The Year of the Ox 2021 牛來運轉
Goodbye to the tough year of the Rat 2020. Lunar New Year is February 12, 2021 which welcomes the warm, comforting, dependable Year of the Ox. Oxen have been family friends in a traditional agrarian world providing food and clothing. Year 2021 promises to be cozy, homey and a lot more healthy.
Chinese zodiac animals have lucky meanings. Chinese popular belief associates each animal sign with certain characteristics. It's believed that people born in a given year have the personality of that year's animal. People born in the Year of the Ox are said to be strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. What a change! They are calm, patient, methodical and can be trusted. That inspires hope for world health and peace. Although they may say little they can be very opinionated. They expect others to abide by their high principles and benevolent morality. They hate to fail or be challenged. Oxen are strong, true friends. This year will be a Metal Ox year. The recent zodiac years of Ox sign are: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…An Ox year occurs every 12 years.
Cozy, Homey, Friendly
How to enjoy the Year of the Ox? Staying home with immediate family and wearing a mask outside until most of the world has been treated with a vaccine or with Chinese herbs, gives us a chance to cultivate our deeper resources of health and happiness. Chinese herbs used to curb fever, colds/flu sore throat include Lian Hua Qing Wen Capsule /Cold Capsule and Fever Fighter / Lian Hua Qing Wen Tea.
Teas has always been a source of health and pleasure. Take the opportunity to try new tea flavors to boost energy, immunity and enthusiasm. Here are Eight Ways to Enjoy Chinese Teas: https://www.academyhealingnutrition.com/eight-ways-to-love-chinese-teas/
Protect your lungs and immunity with the famous Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucid.)
You might slow cook a handful of sliced mushroom in your slow cooker. Here are tasty ways to protect breathing which support energy and mood. https://www.academyhealingnutrition.com/protect-your-lungs/
Will 2021 be the year that you improve your skin, joints, and bones? Collagen holds our body together: Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles. Collagen has many important functions, including providing skin with structure and strengthening our bones. The Chinese have long valued sources of collagen as soup ingredients: Birds Nest, Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw and Tremella Mushroom.
Here are recipes: https://www.academyhealingnutrition.com/collagen-vs-gelatin-5-foods/
Let’s celebrate surviving 2020 with a toast honoring our loved ones. Have your favorite wine delivered to you. Wing Hop Fung features fine wines from California and around the world. Choose from a wide selection to suit your taste and budget: Click Here For Wine.
Rice Cooker/Slow Cooker
Invest in a useful kitchen appliance that will serve you for many years: Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker NS-YAC10 (Item Number: 850693).
The Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer comes with Zojirushi's exclusive Umami setting that soaks and steams the rice longer for enhanced flavor. It also has a Slow Cook function that allows the rice cooker to work like a slow cooker.
● Versatile slow cook function cooks soups, herbal and mushroom extracts and other menus
● Automatic keep warm, extended keep warm and reheating cycle
● Menu settings include: white, umami, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, GABA brown, rinse-free, quick cooking and slow cook
Stay Safe, Healthy and Happy in the Year of the gentle Ox!