A New Spin on the Perfect, Healthy Lunch

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It was past the dinner hour, and I was looking for something to eat. Since I have been making a concerted effort to go more organic, I was looking for something healthy, but without too much fuss and trouble to fix.

My mind was on the fantastic potato salad I had in the refrigerator, but then I realized that my son, who loves my potato salad, would want it. Then I remembered that I had intended on doing the Perfect Lunch thing again, because I had just bought some Haas avocados. However, I realized with much disappointment, that I did not have any tuna.

I decided that I would go ahead with the initial items, and wing it from that point. So I sliced a tomato onto a plate. I poured a bit of olive oil onto the tomatoes, and sprinkled them with a bit of sea salt.

Then I threw some left over Black olives that I had in a sandwich bag in the refrigerator on top of the tomatoes and opened a can of artichoke hearts, adding them to the plate. I cut up the Haas avocado and added it to the plate.

A More Green Angle

Ingredients

  • sea salt, a pinch or two
  • 1/2-1 tomato, sliced
  • 2 Haas avocados
  • black olives, whole
  • 1-2 TBSP of olive oil
  • alfalfa sprouts, handful
  • watercress, a bit
  • 1 clove garlic, roasted in butter
  • 1 Naan Indian bread
  • garlic hummus

Winging It

I had just bought some alfalfa sprouts, so I added a big handful, along with a bit of watercress I had bought a few days previously. The guy at the health food store told me that watercress is very good for clearing the lungs, so with that encouraging news, I bought some to try for the first time.

Additionally, I had just roasted an entire clove and a half of garlic in some butter in the oven, because I had wanted some to mash up into my cat’s food. Yes, I give them garlic among other healthy things, but that info is for another article.

So I added a few roasted garlic cloves to my plate, in addition to a toasted piece of Naan Indian bread. Lastly, I added some garlic hummus that I bought after tasting it at a friend’s house party during the holiday season. I broke up the Naan bread, and dipped it into the hummus to eat with all the other tasty treats.

Side Benefits

Not only was this a delicious meal, but extremely healthy. Additionally, I’ve noticed since I’ve started eating this way; that my pants feel looser and are not so tight to fasten.

My face looks like it’s shrinking a bit, and doesn’t look so round, and certain deep lines caused by extra padding (fat) around the sinus cavities next to my nose are dissipating. I even photographed myself to see if the difference the mirror was telling me was correct, and it appears to be true.

Also, I have had edema in my left leg at the ankle, ever since the injury I sustained in 2000, in which I broke both my knee and ankle. I haven’t had any abnormal swelling of the knee since my recovery, but that ankle was initially 5 times the size it should have been since my recovery.

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For Your Health’s Sake

One orthopedic attempted to convince me that this was normal, stating the once broken, the ankle never goes back to its normal size. I could understand that, but I had asked him for a shot or something to remove the edema, and his response was that this much swelling was normal?

I didn't buy it then, and I’m even more convinced now that it was not normal. God made a phenomenal machine called the human body, and I trust it’s abilities to repair itself if it is unimpaired by unnatural externals. Since then, it had eventually reduced down to about 3 times the normal size.

That has been the norm for that ankle for years now. However, upon making this dietary change, and going more organic, I looked at my ankle this morning, and for the first time since that accident, it practically looks normal. There are only two areas of slight edema. One is right by the scar, and the other is on the opposite side of the ankle medial to where the scar is, but you can hardly tell it now.

Additionally, the swelling and circulatory problem in my left calf, which was noticeable primarily on the anterior side just above the ankle, has seemingly vanished. That part of my leg had started to become a bit discolored with the circulatory situation, but all of that has now disappeared, and my skin looks normal again.

So I encourage you to make that move to a more organic lifestyle. I will talk about more reasons why you should make this choice in another article, but suffice it to say, it will help you tremendously. I believe that without dieting, I will lose all the weight I want to lose just eating this way.

It may not be the fastest way to do it, but it is the healthiest way, and aside from that, I didn’t put this weight on overnight; I don’t expect it to drop off overnight. Make that change for your health’s sake, and everything else will fall into place.

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