Today, it is evident that fatal health diseases, decaying ecosystems, and cruel animal farming are results of the European colonizers' appetite. Food practices of indigenous societies living in the Americas prior to colonization contributed to the continual balance of nature. They understood, as it is today, that all life forms, big and small, were interconnected--a familia, relatives, an extended community.
Previous to colonization wombyn from the corn nation, referred today as the South-Western United States, Mexico, Central and South America ate a maize, centeotl or corn and plant based diet. These wombyn were strong, healthy and were the healers and nurturers of families and the community. It was their responsibility to feed the MesoAmerican@ body. La mujer indigena understood that land, flora and fauna and the human body were interconnected. There was no separation and if one was unhealthy the other was too. Ecological balance was necessary to maintain a healthy and a strong spiritual and cultural existence.
To compliment the 80% corn and plant based diet, las mujeres gathered and grew other vegetables and fruits. They ate squash, nopales, beans, avocados, cactus fruit, algae and many other hundreds of varieties. Too, they ate guzanos, larvae, lizards, fish and small gain as a light snack and untainted guajalotes in ceremonia.
As a result of the occupation by the Spanish colonizers, indigenous bodies became suspect to the colonial diet--highly animal based in nature. The Spanish, with their superiority complexes, falsely believed that animal based diets signified prestige and that all other diets that were not carnivorous were examples of inferiority. Their meat choices were cows, chickens and pigs which were not indigenous to the invaded lands. Pozole de maize became pozole de puerco, tacos de nopal became tacos de carne asada and tamales de papa y chile became tamales de pollo.