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Apr 1, 2023Liked by Natalie Love Cruz

There's so much to say about the way we look at "health" and what's "healthy" in the US. It's largely centered on whiteness and devoid of cultural foods. I'm southern and hate the conversation around the food I grew up eating. There are huge misconceptions of what soul food is. Too many assumptions being made and shaming of other culture's foodways simply because it's not centered in whiteness.

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Stephanie, a word! The misconceptions of multicultural foods being devoid of nutrients or being unhealthy is astounding to me. So many of these foods then get co-opted or Columbused so that they can be rebranded and resold to the masses as "healthy". Same happens with specific ingredients that are normally inexpensive for communities of color that then skyrocket in price, i.e.: oxtails, turmeric, quinoa, etc.

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I couldnโ€™t agree with you more! There are many multicultural foods that are very nutrient dense and I am currently making my way back to eating the foods I grew up with (not only has it given me a physical boost but a mental boost as well!).

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Exactly! It's incredibly frustrating, demeaning, and disruptive to BIPOC communities.

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May 18, 2023Liked by Natalie Love Cruz

Reminds me of the time a massively popular food writer casually said that she feels โ€œrice is boringโ€ and prefers replacing it with other side dishes at mealtimes. Like yes, sure, the food that the majority of the planet eats on a daily basis is boring!

Good for you for having the ability to say no to this health foods company:)

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Thank you for your comment Lala ๐Ÿ’—โœจ. As for that writer maybe she doesn't know how to cook rice and that's why its boring ๐Ÿ˜‚!

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Apr 2, 2023Liked by Natalie Love Cruz

Hi Natalie!

Iโ€™m with you on not doing the demo!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

I also unsubscribed to Amazon, last month, and I am looking forward to purchasing from local vendors and small businesses.

Thanks for a wonderful read; Happy Spring!๐ŸŒป

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Hi Eva!

Congratulations on giving Amazon the boot ๐Ÿฅพ! So awesome to hear that you'll be joining the club ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ.

Thank you for your kind words + for being a subscriber ๐Ÿ’—โœจ.

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What off-putting requests! Glad you followed your gut!

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Abigail, it was so off putting! Glad I went with my gut too ๐Ÿ’—โœจ.

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Good for you! That is incredibly offensive, and you should not be the messenger shaming people about their cultural foods. Also, white rice is the best!

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Sorry you went through this. It is a learning curve and you handled it with such grace. Bravo and I can't wait to see more education from you about the food and culture of your heritage.

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such a refreshing read!!

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