The Tree of Life – Discovering the Baobab Fruit

The African Longevity Tree

Adansonia digitata (materia medica),  the Lion King fruit tree, is also known by many names such as “Queens of the Forest, Tree of Life, Roots of the Sky, The Source of Water (Life), is the baobab tree grown throughout Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, colonial Caribbean, Australia, and Asia (Malaysia). It’s known for its life giving positive properties and a powerhouse of healing benefits.

The international demand for the baobab fruit has risen to an all time high from Europe, Japan and the United States allowing baobab farmers from Eastern and Southern African regions to “supply over 700,000 metric tonnes of Baobab fruits annually” according to Bizna.

“Commercialization of the Baobab could provide rural communities in Eastern and Coastal regions with a financial incentive to protect woodland forests,” says John Mlamba, the chief executive officer of Management of Arid Zones Initiatives and Development Options (MAZIDO) International. ” 

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The Lion King’s Rafiki (Wisdom Keeper) under the Baobab Tree eating “The Fruit of Knowledge” ie the Tree of Life. ©1994. Disney. The Lion King.

The baobab tree, the “Longevity Tree” have been carbon dated to be as old as 2000 years old, some say 5000 and 6000 years old! It trunk holds over 120,000 litres or 32,000 US gallons of water for the arid, dry often drought regions it inhabits.

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The Spirit of the Baobab Tree

The tree is known for sparking words like ‘longevity,’ ‘healing,’  and ‘positivity’, but this is something I researched via Youtube and web articles. I have yet to travel to a region where these massive trees  grow and feel the energy firsthand. Trust me, its on my travel list! I always feel like a scientist trying out new products and information on myself, taking notes of feelings, energy, emotions, body and physiology that occurs due to my new discovery and evaluating if something is worth time, money, resources, energy, etc. I don’t take anything at face value or word of mouth. I can’t wait to explore this tree and be at the foot of its roots and its people.

When I stumbled into the aisle with this product I asked an older black woman her thoughts on the Baobab Tree fruit and if it was worth my money. She hurriedly scattered along with an “I don’t know, I never used it before.” I thought it was odd since  she not only worked in the store, but could benefit from the variety of healing products, as well as, assist others in their search and knowledge of products. Nevertheless, something told me to buy it anyway at a whooping $20 for the powder and $14.99 for the oil I felt I had to have it and use it immediately.  (Wegmans store prices, 2018).

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Elements of the fruit pulp of Adansonia digitata: (clockwise from top right) whole fruit pulp chunks, fibers, seeds, powder from the pulp. Photo Credit: © 2015. Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.  T.K. Naliaka. 


My Personal Findings – Skin and Hair

When I make a little porridge or bath, the baobab fruit brings  immense calm and grounding elemental energy to my body, mind, and spirit! I have a sense of ease and knowingness that overcomes me. When I make the paste I can still taste it long after I’ve eaten other foods or drinks — it lingers it’s tarty flavor on my tongue.  I’ve also purchased the baobab oil from Aura Cacia brand and have been using it on my skin and hair during this dry fall season in Virginia. My genetics are really made for the South and the Caribbean and traveling and living in these regions have proved that my skin and hair health do much better in hot, wet, tropical temperatures such as Savannah, Georgia (USA), the Mexican Peninsula (Central America) and Guadeloupe, FWI (Caribbean) climates. In these countries (regions), I don’t have to consistently moisture my skin and my hair is not dry or dull but contains its natural moisture, health and shine! When in an American colder climate, I have to constantly keep my skin oiled, and hydrated with essential oils, she butters, coconut oil, etc and there seems that nothing I do prevents my skin and hair from drying.

Lighter Menses Due to High Iron-High Vitamin C Nutrient Rich Vitamins, Fats, and Minerals

So far I’ve found that the Baobab Oil is a great moisturizer for my skin, although I seem to also require Shea Butter (Free Trade) for my hair and skin, in addition to the baobab oil. I’ve been drinking my baobab powder daily and experiencing a much lighter menstrual cycle. My energy and emotional health is increased where I am able to still workout at the gym and not feel fatigue or lethargy!  KT the Arch Degree does a wonderful alchemical breakdown on the baobab tree and its effect on the African American women’s menstrual cycle, anemia-iron deficiency, and the baobab fruit (powder) synergistic chemistry and physiology for easier menses and hormonal balance! It’s worth a watch, he’s a wonderful scientist and teacher! Ironically, I found his video on YouTube after I had made the purchase and started using the product and its been a great benefit and worth the investment!

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Photo Credit: © 2018. Daria Smith Giraud for NaturalSelfGoddess Blog.


Healing Benefits of the Baobab Fruit and Oil

The leaves of the baobab tree can be eaten as vegetables while the fruit (seed) is the only seed that naturally dehydrates while still on the tree. The dried yellow fruit the size of a coconut contains a whooping 12% water and has a strong citrus lemonade mango-like flavor. The fruity powder contains the highest concentration of the synergistic chemistry compounds of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol).

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Adansonia digitata (leaves). Location: Oahu, Ala Moana Beach Park. Photo Credit: 2008. Creative Commons. Forest & Kim Starr. Permission (Reusing this file) http://www.starrenvironmental.com/imageusepolicy/

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Baobab Fruit Seeds. © 2018. Bizna Kenya.

The baobab tree seeds produce a yellow oil that is rich in a variety of known and unknown fatty acids including Omega 3, 6, and 9, and is a natural skin moisturizer and protector producing high amounts of collagen and is a natural nail and hair growth and strengthener.

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Village Guardians – Za Baobab ( Adansonia za) – Madagascar © 2008 TreeGirl Studios. URL: https://www.treegirl.org/za-baobab.html

The Healing Benefits of Baobab Fruit

Not only does the fruit provide a satiety effect leaving you feel full and satisfied, the baobab fruit contains the highest amount of bioflavanoids and antioxidants, Vitamin C, dietary fibre and polyphenols, carbohydrates, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, iron, phytosterols, proteins, fats and more.  Healing benefits include treating fever (Malaria), gastrointestinal, Vitamin C deficiency, and prebiotic – gut health (microbiomes). It boosts energy, builds immunity, cleanses the liver (detoxifies), improves heart and varicose vein health, improves sleep, and supports weight loss. It’s a powerful workout drink (smoothies) and juice.

The powder has a high source of:

  • Vitamin C (6x more vitamin C than 100 oranges to 1 tablespoon powder)
  • Antioxidants (21 x stronger than Goji berries, 20x more potent than Acai)
  • Potassium (6x richer than bananas)
  • Calcium (2x potent than milk)
  • Magnesium (30 milligrams)
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Calcium
  • Iron (1.2 milligrams)
  • Potassium
  • 50 % dietary fiber
  • Starch free, sugar free

Powerful healing benefits:

  • Eases and strengthens the Nervous system
  • Immune system defenses
  • Metabolic energy 
  • Improves Psychological health
  • Protect cells from oxidative stress
  • Anemia and iron deficiency
  • Biomes and gut-health

The Healing Benefits of the Baobab Oil

The oil has nutritive fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9) including dihydrosterculic acid, malvalic acid, arachidic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. Essential minerals and vitamins including antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, iron (Fe), potassium (Vitamin K), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), phosphorus (P), fiber, calcium (Ca), and protein. It’s a natural collagen producer for the skin and hair acting as a cleanser, moisturizer, hydration for skin pathologies like eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory diseases and redness, gum health and maintenance and more.


