Sunday, October 13, 2013

Find me on Facebook

Hey family!

I can't believe it's been well over a year since my last post! Womp, womp lol! My apologies! Time flies when you're working hard! ;)

For all those who would still like to follow BlackVeganLove, please visit my facebook page where I post very regularly:

As soon as time allows, I will be more active on this blog again. I'm hoping to produce new content early next year. *fingers crossed*

Soooooo, in the meantime, please check out this video of me on the Healthy Food Happy You show.

(Click on the picture below to view the YouTube video)

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I made raw vegan tacos (recipe included)!!!

Much love fam! xxoo ♥


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Catching You Up On All Of My Food Creations

It's been a very busy few months for me so I haven't been updating everyone like I should but all that's about to change. Check out my latest raw food creations...





Visit BLACKVEGANLOVE on Facebook for more:

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Calendula tea and flowers (also known as pot marigold)

The flowers are so pretty. Love this herb for its many benefits. Antiviral, antibacterial, can be used topically as well for slow healing wounds, varicose veins, internal ulcers as well as external skin ulcers, skin infections, treats burns. Great for depression and inflammation.

Steep a small handful of dried flowers for 10 minutes. The longer you steep it, the more bitter it gets.

If you're allergic to ragweed you'll want to be mindful, it's from the same family. I'm allergic to ragweed and chamomile (<also from the same family) but don't have an issue with this herb. Thankfully because a medium size bag of these flowers cost almost $20 lol. You can usually find it cheaper at your local health food store.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Day 1 of our DETOX YOUR LIFE COMMUNITY CHALLENGE kicks off with a yummy spin on a well known dish:

Raw Butternut Squash Soup 

And yes, butternut squash can be eaten raw! :)

Consuming pureed or liquefied foods allows our bodies to readily absorb the nutrients in our food and gives our digestive system a rest in order to facilitate healing in other areas where it might be needed. The majority of our immune system is located within our gut. This is why it is super important to feed your body what it needs, not just what it craves, giving it breaks through liquid feasting like we're embarking on now. It's a great way to cleanse your body both naturally and gently.

This recipe is easy to make, doesn't require a lot of ingredients, tastes great and of course is great for you.

This is the basic core recipe, which I always build on top of depending on what I'm in the mood for that day. Put your own spin on it and add whatever seasonings you desire, or substitute the oil for your favorite or none at all.

You'll need to keep the blender running for a while to make sure all the squash is broken down (but not too long if you have a high speed blender).

Many thanks to my sis Janine Jackson for the pic design inspiration!

Enjoy! :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Why Did I Go Vegan? Volume I recently sat down with the CEO/Founder of Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant & Lounge, Dr. Baruch (top center in image below) and got the scoop on why he became vegan. We were so inspired by the interview that we decided to ask other noteworthy members of our community about their own personal reasons for becoming vegan.

Hip hop artist/visionary Sa-Roc (top left), raw food expert Khepra Anu (top right), hip hop artist/activist Safari Black (bottom left), and author/health expert Nwenna Kai (bottom right).

Here’s what they each had to say...

Dr. Baruch

The motivation behind me becoming more conscious about my health, which happens to include veganism, started with my second grade teacher Ms. Williams, who I was quite enamored with. One day at lunch, Ms. Williams noticed that I was eating an unhealthy sandwich and encouraged me to consider talking to my parents about the dangers associated with eating certain animal flesh. Little did Ms. Williams know that all she had to do was look wrong at what I was eating and I would have stopped. In any event, I couldn’t wait to go home and tell my parents the new information that I had learned that was going to make us all healthier. This began my pursuit of being more health conscious along with working to elevate my self-worth.

