It’s been quite a week. Back to having 3 teenage boys in the house makes for a busy, chaotic household! Other family commitments have meant that I haven’t given my blog the attention I should have this week – hence being late in posting!
Talking about change, we are currently in the second period of lockdown in the UK this year and it means that once again we are not able to freely meet with family and friends. So what to do whilst confined to home and with members of our own household! Well, during the first lockdown back in March of this year I tried to buy some board games. Everyone must have been thinking the same thing because the only game I could get was Monopoly, but the price was so inflated I didn’t buy it! This time, I was able to purchase one at a reasonable price. Since it’s arrival a couple of weeks ago, we have had quite a few games. Funny how a “fun” game can be so competitive! I’ll skip over the arguments it’s caused. During a recent epic game (after 4 hours and at 1.30am we agreed to end the game). During it, I don’t know how or why the conversation turned to photos but I discovered one of my grandchildren was in possession of a photo of me pre wfpb!!!! I have previously said in my blog that I don’t possess a before photo and I truly believed this was the case. My question to them was “how?”, because I would never knowingly have allowed a photo to be taken. I was amazed that I suddenly felt so vulnerable. All the old insecurities came flooding back and I said “it really shouldn’t bother me now, but it does”.
But, aside from that, this game has meant we spend time together as a family, experiencing every human emotion you can think of, where normally we would all be doing our own thing in our own space. Thank you Monopoly (other games of course, are available!)
so, the before photo. I was reluctant to see it, never mind share it with anyone! Wow, it has really stirred up some powerful negative feelings. But, here it is. I remember this unhappy, unhealthy woman very well.
Unfortunately my after photo is not a truly comparable picture but the best I have. The jumper in the before photo is now so big on me, I can turn around in it!
This photo was taken towards the end of August this year. I am so thankful that I was open to following a whole-food plant-based lifestyle. I’m sure If I hadn’t, I would still be on the yo-yo dieting treadmill, losing weight and then putting it all back on and more, as has always been the case. I’m not saying I am always 100% compliant but I strive to be – and it’s working for me. I am still a work in progress but I’m confident this change is not a flash in the pan.
Continuing with the alphabet and my random choice of vegetables and fruit, we have arrived at E:
Edamame – preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in cuisines with origins in East Asia. The pods are boiled or steamed and may be served with salt or other condiments.
Nutrition facts per 100g:
- Calories: 122
- Total fat: 5g
- Sodium: 6mg
- Potassium: 436mg
- Carbohydrate: 10g
- Protein: 11g
Health benefits taken from healthline.com
- May lower cholesterol
- Doesn’t raise blood sugar
- Rich in vitamins and minerals
- May reduce the risk of breast cancer
- May reduce menopausal Symptoms
- May reduce the risk of prostate cancer
- Might reduce bone loss
Occasionally, I add edamame beans (frozen) to the chickpea curry I highlighted in last weeks blog. I also put them in Buddha bowls and stir fry – a versatile vegetable.
Endive, is a member of the lettuce family, is shaped like a bulb and has slightly bitter-tasting leaves that overlap each other. It’s delicious, I am informed, in a mixed salad with sweet tomatoes and slices of orange.
Taken from http://www.verywellfit.com one cup (50g) of chopped endive provides:
- Calories: 8.5
- Fat: 0.1g
- Sodium: 11mg
- Carbohydrate: 1.7g
- Fibre: 1.6g
- Sugars: 0.1g
- Protein: 0.6g
- AIDS in cancer prevention
- Promotes heart health
- Supports good vision
- Aids weight loss
- Supports a healthy pregnancy
I don’t believe I have ever eaten endive. Unless it’s included in the bags of salad leaves you can buy in supermarkets. Some salad leaves can be quite bitter tasting and I’ve definitely had that experience!
As always, I hope you enjoy this brief look in to my wfpb life. Please like, share, comment and follow my site – I appreciate your support.