Honey and Cinnamon

My Mom always gave us natural remedies as kids. We learned there are natural ways to make all of your body’s ailments better without drugs. Organic products filled our cupboards if they weren’t already from the garden. I loved to sit on the bathroom floor in my parent’s room and flip through mom’s “Natural Remedies” book and pin down all the foods that I could eat so I would be at peak performance. Those foods didn’t include highly processed and packaged goods, something I have let slip in as I got older. The more I consider why Americans are fat and sluggish and have so many health problems, the more I realize the source of all our ailments is not from “bad genetics” but rather from the foods we eat. If we could return to eating real, whole foods, organic produce, and even animal products not fed tons of hormones, I think we would see our diseases disappear rapidly. Pharmaceutical companies and chemical labs are making bank off our ailments and we in turn are filling their pockets to “fix us” by keeping us supplied with over-priced test- tube experiments. The excessive demand for horrendous amounts of food and quick-fix drugs that we as a post-agricultural society have learned to require, will not be changed easily. We can, however, make small steps toward bettering our health by choosing natural remedies and buying or growing organic and local when we can.

When my mom recently forwarded me this email she received from a friend, I thought, oh no, not another forwarded email full of hocus-pocus! Seriously, mom?! But upon scanning it I realized nothing in this list wouldn’t appear in her natural remedies book, and after all, how could honey and cinnamon, two purely natural foods, hurt anyone? Even John the Baptist lived off honey and locust while he lived in the wilderness. So without much more ado, here is a list of natural remedies you can try that won’t cost you more than $5 for a honey bear and $2 for some cinnamon powder. It won’t hurt you or have any negative side effects, so why not give the sweet stuff a try?

Cinnamon and Honey
Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey… However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it wil l do what I rather call “crystallizing”.   When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water,turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.


Bet the drug companies won’t like this one getting around.  Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:  It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases… Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases.  Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.
Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.   Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:


HEART DISEASES:
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack.  Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat.  In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS:
Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

CHOLESTEROL:
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.   As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH:
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS:
According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION:
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘ Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu…..
LONGEVITY:
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
PIMPLES:
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
SKIN INFECTIONS:
Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
WEIGHT LOSS:
Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
CANCER:
Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

FATIGUE:
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.
BAD BREATH:
People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
HEARING LOSS:
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

BLADDER INFECTIONS:

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

Real Food, Bad Sugar

courtesy of Darya Pino, Ph.D

This is the new year, and I have already seceded my new year’s resolution, the one about food and diet – sound familiar? It’s nice to know that I’m not unlike anyone else out there, but somehow, although I have a track record of failing and giving up too easily, I tend to think I should have super powers and be able to harness them into my control. Well, I am wrong. I am still trying to lose weight so I can appear on stage dancing more, but I seem to lose sight of my goals easily. I wrote a previous blog post about my sugar addiction and wanting to give up sugar – which was my resolution, until I can lose weight at least, and then incorporate it back into my life. Well, have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of your pre-packaged foods? Even peanut butter that I thought was natural had added sugar. In order to eat only natural foods with no added sugar or preservatives, it seems, I must buy local or organic, or from the health food store. As a college student that is difficult; my budget is extremely limited, but it is worth it. As long as I am wise about what “organic” and “natural” food I spend my money on – because natural foods stores tend to hike up the prices because they think people will be duped into buying something with a healthy label on it when it’s really the same thing on the shelves at Kroger… not saying everything in natural food stores are like that. If it’s packaged, be extra alert and read the ingredients label. You’re better off going with the unpackaged foods to make sure they’re real.

All that said, I am off to go pick up a few groceries to hold me over until I get paid next, which may be in 2 weeks. I am tempted to try to go vegan (see my past post Vegan and Christian) for a short while, because I know I could lose weight and get back into a leotard comfortably, but I needs be honest with myself – I do not have the time or money to spend preparing vegan meals with my full time school schedule and three part-time jobs. So I will begin again where I left off, trying to eat “real food” and cut the crap – sugar. Want support to do the same?

