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Turning My Back on Hostile Health Haters!

Published February 2, 2023 by Maryanne

Me, shopping for cruelty free vegan make-up products (My husband loves my jacket, so he took this photo by surprise).

Since I’m fortunate enough that I don’t have to use this blog as means of making money, because I am already a professional writer and professional speaker, from time to time I like to vent — hence the name of the blog, “inspiration, motivation, and a little sass.”

And because this blog is more of a love letter to myself, talking about whatever I want, whenever I want, and dissing on Bloganuary midway because the prompts were lame, in my opinion, I fail to write enough about my career. I honestly think half of my readers don’t even know what I do for a living.

Anyway, after what happened on Sunday, I am motivated to vent.

Since 2013, I’ve been giving health lectures at libraries, senior centers, and assisted living facilities. No, I am not a nutritionist or a dietician. I am simple a woman with a passion for health. And what good is a health degree when many who have those have their own health crisis? It doesn’t make sense. What I’m trying to say is that I talk the talk AND walk the walk.

One of my most popular lectures is “Healthy Pasta Alternatives.” It’s a lecture that ANYONE can give. It’s just common sense. Some people have wheat sensitivities, so they eat gluten free. And I’ve been providing information to those who seek pasta options besides wheat. And guess what? It works! So many people have thanked me and said they learned something. But I’ve had amazing audiences too — people who have their own gardens, people who ate healthy themselves but just wanted ideas for their children, and so on. It’s always a great audience that makes for a great lecture!

But Sunday it was bad. Real bad. After the lecture I had a person WHISPER to me, “It was a good lecture.” Why did she whisper? Perhaps because a few “bullies” hijacked my discussion. I had three people who insisted on standing up, throughout the lecture, speaking over me, forcing THEIR agenda on to the audience.

It all began when a woman said that her son was vegan. I said I was too. That got another woman in an uproar. I don’t know why veganism was so offensive to her, but she felt it was in her best interest to announce to the audience that I told them “THREE TIMES” that I was vegan. Uh, no, I just said it “once.”

Then the first woman insisted that “some vegans eat chicken.”

I corrected her, “No, SOME vegans DO NOT eat chicken.” You can’t even say vegetarians “eat chicken.” If you eat meat or chicken, you are a carnist. You have not right to call yourself vegan or even vegetarian! But dumb as it sounds, I did hear a woman who worked at a health food store telling everyone she was vegan and then raving about her chicken recipe.

Why people lie about food is beyond me. I guess, like politics, food is a touchy subject.

But lets move on. Another audience member asked if I thought veganism was a healthy diet.

First, veganism is NOT a diet. If you’re a vegan, it’s for the animals. The health benefits are just a side effect. But I didn’t go there. This was supposed to be about pasta, not veganism. However, I did share that I believed it was a healthy LIFESTYLE (I purposely say “lifestyle” not “diet” because it IS a LIFESTYLE). Then in a brief two minutes I shared that in my three years of vegan vegan, my health did improve. Even with that vegan “junk” food, my health improved!! I always had thyroid issues, now my bloodwork is excellent. Also my eyesight improved. And I will be 60 this August 2023. … I’m guessing that since fish was the one item I held on to prior to being vegan, the mercury and toxins even in the “healthiest” fish was doing me in.

But non-vegans don’t want to hear this.

Another tool from across the room blurted out, “VEGANISM IMPROVES YOUR EYESIGHT.”

I got excited and asked, “You heard that before?”

No. She was mocking me. “No, that’s what you said.”

No, that’s NOT WHAT I SAID.

I said, “MY eyesight improved since I became vegan.” I DID NOT say, “Veganism improves eyesight.” (Though I have read that others have said the same thing. But, we are all different! If you do good things for your body, it will do good things in return. And I WILL stand by the fact that dairy and meat cause inflammation and it’s my choice not to eat those items and something good happened. Why begrudge me that? (A fellow vegan said, it was my good karma. Perhaps.)