When I was thirteen, I was exposed to an article that revealed how difficult it is for meat to be digested. In this article, two individuals were given a meal to determine how long different foods stay in the body. One of them ate a steak dinner, the other ate a vegetarian meal that they could track in their physical elimination. The one that ate the vegetarian meal had no negligible evidence of what he had consumed after 17 hours. Meanwhile, the person that ate the steak dinner still had evidence of the steak in his physical elimination 20 days later. The information taught me a lot about biology and digestion and how the body works. It was clear that one diet was better for you than the other and if that was the case, then that was the one for me. It became even more obvious to me that I needed to make a change as I began taking note of the declining health of my fellow students, friends and family. So I stopped eating meat at that point. I didn’t quite go "cold turkey" but I was pretty aggressive with it and the premise was if it wasn’t healthy, I wasn’t going to consume it. My journey started off as a vegetarian and evolved into being more “health conscious” after concluding that there were a lot of vegetarian folks that were not healthy and that wasn’t what I wanted for myself.

I grew up in Southeast Washington DC and my community at the time was being targeted for bad health and pharmaceutical drug dependency. The weapon of choice was food. I saw it as nutritional terrorism; the nutritional and food industrial complex had made shelf life, flavor, color and presentation more important than nutrition. The only thing in our body that enjoys the poor choices we make with regard to nutrition is the tongue. So that two inch by three inch muscle if you will, is now being pleased, at the expense of the health of the rest of the body. Once the food you eat hits your throat, the joy ride is over. Why do we do this to ourselves? We get that immediate emotional and taste refreshment but after that our body suffers. We should be eating to nourish and refuel the body and not eating to have fun. If I want to have fun I go to an amusement park...

You can read the rest of our interview with Dr. Baruch by clicking here: Dr. Baruch on Vegan Health & Wellness. A lot of jewels were shared so be sure to check it out!


I made a conscious decision to become vegetarian at 12 years old. It was a moral decision once I learned of the treatment that animals suffered at the hands of the cruel meat industry. One of my teachers gave me a booklet from the 70s called “What’s wrong with eating meat” that gave me some more insight into how meat negatively affects the body. I learned how the chemicals and dyes in meat act as carcinogens in the body. The book compared the digestive tracts of natural carnivores vs. humans, stating how meat putrefies in our bodies before we eliminate, causing a toxic environment. This made it very easy for me to make the transition. Going deeper spiritually, I became averse to the idea of putting death into my body, knowing that the animal’s emotions of fear and anger were embedded in the meat. I still ate cheese even though I was lactose intolerant. Go figure.

I went vegan about 9 years ago, after I met a friend who encouraged me to do so. It was rather easy because I had become fed up with the excessive mucus my body was producing. I felt so much lighter!!! I was less fatigued, produced less mucus, and had much more energy. The world without animal products was so DOPE. I discovered so many different ways to prepare delicious vegetables and grains, expanding my culinary repertoire. Overall I made a wonderful choice that I will pass on to my future children. A choice to be healthy and happy!

Khepra Anu

Well, let me begin by saying that I don't like the term "vegan". I prefer vegetarian. The term vegetarian was highjacked by people who still thought it was ok to consume chicken, fish, turkey and dairy. So someone thought it was necessary to introduce another term where the first was fine. I just thought I'd start with that.

Let's re-ask, why vegetarian? The seed was planted by listening to conscious rap music in the late 80s with KRS-One referring to vegetarian diet in a few of his songs. One of his songs entitled "Beef" changed everything for me overnight and he spoke of the Honorable Elijah Muhummad's book "Eat to Live" which I read and that lead me to reading every book I could find on the subject by authors such as Llaila Afika, Queen Afua, and Dick Gregory. In 1991, I attended a lecture given by Dick Gregory where he spoke about only eating FRUITS as it speaks of in Genesis 1:29 I believe. This was ground shaking for me. On one hand as crazy as it sounded it made all the sense in the world. I began to experiment with fruit-only eating almost immediately and I would do it for a few days at a time, until I really got hungry then I would go back to my usual diet. That was my introduction to going to an all raw or live food diet. Years later I learned the importance of vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. I believe had I had the knowledge and understanding of vegetables, fatty fruits, nuts, and seeds I would have been practicing a live food diet much longer than I have.

