Eat to live or live to eat

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A writer and scholar once told me “We are what we eat”. Through the years, I’ve had reasons to reflect about that statement, especially when I see the way that folks can either change in appearance or maintain something close to their original looks, based on the way of life they’ve chosen to follow.

As a young adult, I spent a considerable amount of time in pubs and clubs. In those days, we used to hear about a “colour count” that was adhered to in many West End venues, where only a few black men were allowed access into the weekly club nights that were in vogue.

The reason given for this discriminatory practice was that black men in London didn’t consume as much alcohol as their white counterparts. The bottom line was that the venues wanted to sell as much alcohol as possible, so they would encourage the bouncers to give access to just enough men of colour to provide an atmosphere of edgy counter cultural interaction.

Years later, I see many guys of my age group out and about at events. Excessive alcohol consumption has certainly taken its toll on the facial features of those who were willing to go along with the expectations of the venue of owners of our youthful days.

The prevailing dietary habits in several African cultures can present a different set of issues. How does the body deal with a slowing down of the metabolism? Men are supposed to produce less testosterone as we advance in years. It makes sense to be mindful of the things we ingest and to cultivate habits based on listening to our bodies