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Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

If you read a story and you feel moved in any way, comment. Comments are more than welcome.

Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

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For the Oceans,
Suzanne

Friday, March 23, 2012

How To Make Delicious Green Sandwiches « Perfect Formula Diet

My friends are LOVING these sandwiches so I decided to share the author of the book—and her recipes—with all of you. Enjoy! I know a lot of people are, and right now! Thank you, Janice Stanger!

Onto the Article Janice Stanger posted:
‎"Green sandwiches will be the next big thing in food, just a modest prediction. You read about it first here." —Janice Stanger, Ph.D.

How To Make Delicious Green Sandwiches

Whole grain bread, two kinds of kale, and romaine lettuce are the appetizing basis for my next green sandwich




These Toppling Creations Can Be Your Go-To Lunch
Green smoothies are everywhere. Thousands of recipes offer intriguing ways to blend leafy greens, such as kale, chard, and spinach, with fruits, plant milks, chocolate, ice, and more for a thick, cold, satisfying drink. Often filling enough to be a meal on their own, green smoothies can be a delicious part of a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Green smoothies often aim to be slightly sweet. People who are not much into leafy green vegetables can enjoy them, because the fruit and other ingredients mask the taste of the greens. So even if you are shy about leafy greens, you can get a healthy dose of raw vegetables in your drink.
Green sandwiches are different. Green leafy veggies are the stars and their taste and texture are fundamental to enjoying the sandwich.
Leafy green vegetables are wonders of taste, nutrition, and appealing color. Calorie for calorie, these foods pack in more vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (beneficial substances found only in plants) than anything else you can eat. These vegetables also give you omega-3 fatty acids.
Remember, leaves are the nutrient factories of planet earth, harnessing sunlight to drive life on our planet. It’s no wonder that eating leafy vegetables protects against disease and spurs weight loss.
I used to eat nut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch every day in the office for probably a decade. The last few years, however, I’ve branched out to creating green sandwiches. My inspiration was a goal to get more greens effortlessly into my daily menu. I began experimenting with sandwich possibilities and quickly discovered how simple and delicious green sandwiches are.
Here’s what I’ve learned about making green sandwiches.
• Excellent bread is the foundation of a hearty, satisfying sandwich. At a minimum, you need to choose whole grain bread. Read bread ingredients carefully. The first ingredient should be whole “name of grain” flour (This is usually whole wheat.) “Wheat flour” and “unbleached wheat flour” are not whole. Just because a bread is dark, does not mean it is whole grain. Using bread made from sprouted grain or gluten-free bread is fine.
• Equally important is using a variety of fresh leafy greens. Choose from the many varieties of kale, spinach, chard, collards, bok choy,
Parsley and other fresh herbs are great on a green sandwich
dark lettuces (such as romaine), or any other leafy greens you favor. Fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, chives,mint, and basil, also count and add excellent flavor and fragrance.
• Choose any add-ons you like. I usually spread the bread with a thin layer of hummus, smashed avocado, or tahini. You can also use any nut butter. It may seem strange to put peanut or almond butter on a green sandwich, but if you would put peanuts or almonds on your salad, it’s really the same thing. Additional vegetables, such as green onions or sliced tomato or onion, are also delightful on the sandwich.
Assembling the sandwich could not be easier.
• Toast the bread if it’s stale or you just like toast better
• Wash and thoroughly dry your greens and other raw ingredients, then cut large leaves into sandwich-size pieces
• Spread the bread with whatever healthy plant-based choices you want
• Make sure your sandwich wrapper is handy, because the sandwich will be messy and will tend to fall apart if you don’t wrap it quickly. A reusable sandwich wrapper is best practice.
• Pile the bread several inches thick with greens and veggies
• Press the second slice of bread on top of the sandwich, and wrap it quickly before it topples
Feel free to make the sandwich the night before and refrigerate it if you are rushed in the morning. I find it does not get soggy if I thoroughly dry the greens.
Be prepared for a messy but satisfying eating experience. If you use a mountain of greens, the sandwich will tend to fall apart. To counter this, press the two slices of bread firmly together when you pick it up. Take small bites as the sandwich is very thick. It will
You could try having a green smoothie with your green sandwich. What a combo!
take you a while to eat it all.
Why am I so addicted to my green sandwiches? The concentrated nutrients in the leaves lack one critical part of your fuel – calories. An entire pound of greens has only about 100 calories. To keep going through the rest of the day, the healthy, fiber-dense calories of the whole grain bread are a satisfying complement to the veggies. By varying the greens and bread and other fillings daily, I can make a different sandwich every day and never get bored.
Don’t like raw leafy greens? Not a problem. Your tastes can change in as little as 3 weeks. Start with a sandwich with only one layer of leaves, and pick the kind you like best (or dislike least). Over a period of months, gradually add more leaves until you’ve trained yourself to enjoy them. You may find some raw greens to be bitter. Start with spinach and lettuce, and gradually add other greens as your taste buds adapt.
Want an easy variation? Try a green wrap. It’s just like a green sandwich, but a little less messy, since everything is tightly contained in a whole grain tortilla or flat bread.
While green sandwiches might not be the world’s most gourmet whole foods, plant-based recipe, they are ultra convenient, easy to make, inexpensive, portable, nutritious, and delicious. You don’t even have to wash a blender after you make them.
If you liked this posting, you may want to read Not-Recipes for Not-Meals.
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Blog posting by Janice Stanger, Ph.D. Janice authored The Perfect Formula Diet: How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now With Six Kinds of Whole Foods. This easy-to-follow eating plan is built on a whole foods, plant-based diet that can prevent, and even reverse, most chronic disease. Green sandwiches are Janice’s go-to lunch recipe.


