For the record I have been practicing vegetarianism for 20 years and an all live food diet for more than 10 years. In my opinion this is really the one true way to be a vegetarian, well, I should say a HEALTHY vegetarian. Working in a vegetarian establishment, I see way too many unhealthy vegetarians and the reason undoubtedly is because of too much unfermented soy and cooked starch. These 2 food groups pose a real problem for the vegetarian movement and a trap for those looking to practice the vegetarian way. Starch is by far the most addictive food and probably the worst food anyone can eat period, even worse than meat and dairy. Grains should only be consume when sprouted and the same goes with beans. The sprouting transforms the complex high blood altering carbohydrates into simple, easy to digest sugars. Soy should only be consumed when fermented. The earliest cultivators of soy understood this and only consumed soy in the forms of miso, natto, tempeh, soy sauce, etc. not as tofu, bean curd, soy isolate, tvp as it done by mass vegetarians today.

As a live food vegetarian, green leafy vegetables became a staple food, not necessarily fruits. I tell people all the time, your greens replace your starch, and that change alone will make all the difference. Also, Mother Nature has created thousands of fruits, herbs, nuts, seeds, vegetables with thousands of varieties of each. We have been bamboozled with limited food choices that we eat over and over and expect good health with the limited over hybridized commercialized food. Going to ethnic markets, farmer's market, and not just health food stores is essential. We all need to introduce our palate and bodies to all different kinds of fresh food that we are ignorant of. This will make for an exciting expedition into becoming a well informed, balanced, and true fresh food vegetarian.

Safari Black


We wake everyday with exposure to all things. Inside this exposure we have the opportunity to make proper and bad life choices. The foods we eat are a major part of our culture, upbringing and our attitudes. Even as we gauge the influence/the role that these details play, we all have an en-ate gauge of knowing what's best for our bodies.

In answering the question “what led you to choose veganism?" my response is, you do not choose veganism it chooses you, or at least I feel it chose me. My path was pure evolution, it started in the early 90’s with the removal of pork for politically conscious reasons, in the mid 90’s I removed red meat and in 1999 I stopped eating chicken, fish and turkey and dairy 1 month after that. My evolution was pure obedience to my higher self. It was a gradual path in which I still live with that attitude of self forgiveness realizing that even now I can still do a little bit better. I would say my continued dietary lifestyle is reaffirmed daily by simple logic. It just makes sense and never contradicts itself. This lifestyle is far from a fad, it's way deeper and spiritual on all levels. It allows your body to conduct the proper vibration and function to a fuller capacity. The financial benefits are incredible! If you are well you spend less time in the doctor office and hospitals. You are spending time outside the RX pharmacy exploitation and are living a healthier more productive life. I truly believe health is wealth. Dietary Imperialism does not have to claim your life and I exercise my right to live Healthy and sustainably Free.

Nwenna Kai

I don't like to label myself, however for the sake of labels, I am vegan. I prefer to just say I eat a plant-based diet. Eating this way wasn't really a choice for me as I started eating raw for health reasons. Once those health issues cleared up for me, it became more of an ethical choice and not wanting to take part in the killing of animals and then the more I developed my consciousness around health and eating, it became a choice of not wanting to add to the pollution of the environment and create unnecessary karma in my life in regards to participating within an unethical food industry that favors profits over human health.

So becoming vegan was never really a choice. It was a matter of life's circumstances directing me on a path of having perfect health and I am grateful unto God that I listened and obeyed. 

*To find out more about each of these individuals, please visit their websites:

Dr. Baruch

For speaking engagements/health consultations contact:
330-BAR-UCH1 (227-8241)


Khepra Anu



(Safari-Black Appears Courtesy of Moroccan Rug Media Group and Globalthreadz Recordings)

Nwenna Kai

Thursday, July 28, 2011


It's time for yet another Monthly Healing Challenge!!

RBG FIT CLUB and would like to invite you to take part in our 3 Day RBG FITNESS CHALLENGE beginning this Friday July 29th

You can participate in the challenge regardless of where you’re located, the only requirement is that you have the desire to become healthier and the commitment to see the challenge through to the end. Our aim is to get folks off of the couch and physically active, no matter what your current level of fitness is.

Each day of the challenge will focus on some of the basic principles of the RBG FIT CLUB and will consist of everyone taking part in a number of guided exercises.


Red - Like the blood that flows through our veins to every part of our body; when we exercise we oxygenate the blood which is the key to strength.

Exercises: calisthenics, pushups, pull-ups, crunches, lunges, planks, squats etc.


