We've confirmed that Mike has high cholesterol. Genetics are undoubtedly a major factor, but his love for butter and bacon probably don't help. In a last-ditch effort to avoid medication - and I can't believe what I'm typing - my husband is trying veganism.
Folks, keep an eye outside because there must be pigs flying around everywhere.
When Mike and I first met, I had been eating a mostly vegetarian diet for about 4 years. He laughed and joked about how the words "vegetarian" or "vegan" were like curse words in his world and swore to change my ways (and succeeded). He grew up eating beef on the regular and loves hamburgers and a good steak more than anyone I've ever met, so for him to consider giving up meat for the sake of heart health is an act of God.
We're about a week in to these new dietary changes, and we've actually enjoyed it. We've been branching out of our usual dinner comfort zone, trying new recipes, and keeping the fridge stocked with colorful produce. We've found cashews to be a huge asset. Batch cooking brown rice has been a time-saver. Soaking beans is becoming a nightly ritual.
In three months, he'll have another blood test and we'll weigh if his efforts have been effective. Until then, we'll be over here eating plants.
Today, though, I'm getting it right. Life at this very moment looks like a quiet afternoon on my comfy, well-worn sofa, tea in hand, windows wide open to let in the cool spring air, The Civil Wars playing on repeat, and components of tomorrow's dinner cooking on the stove. Inhale. Exhale. Life is good.
If you find yourself needing a boost, this juice might provide some help. Brilliantly colored by beets, turmeric, and carrots, it is packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and loads of vitamins C and A. I love my juicer (an Omega J8006), but if you don't have one, check out my Winter Goodness Smoothie, which can be made in a good blender, and substitute turmeric for the ginger.
Recipe Redux theme is "Favorite Chocolate Matches," and bloggers were asked to create a recipe highlighting their favorite chocolate pairings. I decided to go the tried-but-true route with a delicious and satisfying chocolate, peanut butter, and banana combination.