Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Crazy Sexy Diet

The title ‘Crazy Sexy Diet’ by Kris Carr suggests it might be a book Casanova might have been interested in. I bought it for $2 at a second-hand store because I’m writing a book about aphrodisiacs. However, the book is not exactly about sex or sexiness. Well, it is not about sex at all, actually.

It is, in fact, a book written by a cancer patient looking for ways to beat or delay the Grim Reaper.

The book is well researched, entertainingly written, beautifully presented and very persuasive in terms of what’s good and what’s bad for your health.

The term crazy – according to the author – stands for bold, out of the box, forward thinking, and status-quo challenging, while the term sexy stands for confident, in touch, whole, passionate, and conscious.

And, of course we all know what diet stands for. Right? Long answer short – diet means what you eat. And, as the story goes, we are what we eat. That is our health is dependent on the food we consume.

When it comes to health – or lack of it - Kris Carr comes out with some distressing and thought-provoking statistics.

(a)   The leading cause of death world-wide is cancer.
(b)  The leading cause of death in the US is heart disease, with more than 17 million dying in 2005
(c)   World-wide more than 180 million people have type 2 diabetes
(d)  1.6 billion people are overweight
(e)   400 million people are obese
(f)   World-wide more than 20 million children under 5 are overweight
(g)  Autism which affected about 1 child out of 10,000 in 1970, now in some US states affects 1 child out of 150

According to this author, some medical researchers suggest that the next generation will be the first generation to die younger than their parents.

So what’s the answer to a longer – and healthier life?

Read the 'Crazy Sexy Diet' and see.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Wedding Traditions

Handfasting Wedding
Almost every continent, it seems, is claiming the origin of the Handfasting Ritual. In literature, we hear of it from Sir Walter Scott, in his novel "The Monastry". 

More recently, I saw that apart from Africa, America, British Isles and Scandinavia, countries of East Europe are also claiming to have practiced this ritual in the past.

Handfasting, in East Europe, like others, started off as a visual engagement, a betrothal to show the world that in due course the couple would be wed.

The Hadfasting day started at the bride's house where, after all the grooming was finished by the ladies, the groom and his merry men and their families would come to fetch the bride. Before leaving the house, the bride and groom were given their' parents blessing, and in their turn thanked them for their lifetime care.

As they walked hand in hand to their wedding venue, if it so happened that one of the partner's parent or parents were dead, they would make a detour to the cemetery where the parents were buried. Ever aware of the debt of gratitude they owed to their parents, the couple would invite them to join in spirit, if not in body, their forthcoming festivities.

Seeing the bridal party going past, neighbours would come outside and shower the happy couple with oats and hops and whatever else happened to be growing in the garden.

The Handfasting itself took place in some sort of a grove, since nature is at the center of this tradition. The ceremony was conducted not by any official but by people in some way responsible for bringing the two together. The material used for the tying of the hands was a white piece of cloth, possibly something belonging to the mother, like a shawl.

At the end of the ceremony, everyone present would be asked to come up, place their hands over the tied hands of the couple, and give a silent blessing for their future together. The last two to give their blessing were the two celebrants, who then untied the hands.
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