I’m Rashi— Co-director of Juxtaposition UTSC. Along with Michelle, I have always been a firm believer that food is not only therapeutic and spiritual, but that food also has substantial healing powers. For the past 3 years, I have been on a healthier path and am a true believer in the saying “you are what you eat.” By looking at a variety of foods (cultural, super foods, antioxidants, spices, fruits, veggies, etc.), I want to showcase to students that it’s easy and affordable to be healthy. Click the link to visit my Oyum Blog!
I’m Michelle – a Classics undergrad. I’ve always been a believer in the healing powers of food; either through the therapeutic aspect of good food shared with friends and family or through the impressive health benefits that so many purport.
Every culture has unique food traditions with unique impacts on health. A North American diet may be more likely to contribute to obesity and cardiovascular disease. A Mediterranean one is widely believed to do fight against obesity and cardiovascular disease. And an East-Asian diet may have cancer-preventing properties.
Food also plays a large role on the global level. In politics, we can consider foreign aid in the form of food from organizations such as the World Food Programm. In economics, we can consider the import and export of food products. Both have a high impact on health at the local and global level, and both have far-reaching effects on many other aspects of a nation’s well-being.
Juxta Cuisine was created in an effort to bring these aspects of differing diets and foods to light, as well as to explore their historical backgrounds and the place each holds within their own cultures.