Are You Being Consumed by What You Consume?

Posted on April 3, 2011 by

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From the crown of your head to the soles of your feet

 – and all points in between, you are what you “eat”.

By Bro. Mxolisi

During the month of March (2011) we had conversations with two enterprises that are dedicated to improvements in the health circumstances of individuals and families, particularly of the African world community.  Two themes emerged from these conversations: 1) The need for African people (“melanated people”) to nourish themselves through a diet dominated by alkalizing foods rather than acidifying foods; 2) Our need to be acutely aware of the kind of “nurturing” (or de-nurturing) that takes place as we consume information, ideas and images growing from seeds (sources) that are not dedicated to our total well-being.

The first of those talks was with the Nicholas family, including father and son, Ron Harith Nicholas, Sr. and Ron Knowledge Nicholas, Jr. and his wife Divine, the principles of SupremeWellness. Ron Sr. is a master gardener and plant & soil scientist; Ron Jr. is a certified iridologist and African holistic health practitioner and healer. He is a student of both Dr. Kofi Asare, founder of PAMA Health (Afrikan Holistic Health) and Dr. Paul Goss, founder of New Body Products (Iridology). Sister Divine is a traditional root-worker (healer using roots and herbs) treating specifically women’s and children’s health and healing.   A natural childbirth advocate and aspiring childbirth educator, Divine and husband Knowledge brought their 2nd daughter into this world together, at home, with no outside help. Their web site is supremewellness.wordpress.com.

The second conversation was with Sister Anna Marie Carter, aka Seed Lady of Watts, a title she gained by virtue of her visionary collecting of seeds from natural and healthy food crops that she and her protégés harvested in community gardens in the Watts community of Los Angeles, CA, over a 35 year period – in advance of the rising concerns regarding the known and unknown negative possibilities of genetically manipulated food crops and the marketing of those “seeds”. Sister Anna, a certified master gardener, is said to have collected and stored over 40 million seeds which she uses to help individuals and groups around the country to start their own natural gardens and store their own seeds. Her web site is meetannacarter.com.

Alkalizing “spirit food” better than “soul food”

From the Nicholas’s came the word that the best diet is vegetarian or vegan, not the slave-based diet; that people with alkaline-dominate diets tend to have superior health circumstances, compared to those with acidic-dominate diets. Sister Anna offered that our melanated African bodies have a greater need for alkalizing foods compared to non-melanated bodies; that most processed and fast foods tend to be acidifying. Both their web sites offer products consistent with this nutritional point of view. The Nicholas’s feature Mamuvita Plus Super Food among some 30 products, while Sister Anna promotes the virtues of Chia seeds, from her inventory of more than 300 products derived primarily from the coconut; she said we need to focus on knowing and embracing “spirit food” more than so-called “soul food.”

America’s Anti-African Societal Menu

Above and beyond the foods we consume via our mouths and bellies, Ron Knowledge offered that “food” is more than what we eat but all that we take in through all of our senses. In this racist society much of this has destructive, acidic, corrosive impacts on our cultural, spiritual and self-esteem processes, as well as the promotion of poor nutritional practices and all their ramifications – obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, cancers, and more. Sister Anna observed that “our seeds” (we as a people) are dying at a “52 per cent rate” in this environment; that abortions, pre-mature deaths due to diseases, mal-nutrition, and violence, are significant reflections of the constant array of anti-African messages and imagery that are part and parcel of America’s societal menu.

Nutritional Revolution Needed!

The ancient African (Kemetian) virtues – I must control my thoughts & I must control my actions – are echoed in Sister Anna’s attitude in response to the question of how these adverse circumstances are to be overcome: “Look, I’m doing what I’m doing. You gotta get the information and do what you can do!” In other words, it’s our individual and collective understanding, intelligence, commitment and diligence regarding these issues – and that alone – that can bring about the physical and spiritual nutritional revolutions that we need. It is in that spirit that the following information and reflections on food types and that ubiquitous trojan horse server of racist, acidic, corrosive, dis-information – television – are presented.

People vary, but for most
the ideal diet is 75 percent alkalizing
and 25 percent acidifying
foods by volume.

 

ALKALIZING FOODS
VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies
FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
WatermelonPROTEIN
Eggs
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts
OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
KombuchaSWEETENERS
SteviaSPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All HerbsORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies
 (from www.thewolfeclinic.com)
ACIDIFYING FOODS
FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower OilFRUITS
CranberriesGRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoi
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed FlourDAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter
NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
WalnutsANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
VenisonPASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
SpaghettiOTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
HerbicidesALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
WineBEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk

(Food charts from www.wolfeclinic.com

 Mxolisi’s Daily Green Smoothie Supreme

2-1/2 cups liquid (water, herbal tea – avoid caloric liquids) 0 calories

2 tbsp. Flax seed powder          60 calories    8 gm. protein   5 gm. fiber

1 serv. Whey isolates powder 120 calories     25 protein                   

1 serv. Super Foods Supreme (a GNC antioxidant formula)   30 calories  2 protein  5 fiber

1 piece fresh ginger (size according to your taste)      5 calories        

2 hands full of fresh spinach   30 calories        6 protein         4 fiber   

 (@ 5 oz. or other greens according to your taste – collards, kale, etc.)* 

½ an average size zucchini      30 calories       1 protein          3 fiber

½ average size carrot               60 calories       1 protein          3 fiber

1 pear                                      100 calories     1 protein          4 fiber

1 banana                                  100 calories     1 protein          3 fiber

 ( Additionally, I don’t have one of those expensive, powerful blenders so I don’t put everything into the blender at once – a Hamilton-Beach liquid blu @ $40- $70, to not overload the 800 watts max. motor, which I have used every day since April 2008 with no problem. [Still using it in 2014.])

