Every time I see a particular commercial on television I crack up. Let’s just say this one speaks to me. And what it tells me is I am a giant M & M.
I’m not sure which color I am; I’d like to be yellow because yellow makes me happy, but I imagine sometimes I’m blue. I don’t think I’m red because that is such a dominant in your face color and well….no, red doesn’t really suit me. Green would be nice. Makes me think of growing things. So I’m a yellow or blue or green M & M (because I really am that indecisive sometimes!), probably with a pretzel inside.
You are what you eat, so the saying goes. A friend of mine recently wrote in her blog (homesteadramblings.wordpress.com) that she needed to get into shape and not the “shape of a twisted glaze donut.”
I laugh because I can too easily picture myself as a donut too. So you can see where I’m headed with this. My eating habits leave a lot to be desired and need to be healthier.
Awhile back, I cleaned out the drawers in my kitchen desk and I found a copy of a local chiropractor’s newsletter that struck a chord with me. He referenced something called the “Doctrine of Signatures.” In short, thousands of years ago when people suffered from ailments, they experimented with plants to find cures.
According to some researchers, those who believed in God thought He provided visual clues in plants so that man could recognize which plants would benefit our health and how to utilize them. Those “signatures” supposedly revealed what God’s purpose for a specific plant was.
Eventually, herbalists and some medical practitioners believed this idea propagated by long-ago civilizations could be applied in today’s world of medicine. Apparently nutritional scientists confirm there is validity to the idea of a doctrine of signatures. Some believe that every whole food displays a pattern that closely resembles human body organs or some physiological function of the body. Hence, this pattern is a sign of that plant’s benefit to the partaker.
It’s actually kind of fascinating to read about some of these “signatures” in plants. Let’s look at some veggies and fruits.
If you slice a carrot into a round cross-section, you will notice the slice resembles the human eye. Look closely and you can see what looks like a pupil and an iris. So when my mother used to say, “Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes,” she wasn’t just trying to stuff those orange vegetables down my throat. Studies have demonstrated that carrots improve blood flow to our eyes and improve eye function. Shows you that you should always listen to your mother!
Likewise, a cross section of a red tomato reveals it has four chambers, much like the human heart. Recent research says that eating tomatoes is beneficial for your heart and blood. Tomatoes are not my favorite because of the gushy, seedy stuff in the middle; it’s a texture thing with me. I do love tomato soup and anything with tomato sauce, but I guess I need to add gushy fresh tomatoes to my diet for good heart health.
Look at a stalk of celery, bok choy or rhubarb and you’ll notice that they all resemble bones. Guess what they are good for? You bet – strengthening our bones! Supposedly, human bones are composed of 23% sodium and all three of these veggies have 23% sodium. Evidently, when we don’t have adequate sodium in our diets, our bodies draw it from our bones weakening them. So munching on a stalk of celery, even though it seems like diet food, will actually help replenish your skeleton!
This one sounds like a no-brainer. Kidney beans so obviously look like…human kidneys. These legumes are credited with healing and maintaining healthy kidney function. Note to middle daughter: stop picking the beans out of the chili! Listen to your mother.
You know how onions make us weep like crazy when we chop them? There’s a reason for that! Examine an onion and you will notice it looks like cells in our bodies. Research demonstrates that onions help to clear waste material from all of our body cells. When they produce tears, this actually washes away epithelial layers in your eyes, which evidently is a good thing. So cry away!
Last year, hubby grew some sweet potatoes in our garden and they were oh, so good. Turns out this tuberous veggie, which looks like the human pancreas, is oh, so good for you, especially if you are diabetic. Sweet taters balance your glycemic index.
Ladies, the following examples are just for us. What do avocados and pears look like to you? Our female reproductive organs, the uterus (womb) and cervix. Both of these foods are noted to preserve health and function of these organs. Research says eating one avocado per week will balance hormones, help shed unwanted weight after giving birth and can prevent cervical cancer.
Wow! I wish I had known how avocados balance hormones when I was a menopausal menace. I would have forced myself to eat guacamole! Another interesting fact about the avocado is that it takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit!
For further female reproductive health, eat olives as they promote health and function of the ovaries. Citrus fruits like grapefruits and oranges remind us of female mammary glands and are known for benefiting the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. So ladies, be sure to get your daily dose of citrus each day and munch on some olives too, but I wouldn’t recommend eating them together!
Men, I don’t know if this is true or not, but the research I read states that bananas, cucumbers and zucchinis “target the size and strength of the male sexual organ.” Eating figs, which are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow, is reported to increase male sperm motility, increase the numbers of sperm and overcome male sterility. Um…guys…yeah…whatever. Enough said!
The health of our hearts is a serious issue for both men and women. You may notice that a bunch of grapes hang in a cluster shaped like the heart and each grape resembles a blood cell. Again research indicates that grapes are amazingly good food for the heart and blood. Don’t believe it? Watch what Alton Brown, from the TV show “Good Eats,” says on all those Welch’s grape juice commercials.
And lastly, if only the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz had eaten walnuts, he wouldn’t have been searching for a brain. Crack open a walnut shell and you will notice the meat of the walnut looks exactly like a brain with both a left and right hemisphere and upper and lower cerebellums. Wrinkles or fold that you see compares to the neo-cortex of the brain. Research shows that if you want to be brainy, you need to be nutty because walnuts help develop many neuro-transmitters necessary for brain function.
So today on this fourth page, Chapter Three, in my book of Opportunity, I’ve just proved to myself and hopefully to you as well, that we really ARE what we eat. You know what this means, don’t you? Stop. Step away from the M&Ms. I don’t care if there are pretzels inside them or not!