Sustainable Baobab Powder and Oil Companies


Sources and Citations:

Adansonia. (2018, October 07). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adansonia

Bizna Team. (2018, July 10). Why Baobab farming is Kenyas new goldmine. Retrieved from https://biznakenya.com/why-baobab-farming-is-kenyas-new-goldmine/

Baobab Fruit Powder, Natural Vitamin C Rich Superfood Prebiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://superfoodpowders.net/baobab-fruit

McClees, H. (2015, February 04). This Superfood is Twice as High in Calcium Than Milk With More Antioxidants Than Açaí and Goji! Retrieved from https://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/baobab-south-african-superfood/

Muthai, K. U., Karori, M. S., Muchugi, A., Indieka, A. S., Dembele, C., Mng’omba, S., & Jamnadass, R. (2017, August 27). Nutritional variation in baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) fruit pulp and seeds based on Africa geographical regions. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29188039

Sherr, J. (2016). Adansonia digitata (African baobab). Retrieved from http://homeopathyforhealthinafrica.org/product/adansonia-digitata/

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Dandelion Liver❤Love Juice – Vitamin K for Green Leafy MelaninMagicK

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Dandelion Liver Detox

Dandelion 

Dandelion leaves act as a liver and kidney cleanser activating detoxification. Don’t sleep on the dandelion weed! This bitter flavonoid is a radiant blood cleanser. The leaves can be added to your salads, thrown in a blender or juicer to add to your Raw Juice ritual to keep your body, spirit, and mind in optimal wellness. The bitters dispel toxins from the body, acts as a diurectic to restore minerals adding potassium to restore kidney/bladder health.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kidneys are related to the emotions of fear, while the Liver holds anger, it is particularly advantageous to focus on our organ health to restore balance in the body.  Rejuvenation of the body will restore emotions (mental health) and spiritual well being as they are all interrelated in overall wellness.

Improve Kidney Energy: 

Dance! Stomping your feet improves stimulates kidney health
Sleep! Napping and sleeping restores kidney energy

Liver Energy 

Liver energy helps blood flow, emotional balance, eye health, and life prana. Frustration, resentment, shock, sorrow, anger all reside in the Liver meridian center (organ) and can impede overall health and longevity.  It is also the home of confidence, character, and seen as the window of the soul (eye center).

Improve Liver Energy:

Meditate! Brining calm to the mind, restores organ, body and auric health helping to clear the central nervous system, and restore centeredness and grounding of emotions

Exercise! Walk, Swim, Practice Yoga for flexibility, fluidity, and agility of the body, tendons, joints and muscles range of motion

Dry Brush! Take a dry brush along the inside of the legs, ankles, thighs to stimulate lymphatic system and circulation of blood flow

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Simple Dandelion Juice Recipe

1/2 Organic Lemon

2 Celery Stalks

Handful Dandelion Greens

1/2 Apple

1/2 cup Baby Spring mix/spinach

Blending option: 6 cups Water if blending to strain

Blend (strain) or juice. Injoy your Liver cleanse and Vitamin K awakening!

 

Dandelion Liver Detox

 

Powerful liver detox and healing agents

Dandelion and other ingredients in this juice cocktail include:

Antibiotics, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins C, B6, K, A

Iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, riboflavin, thiamine, copper, folate, phosphorus was Micronutrients

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Weightloss Brainfood Superfood

Health benefits include: 

Purifier • Immunity Booster • Eye Health • Skin Hair Health • ‘Bonefood’ •  Brainfood

Fights cancers (carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin)

Strengthens the Organs, Liver, Kidneys, Gall Bladder,  Digestive System

 

So So So Grateful! Amazing Energy, Fit Goals and January Progress Pics

Organic Rocks! My thoughts exactly "Go For It"

Organic Rocks! My thoughts exactly “Go For It”

It’s Friday, I’m still turnt up (should be resting my sore body – EVERYTHING HURTS) but I’m wired from my 1st Real Estate Class today at the Hilton! I finally know how to read and purchase Stocks and other juicy Real Estate and Investments how to’s ( i have the notes thing on Fire!!!)

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Abhaya mudra symbolizes protection, peace, and the dispelling of fear.

Okay so I’m back in the gym sans anemia (or ANY female problems) this time  around and feeling so much stronger! In addition, let’s see, I’ve been doing legal work for a family member getting a divorce, self-help counseling, been studying, interviewing, working on updating this e-book, working crazy hours, getting my teenage daughter through her first semesters in College (while she’s finishing up High School), organizing and prioritizing, oh following through on my details (yeah!), meditation, mantras and yoga and did I say back in the gym lifting? Had a cold or flu for about 4 days(which was way too long and disruptive) yet I’ve been resting when the Moon is right and in action when the Sun is shining. January has been soooo amazing already and it’s just the 2nd (3rd) week! I am meeting some awesome people.  Moving into new territory in my life, loving myself fearlessly and fulfilling destiny!

Gym Gear + Fashion

Gym Gear + Fashion

I better get some rest but wanted to finish posting some fitness updates. I was a bit disappointed though because I found a pic from 2014 when I was training myself and cant wait to get back to that level and beyond! My fitness goal pic throwback for Jan – Feb for sure!

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On the Run eating! Green Juice and Protein Bar – Post Workout  (not shown Salad and Avocado! Vitamin C!)

This is such an informal post so excuse me. I am off to some meditation and focus before I drift off!

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Back in the Gym – January 2016 Progress PIc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit Goals for Jan – Feb 2016

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Fitness Goals Throw Back

 

 

 

Watercress – ♥ The Anti-Aging Intracellular Super Food that Loves You Back!

Watercress the SuperFood that Loves You Back!♥

 

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Healing Benefits of Watercress

I LOVE WATERCRESS! I started eating this mineral-rich green leafy veggie in the 90s in New York City and have been hooked ever since. Why? It’s extremely bitter,  a bit difficult to get used to the tart flavor, but it’s extremely healthy and something about watercress lets you know it’s working for your wellness! Watercress is a green that loves you back! 

Watercress is a  cruciferous,  aquatic plant found near watery springs and streams that has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant since the age of antiquity. It was noted since the age of Hippocrates for successfully healing sick patients.  If you are looking for a high Vitamin K source, watercress is the answer with a whooping 85.0 mg in 1cup (INRtracker) and great for brain, blood clotting and bone health.  Looking for a high Vitamin C superfood, watercress is high in phytonutrients including antioxidants, and  immune boosting protection up to 48%  of Vitamin C daily allowance (2 cups of raw watercress).  How about Vitamin A? Watercress gives 44% of the daily recommended allowance.

Watercress contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more folate than bananas (Horticulture Week). Watercress is a powerful antioxidant, nutritive to add to salads, greens and juices. Watercress can be eaten raw and steamed in many varied recipes as sides, main dishes and added to wraps and sandwiches.

