Traditional African Diet

This semester I’ve had minimal allergic reactions (yay!) thanks to the bulk organic food that my mom got me from Costco. Despite having food that I can eat, I’m still experiencing discomfort in my stomach and overall body. I believe these issues are linked to how I’m eating.

I’m sure you’re thinking “What do you mean? You just said you’re eating only organic food. How can there still be something wrong with how you’re eating?”. Well, I think what I eat is irrelevant if it stills follows the Western diet, which relies on bread, cereal, rice, and pasta as the basis.

I am black, which may or may not come as a surprise. As it should be well-known, the majority of black people in America were brought here by force and lost much of our heritage and traditions. Cultural foods and how those foods were eaten are just one of the elements of our missing history. I think Black people’s bodies are upset with us because we are consuming large amounts of foreign food and in proportions that we aren’t traditionally used to.

One of my goals for 2018 is to adhere to a diet that my ancestors would recognize. Oldways is an organization that studies the traditional diets of people around the world. They even put that information into a food pyramid for a visual explanation of what exactly your cultural originally ate and in what proportions. Though a lot of their information relies on stereotypes, it’s still a good place to start when thinking about combing culturally-relevant food and health.

Be on the lookout for African-heritage recipes that I try and post those here. I also encourage you to check out their website and learn more about what they have found about cultural food. If might be of some help if you, like me, are on a journey to ultimate health.

*Image from Slaves and Slavery: A Fantastic Collection of Research Material (

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