Have you ever noticed that many of our children are getting bigger than what you remember children their age to be? Have you noticed that some children seem to go through puberty a little earlier than maybe you or your parents did? I BLAME THE FOOD!
As babies still in the womb, we received nourishment from the food our mother ate. My mother, and many other mothers, have been told that in order to have a healthy baby, you must drink milk — cow’s milk to be exact. Milk was said to create strong bones, yadayadayada (you’ve seen the commercials…). Of course, most expectant moms want to do all they can to have a healthy pregnancy, so they drink the milk — in addition to a diet full of meat, cheese, starches, and perhaps a few fruits and veggies here and there.
The baby is born and for various reasons mom decides she is unable to breastfeed — as my own mother did. She elects to feed her baby infant formula for the first year of her life. As the baby turns into a toddler, she leaves the formula behind for full fledged cow’s milk. When the baby can eat solid foods, mom gives her pre-bottled peas and carrots, liquid ham, liquid beef, and whatever else Gerber is serving up in those mini glass bottles. Of course the child eats the baby food until they can handle grown-up food, like chicken nuggets, pork chops lovingly cut up into little pieces by mom, french fries, etc.
And herein lies the problem… Before we even breathe our first breath independent of our mothers, we are inundated with an overdose of hormones. In 1988, the Food and Drug Administration allowed the use of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone to be used to increase meat production — and ultimately, PROFITS. Most livestock, and their by-products like milk, grown in the US are filled with these hormones. These hormones produce heavier flesh, making a bigger profit for food production corporations. However when we eat the meat, we also ingest those same growth hormones, which can cause extreme weight gain, hormonal imbalance, problems with the reproductive system, cancers, and other diseases. The growth hormones can also cause fibroids to quickly grow larger. Many doctors recognize fibroids as being caused by an overgrowth of estrogen in the body that has not been eliminated.
So what does this all mean for the woman that suffers with fibroids? Stay away from the damn meat already! No, seriously — unless you are buying organic meat with no hormones (it will tell you on the packaging) or, better yet, grew these animals on your own farm, you really don’t know what you are getting. So don’t eat it. I will be the first to tell you that I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian. I just don’t eat meat at every meal of the day. When I do eat meat, it is not the “star” of my plate. My dinner plate is mostly filled with several veggie items and a grain. I will have a small piece of meat or fish if my body says it needs it. I teach classes exclusively on vegan cooking and raw food preparation because I don’t think Americans get enough of this information — especially black families.
What I find most helpful in getting people to eat more vegetarian food is if they eat things that mimic what they are used to eating. If it tastes good, folks will eat it! Perhaps this explains why most vegetarian restaurants are filled with non-vegetarians!
What are some of your favorite veggie recipes?
Halona Y. Black, M.Ed., is a Writer, Personal Chef, and Health Coach. She offers private and group cooking classes and food demonstrations for those who want to learn how to eat and live a happier life. If you would like to contact Halona, please email her at halona (at) garlicandlemonsllc (dot) com.