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Relax Aunty is back!

Nothing can be compared to the sincere love from children; it is innocent, hopeful and refreshing. So after a stressful and unproductive day at work, I came back to see the wonderful faces of my Nephews and niece.

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Over a pot of soup

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As I stir this pot of beans with a ladle that was given to me by a kind neighbor, I wonder how in the world could FIVE grown adults; not even counting the children, stay in ONE room – a Lagos room at that!
How? Why? I thought about the women among them, how do they manage to remain sane during that time of the month, when your whole body is turning upside down like it is waging a war against you. Which bed do they go to roll and turn to get comfort amidst the raging hormones?
How about the men? In the morning when they wake up to a body that seem to have woken up before them, where do they go to relax before catching up with their system?
And how about the little children? Where do they get the space to tell those fantasy stories of the fight between the loin and the ant, and how to get the uncle that often bully them pay for his heartless acts?
Do they even know what a personal space means? How do they assign an area to each member of the family? What if one wants to make those dreaded mid night calls, how does one ‘tune down’ their voice so low that it doesn’t disturb others?
Ok back to my Pot of Beans. This Beans I was told is ‘Iron’ Beans: which means that it was fortified with the all important mineral ‘Iron’. Alright let me bring it home a bit – what iron does for me as a woman is that it replenishes my Blood cells every month after going through what we all go through. You grab that? ­čśÄ
Studies (http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods) have shown that about 20% of women, 50% of pregnant women, and 3% of men do not have enough iron in their body and the solution in many cases, is to consume more foods high in iron. So this Beans knows it’s worth and thus is taking time to cook. But that was not what I was told; I was told it is an equivalent of ‘wait and take’ in the Bean world, could it be because of the many occupants in this Pot – you know; the onions, the palm oils, the peppers among so many others? ­čŹť
Of course, unlike my neighbors, this Beans seem to know a lot about personal space – You See, they want me to respect their right to self expression without any fear of premature evacuation and subsequent consumption. But the other ingredients don’t seem to mind, they know that their job is more about synergy; bring make I bring. Iron needs Vitamin C to perform their duty, it has always been that way! each helping the other to lift this ‘engine house’ we call body up. ­čĹź
I am going to tell my stomach to exercise patient because it always gets better. ­čśü And if what we are waiting for is an adequate diet, complete with all the small, medium and large scale nutrients – then it is worth the wait!

PS: I am going to send it down with Garri (cassava flour)
PS II: You can enjoy yours with Pap, plantain or like my neighbor with a medium sized cucumber.­čśé­čśé­čśé!!!

 

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Daily Prompt: Culture

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WHEN SCIENCE MEETS CULTURE 

Yesterday I informed my cousin that the tomato ketchup he bought is no longer healthy to eat.┬áHe asked me how because last time he checked the expiry date was next year. Then I showed him where it is written that once opened, you should keep refrigerated and consume within four weeks. W h a t! ┬áhe screamed, are you saying┬áthat I should go throw it into the dustbin? he inquired. No, ‘I’ didn’t say anything, the people that manufactured it said and before they came up with that I think they must have conducted some research because apparently they cared for your health. Oh! enough of this. Bacteria and what have you do not kill Africans, we have a good thick blood and don’t let this ‘Oyibo’ people deceive you. How can you say that something that the taste and smell have not changed is no longer fit for consumption? At that he took the container into the shelf and told me to leave him alone. You know that feeling you get when you want to save a loved one from an impending doom and the person is attempting to delve in head first? that was how I felt, totally defeated.

There is this unwritten rule generally in our country, especially among the poor and illiterate; that if they can be able to purchase something – no matter what that is, and along the line they discover it is fake or even expired, then consuming it would not have any negative effect on them. The argument is that since they used their money to buy it they have indirectly paid their dues to mother earth. Therefore, if anything should happen as a result of the seller selling an expired product, it is the seller and not them that should be punished (some how related to the saying “Oji ofo g’ana.” i.e He who has justice gets free (unharmed)).

This is why when you go to the rural areas, you find many expired food products; sometimes it could be their inability to read the label or plain decision to sell it so as not to lose their money. Whichever way the result is the same; the final consumer’s health is harmed.

The many consequences of consuming expired or spoilt food products could range from kidney infection to diarrhea, among other things. Non of the outcome is fair. ‘Instead of it to remain in the pot let it be in my stomach’ as we say it here is not wise. Let the one that is fit to stay in the stomach be allowed in and the one that is not discarded.