Oh, but how the haters LOVE to twist things around. And debate.

Then another chimed in and said, “Well how come I eat meat and I have good eyesight?”

I had to explain the OBVIOUS… uh, genetics, how we are all different. Why do some people eat everything they want and remain thin? There are just no answers to everything. But we all do the best we can. Yet this audience was out for the kill, ready to debate, twist things around, and get up on a soapbox.

I was ready to throw the mic down and walk out, not even accepting my check. It was that awful.

I’ve been giving this lecture almost 10 years now and this was the worst audience I ever had, except for a few friendly faces I saw who seemed to be enjoying the small bit of air time I had before it became a free for all. (And, of course, the librarian was not in the room to address this madness. This is par for the course at many library lectures. They are too BUSY to partake in the lecture they booked).

Nevertheless everyone enjoyed the free gluten free, sugar free, VEGAN pasta dish that I made.

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Bloganuary Day 28 – Describe Your Perfect Birthday Cake

Published January 28, 2023 by Maryanne

A vegan birthday cake, from Glitter Thicket, Nyack, New York

Today’s prompt excited me because as a vegan I know firsthand that many people are not aware of how much fun vegan food can be. Glitter thicket is a small, but gorgeous, cafe in Nyack, New York. My husband and I visited last summer and it was like being in a fairy land, so cozy, adorable, and precious.

Larissa, the owner, is a sweet heart. She really goes out of her way to give visitors a great experience. There’s plenty of handmade shopping creations there like jewelry and fairy houses.

And the food is delicious! A birthday cake that tastes as good as it looks is definitely a perfect cake!

Me, in the bathroom at Glitter Thicket, Summer 2022

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

I’m a Vegan Who Thinks Other Vegans Are Idiots

Published January 4, 2023 by Maryanne

I’ve only been vegan two years now, but it’s been a long journey, as I gave up meat/foul for most of my adult life, have been using cruelty free/vegan make-up and hair products since 1996, and gave hundreds of dollars to animal organizations.

Other vegans irk me for many reasons, but the reason I’d like to speak about today is many of them are anti-health — and they love to argue about it. They gorge themselves with fake meat and instead of being responsible for their well-being they get all high and mighty and say they are vegan for animals. They will attack anyone who talks about veganism healing them in any way. Not celebrating health wins is pathetic. If a woman got off medication because of a plant-based diet, she’s still not eating animals and that is A-OK with me! Perhaps someday she will get into activism, but maybe not, and it’s FINE! The fact is, she is not eating animals, it helped her and why not give her a thumbs up!

Don’t get me wrong, I am vegan for the animals, first. However health is and should be a close second. After all, if we are not healthy, how can we advocate for animals? How can we care for our pets? How can we continue to support vegan restaurants if we are, God forbid, bed-ridden or in a hospital? Perhaps if some of these angry vegans ate less sugar, their MIND would be healthier?

I am also calling these vegans out on their hypocrisy when it comes to their crappy foods. They INSIST that Oreos are vegan, disregarding the fact that Oreos contain white sugar, which is processed via a bone char filter. Do you know what BONE is? It’s from an animal. Yet, say this on Facebook and you’ll get the immature laughing emoji (which, THANK GOD, WordPress does not have!) It’s a stupid way to communicate when you have nothing intelligent to say. They think, “Yeah, I’ll just leave the “ha-ha-ha” emoji and it means I won.” No, you didn’t win. Ignorance, making fun of others, and being in denial is a loser’s game.

This is the type of nonsense that make meat eaters hate us. It makes me feel embarrassed to be in the vegan community. I’m at the point where I don’t like to tell people I’m vegan because so many of them are dumb and always ready to battle. Angry, angry, angry. And cult-like.

So now the new vegan protocol is you can’t discuss good health?! It’s absurd and I’m not buying it.

