Pride Anniversary

June 28th was like any other day and at the same time, it was a day that will forever be remembered as the day that changed it all.

If you are a part of the LGBT community then you know that I’m talking about Stonewall. It was the night that those in the LGBT community said enough is enough.

The pictures used in this post are my own.  I was not able to find noncopyrighted pictures of the Stonewall Riots.
Tiffany and I on the left during an End Doma event. Same picture was published in the Fayetteville Observer.

I wish I could say that everything changed that night.  Well in many ways everything did change, but it took many years of legally fighting to become recognized as people with the same rights as everyone who takes those right for granted.

Voting against Amendment One
Voting against Amendment One

This post is not to condemn anyone or to convince anyone. It is merely a post to celebrate.

Durham Pride

Durham Pride

Three years ago June 26, it became legal for a same-sex couple to legally marry in every state in the United States. I cried, I shouted for joy, I celebrated.

Performing my first Same-Sex Wedding
Performing my first Same-Sex Wedding

No, we didn’t run right out and get married. Tiffany has been my wife for years in my heart and more importantly, she’s been my spiritual wife for years. Just knowing that we have the choice to legally be married as well as spiritually is more than I ever expected to see happen in my lifetime.

The day we saw a young lesbian couple openly hold hands and kiss in public, I cried then too. I looked at Tiffany and said it’s because of us and those who came before us that this moment was even possible.

Why do we make such a big deal about pride?

For the same reasons, we celebrate Independence Day.   We celebrate to honor those who struggled to have what we now have. To remind those who come after us where they came from. To let those who have been rejected know that we are their family who will openly love and accept them.

This year in my own hometown we had the First Annual Pride Celebration! I”m so proud of Fayetteville, NC and everyone who came out in support of this celebration!

 

Celebrate Pride because somewhere over the rainbow, dreams really do come true.

Me and My wife Tiffany
Me and My wife Tiffany

To read a previous post about Stonewall click here

 

 

Juicing for Crohn’s

Juicing is a great way to get lots of nutrition in your body at one time

I’ve had Crohn’s for 33 years. I’ve talked to my doctor in the past about juicing my foods but honestly the thought of drinking my food didn’t appeal to me.

Well I’ve decided to give it a try.  Honestly I’m tired of feeling tired and in pain.

I’ve looked online and compared juicers and recipes. My girlfriend bought my juicer for Christmas. We decided while there are many juicers that look nice and compact, a juicer that separates the fibrous parts of the fruits and vegetables was what I needed.

Juicing is a great way to get lots of nutrition in your body at one time and in a very tasty way. Juicing is great for those who want to look and feel healthier. Juicing is also a natural way to decrease inflammation. Those of us who have digestive issues can appreciate not having to take extra pills to lower inflammation in our bodies.

Tweak your recipe and try it again

I tried several recipes then decided to just make my own. The wonderful thing about this is if what you make doesn’t taste good, tweak your recipe and try it again.

After only a week of juicing I have noticed my pains have lessened tremendously. I’m sure I have to juice still a while longer to get that energy that I’m lacking.

Juicing can be used to both lose weight or help when needing to gain weight.  I don’t have a problem losing weight. I’m just the opposite. Unless I’m in a lot of pain I will not make juice alone, I’ll drink it along with food.

 

Juicing will cost a lot in the beginning. After all you have to buy your initial supplies. But once you get started you’ll see that it really isn’t that expensive at all.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything. I will only recommend items that I personally use and love myself. look for italicized words.

Some of the items I purchased were

  1. Juicer 
  2. Blender ( I have this for frozen fruits as they cannot be placed in my juicer)
  3. spice grinder

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Now it’s time to go out and do some grocery shopping!

The first time I purchased my ingredients I was blown away by how much I spent. Obviously I wasn’t used to purchasing so many fresh and organic ingredients at one time. After doing this for a little while now I see that it doesn’t really cost that much at all.