Excellent Blood cleansing Phytonutrient Nutrient Rich Superfood 

An excellent free radical DNA blood cell cleanser and builder. Watercress is low in calories, cholesterol and saturated fat. It’s a great source of Protein, Iron, Copper, Folate, Panthothenic acid,  Vitamins A, C, D, K, E, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Maganese, Selenium and Potassium.  Watercress is an excellent source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Watercress increases Lutein and Betacarotene.

What’s Watercress Good For? 

  • Clear Glowing Skin
  • Strengthen Eyesight Health (cataract development)
  • Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Health
  • Reduces Risk of Cancer
  • Fights Inflammation
  • Increases Energy
  • Cleans Blood and Repairs Oxidative Red Blood Cell Damage
  • Helps Reduce Belly Fat and Weight Loss
  • Decreases Risks of Diabetes
  • Bitter Bite equals Cancer Fighting Nutrients
  • Fights Flus and Common Cold Symptoms
  • Preventative Nutrient against Asthma and Respiratory Infection
  • Great for Strong Thyroid Health

 

 


Recipes

Watercress can be added to almost ANY food or recipe. Add to your favorite salad, throw sprigs into your smoothie or juicer and add fruit,  add to your sandwich or wrap, place into pasta or omelet, add into a raw or cooked soup, or saute watercress as a favorite side dish to your meal. 

Watercress Apple Juice: Water or Coco Water, Watercress, Spinach, Apples!

Watercress Apple Juice: Water or Coco Water, Watercress, Spinach, Apples!


Watercress Juice for Iodine, Detoxing the Liver and Inflammation 

1 bunch of Watercress

2 green or red organic Apples

1 Lime

Directions: Wash produce. Soak Watercress 1-2 hours  in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to properly cleanse any parasites, or impurities. Rinse a few times. Peel lime.  Juice and InJoy!


 

Vegan Friendly Recipe

Vegan Friendly Recipes

Watercress + Avocado Simple-Salad Recipe

3-6 cups of fresh raw Watercress 

1 ripe Avocado 

1 tablespoon thinly sliced Red Onion 

3 tablespoons Cold Pressed Olive Oil 

4 teaspoons of Braggs Amino Acid 

1/4 cup of sliced Organic Red Apple

 

Directions: Place ingredients in bowl add olive oil and Braggs, stir and serve.

 


Steamed Watercress 

2-3 bunches  fresh Watercress

3-4 cloves Garlic

1/4 cup of Vegetable Broth

Salt or Braggs Amino Acid

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions: Wash thoroughly. Steam or place in iron skillet or wok on medium heat. Add oil, then garlic until warm and browned. Add watercress and Braggs or salt. Steam and cook until leaves and stems are tender. Serve and InJoy!

MY COMING OUT, FINDING BALANCE, LISTENING TO YOUR BODY

WHERE HAS RIA BEEN?

You probably think I jumped off the face of the earth but I was  recovering from  a serious bout of Anemia and had to take a break from weight training lifting and exercise. It was awful! I had extreme guilt, shame and was in denial. For years I bragged about my almost perfect health and going Vegan was something I aspired to become to prove to myself and the world that it was ‘better’ more spiritual and optimal for health even in extreme fitness. What I was shown was something quite the contrary. I turned the shame and isolation into a time of deeper spiritual innerstanding of peer acceptance, self acceptance, food and nutrition and personal dietary needs to obtain balance, wellness and fitness.

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BEAST MODE THEN WHAT?

whereisria_fitness_riasweetraw2It’s true when I’m into my fitness I go hard and had no idea that according to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) some Spleen meridian issues (pathologies) causing Anemia and other heavy blood flow can be aggravated by intense and excessive exercise! My almost 2 hour workouts with heavy weights and cardio didnt seem to help my situation at all.
I was absolutely floored when my medical doctor insisted I have a blood transfusion (?) huh, is this that serious I thought and no I would not place some random persons blood into my system. I’ve suffered from Anemia for many years, especially as a vegetarian. This time being Vegan proved to be stressful on my body producing allergies I’ve never had like cashew and other fickle bouts of allergic reactions. This time my usual period of ‘cleansing’ felt more like a nightmare. I was literally sick and could not understand why.

FOODPICS_RIASWEETRAWFor over 20 years, being Vegetarian and Pescatarian  was my way of life, this time going back to Vegan proved too much for my body and my emotions.  It was as if I was being initiated at yet another level of what reality is, should be or can be. That ‘it’ (in my case ‘diet/nutrition’) was absolutely ‘factual’ on an individual intimate level that can not be judged or validated by anyone other than my self. And that true ‘enlightment’ would prove that all things are both light and dark having their sun and moon, good and bad, what was seen as medicine could in deed be poison if taken in excess and without a balanced approach.  Although, this all seemed very logical AND spiritual simultaneously I suffered with this resolution  and my actions emotionally and spiritually.

In my personal evolution, I no longer over emphasize or stress about my weight (well not that much) in fact I’ve pretty much given up the dogma I had about every little thing I eat or don’t eat.  I eat what I want (within reason) with no guilt or stress and ironically I weigh less than I did when I was on a strict diet! I have turned away from replacing ‘religious’ attitude and behavior with the “Raw Food Movement” or “Vegan” ideology. haha I can even laugh about it now. I was so obsessed!

But two months ago, I was really quite devastated when I was diagnosed with severe anemia I felt great guilt and bewilderment. I thought me being Vegan as the socially accepted eco-friendly super-conscious movement stamped me as spiritually acceptable and within the social guidelines of my peers and the gurus I worshiped.

Anything but VEGAN for me was unacceptable and yet my body was rejecting this way of eating and seeing it as an imbalance rather than balance! WTF! I was embarrassed and felt like a fraud for having this dis-ease, symptom, imbalance. The whole ordeal became  quite personal and intimate. In secret, I was in a kind of spiritual-emotional anguish and had a hard time admitting that I was somehow different from the pack. I had to find out that there is no cookie cutter way or answer for the “All” and that “Some” are just plain different requiring whatever the body, mind and spirit sought as balancing chemistry to properly function in her immediate environment. That environment has everything to do with food choices, that these variables and  adjustments should be carefully taken into consideration. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ stamp on my nutrition simply what works best for my constitution in the environment which I reside, the work I do,  my emotional space, home life, etc., is my ‘right’ way and path.

If I was residing in a warm tropical climate, my food choices would better be suited and reflect that temperate climate, amount of Sun, melanin chemistry and molecular food choices, just as certain American climates and geography warrant a varied array of food choices, herbs, seeds, roots, etc.  These variables seemed to propose very real and factual  variables in my health and in my final choices.

What I had preached and followed for so many years was leaving me exhausted, lifeless, debilitated, and imbalanced. What once felt rejuvenating, refreshing, and whole had none of the effects they once had on my constitution. I was a very different person at a very different time, place and space and needed very different variables to balance my life and produce the wellness I deserved.

PERSONAL JOURNEY TO BALANCE, COMING OUT! 

I am not ashamed that I eat small amounts of organic, free-range meat and poultry on occasion. My body seems to have adjusted to the chemistry and my anemic symptoms (Spleen meridian pathologies, according to TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine) have vanished. Of course other areas of my life have also healed in the process of me moving forward both on a psychological and emotional level as all things are connected fundamentally.

