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Anti-Bullying Book “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” Now Available on Audiobooks!

Published June 21, 2019 by Maryanne

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I am ecstatic that my book “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” published by Higher Ground Books & Media, is now available on AUDIO! (https://www.audible.com/pd/I-Dont-Want-to-Be-Like-You-Audiobook/B07TB2VKWY?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-155390&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_155390_rh_us)

Sarah Staton is the voice who made my story come to life!

My book takes place growing up in the 1970s when I was bullied in both grade school and high school. And I’m sad to say, that even in this day and age bullying continues. Children are committing suicide because of assholes who have not yet evolved. Adults are secretly emailing me, “Write something about bullying in the workplace.”

It makes me so angry that 50 years later, it’s not getting better but worse.

Bullies target those who are unique; those who speak up for themselves; those who are shy; those who are creative; those who are very smart and think out of the box; those who don’t follow the crowd; and those who are very good looking. If you recognize yourself in any of those words, you most likely were a target for a bully. Because victims are often so smart and creative, they also carry around insecurities. Smart and creative people never feel good enough. You know that old saying, a genius never sees himself as one. Bullies pick up on this and attack.

The good news is, there is no reason at all to feel shame. It’s not you, it’s them. Bullies are the ones who feel hurt, sad, unloved, ugly, dumb, so they target others to make themselves feel big. Bullies are also masters at gas lighting (making others think THEY are the ones who are crazy). It’s a manipulative way for a bully to “win.”

Truth be told, all bullies are losers. If you can’t come from a place of love, you’ll never evolve. And isn’t evolution the ultimate goal? 

I recently sent out a call for speaking engagements. I let everyone know I am READY to speak out against bullying — in libraries, schools, corporations — and I will travel.

One of the responses I received was that bullying isn’t going away.

I did not know how to answer that. From what I wrote above, you may think I agree that it’s not going away. But hear me out, I now believe differently.

I was speaking to someone in a health food store earlier today. This man asked me if I was a vegan.

I said, “No, but I eat vegan for several days at a time.” I further explained I was a vegetarian/vegan for 28 years, from ages 23 to 51. Then I started eating meat (grass-fed only, and some chicken — no pork or veal!) to get my health in order. (I went from having low blood sugar, thyroid issues, low white blood cell count, very low blood pressure/borderline anemic as a vegetarian to a person of perfect health with some meat back in my body!)

After hearing my story, my new vegan friend thanked me for being one of the leaders in the movement back in the day when it was HARD. Now it’s easy! There are more vegans than ever and you can get vegan food anywhere. But in 1986, I was considered a “weirdo” for not eating meat.

What does this have to do with bullying, you may ask? 

You see, over 30 years ago, people didn’t get vegetarians. But we’ve evolved. Now we get it. And people are health conscious and accepting. The smarter ones are getting along in harmony. THIS can happen with bullying too!

At age 55, I see myself having at least another good 30 years on this planet, in this body I rented. In the year 2049, I TRULY BELIEVE, bullying will be on its way to extinction. We will evolve and change the world. Bullies will be the new neanderthals … so over. People who love will no longer be the weirdos. They will be the WINNERS! The meek will surely inherit the earth.

I CAN’T WAIT!

In the meantime, please purchase my book or audio book, it may save your child’s life when he or she hears about how I was bullied, but grew up to be successful and happy!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing, and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: Ten Ways to Become Your Own Hero” will be available October 2019. To pre-order, go here: https://kicamprojects.com/shop/be-extraordinary/

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

 

Beware of So-Called Health Joints

Published May 29, 2019 by Maryanne

Fresh Pressed JuiceCan you trust this dish? 

Health-conscious people already know this, but if you’re just starting out on your journey to health, I’m here to tell you BEWARE when you order food at your local juice place.

Here’s a little story about why I won’t support a certain juice place in Cranford, New Jersey.

When I recently ordered an acai bowl, I was told that there was no sugar in the granola. If I don’t want sugar in granola, it would make sense I’d want the unsweetened acai, right? Well, they give me the SWEETENED acai. When I told them I didn’t want sweetened, they insisted I pay for it!

