How sociology teaches us lesson on nutrition?

Apr 18, 2022

Polyculturalism is the celebration of mixing different cultures and creating a newfound appreciation for the culture. It is the means by which people embrace complex identities and it may involve opennesses to cultural change. The emphasis is on the fact that individuals can take influences from multiple cultures, and then become conduits through which cultures can affect each other. One example can be through the experiential coding of the fusion of foods to create palatable new foods like Korean Tacos, or Indo-Chinese gourmet.

Gateway Interactions are interaction rituals that have the potential to be life-changing. For example, you can find yourself attending church for the first time and are introduced to Christianity through the lens of spiritual cleansing and are moved enough to consider potentially converting. In essence, you’re experiencing a crucial moment, in which the trajectory of your life can dramatically change

The issue that is pertinent to these terms is obesity. The higher accessibility to unhealthy foods, paired with a sedentary lifestyle as a result of digital advancements like the internet, online gaming, etc, have led many people in the United States into obesity. Obesity consumes 80% of the US population and it is a result of many factors. This includes socioeconomic status, inactivity, and in part due to the yo-yo dieting in today’s society. Many people become susceptible to false marketing and become victims of fad diets, where losing too much weight too fast inspires the onset of slower metabolisms and higher rates of relapse. If you delve deeper, we find that many of the popular fad diets create a sort of discrimination towards ethnic palates, and grooms us to believe that we cannot enjoy our cultural foods while trying to hit our nutritional and fitness goals. What if we began to adopt a polycultural view and translated it into how we approach sustainable nutrition. If we began to think of the ideal diet in terms of one that encourages high-quality, minimally processed foods, one that helps us pay attention and care about what we’re eating, and one that encourages long-term adherence, we have more room to include ethnic foods into our diet. The idea is that one diet doesn’t fit all. Many health professionals will simply disregard an individual’s lack of finances and resources, which directly relates to their capacity to access free-range, organic foods, etc. that are typically more expensive, while they do offer higher nutritional value content. Essentially, they resist meeting people struggling with their weight where they’re and limit their options. The idea of polyculturalism can repair that expired ideology, by inspiring people to combine Western health recommendations, with their own cultural values surrounding what to eat. For example, I often cook healthy versions of curries or native Fijian dishes. My focus is on consuming my recommended portion sizes and utilizing affordable and readily available, healthier alternatives. This includes reduced-sodium seasonings, sugar-free sauces, and fresh ingredients.

If more people would see nutrition as a sustainable means of fueling the body, instead of a restrictive diet, more people may find themselves making progress towards their health goals. It’s time for us to break the cycle, and build a healthier relationship with food. As an avid self-taught cook, meal prepper, and fine dining enthusiast, I can help guide your nutrition journey as you fill your plate with palatable colors, and flavors. The best part is that it’s way easier than you thought when you have the right resources to help guide your healing journey with food.