New Year’s Resolutions, Pharmacists, Wild Men, Hot Tea, and Chicken Curry

January 12, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning potential resolution renegers. Today is Wednesday, January 12, 2022. January 12th is the twelfth day of the year and 353 days remain.

Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day 

Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day is celebrated each year on January 12th. As you can readily infer, this holiday urges us to stick with those New Years’ resolutions we made on New Years’ Eve.
It’s been nearly 2 weeks since you made your New Years’ resolutions.  Are you still keeping them or have you already abandoned them? Is your interest in them is waning? Perhaps they don’t seem as important now as they did in your alcohol-induced stupor on New Years’ Eve.
Well, suck it up buttercup – you still have a long way to go to achieve your goal(s). Those pounds aren’t going to disappear by themselves; you aren’t going to get healthier if you revert to your old habits; you won’t become a “better person” unless you keep working at it. Don’t give up on working for that promotion at work.
If you are really serious about your new year’s resolutions, then celebrate Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day, by simply making an effort to stick with your plan of becoming the “new and improved, better, healthier, more successful you.”

National Pharmacist Day 

National Pharmacist Day is celebrated annually on January 12th. You needn’t be an apothecary to conclude that this holiday honors pharmacists and recognizes the vital role they play in medicine.
Pharmacists must be knowledgeable of the chemistry of all medicines. The role of a pharmacist is to be an integrated member of the health care team directly involved in patient care. After mastering biochemical mechanisms of the action of drugs, physiology, and pathophysiology, pharmacists interpret and communicate their specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other healthcare providers.
Historically, the primary role of a pharmacist was to check and distribute drugs to doctors for a patient prescribed medication, but over the years, that role has changed. Modern pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions, and the side effects of prescriptions, along with having the role of a learned intermediary between a prescriber and a patient. Monitoring the health and progress of patients, pharmacists can then ensure the safe and effective use of medication.
Should you opt to celebrate National Pharmacist Day, learn more about the role pharmacists play in modern medicine. If you have occasion to actually visit your pharmacy today, all the better. Wish your pharmacist “Happy Pharmacist Day” and thank them for the vital service they provide.

Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day 

Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day is celebrated each year on January 12th. I did extensive research on Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day this morning trying to make sense of this holiday. When I “Googled” it, I found a plethora of references to this holiday, however, the general consensus seems to be that no one knows the true origin(s) of this “holiday”, the reason it exists, or to what it pertains. In other words, I could find no definitive answer regarding Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day anywhere. Some websites suggested that it was a holiday for women to turn the tables on the “construction worker” types, and “cat-call” them. Others suggested that it was a day for “alpha males” to congregate and have a feast.
Henry David Thoreau wrote the famous words, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” But, how do you define wildness? One definition of wildness sees it as that part of nature that is not controllable by humans, yet that definition doesn’t seem apropos to this holiday.
When you break Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day into its individual components it becomes a confusing hodgepodge of unrelated segments.

Feast – A feast suggests a celebratory meal (usually celebrating a significant event), but it can also be defined in the context of a “feast for the eyes” – or something pleasant to look at.
Fabulous – This suggests an event that is beyond ordinary – which this holiday certainly is.
Wild – Untamed.
Men – Men are the male of the human species, no more, no less.

Using the definition of these words in context I surmise that we are supposed to either hold an extraordinary feast celebrating untamed men — Or spend the day” feasting our eyes on rugged alpha males. In any case, we’re still left with no plausible answer to the question, “What the heck is Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day really about?”
Therefore, I can’t give you any suggestions regarding how, or if, you should celebrate Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day. I am reasonably certain about one thing, however – Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day doesn’t pertain to cannibalism [at least I hope not]!

