Life was good. She had a good job. Rung by rung, she was climbing the career ladder. The kids were doing well in school. Life seemed great. All except one thing. Regular elimination was just not regular. And it spilled over into everything. She just didn’t feel right. Discover her Recipe for Life: Live, Laugh, Poop! through the Health Benefits of Pears!
It wasn’t just the fact that she couldn’t go, it was the bloating, the irritation, and the constant headache that went along with it. Chronic constipation is commonplace in the United States. Medical care for this problem runs in the millions of dollars. In nursing school we heard tall tales about the code browns in the hospital. Basically the woman was so backed up, when the dam finally broke loose, it went all over the room. Eew! Journey with me as we learn how to bypass all of that and learn the health benefits of pears!
I always thought that pears were a summer fruit, but I’ve been getting them in my organic box of fruits and veggies lately. The beauty of that box is it keeps us eating seasonally. Before, I kept trying to get tomatoes for salads at the store, and they were so tasteless! No wonder my daughter won’t touch them. Anyway, I diverge. Back to the pears in my box. Most of them are Anjou pears, which I am not quite so familiar with. A winter pear, for sure! At first, I thought one just ate them like an apple; in other words, crunchy! And then I learned to let them sit out until the neck had some soft spots. Then it would be perfect!
The summer pear, that I am familiar with, and dearly love, is the Bartlett! It is another pear that won’t ripen on the tree. In fact, no pear will ripen on the tree! When ripe, it will turn yellow and soft! In addition to the yellow ones, there are also red Barletts. These are the ones my mother, sister, and I would can during the summers. This year, I canned them again! Yum! My husband couldn’t remember ever eating a pear! I made sure he got a nice, juicy one, so that he wasn’t forever missing out!
While not quite as popular as the apple, it definitely ranks up there with the fiber content. I love it because, much like the apple, you can grab it and eat it on the go. Well, maybe you should opt for a winter variety to eat on the go. Those are less juicy than the Bartletts! If you don’t want to mess with the core, just quarter it, then eat it. It’s a great choice for a healthy snack for those of you trying to get healthy in the new year!
Fortunately, for the pear and us, the health benefits of pears have been known for thousands of years. Even history records about pears! While history is not certain exactly where pears originated, it is thought that they came from China.
Health Benefits of Pears:
- Assist in weight loss
- Reduce blood pressure
- Regulate blood sugar
- Decrease cholesterol
- Promote digestion
- Improve brain function
- Aids in wound healing
- Protect against cancer
- Boost immune system
I love that in the New Year everyone’s thoughts turn to health! People join the gym, they start drinking water, and want to eat healthier! But, the problem is, only about half of people make their resolutions last past the first month. And then people wonder why it even matters, if the resolution is already broken, why try again? So what I like to suggest, is lifestyle changes! This way, if you don’t quite make the goal one day, it’s not so tempting to just quit. Think differently, such as “This is what I do all the time for a healthy life.” I like to feel good all of the time, not just around the New Year! Don’t you?
Pears and Your Daily Life
So I recognize that moms have busy schedules. There are meals to prepare, cleaning to be done, diapers to be changed, homework to be completed, soccer practice to get to…. Maybe the kids have left the nest, or you don’t have any at all. Life is still busy, with church groups, that volunteering, or maybe just a demanding job. I know what you are thinking, “Pears are great, but how do I fit them in?”
What I like to do is have them sitting out in the kitchen, staring at me while they are ripening. This reminds me to eat them. They don’t ripen in the refrigerator anyway. I get them in my organic box that comes to my house every week, but if you prefer to buy your fruits and veggies every week at the grocery store, just put them on your weekly list.
Now I realize that you can go to Pinterest and come out with some amazing ideas to serve your kids and family these pears in various shapes and forms. You can add them to lettuce wraps, pizza, cinnamon toast, and on and on. And that’s great, if you have time for that. This reminds me of a meme on facebook about an overwhelmed mom who looked at all the other moms making reindeer shaped soap, and says, “I took a shower and kept the kids alive.” Can you relate?
Eat Your Pears…
So core them just like an apple, and dip into orange juice to keep them from browning. You can also use lemon juice, though kids might turn up their noses at the strange taste! My middle school aged boy comes home from school hungry everyday. Even though he eats breakfast before school, and I pack him a lunch. Maybe I will just shove one in his mouth whole, to keep him quiet for awhile!
Utilizing the benefits of pears in daily life may look different from one generation to the next. While mine keeps it fairly simple due to our busy lifestyles, those of my mother-in-law’s do it a little fancier perhaps. While I try to make my vegetable sides very plain, my mother-in-law will serve a broccoli casserole and a corn casserole for Christmas dinner. Consequently cooks and bakers of that type may hide them in this Spiced Apple and Pear Pie. It looks pretty good to me too, but I don’t often have time to mess with a crust. Or conceal them in this Chestnut and Pear Stuffing. I like stuffing, but never eat it except at holiday dinners. What about this Grilled Pear Sundae? I love sundaes, but never do any grilling. These recipes are definitely for the crowd that cook/bake more than I do.
Health Problems and the Pear
Being a nurse, I realize, perhaps more than some, that the biggest health problems our nation is facing include: obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer. While this may not be a one size fits all shoe, it could be a one fruit fits all! In fact, a pear battles every one of those things! And a pear is so much cheaper than treatment for even one of those health conditions! Aren’t the health benefits of pears amazing?
Pears are low in calories, which is what makes them ideal for weight loss. Because of their fiber content, they make an excellent snack, as they give that ‘full feeling.’ They are so much better to grab ‘on the go’ than French fries. If they made the shopping list, just grab one as you are leaving the house and throw it in your bag. It will patiently wait for you there.
For the diabetic that has to watch how much fruit he/she consumes, the pear is the exception. It’s ability to regulate blood sugar is just fascinating to me. This would be a superb choice for a bedtime snack with its ability to maintain proper blood sugar levels throughout the night.
Cancer is what many people fear the most. The good news is the pear has antioxidant properties that fight the possibility of getting cancer. What a relief to know that!
My Final Thoughts…
One of the things I love about pears, is most people are familiar with them. Not like the fennel I try to feed my kids at dinner! A snack of sliced pears after school or a pear crisp at dinner would not be too far fetched.
Maybe you have some New Year’s resolutions or goals that center around fitness or healthy eating. Don’t forget to utilize the health benefits of pears to help you achieve these goals. Remember they are your friend! They are there to help you lose weight and help you manage common health problems. Maybe they can help you minimize the medications you have to take on a daily basis. Wouldn’t that be amazing? However you choose to utilize the health benefits of pears, don’t forget to Live, Laugh, Poop!
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What have you used pears for? Let me know in the comments.
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