Deprive your kids of junk food and they can happily be deprived of obesity and poor health

If you think it’s hard to be an obese adult, imagine how hard it is to be an obese child. I’ve been both. I was the “fat” child and I was bullied.

Yesterday I posted this picture collage on my Plant-Based, God’s Grace: Nalida’s Journey to Health and Fitness page. Someone asked, “Were you pregnant in that red dress?”

My answer: “No. I was a recent high school graduate at the time. Only a teen starting college believe it or not. I was very obese then and for many years until I made big changes in 2013.”

I was not offended. I LOOKED pregnant. I had been that big for several years before that then many years—decades afterwards. Childhood obesity is now sadly a bigger epidemic now.

It really hurts me to hear people say that they won’t remove junk food from their kids’ diets because they don’t want to “deprive” them of their childhood and what other children are eating. I respectfully ask you to reconsider. That is the big food industry lie that it’s a right of passage to eat all the junk food and packaged foods that the commercials brainwash us into buying then the sugar-oil-salt-chemical combos keep us trapped into continually eating. And sometimes WE adults are so addicted to these food-like substances that we use that as an excuse to keep the junk in the house. I know. I’ve been there sadly.

Sometimes people say, I want to give them a choice to choose how to eat. Would you give your young children a choice on whether or not to snort cocaine or shoot up heroin and essentially lead them into addiction? Believe it or not, the food industry PAYS chemists to find the right combination of chemicals to make people addicted to their products (see the documentary In Defense Of Food and read the research by Michael Pollen as well as former FDA Commissioner David Kessler and countless other documentaries and research).

It hurts to be that child that people ask if your pregnant but you never even had a boyfriend. It hurts to be that child that is embarrassed because someone stood up to give you a seat on the train because they thought you really was pregnant. It hurts to be that child embarrassed in gym class. It hurts to be that child not able to fully run and play like all children should. THAT is what an obese child is deprived of—a normal childhood in a comfortably fit body that can do what children should be doing, running and playing effortlessly.

Before, we didn’t know better. But now we do. Please, please, try to get out of the mindset that you’re depriving your child of a normal childhood by not allowing all the processed and junk foods in the house. It’s a marketing ploy that we’ve all been deceived by and there are people making beaucoup bucks at our expense. I refuse to be used that way anymore or to allow my kids to be used that way.

Free yourselves and free your children! We all love our kids. FIGHT for them and their health. They deserve it!! Replace the junk with fruits, cut up veggies with hummus and nut/seed butters (plain with no added anything). Make them fruit-sweetened cookies. There are now TONS of resources to show you how. Let your taste buds and theirs heal. Trust me, when you’re healed of many chronic conditions, feeling lighter and able to move with ease—both you and your children—you won’t have any regrets. My husband and I definitely don’t have any and our children have adapted for the better. Please consider this.

In love,

Nalida

Anniversary Run!

Anniversary run! 🏃🏾‍♀️First pic before running. Rest after—hair tied up halfway through. Lol. 25 minutes straight running, by God’s Grace. First longer run in MONTHS since recovering from my injury!! Made sure to really stretch afterwards. Squats too!

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#BackyardRunner

#RunLikeAGirl

Our 23rd Anniversary!

I’ve been married 23 years to this man with a gentle soul who is a great husband to me and wonderful father to our three children. We’ve grown (and shrunk 😂) a lot over the years. Last Spring he committed to his health and the health of his family 100% and I’m so proud of his commitment and hard work!

Happy anniversary Michaël! ❤️💓❤️🙏🏿❤️💓❤️

Lesson 7: Fruits, Veggies, and A Healthy Lifestyle

Lesson 7: Fruits, Veggies, and A Healthy Lifestyle

Last Tuesday was the last session of the plant based A Taste Of African Heritage cooking class with the youth of The Boston Project Ministries! We made a fruit salad with pineapples, chopped apples, bananas, and frozen blueberries.

