Written in 2008...
'It is the mind that makes the body.' - Sojourner Truth
a knowledge of self to be actualized the ideal of eating must be
engaged in. For many conscious brothers and sister, the pig/swine is
immediately eliminated from the diet. However, the ideal live diet
consists of so much more. For all, the diet must apply a conscious
effort of constant research and questioning to embrace what promotes
Mentality of Diet:
mentality of the diet is most important. Why do we eat? What
particular reasons will we eat for? This affects what we eat
eventually. Knowing your priorities in eating is crucial. The way we
eat begins with why we eat. As the Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke of
in How To Eat To Live, Book 2, one should 'eat to live and not live to
eat.' Ultimately, the reason to eat is in the need to gain energy for
all the things we need to do, want to do and would like to try. For
this, we must be healthy inside and outside of our bodies. A crucial
component of our reasoning on eating is in our likes and dislikes. Our
taste buds seem to tell us what tastes good or bad to us. In actuality,
we have denatured them to acknowledge structure and taste by extreme
measures (i.e. soft and sweet or salty and crunchy). Our taste buds, at
their highest level, are designed to decide what foods are most useful
to us. For instance, we will be more inclined toward oatmeal when our
bodies need a higher level of quality fats or the green leafy
vegetables and legumes (all of the bean family) when we need protein
and specific phyto-nutrients (phyto = plant).
manner in the diet that one should have in eating is mindfulness. We
are not a free people if we cannot control what, how and why we eat?
The one thing that must be done, eating, most know nothing about,
seeking only to pleasure themselves through it, never seeking how to
can engage in it honorably, humanely and in an enlightening way for
ourselves and others. Note that many also think this way of rest/sleep,
breathing and sex/love.
To begin, eliminate the mystery
of your diet. Studying the feeling of all and each food entering the
body one may better understand the effects of food to one's work and
rest. Chart how well you perform tasks after eating certain foods.
Reflect on how a comfortably eaten meal propels your activities as
opposed to a quickly rushed one. Trace these feelings back to exact
foods and then reduce that to particular food ingredients and dining
In dealing with the proper diet, one is more and
more becoming the educated consumer. Exploring the health food store
studying why certain foods are actually in this store is a start. Study
the nutrients and ingredients and find what is normally not in what
you eat. Many of those ingredients left out of health food store
products and those included hold some of the keys to better health.
match your diet to your lifestyle goals. How much will you study,
read, write, train, build, create, share? Prepare a living diet that is
the perfect energy fueling the proper culture.
The Ideal Diet:
ideal diet is one of living foods as far as one is possible. What one
eats should be living meaning that it actually has a living energy
(i.e. through living enzymes, nutrients, vitamins and is not literally
dead and decaying). By simplistic definition, the vegetable is as dead
as the cow on one's plate yet it is the vegetable that has living
nutrients, phytochemicals and chlorophyll that is actually alive while
the nutrients extracted from the dead flesh is in the process of
putrefying, rapidly losing its viability as it increases its decay.
Essentially the living foods diet is vegan. There is no meat or dairy
and all the foods eaten are free of toxins (organic if you can afford)
with the right amount of nutrients and supplementation (i.e. the
protein is proper to your body and training regime).
“Restraint in diet both as to quantity and quality is as essential as restraint in thought and speech." –Mahatma Gandhi
we must study the ingredients of the foods we eat. Below is a
beginning list of what to eliminate and what you can begin to replace
them with. This is for detoxification meaning that when one manifests
disease it is an accumulation of putrefied elements that gather in the
body. Your miraculous body adjusts and manipulates these foreign or
denatured foods and sacrifices parts of your own body (i.e. hair loss,
bad nails, wrinkled skin) to preserve the most necessary (i.e. heart,
brain, major organs). So by ridding oneself of the following kinds of
foods, we begin that process of detoxification immediately.
Elimination for detoxification:
1. Meat [Pork, beef, chicken and fish (only cold-water fish if necessary) & eggs]
It's all dead and has no living energy. For example, beef contains
vitamin B-12 and many vegetarians (those whom don't eat meat) lack it
and suffer. Yet, the B-12 is an anti-oxidant (it rids the body or free
radicals or pollutants). Within the beef, the B-12 is literally wrapped
around an envelope of rigor mortis that is filled with carcinogens
(cancer causing agents) that are the epitome of free radicals. They not
only negate each other; rather the free radicals/carcinogens win out.
rigor mortis, the body’s vitamins, nutrients and minerals wither away
as the dead carcass stiffens. This stiffness is the buildup of lactic
acid or waste material for energy processes that have ended. Eating a
just-killed animal or a kosher animal (what can be killed peacefully?)
does little to protect one’s health from this process. Organic meats are
irrelevant. The advocating of them is in their lacking the additional
hormones that are injected into meats to keep them tender or bloody (a
process hoping to stall rigor mortis). Nevertheless, meat naturally has
hormones foreign to us humans.
