Growing up in a Mexican family, we were always asking, “Got tacos”.
It got me thinking, how healthy/unhealthy is the Mexican food diet?
I read an article in “Scientific Daily” which noted the following :
“If Diabetes in Mexico continues unchecked, at least one in three people, and as many as one in two, could be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetimes.”
Can you imagine the total number of people this would affect? Those are crazy high numbers.
People of Mexican decent are highly focused on food. Relationships are made around food.
Mexican moms don’t feel good unless they are feeding their children and their friends.
I remember my mother-in law would call me “too skinny” and ask me why I didn’t eat when food was offered to me. I knew at a young age, eating was not the way to my heart.
On top of this, Mexicans love a good party. Get us some good music, drinks and great food and we are some happy people! Sadly, most Mexican people don’t pay attention to what goes into their body. It is all about the temporary fix.
I remember my mom saying she wanted to come to the United States because she wanted a better life. My mom would cook as healthy as she knew and could (at the time) yet she had no real knowledge on what foods were good for you.
She taught us fruits, vegetables, beans, tortillas and cheeses (especially fresh made mexican cheeses) were healthy.
I had no idea about sugars in fruits or how tortilla chips with salsa were just empty calories. Look around at how many overweight children there are (in all ethnicities).
There is NO reason why any of our children have to be overweight. We are teaching our children how to eat when they are bored or just to feel good.
“Here mijo, you don’t feel good “eat this”.
I see so many abuelitas feed their grand kids to practical death.
They have the best of intentions yet don’t see how much they are truly hurting their loved ones.
Our children are becoming dependent on their cravings and fulfilling them.
You better not turn down abuelita (it is a sign of disrespect).
And by all means, you better clean off your WHOLE plate. Remember, people are starving in Mexico.
It is time for people in all ethnicities to stop eating because of tradition.
So many of the dishes I ate as a child are “feel good” dishes. I remember for birthday’s, my mom would cook us our own menu of foods.
I loved for her to cook sopes for my birthday with homemade guacamole, frijoles de la hoya, her fabulous rice and all the fixings.
My mouth waters thinking about it. There was no way even back then, I could eat sopes everyday. But on my birthday, I would east at least 6-10 plus all the fixings!
This article is not bashing my Latin heritage. I am extremely proud of my Mexican heritage and embrace my latin flavor.
My intention in writing this article, is to have people of all ethnicities and backgrounds- recognize eating foods only because they are “feel good” or “part of your culture” can not help your health long term. In fact, it’s likely a serious detriment.
Pay attention to the foods you eat.
Do you know how the beans you are eating are prepared? Are they refried with manteca? Can you share a meal with someone at a Mexican restaurant instead of eating THE entire meal yourself?
Don’t allow ignorance to be your scapegoat. Only you can control the food you put in your mouth.
Being Mexican does not have to equate being unhealthy. As good as those hot dogs wrapped in bacon can be, do you really need to eat 3?
Hanging out with abuelita and interacting with her can be so much more rewarding then eating all the food she serves you out of obligation.
Diabetes does not have to be so prominent among any culture as long as we decide to take control of what goes in our own mouths!
It doesn’t mean you won’t ever eat some good ass tacos ever again. Just make the conscientious choice to do it in moderation- especially when the taco man is catering your party 🙂
Be the Best YOU EVER!