Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Can Cabbage help Control Anger?


I served boiled cabbage for lunch yesterday and had the leftovers for dinner. Did you know cabbage is one of the "world's healthiest foods"? Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that boasts many health benefits including: cancer prevention, anti-inflammatory properties and a powerful stomach tonic. Cabbage is also a natural cholesterol lowering food.

The best way to cook cabbage to maintain nutrients is to healthy saute. Heat 5 tbsp. water in a stainless steel skillet on high heat. When bubbles begin to form, reduce heat to medium, add shredded cabbage, cover and cook for five minutes. Cut off heat and let stand covered for two more minutes before you serve. You can see from the picture, I thinly shred my cabbage. It is yummier that way! My Aunt Nell taught me that!

Whilst (I love that word! I learned it in London) I was preparing the cabbage, I posted a face book question asking "How long do you boil your cabbage down?" God used that cabbage to show me something. Can cabbage help control anger? Ephesians 4:26-27 says "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil." I began to wonder how long it takes us to boil down or simmer down when we get angry.

Just like the cabbage, if simmered for 5 minutes and cooled for 2, it is tasty and beneficial for our bodies. If we get angry and cool down quickly, we can avoid sin which is healthy for our bodies. Alternately, if cabbage simmers too long, all the nutrients are removed, tastes bad and the color is poor. If we simmer too long with anger, we give place to the devil which is not healthy, causes us to act out and is sinful.

Unresolved anger has many detrimental effects on our health. Anger is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, stomach problems and even the flu! The next time you get angry think of a head of cabbage and remember "Simmer 5, Cool 2!" This visual mantra should distract you from being angry, force the devil to find another place and improve your health!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice.

Just thinking of a head of cabbage not helping with anger management? Look at this cutie! Print out this little guy and hang him up in your office or home. Every time you look at him, surely you'll crack a smile and your anger will be gone!

Happy not Angry,
The Happy Handicap

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