Many of you have expressed a curiosity about my bean-eating habits. I am not following someone’s magical bean diet or anything, I’m just doing what makes sense and appeals to me.
Here is why beans for breakfast works for me -
- Beans are easy on the environment. I don’t feel like I’m sucking up the world’s resources for at least a good portion of my protein.
- Beans are extremely high in resistant starch*. Nutrition science is starting to unlock the benefits that resistant starch brings to a diet. It’s emerging science, so I won’t make any claims, but I’m a believer.
- I love my gut microbiota**. They are my friends. Also, they outnumber me***.
- Beans come in an array of varieties that let me be a culinary explorer on the cheap. Check out the wonderful varieties available at Rancho Gordo, just for example.
- Beans are convenient. I make a pot on the weekend, dish it into separate storage containers, and with one or two minutes in the microwave I have a piping hot breakfast.
- I want something warm in the morning, especially in the winter. I have nothing against breakfast cereal from a health standpoint and am happy to see my husband getting his whole grain every day, but I want something warm.
- Beans keep my body running right.****
So that’s the story on my resolution to eat more beans, and legumes in general.
The story on my knitting is varied this week. I chose not to take my Bohus project with me on work travels (over a dozen little balls of color on an airplane? I think not.) so I got to spend some quality time with the gloves I’m designing. Here is the right hand, prior to weaving in ends, tightening up joins, and grafting the fingertips. I’ve added an asymmetric thumb gusset, plus a mini-gusset between thumb and forefinger, and devised a novel (to me, anyway) cast on method for between fingers that also allows insertion of a stitch or two for ease, another gusset, in a way. Apparently, I have an inordinate fondness for gussets.
W is playing chess this weekend, so am back on track with Bohus knitting, having spent Friday evening and Saturday morning at it. The knitting is done, though there are just a few ends to weave in! Happily, I’ll get to look at the pretty underside of this stranded knitting while tackling this. I’ll leave a more detailed review of the project once I get it tidied up and blocked.
Don’t think this burst of Bohus knitting is leaving me pooped*****. I hope to post some finished shots of my baby Norwegian in the next day or two - just one more facing to tack down and the clasps to sew on.
*Resistant starch is so-called because it resists digestion. It ends up in your colon, where it feeds friendly bacteria.
**See note on resistant starch.
***Did you know that you likely have 10 times as many bacteria in your gut as you have cells in your body?
****Um, I think if I elaborate on this it will definitely be more information than you wanted. Just reread the post title if you really want to know.
*****Not that kind.
******Really, not that kind.