I want to start Black History Month off right, sharing with you the Oldways African Heritage Food Pyramid. Oldways has worked the past few years to create content that gears communities of color toward better eating habits and health patterns based in and on the traditional diets of Latin America, South and East Asia, Africa and her Diaspora and the Middle East and Mediterranean.
For my purposes I discourage gluten intake, dairy intake and white potatoes. Doesn’t mean I don’t eat them, I just work to curtail them in my daily diet. These foods simply weren’t common or traditional to the West and Central diet in the days of contact. When I limit these foods my body feels better. Utilize the food pyramid as a guide to begin to navigate how you want to eat to live.
Note: the leafy greens, black eyed peas, rice, fresh fruit, spices, high water intake and the cute sweet potato pie up top!
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Very cool! We should all do well do follow this. 🙂
But…cheese. I don’t eat much meat at all, but…cheese.
Anyways, looking forward to your posts this month.
Many of these ingredients are actually indigenous to North America or Asia, not Africa. For example corn, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers are all native to north or south America. This website makes a point of promoting “culinary justice” for Africans and African Americans but doesn’t always promote the same sort of justice for Native Americans, Asians or other diaspora. (Giving credit for a corn dish and not even mentioning Mexico isn’t exactly justice.) I totally agree that the African diaspora deserves MUCH more credit for their influence on american cuisine. But if we are going concern ourselves with the origin of an ingredient or with giving credit than we should at least be accurate.
I appreciate your commentary but anyone who knows my writing knows that I certainly don’t have any issue attributing foods from outside of the Continent or other culinary traditions to their sources. If you saw my piece on Black Corn it clearly says there is no Southern food without native Southerners past and present. I am meeting and working with Native American chefs with similar goals to educate the public about the complex and indivisible relationship between African and Native communities.
In addition, I make no claims of ownership over Oldways’ material. Please feel free to write them with your very valid concerns. However, I’m sure they are aware not all foods incorporated over the past 500 or 2500 years come from Africa alone 🙂
Excellent diet plan for people of every heritage! Everyone should eat more greens!
I looked on the oldways website and it seemed like meat and fat were a bit discouraged. Why?