I was dumbstruck! I was forced to pay for something I didn’t order. Then they said they would make another but I’d have to pay for it. I was in tears because I felt defeated. I never heard of treating a customer like that. So, begrudgingly, I handed over $36 for an acai bowl I didn’t want, a salad, and a juice.

Like the nice person I am, I gave my bowl away to another customer and walked out.

I know this company has another store in Bernardsville, New Jersey, so I called hoping the owner was there. She was. I complained and she got very defensive. She took my complaint personally, which was bizarre. But in the end, she did say she’d give me another free. She called the Cranford store to tell them to make me another. Mind you, I’m self employed and all this running back and forth took so much out of my busy day, but it’s the principal, right? And that’s why you do take out, to save time from cooking, right? Well, not today.

When I got back to the Cranford store, the two workers gave me the dirtiest looks! When one of them handed me the unsweetened acai bowl, she looked like she was handing over her car keys to a parent who punished her. If looks could kill I would have been DOA! WOW.

To lighten the mood I asked jokingly, “Did you spit in it?”

She didn’t get the joke.

“No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she squealed like a pig in heat. Meanwhile a customer standing by with a stick up her arse gave me a nasty look too.

(This is where you want to scream, “Eat a hamburger! Your vegan diet is making you cray-cray!)

I walked out with my mind made up, I will never go there again. I do not like nasty people who can’t own up to the fact that THEY messed up!

The real kicker was, while complaining to the owner, I had a quick conversation about health with her (which ended shortly because she was totally clueless). She insisted that cane sugar is HEALTHIER than fresh fruit! Unbelievable.

The moral of the story is, you can’t trust places that claim they are healthy. Unless you are on top of them, asking to read every ingredient, you most likely will end up with sugar in your meal. If you’re a vegan, or just someone concerned about your health,  honestly, you are better off going to White Castle for an Impossible Burger. At least you know it’s junk food and it’s not disguised as “health” food.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing, and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: Ten Ways to Become Your Own Hero” will be available October 2019. To pre-order, go here: https://kicamprojects.com/shop/be-extraordinary/

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

Silk18 Shampoo For Men And Women

Published February 28, 2019 by Maryanne

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Whenever Maple Holistics comes out with a new product, I’m totally jazzed!

First, I’m always on the look out for cruelty free products. I’ve been cruelty free since the mid-1990s. That said, it’s hard to find a cruelty free product that’s actually good. But with Maple Holistics, you can never go wrong.

I’ve used their products in the past, so I’ve been a fan for some time: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/maple-holistics-tea-tree-shampoo/

The new Silk18 shampoo is my latest product addiction. It really does make your hair silky soft. And the scent is absolutely lovely. It makes my hair smell like a delicious vanilla vegan cookie! It doesn’t leave a filmy residue.

And while it doesn’t say “hypoallergenic,” it seems like it is. In the past I’ve had issues using other all natural, cruelty free brands; so I’m limited in what products I can use. But Maple Holistics is a brand I can trust and count on. It’s paraben and sulfate free!

For more information on their new product, go here: https://www.mapleholistics.com/products/hair-care/silk18-shampoo/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award winning journalist and health advocate. Her articles on health have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. She’s also available for speaking engagements on the following plant-based lectures: “Here’s To Your Health,” “Healthy Pasta Alternatives” and “Eat Well for the Holidays.” Contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: MaryanneChristiano@gmail.com 

Asparagus Christmas Tree

Published December 26, 2017 by Maryanne

DSCF1199Asparagus Christmas Tree

At our yearly Christmas party we always have “naughty” and “nice” food tables. But just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean it’s not delicious! Guests loved my asparagus Christmas tree, which was easy and incredibly tasty. I got the idea from a woman’s magazine, but their version was a bit bland, so I truly made it rock — my way!

