I never though I would have to keep a diet, but after some blood tests I’ve made recently, it resulted that my cholesterol is a little too high. I was surprised about that, as everyone else, I’ve told about it, was. I thought that eating healthy would keep me away from health problems, I though that this way you can’t have high glucose or cholesterol, just in very rare conditions. Knowing these facts, I asked my husband to make his own tests. First I need to point out that me and my husband are eating the same food in approximate same quantities, even so his cholesterol was just fine, mine not. This pointed out a single fact, my body is working different, in this case. In fact 75% to 85% of the total cholesterol is produced in the liver by our own bodies. There are many more things to outline here, I’ve read much about it, but I think I’ll have to make a separate post about it. So even though our body is the main producer of cholesterol, it has been noticed that some people respond better to the diet, that might lower it even more. Even controlling the remaining part still counts for our health so I’m on a strict diet now with almost no fats(usually no oil, but a maximum of 1 tablespoon of oil/person/day) and no sugar(usually none, but a max of 3 teaspoon of sugar/day), plus walking a lot every day(the thing I didn’t have time for in the last 2 years). I’m waiting to see the next blood tests in a few months for the conclusions and share it with you. Until then let me give you some recipes, that I came up with for this purpose. I’ve noticed this type of diet works very good for loosing weight too, and this makes me keep to it even more! I’ll only post food that was delicious here, and forget about the rest, because this way it’s easier for us to keep to a diet!
Today I’d like to show you one of my lunch meals that we’ve loved very much! It’s a whole rice with broccoli meal(two servings) and you need the following ingredients to work with:
• one broccoli
• a cup of whole rice
• 2 tbs of sesame seeds
• a handful(or a small plate) of chopped peanuts(I purchase them raw and cook them just a little in the microwave)
• a bunch of parsley
• 2 chili peppers
• 1 red pepper(capia or other)
• 1 yellow pepper
• salt and pepper
• 1 tbs + 3 tsp oilve oil
First roast the sesame a little, this recipe was before the diet so I’ve added oil, but next times I’ve roasted the sesame in the microwave with no oil and was equally good! Leave it aside.
Steam or boil the broccoli, steaming is better though, but if you boil it put the whole broccoli in water and separate the pieces afterwards. Set aside.
Wash, then boil the whole rice, drain, then set aside.
Cook the red and yellow slices of peppers in 1 tsp of olive oil + a little water if needed. Set aside.
Cut down the parsley stalks, then cut separately the stalk and leaves in fine pieces. Add 1 tsp olive oil in a pan, add the parsley cut stalks, the cooked broccoli and the peppers, salt, a little water and cook them for a little to blend the flavors. Set aside.
Add 1 tbs of olive oil in a separate pan, then add the 2 whole red chili peppers, fry them a little, then add the boiled rice, add salt and fry a little more. Turn off the fire and stir in the cut parsley leaves.