TweetRecent studies have shown that as little as 1/3 cup of beans can prevent or reduce peripheral artery disease (the first signs of heart disease). Well, if it’s that easy…giddy up. Any pulse or dried bean will do but here are a few winners. To read Theresa’s Bean choices in Metronews click here
Six of Spades with a Side of Pensive Thoughts
Hi reader, its Monday morning and I am sitting at my computer, staring at the screen; wishing my brain would come up with a witty post and my fingers would start typing. But to be honest here, I am having a hard time writing a post for this week. In the wake of all the devastation that has occurred, my battle with food seems a little trivial.
And so I struggle. I have struggled all weekend with these thoughts.
As we hear all the horrifying news coming from Japan and as I read on Twitter about a mother struggling with the loss of a child, I can’t help but look at my life and feel blessed. Feel lucky that for right now, my family is doing okay.
I spent the weekend thinking. Soul searching. Wondering how to balance events from around the world with our own personal struggles. How do I feel compassion for others without feeling insignificant in my own existence? Sure I can write #perspective on Tweets, but come on; I still live each and every day. I still want to lose weight, get in shape and eat better. I do not want to feel guilt over wanting to achieve these things and saying them out-loud.
I have no solution on this Monday morning and I am still trying to find the balance. But I have started a journey that I hope produces some answers. I have begun researching where best to make a donation for a cause that touches my heart. I have decided to yell less at my children. And I will lose that weight, because it means I will be healthier.
And so with all this in mind and a little heavy in the heart, I will tell you just how much I loved the Six of Spades. It spoke to me. Beans are a new food group for me. For many many years I avoided all beans in all forms. I loathed their texture. Their feel in my mouth. Seriously, as a kid my mom would make chili and I would pick out each and every bean in my bowl before I began eating.
In my late teens, I traveled to Israel and discovered hummus. Thankfully it took me a few years to realize they were made from chickpeas – the enemy. By that time, hummus had become a staple in my diet. But that was the one and only exception.
However, as a parent we all know children follow by example. We must be the leaders. So, I waved goodbye to my days of bean picking and began eating chili with all the ingredients left in my bowl. And you know what, I loved it! It took a few weeks to get over the texture element, but I did. So now I eat chili and so do my kids.
I also now cook a fabulous black bean dish with roasted tomatoes and tons of fresh kale.
I make a chickpea and red onion salad as a side dish once a week.
I love cassoulet.
I eat beans in all shapes and sizes – except for baked beans and bean salad. Just can’t get past those two dishes.
This is good for me, all this bean eating. I have a high cholesterol level and the beans can help me lower it. I struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and having regular “movements”. When I go irregular – I eat beans. They help clear me out and get my system moving again. This helps reduce my IBS attacks.
The kids love it because they fart and then they joke about it. I love it, because I do not want body functions to become a taboo subject. We are teaching them when it is and isn’t appropriate to make “rude” jokes so hopefully they won’t let one rip at grandma’s house!
And lastly, for the past year I have been making a concerted effort to eat less meat. Beans are a great way to accomplish this goal.
Before I share with you my weekly challenge, I would like to end with the following thought. I dedicate this post to all the lives devastated by events from around the world this past week. Please take a moment to remember them or find a way to help someone out.
|Monday||Big salad with feta cheese and tuna fish (kid free day!)||Lamb Roast with quinoa salad|
|Tuesday||Homemade macaroni and cheese with cucumber slices||Baked Salmon with side salad and couscous|
|Wednesday||Big salad with hard boiled eggs (kid free day!)||Pasta with homemade pesto and a side salad|
|Thursday||Leftover macaroni and cheese||Cuban Black beans (meat free) over rice|
|Friday||Grilled cheese sandwiches with red pepper slices||Steak and baked potatoes with sautéed asparagus|
|Saturday||Pancakes and bacon||Asian stir-fry with shrimp|
|Sunday||Scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese added||Roasted Chicken with side salad and quinoa salad|
** One last thing. The photo I chose for this week was taken while sailing in the Baja, Christmas 2006. While we were sailing, the Tsunami struck Thailand. We were pretty much out of touch, but every few days we would hear news of the disaster. I think this photo was taken just after we learned of the number of lives lost.