Kraft & Yellow Food Dye

 

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s wonderful they are going to take yellow food dye out of macaroni & cheese but come on.  If you are going to try to do something meaningful, don’t you think you should get the GMO out first?

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Macaroni and Cheese

Kraft Yellow Petition Update – 175,000 signatures and growing

We want to take a moment to share that this petition is honestly much bigger than just macaroni and cheese or even Kraft. There are many large US companies that use artificial dyes – as well as other additives like GMOs – in their food products here  that are not used overseas. Everyone from General Mills to Kellogg’s to Pepsi,  McDonald’s  and of course Kraft, have formulated safer, better versions of their products for other countries and this petition is a vehicle to let these companies know it’s time for American consumers to get the same.

I quit buying their macaroni & cheese, in fact I’m in the process of going all organic because I don’t think we should be forced to eat something that is killing our bees and butterflies.  This stuff is dangerous and should be banned but for now, I’ll settle for labeling.

If you’re a parent and you’re still feeding your children this stuff, shame on you.  Your children will have health problems and most will die prematurely because of your decision.  Think!  Do your homework.  Protect your family against this invisible intruder.  Just because you can’t see the danger, doesn’t make it not real.

I know it’s costly to buy organic but for most of us, it’s just a matter of eating a couple more meals at home and being smart about your purchasing.  The price of organic is coming down, start small.  You didn’t start buying it all at once, you don’t have to quit cold turkey but think about what you’re eating.  Make a conscious  decision to eat healthier, less fast food and more natural stuff like homemade macaroni & cheese, instead of it’s GMO counterpart.  If you don’t buy it, they won’t make it.  I promise you that.

So, spend your money wisely.  Know the companies that you buy from, call them and ask if they use GMO products.  Let them know that you care about what you eat.

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Addiction Does Not Discriminate

Addiction Does Not Discriminate: A Ground-Breaking Equal Opportunity, Self-Help Recovery Manual That Works For Everyone!

SWEET ACCEPTANCE VERSUS BITTER RESISTANCE: Overcoming Addiction & Bad Habits Using Psychology, Spiritualism & Law of Attraction Combined!In light of Whitney Houston’s demise and others who have been tragically hurt by addiction, Dr. Peter Sacco was asked in a recent interview: ‘Why do so many people have addictions, engage in bad habits, and seem so miserable?’ His response pinpoints why people often become dependent on a ‘fix.’

He said, “Most people today are having what I call near-life experiences–they endure life, withstand it, tolerate it and become indifferent. The problem is too many people stopped enjoying and engaging life way too young, when they were told their dreams are ridiculous, impossible and that they should grow up. Until you awaken the little kid in you again, you are not having a real-life experience!”

In Sweet Acceptance Versus Bitter Resistance (Booklocker and Andrews UK Publishing), author Dr. Peter Sacco breaks new ground, combining psychology with spirituality by using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques together with the eight Beatitudes from the Holy Bible, to overcome addiction. By applying the principles and tools outlined in Sacco’s book, readers will be on the road to recovery in breaking addiction, dealing with bad habits and/or changing negative thinking patterns.

Sacco teaches individuals held captive by an addictive personality how to find the self they have been seeking and how to receive what they want in life. No one need ever be a slave to cigarettes, expensive drugs, or a painful drinking habit – Sweet Acceptance Versus Bitter Resistance is the pathway to a better life – without dependency!

Sacco’s groundbreaking self-help book comes on the tails of his recent self-help books (Penis Envy: Does Size Really Matter?, Breast Envy: The Women Who Love Them And The Men Who Lust Them, and The Madonna Complex: Why Men Are Wired To Cheat which are now published on 4 continents. Much of the research in these books (sex addiction, cosmetic surgery/make-over addictions and pornography addiction helped lead to the creation of this latest book).

Dr. Sacco’s latest book is highly rated and accepted by individuals, regardless of whether they are going through 12-step programs or one-on-one counseling, as well as those with no addictions support. By combining his practical and theoretical knowledge with his revolutionary 3-tier approach of psychology, spiritualism and law of attraction, he provides readers with the necessary tools to overcome their addictions and transform their lives.

NY Times bestselling author, Robert A. Schuller, had this to say about Peter Sacco’s latest book: “For Years, Peter has been using his cognitive training skills and blending them with the ‘Beatitudes.’ The results of blending science with the words of Jesus have truly had amazing results. No surprise. What is a gift to humanity is that today he is sharing his secrets with you in this insightful book.”

