Radishes

Seriously, after seven months of silence, the first word I say is radishes?

Where was I for seven months?  I was living life.  My Honorable Husband and I made a trip to Great Britain.  We gave ourselves a party for our 40th anniversary.  I worked my Practical Photography & Publishing business, taking pictures, restoring pictures, researching genealogy, and publishing newsletters for clients.  I spent time with my 2-year-old grandson.  I got to know my new DIL better, and the more I know her, the more I love her.  I cooked healthy for my family.  I helped my Honorable Husband battle several health problems naturally, with the help of our Physical Therapist son.  I planned a family vacation that we promised our Darling Daughter when she graduated from high school for next summer.  I studied my Bible and volunteered in our church’s homeless ministry.  I followed the Blood Type Diet.

Why was I silent?  I’ve asked myself that quite often.  It wasn’t planned.  It happened one week at a time.  Basically, I didn’t have anything new to say.  The BTD has become an integral part of my life.  I can’t imagine going back to pain and allergies.  But when I started blogging everything was new!  Every day was an adventure!  I was trying new foods and experimenting with my health.  I was eager to share what I was learning.

Now the BTD is normal.  I find myself excited about the new things in my life:  new photography techniques, new equipment to learn on the media team at church, watching my grandson develop new verbal skills.  But you in this BTD Community don’t want to hear about those things!  I’ve been passionate about the election – and I know you don’t want to hear about that!

You read blogs to find out how somebody overcomes the challenges of living on this Diet so that you can make it work for yourself and your family.  !

Why am I back, and why do I want to talk about radishes?

We have a very active social media site in our neighborhood.  Someone, who is seriously interested in health, found out about an organic farm that will do neighborhood drop offs.  She made a passionate plea and I was one of the people who sighed up.

OK, OK, I know I’ve been ho-hum about organic produce in past blogs, but this isn’t over priced grocery store organic – this is delivered to my neighborhood from a local farm.

Basically every Wednesday I get a box of organic produce.  The first week I found half a dozen daikon radishes.  HH loves radishes, but he was dealing with a recurring stomach problem and was not eating raw food.  I don’t particularly like radishes, and I had never seen a radish that big.

I got out the vegetable cookbook that I bought when I was experimenting with new-to-me beneficial foods.  I learned that radishes are cruciferous vegetables like broccoli (beneficial for me) and cauliflower (avoid for me).  I knew that as a group cruciferous vegetables are good for detoxification and studies have shown that they greatly reduce the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer.

What I didn’t know was that radishes can be cooked.  So I grated a daikon radish, sautéed it with a little onion, and put it on top of some ground beef.  I liked it – really liked it.

This is new!  This is fun to write about!  What will be in next week’s box? How will I cook it?  I’m ready to blog again.

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