“Enjoy your own company instead of expecting someone else to make you happy.”  Mr. Bean

For those of you who have not caught on yet I am a seeker of a better way to eat.  Translation – I’ll try any diet that comes across my desk if it make ridiculous enough promises is backed by great scientific evidence.  And so …

One of my recent adventures involved an eating plan that includes eating beans at every meal.  Fear not, it wasn’t by the pound, but by the quarter cup or less.  The beans most encouraged in this plan were black beans, kidney beans, lentils, and pinto beans.  I like mashed beans so adding a spoonful to meals was not difficult.  Especially when the plan also encourages topping food with guacamole!


And then my husband fainted.  However, he asks us to use the term “collapsed” when describing the event because it sounds more manly.  Result of the “collapse” is that he had to go on a lo-carb diet.  That would be meat and veggies and dairy.  OK.  In order to simplify my life I decided to follow the same diet so I would prepare only one meal per meal.  My logic astounds you, doesn’t it?

But after a few days on the dairy and off the beans my energy level dropped.  And then!!!  Are you ready for this?  I was listening to some TED Talks about aging and long life and other things that are interesting to a woman in her 70’s, and one of the researchers said that the secret to long life is (drum roll) beans!

Something about the effect of beans on good gut bacteria, which doesn’t sound all that romantic.  So I went off the dairy and back on the beans.  “Golly!” as Gomer Pyle might exclaim.  This morning, as my husband was getting ready for work, I was dancing around the kitchen.  I was also exclaiming about how good I felt when my husband said, “Oh, shut up.”


Loving couple of the week.

I’m the one with the great hair color.  I’m also the one who’s not always easy to live with but who enjoys beans with every meal!

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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