Ring in the New Year 2012 with the African Heritage Diet Pyramid

This is the month to start New Year resolutions such eating healthy, losing weight, stop eating out every day and cook more at home.  I had the chance of being invited to a nutritional webinar from the Oldways organization on the new African Heritage Diet Pyramid which shows the oldways of eating and connecting it with healthy eating by making it enjoyable in a way that is powerfully flavorful, simple, affordable and that naturally meets the dietary guidelines for daily intake of meals.

What is the Oldways organization you may ask?  It is a non-profit food and nutrition education organization who core mission is to “guide people to good health through heritage, using practical and positive programs grounded in science and tradition. Simply, we advocate for the healthful pleasures of real food.”

Oldways has created the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, Latin Diet Pyramid and the Asian Diet Pyramid to name a few but this year they unveil the African Heritage Diet Pyramid.  President of Oldways Sara Baer Sinnott states that it is about time that a Diet Pyramid should be focused on the African Diaspora Community.  Speakers Jessica B. Harris PHD of Cookbook Author and Professor, Queens College and Constance Brown-Riggs Rd, Ld, MEd, CDE, Author, The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes discuss about The African Heritage Diet Pyramid aims to promote positive progress in the health and diet of African Americans by reaching back and digging up their roots.

The development of the African Heritage Diet Pyramid was formed from the traditional healthy diets of Africa Diaspora of these particular regions:  Africa, South America, The Caribbean and The American South.  It is from these regions that the African Heritage Diet Pyramid incorporates a healthy meal plan that is from the roots of the African Diaspora Heritage.

The pyramid is divided into separate sections. The top of the pyramid are the foods that you would eat less often such as sweets, small amounts of healthy oils, such as sesame or olive oil for dressing, milk and eggs, poultry, fish and other meats moderately, in small portions.  The base of the pyramid are for you to enjoy vegetables particularly greens, fruits, mostly whole grains and cereals, beans, herbs and spices, peanuts and nuts, and healthy tubers like sweet potatoes.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day approximately 6-8 cups.

The African Heritage Diet Pyramid also promotes uplifting activities for the body, mind, and soul which are any things are nourishing and healthy, including exercise, favorite pastimes, and relationships.

The African Heritage Diet Pyramid offers a lot of easy healthy and nutritional options that you can use to complete your new year resolution goals.  For more information on the African Heritage Diet Pyramid check out the Oldways website:  http://www.oldwayspt.org/AHH-pyramid .

For further cultural nutritional information also check out Living Healthy website:  www.livinghealthy1.org  .


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