CHAT FROM VcToria
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CHAT BEGINS: I note that today is September 26th and another busy whirl wind month is almost over.
I spent a lot of time looking for my lost cat
Luke who I wrote about last month. He has not been found, my reward of $1000
dollars still stands. Please look at my September 2018 Newsletter for a picture
of him. He is chipped, so any vet can scan to see if it is him and there is an
alert on his chip information.
I had taken time off from August 26th to September 3rd. Readings started on September 4th and without going into detail I was booked all month. Left for Fort McMurray on September 20th and returned on the night of the 23rd after a great show. Did a wonderful house clearing up there for a client who reported to me that she finally was able to sleep properly.
I made time for a vegan lunch with my buddy Jackie. We went down to Sweet Pea, a new and awesome vegan restaurant in the west end finally. May many more open up around us with a Skip the Dishes option. Nothing nicer, on those lazy winter nights, to be able to order in and sit by the fire with your favorite movie playing and snow falling all around the outside. BIG NEWS HERE: Jackie and I will be reviewing one vegan restaurant per month in both our newsletters. Starting January 2019 we will have our first review. I am in a Personal Year One that is GREAT to seed new things and she is going into the Personal Year Three and that is GREAT to start creating things which have already been started. A win win for both of us.
This weekend, while the newsletter goes out I am teaching Reiki Level One and Two. Manuals are done, lineages copied for the students, lunch will be prepared before Friday so that they will be fed. Friday night I have a house party in Sherwood Park and lastly I have shampooed the carpets, cleaned the lower bathrooms, vacuumed and got the house in order. Oh, and I have a new roof on my home. YES!! It is in the middle of being done, so much more to report next month on how it looks.😊
Last month I said I would talk about self-publishing. Below is the link to my self-published book if you care to order it. There will not be a second book. Why? Two reasons. I believe that if you self-publish, many places do not even bother ordering. When you are contacted by the businesses that do self-publish they tell you that your book information is sent to 38,000 book sellers. Is this true? I have no idea. No proof or update in that area is sent to you, the author. I do know that only five bookstores bought the book. I have had to sell all the books by myself. I do have a five star review on Amazon, but this does not encourage book stores to buy. It was a LONG and tedious time getting the book written. More tedious by how many times you had to re-read it to accept the editing done by the business you have paid a large sum of money to get you through the self-publishing process. I paid $11,000 and for that fee I did not even get any free copies. I used Tellwell in Canada. I used them because I live in Canada. Do not be fooled by this. Once you get the first royalty cheque it is changed to Canadian dollars from US currency. If you still wish to self-publish I would not rule out US firms because of the currency. Tellwell does not tell you this at all. In fact the sales person who will call you every day never calls you back once you have signed the contract. Not even to see how you are doing. If you are NOT tech savvy do not bother self-publishing. You have to know how to use almost every aspect of a computer to get the book finalized. If you are NOT tech savvy use a publisher. If you have any questions please e-mail them to me and I will answer them in the November newsletter for you.
What else? Well I mentioned way back in May that I planted tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers. All grew very well. Perhaps too well. LOL. I am drinking juiced apples from the 5000 [I kid you not] apples that the apple tree produced, along with the many cucumbers that grew. Every morning I juice these two together. I am making a stew with the carrots plus nibbling on them straight from the garden. I still have many more to pick. The tiny tomatoes, the little sweet one’s that I love were used on wraps and just plain snacking. Love living off the freshness of my garden.
That’s it folks. Another horrendously busy month that passed me by without me seeing it at all LOL. A short ‘chat’ as I have a trillion things still to do before my Reiki class on Saturday. Enjoy the Fall as it settles in and do not forget to meditate and acquire inner knowledge of life by this action.
CAT COSTS: Dry food was not needed. Treats came to $10.05. I had dewormed all three early in August but when I took Venus for her blood work this month my vet said that not all worm pills took away tape worm and cats that ate mice got tape worm. I re-bought some called Milbemax and used it on China. Cost was $46.14 for two pills. The balance of Venus’s blood work, exam and explanation came to $269.96. Raw food came to $65.00 approx. I appear to have lost the receipt. Kitty litter came to $44.97 and lastly tinned came to $26.38. Total monthly cost was $462.50.
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: Small one! I truly thought I had thrown my easel and blackboard out when I moved from my acreage. Now that I have chosen to teach again, I realized that I needed a new one. Off I went to Staples. The cost?? Off the charts. Over $100 for the board and easel. Oh well, I said and brought that and some dry erase pens to the cash. “Sorry” says the person who had served me “the debit machine is down and all we are taking are credit cards “I HATE using credit cards when I have cash in the bank. I chose not to buy the easel and board and pens. Told them to fix the darn machine and left. While in Fort McMurray my mind went to the garage. My memory brought up me putting something that translated strongly to a blackboard behind a piece of furniture. I made a mental note to look. Today I looked, and lo and behold there was my easel and blackboard. Thank You Angels, I do not need to waste money or need to make a return now. Had the machine been working I would be making a return or perhaps never would have looked behind the large piece of furniture in my garage. 😊
THEN NOW AND FOREVER A MEMOIR BY VcToria Gray
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 review on Amazon, as some have chosen to do. I have a five star rating so far. www.amazon.ca
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
Meet Milk Protein: Whey and Casein
Milk, cheese, and butter are some of the top three foods many people have a hard time giving up when transitioning to a healthy, plant-based diet. Even though the plant-based milk industry is now booming, thanks to all the varieties of options that we have, many people still do use dairy milk, cheese, and butter without abandon. But is this a coincidence? Is cheese pizza really something magical or is it addictive for so many people because of something else?