Blend the first six ingredients; add the others (I cut each into 3 or 4 pieces and drop them through hole in the lid — protecting that motor).

This makes @ 6 cups of smoothie, a total of about 530 calories of protein and alkaline rich nutrition; @ 50 gr. of protein, 25 grams of fiber. Also, whey isolates have all but about 1% of lactose eliminated from this dairy-derived product. Consume and be healthy. Ankh, Udja, Seneb!

“TV Dinners”

Watching television puts your brain into its alpha mode, the same mode that is induced by effective meditation practice. In meditation the alpha mode is a good thing; it is when you are most effective at growing in harmonizing your total being with the values and principles of life upon which you are focusing. But those who own and run the television industry are not primarily in the business for education and enlightenment; they are in it for the profit that comes from the selling of products and services – commercials! TV is the Temple for Vision-less persons! 

The average U.S. citizen views (meditates) 1460 hours of TV per year — 4 hours daily, with over 22,000 commercial exposures. Over 5,000 of those commercials are for food products, with more than half of them being for low-nutrition, acidifying, sweets and snacks. But the African American population is said to average up to 8 hours of daily viewing, wrapping our alpha waves around twice as many of these “TV dinners” — harmonizing ourselves much too much with these seeds of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, cancers, and more of the conditions that make life miserable and unfulfilling. The overwhelming majority of the remaining 17,000 well-researched, well-financed commercials seek to sew into your alphas the seeds that say how lacking your life is without the products or services that they are serving up. Their bottom line is to encourage you to spend more, work more, go into debt – whatever, so you can consume their stuff, and become the whole person that you ought to be. 

All of this and more is done with an overall attitude of neglect or disdain for our cultural-spiritual-historical-social sensitivities – with few exceptions. In cartoons, soap operas, reality shows, crime shows, situation comedies, et al (commercials too), Black characters are either non-existent, one-dimensional, villainous, buffoonish, or otherwise offensive. (Meditate on That!) We need to be very selective about what we choose to view, and what we expect to get from it. And always MUTE the commercials!!

 30 Seconds to Distraction!

It is said that it takes only 30 seconds of the sights, sounds, and electromagnetic dimensions of TV to put even the most astute and sophisticated viewer into an alpha state. With that being the case, it is understandable that the most-destructive consequences of TV consumption are those that befall our children. For many years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has urged parents to eliminate all TV viewing for children under age 2 and to limit screen time (including computer use) for older kids to not more than an hour or two a day. Their studies have led them to fear that too much TV can negatively affect brain development, especially in babies whose brains are growing rapidly. In very young children, the rapidly moving images on TV and in video games may rewire their brains, making it difficult for them to focus on slower tasks that require more thought. Others say that TV may, at least temporarily, idle the centers in the pre-frontal cortex that are responsible for organizing, planning, and sequencing thought.

Yet others are certain that Attention Deficit issues are related to excessive television viewing by youngsters. In one study of more than 2,000 children, it was found that for every hour watched at age one and age three, the children had almost a ten percent higher chance of developing attention problems that could be diagnosed as ADHD by age 7. A toddler watching three hours of infant television daily had nearly a 30 percent higher chance of having attention problems in school. If you have a toddler in day care, make sure television isn’t a constant presence there. 

Additionally, there are studies and statistics that chart the decline of U.S. students, in terms of math, science, reading, writing and problem solving as their entrancement with television, computer and video games have sky-rocketed. U.S. students are no longer among the world leaders in these and other categories, but find themselves lagging behind the students in over 20 countries around the world.  And bringing up the rear among U.S. students — in extraordinarily too many cases – are African American students. It’s way past time for the revolution to begin! Let’s wrap our alpha waves around that!!  (For more insights see — http://www.redicecreations.com/specialreports/TVADHD.html

 Flip the Script! Change the Menu!

This leaves us needing to set reasonable – revolutionary – limits and sticking to them, as we remember (and never forget!) that our children’s brains – and ours as well — develop better through human interaction rather than through passive activity. Read together, sing songs, play games, make plans.

 Quick Viewer’s Guide

[From the Feb/March 2005 issue of ADDitude magazine (Attention Deficit Disorder)]

Time it: Limit TV time to no more than one to two hours per day.

Read all about it: Discourage random channel surfing in favor of informed viewing. Sit down with your child and a TV schedule, and encourage her/him to decide what to watch based on a show’s topic and the program description.

Do it together: When possible, watch TV with your kids. Talk about what you see and help them see the difference between the show and the commercials.  Try muting the commercials and using that time to discuss what is happening in the show.

Eat TV-free dinners: Try not to eat meals in front of the television. Take the opportunity to spend time together as a family.

Lead by example: As your child’s main role model, curtail your own screen time if you expect her/ him to do the same. Turn off your set and invite your child to go for a walk or help out in the kitchen.

Know the system: Most television programs carry a rating indicating the appropriate age-range for the audience.

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