Peter Sacco is the author of many international, popular selling books, as well as a psychology professor, and former private practitioner/Hypnotherapist. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Vices: The Magazine for Addictions, Habits and Well-Being, and author of more than 400 magazine articles. As a sought-after speaker, he lectures at universities in the USA and Canada, specializing in relationships, criminal psychology, addictions, sports psychology, and mental health.

This award-winning author has been a regular resident expert on several television programs as well as hosting the show Mental Health Matters for over two years. To learn more about this inspiring figure, please visit www.petersacco.com.

Additional  Reading:    Addiction to Internet Pornography

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Who’s the boss?

We adopted a tiny little vicious  Russian Blue  mix kitten, who had been rescued from a dog with ill intentions. She had been traumatized. It took over an hour before we could tell if her back was broken because she wouldn’t move — only her eyes would follow us.

4 months old Russian Blue male

4 month old Russian Blue

 

Lily Mae (aka Lily Mae Belle as I’m fond of calling her or invisi-kitty as my son calls her – because she can hide anywhere)  has become an integral part of our family. I’ve declared that her name means, “Crazy Flower.” (Yes, we love Bambi and Thumper.) She even has her own seat at the table and eats most meals with us — we don’t allow paws on the table, though.

It has been a constant struggle keeping her in the house recently. She will take any and every opportunity to race outside. We are terrified to allow her to go out because she’s so tiny and our beloved Sandy disappeared one morning  without warning.

She was a free spirit, though. Sandy was a neighborhood cat, one of about 8 feral cats I used to feed, most of the cats wouldn’t come near me, but they never missed a meal. I watched them from inside.  Sandy was different, she  just decided to move in one day. She always came and went as she pleased. In fact, we had her for 6-months before we ever considered purchasing a litter box. She always did her business outside.

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We don’t want to lose Lily but we don’t want her to be unhappy either. However, every time Lily gets out, she acts like a wild animal. She zips back and forth, runs full speed up and down the hills surrounding our home. It takes my son and I working together to tease her back home — sometimes taking several hours. She never wants to come back home.

One afternoon she actually got outside. We tried for hours to get her to come back inside. Trying to get away from us, she bolted up a pine tree near our house and, unable to figure out how to climb down, she kept climbing higher and higher. She was only  3 months old. We ended up having to shake her out of the tree. We were sure she was injured — since she landed on her back. The fall didn’t even faze her. She is more cautious about climbing trees these days, but that hasn’t stopped her from climbing of course.

Lily has been acting so depressed the past couple of days that we decided she was born to be free and allowed her to run free outside,  for most of the past two days. It’s been heartbreaking for us. We constantly worry that something will happen to her.

We’ve had a constant  power struggle to determine the Alpha Dog between Lily and I. She actually bites my hand when she’s hungry and wants me to feed her. Most cats just meow and rub up against your leg, but not this girl. I hate being bitten, not realizing at first what she was telling me, I would bite her ear back. She did not like that at all but she learned to nibble, instead of leaving puncture marks in my hand.

This evening she was out,  wandering too far from home — much further than I am comfortable with. I had been trying to keep an eye on her and ignore her at the same time. My theory was that she would come home –  eventually – on her own terms.

I would go outside and call her name, she would come flying up or down the hill, zip past me and keep right on going. I tried explaining to her that I was going to bed and she needed to come into the house. She didn’t care. Nothing fazed her, until…

I came back inside, picked up her spare bed from the livingroom and her fuzzy cover from dad’s desk that  she likes to lay on —  items well scented by her. I put them out on the deck, under my chair. The next time she came flying up on the deck, she took one look at her bed, I opened the door walked inside and told her, let’s go to bed and inside she came.

I had almost given up hope of her ever willingly coming back into the house but I guess even she is smart enough to realize sleeping in the house is much nicer than a cold windy deck. I have reason to hope though, just now I opened the door to go outside and she was waiting there to be allowed inside. Apparently, she didn’t realize all she had to do was push on the door. I had made sure it wasn’t latched.

I am thankful for the rainy weather. The cold, wet ground isn’t as pleasing to her delicate sensibilities, so it’s a tiny bit easier to get her to come home. I can’t wait to introduce her to snow. By next summer, she will be older and hopefully much wiser. With any luck, she’ll also be trained to return home.

Unfortunately, I’m positive she still thinks she’s the boss.

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