Mission for the Day: Eat beans or lentils instead of meat.
From Get Your Family Eating Right! A 30-Day Plan for Teaching Your Kids Healthy Eating Habits for Life
The more you eat them, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel.
So eat your beans with every meal.
The further I get into this healthy lifestyle, the lonelier my meals get. My husband and son are not interested in the changes I am making for the most part, but my son is willing to try. He is always telling me ways I can eat healthier or exercise to lose weight... Ironically he doesn't see the need to eat healthier himself. That is why I am the momma!
Whoowee! You know, I really liked the beans and quinoa that I had earlier this week, but it sure made me fart up a storm! I have to share a ridiculously embarrassing story with you. Well, it would be embarrassing for most people. To me, it was just hilarious! I was in the store and felt a silent but deadly one coming on. I had to let it out, and I was alone on the aisle after all. As soon as the gas passed, a lady walked down the aisle. She didn't stay near me long. Phew! Maybe she didn't notice. A lady and her daughter walked by and the lady said, "Whoowee, It smells like poopoo up in here!" I said as calmly as I could, "Yeah, it really stinks." That wasn't bad enough. Then the other lady who was half way down the aisle by this time came back and pointed to me and said, "I thought it was you!" I couldn't help it. I started busting out in laughter. I couldn't breathe! Probably a good thing... I let my system clear out for a couple of days before I started Day 17 of this healthy eating lifestyle. If you've read the title of my post, you probably figured out why...
The goal for Day 17 is to eat more legumes. Look in the dictionary and you will be even more confused as to what a legume is. In Get Your Family Eating Right! A 30-Day Plan for Teaching Your Kids Healthy Eating Habits for Life, Authors Lynn Fredericks Founder of FamilyCook Productions and Mercedes Sanchez, M.S., R.D. and Director of Nourishment Education for FamilyCook Productions, there is a handy dandy chart that has 8 different legumes, where they come from, and different dishes they are used in. I know for a fact that you know of at least one legume... Did you know a peanut is a legume? According to the Mayo Clinic, "Legumes (are)— a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils — are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also contain beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber. A good source of protein, legumes can be a healthy substitute for meat, which has more fat and cholesterol."
For dinner today, I had a bowl of my mom's homemade bean soup. It was thickly made with tons of white beans, garlic, pepper, and water. Let me give you a little secret I learned. If you rinse the beans in water, then toss out that water and cook them, the tooting part is lessened. I don't remember where I learned that secret, but it does work. It has something to do with science. :) My bean soup dinner was delicious! I had it for lunch the next day too. My mom is convinced that if she ate more beans and mushrooms that she could become a vegetarian. She and I have the same problem- men who like their meat!