Black - From the expansiveness of space to the original people; flexibility is about depth, fluidity of movement and range of motion.

Exercises: sun salutation - yoga, arm and leg stretches, back bends, reaching for your toes etc.


Green - The continuation of life. Long lasting like the evergreen. Renewing ourselves daily, sustainability, rejuvenation through proper diet and nutrition and staying committed to our collective goals. On this day we will push ourselves for longer durations and reflect on how we can go about making these changes permanent.

Exercises: running, walking, swimming, jumping rope etc.

Who’s in??!!

*Please remember to keep safety first! Contact your health care professional prior to engaging in strenuous activity if you have a pre-existing medical condition. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Edible Herbs

You're winding down for the night getting ready to start your week off right, when all hell breaks loose. The news stations report that a major cataclysm has just occurred affecting the entire county. People are frantic, chaos ensues, martial law is imposed and all grocery stores close their doors...permanently.

What do you do?

No one likes to think about these type of scenarios but it's unfortunately all too possible in the world that we live in, so don't get caught unprepared! BVL has discussed this topic in the past, it's time to revisit it.

Besides stocking up on non-perishable/dried food items, water, toiletries etc. for emergency purposes, it is an essential practice for families to become acclimated to the natural food sources available in our own backyards (often literally). I spotted/shot each of these herbs growing freely in the wild. Each one is edible.

You can probably easily recognize the dandelion (above), and may have seen the burdock (middle) and chicory (bottom) in one of the BVL albums, but do you know how to harvest them?

Dandelion leaves/root are commonly consumed in salads and herbal remedies, as is burdock root (some use the leaves, but the root is most popular) and chicory leaves/root.

The leaves are the easy part, but to harvest the root of these herbs, a Hori Hori (Japanese digging tool) will help you to get deep enough into the ground to be able to eventually pull it out.

There are many wild herbal identification books at the bookstore/library for you to start the learning process. You'll have to learn where to harvest the herbs from (away from polluted areas) and learn how to ID the plants accurately because a mix up could cause you to eat something poisonous. The knowledge won't happen over night but it's important information that may one day save a life.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Alkaline Food Challenge

It's that time again! Our next Community Challenge will begin on Thursday June the 23rd. Will you join us?

This one was suggested by brother Taziyah Bandele so many thanks goes out to him for the idea of having an "Alkaline Food Challenge".

Now, you might be asking: what exactly is alkaline food? It probably won't help to use google in this instance because everyone and their mother's/brother's/sister's/cousin has a different answer lol. But by definition it is food which has an alkaline forming effect on the body. As opposed to foods that are acid forming.

Acidic foods are detrimental to our health so we always want to make sure that the foods we eat are as alkaline as possible. For this challenge we will be using Dr. Sebi's nutritional guide. He makes it very easy. Just click on the link below and start preparing yourself to ONLY eat the foods he recommends. Can't get much simpler than that!

In the upcoming week, we will delve into the mystery surrounding alkalinity and explain how eating alkaline foods can change your current state of health for the better.

Who's in??

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Autism: One Parent's Journey

Just got my first paper back from herbal medicine school and I got an A!!!!!!

It was a very personal piece written about my son and some of the things that I encountered on the road to treating his autism. Wanted to share a bit of it with everyone, especially those who have a child, or know someone who has a child with special needs.

Here's an excerpt from it:

I initially felt that the word autism had many negative connotations attached to it. In short, it meant slow, not as proficient as, one who struggles with tasks that others find easy, but worst of all incurable. Negative connotations aside, however, it was a slight relief after he was diagnosed. I could offer the diagnosis to his teachers as explanation as to why a wide array of disruptive behaviors were occurring and be received with understanding as opposed to frustration. Future flair ups and subsequent teacher annoyance could also easily be addressed and dissolved with the simple reminder that he was “autistic”. When I began using the word to describe my son, the weight of the word, measured by the responses of others surprised me. The numerous teacher complaints were now replaced with nods of understanding and in time the complaints ceased altogether even though his “bad” behavior persisted.

