I need to get back to my healthy eating regime. Regime makes it sound nasty, but really it's a good word choice.
If you look up the meaning of the word regime on Dictionary.com, you get this:
Click on #5 regimen and you get:
YES! That's what my brain was looking for. See, all that sugar makes my thinking less than clear. ;)
Southern tradition holds that the first food to be eaten on New Year's Day should be black-eyed peas for luck and prosperity -- specifically, one pea for each day of the year. To really ensure a good year, add a mess o' greens for wealth.
That's the tradition I'd always heard, but this one fascinates me:
According to Wikipedia, the tradition dates as far ancient Egypt. During the time of the Pharaohs, it was believed that eating a meager food like black-eyed peas showed humility before the gods, and you would be blessed. According to Wikipedia, the Babylonian Talmud, which dates to 339 CE, instructs the faithful Jews to eat black-eyed peas at Rosh Hashana.
The belief was similar: those who ate black-eyes showed their humility and saved themselves from the wrath of God.