Village View Post has been growing by the day. It’s been an amazing journey, but it has become too much for one person to handle. So I am recruiting more writers and I have found this fabulous person, Cherry Cadle, who I think can teach us a thing or two about our eating habits. She will be working with me to help me grow Village View Post to my goal of 25,000 visits by the end of the year.
I am very excited to have Cherry working with me, not only will she be getting blogging experience, but she will also be learning about another possible career choice, journalism. We have a lot of exciting stuff planned for Village View Post, so please be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss any of Village View’s post.
Born and raised in Crooked Tree Village, Belize District as the second daughter of Mr. Randolph Cadle and Ms. Loleen Wade, Cherry was the first child in her family that graduated from high school. She attended Belize Junior Secondary School #1 from 1979-1982 and then went on to Belize Technical College, graduating in 1984. From 1985 to 1989, she worked for the government of Belize as a Public Health Inspector. 1989 to 1994 she changed field and began to work as an assistant to the chief chemist at the Belize Mills Limited.
In September of 1994, Cherry made the brave decision to move with her family to the United States. Up until the summer of 2000, she stayed home full time and took care of her family, but realized that it was time to continue her education. She enrolled in college and graduated in 2005 with an associate’s degree with a major towards accounting, and in December 2009 received a bachelor’s degree in science in accounting. Towards the end of her studies in accounting, Cherry realized that her passion was in alternative medicine and started to educate herself by reading numerous books and spending countless hours of research on the subject. At present she is pursuing her degree in alternative medicine and hopes one day to return home where she can educate the Belizean community and encourage them to revisit the lifestyle of their past.
We as Belizeans practiced alternative medicine growing up in Belize and many of us don’t even realize it. The lifestyle that we were living helps us to use alternative medicine and that was the reason we were so much healthier. For example, we were eating foods that were natural and organic, foods that fuel our body the way nature intended. Fruits were in abundance and were eaten in season, herbs were used to cleanse our bodies of toxins and parasites, God was a part of our everyday lives and yes we need a spiritual side as well to keep us healthy and strong.
Another fact is, everything that we did in our everyday chores was done by manual labor. We washed our clothes and dishes by hand, walked or rode bicycle everywhere we went, cut the bushes in our yard using a machete, raking the yard, cutting the wood that was used as fuel to cook our food, pulling water from the well or pumping the water for those of us that had a hand pump. Get the drift? The exercise we were getting helped us to remain healthy and helped our bodies to work according to nature. Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc. were common in the lives of people that live in the states and other developed countries but now all the diseases that were once not so prevalent in our country can be found in almost every family in Belize and here in the United States within our Belizean community.
One of the things that we have to understand is that the move away from that lifestyle is making us sicker and sicker every day. Our body is a living thing and it requires live foods to make it work the way God intended. We continue to eat so much dead and processed food which clogs our system with parasites, toxins and poisons and does nothing for our bodies but to cause diseases and eventually death. Our lives are filled with so much stress that our family and children suffers tremendously because most of the time we do not have the frame of mind necessary to give them the love and the nurturing they so longed for. For most families, both parents are working and at the end of a long day, cooking a balance meal or exercising is the last thing on their minds. Our bodies continue to cope with the work overload but eventually break down and then disease sets in.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” If this has struck a chord with you and you would like to be happy, energetic and healthy again, please look out for other articles where I will outline the path to a long life of good health.