Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Keeping my husband healthy and happy

I had mentioned in my previous post, Enjoying the splendor of all things green and healthy, I use the herb wheelbarrow predominately for my husband, for his lunch and home pharmacy. I thought I would write a post about what he takes to work for lunch each day. He has just started a new job at a funeral parlour and everyone there are fascinated with his lunch. (Weird concoction, sort of thing...but in awe that he eats to keep well.)

Actually, I will not hide the fact that I’m not sure I’d eat my own creations for the lame reason, I try to pamper my taste buds where I can (dare I say, I probably live to eat rather than eat to live, if I really analyse it all..) Can I also admit that I haven’t TRIED these meals, and there is a possibility that I might like the mix very much....I have never been one for trying new foods. (artichokes, tahini etc.) Sad, really, I could be missing out on something wonderful.

I will step you through the making of his lunch, chatting about why I use what I do or allowing the ingredient lead to a link that mentions it’s health benefits and the possible varieties I make from a base amount of ingredients. (The links are impressive, it has really re-enforced my own basic knowledge on the different foods/herbs.)

Firstly I go to my wheelbarrow and cut the following:

Herb Robert (4-5 leaves as a good daily requirement)
Gotu Kola (4 smaller sized leaves per day)
Comfrey (2 medium leaves)
Sorrel (1-2 leaves per day)
Rosemary (just a small amount)
Curry plant (just a little bit)
Parsley (a sprig or two)
Mint (the head of a stalk)

The first three listed are exceptional herbs, that I recommend anyone to read more about. Herbs that help keep the body well and healthy in many different ways.

I wash the herbs and then place them all in the comfrey leaves, roll up into a parcel and preceed to dice finely. I then take some iceberg lettuce and dice finely and mix the two lots together as seen in this photo – this is the daily ‘bed’ that never changes.

Then I add some of the following possible salad ingredients, they vary everyday depending what I have on hand or haven’t run out of.

Diced fresh tomato (when I don’t have fresh, I will add some marinated sun-dried tomatoes.)
Capsicum (not chilli or hot, like you might think but this is the word used by Aussies to describe the big, mild varieties.) I've come back to add this link to Wortcunning after reading Spinneretta's first comment and looking at her blog, and low and behold there was my capsicum, called a pepper in the States!!
Stuffed green olives, cut in two.
Artichokes in water (usually two artichokes, I use these, as I read that in Sardinia, where they have a more centenarians than other countries, where men live to the same statistical age as women, 1:1 and 90 year old men have their arteries tested, showing they have the arteries of 50 year olds – they use artichokes liberally in their diets and it can help with keeping the arteries young and healthy and digestive system working well - the link's info is fantastic.)
Diced red onion (I would love to add fresh garlic to this mix but with the line of work he does now, it is probably not appropriate to have garlic breath!)
I would like to add cucumbers and advocadoes to this mix but dh does not like cucumbers (about the only thing I know he DOESN’T like) and advocadoes don’t sit so well with him.

Then for something a little heavier in the salad, I can add one or two of the following:

Cheese (soft or hard), diced
One or two of our boiled, organic free-range chicken eggs, diced
Kidney beans
Left over meat, diced

Then I add the following dressings and accompaniments:

Always drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the salad – he doesn’t not like to eat the mix ‘too dry’ so he prefers I be liberal with it.
Occasionally I’ll squeeze a little fresh lemon juice as well.
I sprinkle dried stinging nettle over it all.
I always add a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, as dh loves the crunchy texture it adds to it.
I top the mix with tahini (sesaeme seed paste – high in calcium) and then finally sprinkle a dusting of maca powder on that, about 1tsp worth.

I try to put a little fruit in dh’s box each day, oranges and kiwi fruit we have here today. It can vary, sometimes organic saltanas or stewed blueberries or apple sprinkled with lemon juice, just depending what we have on hand...

His salad and fruit container fit nicely into this carry bag and they have a fridge at work for him to store it in, until lunchtime comes. I've often seen advertisements on tv in years gone past, where workmen complaining about their wives packing them 'rabbit food'. Dh on the other hand, complains if I fill the salad container to the top (usually it is 3/4's full) saying he is too full. So he finds it satisfying and he lasts the day through.

Tucked away in the carry bag is a little clip lock bag containing a brahmi tablet and 4 fish oil capsules, Brahmi for better memory recall and fish oil for general health and wellbeing.

Ready to go, with his drinking bottle as well.

Bottle colour look a little unusal?... Ready for it? ~ It is clay water (1tsp) to this litre bottle.

Terramin Clay to be precise.

This clay detoxifies and re-mineralizes the body. NASA had been using Terramin Clay since the mid sixties, when they discovered that prolonged weightlessness in space causes rapid osteoporosis and kidney stones. They sponsored a study to see what suppliments would reverse this situation and all the calcium suppliments/preparations failed, except the clay, particularly Terramin Clay which is a calcium based one.

This does not have a strange taste, it is quite mild and not too noticable. Dh use to be a house painter many years ago and has high levels of heavy metals in his body due to those exposures in the painting business. So slow, daily removal of toxins has been important to health and well being, as well encouraging good bone health and mineral balance.

Well there we have it! ~ dh's lunch!!


Spinneretta said...

I am impressed that your DH eats all that... I can't get mine to eat anything green unless it is a bean!!

And I have to say, working in a funeral parlour... that is certainly an interesting job :)

Spinneretta said...

Oh that's too funny about the pepper :) Yes, that is a red bell pepper to Americans, a red pepper to the English ;)

Jen said...

Interesting post! And it made me hungry :-) It takes time to eat healthy but it's so worth it.

Lillian said...

You are such a wonderful wife!! I know that I need to be feeding my family healthier but sometimes I don't even know where to begin. If you could recommend one (or two or three) book, which would it be? I would love to see a post on how you got started on your healthy lifestyle. Were you raised that way or did you learn later in life?

Thanks for the inspiration!

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Lillian, I think I will do a post on those good questions, get to it very soon!

Mrs Pea said...

Very intriguing!

stef said...

Wow, I got an education just reading this; thanks, Anne!! You need to blog more about those herbs, etc. Pretty please?? I might have more questions by e-mail:)

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Actually Stef, I was thinking about doing that soon, because I've been very herbal orientated with my slow recovery from bub's birth, I've got so much I'd like to share!

Email me anytime BTW if you'd like to talk herbs.