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I embrace the many changes in my personal life and have left my past to it’s past forging ahead in a very newly rebirthed Body, Mind and Spirit! People are still amazed when I say I am 46 and I no longer hide the fact that my age is just a number that has produced wisdom and strength in this incarnation.

I am so ready to get back into the gym, train, finish my new certifications in Personal Training,  Fitness Nutrition (NASM) and Wellness Coaching (ACE) courses and get back into the best shape of my life! I really do love athletic BEAST MODE along with some dance, yoga and meditation! 
~ with Love, Light and Ascension Ria, December 7, 2015

Fitness Update, Fitness Programs, Nutritional Meal Plans, Fit Apps

Fitness Goal: Be Healthy, Feel Lighter, More Energy
Programs: 30 Day Vegan Challenge: May 6, 2015 – June 6, 2015
Initial Weight:
140 lbs, May 6, 2015
End Weight: 131 lbs

Fitness Goal: Cultivate Daily Fitness Habit 
Program Motivation: 30 Day Fitness Challenge

Programs: Hero’s Journey (30 Days), Cardio, 30 Day Yoga, Running, Sprints
Initial Weight/End Weight: Not Monitored, Not Recorded

Fitness Goal: Loose Weight, Tone Body
Program: 21 Day Fix Extreme
Initial Start Date:
 July 21, 2015
End Date: August 12, 2015
Initial Weigh In: 130 lbs
End Weight: 127 lbs

Current Plan 
Fitness Goal: Shred, Gain Muscle, Stamina, Strength, Endurance
Programs: 2nd Round – 21DFX and P90X (hybrid)
Initial Start Date: August 13, 2015
Initial Weigh In: 128 lbs

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Progress CheckIn

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August 15, August 16 Progress Pics, Toning and Building Muscle (see my sweat and baby muscles! lol)


Fitness Update, Fitness Programs, Fitness Plan Calendar, Nutritional Plan 

So I’m on Round 2 of 21DFX  AND I picked up or rather dusted off my copy of P90X! Years ago, I shamefully admitted that I wasn’t strong enough to finish or even attempt to follow along with the P90X routines!!!!! I remember saying to myself “one day I will get there!” I guess that day is today-right now. I’ve been doing the program with success and satisfaction. I love the program and laughed that it took me so long. Pike pushups, Banana Rolls,  no problem,   I’m in there! Wall Squats, One-Legged Wall Squats – I’m screaming,”Bring it on!” I get up, take a pause, bounce back, ready for more!

I’m sweating, I’m smiling, I’m sore,  I’m satisfied.   I can actually see transformation and gains! This  is exciting. My Calves are already getting rock hard! I see my Quads are becoming defined.  Traps and Shoulders, Arms and Biceps sculpting into view. Large and small changes everywhere.

Steps to Creating a New Improved Fitness Plan for My Wellness Goals
I updated my Fitness Plan and created a Fitness Plan Program calendar which I synced to my iPhone. I use this on the Beachbody site and add the P90X hybrid program manually. Since it’s a hybrid program that I created for this Round 2 of 21DFX it’s  different from the pre applied options on the site. So far this method is working out perfectly! I have the freedom to mix up the P90X exercise sessions at will if I choose to do so  and they compliment the 21DFX program perfectly giving me that EXTRA DYNAMIC GRIT I am constantly seeking. What girl doesn’t love a challenge?

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Round 2 – 21 Day Fix Extreme Program

 

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P90X Program

Follow Up Routine – Keeping Tabs on My Daily Habits
Finally after these workouts, I want to eat for results and nutrition value AND crawl into a ball and sleep! Yeah, I worked that hard! I eat based on my Fitness Plan (i.e., goals), record my meals and snacks in my Nutrition Journal, then find a comfy spot to crawl into a little ball to Recover. Ready to do it all again, the next day!

 

 

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Modified Nutrition Plan: Sample Nutrition Journal using MyFitnessPal.com App (August 16, 2015)

Nutritional Plan Modifications – Vegan to Vegetarian -type
I’ve modified my Nutrition Plan from 1200-1300  calories or less doing 21 Day Fix Extreme  (21DFX) program  – Round 1-  to 1300-1500 calories (give or take 500-100 calories) doing Round 2 – 21DFX AND  P90X hybrid programs.  I have also included Sardines, Organic Eggs and very bitter Yogurt (Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. bulgaricus) for additional protein sources and omega fatty acids. Of course, I stick to my vegetarian staples like Spinach and Kale, Red Quinoa,  Chickpeas, Black Olives,  Certified Organic Tofu, and lots of Vegetarian meatless alternatives! But since I was lacking in serious protein deficits I added the above mentioned to help me increase my muscle production (faster)and achieve my Fitness Goals. The trade off is more mucus so I’m not sure how long I will choose to maintain the dairy (reduce it or eliminate completely) but for now I will see how my body responds to these variables. I plan the meals according to my workouts. If i have a hectic high calories workout I make modifications to my meals, for yoga and pilates days I adjust for lighter meals more greens less protein but I stay consistent on my greens, protein shakes, water intake, and supplements.

Brands iLike using for these Round 2 includes occasional Creatine from GNC.Staples include; Raw Spinach, Raw Almonds, Coconut Oil (Nutiva), Hemp Protein Powder (Navitas), Shredded Coconut, Vitamin C -EmergenC (post recovery).

Brands iLike  and using for Round 2 include occasional Creatine from GNC. Daily Staples include, Raw Spinach, Raw Almonds, Coconut Oil (Nutiva), Hemp Protein Powder (Navitas), Shredded Coconut, Vitamin C -EmergenC (post recovery).

 

Caloric Calculations and Keeping Daily Stats and Records – What and How?
I added my 21DFX and P90X exercise programs to the Exercise tab of the MyFitnessPal app. How? Since the app itself is in my opinion limited on the exercise database side, I had to do it myself. (A quick note, Bodybuilding.com is great for keeping track of workout and gym plans and programs, but sucks on the nutrition functionality.) So…since I started with myfitnesspal app I figured I would continue with it and make my own adjustments.
Here’s How: I researched the specific exercises, duration (length), and calories burned using online tools to calculate projected caloric formulas based on my current weight. Which, by the way, went from 140 lbs in May  2015 to 128 lbs as of August 16, 2015. One helpful tool is this P90X website: P90X Calories Calculator. I can provide more how-to in another post.

Vegetarian + Vegan Protein Shakes, Smoothies and Homemade Milks
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I  had a Facebook inquiry yesterday about the dangers of Carageenan in Almond Milk. I replied to the Brother that I do not buy or no longer purchase store brand Almond or Coconut milk. I stated this many times on Facebook but perhaps it didn’t translate very well. I had read a few articles on the risks of the sea moss carageenan causing cancer AND the marketing shams the companies producing Almond Milk providing very little almonds to milk production ratio’s worth the costs of carton of store bought milk. Since these issues both raised considerable concerns for me and my family I decided there and then to make my own and haven’t looked back. The irony is that I had just taken a pic of my almond milk and green protein just that morning prior to his inquiry on Messenger.  I will post another article on this issue and provide recipes for both Almond Milk, Coconut Milk and Vegan Protein Smoothies for Pre and Post Workouts. 