This begins with the joys of soy. The many forms it may take from soy
protein (yet beware of texturized soy protein—a very processed version),
tofu (one of the most adaptable foods as far as absorbing the herbs
and seasonings offered it), tempeh and miso to name a few. Please
note that Soy is sold in myriad forms from organic to its more
prevalent GMO (genetically modified organism) version. Most unhealthy
foods will contain gmo-soy in some form via vegetable oil, processed
foods and even masquerading health foods. Soy should be non-GMO,
organic and unprocessed for optimal health.
eaters want mass via protein. Legumes (beans) and green leafy
vegetables have more protein than any form of meat or eggs. Also, a
quality soy protein powder in a shake daily (about 25 mg twice a day)
will allow you to take in all the protein you need properly. Protein is
based on the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
When they are all in the body in full percentage, the body builds real
protein 100%. Wild caught cold water fish (i.e. tuna, mackerel, salmon,
etc.) is also acceptable as they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which
are unique to these fish and essential to our body. To be completely
vegan, one can use flaxseed oil for omega 3 fatty acid conversion in
2. Dairy (anything made from the milk of a cow or any other animal)
It's from a cow! It's healthy, natural hormones, enzymes, nutrients
are all for a baby cow completely incompatible with us. As foreign
substances, our bodies store it as fat and we become bulkier. The
strong, foreign enzymes force us to produce much more mucus and thus
hold disease longer and manifest it later.
There are countless substitutes for milk from soy milk, almond milk,
rice milk that are all healthy and tasty. There are many versions of soy
cheese (beware of casein, a cow’s milk derivative in many soy
cheeses). As far as ice cream and any dairy laced pastries, cookies,
cakes, there are incredible substitutes that taste great and are
3. Condiments (Flavorings
and seasonings, i.e. sugar, artificial sweeteners, salt, ketchup,
mayonnaise, butter, margarine, etc.)Why?: They are all refined lacking
any nutritional value, actually deadening our taste buds and are
extremely addictive. Artificial sweeteners are chemical derivatives
that are lethal when taken in high dosages. Sugar (not organic) is
bleached to whiten it and has none of the trace minerals it once had.
It goes by many names so a company can have 80% sugar content in a
drink but list them separately as sugar, high fructose corn syrup,
dextrose, maltose, caramel color, brown sugar (just caramel sugar added
to color it), etc. Any of these forms are dangerous and addictive. The
same for salt as many brands actually contain dextrose to be even more
addictive. Ketchup is just sugar with tomatoes while mayonnaise is a
disgusting fetus (egg) spread.
Organic sugar, organic raw honey, stevia extract, agave nectar, brown
rice syrup, carageenan, sea salt, vegan mayonnaise, organic ketchup, soy
4. Processed (anything that is prepared and altered for packaging)
They are man made and so health is unfortunately not primarily
relevant--accessibility is. They often contain chemicals that keep them
‘fresh’ for years and years. To make them unique products they often
take away all the nutrients of the food (i.e. bleached enriched flour
is a bleached flour sprayed with a weak liquid nutrient solution
afterwards) and concoct a product that is uniquely theirs (i.e. white
Wonder Bread). Most importantly, all GMO (Genetically Modified
Organsim) foods should be eliminated immediately. Many healthy foods
will be packaged and as you develop your knowledge of ingredients you
can begin to use all healthy products that are packaged. For now, do
your best to eat fresh made and prepared foods.
Packaged foods with organic ingredients, better cooking practices (i.e.
baked chips not fried) employed on packaged goods and many more fruits
and vegetables for snacks. All fruits and vegetables should be
cleansed with a vegetable wash. Frozen vegetables and fruits are not
processed as they are not picked at the right moment of ripeness. Then
the subsequent freezing preserves the living enzymes and
5. Tap Water/Unfiltered Water
reservoir systems of the inner cities are polluted via infinite
parasites, vermin and germs, chemicalized with cleansing agents as
chlorine and bleaches and soiled by the heavy metals of the entire
piped system it travels to arrive to you. There is no safety in tap
water. All unfiltered water should be avoided at all costs.
Water filtration is necessary and the heights to which we work to take
it should be the highest extreme. However, with budgetary concerns
they can begin with filtering pitchers such as the Brita brand.