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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Michael McDade aka "Seal Shepherd"—Calls Animal Rights Activists "Seal Killers!"

People Against Seal Shepherd.: Seal Shepherd—Michael McDade—Calls Animal Rights A...: That's right, you read that correctly. Seal Shepherd, the Nigerian Fraud of the Animal Rights World has just claimed that animal rights acti...


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Seal Shepherd—Michael McDade—Calls Animal Rights Activists "Seal Killers!"

That's right, you read that correctly. Seal Shepherd, the Nigerian Fraud of the Animal Rights World has just claimed that animal rights activists are "Seal killers" and that he himself is trying to "expose our animal terrorism!" Then he adds his delusion, PETA, to put the icing on his nutty cake. (PETA denies any affiliation with this man whatsoever.)

Seal Shepherd - Michael McDade - throws his credibility right out the window.
Imposter, he claims? 
If you go to our Twitter Page, it's quite clear there is no imposter. 

PASS Seal Shepherd

People Against Seal Shepherd. We are here to direct animal lovers to real animal activists, organizations and non-profits. We expose the lies of Seal Shepherd.

This is merely Michael "Seal Shepherd" McDade desperately trying to convince the followers he has—the followers who are actually concerned for the animals and the planet—that he is real and that he does things. But he has no credibility at all each and every time he accuses animal activists publicly.

He does nothing. He's a plagiarizing mentally unstable (and possibly dangerous) cyberbully who uses his pathological lies to manipulate naive people online. 



He's pathetic. Libel gets him nowhere. 


If you're unsure, Google his name in quotes:
"Seal Shepherd"
"Michael McDade"+Seal Shepherd

If you RT a tweet that is negative about him, he might stalk you, try to send you a virus...or worse.
Contact Peel Regional Police if he threatens you in any way, or if he sends you a tweet containing an image or link that then harms your computer. He has recently done this to someone who RT'ed Captain Paul Watson's warning from the Sea Shepherd website. The Twitter user RT'ed a tweet containing the link pertaining to the detailed warning about Seal Shepherd, aka Michael McDade. Seal Shepherd created a mock account of this user and sent him a tweet containing what appeared to be a link to an image. Instead, the user's computer was rendered unusable until techs could repair the damage done by whatever nefarious crap Michael McDade knowingly and with malicious intent, did to this man's computer. Seal Shepherd premeditated to ruin this man's computer, all because he tweeted a URL from Sea Shepherd's site.



That alone says a lot about the kind of person Seal Shepherd really is. His ethical code ceases to exist.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Seal Shepherd—Michael McDade—Calls Animal Rights Activists "Seal Killers!"

Seal Shepherd—Michael McDade—Calls Animal Rights Activists "Seal Killers!"

