Cleanse Results and Black Bean Salad (or Dip)

Mar 10th, 2010 | By | Category: For Senior Women

One week after finishing the body cleanse I’m feeling great.  The benefits have exceeded our expectations.   I am fitting into my clothes better,  my daily morning hack, though not entirely gone, is nearly gone,  we are eating less, more healthy and with a lot more discretion.  The chronic ear problems have left and so has my sweet tooth!  And the high blood pressure is normal,  very, very normal!

I am looking at my addiction to sweets as though I were a serious alcohol addict…I’m committed to not taking even one bite.  And yesterday when my mother offered me my favorite candy…that chocolate, pretzel, peanut piece that I shared recently, I said ‘no thank you’, with not one cell of my body crying ‘take one, just one, just one little piece’!  I am gaining against this weakness and it feels so good.

I have replaced a morning cup of coffee with a cup of  hot water  and freshly squeezed lemon, mixed with maple syrup and cayenne pepper.  So my sister, after reading the benefits of cayenne pepper,  asked to try it one morning this week and her response was,  “this is really quite good!”   She too is drinking a cup daily. 

I did a google search of  the benefits of  lemons,  cayenne pepper and pure Maple Syrup this past week and I would encourage anyone seriously interested in not taking blood pressure medication  to look at the impressive benefits of cayenne pepper.  I plan to  stay on it the rest of  my life and off the blood pressure meds. 

This Black Bean Salad/Dip recipe comes from my very tasty, healthy file.  My 12 year old granddaughter would possibly vote it her favorite dip.  She likes to eat it with tortilla chips.  My daughter likes it as a salad that she can make easily and quickly for a neighborhood picnic.  I like it for a colorful, tasty, side dish with any meal.  My husband doesn’t like it because of the cilantro in it.  He’s simply leaving more for the rest of us!

Rachel’s Black Bean Dip (Her mommy’s black bean salad)
2 cans black beans rinsed and drained
1 can Green Giant White Shoepeg Corn
1 small to medium red onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
2 tsp minced garlic.  I use 2-4 cloves minced fresh garlic
1/3 cup cilantro, rinsed and chopped
8 oz Zesty Italien salad dressing
Mix all together and serve with lime tortilla chips and a splash of lime juice.  Actually, I added 1/2 a lemon juiced.

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