Please don’t lump me in their category. I’m a sweetheart and not like them at all. If you’re vegan or nearly vegan for whatever reason, to me you’re doing your part. That’s my two cents and I’m not fighting with anyone, but simply calling out bullshit.

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Eat Well for The Holidays, At Kinnelon Library, NJ

Published November 17, 2022 by Maryanne

Last night, November 16, I presented my talk, “Eat Well for the Holidays at Kinnelon Public Library, Kinnelon, New Jersey.

The audience was awesome — all healthy eaters seeking inspiration. I served a homemade autumn vegetable coleslaw and everyone cleaned their plates!

I always give away a grocery bag full of healthy snacks too. The winner, Yanna, was from the Ukraine and said she was surprised how much cake and pizza American kids eat. As a non-mom, it was an eye opener to hear. I always learn something from my audiences.

Thanks to Kim Christian, librarian, for hosting this educational — and fun — program!

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Eyesight Improves on a Vegan Diet!

Published October 12, 2022 by Maryanne

MY EYESIGHT IMPROVED ON VEGAN DIET!! ❤
I am ecstatic! Just got back from my yearly eye exam and have the best news!! My eyesight improved, for the second year in a row and I was able to get a lesser prescription for my contact lens–for the second year in a row, after having a stable higher prescription since 2011.

Check it out, back in October 2021, I was only vegan for two months and my eyes went from -9.50 in both eyes to -9.00 in my left eyes.

Now, two years later, My right eye is now -9.00 and my left eye is -8.50! My eyesight hasn’t been this good since I was in my 30s, back in the 1990s! And my eye health is excellent, including a great retina. AND in a few months I can go back and get REGULAR glasses (for around the house)! I no longer need the transitional glasses! ❤

Mind you, there are three other things I am doing that may have attributed to my eye health improvement:

  1. Joe Dispenza meditations. He actually did say that people’s eyesight improved while attending his retreats.
  2. Taking a vegan eye supplement.
  3. Scalp massages for better hair. Last April a stylist ruined my hair using too much bleach when she dyed it magenta. My hair was very dry. I’ve since decided to let my hair grow back to it’s natural brown color. It’s now a cool ombre. The magenta faded to strawberry blonde. Anyway, since last April I’ve been doing scalp massages two to three times per week, and my hair is very soft and back to normal. I think flipping my hair and massaging with my head down is bringing more blood circulation to my eyes as well!

I guess you can say, the eyes have it!

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Healthy Pasta Alternatives

Published October 1, 2022 by Maryanne
Portion Control (Photo by Greg Corbo)

For the past several years, as a public speaker, I’ve been presenting “Healthy Pasta Alternatives” to libraries in New Jersey. During the pandemic I even did one via ZOOM. But it was great to get back in the swing of things and see people–and actually serve pasta instead of showing people pasta over the camera!

Last Wednesday I presented this program at the Roseland Free Public Library to a full house!

When making a dish, to be sampled near the end of the program, I opt for simple in order to please everyone. I take into consideration that patrons may have nut allergies, so it’s a basic pasta primavera, with fresh organic vegetables and a basic homemade Italian dressing.

There are many different types of pasta you can enjoy that are low or no sodium, wheat-free, and low in carbs–or lower in carbs than the traditional semolina. For the program, I purchased several types of pastas to include in a gift basket giveaway.

A gift basket of healthy pasta for the winner! (Photo by Greg Corbo)

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Visit my business page, Pear Tree Enterprises, at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Four Things Meat Eaters Need to Shut Up About

Published September 17, 2022 by Maryanne

It’s been over a year since I’ve been vegan. And it’s been over a year that I’ve heard the same things over and over and over and over from meat eaters. It’s at a point now where it’s so redundant I can scream! Dear Meat Eaters, does it ever cross your mind that you are as dull as a clam with these repeated comments and questions? And, do note, I am not speaking to all meat eaters. Some of my best friends are meat eaters (and this won’t fly with fellow vegans, but this will reiterate my first point…

