A paradigm shift from a meat diet to a more healthy life.
When it comes to how my body looks l did take the gene’s from my mothers side of the family. It is quite possible you know -to be a woman and look more like the men from your mothers side of the family-my late grandfather and uncles-thats me! These men are on the short side with their weight making them shorter with nice round protruding African bellies from years imbibing on meat and the African brew and let’s not forget gene’s. l on the other hand do not imbibe on any African brew so all the weight and shortness l attribute it to my genes.So it is not a surprise to me that one of my fraternal twin boys looks like my mother, including his complexion and mannerisms and nothing alike with his father. Thank the heavens the other fraternal twin is a split image of the father otherwise they would be some reckoning of sorts needed. So my uncles love their sadza which l also do. Our African totems make us lions which are hunters and thus love meat. So they love their meat -l used to likewise love meat-l however do not subscribe to the notion of the totems playing a part on who we are or what we are not.
A lot of travellers love our Zimbabwean meat-l have seen people when they come to conferences in Zimbabwe rushing to buy all our biltong and fresh meat if they can get away with it at the border because our meat is top class. The point l am trying to make is that our selection of meat is very good and l at one point loved my meat especially offals with Sadza mixed with the famous covo vegetable from the local gardens. Yes , people eat cow intestines- it’s a normal Zimbabwean thing to do. Its called maguru ne matumbu .It takes time to make the offals so that there are ready for consumption-these are boiled until ready then throw in some condiments of tomatoes,onions and all the works including vegetables and some oil and soon paradise. l forget to mention you have to clean the offals first.With time l have learnt to reduce my intake of meat and l have learnt to appreciate other vegetable based diets and so l have to say my favourite local food is sadza with sugar beans cooked the same way as offals but tasting better and healthier but occasionally l do go back to the offals.l have learnt that our weight can be related to our gene’s but also to the lifestyle we live and the things we eat, so eating a plant based diet reduces the prevalence of high blood pressure and other underlying ailments that we modern Africans seem to be picking more regularly than our forefathers and as such we need to look again at what we eat and how it impacts the environment while still enjoying the diverse dishes that make our daily life.