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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Black Eye Peas and New Year Luck!


For as long as I remember, my grandmother and mother had a new years rule that black eye peas would be eaten on the first day of the new year. They were both born and raised in South Carolina. Here I am 3 generations later passing on the Southern folklore that says black eye peas should be the first food to be eaten on New Year's Day for luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead.

"The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves in the South, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as Sherman's troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates. Today, the tradition of eating black-eyed peas for the New Year has evolved into a number of variations and embellishments of the luck and prosperity theme including serving them with greens (especially collards)." SOURCE: http://gosoutheast.about.com/od/restaurantslocalcuisine/a/blackeyedpeas.htm


The peas = coins
The greens =  paper money
Cornbread =  Gold
Best of all, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says black-eyed peas are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, are low in sodium, high in potassium, iron, and fiber and a one-half cup serving of cooked black-eyed peas counts as one ounce of lean meat.
Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda
2012 - The year of FIRE - Igniting healthy behaviors!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Achoo! or not to Achoo!

It's Cold Season

“THE COMMON COLD IS NOT AN INFECTION THAT LEAPS OUT AND ATTACKS AN INNOCENT PASSERBY. IT IS NOT EVEN A DISEASE. A COLD IS THE CURE OF A PRE-DISEASED CONDITION. AND THE SYMPTOMS ARE ATTEMPTS BY THE BODY TO REESTABLISH NORMAL CONDITITIONS. THE BODY IS CARRYING OUT A “SPRING CLEANING.” A COLD IS THE RESULT OF NOT LIVING ON THE BEST LEVEL.  ONCE IT ARRIVES, IT CLEANSES TOXINS FROM THE SYSTEM AD, ALONG WITH REST, ENABLES THE PERSON TO GET BACK INTO BETTER SHAPE. A COLD IS ACTUALLY A BLESSING; FOR IT FORCES PEOPLE TOO REST WHO, OTHERWISE, WOULD  PREMATURELY DEVELOP DEBILITATING, CHRONIC, AND LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES.” Natural Remedies Encyclopedia (5th Ed) Vance Ferrell & Harold M. Cherne, M.D.
Factors which lower the body’s resistance to virus infection: overexposure to cold, fatigue, recent or present infections, lack of rest, allergic reaction, overeating, sugar consumption, inhaling irritating dust or gas, and wrong eating.
Natural remedies
FOOD:
ü Eat a fruit diet and drink fruit juice for 2 days
ü Avoid mucous producing foods – pasteurized milk, white flour, sugar foods, cold drinks, meat
ü When eating cooked food at a meal, begin with raw food. This will help the digestive system handle the increased load placed on it by cooked food.
ü Cold knock-out tea – 2 cups water, 1 lemon, 1 onion, 1 garlic clove. Bring to boil, reduce heat  & let steep a 1-2 minutes, drink hot
CATARRH  is the excess mucous which occurs with different nasal, throat and bronchial infections.

> To keep catarrh from going down the nose wash the nose using one (1) teaspoon sea salt in 2 cups warm water.
Sniff up nose until it comes out your mouth, blow nose holding one nostril at a time then gargle with remaining salt water.
> Inhale Eucalyptus by adding drops of eucalyptus oil to a humidifier that provides steam during sleep.


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