Bottled water is a acceptable but most plastic bottles leach its
chemical constitution into the water. This leaching makes the bottom
end of our bottled water taste like plastic.
The Beginner Vitamin and Supplements List
- The anti-oxidant to begin with. As a water soluble vitamin, it is to
be taken throughout day as it is used up. Start with a 500mg - 800mg
(about a teaspoon) three to four times a day. Increase as you go along
to your liking. Remember that too much will cause the bowels to loosen.
So gradually increasing intake is better than overdosing. Buy a
buffered powder (buffering is when a vitamin or nutrient is mixed with
other phyto-chemicals. Rose hips are often used.) as this form allows
one to better absorb the nutrient and control the amount ingested.
Green Tea (White tea) –
Its incredible health properties are from its powerful phyto nutrients
of catechins, saponin and theanine. Major antioxidant properties and
medicinal effects. Add some raw honey and you have a powerful healing
B-Complex - (B-complex
100mg) vitamin taken once a day. These are crucial anti-oxidants from
fat soluble vitamins the body needs daily. Consume after a meal for
Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (niacin, includes nicotinic acid and nicotinamide)
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine)
Vitamin B7 (biotin), also known as vitamin H
Vitamin B9 (folic acid), also known as vitamin M
Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)
Omega 3 Fatty Acids –
The body needs an equal balance of omega 6 and omega 3 oils. 6 are in
many used oils (i.e. olive, sunflower, etc) however, 3 is only
available directly from wild cold-water fish. Flax seed will convert to
Omega 3 and can also be used. 1000 mg a day to begin with.
Chlorophyll (Green and Red)
– In liquid or best in powder form, it has natural chelating abilities
and regenerative properties in the DNA structure of the cell. The Red
(from fruits) and the green (from plants) have a literal ‘build and
destroy’ effect on the body. Green is used for detoxification while Red
is used for rejuvenation. The most powerful supplement that can be
– A soy protein powder, twice a day at 25mg. For the athlete, muscle
strength and growth are dependent on the body having the proper
combination of the essential amino acids that build up to protein in the
body. Taken from a vegan source, it is essential.
- Creatine is crucial throughout major portions of the body’s
physiological functions including the muscles, nervous system and
brain. This is an excellent add on for the athlete seeking to train
harder. Creatine should be bought alone and is of course vegan. Beware
of health shakes and powders using creatine and mixing it with
dextrose, whey (water from cow’s milk) and countless other powdered
The Educated Consumer
"I do not
regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime
in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live, I hold
flesh-food to be unsuited to our species."-Mahatma Gandhi
Starting a Living Foods Diet:
most of us, the idea of eating right is a goal that becomes out of
reach and a concept that cannot be actualized. Understanding how to eat
right and what foods are healthy are the beginning. To then become an
educated consumer entails studying the foods that we have been
accustomed to see as good. It also consists of studying the variety of
food stores within our neighborhood and the kind of non-perishable and
perishable provisions they carry.
In becoming the
educated consumer and engaging into the ideal diet, not only to prevent
food-related diseases, such as diabetes, high-blood pressure,
arthritis, to name a few, from manifesting within our bodies, but to
develop the lifestyle that leads into living a right and exact culture
propelling our natural talents to blossom. Thus, the ideal diet is one
that aids in full enlightenment of self. We seldom think of the idea
that all our people are dealing with war in different manifestations.
War is not just physical fighting with guns where one party seeks the
oppression of the other through a masquerade that gives advantageous
reasoning of democracy. War is experienced in many levels, whether it
is through the products that women use, such as lye burning relaxers,
aluminum ridden deodorants, swine made lipsticks, pore-clogging
perfumes, and fluoride filled toothpastes, the clothes that we choose
to wear, or the foods that we choose to eat. One hardly thinks that
food has something to do with being revolutionary. It is actual fact
that indeed applying the right and exact eating habits into ourselves
changes not only the cipher, environment of the person doing so, but
causes a change in the society itself. While so many others are blind,
deaf, and dumb to what they are being told to eat by the American Food
and Drug Administration and other unqualified yet official spokespeople
and organizations, those who have realized the atrocities being
committed by that entity will stop supporting an industry that is
overwhelming meat and dairy based. Acknowledging all of the adverse
forces promoting corrupt eating lifestyles and harmful products, we must
have the patience and perseverance to confidently apply our new found
awareness for better decisions.