We talked about the rainbow colors of fruits and vegetables and how they are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that keep us healthy (and regular). All fruits and veggies help reduce risks of cancer. Red colored produce like watermelon, cherries, beets, and tomatoes also help the heart, immune system, and vision (as does orange and yellow produce). Green produce like avocado, green apples, broccoli, leafy greens, and green peppers help with vision. Purple and blue such as blueberries, plums, purple cabbage, and purple flesh potatoes help with aging and improved memory. White, tan/beige, and brown like pears, bananas, dates, cauliflower, mushrooms, jicama, and onions help the heart. They ALL help with a host of other health benefits and disease prevention and treatment. One student declared, “I’m gonna eat ALL of these now!” To reap the benefits, we should eat several servings of fruits and vegetables DAILY and be especially sure to add a lot of leafy greens (both raw and cooked).

Since it was our last class, I made the students and our class assistant my famous oat-date-sweetened SOS-free (sugar, oil, salt free) chocolate cake with coconut icing! (Pages 37–39 of my book). They LOVED it and couldn’t believe that it was made without sugar and without white flour! We sat in the dining room, chatted, laughed, and ate the fruit salad and cake.

I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to teach this class to youth in my neighborhood! They were engaged and learned that healthy plant foods ARE part of our heritage AND can taste good. My hopes are that they continue to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diets, share this information with their families to help improve the dire health outcomes in our community, and to maintain an active lifestyle.

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Run-Walk Like A Girl!

Run Like A Girl 5K with Missing Rolls WFPB Sisters!

I did it as a walk since I can’t run for several weeks due to some muscle injuries. (TMI but I couldn’t even wear a regular sports bra because of the rib injuries and not being able to tolerate anything leaning against my upper ribs and diaphragm. But I’ve just been putting on a regular one and moving. 🙂) I actually walked about 4 miles because it was relaxing and I took a detour through our local farmers market-arts market. Got some beautiful African clothing and jewelry. 🙂 And it was nice taking a long walk through my neighborhood and a bit further.

Love the shirt, metal, and running bib! The cap I wore was one I got when my younger daughter and I did a Valentine run last year.

#KeepingItMoving

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Tubers and Mashes!

Lesson 6 of A Taste Of African Heritage Plant Based class with The Boston Project Ministries youth: Tubers and Mashes!

We learned about the different types of tubers—Cassava (also known as manioc, mandioca or yuca and can be poisonous if eaten raw—so cook them!)which is used to make tapioca flour and pudding as well, Taro (a potato-like starch that is either white or purple inside) and some Asians use it to make a dessert like rice pudding, sweet potatoes, and yams that are usually longer and harder than sweet potatoes. We also discussed ways to cook plantains (boiling or baking) as well as adding nuts and nut butters to yam/sweet potato stews. We did not have time to make the African peanut stew but I think I will be making it at home for sure.

Guess how many varieties of sweet potatoes there are? 600! And guess how many uses George Washington Carver found for sweet potatoes and peanuts—100 and over 300 respectively.

We made sweet potato fries adapting the regular baked potato fries recipe from Brand New Vegan then made my recipe of homemade ketchup from page 34–35 of my book. We used Garnet Yams and white fleshed Japanese Sweet Potatoes which the students ended up preferring. The students went back with a large mason jar full of ketchup and the ingredients to make more when they re-make the recipe independently on Thursday.

Since it was over 90 degrees, I surprised the students with banana-strawberry ice cream which they loved! They were surprised that the only two ingredients were frozen bananas and strawberries mixed in my Vitamix blender. Everyone had seconds.

Next week’s lesson is fruits and vegetables and will be our final class for the summer. I promised them another tasty surprise from my Plant Based dessert repertoire. We’ve had a lot of fun and I’m going to miss them!

Clogged

Got this from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority yesterday:

“Cease The Grease. Fats, cooking oils, and grease are not water-soluble. They coat household pipes and public sewer mains, causing nasty clogs. To dispose of household fats, oils, and grease, carefully pour them into an empty metal can. Let it cool, then throw it in the trash,”

If butter and oil is doing that to our household and sewer pipes, what do you think they are doing to our internal pipes? Watch a youtube video of surgeons pulling out these cholesterol laden fats out of heart arteries (I believe there is a clip of this too in the documentary Folks Over Knives) to find out. Eat WHOLE, unprocessed fats (nuts, seeds, avocados…) along with whole plant foods to avoid this clogging. Heart disease is no joke. My community is more affected by it (along with other chronic disease) than most others and we don’t have to suffer needlessly like this anymore. Our lives are worthy.