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 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??
Lentil Lemon Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups lentils
10 cups water
5 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, mashed
1 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup small pasta shells
In a heavy saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the onion until golden. Add the water and the lentils. Bring to a boil. Cook until the lentils are done but not mushy.
In a small pan, heat the rest of the olive oil and saute the garlic and the fresh cilantro for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, and then pour this mixture over the lentils. Season with the salt and the pepper and bring back to a boil. Drop the pasta shells and cook until the pasta is al-dente. Remove from heat, sprinkle with fresh cilntro and serve.