  1. VEGANS ARE NOT ALL STEREOTYPE VEGANS. Yes, I’ve even wrote a blog about this before, how I am repulsed by other vegans–the ones who are pushy, over-assertive, and extremists (like PETA). For the last time, I repeat, we are not ALL that way. Many of us are of a more spiritual, peaceful mindset. Would we love everyone in the world to not eat meat? Of course! But it’s not something I’m going to push down someone’s throat. Whenever someone pushes veganism, we get the ever-redundant response from a meat eater “Yum, bacon!” (Again, why are people so friggin’ PREDICTABLE?! You are all boring me to death!!!) But anyway, that is why I don’t push people because it pushes them in the opposite direction. Instead, I inspire my meat eating friends and family to share many vegan meals with me! “Yum, baked vegan goods” trumps “yum, bacon” any day!
  2. YES, WE GET ENOUGH PROTEIN. I never understand why people are so quick to argue with someone without doing their research? Why are so many athletes and body builders thriving on a vegan diet? If they weren’t getting protein, they wouldn’t be building muscle. They’d be weak and thin. While body building isn’t my goal, I do strive to be strong and healthy. At 59, I do two mini-workouts almost every day. I lift weights — especially my own, with yoga strength poses. I can hold a plank for three minutes. I can also do a side plank, lifting my entire body with one hand. My largest source of protein comes from a clean pea protein powder. I also eat beans, quinoa, lentils, tempeh, and tofu. On the weekends I’ll have the faux meat like a Beyond Burger. It’s not the cleanest food, but it’s better than artery clogging meat (and more important, I’m saving the lives of animals).
  3. WE ARE NOT LIMITED! The first time a woman said to me “You’re limited” I almost laughed in her face. With thousands of fruits and vegetables in the world, how on earth am I “limited”? I’m one year and one month into veganism, and not once have I made the same recipe twice. In fact, I never enjoyed food so much! And even with the vegan treats on weekends, my last two rounds of bloodwork were excellent! Prior to veganism, I was borderline anemic, had thyroid issues, sugar handling issues, sinus allergies/headaches, borderline high cholesterol, and borderline high blood pressure. Now, I am PERFECT! I also think I look better, my hair is thicker, and I don’t have any skin issues (prior I had dry spots on my feet, elbows, and sometimes face) My eyesight also improved!!
  4. SUPPLEMENTS Yes, I take supplements. I took supplements even before I was vegan. It’s just a precaution for me. It’s my decision. Many people take supplements including meat eaters. Beauty guru Oleda Baker, who is not vegan, has her own line of supplements. Paleo advocate Dave Asprey once wrote on Facebook the vast amounts of supplements he took. If you don’t believe in supplements, fine, I won’t argue with you, but do not put me down for taking supplements because I’m vegan. It’s not a vegan thing. For me, it’s a security blanket to make sure I’m getting everything I need. I am a super busy self-employed person. Sometimes I travel for business. I don’t always have the time to meal plan. Sometimes I leave the house without packing a lunch because I forget. Sometimes I’m out to dinner with friends and pasta is the only vegan option. So if you want to argue, supplements vs. no supplements — argue with everyone who takes them, not just vegans.

And, in conclusion, As Winona Ryder once said, “Why can’t we all just get along?” I agree to that. I’m a lover, not a fighter. But sometimes when you get bombarded with people saying the same thing over and over, like the cliche, “a broken record” you have to put your two cents (another cliche) in and tell it like it is.

We may not all think alike, but if something is working for me, why would someone want to come along and shit all over it? Why are people so unhappy? Me being vegan is my spiritual journey. If other vegans are “forcing” their opinion on you, why are you so ignorant to attack ME? It’s like the kid who gets abused from his parents then goes to school and bullies the small one. It’s just not right.

