In the last hand full of years we (the Sisters) have lost two amazing friends to breast cancer.  They were younger than me and in their passing I got two whacks on the side of the head to be more careful with this precious gift of life.  Yesterday we received more bad news and this has effected me in a new way.  The passing was of a young Mom and I am profoundly conscious of the loss.

I have always known what foods I should avoid but am appreciating again what foods I should include in my diet to maintain good health.  Perhaps if I was more focused on what I should be consuming and not finding ways to treat myself with what I should not be eating, the waist band on my jeans might be a little friendlier to me too.

So here’s my personal (but pretty public pledge):

1.  Include more fish espeically those species high in Omega 3

2.  Include more whole grain foods especially flax seed. 

3.  Choose brown over white rice and noodles. 

4.  Select low fat dairy options.

5.   Include nuts and beans in more recipes.  I hate beans (please send me your favourite bean recipes).

6.  Increase fruit and veggie servings to 9+ per day especially broccoli, sweet potatoes, berries, spinach…..you likely know the list.  The brighter the colour, the better is my general rule of thumb.

8.  Liberally use garlic and other fresh herbs.

Food like all other precious gifts in our lives is meant to nourish and sustain not clog and corrode and so we need to do our part and make smart choices.  This sound like a commercial?  Maybe, but it is sent in love.

Kath’s quote: “l’chaim (to life)”

Love endures.

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  1. Avatar November 16th, 2010 at 7:28 am alana (at) the food Says:

    i wish you all the luck !
    and “BeTeavon” (google it..it’s hebrew) :)

  2. Avatar November 16th, 2010 at 8:17 am kath Says:

    thanks Alana and Smacznego to you too!

  3. Avatar November 29th, 2010 at 2:06 pm Heather Says:

    I made these tuscan calzones last night and they were awesome. My leftovers were the envy of my coworkers at today’s lunch. Plus, each calzone has a quarter can of beans in it – not bad!

  4. Avatar November 29th, 2010 at 2:26 pm kath Says:

    Woa Heather-you had me at Tuscan. Will have to give them a try.

  5. Avatar January 3rd, 2011 at 3:53 pm Sister #3 Says:

    I keep forgetting to send you this recipe. I don’t know if you remeber it or not, I think you were there, but I could be wrong. Betty made this for us, I was sure it was at your cottage. She also made homemade cornbread to go with it. Maybe it was a weekend that Kathy T. and Betty and I borrowed the cottage. At any rate, it is really delisious and a good way to eat beans and soy! Enjoy. Sue


    2 tbsp + 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 onion, diced
    1 carrot, diced
    1 red pepper, diced
    3 cloves garlic
    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 can plum tomatoes
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    1/4 cup medium salsa
    2 tbsp + 1 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp oregano
    1 tsp basil
    1 12-oz (340 g) package Yves Veggie Ground Round

    Heat a large pot. Add the oil and onion. Sauté until the onion is translucent, approximately 3 minutes
    Add the carrots, red pepper, and the garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes
    Add the can of kidney beans, black beans, plum tomatoes, tomato paste, salsa, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and basil
    Bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are cooked
    Add the package of Yves Veggie ground round and heat through. Serve

    Yield: Serves 8
    Each Serving Contains: 248 calories, 15.8 g protein, 5 g fat, 13 g fibre, 608 mg sodium, and 36 g carbohydrate

  6. Avatar January 4th, 2011 at 7:43 am kath Says:

    Yes we were at the cottage all together. It was an absolutley lovely fall weekend. And thanks for sending this.

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