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Woman Does A ‘Decolonizing’ Diet To Connect With Her Mexican Ancestors

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A woman did a “decolonizing” diet to connect with her Mexican ancestors by cutting out food native to western colonizers, she wrote for a magazine Tuesday.

Freelance writer Alex Zaragoza tried out the Decolonizing Diet based on cutting out any food products Spanish conquistadors brought to Mexico, according to Glamour magazine. The diet is plant-based, as Spanish settlers brought pork, beef and dairy products over to Mexico. Chicano professors Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel create the horticulture-centric cookbook, “Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing” for interested people to purchase.

“I kicked colonizers and their cheeseburgers (and coffee!) out of my kitchen,” Zaragoza wrote.

“It’s not about losing weight, body shaming, or shaming others about their choices. It’s about honoring our indigenous ancestors and our bodies by eating foods that are native to Mesoamerica, before the colonizers showed up with their bullshit,” Zaragoza noted on Instagram.

Hey buds! I’m taking a break from eating soft serve 5 times a week and working with @glamourmag to write about the Decolonized Diet. I’ll be documenting what I eat and how I feel, and meeting with a rad expert on this diet. It’s not about losing weight, body shaming, or shaming others about their choices. It’s about honoring our indigenous ancestors and our bodies by eating foods that are native to Mesoamerica, before the colonizers showed up with their bullshit. It’s delicious food that nourishes and heals. I’ll share more later, but tonight I started easy by making something I’ve made a bunch of times before – Vegetable Ceviche! It’s the dankies, vegan af, and super easy to make. Watch out, Jenny, I’m coming for your flower crown. Also, my food styling needs some work #decolonizeyourdiet #glamour #glamourmagazine #vegan #plantbased #vegetarian #veganrecipes

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[Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico in 1519 and invaded the Aztec Empire in 1521. (Photo by De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images)]

“Decolonization is the ongoing process to end oppression and servitude and to restore respect for indigenous knowledge and ways of life. Decolonization requires both spiritual healing and political resistance,” Calvo and Rueda Esquibel advertise on decolonizeyourdiet.org.

The two decolonizing diet authors can help Latino community members suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer from foreign products to their heritage.

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