Dr. Sebi Interview – Biochemistry of the human body and the healing journey

This is an amazing interview with Dr. Sebi about the biochemistry of the body, his healing journey, and the ways to heal the body from any dis-ease! It’s very insightful as Dr. Sebi breaks down the healing of disease using chemistry,  electric herbs and abstinence from starch, milk and meat…  🙂 InJoy! ~ Ria (Daria)

 

 


Citation:

RockNewmanShow. (2015, October 23). Dr. Sebi on The Rock Newman Show. Retrieved from YouTube: https://youtu.be/Qx6_073GDkQ

 

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crazy cumin, dance, fitness & organic foods: summer in dc

I’m so thankful to be back in the DC area! It’s been both humbling and eye-opening journey home and so far I’ve been gifted with some awesome creative avenues such as Dance Workstudy program (study West African Dance, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Salsa styles), Join a Neo Soul Jazz band as Lead Vocals, perform in a Women’s program featuring international dance, learn acoustic guitar (one was given to me!), and create natural (vegan) food recipes for friends (featured below). Dance has been amazing and challenging because I’m learning to breathe through the movements I intend to perfect (each hand gesture, feet placement, neck roll, hip thrust is deliberate and intentional with focus on the memory of Ancestors and space-time continuum of what is now through the past and even our future)! In one class, we started out with one drummer then ended up with over 7 Drummers and the company director showing up to watch class!!! Everything in my life has become primarily spiritual and humbling!

“To add your light to the sum of light. Do it with patience, and love, and respect for the depth and difficulty of the task” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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Returning to school at this time – has been perfect timing. I’ve managed to keep most of my As and stay at a decent GPA while adding Creative Writing and International Business to my minors. And I love starting Poetry Workshop this term, as it allows me to dive deeply into the very intimate aspects of my Self and explore greater depths of creativity and the craft of poetry.

 

Rainbow Kale Salad with Crazy Cumin Chickpeas and Creole Sweet Tomato Salad

Rainbow Kale Salad with Crazy-Cumin Chickpeas and Creole Sweet Tomato Salad (pictured above) a great organic Summer meal, snack and in my case breakfast! Shout out to MOM’s Organic Market in Waldorf, Maryland (3301 Plaza Way, Waldorf, MD 20603) for their exquisite organic selections and great customer service. Everyone who worked there had that beautiful #MelaninMagick glow! I’m a nut for fresh organic foods and love, love, love diverse recipes I can sample and ‘recreate’ into my own unique creation; to me “EVERYTHING IS ART!” and food is no exception. The more diverse the colors the better, not only does the presentation look amazing, but you’re getting all the nutrients your body is seeking! So what did I make? First-course Vegan Wraps (not pictured). I found the most beautiful selection of Swiss Chard I used along with Collard Green leaves.  These were stuffed with mashed avocado and chickpeas, sliced avocados, sliced red and yellow bell peppers (so sweet), spicy arugula mixed sprouts, sliced carrots, organic tomatoes, sweet red onion… The organic cumin was such a treat! I couldn’t get enough of it. That morning, I made a dressing with organic Olive Oil, Braggs Aminos, Cumin powder, squeezed Lime juice, salt, and pepper! Chopped the Dinosaur Kale thinly along with the chopped Swiss Chard leaves, let it soak with the red and yellow peppers, threw in the sliced tomato and red onion and mashed chickpeas and Voila! the yummiest salad breakfast ever! As for my “Crazy Cumin” obsession? Not so crazy after all, cumin is known for its healing properties including its dietary fiber content! It’s a carminative (calms the body), antifungal, antimicrobial, and stimulates digestion. Since my friend had been juicing most of his foods I thought it would help him ease into eating raw foods. I remember the Rasta in Harlem teaching me all about the healing benefits of cumin seeds adding to cooked or oiled foods. And I secretly love the flavor it adds to cilantro, avocado, and lime! ~ Delicious!

