Legumes

Friday and Saturday were pretty uneventful in terms of how I am responding to re-introducing foods. However, in terms of entertainment and activities, there were lots!

Friday night started with having dinner over at our friends', the Gables, house, which is always a fun time. Saturday I went spinning with my mom and then later met up with her and my dad to go do some seed swapping! We actually didn't have any seeds to swap so we went later to see what was still available to snag from the "real" seed swap that happened an hour earlier. There ended up being TONS left so I got brussels sprouts, 2 kinds of lettuce, watermelon, cucumber, pumpkin, squash, some herbs and garlic and that's all I can remember off the top of my head. It was plenty! We already had peppers, marigolds, and tomatoes from last year's harvest so we are pretty close to set. Just need some organic rainbow carrots! We are going to plant out seeds this week and I am excited to be able to hopefully avoid buying starter plants this year.

Afterwards, I did some housework and then met up with my parents at Bier:Thirty to celebrate Edge being open for a year! I didn't drink of course but I had fun chatting with friends that we saw there. We had some dinner (mine was okay but they put nuts and feta cheese all over it so I was mostly eating with my fingers to try to eat the pieces of lettuce that did not have cheese on them) and then we headed back to our place to hang out. Our friend, Mike, turned 30 on Wednesday so Tyler wanted to have some drinks and cigars to celebrate. 

Then yesterday we had some friends over for lunch, which was a nice change of pace. I think I am pro-lunch dates because dinner is great but sometimes on a Sunday you just want to kick back and rest up for the work week. After then I got a hair cut, which I am really excited about! Tyler went to the reuseum to get somethings he needed for a project he is working on. More to come on that because it's cool but it is a little... morbid.

So, back to legumes. I had some refried beans and black beans with lunch and then some garbanzo beans with dinner. So far, I feel exactly the same. I will note that I got a wicked sore throat and swollen uvula on Wednesday (no idea the cause as it was not a day I introduced anything new) and it was better Friday and Saturday and then it came back yesterday. Since I had it Wednesday I will not contribute it to legumes. 

It's interesting because the "whole30, paleo, autoimmune protocol world" has made claims that beans are bad for you because they have "saponins"  and "lectins" that can lead to leaky gut. You can read a short article about it here. I do agree that there are proper ways to prepare legumes, like soaking them and also letting them sprout, which I fully intend to do, but I don't think that they need to be excluded from my diet completely. I might be whistling a different tune if anything else happens before Wednesday though so stay tuned.

So far, I think wheat is a concern and I think soy can be problematic if I eat too much. I think that there will be some definite meal planning when I am done bringing everything back in so I can see how these changes will effect how I plan to eat in the future.

I hope everyone has a great week! 

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