Prevention they say is better than cure.  Stay alive, stay healthy!

Thanks for joining me in this corner today, I will appreciate your feedback. Write your suggestions and questions in the comment section below or reach me through my email and facebook page.

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When Culture meets Science

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WHEN SCIENCE MEETS CULTURE 

Yesterday I informed my cousin that the tomato ketchup he bought is no longer healthy to eat.┬áHe asked me how because last time he checked the expiry date was next year. Then I showed him where it is written that once opened, you should keep refrigerated and consume within four weeks. W h a t! ┬áhe screamed, are you saying┬áthat I should go throw it into the dustbin? he inquired. No, ‘I’ didn’t say anything, the people that manufactured it said and before they came up with that I think they must have conducted some research because apparently they cared for your health. Oh! enough of this. Bacteria and what have you do not kill Africans, we have a good thick blood and don’t let this ‘Oyibo’ people deceive you. How can you say that something that the taste and smell have not changed is no longer fit for consumption? At that he took the container into the shelf and told me to leave him alone. You know that feeling you get when you want to save a loved one from an impending doom and the person is attempting to delve in head first? that was how I felt, totally defeated.

There is this unwritten rule generally in our country, especially among the poor and illiterate; that if they can be able to purchase something – no matter what that is, and along the line they discover it is fake or even expired, then consuming it would not have any negative effect on them. The argument is that since they used their money to buy it they have indirectly paid their dues to mother earth. Therefore, if anything should happen as a result of the seller selling an expired product, it is the seller and not them that should be punished (some how related to the saying “Oji ofo g’ana.” i.e He who has justice gets free (unharmed)).

This is why when you go to the rural areas, you find many expired food products; sometimes it could be their inability to read the label or plain decision to sell it so as not to lose their money. Whichever way the result is the same; the final consumer’s health is harmed.

The many consequences of consuming expired or spoilt food products could range from kidney infection to diarrhea, among other things. Non of the outcome is fair. ‘Instead of it to remain in the pot let it be in my stomach’ as we say it here is not wise. Let the one that is fit to stay in the stomach be allowed in and the one that is not discarded.

Prevention they say is better than cure.  Stay alive, stay healthy!

Thanks for joining me in this corner today, I will appreciate your feedback. Write your suggestions and questions in the comment section below or reach me through my email and facebook page.

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Why I started this blog

According to Edmund Burke, all that is necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. As a trained nutritionist, I watch everyday as people are fed with conflicting ideas about what a healthy diet is. In this era of the world wide web, where information is at the click of a button why do we still find it hard to make an informed decision about the most important part of our existence – food? ┬áLike the saying goes “water water everywhere yet not a drop to drink.” The truth cannot be ┬áfar fetched; many conflicting interest.

I want to be one of the sincere few whose objectives are to educate and assist the individual consumers make the right choice. I will be doing this through comparing and analysing the many findings in nutrition science and breaking it down to everyday language.

I am an advocate for the  preservation and consumption of our indigenous foods. The rate at which western diets are encroaching into our food systems with their attendant diseases one cannot help but ask for a change in attitude towards our indigenous foods.

Just a few decade ago the word ‘diabetic’ was not so common. People cooked their own meals which among many things comprised of ┬ácomplex carbohydrates in the form of cocoyams, pulses and the like. Today this foods are being replaced with highly processed foods like burgers and fries, soft drinks which contains simple carbohydrates are replacing water and other healthy natural drinks.

As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ We must make a conscious effort to stay healthy.

Follow me on this blog and I promise to get you informed so you make the right choice.


 

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Food as a heritage 

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word “heritage ” means a property that is or may be inherited.Now considering the fact that food systems are passed down from a generation to another generation, it is not out of place to say that our food systems should be preserved and guarded like the inheritance they are. Think about the health impact of changing the oriental diet- the obesity and its many diseases as well as the environmental impact that will have on the population. In Africa and west Africa in particular, we are endowed with many natural and human resources which our food systems happen to be among. Due to the tropical nature of our climate, we have endless supply of forest food products which we prepare in many ways to make up a healthy diet. Granted, this forests are under treat from deforestation to climate change. As we fight to restore other non food forest products, we should always remember the double benefit of the food products which not only is a source of nourishment  but also an inheritance.

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