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August 16, 2015

 

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Daily Green Vegan Protein Shake

 

Typical 21 Day FX Meals & Earlier 21DFX Meal Plans
Using the 21DFX containers has been awesome. In the beginning of the program, they truly helped me to ‘cut’ my meal portions. Since I wasn’t at the ‘Very Active’ fit lifestyle I was accustomed to in my earlier fitness experiences, I had to actually learn how to cut down my eating to fit my fitness goals. 1st slim down, i.e., loose weight, then only then get ‘toned’ and then build muscle.  I did it this way because I wanted the look I was after and the results to follow in sequence. I tried (with a Trainer) I might add, to simply get toned but following his dynamic crossfit-bodybuilding-‘bulk up’ -slim down plan was chaos for me. I hadn’t learned the fundamentals clearly and it translated into a sometimes hit or miss meal plan and  gym results that I wasnt happy with. Doing it methodically and in sequence works better form me and I’m finding it effective,  faster, more powerful results. I understand it takes some learning to acclimate oneself to and some serious nutrition study and science. 

 

Earlier 21DFX Foods for Round 1 following a 1200-or less Caloric target plan.

Earlier 21DFX Foods for Round 1 following a 1200-or less Caloric target plan.

Since I record my daily meals and snacks I’m aware of how many calories the Coconut Milk, Coconut Water and Almond milk contain including Fats, Sugars, Sodium and other Vitamins and Minerals I keep mental note of for overall health and wellness. I go for Complex Carbohydrates, and Healthy Fats, but  I also watch and take note at how foods effect and transform into muscle and Energy!  I am constantly researching and taking notes. Learning new things is my daily mantra!

Make Modifications + Adjustments When Necessary – Turn “Problems” to Solutions
For instance I will share a pic of some ‘early’ eating in my 1st round of 21DFX .
The granola pic is one breakfast I have modified in Round 2. Why? Sugar and Fat content!
I watch how many glasses of Coconut and Almond Milk I consume, and I don’t or rarely use the dried cranberries , raisins, or “high sugar” fruit. I have almost entirely omitted bananas due to high sugar content. Bananas are high in Potassium and are  great for metabolism and source of electrolytes for the body especially during or after workouts when the body sweats out water and minerals. How can you solve this physiological biological need? Solution,  Drink Coconut Water instead! Coconut water is isotonic, nutrient dense, superfood that helps the body to heal and maintain welleness. 1-cup  of coconut water contains 600 milligrams of potassium, essential electrolytes including minerals, and vitamins.

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Source: AscensionKitchen.com

What I modified and substituted: In Round 2 -21DFX, I add half a cup of bitter yogurt, 1 color container of organic granola, fresh cherries or blueberries, NO dried berries, NO banana, or if I can splurge on sugar,  only half a small banana. When your goal is to get shredded you do not want high sugar variables in your ratios of Carbs,  Fats, Proteins, (Sugars) totaling your  daily Calories. In my Breakfast meal with the granola, banana, Understanding these ratios are key to getting the results you desire. 

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Typical Organic Cold Cereal Breakfast for Round 1 – 21DFX. I have omitted adding dried cranberries and bananas due to high sugar content in Round 2.

 

Real Life Case and Point – Learn From Your Past and Make Adjustments that Serve You!
Although “healthy” with organic ingredients, the typical breakfast pictured above would look something like this in actual calories, and ratios.  And remember this is ONLY breakfast and projections!

Breakfast – “Healthy” Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Cherries – 9 cherries – Fruit Cherries, 9 cherries 39 10 1 1 0 8
Home – Organic Banana, 1 medium banana 110 29 0 1 0 15
Homemade – Almond Milk, 1 cup 218 7 19 8 0 2
Cascade Farm Organic – French Vanilla Almond Granola, 1 cup 360 64 9 7 150 22
Dried cranberries – Dried Cranberries, 0.25 cup 130 33 0 0 10 28
Add Food

Quick Tools – TOTALS
857 144 29 17 160 75

Sugar at 75 grams already at your Breakfast meal is astounding and puts you at a -4 total sugar for your entire day!!!! It’s eye-opening when you finally put your meals to numbers. The “I cant figure out why I’m still not seeing results” mantra becomes VERY- VERY CLEAR! When you can actually see the data and science behind the words your plan becomes  very, very clear. Of course these numbers are estimated values and projections, but keeping track as closely as possible ensures more control over the outcome of your results then winging it any day of the week! Keeping your Goals doable, measurable and achievable. 🙂

The above sample breakfast can be modified many times over. One way might look like this with the almond milk swapped out for 1/2 cup of Fage Yogurt, NO  Banana,No dried fruit cranberries, 9 or so Cherries Fresh or Blueberries, and 1 cup Granola this can be 1/4 cup as well  which would further modify these variables.

Breakfast (Modified 1) Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Cherries – 9 cherries – Fruit Cherries, 9 cherries 39 10 1 1 0 8
Cascade Farm Organic – French Vanilla Almond Granola, 1 cup 360 64 9 7 150 22
Fage (Fage Usa Dairy Industry, Inc – All Natural Nonfat Greek Strained Yogurt, 113.5 g 65 5 0 12 43 5
Add Food

Quick Tools – Totals
464 79 10 20 192 35

 

A strictly Vegan version might look like this table below. Modifying the Fage Yogurt for Homemade Coconut Water or Milk and adding Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas).There are countless ways to adjust your Meal plans to get the variables and results you seek. AND you can use the 21 Day Fix Container System to further cut your calories and loose the weight properly, safely and effectively. Because it  Works! 

Breakfast (Modified 2) Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Cherries – 9 cherries – Fruit Cherries, 9 cherries 39 10 1 1 0 8
Cascade Farm Organic – French Vanilla Almond Granola, 1 cup 360 64 9 7 150 22
One Coconut Water – Coconut Water, 1 cup 44 10 0 0 44 8
Pumpkin Seeds – Raw Pumpkin Seeds, 1 tbsp(s) 18 2 1 1 1 0
Add Food

Quick Tools – TOTALS
461 86 11 9 195 38

***Remember, these are  Breakfast Meals post workout. I often add (and input into this app) a PreWorkout Green Protein Shake and follow up with a Post Workout Green Protein Shake. In the case of expending -500 calories or more on workouts I add a second smaller meal or snack. To speed up recovery time and fuel metabolism and body function. I may expand to having smaller meals every 3-4 hours until bedtime as my workouts turn into training. I’ve even learned what to snack up on for better results! 😉

 

READ, READ, READ! Never take My Word for It! Read, Research and Empower YourSelf
If I may further add with a little research, I found this article to be ‘most’ helpful to better innerstand the Carb-Fat-Protein-Sugar Ratio!

We’ve heard it all before, “carbs are the enemy.” Well, not really. Completely slashing your carbohydrate intake will certainly help with dropping the pounds (and fast) but you’ll also be left feeling cranky, tired and lethargic. “Carbs are essential for life as our brain and CNS require them continuously to work properly. Restricting carbs completely will allow for any muscle mass to be metabolized to provide us with energy,” says Tim McComsey, a trainer, dietitian and correspondent to HUMANFITPROJECT. It all comes down to using them correctly, not cutting them completely. “To get lean, a balance of the right amount of carbs first thing in the morning and after workout is ideal,” he says.

