Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 205 - America the Melting Pot - Toss It Up!

In school we were always taught that America was a melting pot.  With all the different immigrants coming to the United States various countries to one common land, there was bound to be some melting of cultures, languages and food.  During a Community Race Dialogue meeting I heard a woman who happened to be African-American say that she looked at it a little differently.  Melting to her meant that every ethnicity lost something in the translation to becoming an American.  To her, America was a tossed salad.  I heard that and the light bulb went off.  Of course!  We are more like a tossed salad.  Where a red pepper can shine bright and colorful with a sea of white onions and white cucumbers and brown nuts.  In this analogy every ethnicity retains their heritage while still adding to the flavor of the salad or in this case America.  Together there is a combination that is as unique as each person's plate who visits the salad bar.  No two alike!

So the right thing to do is to embrace our differences and not just tolerate one another but to take one more step and accept everyone for their unique qualities they bring to the table.  Joining a Race Dialogue group is worth the risk.  You learn as much as you teach. Savor the flavor if you will.  Even within a group of people there is more diversity.  No two black people are alike, no two Germans are alike, No two lesbians are alike. This is why stereotypes are so hurtful.

They say a salad is healthy for you with at least five colors showing.  Orange Carrots, Red Onions, blue blueberries, white cucumbers on green lettuce.  The brighter the color the more likely the item is to have riboflavins that ward off cancer and other unhealthy diseases. 

I leave you with a list of 20 of the most healthy foods for our bodies.  We're told it may be a little more expensive for fresh produce, but paying the farmers at the farmer market or the produce is cheaper than paying the doctor:

  1. Avocados
  2. Beets
  3. Horseradish
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Cruciferous vegetables - cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli
  6. Blueberries
  7. Dark, Leafy Greens
  8. Alliums - leesk, onions, and garlic
  9. Whole Grains
  10. Spelt - like whole wheet but sweeter and nuttier
  11. Turmeric
  12. Oregano
  13. Cinnamon (Gold Medalist of the spice rack, with one of the highest antioxidant levels of all herbs and spices)
  14. Ginger, Cayenne and Black Pepper
  15. Miso
  16. Yogurt
  17. Sardines
  18. Canned Salmon
  19. Sesame seeds
  20. Walnuts
Antioxidants are compounds already in your body, but you need more than what the body produces. ~Joe Vinson

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