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‘Tis the season for influenza and life’s uncertainties


Remember my earlier post (well, my only post so far) this year, and how I made the proclamation that I would be vigilant with my blogging, posting, etc.? Well insofar that this is my second post this year, I’m obviously slapping myself on the wrist about my lack of productivity in the Go-Vegetarianista arena. Okay, not really…but I have been getting a little guilt trippy about it.

Part of the problem is the latter part of my subject title. Oh, life’s uncertainties. Considering we’re now in the year 2013, a year portrayed in twenty + year old movies and novels as a year filled with space ships (or at least hovercraft car thingies) pink hair, bedazzled metallic sex uniforms (don’t ask) and the like; I think having this sense of insecurity/confusion about the status quo is normal. None of the aforementioned has come into fruition except for in the Hunger Games depiction of the nation’s capital; in the real 2013 we are left with Twitter, Facebook, and our nation’s obsession with the Kardashian family.

I’m taking a class at Santa Monica College, English 4 to be specific, and we are currently exploring what it means to be modern, modernity as a whole, and the bigger question–are we at the end of the modern age and moving forth into a new? Likely, yes. Anyhow, away from my sociological/philosophical musings and onto the root *issues* of this post.

I am a super confused person as it sits now. No, no, no not confused about my vegetarianism. My vegetarian ways are very much a deep rooted part of who I am. What I am confused about is me as a person what I want out of life; where I am going, etc.

Most people go through this; but I am going through it more intensely. Taking online quizzes about my personality, job preferences, possible psychological issues, my “ideal” city to reside in–if it’s out there, I’ve probably taken it.

As it sits now, I consider myself a very creative person. Presently I am in the process (although not certain if it is a sensible path to begin walking) of completing my BA degree. I enrolled back at community college (I moved out to LA in 2006 without finishing college for a modeling/acting contract–google “Nadya Rousseau” to see all I’ve done if it peaks your interest), with the goal of transferring to a four year university to complete my degree in English (likely in a creative writing concentration). I know, I know–I really do not need a degree to be successful. This may be me just wanting an escape and through the analysis of Hamlet, Pride & Prejudice and other favorites that I read years ago but will need to reread I am escaping quite well.

At this point I know I still love acting but the often draining business elements not too mention the constant barrage of crap material has driven me rather mad. I feel as though my place in life is as a writer, producer, and possibly real estate. The last is really random I know, but hey, I work in a legal department now and have a knack for analyzing liens and property values. Not too mention I like trolling rental websites and Zillow.

*Sigh*. Who knows though? At the end of the day, on this issue at least, my message is simple. We don’t HAVE to know who we are, what we want to do, at all times. Life is not meant to be finite–the universe sure as hell isn’t (Meteorite over Russia, hello?!), so we may as well “troll” life’s possibilities. Why does everything have to have a timeline? End rant.

On to the former blah issue. Influenza has been running rampant through my office and the entire nation!! My poor parents were stricken by it, Lauren, and almost everyone I know, in, and out of the office! Yikes!

What to do? Well thankfully I am now, so far at least, left with only residual fatigue and congestion. I didn’t have to take antivirals, or antibiotics (knock on wood). But this fatigue sure is debilitating! I haven’t gone to the gym in over a week! Which for me, equals guilt trip express!!!

So to end this post on a more veg focused note there are a lot of things we can do to prevent and to combat if we become afflicted with this nasty virus:

1) Take Echinacea. Try to purchase the “goldenseal” variety.

2) Eat raw garlic cloves-at least 2-3 small cloves per day.  Yes, I know, it’s kind of a creepy thought and no I am not a vampire, I just look like one. If the mere thought of popping garlic cloves into your mouth induces extreme fear or nausea or both, consider mincing and/or dicing over a bed of leafy green lettuce (with other goodies of course). The vitamins A & C in your salad on top of the garlic are also wonderful immune system boosters.

3) Take at least 2,000 IU of Vitamin D daily! Make sure you purchase vitamin D3-there are vegetarian varieties although at times they can be a challenge to procure. Easiest way to get Vitamin D? Going outside for at least fifteen minutes a day sans sunscreen.

4). Vitamin C!! Get Vitamin C in your greens, tomatoes, and oranges! On top of that though   I suggest taking at least 1,000 mg per day–Trader Joe’s has an excellent variety with bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids  are rich in antioxidant properties.

5). Wash your hands regularly, but use regular soap–Triclosan is not your friend.


To close this post, let’s allow 2013 to be filled with emotional exploration but of course work towards optimal health via a vegetarian diet!




About govegetarianista86

After transitioning to a meatless diet two years ago, Lauren and I had no choice but to learn lots of great vegetarian recipes---and fast---after all, we always loved great food. The reason for our decision to omit meat and most dairy products from our lives was quite simple. A vegetarian diet is healthier, kinder, and ironically much cheaper than one with meat. We created this website to show that being a vegetarian is one of the easiest and most rewarding lifestyles to partake in, and hope that both vegetarians and aspiring vegetarians alike will visit Go-Vegetarianista habitually. :) About the authors: Nadya Rousseau is an actor/writer/producer residing in Beverly Hills, CA. She moved to Los Angeles almost five years ago at the age of nineteen to pursue her career and to escape the boredom of her small town. As maintaining a svelte figure is often pivotal in the entertainment industry, she finds she has no trouble staying slim and healthy as a vegetarian. In addition to loving good food and helping others, she enjoys engaging in sarcastic banter--keep an eye out for her frequent sardonic jokes--you'll surely be amused!! Lauren Rheims, is a native of Pomona, CA, and now resides in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a fashion and nature photographer, and of course loves shooting pictures of super yummy food! Lauren at first was apprehensive about becoming vegetarian, being of Creole descent, enjoying delicious seafood and meat, was more or less second nature. However after she discovered just how easy it was to enjoy the same delectable meals sans meat, she was thrilled! Lauren is excited to show everyone the simplicity and allure of vegetarian fare--and just how fun it can be!

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