The feeling of relief and ease I was beginning to feel as tensions between me and his teachers quelled was short lived, however, as I began to wonder if I was negatively enabling my son. What if the ways in which this disorder affected him were not as pervasive as his doctor and I had suspected? What if both me and his teachers had a limited understanding of the true nature of the disorder and were using it as a crutch exempting him from the expectation of performing in ways that he was capable, if he were only challenged and expected to? With the inclusion of so many varied behaviors, which of his behaviors were ones that could be classified as the manifestation of the condition, and which could be classified as normal childhood defiance? Was this elusive term “autism” limiting otherwise realistic expectations of him to perform in ways that were actually at par with his current capabilities? In finding answers to these questions it was necessary for me to look beyond the language and explore my son independently of the numerous preconceived notions surrounding the disorder.

From a health standpoint the doctors stated that this was something that he would have to live with for the rest of his life, from a wellness standpoint, those words alone initially shaped my belief and slightly diminished the hope I held for treatment options. What’s the point if nothing I do will make a difference? His first pediatrician told me that I “ought” to get him tested as she suspected he might have “something”. Those words put fear in my heart. Once he was diagnosed and I did seek out therapy options, his psychologist told me to not be too “unrealistic” when it came to my expectations. “He’ll likely be this way forever” he said, so you should start to adapt. Those words have stayed with me to this day previously deterring me from pressing forward when my son showed enthusiasm in a number of different fields.

It took one classically trained physician who specialized in natural remedies to set me straight and get me back on the road to positive expectation in regards to my son’s condition. His words; “He is going to get better, I’ve seen it happen.” After a year of natural interventions that’s exactly what happened. He got better and better still, symptoms subsided and a new personality emerged. Tasks that used to be difficult became easy and the pride I saw him exhibit spoke for itself. But instead of his progress making me a happy parent at that time, it made me a bit of an angry one. While I was overjoyed at his progress, I was angry at each and every person who told me prior to this point that it couldn’t be done. Who were they to stifle my enthusiasm and how many other parents had they done this to? Due to the fact that I will one day soon be a a doctor of natural medicine I am now happy that I experienced this firsthand. I truly believe that it will help me to be more sensitive to the individual needs of those that I advise and ensure that my words do not place limitations on the most important tool at the patient’s disposal: hope.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Community Whole & Complete Food Challenge - May 19th, 2011

In celebration and remembrance of one of our most brilliant and beloved leaders, Malcolm X, and The R.O.C. Initiative invite you to join us for our next 3 Day Monthly Community Challenge.

We're switching it up for this one. Whole foods only!!! Not the store lol, but unprocessed foods straight from the earth.

You can do this challenge as a raw foodie, or as a cooked one. The only stipulation is that everything you eat be comprised of only whole fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts etc. Whole foods are defined as foods that are unprocessed, unrefined, unpasteurized, all natural, with no additives, preservatives, sugar etc. So that means, no pre-made pasta/pasta sauce, store bought salad dressing, daiya cheese, agave nectar, crackers, candy, nama shoyu, nutritional yeast, tortilla chips/wraps, cooking oils (unless raw and cold pressed), pre-made juices (unless freshly squeezed), canned foods etc. Basically nothing made or prepared in a factory, but rather food that has ingredients that are mostly recognizable by sight alone.

This challenge will require you to stick to your grocer’s produce aisle and deviate from it only to pick up items like wild rice, quinoa, nuts and other whole grains/pseudo grains/seeds etc. If you must purchase pre-made items during this challenge they should be raw and list how they were prepared (i.e. dehydrated at 110 degrees for 10 hours).

I understand that this won’t be the easiest thing to do but the reason we're having it is to call attention to our over dependence on processed foods. Pre-made, pre-packaged foods are either devoid of nutrients or largely deprived of them. Microwavable dinners, chips, and other ready-made items have trickled into our health food stores and people who consider themselves healthy, or are on the road to improved health are not exempt. We have to learn to break free from all of that and live as naturally as possible if we want to experience optimal health.

Who’s in!!?!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Look Inside My Pantry...

One of the first things that people ask me when they find out about my raw food lifestyle is: What do you eat!? Well here's a snapshot of just some of what's going on in my pantry. I would have taken a pic of my fridge but suffice it to say that it's filled to the brim with kale and other leafy greens, coconuts and veggies galore.

