How My Clients in Drug Treatment Taught Me to Survive Chronic Illness

“Take it One Day at a Time.”

I was 21 years old and each of the ladies, my clients, were double my age or more. Some had been maneuvering life in addiction longer than I’d been alive. Others…

Most people think internal racism describes instances where, for example, Mexicans don’t like other Mexicans. (An example that is not true.) That’s a common misunderstanding of the concept. The notion of internal racism describes the resentment, dislike, and maybe even disgust with one’s own ethnicity, a self-hatred at its extreme.

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This delicate, fluffy layer cake isn’t only light in density, but also in calories and fat. The smooth, creamy, marshmallow-like frosting coupled with the perfect texture of sweetened shredded coconut is the ideal pairing to a coconut scented chiffon (sponge) cake. Each slice comes in at 235 calories, in stark…

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These hearty vegetarian sandwiches nevertheless have a beefy quality thanks to Gardein’s “Beefless Tips”. The meatiness is complimented by a covering of creamy, guiltless, cheese sauce. Just for good measure, a topping of sauteed bell peppers and mushrooms provide a good dose of vegetables. Make Philly Cheese “Fakes” any time…

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My Guiltless & Egg-less Lemon Bars with Cardamom have less than half the sugar of the average bar. But they still pack in the flavor, tang, and buttery goodness of a shortbread crust. There aren’t any weird “diet” ingredients, and still each comes in at around 237 calories vs the…

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This cake is so tough to describe. Saying it’s gooey, moist, and buttery just doesn’t do it
justice. It’s dense, but still light and chewy. Sweet, but not candy-like. And although I’m a sucker for frosting, this naked treat doesn’t need it. It’s “nude” appearance is a clever disguise for…

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These fresh, healthy, and oh-so-flavorful “pizzas” are an easy sunny day meal that looks impressive while secretly being so simple to make. Salty Kalamata Tapenade compliments perfectly tangy Za’atar with creamy labneh.

What is labne/labna?

Karoun Dairies describes it as “a thick & creamy yogurt cheese and a healthier alternative to regular cream…

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This is a budget friendly way to make a tasty olive spread that shouldn’t be relegated to the sole use as charcuterie platter item. Its versatility surprises most. How do you eat tapenade? Spread it over toasted sliced of baguette for a simple appetizer. Place a dollop atop polenta discs

Talia Miele

***Invisible Illness Warrior*** COMPARING FOOD & CHRONIC ILLNESS Juvenile to Adult Fibromyalgia, 20+ yrs “Former” Social Wrker TaliaMiele.com IG: @TaliaMiele

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