That's right, you read that correctly. Seal Shepherd, the Nigerian Fraud of the Animal Rights World has just claimed that animal rights activists are "Seal killers" and that he himself is trying to "expose our animal terrorism!" Then he adds his delusion, PETA, to put the icing on his nutty cake. (PETA denies any affiliation with this man whatsoever.)

Seal Shepherd - Michael McDade - throws his credibility right out the window.
Imposter, he claims? 
If you go to our Twitter Page, it's quite clear there is no imposter. 

PASS Seal Shepherd

People Against Seal Shepherd. We are here to direct animal lovers to real animal activists, organizations and non-profits. We expose the lies of Seal Shepherd.

 
This is merely Michael "Seal Shepherd" McDade desperately trying to convince the followers he has—the followers who are actually concerned for the animals and the planet—that he is real and that he does things. But he has no credibility at all each and every time he accuses animal activists publicly.

He does nothing. He's a plagiarizing mentally unstable (and possibly dangerous) cyberbully who uses his pathological lies to manipulate naive people online. 



He's pathetic. Libel gets him nowhere. 


If you're unsure, Google his name in quotes:
"Seal Shepherd"
"Michael McDade"+Seal Shepherd

If you RT a tweet that is negative about him, he might stalk you, try to send you a virus...or worse.
Contact Peel Regional Police if he threatens you in any way, or if he sends you a tweet containing an image or link that then harms your computer. He has recently done this to someone who RT'ed Captain Paul Watson's warning from the Sea Shepherd website. The Twitter user RT'ed a tweet containing the link pertaining to the detailed warning about Seal Shepherd, aka Michael McDade. Seal Shepherd created a mock account of this user and sent him a tweet containing what appeared to be a link to an image. Instead, the user's computer was rendered unusable until techs could repair the damage done by whatever nefarious crap Michael McDade knowingly and with malicious intent, did to this man's computer. Seal Shepherd premeditated to ruin this man's computer, all because he tweeted a URL from Sea Shepherd's site.



That alone says a lot about the kind of person Seal Shepherd really is. His ethical code ceases to exist.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nearly 3,000 Cattle Die On A Stranded Ship


Nearly 3,000 Cattle Die On A Stranded Ship

 Nearly 3,000 Cattle Die On A Stranded Ship
One of the worst live export tragedies is finally over leaving 2,750 cattle dead out of 5,600 on board a Brazilian ship headed to Egypt. The remaining animals are on land, after being stranded in the Red Sea for a week.
Animal welfare group, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) said the Gracia Del Mar was carrying 5,600 animals from Brazil to Egypt to be slaughtered for food. The ship first got into trouble after running into bad weather. Later the converted livestock ship had problems with its ventilation and food systems. The combination of these complications caused half the cattle on board to suffer and die.
Animals Australia called the incident, “one of the worst shipboard disasters the live export industry has seen in many years.” The animal rights group pleaded with the Australian government to send resources to help the surviving cattle.
When the Gracia Del Mar arrived at Port Said, Egypt which should have been the end of their journey, they were refused permission to dock because of the dead animals. The captain made the decision to sail through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea and try three more ports in Djibouti, Sudan and Eritrea, but they were turned away again.
Ultimately the ship became stranded in the Red Sea with the suffering cows inside.
Animals Australia reported that authorities considered moving the remaining cattle onto smaller boats in the Horn of Africa and then sailing them to shore. Activists urged officials that this was inhumane and to unload the cattle directly onto dry land.
Finally on Tuesday, word was received that all of the live animals had been taken off the ship. Animal groups are now trying to learn the whereabouts of the cows.
“We have been unable to verify the latest reports but are continuing in our efforts to find out what is happening with the surviving cattle and trying to ensure their humane treatment after the harrowing journey they have been forced to endure,” CIWF said.
“What is clear at the moment is the incident is another example of why long distance travel for farm animals should be ended.”
Lyn White, Director of Animals Australia worried about the consequences to the animals if the ship had “broken down on the open ocean.” “It would have caused a catastrophe,” she said.
Peter Kane of the Australian Live Export Council condemned some of the guidelines of the Brazilian cattle export business, but touted the many safeguards and high-standards his country has in place to protect the animals being shipped overseas for slaughter.  He assured the public this sort of situation would never happen to Australian cows.
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