Month: October 2017

You Don’t Need a Kindle Reader to Download a Kindle Book

I recently posted that my book is out on Kindle. What this means is that if you buy Angel Feast, A Vegan Diet for a New World on Amazon Kindle, Amazon will send you a free Kindle Reader (an App) that downloads right to your computer, iPhone, or IPad. When you click on the book, the reader opens, creating the feeling that you are on a Kindle Reader. I have this App on my computer and on my iPhone as well. They work perfectly, making any Kindle book ready to read on any of your current devices.

Just as a Kindle, you can alter the Kindle preview viewers to larger font sizes, page color, amount of print on a page, etc. This App also automatically connects to the Internet if, for some reason, you  need a definition. You can just click directly on the word, which will open a dictionary in any language.

I highly recommend the Kindle App Reader as it is free and also will allow you to read my new cookbook and any of my previously published works. Remember this week it is only $3.99. You can simply click on the button below to take you to the purchase menu in Amazon.

It will be another month until the paper version will be available. Right now, however, Angel Feast is online and mobile, you can print out recipes, go to Angelfeast.com to the Angel Food Cookbook Gallery, which has amazing pictures of great food so that you can understand how to present your recipes.

You can also use the cookbook with the online helper on my YouTube channel: Angel Feast.  There are over 20 videos of me sharing the ways to create these Angel Feast Recipes.

Thanks so much,

Bo Sebastian

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Two Days a Week Can Change Your Heart Health

I took one of my dearest friends for his 50-year colonoscopy. As I waited in the lobby of the hospital, I spent much time wondering if I should have the exam, as well. I considered my recent healthy and unhealthy choices and wondered if I would come out on the side of cancer free.

Unfortunately, my friend did not get so lucky. That day is now firmly adhered to my brain. I could never walk away from the idea that I am the only one who can create health for my own body.

“My choices, my health!” is now my motto.

Even though no one would consider me overweight, my cholesterol tests and heart exams were declining every year. When I had to begin statins to lower my cholesterol, I decided to go back to being a vegetarian or a vegan to see if a diet change would make a difference in my LDL (bad cholesterol). To my surprise, my doctor was more than just onboard, he recommended a vegan diet. In fact, he told me that all of his vegan patients have lowered their LDL with a completely plant-based diet. Most were able to get off of the statins completely.  I went home and began planning for an immediate diet change.

I didn’t want to freak out my body and mind, so I decided I would start a slow plan with a plant-based diet for a couple of days a week. When I cooked the household meals from one of the vegetarian cookbooks I had written in the past, everyone in the house would want to join me in eating. Even my mother, whose sour-puss face hates when people refuse her food for another, actually joined in a few times.  I had actually forgotten how much I enjoyed cooking. Plus, I did not realize how much easier vegetable-based food was to digest.

What older adults do not realize until too late is that meat becomes more and more difficult to digest as adults get older.

Red meat can spend up to 3 days in the colon. It rots there as a mucous covers it, while the body waits to digest it. However, if you continue to eat the same amount of animal protein every day, then your body never has time to remove those pockets of undigested meat from the colon. These particulates turn into hard black matter and ultimately cause problems in the colon. Personally, I feel this is the beginning of all colon disease.

After about a month of eating plant-based for 2-3 days a week, I moved up to 5 days a week being a pseudo-vegan, which left me 2 days a week with just one portion of meat or fish each day. By the end of two months, no one could force me to go back to being a 7-day-a-week carnivore.

I had lost 9 pounds without even trying.

  1. My stomach was not bloated after eating.
  2. I was having one—if not two—easy bowel movements a day.
  3. Interestingly enough, I felt younger and looked younger.
  4. Even my doctor shared that my LDL went to a very safe number after just two months of changing my diet. I was able to get off of the statin.

 

In the past 1 1/2 years of being a full-fledged vegan, I have written a Vegan Cookbook called Angel Feast. The recipes are simple, easy, and rarely costly—certainly not as expensive as meat, ever. My husband and I spend less the $100 a week on groceries, cooking 95% of our meals at home.

 

 

My cookbook explains:

  • how to make the protein conversion from meat to plant-based protein;
  • suggests a palate of food and spices for your shopping list; and then
  • helps you plan meals that are completely plant-based without every feeling you are missing a thing.

Truly, the only feeling you will miss is feeling nauseous and bloated.

Go to the following link and buy a copy of the Kindle Version of the book and you’ll get a special price this week: ONLY $3.99.

Yes, that’s right! I want the people I love to have this book for as cheap as I could arrange it with the publishers. Download it, even if you don’t think you’ll make the shift for a while. When you get a wake up call to be more heart-healthy, this book will be ready and waiting on your bookshelf.

While my husband, David, is working on constructing the printed version of Angel Feast with the amazing pictures you have been seeing on Facebook and Instagram (the cost will be in the $15 range), you can get this Kindle version with the pictures on a dedicated web page, to keep the cost even lower. Just $3.99 for a lifetime of heart healthy food that you’ll never want to stop eating. I promise.

