products), are even healthier than vegetarian diets. Vegan diets contain no cholesterol and even less fat, saturated fat, and calories than vegetarian diets because they exclude dairy and eggs. Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, making vegan diets the healthiest overall. Learn more about the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets.
2. I want to try a vegan diet. How should I start?
If a plant-based diet is new to you, you’ll be pleased to discover a wonderful additional benefit to vegan nutrition: It’s a fun way to explore delicious new foods. Start by checking out our Vegetarian Starter Kit, which explains the New Four Food Groups and offers useful tips, the “whys” and “hows” of a healthier diet, and easy-to-make recipes. To order a Vegetarian Starter Kit, please visit the Physicians Committee's literature store. Three times a year, the Physicians Committee hosts a free, online program that walks you through how to adopt a vegan diet for three weeks. We provide menus, celebrity tips, nutrition information, and so much more. Register for the next program at 21DayKickstart.org.
3. Is it healthy for children to be on a vegan diet?
A well-balanced vegan diet is safe and healthy for any stage of life, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and during pregnancy. Plant-based diets can easily provide all essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that growing children and mothers-to-be need. Simply have a variety of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits, and be sure to include a daily source of vitamin B12, such as any common multiple vitamin. Plant-based diets have many important health advantages: Vegans enjoy a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Since eating habits are established in early childhood, choosing a vegan diet can give your child the opportunity to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods—and to carry those healthy eating habits into adulthood. Learn more about vegan nutrition for children. Learn more about building strong bones in children. Read more about our book Healthy Eating for Life for Children.
4. How do I get protein on a vegan diet? Do I need to combine proteins?
Protein is an important nutrient required for the building, maintenance, and repair of tissues in the body. It was once thought that various plant foods had to be eaten together to get their full protein value; this practice was known as “protein combining” or “protein complementing.” We now know that intentional combining is not necessary. As long as the diet contains a variety of grains, legumes, and vegetables, protein needs are easily met. Especially protein-rich vegan foods include soy-based products like tofu, tempeh (a fermented soybean product), seitan (a meat substitute made from a wheat protein called gluten), black beans, lentils, chickpeas, grains such as quinoa and bulgur, and whole-wheat bread. Learn more about getting protein on a vegan diet.
5. How do I get enough calcium on a vegan diet? What about osteoporosis?
By eating calcium-rich vegan foods, including leafy green vegetables such as broccoli and kale, white beans, fortified soymilks and juices, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, you can obtain all the calcium your body needs. But keeping your bones strong and avoiding osteoporosis depends on more than calcium intake—you also need to keep calcium in your bones. Exercise and vitamin D help keep the calcium in your bones, while animal protein, excess salt and caffeine, and tobacco can cause calcium loss. Learn how to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Learn more about getting calcium on a vegan diet.
6. What’s wrong with drinking milk? Is organic milk better? Is soymilk a safer alternative? What about other dairy products?
Milk contains animal fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and diets high in these substances increase the risk of several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Other dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt, butter, and ice cream, also contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and fat to the diet. Even low-fat and fat-free milk and dairy products carry health risks because of cholesterol. In addition, natural and artificial hormones are present in all types of milk and dairy products, regardless of fat. Organic milk may not contain the pesticides and antibiotics that nonorganic milk contains, but it is still high in fat and cholesterol. Organic cow’s milk, which does not contain artificial hormones, does contain naturally occurring hormones. The combination of nutrients found in both organic and nonorganic cow’s milk increases our own production of some types of hormones. These hormones have been shown to increase the risk of some forms of cancer. Here are eight great health reasons to eliminate milk, cheese, and other dairy products from your diet. Soymilk and other nondairy beverages, such as rice and nut milks, are healthy alternatives to cow’s milk. These beverages come in different flavors, and many of them are fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
7. Is it safe to eat soybeans and other soy foods?
Recently, questions have been raised about the possible health risks of soy consumption, but the overwhelming majority of studies on soy have shown positive health effects with no adverse effects. Eating soy in moderation is appropriate for a healthy diet. There have been concerns about processed soy products, such as “mock meats,” but moderate intakes of these foods are not known to cause health problems. Some soy products are high in sodium and contain a higher-than-healthy level of fat, so be sure to check the labels and choose the healthier versions. Nonetheless, these foods are much healthier than the animal-derived foods they are intended to replace. If you do choose to avoid soy, you will find it can be easily replaced with other foods. Lentils, beans, and other legumes are a hearty and delicious source of plant-based protein and other nutrients. They are also the richest source of dietary fiber. Learn more about soy.
8. What are the safest types of fish to eat? Aren’t fish the best source of omega-3 fatty acids?
The Physicians Committee does not recommend eating any fish or shellfish because they can contain unsafe levels of contaminants and are often high in mercury and other environmental toxins that have no place in a healthy diet. Fish also contain no fiber and are high in animal protein, and often, in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Read our report on fish and shellfish safety.
