Saturday, January 11, 2014

obesity and our past eating habits

Thought on FOOD for 2014 We used to eat our food "raw" - from hand to mouth. Have you thought about it, that we are the only ones on this globe that prepare our food? It started when we discovered how to make a fire. For millennia, the wood-burning "barbecue" pit was our kitchen. Today, thanks to gas and electricity at home (and pots and pans) we have a clean and efficient way to prepare foodstuffs. Suddenly, some cooks/chefs/nitritionists are telling us that we should return to the days of our ancestors and eat raw foods like vegetables, fruits and nuts; refraining from eating grains because they must be cooked. They claim that cooked carbohydrates are causing obesity. I shake my head. My grandmother prepared three square meals a day. But she had no refrigerator for leftovers to snack on. The culprit is the refrigerator bursting with ready-to-eat foodstuffs and kitchen shelves stacked with boxes laden with sugary snacks. The only way to check overweight is portion control. And that also goes for sugary drinks.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

thoughts on WRITING

THOUGHT is a force --- the beginning of life. It all began/begins with A THOUGHT. And i am thinking right now about HEBREW LAW (Torah and Talmud). According to their book of EXODUS, these laws were given to the Israelites by God and were written on two stone tablets that Moses, their leader, showed them while dwelling in Sinai. According to archaeologists, Moses must have lived at the end of the Bronze Age, around 1200 BC; though he ordered his followers--ex-slaves-- not to use iron tools when making an altar, this according to their book Deuteronomy (27:5). The Israelites had not yet an established writing system as slaves and nomads (shepherds) did not have scribes to record their daily lives and history; this was done at scriptoria at the Palace/Temple. So my little gray cells (thoughts) deducted that the writing on those famous stone tablets must have been hieroglyphic; which the slaves/Israelites were familiar with from Egypt. Any other thought (idea) is welcome.

Friday, August 9, 2013

A cause for THOUGHT on... FOOD (2)

According to the Jewish book of Genesis (1:29-30), mankind, the beasts of the earth, the birds of the air, and all the creatures that moved on the ground----everything that had the breath of life in it----were "vegetarians".
Genesis 6-9 tells us about Noah, the Ark he built for his family and the "living creatures that had the breath of life in it", and the story of the FLOOD. When the ordeal was over, Noah sacrificed burnt offerings (meat) to praise his creator. God then told Noah and his sons to be fruitful and increase in number. He also told them that now they could also eat everything that "lived and moved". But, God said, You must not eat meat that has its "lifeblood" still in it. You must not eat the life with the meat. Pour it out on the ground like water (book of Deuteronomy 12:23). For the life of a creature (book of Leviticus 17:11-12 is in the blood. None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood. f
That's why Jews and Muslims make sure that "lifeblood" returns to the soil.
The breath of life and lifeblood are considered "sacred".

Sunday, July 7, 2013

on star dust

In ancient Mesopotamia deities were identified by a STAR.
In the book of Genesis it's written that Abraham lived in UR. This city-state was ruled by the moon god and his symbol combined a crescent with a star; this became the symbol for Islam.

And in Hollywood they say about a rising actor: A STAR is born!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

THOUGTHS on the creator of the universe

THOUGHTS on the creator of the universe:

I read that I am made of "star dust". So, if I'm made in the image of the creator, then God IS star dust.
The Jewish book of Genesis informs us (3:19) that God said to Adam (his first "created man"): By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

A Sufi once wrote: When the secret of an atom-of-the atoms will become clear....then the secret of all created things will be clear, and then you will see God.

to be continued

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

a cause for THOUGHT on FOOD

A cause for THOUGHT on....FOOD
Have you ever thought about ..... that we are the ONLY species on planet Earth that GROW FOOD in order to survive? We would starve to death if we were to go back to foraging as our ancestors once did.
Today, we grow wheat, rice, corn/maize, potatoes and veggies as well as "raise" farm animals in shelters for produce and also all kinds of fish/seafood in artificial ponds.
Next time i shall tell you about how it all started ---- and it began in a sacred book with God, the creator of humankind in "his image".

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Valentine Day is the day of Red Roses. The heart and the red rose "symbolize" LOVE. Today, folks talk of "loving" cupcakes, their pets, parents, kids, going to the movies, the beach ---- whatever! It seems to me that the word LOVE has replaced LIKE. Why no distinction? Please give me your input.

In Greek mythology MNEMOSYNE (memory) was the mother of the Nine Muses.

TIME TO SHOW SOME HEART is the headline of an article on "Europe's economic woes." It's "old-fashioned/dated" to talk about 'showing some heart.' TIME TO SHOW SOME COMPASSION fits this millennium. Zen Buddhists will nod their heads.

There's a published memoir (memory) with the title STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART. How about STRAIGHT FROM THE MIND: Reflecting on the Past (or Recollecting the Past). I'm thinking about MY MEMOIR. As you know by now, I "adore" flowers, and chose as my pen name CAMELIA ROSE (Camélia: spelled French). So, i may consider my title accordingly: I WASN'T BORN TO BE A