Ok so let's see...We got nori and dulse (front, far left), moringa (green top, contact sis Nadra Rae on FB to purchase), medjool and deglet dates (front, far right), raw coconut butter, raw coconut oil, raw tahini (middle), goji berries, REALLY raw unpasteurized almonds, raw walnuts, raw shredded coconut, black quinoa, my trusted BPA free gallon water jug (blue one, far left) and my new favorite non-leaching, non-BPA, non-cadmium, non-toxic, non-EVERYTHING stainless steel thermos by thinksport.

I'm a proponent of hot teas. Not all raw foodists are but as a healer, it's what I do and their medicinal properties/benefits (often extracted by the steeping process) is something I'm all for. Anyhoo, the other day I poured some hot tea in my thinksport thermos at around 7AM. It has a built in removable strainer so I poured the water in, loose tea and all. Drove to class, tried to sip some about an hour later and burned my tongue. Took a Tai Chi class for almost 2 hours and then came back and burned my tongue again lol. This thing stays hot! I also use it for raw nut milks/smoothies. It keeps them at a consistent temperature throughout the day, whether cold or room temperature. Love it!!

I'm currently learning how to cultivate and dry wild herbs, but until I get there I think I might be Oregon's Wild Harvest's best customer lol. Love their herbs!! Organic and surprisingly fresh and potent. The only ones not labeled are the sarsaparilla and hops to the far right, dried elder berries hidden under the turmeric and marshmallow root and raw chlorella towards the back (behind the elder flower). I don't advise that everyone go out and buy every herb pictured here without thorough research, but if you know of various herbs and their effects, they can become a trusted ally in every household. I can't tell you the last time my family has taken medicine.  

Now this one right here deserves a pic all to itself lol. Himalayan Pink Salt!!! Kicks up the flavor of any dish, yet is very mild tasting and so good for you. 

Hope this helps to get the wheels turning fam!! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dandelion Greens

One woman's unsightly garden is another woman's treasure! For the longest time I was afraid to harvest my own dandelion greens. It made no sense, I would bypass tons of them on the way to the organic grocer where I would buy them almost every week. Well once I got over that, I realized that I had hit a gold mine.

I could save a lot each year, plus in knowing the source, I know they are 100% organic, contaminant free (my backyard isn't flush to any main roads or curious dogs for that matter lol), and there's nothing like picking your own greens then eating them very shortly after. Super energizing!!

Here's a cluster I picked today. This would have been close to 10 dollars at the grocery. The younger you pick them (pre-flowers), the softer and less bitter they are. But bitter isn't necessarily a bad thing, bitter herbs are great for digestion. Dandelion leaves (and roots) have almost too many benefits to name but some of the most celebrated are their ability to cleanse, detoxify and alkalinize the blood, their diuretic properties and their ability to curb anemia. I eat them raw in salads or by themselves, as is. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Raw Tiramisu

Here's a sample of how you can get fancy with Raw Food Cuisine. No need to get bored with your options, there's always something new to create!!

Picked this up from the health food store today. 100% Raw (unCooked) Vegan. 

Ingredients: Cashews, almonds, coconut, agave, coconut oil, raw cacao, coconut meat, cold pressed espresso, vanilla and sea salt.

Had one bite and lil man took it off my hands lol. I swore he ate it in 3 bites lol. Was delish!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Community Raw Food Challenge

We'll be providing you with all you need to know about Raw and Live Vegan Foods during this 3 Day Challenge. Learn the benefits of a Raw Food Diet and experience the healing for yourself with the support of our community!!

It doesn't matter where you live, our aim is to involve as many people as possible both online and beyond. 

Visit us on facebook: and stay tuned for more information!! 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Juice Feast Finale

A big congrats to everyone who participated in our First Community Juice Feast!!! It was a huge success!! Today is the 3rd and final day. Hope you feel motivated to take your health to new heights going forth. We'll be conducting our Feasts monthly so no worries if you missed this one.

