I read in the newspaper the other day a new revelation, that when someone turns 50, their heart shrinks by 16%. This is true no matter whether you’re male or female. Medical science believes that this shrinkage lays the foundation for heart failure after you’ve left the magic age of 50.
I have a different perspective on getting old. The first thing that happened to me when I turned 50 a few months ago, give or take, was that I received an invitation from the American Association of Retired People. Not wanting to concede that I am getting old, I threw the invitation away.
There is another ironic change, not dealing with a shrinking heart. While the heart apparently shrinks at that age, one’s thighs do not, leading me to believe that there is a sinister conspiracy against women. Hank Williams, the great country singer, wrote a hit song entitled, “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” but he never wrote a song about expanding thighs.
I know that healthy eating and exercise will, in most cases, shrink my thigh, but what can one do with a shrinking heart?
Her is a recipe that is good for the health of the heart and might, just might help with the shrinking of thighs??
2 red quinoa
1 cup chopped scallions
1 medium ripe tomato, diced
2 small seedless cucumber, diced
1 chopped fresh mint
zest of large lemon
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
salt to taste
-Bring 2 cups of slightly salted water to boil. Drop the quinoa, stir and bring back to a boil. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the quinoa to rest for another 5 minutes. Cool and place in salad bowl.
-Add the beans, the scallions, the tomato, the cucumber and the mint. Toss gently.
-Add the lemon zest, the olive oil, the lemon juice and the salt. Toss well and serve.