“What we choose to eat makes a powerful statement about our ethics and our view of the world -- about our very humanity.”- from www.veganoutreach.com
Navigating the Neighborhood:
process of eating right and exact entails that one thinks about the
relation of one’s neighborhood to foods. What kind of food stores are
in my neighborhood? Which ones should I avoid and why? How do I pick
and choose products from the supermarket? What are some of the products
that are of best quality that I can consume from the corner store
bodega? What are the actual ingredients in each of the foods I want to
purchase? These are the fundamental questions that will guide an
individual to properly transition to a healthier diet. An exploration
of the prototypical ghetto will shed light into many of the answers.
These small overcrowded corner stores have had a historical link to the
development of our cultural urban identity. 1980's New York City from
Harlem to Sunset Park to Corona and back to Quisqueya Heights visions
of recently-arrived jibaro, campesino men in front of bodegas engaging in a game of dominos playing beautiful bachatas, boleros y salsa as
the babies played around, inside and heavily abound the cipher.
Bodegas also told of the times later when they crumbled to despair,
mired as discovered fronts to underhanded illegal drug selling. Still,
the bodega, the corner market still survives and is vital. Best
described as smaller versions of the neighboring supermarket yet more
readily available due to their hours, proliferation and proximity to
All in all, when one receives knowledge of self
and starts to change their diet the corner store bodega is definitely
an option that one must continue to use in regards to the consumption
of our foods. However, the options are very limited, as these stores
are a direct contributor to the health detriments of many of our
brothers and sisters, in the very same manner that local fried chicken
spots, liquor stores, and the Chinese take-out are. Still, if one can
navigate and select well from the bodega, one will develop a great eye
for the best part out of endlessly tampered isles and with such a bad
selection for optimum health, one will also develop great discipline in
the lack of choosing.
Below is a list of the items that
can be bought at the store. Careful analysis of their contents will
show that these are the best and only products one should be buying
from this type of food business.
What one can buy at the bodega?
• Canned goods, like Goya beans (of all kinds)
• Vegetable canned goods—like canned carrots, beats, and other vegetables.
• Canned tomato paste or tomato sauce
Certain selection of juices, making sure that they do not contain high
fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, or dextrose, or natural caramel
• Natural plantain or yucca chips—the only healthy chips
available at the store. The other chips contain hydrogenated oils,
which cause high amounts of gas after consumption.
• Bottled Water (Many waters contain added sodium, like Dasani and should be avoided), Fruits and vegetables
I include canned goods, it is preferable to buy beans in a bag, since
in the cans omit its metal residue into the beans. Canned foods lose a
considerable amount of their optimum energy versus bagged food (i.e.
beans) or frozen foods (i.e. vegetables, fruit). Bodegas also tend to
carry very toxic foods, such as Twinkies, cakes, potato chips, and
Neighborhood Supermarkets: (C-Town, Key Food, Fine Fare, Pathmark, Associated, etc):
have much better options because they are literally bigger. However,
this means that they carry more unhealthy products and many new
ingredients to sift through. Study each lane and the products they
carry and make the wisest choices.
• Produce Section:
This should be the most visited section in the supermarket. Although
not organic, one can purchase a wide variety of fruits (peaches, plums,
pineapple, apples, pears, bananas, cantaloupes) and vegetables (like
avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, red, green, yellow peppers,
cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, etc) of the best quality.
There are also plenty of root vegetables: plantains, yucca, yame,
yautia, potatoes, garlic, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets,
radishes, etc. These can be used for the many dishes prepared for
dinner and lunch. These foods are high in chlorophyll (green and red)
which detoxify and rejuvenate your body.
any vegetables and fruit, organic or conventional, they should be washed
with a fruit & vegetable wash from the health food store. It is
inexpensive, long lasting and necessary. Conventional fruits and
vegetables will have much pesticide residue while the organic will have
fertilizer residue. The vegetable wash will have a concentration of
citric acid that will wash away the fertilizer residue and most of the
pesticide residue. Most of us cannot afford to purchase consistently
organic. One then should be aware of which conventional fruits and
vegetables are victims of the most pesticide poisoning and which are the
least. Currently, the most detrimentally sprayed conventional fruits
and vegetables are grapes, lettuce, kale, potatoes, cherries, collard
greens, spinach, nectarines, blueberries, apples, celery, peaches, sweet
bell peppers, strawberries. The least sprayed conventional fruits and
veggies are onions, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mango, sweetpeas,
asparagus, kiwi, cabagge, eggplant, cantalope, watermelon, grapefruit,
sweet potatoes, honeydew, melon, plums. The root vegetables may also
be placed on the least sprayed list. With this in mind, budget the
organic purchases wisely and spray and thoroughly wash. The difference
in this care is enormous.