Here’s how:

Stir fry, in olive oil, a bunch of asparagus, along with diced red peppers, shallots, and lemon pepper to taste. Cook to your liking. (I did it about 5.5 minutes, so it’s still crunchy).

Add white balsamic vinegar and chill.

One hour later, arrange asparagus and peppers to resemble tree.

ENJOY!

(Suitable for most diets/lifestyles).

Maryanne Christiano Mistretta is an award winning journalist and has written for several health publications and had her own health column “Here’s to Your Health.” She’s available for Healthy Foodie Library Lectures. Contact at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Silk 18 Maple Holistics

Published December 18, 2017 by Maryanne

Silk 18

 

Still hooked on Maple Holistics,  the next product I tried was Silk 18 conditioner. I am in love! Once again, in true Maple Holistic fashion, their product brings out the highlights in my hair. At this point, I am just days away from another coloring. Since I had a new stylist, I’ve been rocking the ombre, with a glaze color on top and foil highlight on the bottom. When you reach that seventh week part, the color always fades dull. But when I use Maple Holistics, the color just pops and I’m always getting compliments on my hair.

But what’s very special about Silk 18 is the gorgeous vanilla scent! I love using this condition so much. I think you will too!

Maple Holistic products are all cruelty free; all natural; and while they don’t say “hypoallergenic” I’ve been safely using them regularly. I don’t have problems (like eyes tearing) as I did with other cruelty free, all natural shampoos.

For more info, visit: https://www.mapleholistics.com/products/hair-care/conditioner/silk18-conditioner/

For free samples, visit: https://www.mapleholistics.com/free-sample/

 

Hooked on Hyperbiotics

Published December 9, 2017 by Maryanne

Hyperbiotics

For the past year I’ve been a fan of Hyperbiotics. As a journalist I’ve been sampling their products since last March when I wrote about them for an article about pet health: http://vitaminretailer.com/reigning-cats-dogs/

I’ve been using probiotics and eating fermented vegetables for years because I truly believe the state of your gut is the state of your health. That said, Hyperbiotics’ prebiotic blend, has been a big part of my life lately. It’s the holiday season and there are parties galore. This means you’re not always making the healthiest choices. And why should you? Who doesn’t splurge during the holiday season?

But surprise, surprise, it seems that the Prebiotic blend is keeping my metabolism revved up — and my weight down! I’m even thinner than I was last holiday season!

And unlike any healthy formula, Prebiotic tastes fantastic; sort of like a pear/banana! It’s all natural and vegan with no soy, no gluten, no dairy, no added sweeteners. I simply add 1 scoop to a glass of water and enjoy.

My gut always feels great — even with all the holiday partying! It looks like Prebiotic will be a new staple in my life.

But wait … there’s more! There’s also a probiotic formula for oral health! Their Pro-Dental chewable tablets are excellent to give your mouth an extra boost after brushing your teeth. They freshen your breath while helping your immune system.

I give both of these products a five-star excellent rating!

For more information on Hyperbiotics, visit https://www.hyperbiotics.com

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a public speaker and has developed several health conscious foodies lectures for libraries. For more information and bookings, visit: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Maple Holistics Argan Shampoo

Published November 24, 2017 by Maryanne

Argan Shampoo

Once again I scored another winner from Maple Organics! Their Argan Shampoo, which is cruelty free and all natural has the most beautiful smell and makes your hair incredibly silky soft, even two days after your shampoo!

My latest hair color is an ombre with a burgundy glaze on top, and blonde highlights on the bottom. While both my glaze and ombre colors have now faded quite a bit, Argan really made the shades pop again and brought out the best in my highlights.

And let’s talk about BODY! My hair was so bouncy, it still looked cute after I took off my winter hat!

After using this shampoo, I may not want to go back to any others.

For more information on Maple Holistics, visit: https://www.mapleholistics.com/products/hair-care/shampoo/argan-oil-shampoo/

And for your own free samples, visit here: https://www.mapleholistics.com/free-sample/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award winning journalist and the author of On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist, available from Next Century Publishing: https://nextcenturypublishing.com/product/on-the-guest-list/