Food Should Be Your Medicine: Medicine Should Be Your Food

Jacquelyne Samuels from Food Saved Me delivers a nutrition seminar tailored to an African American audience.

African American Social Group audience enjoys nutrition seminar and cooking demo.

Jackie Ford, African American Social Group

This is a mantra repeated at the African American Social Group’s free Lunch-N-Learn Nutrition Education event held on Feb. 22. Special thanks to Cynthia McPhaul for inviting Jacquelyne Samuels and Matt Lawrence to bring the free nutrition class and lunch to an audience of over 20 people. Another major mantra emphasized in the class is “Fiber Is the Root of All Healing.”

Jacki is a cooking coach on the Food Saved Me team, a health and wellness group, and Saladmaster cookware dealership in Southlake, Texas. The program is owned by Katherine Lawrence, a Cornell- and Stanford-educated nutritionist and her husband Matt.

Jacki brings to the class her humor and unique style of teaching about African Americans’ health, diets, cooking styles, and the negative effects and diseases brought on by poor nutrition. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the class. Celia Hall said that she has attended several similar classes and learns something new and beneficial each time. Robert Luciano and David Ford commented on the military’s former practice of encouraging soldiers to use salt tablets while exercising strenuously, without knowing how salt affects Caucasians and African Americans differently. Jan Scott-Harris profoundly honed in on how African Americans are shamed by food and diet choices made as a result of unfair American practices.

Jacki and Matt ended the program by providing a delicious and healthy meatless vegetable soup and salad.