~ From MensFitness.com 

Loosing weight, Getting Fit, Shredded, Maintaining Health and Wellness is a Science
And you best get up on your reading, research and learn as much as you can.  Never rely on someone else to ‘tell’ you what to do or how to to it, but seek that information for yourself as a means of Empowerment, Wisdom and Knowing. Stay Open to new information and new ways of doing things. Modify and Improve whenever you can. Stay focused, motivated and inspired and I promise you the sweat and tears will be worth it. You are creating and transforming. (Okay Im starving! haha )

 

InLove, Respect and Power! 

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Ria 

Day 6: ♥ Fitness Holiday July 4th!

Want to loose Belly Fat and Burn Calories Fast?
According to research (Colorado State University) you can burn an extra 200 calories by doing just 2.5 minutes of sprint intervals!


Day 6! InJoy your 4th, Eat Clean and Travel Safe! 

fitness_mindovermatterpicHappy 4th everyone! Now that you’re prepping for that epic barbecue or on the road to your family’s remember to ‘eat clean’!

Sprinting for the Fastest Calorie Burn

Sprinting is so awesome! I didn’t find out until last night just how effective these interval exercises truly can be. After doing them in the early morning, about half way through my day I noticed I felt and looked different. I could actually see my belly fat disappearing! This has been the most difficult area of my body to reduce fat. True I’ve been in full submission of my nutrition plan – no bread, no sugary snacks, no late night eating! But this fast? I was amazed at how I felt almost instantly after doing the Sprint – Jog and Hills intervals.  So I started to investigate, here’s what I found!


FloJo, Olympic Athlete.

FloJo, Olympic Athlete.

Fact: You can burn more calories doing intervals of jogging and sprinting then a full class of regular yoga! Want to reduce belly fat and get lean muscle- Sprint!  According to research (Colorado State University) you can burn an extra 200 calories by doing just 2.5 minutes of sprint intervals.  

This is what a sprint interval looks like:

  • 30 seconds of full-on sprinting
  • 30 to 90 seconds of jogging or walking

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More Ways to Burn Calories! 

Stair Run – Build endurance, stamina, this High Intensity Total Body Workout 

Credit. Health Fitness Expert.

Credit. Health Fitness Experts.

Don’t have enough time to exercise? Try Stair Running for 10 minutes a day! This exercise builds muscle,  builds endurance, sheds fat and tones your entire body! You can burn almost 100 calories walking up the stairs for 10 minutes, or almost 200 calories running up the stairs for 10 minutes.

For a more accurate body weight, height, age calculation  go here! According to this calculation I can burn 753 calories in 1 hour with Stair Running training.

Swimming – Hands down swimming is ‘the’ elite, most effective form of exercise overall!

For weight loss and toning, swimming is the best cardiovascular exercise recommended by doctors to reduce obesity and gain a full body workout.  You can get healthier faster, shed belly fat, tone more muscle groups simultaneously, increase endurance and strength! You can burn 500 calories in 1 hour of swimming. Tip, the Butterfly stroke burns the most calories at about 750 calories for 1 hour training. The only kickback is swimming may increase your appetite so eat low sugar, whole foods with lots of healthy leafy greens and whole grains!

Jumping Rope – For quick weight loss and upper body toning! 

woman-jumping-ropeTrying jumping rope if you want to loose weight fast and tone your upper body in a quick, portable, fun way.
Remember those jump rope days as a kid out on the play ground for hours at a time? Okay so jump rope training nowadays is way more complex then our kiddie days but it’s well worth the time and investment in practice! You can burn 100 calories in 1 – 10 minute jump rope session and 1,000 calories total a week in practice! 


Top Vegetarian and Vegan Meals for the 4th of July! – Train Mean and Eat Clean!

I found some rocking vegetarian and vegan meals to prepare for this 4th! Injoy some of these guilt-free, power-packed nutritious meals.

Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers

Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers. http://www.seriouseats.com/

Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers. http://www.seriouseats.com/

You can still get in your holiday burger with these beautiful healthy alternatives. Black bean burgers can serve you up to 10 grams of protein per burger and up to 115 calories.  Try this Black Bean recipe.

Simple Grilled Potato Salad

Simple Grilled Potato Salad. SeriousEats.com

Simple Grilled Potato Salad. SeriousEats.com

Bored with regular potato salad, try this grilled potato  salad recipe.

Vegan Kale Ceasar Sald with Chickpea Croutons

Vegan Kale Ceasar Sald with Chickpea Croutons.  MindBodyGreen.com

Vegan Kale Ceasar Sald with Chickpea Croutons.
MindBodyGreen.com

What’s not to love about kale and chickpeas? Add these together in this recipe for the full benefits of a healthy dose of vitamin K, iron, protein and more! Get Vegan Kale Ceasar Salad and Chickpea Croutons recipe!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits from KBlog Lunchbox.

Sweet Potato Biscuits from KBlog Lunchbox.

Indulge a little with these baked favorites. Get the Sweet Potato Biscuit recipe!

The Ultimate Guacamole

Cinco De Maya Quacamole. MindBodyGreen.com

Cinco De Maya Guacamole. MindBodyGreen.com

Avocado is a “good” fat fruit that offers great weight loss benefits. Try this Cinco De Maya Guacamole recipe!

Raw Berries and Cream

Raw Berries & Cream. Choosing Raw.

Raw Berries & Cream. Choosing Raw.

Simple and tasty with super healthy antioxidants. Get your Raw Berries and Cream recipe!

Watermelon Sangria

Watermelon Sangria. KitchenTreaty.com

Watermelon Sangria. KitchenTreaty.com

Cool down and heat up with a watermelon favorite! Add this Sangria recipe to the mix. Get this Watermelon Sangria recipe!

And remember Freedom isn’t Free! Have the Best Day Ever!

InLove,

Ria

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Benefits of Completing My First 30 Day ((PURE)) Vegan Challenge

Benefits of Completing My First  30 Day Vegan Challenge

30 Day Vegan Challenge!  DONE!

My 30 Day Vegan Challenge actually helped prepare me for this next phase in my overall fitness, nutrition and wellness journey. While training (bodybuilding and weight training in Georgia, I truly fell off the wagon and drank the Kool Aide (well I haven’t had kool aide since childhood) but I bought into the lie that I couldn’t sustain my heavy training on a Vegan Vegetarian diet! Although, I ate mostly free range, organic. non antibiotic, non GMO foods and chicken and meats many of my friends since high school and college were shocked I was eating the meats and demanded that I explain myself! lol I was for over 20 years a die hard health freak advocate and practitioner. I’m not saying that eating healthy meat, fish, or poultry is unhealthy, there are just as many health and scientific claims that the organic, grass fed varieties are healthy for nutrition. I am saying that is  a PERSONAL CHOICE that should compliment and align your beliefs and lifestyle- spiritually, intellectually, physically, mentally, etc. (That is All!)  What works for some does not work for all. We are beautiful, unique individuals.