Here are a couple good links that are adequately researched and not a bunch of hippie leftovers:

Sugar Content of Common Food Products by Dr. Darya Pino on Summer Tomato

Sugar Addiction and Why It’s Real at thinkthin.com

My Years Without Sugar Blog and Michael Pollan interview on The Daily Show

When Crop Becomes King by Michael Pollan

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat youtube clip series Gary Taubes at Dartmouth

Project: Dancing the Psalms

Over Christmas break I listened to a lot of classical, instrumental and folk music to find some pieces of music to choreograph to. It has been on my heart to choreograph for a while now, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to showcase and stage  my choreography while I am still in the university setting.  For years people who know me and my passion for dancing and my heart for God have suggested that I choreograph “worship dance” . My Dad always gives me ideas and worship music, but I have been reluctant because my heart has not been at the place where I could worship God un-abandoned and not care what other people thought (and I am still in the process of coming to it) and then the idea of “interpretive dance” in worship services or dances to 90’s contemporary Christian music just made me cringe. As a classically trained dancer, I have a lot of pride in my work and don’t want to be included in the mediocre Christian artists scene. God forgive me for being judgmental of them; I am by no means the best in my field either, but I aim to only perform and give my best. So here I am at the turn of the year and I realized that I can combine my desire to choreograph and dance for myself more with my desire to worship God and praise Him with my gifts. It doesn’t need to be in church yet – maybe God will bring me to that place, or on stage; I will simply begin in the dark, in the secret place, in the studio alone, with my music, notebook, and Bible… My inspiration came from reading the Psalms and the Sons of Korah…I discovered them online in my search for music of the Psalms. I would love to meet them one day. Their music is so uplifting and just what I needed to get started on this project.

The idea to make dances to the Psalms suddenly hit me just the other day as I was going to bed and reached for my Bible. Unfortunately I often leave God till last in my day, something I am ready to change. Instead of it being open to Habukkuk where I thought I had left it, it was open to the Psalms. Psalm  34 stared back up at me, and as I read it the words began to take flight in my heart and come to live in my mind. I could imagine movement, dance to these words…I could imagine them to music…and expressive movement at that, not jsut sign language. I could pray these words back to God through my movemnt – because that is the purest, most natural thing for me to do. That is how he made me, and I can’t explain it, but where my words fail, I can express through dancing, and God who made me must understand my language of movement better than I. It is the least I can do to praise Him and express my gratitude, my joy, my sorrow, my desires, my hurts – and give them to Him. Like the Psalmist, when I start singing or dancing my prayers turn to praise and soon I am filled with joy.

Here is my favorite Sons of Korah song so far and probably will be my first piece because the music is awesome and the words few:

Psalm 117 (English Standard Version)

The LORD’s Faithfulness Endures Forever

1Praise the LORD, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
2For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!

This project has been a long time coming, and may be a long process yet. I am looking forward to it growing and seeing what God will do with it. While my choreography is of a personal nature at this point, I will share some of my journey through thoughts and words and links to the songs I use. Maybe one day soon I will have a camera to record and post dances on here, or a video of my choreography on other dancers…until then, pray for me and expect great things from our Lord Jesus Christ. Be encouraged to worship God in your own way as well – it is between you and Him, and who knows what He may do with that in the future! Be blessed my friends.

Becca

Palmetto Cheese and Stuff

I am back in the South. Christmas break went too fast and now I need to refocus and reorganize for the semester.  I picked up a third part time job as a work study assistant in the dance department at USC, plus my other jobs and babysitting…TMI; add that to my academics and dancing… get ready for a roller coaster semester again. I really look forward to the day when can have just one job and it pay the bills… but I am too spastic and like to have spread interests, so that will probably never happen. I hope that at least means I’ll never be boring.

Well, I am sitting in my living room waiting for baked potatoes to come out of the oven and trying to remember what I put into this pseudo-pimento cheese dip I made so I can write it down, and I keep getting side-tracked. (What was the name of the waltz in the Edward Scissor hands film score again?) Anyway, in my attempt to get back on track with my new year’s resolution (yes I know it’s only January 8 and I screwed it already. So what?!), I am cooking and planning “real food” to have in my kitchen this coming week so I don’t eat any sugar-laden crap. At the grocery store the other day I bought some very tasty and very expensive pimento cheese as a treat, since it is, after all, the only South Carolina food item I actually like. It’s pretty good stuff, and that’s because it laden with all sorts of secret fat stuffs. Mmm… so I set out to make my own tonight in the empty container labeled, appropriately, “Palmetto Cheese” (because Palmetto is the state tree and you would have a sticker of one on the back of your car if you lived here if you were one of the cool people). I love to attempt to create or recreate lighter versions of my favorite foods, or make them vegetarian, although the below is not vegan. As my sister will attest, my “creations” don’t always work out so well, but they’re always edible. There’s pretty much no way you could mess up something with this much cheese in it, so go ahead, give it a try, and feel free to amend my recipe as you wish. (If I had a camera I would upload pictures of each recipe I post, but alas, mine died in Spain last year and I haven’t been able to replace it, so Google images will have to do.)

