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To a Healthy 2012

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM
Re-post from a year ago.  I believe it is still relevant.

Healthy and Soulful in 2011
by Minerva D. Freeman on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 8:18am

Hats off to a Healthy New Year!
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

“Keep the soul in your heart and the health in your life”
Soul food is tasty, simple, hearty, and rooted in tradition.  Many soul food recipes - succulent fried chicken, sweet potato pie, rich macaroni and cheese, sloppy barbecue ribs and meats, and ham hock collard greens with pork fat -- have been passed down over the generations and include cooking ingredients that we know today are not healthy for us to eat in large quantities. You want to honor tradition yet maintain your health. So what should you do?
An occasional, traditional, soul food, meal at holiday gatherings and celebrations is probably not going to hurt you in the long run and that you should live your life in balance. However if you want to eat these foods regularly, here's what we found:

 Traditional soul food can cause:
- Obesity
- High Cholesterol
- Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Problems
 Problems with traditional soul food:
- High in calories
- Foods cooked with lard & saturated fat
- Recipes heavily seasoned with salt and sugar
- Use of fatty meats
- High in cholesterol
Some Traditional soul food can be healthy:
- Collard greens - good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals
- Sweet Potatoes - excellent source of beta-carotene
- Meats -- supply daily protein and B vitamins
 If you choose to eat a traditional soul food meal, try to do the following:
- Exercise
- Make your next meal one filled with fiber
- Drink tea
- Avoid bad foods, fast food, and sodas
 
Have a Healthy 2012!


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