💊💥Pain Medication Addiction
and the Disabled

Patients with disabilities often use prescription medications to battle painful conditions, many of which have high potential for addiction. Prescription opioids in particular are effective pain relievers, yet are highly addictive and can easily be abused. People with disabilities are more likely to abuse opioids, but less likely to get the treatment they deserve. Opioids are so highly addictive that even individuals that closely follow short-term prescriptions can quickly get hooked, a risk that only goes up the longer the prescription is for.

Once a disabled individual develops an addiction to prescription opioids, they will often end up switching over to cheaper and more readily available drugs such as heroin when their prescription runs out. This risk is heightened among the disabled, who are often under greater mobility and financial restrictions than the general population. These factors, combined with the fact that opioid addiction is by far the most likely form of addiction to end in overdose and death, make disability and addiction to opioids a growing cause for concern.

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I’ve been preparing my whole life for this moment,
it is time!

I’ve been preparing my whole life. Collecting and re-writing flavorful healing, recipes. I have been preparing my spirit through a lifetime of trial and trauma, especially these last 8 years in which healing my mind, body, and spirit has been my top priority. I have been collecting and examining strategies and tools for success in overcoming a tremendously difficult opioid addiction that almost took my life twice. Nutritious food and sensory delight is a strong motivator for staying alive!

To be able to share this experience and insight with others, I completed culinary school – the first blind person to successfully complete and graduate the program. I am constantly deepening my knowledge of healing food by consulting with nutritionists and health coaches, and am preparing for the project by establishing a network of expert contributors.

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Definitions


Nori

The Japanese name of edible seaweed (a “sea vegetable”). It has a strong distinctive flavor, used mainly in Japanese cuisine to wrap rolls of sushi in which case the term refers to the dried sheets.


Tagine

Pronounced “ta-zheen” – is a clay vessel that Moroccans have used for generations to slow cook in.   You do not need to put much liquid to cook, as the steam rises to the top of the lid, which is cone-shaped.  So the food cooks low and slow and there is steam constantly keeping the food moist during the cooking process.


 

Foolproof Tender Boneless Chicken Breasts Technique

printer iconIt’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

SERVES:  4
PREP TIME:  5 minutes
COOKING TIME:  22 minutes

You can use any spices of your liking, or marinade.

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

  1. Pre-heat the pan, add a little oil such as avocado as it has a high smoke point.
  2. Sear chicken breasts on one side for one minute.
  3. Flip and sear one more minute on the other side.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low, cover pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn heat off, keeping the lid on, do not peek.  Keep on hot burner for 10 minutes more.

There you have it! Perfect, juicy chicken breasts that you can add as a side to any vegetable or grain dish. I love it on my salads as well.

I have tried so many variations of spices – Montreal Chicken Spice, Curry, Cumin, Mediterranean Sea Salt, Lemon Pepper, Cajun Seasoning or Marinades. It all works.

If chicken breasts are very thick, place in zip-lock bag and pound down to a thinner, more even thickness, but not too thin. I’ve used a rolling pin or a heavy pot.

Warning! Just be careful where you aim so you don’t damage, crack or break something – and watch those fingers!

Nourishing, Healing Bone Broth

How do you make bone broth you ask?

printer iconWhile bone broth can be incredibly time-consuming to make (three hours at its fastest in your Instant Pot or up to two days using other methods), it is also incredibly simple. To make bone broth, all you have to do is:

  • Cook or roast animal bones.
  • Soak shortly in filtered water and apple cider vinegar.
  • Add any vegetables you like.
  • Add any seasonings or flavorings you prefer.
  • Cook over very low heat until done. Voila! That’s it!

The vast majority of the bone broth cooking time is hands-off 99% of the time.

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Flavourful Delicious Samosas

I had to try several times to get the hang of dealing with phyllo, however practice makes perfect and this tastes delicious. Wonton sheets tastes just as good, and is easier to work with.

printer iconSERVES:  12
PREP TIME:  45 minutes to 1 hour
COOKING TIME:  fresh 12 to 15 minutes, frozen 17 to 20 minutes

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