 

My “Palmetto Cheese”

  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup full fat plain yogurt or sour cream
  • ¼ cup diced roasted red bell peppers or pimentos
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Splash of white vinegar
  • Some garlic powder
  • A little paprika to give it color
  • Salt to taste
  • Plenty of crushed red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 boiled egg (special ingredient)

Peel the egg and set aside white (it will taste good later filled with a little of the dip). Mash egg yoke and all ingredients with a fork. Eat it with crackers or chips, as a topping on scrambled eggs, in grilled cheese sandwhich, or as the Southerners do, over grits (I haven’t tried this last one, so don’t take my word for it).


Easy-peasy Spinach Quiche

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or leftover creamy soup
  • 1-2 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • Little white cooking wine if you have some
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan or Romano cheese
  • Optional: crushed pita chips or crackers
  • Garlic
  • Frozen spinach

Beat eggs with milk, mustard, cheese and pepper. Stir partially thawed spinach. Pour into greased glass pan, or if you want a crust, layer bottom of pan with chips/crackers and garlic powder and pour egg mixture over it. Sprinkle with a little more parmesan. Bake at 400 F until browned on top, about 15-20 minutes.

Walk in the Snow

snowy Sandia Mts from the Albuquerque side

I was taking a walk in the snow, well, rather a hike, on the mountain “mud trail” near our house to get alone with my thoughts and practice hearing from God. To get into prayer, I have to dump all my “stuff” out to the Lord first, then I can be quiet and silent before Him in order to listen for His voice or see with my spiritual eyes. I am much better at the dumping part. Be reassured that God does care about all the details of our lives and He does want to hear about them. (Matt 6:31-32) But we were called to worship Him and give Him adoration and praise. That is what He wants from us, and our hearts and lives.

 

Praising God turns a monologue into dialogue, as Pastor Chuck said this morning at my parents’ church in Albuquerque. When I began to release all my burdens and worries to Him as I have to do often, in fact I need to do daily, I began to praise Him for the things He has done for me and for who He is. It’s often easier to see what he has done for me and not praise Him for who He is. God loves us for who we are, and He wants our love in return. I asked Jesus to show me His beauty. One thing I am asking of Him this year is to romance me, make me fall in love with the King of this world so all else dims in comparison. I know that only He can satisfy me, and I although I know that I often think that all I need is a man to fulfill and satisfy me. Well, as good as that person may be that God has for me to marry one day, he is not going to be able to satisfy all my needs because he is human. If I can fall in love with Jesus more and more each day, I can better fall in love with the man I am going to marry and love him with a gracious love all our lives. So that said, I still struggle to understand just how Jesus is going to romance me. It certainly is not going to be the way I expect men to do. That would just be too weird. But think about it, Jesus is our example of the bride groom to the bride – his church metaphorically speaking, as in Ephesians 5:25-33. More on this later. I need to study and learn what this passage teaches me.

All of a sudden Cessna my dog perked up and sat on the path in the snow, looking, listening attentively around her. I tried to prod her to go on, but she just would not move. Well, I thought, she may know something I don’t know. Instinctively, I thought of the mountain lions and bears on this mountain I have been warned against since I was a little girl. We just stood there, silent, listening and watching. I asked for His continued protection. Maybe here God would answer some of my questions. He did, but it wasn’t what I thought. I am alone, I said out loud to the trees and hills covered in snow. “I am here with you,” he said back. It came into my mind and passed, like a clear, definite thought, not my own fumblings and blubberings. I looked around. All I could see was snow. white snow. It covered everything that was tangled or dirty or ugly. It made the entire forest beautiful. This is Your beauty, I thought. You have shown me your exquisite beauty, just as I asked, Lord Jesus. I have to quiet myself and look in order to see it. This is how He romances me. With the beauty of His exquisite creation. How often do we take the time to look, and appreciate the beauty of the untouched universe around us? It truly is lovely.

I walked back with Cessna, some questions still unanswered, but feeling light and full of peace. We made first footprints in waves of snow that wind had blown back across the field. I noticed the beauty of my dog’s fur coat – I think it’s called tortoise-shell. I felt romanced by my beautiful Savior and assured of his protection. As for hearing from God, I think I need to practice, like anything, quieting myself, retreating and just being with Him.