‘Pulses’ like these may help dieters feel fuller and reduce food cravings, new analysis shows
Source: Beans, Chickpeas May Help With Weight Loss
I have two bean stories. I’ll start with my second favorite memory of beans.
I moved from NJ to Texas at the age of 25. Talk about culture shock. It was a big brand new world to explore. And if you enjoy ethnic cuisine you try to eat whatever the locals ate. I wasn’t quite sure what Texas cuisine was besides smoked brisket. On one day of exploration I passed a rather cheap and gaudy looking fast food joint that probably no longer exists.
“I wonder what this is?”
So I stopped, went in, stared at the menu and had absolutely no idea what anything was. So I ordered a bean burrito. It was your typical fast food burrito, thick brown paste, a little cheese, a little chili sauce, all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. This happened so long ago the only remaining memory was that I liked it. A lot.
So ends my second favorite bean story.
I have to admit as a child I rarely ate nuts. The closest I got to a nut was peanut butter…on pancakes. I added more tree nuts to my diet when I drank beer in bars. The good bars always had good nuts. That’s where I discovered my love for cashews. I would pick all of the cashews out of a bowl of mixed nuts. Still do.
This Medpage article offers up a short summary of the clinical evidence for higher nut consumption. I eat a small handful of nuts daily.
Cashews and peanuts.
Dean Ornish: Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers? : NPR.
Over 30 years have passed since I was a vegetarian. My coworkers thought I was crazy. Dinner invitations were met with hesitation. Some friends made excuses like “My hamster is sick and I can’t come over for supper”. My life as a vegetarian lasted 18 months.
At the grocery store the other day I was asked if I was a vegetarian. I said no. When I thought about the correct answer, I really had no answer. There’s not really a good word to describe my eating habits. Most weeks two thirds of my meals are meatless. I avoid processed foods and fast food restaurants. I guess I try to eat less bad food and more good health enhancing foods like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, less animal products, and more craft beer.
I stumbled upon this old TED talk this morning. If you are not familiar with the work of Dr. Dean Ornish, this short video is a great place to start.
For the fifth year in a row, the government-researched DASH diet (an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) ranked No. 1 overall diet. It’s similar to the Mediterranean diet: heavy on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts.
via From Paleo To Plant-Based, New Report Ranks Top Diets Of 2015 : The Salt : NPR.
Rather than just another recipe for my first post of 2015 I have posted a link to a story on the best diet for optimal health. Eat well. Live well. Stay healthy.
I know that Chipotle burritos are extremely caloric, but I’ve managed to convince myself that the burrito bowl—all the cheese, guac, and juicy beef, but without the tortilla wrapping—is practically a health food.
No need to work out today, I walked up the Metro escalator! And sure, eight drinks a week is technically “heavy drinking” for women, but I’m Russian.
via What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like – The Atlantic.
Go to the article for some sample pictures. If you dare.
Diet weight harvard study.
via Harvard Study – Why I’m Eating More Yogurt.
A little over three months ago I attended a wedding. When the pictures from a number of sources started showing up I noticed something that disturbed me.
“Who is that old fat guy?”
It was time to get serious, again. The last time I got serious the scales tipped over 370 pounds. I say “over” because I stopped weighing myself when the scale hit 370. I was twenty years old. So I got serious and lost over 200 pounds. After nine months of employing strict lifestyle changes I got down to 163.
Pictures don’t lie (unless they were Photoshopped). I needed to drop a few pounds.
At weigh-in this morning the scale showed 187. I’m 13 pounds lighter than I was at the wedding.
Must be the yogurt.