I’m still trying to figure out what’s a healthy, good diet to follow. It seems I’m not alone. Luther M. Siler was pretty honest in his own struggle with weight (which absolutely made me worry about him and, Luther, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re doing better) and the ever-growing visitors to my post on the pros and cons of a plant-based diet made me think there are more of us out there trying to figure out what’s a healthy diet.
Finding an answer seems as easy as finding ears on a snake.
Check out this post: http://discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-paradox or, if you’re busy, let me summarize. The Inuit of Canada, who survive on basically meat and fat, are incredibly healthy. And they only eat meat and fat.
So what’s a healthy diet? This article by lifehacker tries to explain why it’s just so difficult to find an answer. It seems every type of diet out there promises health, more energy and better sense of wellbeing. They also warn of dire consequences if you ignore their direction. Finding a solution that works seems an exercise in frustration.
So, what will I do? So far, I’m still hesitant to leave my veggies for good. They’ve sort of become my friends. But I’m going to try and start eating some animal protein and see what happens. If I see any amazing results or clear conclusions, I promise to let you know…but don’t hold your breath.
If you have any ideas or thoughts, send them this way!
If we were having coffee, I’d share that I have some time off work coming up soon and I’m over the moon about it. Me, being me, I’ve also managed to have some work to take home with me during that break but I think that there will be plenty of time to do both, work and relax.
If we were having coffee, I’d share with you that yesterday was Canada’s 150th Birthday and we went out to celebrate among the many other Canadians. It was hot, sticky and humid…not to mention the crowds. When we finally got an ice-cream and headed back home, I breathed a sigh of relief. I don’t like crowds.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this is my favourite time of day. It’s early morning, it’s super quiet and nothing is moving in the house except my fingers on the keyboard. Soooo peaceful.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m on the hunt for another book to read. Have you read anything you’d recommend?
What do you think? Is it time for another cup of coffee?
We can only watch in horror as the news describes the horrific attacks at the concert in Ariana Grande in Manchester. Children and young people dead, words cannot describe what we feel.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Manchester.
If we were having coffee I’d moan about the fact that, even though it’s Saturday, I have to go to a DayJob thing all day. I know there are jobs out there that do this regularly and I’m lucky that mine doesn’t…but I still like to moan about it.
To compensate for this tragic beginning to the weekend, I’m going to have a second cup of coffee as a treat–hopefully the size of a large bird bath. 😀
If we were having coffee, I’d explain to you that we’ve literally gone from winter boots to sandals in under a week. In true Canadian form, the weather has gone from freezing to boiling∗ in less than 5 days. (*Boiling = Canadian expression meaning anything warmer than freezing.)
My dogs are completely unhappy about this change in the weather. The mosquitoes, on the other hand, are delighted and have appeared by the gazillions∗. (Gazillions = Taylorism meaning a number so large it’s ridiculous).
How are you? How are things with you? Are you enjoying your cup of coffee?
After our switch to a plant-based diet, I decided to go to a dietitian and make sure we weren’t missing anything vital for our health. I should add that my lovely hubby, in his wisdom, has taken a much more
relaxed approach to the entire plant-based idea…(His version includes the odd cheese burger).
The dietitian looked to be about 15, super cheerful and typed at the speed of light. She inspected everything in my 3-day food journal and declared I was off to a good start. However…she did make some recommendations.
Some were easy, like adding ground flax seeds to meals to get Omega 2 and 3. Some were not so easy and some were…well tough. Namely, she said we shouldn’t drink coffee or tea before or after a meal. 1 to 2 hours before or after a meal (apparently those drinks stop the absorption of nutrients from your body).
When lovely hubby heard that particular recommendation, he nearly had a heart attack. Being British, tea is akin to having a heartbeat for him and he flat our refused to do it. He quoted his elderly mother who drinks at least 8 cups of the stuff a day and is alive and kicking today, he then said tea is actually good for your health and where did she get her information and what credentials did she have and where did she do her research and he’d like to talk to her supervisor….Everything in moderation, he added before saying he had to protect an entire nation of tea drinkers as it’s their national drink…ahem.
