This posting was inspired by a good acquaintance of mine who was questioned about her decision to eat fruits, vegetables and diary.  No meat or anything that is made from animal flesh except for diary which (as you know) is food made from the milk of a cow (not of the cow).

I found this on a website that explains the types of vegetarians (https://www.msu.edu/user/daenzerr/rd491/types.htm


  • Total Vegetarians eat only plant food. They do not eat any animal foods, including fish, eggs, dairy products, and honey.
  • Vegans not only omit all animal products from their diets, but they also eliminate them from the rest of their life. Vegans use nothing from animals, such as leather, wool, and silk.
  • Lacto-Vegetarians will include dairy products into their diet of plant food.
  • Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians eat both eggs and dairy products.
  • Pesco-Vegetarians include fish into their diets.
  • Pollo-Vegetarians eat poultry, such as chicken, turkey, and duck.

I hope this helps with understanding the different types of being Vegetarian!

What are your thoughts?

~ Renee


Learn the truth about these four fast-food favorites.

Posted by The Holistic Culinarian, written by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding, Men’s Health

Ever wonder what’s actually in a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget? Turns out, the “chicken” alone contains seven ingredients. And that’s before you even get to the breading. Sadly, many of our favorite foods (especially fast foods) weren’t merely crafted in kitchens, they were also designed and perfected in labs. We uncovered the ugly truth when doing research for Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide. What we found wasn’t pretty—or appetizing. Before you mindlessly chew your way through another value meal, take these mini-mysteries (conveniently solved below) into account. Sometimes the truth is tough to swallow.

What’s in a Chicken McNugget?

You’d think that a breaded lump of chicken would be pretty simple. Mostly, it would contain bread and chicken. But the McNugget and its peers at other fast-food restaurants are much more complicated creatures than that. The “meat” in the McNugget  Continue Reading »

Posted by The Holistic Culinarian, text by Melanie Haiken, selected from caring.com/care2.com

Auntie Nay-Nay states – As you read below, the article states that milk (as an alternative to drinking soda) “is turning out to be the greatest cancer-preventative of all time.”  Be careful with cow’s milk – especially lactaid milk for those who are lactose intolerant, one 8 oz glass of milk contains about 12 grams of sugar.  Plus, get your calcium from leafy green vegetables (collars, kale, turnip greens, etc.) and other sources.  So just be aware.  Also be on the look out for an upcoming teleclass on CHOCOLATE!  Yum!

Do soft drinks cause pancreatic cancer? Does chocolate prevent stroke? Two nutrition studies just swept across the newspapers and airwaves. Did you see them? Here are the short-and-sweet headline versions:

1. Soda pop causes pancreatic cancer.
2. Chocolate prevents stroke.

These studies got a lot of attention because these are popular foods. One study warns of a serious disease we all fear, while the other gives you another reason to eat something you want to eat anyway. But are they true? To be honest, even after taking a look at the actual data, I’m still not sure, and I’m not sure the experts know either. But they make sense and fit with what we already know about nutrition, so they do make important points.

The Problem with Soda
Most soft drinks are made with highly concentrated sweeteners, like high-fructose corn sweetener. Even the “healthier” versions made with good old-fashioned sugar deliver it in a highly concentrated dose. The job of the pancreas is to secrete insulin when needed to process sugar, so when you hit your body with a wallop of sugar, the pancreas goes into overdrive. Continue Reading »

Posted by The Holistic Culinarian, text by Vicki Santillano, selected from www.divinecaroline.com

Given the plethora of produce that’s readily available at supermarkets and farmers’ markets around the country, it’s surprising that so few of us get the recommended five servings a day. What’s even harder to believe is that the reason many people give for this deficiency is that it’s too hard or too expensive to eat that many fruits and vegetables. The problem is that people automatically assume a produce-rich diet means filling their grocery cart with nothing but fresh ingredients—and if you’re new to this whole fruits-and-veggies thing and unsure of what to do with them, chances are they’ll go bad and have to be thrown out anyway, which is a waste of food and money. But canned and frozen produce is cheaper and

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Our guide to feasting for future fortune
Posted by The Holistic Culinarian, text by Lauren Salkeld,  selected from www.epicurious.com

F or many, January 1 offers an opportunity to forget the past and make a clean start. But instead of leaving everything up to fate, why not enjoy a meal to increase your good fortune? There are a variety of foods that are believed to be lucky and to improve the odds that next year will be a great one. Traditions vary from culture to culture, but there are striking similarities in what’s consumed in different pockets of the world: The six major categories of auspicious foods are grapes, greens, fish,

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Soon, I will be posting recipes that only consist of 7 ingredients or less.  These will be recipes that I created plus I will be sharing recipes that I found and tried myself (giving credit to the person who actually created the recipe).  I became inspired about this because self-healing occurs when you eat right.  To eat right, you really have to go into the kitchen and cook a wonderful and easy meal for yourself.  So only using 7 ingredients or less to cook up something wholesome and tasty in less time is amazing to me. So stay tune!