Remember the days when your whole family gathered together for a meal? It was a time to de-stress, laugh, share family news, and spend quality time with loved ones.
Family meals have always been at the heart of African American family life and special celebrations. “Traditions like Sunday suppers and holiday meals have historically been a part of African American customs since slavery – often as a means to rejuvenate one’s spirit and spend time together within a positive environment,” says Sade Anderson, Oldways Program manager and African Diaspora Specialist. “And Across the African continent, you can still find people cooking and eating together as a daily practice.”
Unfortunately, it seems that these traditions have not withstood the test of time and African American health may be suffering as a result. “Studies show that family meals, specifically cooking and sitting down to eat, can improve one’s health,” says Anderson. Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members
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