I decided to go out with a bang. This one is blended Raw Chlorella. Can't even lie, it wasn't pretty lol. *gags*

Check out this post for more about the benefits of Chlorella:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Apple Marshmallow Juice

Not the marshmallow treat you might be thinking of, but the actual Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis). It's by far one of my favorite tasting herbs. Great for immune system support, digestive and bowel issues, treating respiratory conditions, inflammation, skin ailments and can be used topically as a wound healing agent.

One of Marshmallow Root's many benefits is that it contains mucilage, a spongy substance that turns into a gel and swells when it comes in contact with water. Mucilage helps to soothe the mucous membranes/intestinal tract, and similar to sea moss (also high in mucilage), has heavy metal detoxification capabilities.

This juice contained 3 apples and 2 tablespoons of marshmallow root soaked for a 4 hours, blended, then strained. I then added the extracted water to the apple juice. Best juice since the Feast began!

*Note: Marshmallow Root should not be taken along with medications because it can interfere with their absorption. Take meds prior to consuming it and/or allow a few hours to pass after consumption.

Remember, herbs are medicine. The university of Google can only take you but so far. So take it beyond the internet whenever possible and seek the advice of a TRUSTED authority on the topic when diving into a new herbal regiment. 

Juice Feast Friday

Got 3 hours of sleep last night and felt a bit sluggish this morning until...

I downed this bad boy lol.

Cilantro, Kale, Spinach and 1 Lime. *Warning: Not for the faint of heart lol. Actually I take that back, those with faint hearts NEED to drink things like this. Super alkalizing and oh so energizing.

Cilantro is an ingredient that I have used over the years in treating my son who was diagnosed with autism (his mercury readings were in the top 95th percentile, as are many children diagnosed with the condition). Years ago, Dr. Yoshiaki Omura made the discovery that once consumed, cilantro acts as a mercury chelator (something that binds to heavy metals and pulls them out of the body). Especially important because mercury is hard to excrete/get rid of. It normally stays stuck within you without something to assist in its removal.

Mercury is a neurotoxin and left within the body upon exposure does serious damage. The practice of drinking the juice extracted from cilantro (or simply eating it) is a must if you've ever been vaccinated, have amalgam fillings (the metal ones), have ever eaten seafood, drink tap water, breathe air...ok lol, so basically everyone should give it a try.

Start by taking it 3 back-to-back days out of the week, then take the rest of the week off. Repeat around 2-3 times/month. Dosage suggestion: 1/2 - 1 cup daily and increase as desired.  

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Juice Feast Thursday

3 Oranges, 3 Handfuls of Spinach. That's it! Could barely taste the spinach. Was a great way to kick off the first day of our Community Juice Feast!  

2 Oranges, 2 Apples, 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Turmeric, 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Ginger, 1 Tablespoon of Rose Hips water (soak dehydrated Rose Hips, blend, then extract water).

Day 1 is almost done, only 2 more to go! Hope everyone is hanging in there! :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Community Juice Feast


This is and The R.O.C. Initiative's first Community Juice Feast which from here on out, will occur on a monthly basis. As a show of solidarity, some feasts will be themed and coordinated around issues taking place globally that are pertinent to the black community.

What You Will Need:
  • A 3 day supply of your favorite fruits and veggies 
  • A juicer, blender and strainer (optional) 
  • Frozen fruits and/or nuts if you're new to juice feasting and would like to incorporate smoothies/nut

We're looking to include as many people as possible, whether veteran or novice. Please join us and spread the word!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Auricular Acupuncture

Had my very first Auricular Acupuncture treatment today. Where each acupuncture needle is placed in a specific part of your ear which corresponds to an area in your body.

From top to bottom those areas are: 1. The Sympathetic Nervous System 2. Heart 3. Kidneys 4. Liver 5. Lungs

It was supposed to promote a feeling of heightened relaxation. It stung for the first 3 minutes then the pain subsided and 10 minutes later I started falling asleep lol.

Overall, I can't say that I feel any different but it was interesting that I couldn't stay awake. Might have to give it another chance in the future.

Check out the alien pic lol.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Trinidadian Hot Pepper Sauce

This is the homemade pepper sauce I mentioned in the previous post.

