The Horror of Fry Bread? The Truth about Mindful Eating
By Susan Albers
Jillian discovered that her stance on cultural foods is a controversial topic. This was pretty clear by the reaction of the community. Jillian’s stance was unwavering. She seemed to suggest that you should nix culturally infused foods if they aren’t the healthiest.
There was some debate about whether Fry Bread is a "traditional Indian food." But, no matter what culture you come from, it’s likely that you have particular foods that are part of your heritage. So what do you do? Give up your Knish, tamales and handmade perogies?
This is where mindful eating can be helpful. You can still eat foods important to your culture but in a new way. It is about savoring them, eating mindful portions and balancing it in your life.
It goes back to the "3 am phone call" question I asked. How much does she help people when she isn't being paid for it?
More criticism of frybread
Go easy on that tasty fry bread
By Colleen Simard
It was a really tough road for the Plunkett-Marquez family, but four of them ended up losing about 150 pounds (combined) in only six weeks.
I've been aware of the dangers of fry bread for a while. I actually try stay as far away as I can from anything made with white flour, like white bread, white pasta and our beloved native staple: fry bread. I'm a multi-grain or whole-wheat flour lover.
Just like the Plunkett-Marquez family explained, fry bread is a relatively new but treasured part of our culture, but something we shouldn't hold on to so tightly.
The traditional Native American food has been condemned as the fattiest food in the state. How are Native Americans standing up for their culture?
By BryAnn Becker
She tries to encourage women to cut the fry bread into small pieces at traditional events, like powwows and sun dances.
"Fry bread, for those of us who are trying to lose weight, trying to not get on the diabetes train, that's one of the things that we can't be eating," she says.
But cutting out the food may not be feasible--or practical.
"It falls into the category that I call a splurge food," Shearer says. "It's one of those foods that's a treat, something that you might have at the fair once a year. ... Certainly not something you want to have on a daily basis, for obvious reasons, because there's nothing in the bread that's really of any nutritional benefit."
The long-term solution may be going back to a more traditional diet that doesn't include flour and processed foods.
For more on Losing It with Jillian, see How Jillian Came to the Rez and Review of Losing It with Jillian. For more on frybread, see Frybread = "Impending Doom" and Frybread = Prison Food.
Below: "Mary Tsosie mixes the ingredients for her frybread." (Devin Wagner/Argus Leader)