A plant-based, whole food nutritional program is beneficial in bringing balance, wholeness and overall wellness. The vegan challenge helped to become more sensitive to energy on a spiritual level and opened me up to my ‘astral’  intuitive side (Divine Feminine) using  visualizations, intentional awareness, grounding, releasing and goal setting as tools to my spiritual development and overall re-establishing my personal empowerment.  I can’t say it was an easy 30 days. I lost 10 lbs from the 30 Day Vegan Challenge! My body seemed to release so much I felt as if I had experienced a healing crisis. Perhaps I will write more about that in another article. For now, I’d rather focus on the benefits of using both the Vegan Challenge which focuses on clearing up and strengthening nutrition habits and goals, with the 30 Day Fitness Challenge focusing on exercise and fitness goals. Combining both is an excellent mix for success! (June 14, 2015, 7:44 pm Est)

 

PERSONAL JOURNAL NOTES: 3o Day Vegan Challenge and 30 Day Fitness Challenge

hunger games "you can do this"

You can get in good exercise where ever you are as long as you have a good plan and road map that will get you the results you’re after. No access to the gym, no worries! There a hundreds of workouts, apps, plans, books, tools and gurus you can follow along with to meet your daily, weekly, monthly and annual goals. Remember it starts with a simple step and each workout is like a building block toward your overall success in fitness and wellness. “We” can do this! Personally I just want to maintain my “girlish” figure and tighten everything up. Why? Because I CAN!

As a former ‘recovering-people pleaser’ it’s empowering to set this goal for myself  as a way to strengthen my willpower and personal radiance!

 

The Journey continues…

Dr. Sebi’s Electric Food List

“One must consume life
to maintain and sustain itself
-not Death.”
Dr. Sebi


Download a Free Copy  of The Dr. Sebi Alkaline Nutritional Guide or scroll below to see the Dr. Sebi’s Approved Nutritional Food Guide List with new updates (May 2018)

Who is Dr. Sebi – The Man who “Cures All Disease”

American Rapper and Actor, Common paying tribute to Dr. Sebi.

American Rapper and Actor, Common paying tribute to Dr. Sebi.

If you’re truly into “Natural,” “Organic” nutrition and lifestyle you’ve probably  pretty much read and studied over a dozen healers, modalities, theories, philosophies, schools of thought that pertain to your health. This lifestyle is an ongoing search and adjustment to what works best for you  and how you can maximize the benefits of your lifestyle choices. I started out over two decades ago with Back to Eden (Kloss) and Michael Tierra, Dr. Lliala Africa, Queen Afua, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Dr. Royal Rife, and Dr. Gerson, and David Wolfe, to name a few. I studied with many of these healers and their modalites.

One healer that seemed to miss my health radar until just a few months ago is Dr. Sebi. This man is known for curing many forms of Cancer, AIDS, Paralysis, Diabetes, Blindness, Sickle Cell,  and so much more. He is also known to have won a very powerful yet mostly unheard of New York court case where he was indicted  by the  Attorney General of New York  for claiming to “cure all diseases.” October 1, 1988 this Guru Healer once called a “pseudoscience, quack” healer was found not guilty for his claims of “curing all diseases.” Although he practiced medicine without a state license, and sold herbal remedies not approved by the FDA, Dr. Sebi, won one of the most important health related court cases in American medical history.

 

 


What is Bio Mineral Nutrition?

Songwriter Erykah Badu and Dr. Sebi

Songwriter Erykah Badu and Dr. Sebi

Dr. Sebi, also known as Alfredo Bowman, a non-educated man  of Honduras, started his healing journey by curing himself of asthma, diabetes, near blindness, and impotence with the help of a traditional herbalist in Mexico. He has since moved his practice from the United States to open and operate in Honduras.  The URSHA Research Institute in Honduras is humble village complete with acres of fresh, live and organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and grains including cannabis. The institute even has highly charged water that increases PH levels and can cure chronic skin diseases via the Integumentary system.

 

 

Discern your choices of Vegetable, Fruits, Grains, Herbs and Spices.

Discern your choices of Vegetable, Fruits, Grains, Herbs and Spices.

What makes Dr. Sebi’s methods set apart from allopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and other healers? The way he sees nutrition! According to Dr. Sebi most foods we have eaten have been artificaily introduced into our nutrition program. Let us suppose that most of us are already aware that a typical American diet is SAD, let us further agree that  so called culturally based African American diet is riddled with toxins, saturated fats, excess salts, and sugars that cause diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, glaucoma, cancers, and more. What if according to the methods of Dr. Sebi these foods were not even a natural part of the “natural” food pyramid because hybrid food are not genetically compatible to our  DNA and cellular body system. Dr. Sebi’s states that in order for the body to be free of all disease we must consume non-hybrid foods that contain” bio mineral” “intracellular” alkaline foods .

fruits-and-vegetablesHe further states that all diseases are really only one disease causes by excess mucus in the body; if one has glaucoma or poor eyesight then there is a excess mucous in the eyes, if one has fibroid cysts there is excess mucus in the reproductive system, and so on. Seeing dis-ease in  this way not only simplifies pathology, but empowers the healing process.  One would fast, release the body of excess mucus and feed the cells whole bio mineral foods and thus cure any and all disease.

 

USHA Herbal Research Institute, Honduras

USHA Herbal Research Institute, Honduras

“This brief, but concise illustration will reveal our premise and methodology to be consistent. According to Western medical research, diseases are a result of the host being infected with a “germ”, “virus”, or “bacteria”. In their approach in treating these “infestations”, inorganic, carcinogenic chemicals are employed.

Our research immediately uncovers flaws in their premise through basic deductive reasoning. By consistently utilizing the same premise and methods, they have consistently yielded ineffective results. In essence, in the 400-year tradition of the European philosophy of medicine, their approach in treating disease has yet to produce any cures.

In contrast, as we examine the African approach to disease, it diametrically opposes the present Western approach. Specifically, the African Bio-mineral Balance refutes the germ/virus/bacteria premise. Our research reveals that all manifestation of disease finds it genesis when and where the mucous membrane has been compromised. For example, if there is excess mucous in the bronchial tubes, the disease is Bronchitis; if it is in the lungs, the disease is Pneumonia; in the pancreatic duct, it is Diabetes; in the joints Arthritis. All of the African Bio-mineral Balance compounds are comprised of natural plants; which means its constitution is of an alkaline nature.

This is important- and instrumental in our success in reversing pathologies- because disease can only exist in an environment that is acid; thus it is inconsistent to utilize inorganic substances when treating disease because they are of an acid base. Only consistent use of natural botanical remedies will effectively cleanse and detoxify a diseased body, reversing it to its intended alkaline state.

Lisa Left - Eye Lopez, prior to accidental death, she stated she was going to tell the world about Dr. Sebi's Healing.

Lisa Left – Eye Lopez, prior to accidental death, she stated she was going to tell the world about Dr. Sebi’s Healing.

Our system of nutrition goes even further. In addition to removing the accumulation of years of toxins, the African Bio-mineral Balance replaces depleted minerals and rejuvenates damaged cell tissue eroded by the acid, diseased state. The primary organs of elimination are the skin, liver, gall bladder, lymph glands, kidneys and the colon. If all toxins are eliminated from the above mentioned organs they will be recycled throughout the entire body, manifesting disease. Eventually the body breaks down in the weakest organs due to its inability to dispel the influence of toxins. The colon is the most important organ and must be cleansed by detoxifying before any disease can be reversed. If only the colon is cleansed and detoxified the other major organs with be left toxic and you will still have disease in the body.

