Professor Chris Wheeler
September 7, 2010
The Way Eating Habits Has Affected My Life
It’s really astonishing how much our eating habits influence our every day life. From the economy, to the health issues, to the way we go on about our everyday life. For me, my eating habits have changed a lot and a big part of it is health and the fact that I haven’t lived in one single place for more than seven years.
It all started as far back as I can remember. Well first of all let me start off by saying where I’m from. I was born in North Charleston, South Carolina. I was raised there till I was seven. Down around that area, there’s a lot of food that doesn’t make it into people’s homes around the state. Growing up, my family wasn’t particularly wealthy. In the low country, when you’re on the bottom of the totem pole, you make due with what you can afford. I wasn’t much of a big eater growing up so I think it’s safe to say I was pretty healthy.
My grandma was the cook of the house. It wasn’t about quality it was about quantity in her house. There were seven mouths to feed so I guess keeping a lot of food around the house was an enormous chore for her. The kinds of food we had could usually be found at a local grocery store or meat market. These items included but is not limited to, grits, bologna, livers, rice collards, neck bones, pigtails, a variety of beans and so on. I guess it’s safe to say we were the ideal “southern cooking people”.
Our heritage is Gala, meaning we are African descendents. Dishes like red rice, collard greens, lima beans and neck bones, and smoked pig tails, are some of the vast foods you would down around that area. I guess it molded them because their all on the big side of the family. Maybe eating a lot of food was the way they chose to mold themselves and their eating habits.
Somehow, a couple of us though, dealt with the way in which we consumed our food. For example, two of my cousins and...