The fruits and vegetables I choose both taste good to me and have anti-inflammatory benefits to them.

Juicing for Crohn's-Juicing is a great way to get lots of nutrition in your body at one time and in a very tasty way. Juicing is great for those who want to look and feel healthier. Juicing is also a natural way to decrease inflammation. Those of us who have digestive issues can appreciate not having to take extra pills to lower inflammation in our bodies

In addition to the fresh vegetables and either fresh or as in my case frozen fruits I purchased these items:

1. Flax seed

You can purchase this as an oil or seed. I purchased seed and used my grinder to make it into a powder to add to my smoothies

2. Coconut water

Check and make sure it has only one ingredient. For those who cannot have coconut water substitute 6-8oz of either plain or vanilla yogurt

3. Protein powder

I added this on those days that I was in too much pain to eat at all and wanted to get protein in my body

Ok now for some recipes!

Here is a week and some change in recipes to get you started!

Monday

(from the recipe book that came with my juicer)

1 med Beet

6  Celery stalks

1 Green Apple

1/2 Cucumber

Add all ingredients to juicer, makes 2 servings

 Tuesday

(from an online recipe)

Anti-inflammatory juice

1 Pineapple ( I found it more economical to purchase a frozen bag of pineapple chunks and use 1-2 cups in the blender)

2 Cucumbers

1 3″ piece of turmeric root ( you can use 1/3 tsp of the ground turmeric)

tumeric-powder

1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

Only juice those items that can go into the juicer like the cucumber and turmeric root. The Ground items and frozen items put in your blender with juice from juicer. Blend well till smooth.

Wednesday

applebeet

(This is a recipe that I made)

1 med Beet

1 lg Apple

1″ Ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger

2 handfuls Spinach

6oz vanilla yogurt

juice spinach first then beet, apple and ginger. Add juice to blender with yogurt and blend well. Makes a great tasting smoothie.

Thursday

I made this on a day that I wasn’t feeling so well

1 Celery stalk

1 Cucumber

1/2 Lime (peeled)

2 cups frozen Pineapple

1/3 ground Turmeric

1 scoop Protein Powder

1 cup Coconut water

Juice the first 3 items. Put juice and the rest of the items in blender. Blend well.

Friday

Another protein powder juice smoothie day. If you haven’t already made one I must tell you that the protein powder does add some thickness to the juice.

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1 Beet

1″ Ginger

1 cup (bunch) Parsley

1 cup Kale

1 cup frozen mixed fruit ( I used strawberries, pineapple and mango)

1 cup Coconut water

1 scoop Protein Powder

Juice first 4 ingredients. Add juice and the rest of the ingredients to a blender and blend well.

Saturday (This has become my favorite go to smoothie)

I like to call this one my Really Red Juice

1 lg Beet or 2 small ones

1 small head Red Cabbage

1″ ginger

1/3 tsp ground Turmeric

1 Apple

8 oz. Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 cup frozen Pineapple

Juice beet, cabbage, ginger, and apple. Add juice, turmeric, yogurt and pineapple to blender. Blend well. This is one of my favorite juice smoothies.

Sunday

A quick light juice

1 lg Orange ( peeled)

1 Bunch Parsley

1 Apple

1″ Ginger

1 cup frozen Pineapple

1 cup Coconut water

1/3 tsp Turmeric

Juice first four ingredients. Add juice and last three ingredients to blender. Blend well. What I love about the frozen fruits is that they make my juices and smoothies nice and icy.

Monday

Today we are going orange with sweet potatoes!

sweet-potato-juice

1 med Sweet potato

1 Orange (peeled)

1 cup frozen mango

8oz. Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 tsp ground Ginger

Juice the sweet potato and the orange. Add juice, mango, yogurt and ginger to blender. Blend well

Tuesday

1 med Beet ( in case you haven noticed I love beets)

1 Cucumber

1 1/2 cups Baby Spinach

1 cup Mixed Frozen Fruit

6oz. Vanilla Yogurt

Juice first three ingredients. Add juice and last two ingredients to blender. Blend well

After Dinner Juice

I found this after dinner Juice online. I like it for those days where an extra juice is just what I need.

