Soul Food is an American cuisine that has been a vital part of African American households. But it’s now time to explore its impact on health. Are you a “Soul Food Junkie”? What a powerful, simple and relevant topic for discussion for our community! For years we have been raised on soul food meals made from recipes passed down from our great great great grandmothers/grandfathers or aunties/uncles, etc. Macaroni and cheese packed with cheese, milk and butter, collard greens cooked in cured smoked ham hocks loaded with salt, deep fried chicken swimming in a pot of oil, and the menu goes on and on. I grew up with the same menu and I loved eating every bit of it throughout adulthood until I was forced to change my lifestyle due to my diagnosis of Thyroid Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis at 23 years old! I didn’t change immediately because I didn’t know that food could have been part of my issue; it wasn’t until 12 years later when a doctor educated me on the relationship of food and inflammation in my body. So, I had to change!
During the transformation, I realized that food was addictive! I missed having red velvet cake, pecan pie, all-you-can-eat fried catfish, and fried pork chops served with white rice and creamy gravy made from the drippings in the pan. Yes, I was a Soul Food Junkie and I had to go to rehab and transition one day at a time . Just like in rehab, I had to remove myself from being around all of my favorites so I cleaned out my pantry, which meant throwing away things. Now, I’m 7 years clean! (Just so you know, this is just an example I didn’t have to go to a real hospital.)
Recently, I had the opportunity to view a documentary produced, written, and directed by Byron Hurt, called “Soul Food Junkies.” In this film, Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food. Soul Food Junkies is awesome and a must see! View the trailer below and ask yourself if you’re one of the “Soul Food Junkies”?
If you want to see the full movie check the PBS broadcast schedule to find when the documentary will be broadcasted in your area!
For more information, contact Byron Hurt via his website www.bhurt.com/contact.
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