High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America

Jessica B. Harris’s absorbing new book, “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America” zeroes in on what she sees as the two divergent strands of African-American cooking. The first reveres homey staples like corn pone, fried chicken and chitterlings (a pig’s small intestines), and embraces those cooks who can, as she writes, “put a hurtin’ on a mess of greens.”

The second strand is aspirational and omnivorous. Historically, it includes recipes from, she says, “Big House cooks who prepared lavish banquets, caterers who created a culinary cooperative in Philadelphia in the 19th century, a legion of black hoteliers and culinary moguls and a growing black middle and upper class.”


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How to Eat Sexy: Increased Metabolism = Increased Fat Burning!

Do You know the reason you have friends that can eat what they want and not gain a pound? People that fall into this category are examples of people blessed with fast metabolisms.

WHAT IS YOUR METABOLISM? Simply put, your metabolism is responsible for converting food you consume into fuel and energy for the body to use. Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your metabolism converts food into fuel and energy for your body. As we all age, our metabolisms begin to slow down. This Decline starts around the age of 30 and really dips after 40 if you don’t do something about it.

The Cool thing is, the faster your metabolism is the faster your cycle of food is.

This means Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats, everything is made available to the body for use faster. The faster nutrients are made available, the faster you’ll recover from exercise and the faster the waste will be expelled from the body. Including Body fat!

So here are the two main ways to boost and keep your Metabolism running efficiently.


#1 Vigorous Exercise is key to speeding up your body’s conversion of food to fuel and energy. As you wear down the body’s nervous system with hardcore exercise, nutrients are called in to fuel the rebuilding of your strength for future bouts.This rebuilding takes days all the while the metabolism is elevated while it cycles nutrients in to fuel your recovery.

The effects of vigorous weight training are known to keep the metabolism elevated for up to 36 hours after exercise.

#2 The Thermic Effect of Feeding is the effect eating has on your metabolism, and every time you consume food it has to be metabolized. This process of course raises the metabolism, but the trick here is to pick foods that cause the metabolism to run the highest.

Protein causes your metabolism to speed up much more than carbohydrates and fats. This is why you should aspire to consume protein in every meal.

Fibrous carbs are also great for getting your metabolism up because they have little caloric value and can’t be digested so the metabolism heats up trying to.

The Thermic effect of feeding is the reason its advised to eat small frequent meals.


Combine Exercise that gets your metabolic rate going with the Thermic effects of small frequent feedings and you too will see an increased Ability to Burn Fat!

-Chris Fitness
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