• Frozen Foods Section: In this
section of the supermarket, choose the frozen vegetables and frozen
fruits. These are really good for you because they are not picked before
they are ripe; rather, they are chosen at the right moment and frozen
for longer-lasting use while preserving the phyto-nutrients of the
fruit and/or vegetable. You can use the frozen vegetables for
stir-fries, stews, soups, and other dishes. A plus is that the food
already is pre-cut, which serves for faster cooking. Frozen fruits can
be used for the preparation of desserts and fruit smoothies or shakes.
This section of the supermarket contains high volumes of processed
foods, where one can find the famous TV-Dinners harmful to oneself.
Baked Goods Section: When exploring this section one should focus on
certain breads. Virtually all bread contains high contents of sugar and
salt combined with the artificial properties of the processing methods
for these breads. If one looks closely, there are certain breads that
can be purchased. Usually breads made out of unbleached wheat flour,
and grain breads are really good. Some of these breads will contain a
bit of sugar, but you are better off than buying Wonder bread. Some
breads contain enriched wheat flour, which means that the bread was
initially rid of its nutrients during the flouring process and then
weaker liquid solutions of nutrients were sprayed back into the bread.
Regardless, they are of a higher health quality than any bleached
and./or white flour. Please do not buy breads merely labeled “Wheat” on
them as they are not necessarily free of toxic ingredients.
this section one can also study the cereals within the supermarket.
Most cereals are GMO, meaning they are made from a genetically modified
organism. The corruption of GMO foods is evident in the weaker
vitality and the research proving its danger to the human body with
food composed of mutated genes running rampant in our bodies. Atop
this, cereals are filled with sugars, artificial sweeteners and wait
for cow's milk to be added. There is little nutritional value and the
worst way to begin a day is in studying any cereal with cartoon
characters marketed for our children. The best cereals to buy are those
that say organic, with whole ingredients and contain organic cane
sugar if any. The granola cereals that do not contain milk or toxic
ingredients are the best choices.
• Meat & Dairy
Section: This should be the least visited part of the supermarket yet
there are actually some products that can be purchased. As a result of
gentrification (the movement of young professionals and college
students of middle class background into low-income neighborhoods,
resulting in the increase of rent and loss of culture) one can find
products previously not available. In the dairy section, one can now
find soy milk and soy yogurt. Most likely, the brand you will find is
Silk strawberry, blueberry, raspberry yogurt and vanilla or very
vanilla soy milk. The benefits of soy consumption are endless,
especially for the reproductive system of the Earth. These include
lowering risk of cancer, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases to
easing the symptoms of menopause. In this section you will find butters
and margarines that do not contain milk, but they still contain whey,
the watery fluid extracted from milk. Others may contain casein, an
unhealthy derivative of cow’s milk.
• Canned Goods and
Condiments Section: One can extract many useful products from this
area. All the canned beans and vegetables are good to use. However,
preferably, one should deal with the bagged beans and legumes when
possible. These are all found here. Look carefully through the
condiments and try to find sea salt and organic ketchup. Most likely,
you will not find it, but once in a while they do have it. Goya now
produces brown rice. This is a good start, although it may not be of
great quality, but it beats the bleached white rice which should be
avoided at all costs. Parboiled rice is a weak solution while jasmine
white rice is a slightly better choice for rice.
Navigating Outside our Neighborhoods:
progresses in their knowledge of the consumption and purchase of living
foods, one must explore outside of their territory. Unfortunately,
most health food stores and health based restaurants are in
predominantly white-middle class neighborhoods. The saying of “history
repeats itself” is very relevant, especially when we are in tune with
the mathematical patterns that express how oppression is exerted upon
our populations. Healthy lifestyles and health movements tend to be
associated with white people. Just as in the case of ancient Egyptian
philosophy, close study of history shows that our people have been
eating right and exact for thousands of years. This is an aspect of our
lifestyle that was appropriated by the colored man. Thus, why the
association between whiteness and health is made. What has kept our
knowledge of this lifestyle and knowledge alive in many urban areas has
been the adherents to Rastafarianism. Those who embrace (1, 2) aspects
of the Rasta everyday life will realize (3) the right and exactness of
their diet. Parts of certain Asian diets (i.e. Okinawa, Japan) serve
as a great reference as well. This is why one can find 1 or 2
restaurants in heavily original populated areas, as is the case of
Harlem, Washington Heights, China Town, and Brooklyn in New York City.
The field of study, experimentation and liberation of the proper diet
is found in excavating the health food stores deeply and keeping an eye
on the progression of your neighborhood.
Peace, Sunez and Izayaa.