It is with Dr. Sebi’s intra-cellular dextoxifying cleanse that each cell in the body will be purified. The body will then rebuild and rejuvenation will take place. Dr. Sebi offers the Bio-Mineral Therapy which is a natural vegetation cell food. A living substance which nourishes the body and detoxifies at the cellular level.” 


Dr. Sebi’s Approved Alkaline Nutritional Food Guide

“The State of New York Supreme Court classified our products as “natural vegetation cell food” in 1988. As a result, when you take them you will have fed your cells and will not have much of an appetite.”

[note: updated may 18, 2018] 

Vegetables

Dr. Sebi says, “Avoid using a microwave. It will kill your food.”

  • Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo, a variety of Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chayote (Mexican Squash)
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion greens
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Green banana – [Removed]
  • Izote – cactus flower/ cactus leaf – grows naturally in California
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (all, except Iceberg)
  • Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)
  • Nopales – Mexican Cactus
  • Okra  [Added back]
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Poke salad – greens
  • Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/hijiki/nori)
  • Spinach  [Removed]
  • String Beans  [Removed]
  • Squash
  • Tomato – cherry and plum only
  • Tomatillo
  • Turnip greens
  • Zucchini
  • Watercress
  • Purslane (Verdolaga)

Fruits

Dr. Sebi says, “No canned or seedless fruits.”

  • Apples
  • Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size (original banana)
  • Berries – all varieties- Elderberries in any form – no cranberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes- seeded
  • Limes (key limes preferred with seeds)
  • Mango
  • Melons- seeded
  • Orange (Seville or sour preferred, difficult to find)
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit)
  • Prunes
  • Raisins –seeded
  • Soft Jelly Coconuts
  • Soursops – (Latin or West Indian markets)
  • Tamarind –  [Added]

Grains

  • Amaranth
  • Fonio
  • Kamut
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Teff
  • Wild Rice
  • Black Rice [Removed]

Natural Herbal Teas

  • Allspice [Removed]
  • Anise [Removed]
  • Burdock
  • Chamomile
  • Elderberry
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass  [Removed]
  • Red Raspberry
  • Tila

Spices and Seasonings

Mild Flavors

  • Basil (Sweet Basil)
  • Bay leaf
  • Cloves
  • Dill
  • Marjoram [Added]
  • Oregano
  • Parsley [Removed]
  • Savory
  • Tarragon

Pungent and Spicy Flavors

  • Achiote
  • Cayenne/ African Bird Pepper
  • Coriander [Removed]
  • Cilantro [Removed]
  • Cumin [Removed]
  • Onion Powder
  • Habanero
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Salty Flavors

  • Pure Sea Salt
  • Powdered Granulated Seaweed (Kelp/Dulce/Nori – has “sea taste”)

Sweet Flavors

  • 100% Pure Agave Syrup – (from cactus)
  • Date Sugar
  • 100% Pure Maple Syrup – Grade B [Removed]
  • Maple “Sugar” – from dried maple syrup [Removed]

Nuts and Seeds – (includes Nut and Seed Butters)

  • Hemp Seed [Added]
  • Raw Sesame Seeds
  • Raw Sesame Tahini Butter
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts [Added]
  • Hazelnuts [Removed]
  • Pine Nuts [Removed]
  • Raw Almonds + Almond Butter [Removed] 

Oils

  • Olive Oil (Do not cook)
  • Coconut Oil (Do not cook)
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

 

Additional Notes:

  • Drink 1 Gallon of Natural Spring Water Daily
  • No Animal Products, No Fish, No Hybrid Foods, No Alcohol
  • Avoid using Microwave as it will “Kill your food”
  • “No Canned  or Seedless Fruits”

Resources and full notes visit:

https://drsebiscellfood.com

 

Note to my Beloved Human Family:
This food list is from the Dr. Sebi Nutritional Food List per his website and not fabricated or made up by me or any member of my Team! With Love and Healing to the Human Family and Highest Respects  and Love to the late Great Ancestor Healer Dr. Sebi (We Love You!)

One Love! Health, Wellness and Empowerment,

Ria

 

 

Recipe: Vegan Collard YUM Wraps

I’m not much of a “recipe” cook as I am a creative-type “feely” cook. I pinch and dab and dribble seasonings and use coffee and tea cups for measuring. Something about the magic in the kitchen that I love, but I’ve been asked to create a space for recipes as a way of sharing so here are my preliminary attempts which I’m sure will be refined as I continue to grow and expand my own consciousness and ‘how-t0’! Hope you Injoy! ~ InLoVe ❥ Ria

Vegan Collard YUM  Wraps – (V+GF) – Raw Food

This is an surprisingly amazing snack that quickly turns into a meal. It’s so rich in vitamins
it begins to fill you up its so satisfying! Live Foods RAWk and Taste so scrumptious!

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Wrap Ingredients

1 Organic Collard Wrap
1/4 Avocado mashed
1/4 cup carrots can replace with Quinoa
1/4 cup raw beets
1/4 cup zucchini
1/4 cup chopped or diced organic tomatoes
thinly sliced red onion
a dash of sprouts


I quickly learned there is an art form to wrapping this collard. So you may want to search a tutorial just to make sure you get it right the first time.

Lay your collard with the inside facing up toward the sun. Note the wrap outer part will be the outer leaf.

Spread the avocado on the inner leaf, then carrots, beets, zucchini, and tomatoes, thinly sliced onions and lastly the sprouts.
Begin to wrap.


Thai Asian Sauce Ingredients

Organic Curly Kale
Carrots
2 1/2 tbsp Organic Peanut Butter
2 1/2 tbsp Tahini Butter
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp Maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
2 tbsp Rice wine or Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Ginger
a pinch of garlic powder or raw garlic
a squeeze of Fresh orange


Wash all your veggies carefully without bruising
Chop organic kale and place in bowl.

Blend in Vitamix your organic peanut butter, tahini, maple syrup, rice or apple
cider vinegar, ginger, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in the orange squeeze. Allow
to sit for better flavor.

Pour Thai Asian Sauce over cleaned and chopped kale. Add sliced carrots (optional). Let this stand
and marinate for about 10-15 minutes. InJoy!

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When I decided to make this recipe I sought out something easy to present as a Live RAW Food Demo at the Evan’s Towne Center Farmer’s Market. I was so nervous because it had been forever since I had presented anything or was ‘center’ stage. It was the most beautiful day and I had rushed after work. Things fell into place and everyone flocked to the table!

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What a  pleasant surprise to find this was a smashing success. There were questions about ingredients which grew into organic farming, and coops, if I taught classes.naturalselfgoddess_recipes_v-collardwrapraw_3

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This is the part where your wrap skills come in handy, so prep with some videos. I will at some point remake this hit and add my own video how to wrap collards (rainbow chard is another favorite for wrapping raw wrap sandwiches). Either way it’s amazing and for those who are not vegan or like raw this dish will shock the skeptic into having a second serving, even the kids love it!

InLove,

Ria

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