Hi all - I'm glad that you all stopped by - I love company!! Boots -
I'm usually around a little (at least in the Lounge), but I am back to journaling now. It's great to hear from you!Anna
In Tanzania they eat a plant based diet with very little meat. Nothing is processed, and the food is pretty healthy. They do use oil, and make a lot of bread. I eat with a whole group of volunteers and employees, and we are all at one big table. There is no chance for snacks or food between meals, unless it is brought there from the states or from the city . I take oatmeal and herbal tea with me, and flax seed. We are no where near a store. Most of the volunteers are in their 20's, and I'm 65, so I'm sort of the Grandma of the place. Also, most of the volunteers are quite slim, or average. I don't even want to overeat at the big table (I've always been a sneaky eater, but not so much lately). In Tanzania, extra weight is a sign of good health and longevity. It means that you have a better chance of living through an illness of poverty. It is a complement to be called heavy or old, so I sort of have it made. The men in Tanzania are very slim, and many of the women seem a little heavier, but the weight is in the hips and legs, not as much belly fat. I never have gained weight there ( I often stay a month per year) but I have, in the past, had a hard time staying away from fresh baked bread, and peanut butter that is always there for anyone who doesn't like the meal. There is only meat once or twice per week, so , of course, I'm fine with that. kkrichar-
What an interesting website - how fascinating! You would love it there. I certainly do. I would stay much longer if it weren't for my husband, children and grandchildren. It is a beautiful place with wonderful people - and I'd say that most people who live there, even in mud huts, seem happier than many Americans.
Here's where I work: http://www.tanzanianchildrensfund.org/
If you look at the website, go to "news and media" section, look under "videos" and look at the first video, " A Day in the Life". I produced it, and took all of the still photos at the end!
Take care all, LauraA
DAY 12- 100% MWL