May 1: New Food Challenge

From “A Nomad Homecook’s Perpetual Almanac Cookbook (The PAC)” (c) 2020 OTBI

Raw honey is one of the most amazing foods on the planet. According to The Journal of Apitherapy (2017) using historical evidence, “harvesting of wild honey dates back 10,000 years. By 2400 BC, the art of beekeeping was well established in Egypt at least, and used honey as a natural food source and also as ingredients in various food preparations.” Some of the vitamins found in honey include ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin; along with minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It is literally brain food.

Honey is accepted as a food source and medicine by both modern and ancient generations, traditions and civilizations. According to the Christian holy book, the Bible, King Solomon said “eat honey my son, because it is good. Furthermore, in accordance with the Bible, John the Baptist enjoyed a diet including wild honey when he was in the desert area or while traveling in the wilderness. The religion of Islam recommended the use of honey, and a separate chapter was denoted in their holy book, Holy Quran for honey. The Buddha considered honey to be one of the five essential medicines and food. Other popularities who were interested in honey as a medicine and food include Jews, Hindus, and Vedas. (According to Ayurvedic medicine, when heated, honey is difficult to digest because it produces toxins. Heating essentially destroy all of the beneficial enzymes and properties of the honey. The molecules become glue-like, adhering to the mucous membranes, clogging the channels, and producing ill health.) As a general rule, do not consume honey that has been heated or use it in baked goods as a sweetener.

Not convinced? Try this list of benefits of honey:

  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Probiotic
  • Beautiful and healthy skin
  • Soothes coughs
  • Boosts memory
  • Provides nutrients
  • Treats wounds
  • Heals burns
  • Helps with seasonal allergies
  • Reduce ulcers
  • Antibacteriacal and antifungal

* Do not feed raw honey to children under one year old. Their immune systems are not developed enough yet to handle the onslaught of potential allergens.

Teas around the world offer a variety of flavors and health benefits. Honey pairs will with a variety of steeped, lukewarm teas, including black, green, white, rooibos, jasmine, chamomile, and flavored or herbal tea. Try enjoying two cups of tea once per day with the intention to replace caffeinated soda or sugary drinks permanently with tea. This new practice may do wonders for your nerves and social relationships.

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