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Crazy Cumin & ChickPea Kale Salad

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Rainbow Kale Salad

 

Simple Riasweetaw Recipes

 

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The Beauty & Magic of Anthocyanins

I’m obsessed with all things containing Anthocyanins, why? Because they are Nature’s powerfully packed nutrient rich chemicals that help to active, stimulate and empower melanin compounds. They have a higher pH the darker their pigments (although recorded as red-purple at pH 7 while green at pH 8-14). Ever hear the phrase “the darker the berry the sweeter the juice?” well it’s a lot more to that phrase when it comes to our sunkissed magical composition.  The Reds, Purples, and Blues of the darker leafy greens, black rice, eggplant, dark red cherries, red apples, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, red cabbage and black grapes. These nutrient-rich dark pigmented fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids and a variety of healing properties.  Preventing cancer, diabetes, neurological, liver, vision, cardiovascular disorders and more. They are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and pro-oxidants.  One of the scientific goodies I found was that these molecular compounds “convert light energy into electrical energy!” Oh yes, anthocyanins! I love you! ❤

 

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Rainbow Swiss Chard 

 

 

 

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The city has so much to offer, I am being reintroduced to the many gifts it holds and I’m continually awakening to the many beautiful beings, people, energies I meet and allow into my life.   Eat Well, Laugh Often, Love Hard, & Empower Your Soul (Mind/Body/Spirit) ~ InLove, Daria (Ria)

A little drumming from this Saturday’s dance class! My YouTube student channel where I post school media projects and videos.

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Honoring the Ancestors |  Baba Chuck Davis,  Dancer Choreographer-Director

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Sources: 

Konczak, I., & Zhang, W. (2004). Anthocyanins—More Than Nature’s Colours. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology2004(5), 239–240. http://doi.org/10.1155/S1110724304407013

BerryLiscious Smoothie – RAW JUICE LOVE!

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This recipe is

organic

  • Vegan Friendly
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic Ingredients
  • GMO Free!

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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!

Aware of Subtle Energies  + Cleansing Strategies 
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update or fitness motivation! August has been busy so far! It’s back to school (yeah!) And things are moving fast! I awakened at 1 am this morning with a knocking I thought I was late getting my daughter up at 4:30 – 5am only to find I had been ‘dreaming’  that woke me up? Immediately after my dog started having ear fits and I felt helpless watching him in a kind of agony. Naw, I went into Sage mode cleansing corners, blessing and casting out lower vibration energies with salt water. It must be the Creole Native Indigenous in me! I was like a Lioness and right back up at 4:45 am to wake up my daughter and then walk her under the predawn Moon and Stars! It was gorgeous out there in the cool breeze! Just magical! 

 

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I’m still in the Vegetarian Vegan zone although I’m tired of tofu right about now lol and ready to explore other power packed high protein vegetarian meals for athletes and workout enthusiasts! I’ve been keeping a beautiful Fitness and Nutrition journal including detailed notes on moods, behaviors and ‘details’ of my journey but it hasn’t been longer than 30 days as of yet so I’m steadily trekking along and building. I’d like to finish my year with this Journal consecutive and consistent!

Significant Changes:  Menses Flow and Energy Balance
During my menses I’m usually side tracked and thrown off balance with my fitness but so far I’m on task, consistent and feeling pretty good accept for the first 2 days I felt really weak! Being Vegetarian has its advantages my flow is less heavy and I’m much more sensitive to subtle energies and bullshitters I can see, feel and sense them a mile away no matter who it is or what form it comes. I immediately transform into my Warrior Goddess ready to protect AND strike blows!  Full Kali Sekhmet mode 😉 so beware! (not speaking to the righteous of heart and good willed) lol For the ‘others’ I know you know i know who you are! 😉 Stay in your lane, I see you!

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Fitness Coaching Consideration: Assessing my Goals Finding my Formula 
One of my fitness group coaches has asked me if I considered being a Beach Body Coach myself (wide-eyed expression), he keeps calling me out as a “role model” and “disciplined” in the group. I have noticed that my consistent double-workouts (often triple workouts) and strict nutrition plan (action) has placed an impression and increased daily workouts and detailed nutrition comments among the female members. For myself,  I’m a bit disappointed, however that I am not always in keeping at my 1200 Caloric Goal even with the increased workouts! Although, Im actually in my Daily Caloric Target Range I feel  I would have faster results being MORE disciplined in this area!!!  I found that when I worked out more if I didn’t eat more I felt weaker and less productive during my sets!  Therefore, I’m using my Fitness and Nutrition Journal to assess what I’ve been doing right, wrong and make improvements for better results. I’m open to see where higher vibrations take me on this journey!

This learning curve is pretty fun to learn and explore! 🙂

seeing small gains keeps me motivated to stay on task

Seeing small gains keeps me motivated to stay on task– on my Nutrition and Fitness Plan! 