The most nutritious sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are plant-based foods, including green leafy vegetables, legumes, wheat germ, soybeans, and ground flaxseeds. We do not recommend fish or fish oil as a healthy source of essential fatty acids. By getting omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and protein from plant-based foods, you can avoid the health risks associated with fish consumption.
Learn more about essential fatty acids.
9. What is the best way to get vitamin B12?
Individuals following a vegan diet can readily meet their vitamin B12 with a common daily multiple vitamin or fortified foods, such as vitamin B12-fortified breakfast cereals, soymilk, meat analogues, and nutritional yeast.
Learn more about vitamin B12.
10. What’s the best diet for weight loss?
Both short-term and long-term, the most effective weight loss comes from avoiding animal products and keeping fats, vegetable oils, and highly processed foods to a minimum. In addition, it helps to keep the natural fiber in the foods you eat. This means eating whole-grain breads instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white rice, and plenty of fruits, vegetables, and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils). And don’t forget the importance of physical activity for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Learn more about healthy weight loss.
Learn more about healthy weight management.
11. Are carbohydrates bad for you? Is it OK to eat carbohydrates if I am trying to lose weight?
Carbohydrate-rich foods help with permanent weight control because they contain less than half the calories of fat, which means that replacing fatty foods with complex carbohydrates automatically cuts calories.
It’s important to remember to eat healthful carbohydrates, such as whole grains, pasta, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. Processed carbohydrates, such as white bread and white rice, are not as healthful because they have lost much of their fiber and other nutrients. Read our report about health risks associated with high-fat, high-protein, carbohydrate-restricted diets.
12. Should I be on a gluten-free diet?
For most Americans gluten is not an issue, but it can be a serious problem for the 1 percent of the population with celiac disease (gluten intolerance). Sometimes individuals may not have celiac disease but can have a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten sensitivities affect roughly 6 percent of Americans and can be managed by a gluten-free diet. However, if you suspect you are sensitive to gluten, see your doctor before going on a gluten-free diet. Varying the grains in your diet—not relying on just gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, and rye—is a viable solution.
The most important action is to get a proper diagnosis from your doctor. Some of the most common symptoms are not exclusive to celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Here are a few examples of symptoms to keep in mind: diarrhea, unexpected weight loss, vomiting, anemia, abdominal pain and distention, fatigue, joint pain, foggy mind, and tingling of the extremities. If any of these symptoms persist, it’s best to seek medical attention.
13. Is the Atkins diet healthy/safe? What about other low-carb diets?
The Atkins diet and other low-carb fad diets, which are high in fat and protein and severely restrict carbohydrates, are not healthy approaches to losing weight. High-fat, high-protein diets are associated with many health risks, ranging from mild (constipation, headache, and bad breath) to significant (impaired kidney function, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer).
The American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Kidney Fund have all published statements warning about the various dangers associated with low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets.
Read our report about health risks associated with high-fat, high-protein, carbohydrate-restricted diets.
14. Is it true that some foods are addictive?
Studies suggest that cheese, chocolate, sugar, and meat all spark the release of opiate-like substances that trigger the brain’s pleasure center and seduce us into eating them again and again. These foods stimulate the same opiate receptors in your brain as heroin or morphine, but to a much lesser degree. In research studies, drugs used to block the effects of heroin and morphine can also reduce or end the appeal of these four foods. Luckily, there are many healthy dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to break food addictions.
Read more about Dr. Neal Barnard’s book Breaking the Food Seduction.
15. Someone in my family was diagnosed with cancer: What dietary recommendations would you offer him or her?
First of all, be sure to get appropriate medical care and to use a healthy diet in addition to, not instead of, medical care. That said, scientific studies have shown that a low-fat, vegetarian or vegan diet can help in cancer prevention and survival. The Physicians Committee recommends replacing meat, dairy products, and other animal products with healthful, low-fat meals rich in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. These foods are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting compounds. And they do not contain the high amounts of fat and cholesterol found in meat and other animal products. During medical treatment for cancer, your family member should consult his or her medical care team for any specific dietary recommendations related to the type of cancer or treatment.
Learn more about foods for cancer prevention.
Read our Cancer Survivor’s Guide, a useful guide to eating right for cancer prevention and survival.
16. Is it possible to lower blood pressure with diet? If so, how?
Changing the way you eat can often lower your blood pressure and reduce or eliminate the need for medication. You can also lower your blood pressure by losing weight, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, and becoming physically active. People who follow vegetarian and vegan diets typically have lower blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure, you should consult your physician.
Learn more about diet and blood pressure.
17. Are there natural approaches to menopause?
Women can make many dietary and lifestyle changes to ease the pain and discomfort of menopause without the side effects of estrogen. For example, switching to a vegan diet is better for your heart and bones than estrogen prescriptions. Learn more about a natural approach to menopause.
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.