There are two types of protein found in dairy products: casein and whey protein. Thirty-eight percent of the solid matter in milk is made of protein. Of that total protein, 80 percent is casein and 20 percent is whey. Cheese is made mostly of casein, where most of the liquid whey found in milk has been filtered or strained out. But all dairy products contain casein, not just cheese. The difference between whey and casein is how they’re digested and how they react in the body.
Whey protein is digested quickly and absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream, which causes an increase in insulin quickly. This process stimulates IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) which has been found to create new cancer cells and proliferate cancer cell growth.
Casein: Your Brain and Body’s Worst Nightmare
Casein is very different from whey, though just as detrimental to your health. Casein breaks down more slowly and in the process, also wreaks havoc on your health.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the author of The China Study, says through his studies he has found casein to be the most relevant cancer promoter ever discovered. Because casein digests so slowly, natural morphine-like substances in casein known as casomorphins, act like opiates in the body as they enter the bloodstream. Just minutes after you eat a dairy-based food, the casein protein begins to break down. This releases the drug-like casomorphins, which attach to opiate receptors in the brain and cause severe addictions to dairy products (hence the reason they keep people coming back for more.) Casomorphins trigger such an addictive response that they’ve been compared to heroin in terms of their strength to cause food addictions and mood disorders.
Casein’s slow digestion rate also puts great strain on the digestive system. Dr. Frank Lipman(an Integrative and Functional Medical expert), explains that the body has an extremely difficult time breaking down casein. Dr. Lipman says that common symptoms of dairy sensitivity due to casein are: excess mucus production, respiratory problems and digestive problems like constipation, gas, bloating, and/or diarrhea. Dairy intolerance is also known to cause skin issues like acne, rashes, and redness or irritation. Skip the casein and try eating more of these Inexpensive Vegan Foods That Brighten Your Skin instead.
Morphine in Milk- What the Dairy Industry Doesn’t Advertise on Their Products
If you still think a harmless glass of milk, a cup of yogurt, or a small serving of cheese isn’t potentially dangerous, think again. Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. (founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, a.k.a PCRM) found that in various studies, when dairy products were removed from the diet, cheese was the hardest food for people to give up. Dr. Barnard credits this finding to cheese being the most concentrated source of casein of all dairy products. PCRM has also discovered that milk actually contains morphine, which can clearly be seen when milk is inspected under a microscope. Morphine is not added to cow’s milk; cows actually produce these opiate-like chemicals on their own.
Beware of the Sneaky Place Casein Lurks ( It’s Not Just Dairy)
The Trouble With Casein is that it’s not just found in dairy products. In fact, this dangerous ingredient is often used in other foods, even those that are marketed as a vegan food. Casein is used in food for its scientific properties to thicken and congeal foods and likely for its addictive properties to sell more products. Some brands of veggie cheeses, non-dairy yogurts, non-dairy, and non-dairy creamers contain casein for these very reasons. Casein is also found in some other non-food items such as: paint, adhesives, glues, fabrics, textiles, and plastics. Can you believe that? Items in your home and your clothes could even contain this toxic protein naturally found in dairy.
How to Spot Casein on a Label:
You’ll find casein listed as either of the following: casein, caseinates, calcium caseinate, potassium caseinate and sodium caseinate. Read labels thoroughly and buy products that are 100 percent vegan to be sure you’re not consuming this ingredient. If you have a question about the ingredients in your food or household product, you may also want to contact the manufacturer to inquire about it more thoroughly.
Other Problems With Dairy and Your Health
As you can see, it’s no wonder that gooey cheese pizza or bowl of dairy milk ice cream is so hard for many people to give up, but addiction isn’t the only problem dairy causes. Dairy has also been linked to brain fog and depression, which creates even more havoc to the brain and body. Lactose, a milk sugar found in dairy, is also one of the number one allergies people have in the United States.
You Don’t Need Casein or Dairy to be Healthy or Happy
Believe it or not, life does go on without dairy milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream, and butter. In fact, it gets better! Plant-based foods come with just as many satisfying properties as dairy foods do, yet they contain no morphine or other nasty chemicals found in dairy foods. Check out these 10 Reasons to Ditch Dairy if you’re still on the fence.
Here are some healthy options to buy instead of dairy products:
As you can see, there are plenty of dairy replacements to choose from to avoid casein, though you’ll still need to read labels to be sure. You can use these delicious plant-based options to recreate fabulous dishes in your recipes and change your health in the process.
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.