2 cups Baby Spinach

1 cup Frozen Pineapple

Juice the spinach then add that juice and frozen pineapple to blender and blend well.

Happy Juicing!!

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Shrimp Tacos with Broccoli Slaw Pico de Gallo

Mmmm, tacos.  I love tacos and I love that you can make just about any kind of taco you want.

Today we are having Shrimp Tacos with Broccoli Slaw Pico de Gallo.  Tiffany just absolutely loves my Pico de Gallo.  She will eat it on anything.  So when I make it, I make a lot to last her for days to come.  This day was no exception.  The only difference was that I added an ingredient that I haven’t added before.  Broccoli Slaw.

Have you tried broccoli slaw?  Neither had we until I picked up a bag of it in the grocery store.  A-maz-ing.

I wanted to make these shrimp tacos a bit lighter than I have in the past and I wanted to make the work a bit easier for me as well.

I didn’t time myself but I truly think I had dinner made and on the table in about 10 minutes. Oh, yea you read that right. Ten Minutes.

The only difference between my Shrimp Tacos with Broccoli Slaw Pico de Gallo and Tiffany’s shrimp tacos was the tortillas themselves.  I love corn tortillas and she loves flour tortillas.

There are days that I’m in the mood to make everything from scratch. I’ve been known to make the pasta in a dish, make the butter and so forth.  Today was not that day.  I have made both corn tortillas and flour tortillas in the past. Yea, not today. The tortillas that you can buy in grocery stores taste awesome. lol.

I also saved some time by not making the broccoli slaw or the shrimp.

I know you know how time-consuming it is to peel, devein then cook shrimp to just perfect.  I’m sorry, rather not sorry I just wasn’t in the mood for all of that today. So I took a little help from the store and bought already peeled, deveined, and cooked shrimp.  To make them my own I added my own seasoning to them and warmed them up in the microwave. Yep, one minute and they were ready to go.

Ok, so you’re asking exactly what did I make myself then? Why the Pico De Gallo of course.  I told you, Tiffany loves my Pico De Gallo so of course, I had to make that.

Shrimp Tacos with Broccoli Slaw Pico de Gallo https://mythings2do.com/2018/06/04/shrimp-tacos-with-broccoli-slaw-pico-de-gallo

Ingredients:

40-60 medium Shrimp, Peeled, deveined, and cooked.

Use your favorite taco seasonings and mix them with the Shrimp.

Seasoned Shrimp https://mythings2do.com/2018/06/04/shrimp-tacos-with-broccoli-slaw-pico-de-gallo

 

Now for my Pico de Gallo with the Broccoli Slaw.

So simple.

2 cups of Broccoli Slaw (found in the bag at the grocery store)

1 medium Onion minced

2 large Roma tomatoes seeded and chopped

I clove Garlic finely minced

The Juice of 1 med-large lemon, grate the rind and use it too

1 Jalapeno Pepper seeded and minced

1 bunch Cilantro chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Your choice of flour or corn tortillas.

 

Mix it all in a large bowl. This makes more than enough for dinner and then some.

Broccoli Slaw Pico de Gallo https://mythings2do.com/2018/06/04/shrimp-tacos-with-broccoli-slaw-pico-de-gallo

I may put Broccoli Slaw in my Pico de Gallo from now on. This is so crunchy and so so fresh.

Put the Shrimp in a bowl and stick them in the microwave. You just want to warm them up. And hey a bonus, after I warmed them up there was some shrimp juice at the bottom of the bowl. Yea I don’t know any other way of saying that than shrimp juice. No matter it’s good and I topped my tacos with it.  Cook the tortillas however you like just make sure they are in fact cooked.

Now Enjoy!!

 

 

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