Buckwheat, I salute you!

IMG_6838.JPGJanuary 3

I believe this will be the first year that I’ve actually decided to go on a diet for health reasons and not to lose weight. 不 It amazes me that since I’ve been sick weight issues seem so superficial. Yes, I feel uncomfortable since GAINING 40 pounds… but I know eventually it will come off me. I was diagnosed with Lupus, I went thru menopause, AND I’ve been stocked-full of steroids. I think I can give myself a break when it comes to gaining weight. My entire body is in shock!

Today I’ve decided to dedicate my blog to a favorite lil boy of mine: Buckwheat!

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Oh my gosh! Look at his adorable smile! How many of you are my age and remember The Little Rascals? Well, actually it was “before” my time (aired 1928-1938) but I remember watching the reruns with my Daddy. (I’m talking about the “original” show folks).

Here are a couple reasons that I’ve decided to add Buckwheat (the seed) to my diet:

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If you’re interested in more info from Dr. Axe then check out this link:https://draxe.com/buckwheat-nutrition/

A few things I’m trying to help my body with (through nutrition) is reducing my inflammation. It causes me severe chronic pain. To the point where I don’t know if I will be able to keep my existence in this world. I’m being honest here… I can’t live with this kind of pain. The only way to get rid of it is with Steroids. Steroids are not good for me (or anyone). It’s a double edged sword. So I’m looking for food that will help me with this. Food with medicinal benefits.

Why do I have inflammation with Lupus?

“Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s natural defense system (immune system) attacks healthy tissues instead of attacking only things like bacteria and viruses. This causes inflammation. Although some people with lupus have only mild symptoms, the disease is lifelong and can become severe.” Web MD

Severe is an understatement in my eyes.

Another reason I chose Buckwheat today is because it’s high in protein, which I need. Ever since I’ve gotten really sick Meat doesn’t taste very good to me. In fact just the thought of it on most occasions makes me feel very nauseous. Sad but true… I loved meat! I was a meat and potatoes kind of girl.

So buckwheat is where it’s at today.

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I hope I like it.

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I added a superfood: blueberries. They’re frozen so I’m adding them before I cook them. Frozen is fine… they don’t have to be fresh.

“Fruit and vegetable superfoods that can enhance your health. By contrast, most frozen fruits and vegetables are promptly blanched, boiled, or steamed, and then frozen within hours of being picked, a process that helps lock in both fresh taste and nutritional value.” -Men’s Fitness

I also added them before I cooked the buckwheat because I forgot to thaw them.

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Look at the pretty purple color from the blueberries!!! NOT.

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I’m out of Almond milk so I’m adding a drizzle of my creamer. (Plus it’s Yummo). I’m also adding a drizzle of honey. I try not to eat sugar… but when I do… I try to get it all from natural forms. Sugar is terrible for my inflammation too. I definitely need to get back to this after all the holiday cookies I’ve eaten. Smh.

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The finished product.

My verdict?

This will definitely be added as a staple to my diet. It left a bad taste in my mouth when I was done, but I never know if that’s from my foods or medications. Regardless, I’ll get used to it.

Also, I’d recommend eating it when it’s hot! It’s Yummo! When it starts to cool, I don’t like as well. Just my opinion, I can be picky. Lol

So here’s to BUCKWHEAT! I’ve adopted him into my family. 歹歹

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