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August 30, 2018

By Any Greens Necessary

by Anne Paddock

Tracye Lynn McQuirter wrote “By Any Greens Necessarya revolutionary guide for black women who want to eat great, get healthy, lose weight, and look phat” – after realizing the link between race and nutrition.

McQuirter heard Dick Gregory speak at Amherst College in 1986 about the “plate of black Americans ” (and as the author duly notes, not the “state of black Americans,” and she realized that so much of what we eat is tied to the economical and political factors that influence our choices.

But here’s the thing:  By Any Greens Necessary – is not a book just for black women. Although she wrote the book to get the attention of the black community, McQuirter’s words are universal and apply to men, women, and children regardless of race.

It’s not easy eating healthy and by healthy McQuirter means a diet of whole grain plant-based food.  Processed foods dominate our grocery stores, cheap fast food beckons at every corner (and even in our hospitals), medications are often chosen as a solution to disease instead of treating the cause, and the food industry greatly influences what we are told. So, what’s a person to do?  Educate yourself and one of the ways to do that is to read McQuirter’s book.

The first two-thirds of the book address the author’s personal journey and why our personal food choices are so important. She deconstructs the myths surrounding protein (contrary to popular opinion, protein is not just concentrated in animal products), carbs, chicken, seafood, and dairy products, specifically cow milk and cheese. Helpful advice on how to transition to a plant-based diet is provided followed by recipes in the last third of the book.

Whatever you do, McQuirter has one key piece of advice:  don’t underestimate the power of greens.

Do your own research. Read and watch everything you can get your hands on about eating vegan. Remember it’s you against the 35 billion a year food advertising industry. Arm your yourself with knowledge.

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