For the most part, I like to inspire and raise the bar if I can,
whenever I can,whatever form that shows up!
That’s just part of why I’m here on this planet right now!
~ Ria Sweetraw, NaturalSelfGoddess

That’s just part of why I’m on this planet right now! (And its a “blissing” – so much appreciation, love and fortitude!) When you don’t see me on facebook or blogging I’m in deep internal meditation and contemplation. I do things but may not post or feel the need to constantly post my actions, thoughts, whereabouts, lol. Say in 2008 – 2010 I was a social media addict but this cycle of my life I praise “doing more and talking less.”  I realize I’m so much like the Moon with its ever changing cycles,  I fully accept myself. As much as I am in front of and exposing my self Sun Kissed in the same breath or rather exhale I’m seeking solitude in Nature to be still, hidden and deeply within. Perhaps this comes across as aloof or distant to those seeing me from outside or with little understanding to this way of being. I learned to see it as Natural as the Sun Moon interrelationship and cosmic dance. My balance of Sacred Masculine and Divine Feminine within the Self finds centeredness in this process of being.

Openness and Candor: Maat is my ONLY way (444)!
I’m also probably the ONLY woman in the fitness group to openly talk about and factor in the Menses part of fitness that women experience. Forget about whether its taboo or politically correct more importantly is it exactly what I’m feeling and experiencing right now so why should I feel ANY embarrassment, hesitation, or social restriction from expressing my attitude, feelings or assessments based upon this physiological biological chemistry within my body?  I dont! So I honestly express and factor this into my comments and discussions (period). (pun intended) guess that’s the open honest frank Sagittarius in me! 😉

Angeli Di Luce by Toni Taylor (Maat Cosmic Natural Energy)

Angeli Di Luce by Toni Taylor (Maat Cosmic Natural Energy)


Typical Green High Protein Breakfast Smoothie and Vegetarian Dinner 

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I usually opt out for Quinoa but had Jasmine Rice instead since I made some for my daughter’s meal! I will post more recipes and menus this weekend! Until then
Carpe Diem in God/dess Flow!

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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What Do Vegan’s Eat? A “Few” Pics from My Veggie Journal

What do Vegan’s eat?

Veggies, fruits, some legumes, or grains, lots of raw juices and smoothies, some sweets on occasion! 

lil_greenmonster_juiceFor my comfort food cravings, I made a spaghetti meatless pasta to die for. Quick, easy, and sooo tasty! Hmmm I had “Fish” tacos, Okra Gumbo with black rice and avocado, hhmm for breakfast I made raw vegan “pankcakes” (coconut and flax seed with homemade berry syrup), another day, I prepped chia seeds and had a mango, pineapple, cherry chia pudding (that was delicious!!). Another morning, I had scrambled non-gmo “V-eggs”  with greens and avocado! Ohh my gosh, homemade Almond Milk, the BEST Ever!!!!! I’m bent on NEVER buying store bought almond milk again!

Here are a few pics of my vegan journal, thus far!

Cheers and Bliss! ~ Ria Sweetraw 

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Happy Fit Friday! HIIT (300cal) , Raw Green Monster, and Mantras all Before 8:30 am

It’s been a while! Ive been on my Vegan, Natural Vegetarian and Raw Food nutrition!! Doing alot of internal alchemy as well. No Coffee (which was my only real vice!!!) And not much sugar accept for a Chai Tea here and there and dried berries which can contain quite a bit of sugar. ( I have by eyes on that!)

what-im-looking-for-is-within-meThis morning .well I havent slept yet! I was up working on a web development project..the time just flew by way too fast. I have a problem with stopping and just getting some rest, I want to keep going lol .. Since I watched the Sun come up between keystrokes and edits. I figured I could get my 1st Workout for the day, a 300 calorie burn HIIT program. YES!!!

motivational_quotes_17I feel sore from the other day already but somewhat satisfied. Increasing intensity is my immediate goal. Being Vegan and working out feels amazing! My first week was pretty tough transitioning from fish and eggs and dairy, I made my Sun breakfast with eggs and sausage while I had an organic non -gmo tofu scramble! And didnt miss any of it! I’m feeling lighter but grounded with enough fat to burn in the right places!

On the strict alkaline diet my menses have been lighter! I feel great! Focused, clear minded and energetic!!! Okay gotta fly, and whip up a Green Monster. I plan to do another workout before sunset!

Have a Beautiful Fit Friday! Make Gains!!! xo 
Ria Sweetraw 

Raw-liscious Recipes: Live Food Demo ~ Organic Collard Veggie Wraps

These actually went faster than the Thai Kale Salad which is surprising! I wanted so badly to taste one but I ran out of avocados hmm tonight will be a great night to remake them for myself! (smiling) oh yes and family, of course! ~ Injoy!

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