8. Juni 2007

veggie patty thingies

man, i tell you: the amount of information regarding healthy life with ms is overwhelming! i am sure 80 percent of what i read and researched already is utter bullshit, but it seems that almost all physicians agree on the importance of diet and nutrition to maintain a balanced lifestyle with multiple sclerosis.

i discovered some interesting facts about the occurrence of ms. it seems that countries where butter and meat are a staple food ms is four to eight times higher than in regions with mainly fish and olive oil - and japan does aparently have only 29 documented cases, can you believe that?! along the equator are less cases documented. colder countries seem to have more cases. the disease seems to have a lot to do with our modern way of living. processed food, canned goods, long work hours, stress and too little sunlight seem to be a factor as well.

who honestly believes crouching in a cubicle for 8 hours a day can be healthy?
raise your hands please!

allright, you might not get ms by working long hours, but it seems to be a fact that once you are diagnosed with it you can steer in a healthy direction and slow down the disease by simply changing your lifestyle.

we will see about that ...

well, i don't want to bug you too much with all this stuff, i just want to tell you this: the sooner you take countermeasures, start a healthy lifestyle with lots of sunshine and vitamins and good food that is preferably not processed at all, the slower the disease will apparently progress and the longer you can live without being bugged by that stupid malady.

right now i am reading an interesting book by christine wagener-thile about alternative therapies. i am not at all against orthodox medicine, after all this is what will slow down the progress of my disease.

but hey, when i can help to slow it down even more - why shouldn't i?

people who stick to a certain diet religiously can live up to 36 years without any troubeling symphtoms. now, that sounds promising! having my next attack at 76 would be pretty cool, huh? though i have to admit it seems unlikely ... i am a weak person, i am sure i will not be able to obey the strict regime of a certain diet. i am still smoking. my belly is too big. i don't work out at all.

the good thing: you should think about changing your lifestyle after the first attack and not just two years later when another attack hits you. since i am at the very beginning of my life with multiple sclerosis i should really be able to implement some changes that help me with my wellbeing.

so let's talk about a recipe now, shall we? shunning preprocessed food should be an easy task. i just make the burgers myself. all vegetables of course!

grate a zucchini (250 g) and a few small carrots (100 g). put them in a bowl and set them aside.

veggie patty thingies
in a pan, heat a tbsp of vegetable oil and fry a diced onion, a clove of garlic and some chopped parsley. dice a bell pepper (100 g) and throw it in the pan too. add 50 g rolled oats to the pan and keep stirring. when the oats start to brown, add 150 ml of vegetable stock and let the mixture simmer for a while. once the oats have absorbed all the liquid let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes.

veggie patty thingies
pour over the grated zucchini and carrots and mix very well. add one whole egg.

veggie patty thingies
the mixture is rather runny now and to compensate that add three tablespoons of flour and three tablespoons of breadcrumbs. you might need a little more / a little less.

season to taste.

heat a knob of butter in a pan and make litte patties with your spoon. fry them for about 3 minutes on each side.

serve the veggie-thingies on green salad or stick them in a burger-bun.
veggie patty thingies
yes, i like that!

now, if i only could quit smoking and loose 10 kilos this second.


Deborah Dowd hat gesagt…

Great insight into the links between modern living/diet and multiple sclerosis So many diseases could be eliminated with a healthy attitude toward food.

I love these little zucchini cakes! I make a version with grated sweet potato instead of carot, and they are delicious!

Trig hat gesagt…

I think these would be a great veggie alternative to burgers for a barbeque. What do you reckon?

tschoerda hat gesagt…

that is an interesting thought, trig! they certainly are solid enough to be put on a grill. i will try that next time!

Bruno hat gesagt…

Those "thingies" look really good Gerda!