Instead of tea, the dietitian had suggested drinking warm water with lemon. So, I tried it…and it was disgusting. Well, not completely disgusting but more like a medical cure than a drink to enjoy after dinner. It smelled and tasted like NeoCitran…I almost felt sick at the end of it. Certainly nothing like a lovely cup of tea or coffee.
The very next day I had a cup of coffee in protest…it was delicious.
However, I did go online and found that the very young dietitian was right, at least about the lemon water. Here and here and here…and the list could easily continue. Apparently, warm lemon water is the best thing for you. Sigh.
The last healthy recipe was such a success, I thought I’d share two that I’m loving right now and are super easy. One is a lentil stew and it’s actually so delicious I keep eating it over and over. More to the point, my suspicious hubby tried it and absolutely loved it.
Aaaannndddd…it’s super easy to make. Only 3 steps!
There’s no link for this one. I got the recipe from my European ancestors, so if you try it, you’re tasting European goodness.
2 carrots (cleaned and peeled)
1 large onion (peeled and diced)
2 bay leaves (Don’t skip this one. It’s magically important)
2 cups of green lentils
6-9 cups of water (you can change this for your favourite broth and it’ll work even better)
1 tablespoon of garlic (Don’t be shy with this one either)
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large pot add the onion, carrots, lentils, garlic, bay leaves and broth (basically everything but the salt and pepper).
2. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 40 – 50 minutes or until the lentils are soft.
3. Check it during the process and give it a loving stir. If it looks like it’s sticking, add more water or broth. Add salt and pepper in there some time.
That’s it! When it’s done, it’ll look something like this.
It might not look it, but it’s super yummy and awesome for you. Lentils are a superfood. They’re great sources of iron, protein and fibre!
Super Yummy Smoothie
This one is another of my favourites that I just keep eating. It’s basically a fruit smoothie. Sooo good. You can do all sorts of things with the results, like freeze it and have it for kids as super healthy ice cream, or just as a refreshing snack. I love it and love even more all the vitamins I know I’m getting with this one.
3 oranges (I love these, that’s why I add so many)
1 ripe pear (my favourites are D’Anjou pears but any will do)
1 apple (I use MacIntosh but any will work)
4 spoons of frozen strawberries (super good…so add a couple more!)
3 spoons of frozen blueberries (berries are another super food, so feel free to add more)
1. Cut up and peel all the fruits
2. Add the oranges first (it makes it easier on the blender). Then the rest of the fruits. If you find they don’t fit (like mine didn’t) then blend away to make room.
If you try these, give me a shout and let me know how they worked out for you!
So, lately, we’ve been giving a plant-based diet a go. In a burst of enthusiasm I decided I could cook and gave refried beans a shot. Under my leadership, we’ve had some catastrophes in the kitchen but this one worked. It’s really super easy and just requires patience. Leave it to cook on its own and it’ll be great.
This is where I got the recipe on You Tube.
This is what it looked like.
As you can tell, I made enough for an army…still, it smells and tastes amazing and it only requires 3 ingredients! Plus, getting those beans in a bag cost under $2 for the recipe.
Let me know if you try it. Good luck!!
Ahhh Saturday mornings. There is something simply delicious about them. The entire weekend is ahead, full of possibilities. I have a big cup of coffee in my hand. I’m typing away and my dogs are softly snoring at my feet. It’s the highlight of my week.
The house is dead quiet. My hubby is still in bed and the dogs, having had their breakfast and short little romp outside, are sleeping at my feet. The only sound around is the clicking of the keys on my laptop. It’s so peaceful.
There’s snow outside, and cold weather and ice and who knows what else. But, right now, nothing negative appears on my radar. It’s just me, my cup of coffee and my little blog. What a delicious morning.
Thanks for being a part of it with me!
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