Abo sa ki tin den bo kuminda?


Nos YDK all want to look dushi and have un body lik lik. I am always in awe of how GORGEOUS everyone looks on our dushi Korsou: hair did, nails did, makeup on point, heels, perfect crease in the pants, gai papidois ku kara tur na puiru, and goodness, is it a modeshow everyday on the island???

I am also, however, over the years increasingly amazed at of how many of us are also dangerously overweight or obese. No, I’m not talking about bootylicious, curvy or Chick Bollie Bollie: I am talking about individuals who are barely able to walk, or are in visible pain when they do so, who breathe like they just ran a marathon after they cross the Emmabrug, those who can barely walk up one flight of stairs without almost passing out.

This isn’t about body shaming

Lagami ta duidelijk: healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. This ain’t about being skinny, or fitting in a size 2. Anto sowieso nos gusta un tiki junk in the trunk, un tiki diki-heid, dankidjo, paso keremi ku aki na Merka hopi hende muhe tin problema serio ku body image paso nan no ta size 2. Na Korsou nos ta selebra nos curvesnan. Tin bia di mas.

Ring the alarm: We have a serious health crisis on our Dushi Korsou

Some sobering statistics:

  • According to a study commissioned by the Volksgezondheid Instituut Curaçao, 62.6% of men and 67.3% of women are overweight or obese
  • 16.3% of the adult population (ages 20-79) have diabetes (no breakdown available of % of type I vs Type II diabetes)
  • Incidences of dangerously high blood pressure as well as high cholesterol levels due to lifestyle and weight are common (exact numbers not available).

 

dailysugarlimitsSigui bebe limonada of Arizona Iced Tea tur dia. Un bleki di cola tin 39 gram di suku. Saka bo som.

Let’s Move!

Mane Michelle a bisa (Obama, my dear). Now there are plenty of gyms, crossfit places, dance classes, and public areas where you can go to get your move on na Korsou. And yes, getting at least half an hour of physical activity is the general recommendation to stay healthy, more if you want to achieve additional health benefits (including losing weight). Kemen kuminsa kana rond di SDK pa kaba. But I for one am a firm believer that there are a lot of foods and substances out there that completely hijack our health: Foods high in artificial additives that disrupt the endocrine system causing hormonal imbalances, foods high in sugar, salt and fat, Fria Banana, and pesticides.

It should be easy to avoid foods with all this crap, no? Just read the labels, you say. Ah, pero nò. They can be confusing, misleading, hard to read, hard to understand. Look at this label for an 8.5 ounce bag of Cheetos (leave me alone, I just had to):

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Feeling a bit sick…

If you were to eat the whole bag (un tiki so m’a kome!), you would have eaten:

  • 90 grams of fat or 144% of your Recommended Daily Allowance, of which 13.5 grams of saturated fat or 72% of your RDA

and

  • 2,250 mg of sodium (aka salt), or 90% of your RDA

Dushi yu (not).

¡Azucar!

Suku. Public Enemy Numero Uno. Still, it’s hidden in EVERYTHING. Even in those McDonald’s fries (remember: sugar, salt, fat, the unholy trinity invented by the food industry to get us addicted to shitty foods).

Plus, did you know that there are over 60 names for sugar? Good luck if you’re trying to cut your sugar intake.

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Same goes for salt, a.k.a sodium, MSG, brine, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, mi sigui?

Pesticides

Several pesticides are known endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, allergens, or adversely affect the nervous system among other things.

So for the next time you’re going grocery shopping, remember: shop the periphery of your supermarket, avoid the middle aisles that are full of pre-packaged crap, buy local, and when possible buy organic.

Papia ku mi: Kon ABO ta tene e body lik lik?

 

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One thought on “Abo sa ki tin den bo kuminda?”

  1. E kos ta ku nos gusta kome, set di lekkerbekjes nos ta. Pa tur kos social tin pastechi ta pop-up. Pastechi ku kaasbal, kroket, empaná, soseshi lorá, pika bal. Ami no por risisti pastechi.
    E bon noticia ta: nos tin yen manera ku por move paso nos ta riba un isla bunita i tur ora nos ta pafó. Dus landamentu ta dushi, surf, kore subi fort Nassau, kana hike diskubri bisendario Vaarsenbaai, laga e auto para mas pa gewoon kana, kore na Koredor, wak un baiskel pa kore bai trabou un biaha den siman, sigui bouw op esaki…
    Nunka mi sa bebe limonada, ta veneno. Mi dal un slok di Pop ofzo mi djentanan ta kristalisa i garna mes ora. BurgerKing etc ta muchu salu! Ta pan ku salu bo ta kome. Ché!

    Tambe nos tin masha tantu fruta i berdura gezond lokal. Papaya bijvoorbeeld su pipitanan tin yen kos masha gezond den nan. Si, pipita di papaya. Gewoon google pa pret check e out. Nos tin Aloe Vera, nos por detox ku esaki tambe. Ba yega di fry wòk giambo? Masha dushi mes. Ami ta bebe mi té di yerba tur dia. Gewoon sali kana den mi kurá, selekta un par di blachi oregano, basha awa keintá ariba, dal e.
    Anto nos piská! HInka esei den oven en bes di hasé den zeta, of hasé den zeta di koko… ai stop.
    Kòrsou no tin un Jamie Oliver trouwens? Un koki ku por kolabora ku Dina Veris?
    Anto bo sa e prome hendenan ku a biba riba nos baranka (e Caiquetíos) a bin Korsou pa nan sana? E nomber Curacao ta bin di kúra! Dus e isla tabata mane un healing spa resort pa nan. Tur kos gezond ta krese, bula rònt i landa rònt kaba ahinda, vooral tur e kosnan ku nos tin ku nomber indján (nan no ta import)
    Dus… enjoy bo landscape, move den dje i bon apetit!

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