I like to think that some days just aren’t meant to be a coffee day. That some days when I don’t feel like coffee, or am not sure if I want it, maybe it’s just not meant to be that day. I say this, because this happens to me. I might be in a small…
Last weekend I ran my first trail race. I’ve done a fair amount of trail running, mostly just with the motivation of getting out into the woods, into the wild, amongst the trees, along the ocean, or in the case of here, amuk in the rainforest. I’ve ascended and descended my fair share of mountains and hills and been humbled by a few logs, sticks and slippery gravel patches.
I’ve also pounded out, slogged out, and jubilantly sprinted out, literally thousands of kilometers on roads. Through training and road racing, tracks, hills and intervals, I have spent a lot of time on the roads, slaying the challenges, the ups, the downs, the snow and the storms.
If you asked me a couple of weeks ago what lupins were, I would tell you they are these gorgeous pink and purple flowers that grow along the side of the road or in fields and down country lanes, wild and free just hanging out as this vibrant colorful beauty.
They go to seed, creating these pods that look like peas and when they dry, you open them up and sprinkle the seeds all around, and then these wild things just keep growing.
But if I thought about it a little more, I would recall reading at some point a few months ago about lupin beans. These incredible fiber and protein filled beans that are a source of resistant starch, low in carbohydrates and a nutrition powerhouse in terms of nutrients to calories ratio. And I searched all the stores and grocery aisles, health food shops and specialty wellness boutiques for these little beans, only to come up empty-handed.
I hate how you open up Instagram or Facebook or any other several health websites, and you see these images of people in their bikini, and it says “how I lost 20 kilos in 8 weeks.” Or “the one thing you need to do to lose weight.” Or “the 5 steps to weight loss success.” You look at it, and you maybe are trying to lose weight yourself, or reach a new health goal, and so you click on it, thinking “this is going to be the thing that helps me get to where I want to go!”
And why wouldn’t you click? It’s in a published magazine, so it must be reputable, the person looks great, so it must be working, and you are a bit vulnerable in this moment, having tried several other things that failed to give you the success you were after.
Okay, well maybe they are three bite. Or several bites if you want to savour them and make them last. Which you probably will.
Or maybe you will want to hide them, stashing them away in your freezer or at the top of the cupboard so that nobody knows where they are and you get to have them all to yourself. No scratch that: food is meant for sharing. I mean of course I want to share my chocolate brownies with you!