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living: Food & us
Lynde Francis & Jim Rose
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book is all about
This book is
for anyone who wants a healthier, happier and longer life. It presents
the traditional way of eating and is dedicated to the grannies of
the developing world, the keepers of traditional wisdom. You will
see pictures of grannies from South America, China, the Caribbean
and India, and our very own southern African granny. The grannies
will lead you through the chapters of this book. Children today
are not listening to their grannies' advice and are no longer eating
the kinds of food that kept their grannies healthy.
As you turn
the pages you will find a picture of a healthy plate that shows
you the major food groups and how much of each group is needed to
provide the fat, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals
that your body needs to stay healthy. The foods found in each group
are introduced and tips are given about how to prepare and cook
them. Our grannies present delicious recipes from around the world,
wholesome dishes that strengthen the body and the immune system.
This is not the boring, tasteless food often associated with healthy
eating, but the tasty dishes made and eaten the traditional way.
Granny's food is better and cheaper than the typical Western diet
of fast foods, fatty meats and endless sweets.
In the past
Granny lived a long, happy and productive life. In her time heart
disease, cancer, high blood pressure, tooth decay and obesity were
rare. All these ailments can be controlled, prevented and even cured
by eating better. Granny had lovely skin and hair and her teeth
were strong until the day she died. She was always an active supporter
of and producer for the family.
are dying from diseases that were unknown a hundred years ago. Our
lifestyles are marked by stress and pressures which we try to combat
with over-the-counter drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Another cause
of disease is the way we eat. We choose refined carbohydrates with
less nutritional value, like white bread and roller meal, for our
staple. We consume large quantities of saturated and hydrogenated
fats found in fatty meats and margarine and too much cooking oil.
was better, with more beans and little meat, with fat from groundnuts
and pumpkin seeds rather than factory-made fats. The fruits that
she gathered from the forests were superior in nutrition to all
the sugary foods we consume today.
You will also
learn which foods can damage your health and how to cope with some
common ailments. Towards the end of this book you will see a special
chapter on HIV and AIDS because for many of us that is our biggest
problem, the one we most fear and are suffering from.
I am often asked,
"When I get AIDS, can I get better or I am definitely going
to die?" The answer is, "You can get better." Many
patients have come to The Centre in Harare for advice and counselling
about how to manage their condition.
I have seen
them recover from the symptoms of HIV and AIDS. They have become
productive members of their communities and are able to carry on
raising and nurturing their children.
We have included
a chapter on Oriental medicine, which is thousands of years old
and is a primary source of our recommendations.
You will find
a section about feeding children that is especially important for
mothers who fear they may have passed HIV to their babies. It is
also for all mothers who want to have happy, healthy children.
In these times
of food shortages and ever-rising prices you will find our chapter
on cost-cutting tips very useful.
Even with the
best will and diet in the world, anyone can fall sick, whether HIV
positive or negative. We have written a chapter about some of the
most common illnesses and problems, and we suggest ways to help
you deal with them.
We hope you
enjoy this book. If you eat the way we are recommending, you are
likely to live a much longer and healthier life.
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