New Year's Resolutions Through the Lens of Food Part 4
In my new book subtitled Feeding the Revolution, I have a chapter on the Nation of Islam. By 1960, the Nation of Islam had an estimated membership of 50,000 to 70,000 people. Converts removed pork and alcohol from their diet and ate one meal a day. They abstained from gambling, smoking, drinking, overeating, and buying on credit. As a result, most rank-and-file members enjoyed a healthy standard of living and still had enough money left to support the organization. It seemed interesting to me that the lifestyle disciplines that its members committed to sound similar to some of the New Year’s resolutions that many folks have tried to make and keep who’ve never heard of the organization.