So, I picked up the results for the blood test I took two weeks ago. I will be using the results as a baseline, asking my doctor to check my levels again in about 6 months as a comparison for us between eating vega*n and raw vegan. Everything was within in the normal range… and remember how I was talking about how bananas are beta-blockers, and that I eat a LOT of them, and that my anxiety has significantly decreased? My pulse was 53 BPM. The last time I was there (about three weeks ago, on the start of this journey), it was 96 BPM. I commented on the difference (my blood pressure was also lower, but I can’t tell you what it was exactly), and my doctor asked if I was taking a beta-blocker (!!). I told him I was just eating a lot of bananas. So there it is, proof that bananas can help lower both blood pressure and a rapid heartrate, and temper anxiety. Thanks, potassium! I think I’m in love.
As such, I was STOKED to come across a huge amount of discounted bananas at Smart & Final. I picked up about 45lbs on which to feast over the next few days or so. I was so excited, I promptly came home and blended a five-banana smoothie (about 3/4 cup water + five bananas, topped by a sliced organic strawberry from the garden):
YUM. I got lucky in that the bunches I bought were not overripe; in fact, they’re just approaching the freckly stage, so I have plenty of time to enjoy them ALL. They were just a little banged up, but hey, that part peels right off, and I blend a large portion of them anyway. I’m thinking that maybe tomorrow or the following day, I’ll freeze some of them and make some raw “ice cream.” I’m also considering preparing some kind of date or agave/cacao concoction for toppings. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE YUM. I will obviously post pics, along with the recipe I choose (for the ice cream, I’m just going to peel some of the really ripe babies, cut them into quarters or so, and freeze them in a ziplock overnight. I will then just blend the heck out of them until they get to a creamy, soft-serve texture.).
I have been trying to broaden my horizons beyond the giant tubs of organic baby spinach I’ve been picking up on sale at Von’s, and, since said sale just ended, it was a perfect time to spend some time in the garden picking collard greens, red lettuces, other lettuces I’m not sure what to call, and edible weeds:
-Apologies for the photo quality. I have a hobby as a photographer, but I happen to be an incredibly OCD one. This means I have to take iPhone pics if I ever want to post them quickly.-
We call it “Maggie’s Farm.” Kind of cool, right? I think so. I’ll take some photos of the topsy turvy planters in a few weeks once they start yielding tomatoes. Maybe a before and after. (Yes, I LOVE them.) Anyway, I had to blend those greens with, you guessed it, four bananas. As I’ve said before, I’m just not a greens person. I simply can’t eat that quantity plain. However, I will say, that when blended, I crave them. I have even dreamed about them. Since drinking green smoothies daily (hmmm, I’m going to say about three weeks now?), my hair, skin, nails, sleep, concentration, and mood have improved. I know it will only get better. I currently drink a blender-full daily. I am craving one now that I’m typing about it, actually…
I’m going to keep it short and light following the seriousness that composed yesterday’s cancer post. BTW, my uncle’s surgery went really well. Enjoy your day, and let’s make some banana ice cream!