When you talk to people, whether in real life, or on the internet, do a little more listening than yakking. You don’t have to agree with someone but you don’t have to fight with them, attack them, or prove YOUR point. Agree to disagree, and move on. And most of all, please stop being so redundant!! You’re all like the people who ask me “How’s Gilligan” because my name is Maryanne. Say something different, be unique, listen to other Queen songs besides “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Someone Got Fired Because I’m a Vegan

Published September 15, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo by Bill Fairs on Unsplash

This was the hardest day I’ve had in a long time. But I am sharing this odd story as a form of therapy for myself because I feel horrible–on many levels.

For those who have been following my blog, you know that I’m a writer and public speaker. That’s how I make the majority of my money. I also do other cool stuff like helping out at events, personal assistance, and over 50 modeling. Once in a blue moon I’ll get an acting gig.

My acting experience is limited. I can’t memorize lines, but I am great at improv. Over the past 15 years, I’ve acted in many You Tube commercials and short films. I was the “cool mom” in a Gamin’ commercial, a mom in an Intel commercial, a shopper in a high-end pharmacy, an older version of a young actress, and most recently a mom in a rap video that received over 50K hits. This is to name a few.

I’ve also done a health-related video. It was for a pedometer that tracks your steps. That was what I suspected this was when I was told “health video.” I arrived on set early and it was a rude awakening. I was there to pretend I was someone with a former health issue and miraculously cured by goat’s milk. Not only that, they wanted me to cook and eat lamb.

DID I MENTION, I AM VEGAN?

My gut told me to walk off set right then and there. My brain told me, “You were hired as a professional. This Air B’nB was rented. You can’t walk out last minute, there is no understudy.”

Had the recruiter told me all of this, I wouldn’t have accepted the job. She didn’t. In fact, she was so disorganized, I didn’t even get my lines sent to me until the last minute. I had to learn them on the spot, with no teleprompter!

I was now put in a bad place, so I figured, let me feel it out and try to salvage this gig. I straight out told the director I would not eat lamb, that I was vegan. He seemed okay with that.

I won that round.

But I almost gagged because I had to sit with the dish in front of me. I pushed it away so it wasn’t too close to me. I was almost in tears being so close to a dead animal on a plate. I almost puked.

The director obviously didn’t understand what vegan meant because he thought I’d drink the goat’s milk. He kept asking questions. To make it easy, and move this dreadful shoot along, I lied. I said I was a Buddhist and it was against my religion. We used almond milk and didn’t put the powder in when I was drinking it — only afterwards when I had to shake it up.

Round two — another score for me.

Now here is where it got ugly again. I had to lie about my health. I was NEVER unhealthy in my life. At age 59, I am on no medications and still a size 6. But I had to say I was once “fat” and that goat’s milk helped me lose weight. I also had to pretend the exercises were a struggle as I was doing them, making noises like “whew” and “urgh.” These were super easy exercises. Then I had to rave about how this goat’s milk cured health issues I never heard of!

I said to the director, “How old am I supposed to be? EIGHTY?”

He smiled and said nothing.

Finally, the shoot was over. I was paid and on my way home, fighting back tears. I felt like a heel on all levels. First of all, I let the director down because I was difficult to work with and stood my ground on issues that are important to me. Second, I let down the vegan community because I made this fraud video. And finally, I let myself down because I had to be in a video next to a sacrificial lamb–literally.

When the director briefly left the room, I made a sign of the cross and apologized to the lamb.

Now, everyone — and I mean EVERYONE — who reads this will now think I’m an asshole. Haters will really get their jollies off adding their crappy comments.

And when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did.

I got an email.

From the recruiter.

She got fired because she didn’t tell the director that I eat meat!!

Reading this took me to Next Level Awful.

I tried to stay positive, took a breath and wrote back that this was a “learning experience” — for both of us. I wished her luck and left it at that.

Moving forward, I would assume in her career as a recruiter she would get the facts straight and let the next actress/actor know what is entailed in a job. I mean, c’mon, even if I wasn’t vegan, what if I had food allergies? And if she is struggling with English, perhaps an interpreter to help her?

