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First off, I want to make it known that I don’t claim to be a hardcore vegan or vegetarian. I realize that this may anger many vegans and vegetarians alike; however, this particular journal entry isn’t meant to demand others to have a complete lifestyle overhaul. This journal entry is about respecting what many perceive as food sources, expanding our diets, and incorporating alternative proteins when our budgets will only allow for limited acceptable meat choices.
What is a limited acceptable meat choice? For myself, meat deriving from a free range, steroid, antibiotic and disease free organic farm is completely ideal. Such meats are expensive and can be found at natural and organic markets across the country. Why is it a good idea to reconsider your meat source? Since 2000, the FDA has changed what is considered to be an acceptable meat source to keep the supply up with the demand. Some of the things which are currently considered to be acceptable for human consumption by the FDA are as follows:

Considering the listed ailments from above and many of our grocery budgets, perhaps the best course of action is to reduce the need for the demand by reducing the need for supply of meat. Aside from what goes on with the resource origin, when it comes to meat, we must also consider what occurs during the processing of the meat; for example, there has been 1.8 million pounds of Ground Beef recalled for possible e.coli. That’s the weight equivalent of roughly 1,125 cows!
Here is a general vegan recipe guideline for alternative protein patties to give you and your loved ones a healthier alternative for all involved in the food chain. Please keep in mind that if you have any sensitivities or allergies to any of the following ingredients, don’t give up! There are other plant based protein resources to consider! Here is a different recipe! Bon Appetit!

Meatless Vegan Patties

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, *blend:

DRY INGREDIENTS: 3/4 C. Gluten Flour

*It’s EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to blend all dry ingredient together before you add the liquid mixture!

LIQUIDS.
This is what will give your protein flavor, so make it good! Be creative! Here is what I like to make;
In your blender, add

  • 1 C. Vegetable Broth
  • 1 T. Olive or Peanut Oil
  • 3 T. Soy Sauce
  • 3 T. Vinegar (Balsamic, Apple cider, Red Wine, whatever!)
  • 1 t. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Small can of Tomato Paste
  • 2 t. Chopped Garlic
  • 2 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1/2 A medium onion

Once the liquid mixture is smooth, mix into the BLENDED dry ingredients. Oil your 9′ by 13″ baking pan well, then transfer your protein dough into it.  Smash the protein mixture as flat as it will go with a fork and then bake it for 45 Minutes. You can also slather Barbecue sauce over the top of your protein 35 minutes into baking and the bake it for an additional 20 minutes.

YUM!

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The Tom's of Maine Logo

The Tom’s of Maine Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was early in the spring of 1999 when I realized my Tom’s of Maine deodorant wasn’t only expensive; but, it also wasn’t working very well. That was a time in my life when I began to understand the importance of making environmentally friendly decisions as well as have a better consciousnesses of whatever I chose to slather on my body.
In my exploration of better deodorant  products that would last longer as well as have antibacterial properties, I ran across a generic salt crystal in which I paid about $8.
Excited to try my newly acquired product, I rushed home and had a shower. I shaved my underarms as I normally would do, unscrewed the lid to the salt crystal, and proceeded to rub my pit in the same manner as I had done with other products in the past. Of course, I screamed at the dry salt crystal on my tender, raw skin and thought to myself “Is the salt crystal supposed to hurt THIS bad?”

Crystal Stick

Crystal Stick (Photo credit: greggoconnell)

Unfortunately, the packaging for the salt crystal didn’t have any instructions, it just touted how wonderful and responsible it was to use it!
A few days had passed and I was disappointed; however, I’m not one to give up easily. I thought I’d just have to get used to it while I winced at every application. I consulted my best friend and through her snickers and chuckles, she informed me that I was supposed to WET the salt crystal then apply it instead! I felt like such an idiot! Wetting the salt crystal helped a lot. I don’t use the salt crystal anymore; however, I was very relieved when Tom’s of Maine began to market their products with baking soda, it works so much better! Needless to say, I won’t likely buy a salt crystal for my underarms in the future. My point in posting this story is to hopefully encourage others to try using the salt crystal as a deodorant. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

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