It’s a Beautiful Day In
One reason Tom Hanks
wanted to play Mr. Rogers in the movie A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood,
was to counteract the daily cynicism we’re all exposed to and to interject the
reminder that it’s okay to feel good.
(It took Hanks 22 takes
to get the entrance to the Mr. Rogers show to everyone’s satisfaction-- the
singing, the jacket off, the sweater on, the changing of the shoes.)
What if we have a
beautiful day in our neighborhood?
On one beautiful day, I
noticed how much fun it was to watch someone else cook, yet I didn’t want to do
Do you find yourself
riveted to cooking shows?
Maybe it’s just me.
And then yesterday I found
myself interested in what clothing Jill and her husband wear in Wyoming’s cold
Jill has a lot to say
on her fabulous blog, Jill@theprairiehomestead.com, and when someone asked what they wore in those freezing Wyoming winters, she
answered—complete with pictures.
I laughed at myself for
my interest in heavy jackets, silk neck scarfs, and muck boots. Been there, done that, but then, I’ve cooked
too—and I’m still interested in how others do it.
Fascinating, isn’t it?
A couple of days ago I
mixed up a quart of Master Cleanse Drink “To cleanse and provide all six
tastes--reduces cravings,” so say the instructions I got from my Naturopath.
The suggestion is to drink 1-2 quarts a day. I haven’t gotten through an entire
quart yet, for I keep giving glasses of it away. (My grandson loves ginger, as
The drink is fabulous,
tastes rather like Ginger Beer. (That is nonalcoholic.)
Mix a quart at a time.
Drink 1-2 quarts a day.
4-8 tsp honey
or to taste. (No wonder it was good, I measured 4 TABLESPOONS instead of
- · ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper—reduce if too strong.
(I could hardly taste it.
- · ½ tsp fresh grated ginger
- · ½ tsp salt
- · 8 TBLS fresh lemon or lime juice. (That turned
out to be the juice of one lemon)
- · 4 oz. Apple juice
- · 28 oz. Filtered water. (This fills a 32
oz blender. I stirred it instead, and used bottled spring water.)
Beware this causes
extreme spaghetti cravings.
By the end of the day,
I wanted spaghetti so much that I called my husband and asked if he would bring
home a box of pasta.
See, I do cook.
Everyone has a
spaghetti sauce recipe, so carry on with what you like. Depending on who makes
it, spaghetti tastes different. My mother put a bit of sugar in hers, for it
cuts the sharp tomato flavor. I inherited the idea of adding a little grated
carrot to the mix from a dear friend of the family.
Making spaghetti feels creative, throw in a
little of this, a little of that, with no measuring. Besides, it’s one of my
Don’t tell me pasta is
bad for me.
Long ago, it seemed
that the Italian way was to simmer the tomato sauce half a day, reducing it to
a thick paste. Then I found that wasn’t necessary. I like a lighter sauce with
a mild tomato flavor, so I make it with only diced tomatoes.
Here’s my Spaghetti recipe:
Begin, of course, with
garlic and onion sautéed in olive oil. Throw in diced tomatoes, a bay leaf, oregano,
salt, pepper, parsley, and a small amount of grated carrot and zuchinni. Cook
until tender, and the flavors are blended. Ladle the sauce over cooked
spaghetti, and top it off with plenty of freshly grated parmesean
cheese. Oh yes, and add a little butter to your spaghetti.
(This recipe can be made with
meat, of course. My husband skips the tomato sauce and goes with buttered spaghetti, some hamburger, and lots of parmesean cheese.)
I ate leftovers three
times the next day.
I think that satisfied
Today I mixed up more
of the cleansing drink.
I wonder what’s coming
While I am
on the subject of food, I ran into information that shocked me.
I have been a whole
grain nut for years.
I grew up on white
bread, but after I left my folk's house and chose for myself, I went the whole
grain route. I raised my kids on dark bread, thinking that white stuff was an
abomination—except for french bread and sour dough, of course. Various artisan breads entered into the fray,
but, for sandwiches, I went the whole wheat route.
Now we hear how wheat
is bad for us, especially gluten.
And it puts weight on
And it is constipating.
Then I ran into this:
There are cells called
lectins in whole wheat husts that can cut into the gut, or loosen the tight
junctions, and leave us with leaking gut syndrome, which means that some large
molecules leak out into the bloodstream.
Once in the bloodstream,
these large molecules can affect the joints, skin, heart brain, and the brain goes on high alert,
The peoples of Asia eat
white rice. (That means no husks, no lectins.)
that in India, the people ate white bread and white rice. I believed that a
country in need of nutrition had it backward.
like I did.
Scientists have found
that in the #Blue Zones, the areas where people live the healthiest and
the longest, it is not the diets, specifically, for some eat meat, some do not.
Some eat bread, some do not, some drink wine, and so on. The bottom line is
they have good gut health.
are naturally occurring proteins found in most plants. Their purpose is to
protect it’s owner, the plant. They are a defense for the plant against
insects, and certain herbivores, and have no nutritional value
lectins can cause digestive distress. Phytohaemagglutinin, found in raw kidney
beans, is poisonous. As is ricin, the lectin found in caster beans. (My dog
snarfed down a caster bean once—they grew wild in California—I called the vet, they said to give her a salt
ball. Moisten in a palm full of salt, making a ball and pretend you are giving
the dog a pill, in other words, push it down her throat.
threw up on the way to the Vet and lived many years after.
The good news is Cooking
degrades most of the lectins in foods. So soak your beans and boil them.
Lectins are resistant to Dry
So baked goods don’t apply.
Some foods that contain
higher amounts of lectins include beans, peanuts, lentils, tomatoes, potatoes,
eggplant, fruits, wheat, and other grains.
Well, there are my
tomatoes on the list; however, I further annihilated the lectins by boiling the tomatoes,
and I used white floor pasta, also boiled, so, I’m thinking--that spaghetti
was good for me.
Fascinating food facts:
Raw kidney beans contain from 20,000 to 70,000
lectin units, while fully cooked beans usually contain between 200 and 400
to reduce your lectin intake is:
- · Fermentation
- · Sprouting
Certain seaweeds and mucilaginous vegetables bind lectins in a
way that makes them unavailable to the cells of the gut.
The Benefits of mucilaginous fiber:
Foods rich in Mucilaginous fiber:
blood sugar responses
effect on cholesterol
immune system’helps adrenal fatigue