Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar

Things haven’t slowed down after the whirlwind weekend so I haven’t had a spare minute to get on here and write. But it’s St. Patty’s day and I’m hoping this day brings everyone a little luck.

So here’s an update on the BP. After 2 months on a vegan diet, my blood pressure is still hovering around the 150/100 mark. I’ve increased my water consumption (although I hate water) because it’s supposed to help lower blood pressure by acting as a diuretic. Other than that, I haven’t changed anything. As a matter of fact, I’ve been totally slacking on the exercise thing. In all actuality, I haven’t been slacking — as in sitting around just vegging in front of the TV. I haven’t had time for that, or much of anything else. I’ve just been busy with life. But spring is around the corner and I’m hoping that helps kick my butt into gear so I’ll start walking every day.

I had coffee with a new friend the other day. She’s also using food as a cure. One interesting thing she said was that everyone’s different and we all come from different ethnic backgrounds — how could you expect that what works for one person would work for another. What she said is so true, and it’s true about diet, health care, family life, religion and just about everything else in life.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that you have to keep trying all the things that are recommended for your situation and then stick with the ones that work. I was online the other day looking for other things that might get this BP to drop. I stumbled on a website of testimonials from people who were using apple cider vinegar to help control their BP. Just 2 teaspoons, 3 times a day worked like a charm for about 90% of the zillions of people who had responded. But it’s not your average grocery store apple cider vinegar. You have to buy the one with the “mother” in it. This is the cloudy looking sediment at the bottom of the bottle. You can find this in a health food store. I bought Bragg’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. I found it in the Kroger Natural Foods section. About 3 days ago I started this plan. You have to mix it with something before drinking it so I’m mixing it with lemonade. Or you can make a salad dressing with it, which I did one night. So far, the BP hasn’t dropped. Going to give it a month and then decide whether or not it’s worth it. Hopefully, this will be the lucky charm for me!

In the meantime, why not celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a little green in your belly?! This soup is a long-time favorite of my kids (they named it). I think it started as a Cooking Light recipe but we’ve modified over the years and here’s where we ended up. It’s loaded with good stuff for your body, including a healthy green — spinach. You could go totally green today and serve it with a big salad.

POPEYE SPINACH SOUP
makes 6 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups zucchini, diced
1-1/2 cups summer squash, diced
28 ounces vegetable broth
14-ounce can of no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons vegan pesto or minced fresh basil
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups fresh spinach, sliced
salt substitute and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, peppers and garlic and saute 5 minutes. Stir in zucchini, squash, broth, tomatoes, bay leaf, pesto and oregano. Bring to a boil then reduce and simmer until squash is tender. Remove bay leaf. Add chickpeas and cook 2-3 minutes. Stir in spinach and season to taste with salt substitute and pepper. Scoop into bowls and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”

  1. ErinGoBragh March 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    If budget permits, try a weekly Swedish massage. If it doesn't work for you, at least you have the excuse to get a massage for a little while! 😉

  2. Tamie Spears March 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I wish a Swedish massage was in my budget! I have been seeing my chiropractor pretty regularly, though, and he says I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing so just give it more time. *sigh*

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