On my end, I now know to be more persuasive about gathering facts. I only decided to wing it because the recruiter was struggling with her English. I also assumed maybe she was young and inexperienced. I gave her the benefit of the doubt. When she said “health video” it was my big mistake to false assume it was going to be about an exercise product and not food.

I did my best to make the best of an awkward professional situation and I need to forgive myself.

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Cauliflower and Black Bean Vegan Nachos

Published June 5, 2022 by Maryanne

Made from scratch! Vegan cauliflower and black bean “nachos” with homemade guacamole. It also has diced cherry tomatoes, diced red pepper, fresh garlic, fresh lime juice, cilantro, unsweetened almond milk (in the guacamole), and a ton of spices including nutritional yeast which gives it a cheezy flavor. ❤

The reason I’m not posting the full recipe is because I ripped it out of a magazine a long time ago, so I do not know who to credit. It’s definitely not my recipe.

But I’ll answer any questions anyone has about it.

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos

Unlimited

Published May 31, 2022 by Maryanne
Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash

It’s hard to keep a straight face when someone says that veganism is limited. It’s hard not to smirk, or even laugh, because I don’t want to debate my diet. If someone doesn’t get it, they don’t get it. I’m not going to get all ego about it and go on the defense.

But I have to wonder, where is one’s mindset to think someone is limited by not eating five food items–fish, meat, poultry, dairy, and honey?

With over 2000 types of fruits in the world, and 1097 species of vegetables, I could go several years without eating the same one twice. And to be honest, since I became vegan, I feel like I’m experimenting more with food and have MORE choices. I never realized how good something could be, made out of pea protein. I used to avoid tempeh, because it looks like cat puke. But done right, it really is delicious. Prior to veganism, fish and rennetless cheese were the last items I gave up. To this day I still crave crabmeat or sushi, but there are plenty of companies that make faux fish, it’s totally unnecessary to mess with sea life. And vegan cheese is so delicious, it’s dangerous. If I don’t hold myself back, I’d be spending a fortunate on it! There are so many tastes and textures from different brands, I can’t even pick a favorite. Even Whole Foods 365 brand has a smoked gouda that makes my mouth water.

It’s coming on my first year of being vegan and I’ve gone back to simple comfort foods I shunned for years–oatmeal, scrambled tofu (which I loved to make when I first gave up meat), Ezekiel bread, nutritional yeast, and the simple dish of pasta with tomato sauce. When I have these special things, it feels like home. It takes me back to the 1980s when I first experimented with veganism. Oh, how I wish I stuck to it back then, but we didn’t have the options and choices we have today. Nowadays, being vegan is like living in a food paradise! I’m always thinking to myself, “What am I going to eat next.”

I also fell in love with vegan bubble tea and various seaweeds (not just the standard raw nori I’ve used for years). When I make a vegan recipe, I’ll experiment with every item left over. If I need a certain ingredient to make something, I’ll buy extra just to have it in the house.

Taking extra care to get all nutrients, I’ve included plenty of food items that contain things vegans need. This includes: natural protein powder for protein, hempseed oil for omega 3s, aloe vera juice with sea moss, and coconut aminos.

When my husband grills Beyond Burgers, we make a party out of it. I’ll accompany the dish with homemade coleslaw, and then pile a ton of condiments on the bun–mustard, ketchup, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and greens.

There’s a certain restaurant we frequent that has many vegan options, including the “specials” menu. We go there almost every weekend and I don’t think I’ve ever had the same thing twice!

There’s just so much you can do with plants, grains, vegetables, and vegan protein. I can go on and on and on about it. By now you realize I’m a vegan foodie!

It’s actually sad that someone thinks we are limited, when we are UNLIMITED!

🙂

If you liked this blog, feel free to buy me a kombucha: https://ko-fi.com/maryannechristianomistretta

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

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

And for positive messages, visit Be YOUnique, the Anti-Bullying You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos