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Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair  - a "Sweet" Success

Posted: February 25, 2012     Nancy J Conrad


 Every Saturday is a celebration at the Pilgrim Church on Columbia Road.  From 12 noon to 1:30 PM,  they serve a 100% free and a 100% nutritious lunch consisting of salad, fruit, veggies, a main course and a dessert.

On this particular Saturday, Feb 25, it was cold and blustery outside but inside the Pilgrim Church was serving lunch and teaching and demonstrating about healthy eating as part of its Winter Health Fair.  Shortly after the community guests took their seats, the Pilgrim Church gave a presentation about the overabundance of sugar in the normal diet - sugary foods that are pushed by the food industry, presented by the local small grocers and then consumed by the unassuming YOU.

The Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair practiced what it preaches.

Step 1.  Listen and learn
Step 2.  Follow the teaching (practice)
Step 3.  Enjoy the results - a healthier life - and repeat.

By 12:15 the assembled throng was listening to the "wise elders" preaching the gospel of healthy food - predominantly sugar-free.  Then the South Congregational Church of Concord New Hampshire and the City Mission Society served the food that the church had been preparing since the wee hours of the morning. 


Health Fair Menu Luncheon menu
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The food was great - fresh fruit, green salad, spaghetti and meatballs, veggies and a dessert.   The meal was doubly delightful as the wonderful singers and musicians from the Randolph Tabernacle Choir entertained.

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Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012
Much of the shocking, comparative information about the deadly sugar foods is found in a brochure prepared by the Jamaica Plain Youth Health Equity Collaborative and distributed by Pilgrim Church to the attendees.  What it shows is that there are two Jamaica Plains.
  • A wealthier Jamaica Plain where drinks like Teenies are shunned and not available to the general public
  • A poorer section where Teenies are the (poisonous) drink of the day
How many Upham's Corner neighborhoods are there - healthy and unhealthy? 
  • The healthy Upham's Corner - Consumers are informed and moderate their diet to focus on healthy food
  • The unhealthy Upham's Corner - Consumers are uninformed.  Thirsty?  Just grab the cheapest drink that will satisfy the thirst (a green/yellow/red Teeny - all artificial colors and flavors)
Did you know: 
  • Drinking one Tropicana Topical Fruit Fury Twister is the same as consuming two (2) 7-ounce canisters of Reddi-Whip
  • One can of Arizona Kiwi Strawberry has the sugary equivalent of seven bowls of Fruit Loops
These shocking statistics are more aptly described as disgusting: 
  • Who in their right minds would consume two canisters of Reddi-Whip in one sitting?
  • Who would eat seven bowls of Fruit Loops in the course of one week, let alone compressing the consumption into one sitting?
Yet we so benignly pick up the Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister or the Arizona Kiwi Strawberry drink and chug it down like it was nothing. 

Open the Winter Health Fair Brochure
  • Learn about healthy food alternatives
  • Learn about the difference between the healthy and unhealthy neighborhoods.

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To put it in perspective, think "poison." 
  • Would you drink bleach?
  • Would you swallow motor oil?
  • How about some shampoo?
  • Or a can of RoundUp?
Rational people do not swallow poisons or any form of liquid that is not safe for consumption.  Yet we are most willing to take into our bodies  manufactured concoctions consisting of:
  • Delicious artificial flavors
  • Beautiful artificial colors
  • Dissolved sugar that rots the teeth and contributes to weight gain and diabetes
Imagine a witch's cauldron from MacBeth with eye of newt, toe of frog, tongue of dog, toad, fillet of a fenny snake, lizard's leg, baboon's blood and more.  It would be healthier to consume the witch's stew than to down a sugar drink.

So why are companies like Tropicana and Arizona making money? 
  • The can is pretty. 
  • The advertising is convincing.
  • Sugar is addictive and difficult to say "No" to, difficult to "go cold turkey"
  • The sudden rush we get from "thirst" to "thirst quenching" says it all
Must be good for you!  Think again.  The birds of the air, the animals of the forest, the roots of the ground do not go begging for sugar sweet drinks and food, and neither should YOU and neither should I.

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Turning to healthy food is pretty simple.  If it did not grow from a plant or a tree, if it is processed food, consider not including it in your diet.

Another helpful rule is this:  Stay clear of the three "whites" - salt, sugar and flour.  All three of these are highly processed and that is what makes them dangerous.  Easy to concentrate but more importantly, we are not consuming them as they appeared in nature. 

For example, sugar cane is completely different from sugar which is extracted as a relatively pure product from what nature presents.  Sugar cane is a highly complex set of nutrients, all of which enter the body as a system.  Sugar enters the body as a refined chemical. 

If you must include processed food, for example, cereal, be sure to read the label. 
  • How many grams of sugar? 
  • How many grams of fiber?
  • How many grams of protein?
  • Does it have corn syrup - high fructose corn syrup?  Stay away from all such products.
Read a lot of labels and you'll begin to get the picture. 

Choose to eat foods at home that you have cooked yourself.  If you do go out to eat, choose a down-home cooking restaurant - no fast food.  Too expensive?  Not really.  Just how expensive is your health and your life? 

Finally, plan to come to Pilgrim Church every Saturday, 12 noon to 1:30 PM.  You can't beat the price.  Pilgrim Church works in cooperation with the Boston Public Health Commission and guarantees to serve you the healthiest foods.

Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012

Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012
Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012
Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012
Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012
Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012
Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012 Pilgrim Church Winter Health Fair Feb 25, 2012

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