Black Friday-what does it mean

Black Friday

Black Friday, is all we are hearing about so I decided to do some research and see what Black Friday really is/was or what the true meaning of it really is.

I know you are going to ask what it has to do with my health, and getting healthy, the short answer is absolutely nothing. However, the long answer is, if it means a sale or two for my business then here goes.

So here is what I found.

The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was applied not to holiday shopping but to a financial crisis on September 24, 1869. Two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers,  worked together to buy up as much gold as they could, in hopes to drive gold prices sky-high and then sell it for huge profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.


“The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers. As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise. Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition.”

The true story behind Black Friday, however, is not as sunny as retailers might have you believe. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term BLACK FRIDAY to describe what would happen on the day after Thanksgiving. The city would be flooded with tourists and shoppers coming to watch the ARMY-NAVY  Football game held on Saturday. SO the day between the football game and Thanksgiving they would shop and loot and it was really not a nice scene at all.

By 1961, “Black Friday” had caught on in Philadelphia, and the cities fathers tried to change the name to BIG FRIDAY, but no go. The term BLACK FRIDAY caught on in the rest of the country sometime in the late 1980’s when retailers mark the occasion when America’s retailers turned a profit.

What did we learn about Black Friday

As you can see that the term Black Friday stuck and stores have huge discounts to lure shoppers for what has become a 4-day shopping blitz. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Sunday, and of course let’s not forget Cyber Monday!

So there you have it! That is what I found. Do I do Black Friday, NO! Should I capitalize on Black Friday? As a business owner, Definitely; as a shopper probably but instead I will just enjoy watching the frenzied shopper from afar.

Black Friday, is only profitable to the business that markets their products the best!

Happy Shopping everyone.



Fermented Foods

Fermented Foods

Benefits of Fermented Foods:

  1. Improves Digestion
  2. Increases Immunity
  3.  Restores Good Bacteria in the Gut
  4. Increases Vitamin Content in Food

Fermented foods, are they good for us? This is a great debate. I’ve just listed a few of the benefits of Fermented Foods, and there are more! Sitting around a table discussing ferments someone said it was just a fad! That is kind of surprising as I grew up eating kraut, so that is a bit long for a fad. A friend of ours was told by her Doctor to eat “stinky foods” to help her bowel health. The stinky foods that the Doctor was referring to were fermented. So I guess the Doctors are onto the fad too! All I know is that they work for us, fad or no fad.

What Are Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactic fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.

Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the bevy of probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion.

Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years, from Sauerkraut in Germany to Kimichi in Korea and everywhere in between. Studies have even shown the link between probiotic rich foods and overall health. Sadly, with the advances in technology and food preparation, these time-honored traditional foods have been largely lost in our society.

The journey to Fermented foods started for us when our Doctor didn’t know what to do anymore. So I went to “Dr. Google” and started researching foods, bowel health, stomach health. It is truly amazing we really are what we eat. The research took me all over the internet and of course all over the world and we did find what worked for us.

I am going to post a couple of recipes that we use regularly in our home of stinky foods that work for us. The one we enjoy the most is Kimchi. We eat Kimchi daily, it is homemade and very inexpensive to make. Ok, grant you it does take a bit of time, but it is some good! We eat Kimchi for breakfast on eggs/for lunch on rice/as a side dish for just about anything, but chicken is the best in my opinion. Since we just made a batch, I will post the recipe and then do photos when we make the next batch in about 2 weeks.  There are lots of ferments that you can do, carrots/asparagus/green beans etc. I will also post a link to a book that is very helpful.

As I write this I realize I have so much to tell and I am really starting at where we are now and not where we actually started.



These were 2 very instrumental influences in our Healthy Journey and I know they don’t even realize the influence they had on our lives. I believe they both deserve a link and a post all of their own. Until next time enjoy the read and make comments below.


Cautionary note:  When first introducing ferments into the diet it is normal to experience some initial gas and bloating, excessive amounts, however, can cause stomach upset and loose stools in some cases. It is important to consider avoiding food ferments if you have severe allergies to molds.

Welcome to our World of a Healthy Journey

Welcome to our world of a healthy journey. 

Our journey to health started about 2 years ago when our family doctor threw his hands in the air and said: “I don’t know what to do”. Medically there was nothing wrong, but when you can’t eat anything without pains in your guts and your are losing weight you look for your own answers. And so began our Healthy Journey.

This will be a blog about what worked for us and the various diets and foods that worked and didn’t work. Please remember this is just our Healthy Journey, yours could be different.

This Healthy Journey took us to food places that we have never been before, to foods we have never eaten, and away from foods that were a staple in our home. We hope you will learn like we did and love the foods that we do, and maybe out there in the internet world, this health/food blog will help someone on their journey to a healthy lifestyle.

We are a husband and wife team that would love to retire but still have to work. Our goal is to retire healthy and enjoy a simple life of family and travel. The goal of this blog is to tell our story about a healthy and simple lifestyle I hope you enjoy the Healthy Journey with us.