National Hot Tea Day 

National Hot Tea Day is celebrated annually on January 12th. As you might suspect, it celebrates tea – one of the world’s favorite hot beverages. This holiday also celebrates the rich culture and history, diverse types, health benefits, and soothing qualities of hot tea as well.
True tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The main types of teas are black, green, white, dark, yellow, and oolong. They all come from the same plant – their differences lie in how they are processed. Tea leaves begin to oxidize after they are picked. White tea is the least oxidized, green tea is more oxidized, and black tea is the most oxidized. Dark tea is fermented after it is manufactured. Black tea is the overwhelming favorite of Americans, although green tea has been gaining in popularity.
The drinking of tea is thought to date back almost 5,000 years (around 2737 BC) in China. For about 3,000 years, it was used for medicinal purposes. As tea started to spread to other countries through trade (somewhere around 300 AD), drinking tea began to make the transition to an everyday beverage.
Tea has a number of health benefits. It contains a high concentration of flavonoids: bioactive compounds with antioxidant properties that may help neutralize free radicals that cause chronic disease. Studies show that tea may promote heart health. Additionally, tea may lower overall cholesterol as well as “bad” LDL cholesterol, while at the same time raising “good” HDL cholesterol. It may also improve blood pressure. Black tea is especially beneficial for cardiovascular health: it may reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Some components of tea may also have a negative effect on cancer. In particular, the main antioxidant in green tea may help kill cancer cells.
Drinking tea is associated with a lower weight, waist circumference, and BMI (Body Mass Index). Its flavonoids may boost the metabolism, increase fat oxidation, and improve insulin activity. Tea may help improve energy levels, partly due to its caffeine content. Finally, tea may improve cognitive performance and has numerous soothing qualities. It may help improve memory and concentration. Studies have shown that green tea may improve memory, attention, and brain function. Another study showed that drinking two cups of black tea every day may increase attention. Green tea may act as a bulwark against creeping dementia, and the antioxidants in tea may protect brain cells from free radicals, may help reduce anxiety, and may help the brain’s ability to focusing attention and solve complex problems.
If you are looking for a holiday that will be of benefit to you physiologically and mentally, then celebrate National Hot Tea Day. To do so, simply enjoy a hot, steamy cup [or two] of your favorite type of tea today. Just be sure to drink it ‘hot’ (not iced) to maintain the true spirit of this holiday.
Author’s Note:
Sorry folks, drinking any of those fancy “herbal teas” such as Chamomile, Rose Hip, Peppermint, Ginger, Hibiscus, Sage, et al, do not count as drinking tea today. While they may be delightful, tasty, and healthy hot beverages, they are not tea. Tea comes specifically from the leaves of the aforementioned Camellia sinensis plant. You have to drink a beverage that contains real tea leaves today to properly celebrate this holiday. Happy sipping!

Curried Chicken Day 

Curried Chicken Day is celebrated every year on January 12th. You should easily be able to glean from this holiday’s name that it celebrates curried chicken – A world-renowned stewed chicken dish.
Curried Chicken is a common dish in South Asia, East Asia, and the Caribbean. The word curry is an anglicized version of the Tamil word kari, which means stir-fried, so, when making a true curried chicken, don’t automatically reach for the curry powder. [Curry powder is actually just a mixture of turmeric, chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger and pepper]. Instead, true curried chicken is stewed in a sauce made from clarified butter (known as ghee) onions, garlic, and a variety of spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. Other ingredients may also include chilies and tomatoes.
Curry powder made its way into curried chicken recipes by way of Britain. Their long-time presence in India left a desire for the flavors of the East on the palates of many of the English.  The curry powder along with an array of other spices including masala powder, saffron, ginger, and so on (depending on cookery style), are mixed to form a sauce to blend in with the chicken. Curry powder and recipes with it existed as early as the 1700s and curried chicken and other curried meat recipes gained popularity during the British Raj beginning in 1858.
If you want to celebrate Curried Chicken Day, simply serve some curried chicken for dinner tonight. If you don’t already have a recipe for curried chicken in your culinary arsenal, you can find myriad recipes online. Just Google it. Or, even easier, just order take-out curried chicken from your favorite Asian restaurant.
Author’s Note:
Ladies, perhaps you can use this holiday to “curry” favor with that “fabulous wild man” in your life by serving him a feast that includes curried chicken. Just a thought.

Below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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