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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The last few weeks have been great. I have lost a total of 8 pounds so far and I feel great. I have also been exercising with my Zumba Wii workouts and riding my bike. My waist size is down one inch. Yesterday I put my jeans on and had to buckle the belt with a tighter loop! My husband says I look great and he can see a difference.

More importantly, I don't feel sluggish all of the time. After I eat dinner, I don't feel bloated or gross. I never get sleepy after a meal. I am going in a few weeks to have labs drawn so I am curious to see where it's at. I took my blood pressure the other day and it's 114/80 with a heart rate of 60. That is pretty good. I am curious to see what my triglycerides will be.

Yesterday, I made a fava bean soup called Ful Medames. It is a middle eastern recipe and is often eaten for breakfast. I am not sure what I did wrong but it tasted horrible and I ended up throwing it out!! It had a bitter taste. One of the challenges of living a nutrarian lifestyle is figuring out how to cook all of the different kinds of beans. I have had some successes and some not so good recipes but the Ful Medames is uneatable. Oh well! On to a different bean to experiment with!

~Heidi
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DOLLYHOLLY 12/2/2013 1:23PM

    emoticon That makes me want to get the Wii Zumba!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/2/2013 12:51PM

    Awww don't give up on Ful Medames!! I'm eating some fava beans right now, wishing I could remember what to add to them. I fell in love with it 13 years ago when we toured in Jordan and Egypt. You are right - they have it for breakfast, also lunch and dinner. Our hotel was generally set up like a buffet in the morning but even for the lunch and dinner where we had menus, the Ful Medames pot was always on the buffet ready to go.

I basically let them soak 8-12 hours, generally overnight, or even a combination of soak and cook on low in crockpot at least 12-24 hours, so that the beans are cooked and softened, BEFORE I add any of the salt or other seasonings. I was just searching on SparkPeople for the recipes to see what else to add to it. It's very savory when I had it before - think they had some healthy sea salt, garlic, cumin, maybe some zaataar (sp?? maybe zaa'tar ? I've seen it spelled different ways.). Also lemons, green onions, etc. Did you try the recipe on SparkPeople? I haven't followed it exactly but it has the same basic ingredients that I remember and that I have used when I've made my own variations... Also, oddly enough the lemon can cut through the bitter tastes of foods, even though it seems to be very tart by itself (the lemon.).

Hope you try it again. Or maybe find it at a Middle Eastern restaurant so you can get an idea of what it is "supposed" to taste like?

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