Happy and Healthy Eating,

Your Friend, Bo

 

 

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Trying to Force Happiness and Peace to Happen!

If we could get back to the power of a child’s mind, we would experience unlimited ability to manifest our Good.

Have you ever met a person who works so hard and fights so much to achieve an iota of life that you almost feel sorry for him or her?  Is happiness and peace dependent upon his or her successes?

Life has helped me understand the difference between success and happiness. Success changes nothing in your mind about happiness and peace.

In general, if you don’t take the time to understand some simple Truths about the world, the universe, and how it operates with or without you, you may feel concerned that life is happening TO YOU.

Ephemeral Success

One morning in early April I was told that one of my books was on the NY Times Bestsellers list. I was really excited. I told a few special people—bragged a little. That evening, though, I got in a fight with my ex-partner. The entire rest of the day actually imploded. Even my own successes were used against me in the fight. Becoming a bestselling author meant nothing in a matter of hours. Happiness and success didn’t change my current life situation as much as I had hoped it would.

Do you know what actually makes you happy? What can complete you? Is it a relationship, job, sex, lots of money, etc.?  Can we really define our sense of peace and joy with success ?

Perhaps, we can look at life through the mirror of success and financial gain and see ephemeral happiness, but nothing that is can remain perfectly gift wrapped.

You can’t buy happiness, you can’t marry happiness, and you can’t force happiness into your life.

Happiness, joy, and peace are authentic branches of a life that are balanced with attention to spirituality, meditation, and purposeful living. If you do not take time for any of the latter, you will always find yourself seeking for more somewhere. Everything outside of the box of Spiritual Truth has the human desire for more attached to it.

The Truth You May Now Know

Ultimately, spirituality, meditation, and a purpose-driven life are all aspects of a Truth that lead you back to your core self, your authentic reality. When you learn to be perfectly at peace with what happens RIGHT NOW, you will always be at peace and happy.

Truth #2

How much does the past and the future actually affect your happiness?

If you are like most of the humans on Earth, you would have to answer honestly: 99.99%. However, the likelihood of anything in the past or in the future actually affecting your happiness only happens in your own brain.

  • You decide how much pain to give a circumstance.
  • You decide how much life to give to a person who has hurt you.
  • You decide how much fear you give to a bill that hasn’t been paid.
  • You choose your happiness—everyday.

For example: I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for extra money for the past few months, until my husband’s green card actually goes through the current government’s bureaucracy, which has been over a year now. In so doing, I have been matched up with 8 new students. Yesterday, I was informed that one of those students, a young woman who liked me as a person, but didn’t think I was the right teacher for her decided to fire me and ask for a new teacher.

In the very recent past, I have chosen and fired vocal teachers because they weren’t the right chemistry or didn’t teach the perfect technique for me. I really had no problem separating personality with chemistry for myself. Why, then, when it happened to me was my first response that I’m not good enough?

I have been good enough for 100s of student before this person, perhaps thousands in my 37 years of teaching. This current person was 30 minutes late for her lesson, inarticulate about what she needed, and gave me 30 minutes to prove I was the right teacher for her. Still I was left with the feeling of inadequacy at being relieved of my teaching duties.

Reasoning with Your Human Mind

The question I had to ask myself when these feelings came up:

  1. Who is speaking here?
  2. To what situation am I reacting?
  3. Is it a time from the past?
  4. Is this the face of an angry father who thinks I could never do anything right?
  5. Is it the voice of a teacher who forced me to be perfect, when all I wanted to do was express through music?

I realized fairly quickly that the advice of Don Miguel Ruiz in his book, The Four Agreements, “to not take anything personally,” perfectly applied to my situation. The situation that happened with the student was “meant to happen” for many reasons. The student also is a model and owns her own small talent agent. She hires models for a niche of the commercial market. As she and I talked, she told me that I should send my picture to her, because she could probably get me lots of work. Perhaps, the reason she was in my life was for that and not as a piano teacher. I’m okay with that. 

If that part of the circumstance works out, I could stand to make a lot more money as a model than as a teacher for her. And driving 80 minutes to her apartment in lower Miami on a Wednesday morning during rush hour traffic would simplify my life.

Truth Elevates Your Feelings

As you know, feelings change in moments. So, if you affirm truth in times of distress or pain or hurt, you will more accurately express your authentic feelings. Yes, what I am writing is that your human feelings are a not a barometer for how you really feel. You have experienced this many times when you continue to cry about something and feel anger towards yourself for not getting over the pain. We have more than one voice operating in our brains. We must choose to listen to the accurate voice of Spirit. We can only do that if we connect with it daily, understand how to access it, and continue to deny the negative voice of the past.

As we say in all fields of the mind: THIS IS A DAILY PRACTICE.

You do not get to nirvana in a day of meditation. Even if you did achieve a state of perfect oneness with spirit, you can’t stay there in body. You must get on to do the tasks of the moment at some point. Learning how to balance spirituality with your daily human life is the key.

Come back another time for more on this subject.

Namaste.

 

 

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