Blended habanero peppers, shadow benny, onions, lime, apple cider vinegar, mustard, olive oil, sea salt and garlic (optional). I choose to leave the garlic out (per Dr. Sebi) and it still always tastes amazing. Super hot, super flavorful!

This is a staple in Caribbean cuisine. For those that don't know, a little of this stuff goes a loooong way. A bottle like this can last for a while cause all you need is about a 1/4 teaspoon or so per dish (to your taste).

Note that you're not supposed to use metal spoons when scooping out servings. I can think of a few reasons why (spoilage, oxidation, corrosion etc.) but mainly it's something the elders always told us growing up. Best to use a wooden one if possible. 

Enjoy :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spicy Mango Stuffed Peppers

We were all talking about mangoes on Facebook today so it got me craving for my favorite fruit.

Mangoes can be in desserts, or in savory dishes. In Trinidad we make spicy mango items all the time.

A little lime, cayenne, cilantro, homemade Caribbean pepper sauce (habanero peppers, shadow benny, onions, lime, apple cider vinegar etc.), rub the mangoes down with a little sea salt to finish and you're done! Yum!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Avocado Smoothie

Anyone who knows me, knows that my smoothies are not complete if they don't have an avocado in them. I started throwing them in there as an experiment to see if my son would be able to taste them (he didn't have a clue *evil laughter*) and I haven't stopped since. Makes them so creamy!

This drink here is my favorite, but the avocado flavor isn't at all masked. It's actually only made from avocados, dates and water. Now I must admit, it's an acquired taste, but my taste buds have acquired a strong liking to it lol. Not sure about you and yours though. In my fam, my son gives it a big thumbs down. But it's like heaven to me. Maybe less like a normal smoothie texture and more like a creamy watered down pudding consistency. <Ok that sounds unappetizing, but you might want to try it before you knock it ;)

You can add almond milk if you'd like and even coconut.

I've been told that it's a popular drink in Morocco, but they generally use milk and honey in that one so womp womp!

Avocados are a great thing to add to your diet regardless of how you decide to consume them. They're high in the good fats our bodies need, have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, lower cholesterol, are great for heart health, are very nutritious and yummy in salads (or in avocado smoothies lol) ;) 

The Benefits of Juicing

Many people ask me what they can expect when they start juicing (after the initial detox period diminishes).

Taziyah Bandele, one half of the hiphop group PanAfrikanZ, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands juices fresh fruits and veggies daily. I've known him and his brother AminHassan IsIyahmin since back when myspace was alive and well lol. I built with him recently on the effects he has experienced since he embarked on the journey of juice fasts (feasts) and he had this to say:

Check out the jewels...

1. Feel more fit, sharp and spiritually sensitive.

2. Less cravings for sweets, even vegan sweets.

3. Smoother skin and my hair grows really fast.

4. Sometimes I experience headaches through being too busy and sometimes I develop a cold, but through putting the right juice together, I've noticed that the healing starts to work immediately and the effects can be noticed right away.

5. Through making fresh juices, I stopped buying any juice from the store. Even the health food store which is pretty expensive over here.

6. Juicing keeps me in a balance with food consumption. I don't have the feeling to eat every time, you could say this results in some weight loss. I love to feed myself when only necessary and really feel like eating. Not eat just to fill.

7. Through juicing I am consuming more raw foods which in turn become liquid.

8. Through juicing I am getting my Recommended Daily Allowance of vegetables and fruits.

9. My alkaline level is raised up through green juicing.

10. Overall, juicing for health provides vital nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for our bodies to repair themselves, strengthen the immune system and for cell regeneration and growth. The results can be different for each of us, really depending on how one's treating themselves daily. A holistic approach I prefer, because there you work on all levels, body, mind, spirit. But starting with juicing and especially juice fasting to make a change in one's life, is a good beginning. It opens the way for more self-temple-healing. - Taziyah

There you have it!

*Three of Taziyah's latest creations. Check out the lovely website in the background of the second one lol.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Black Vegan Love

Welcome to the new website!

With the mission of lovingly serving our communities so in dire need of a revolution in health, and physical/mental well being...

Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, transitioning, or just looking to add more healthy elements to your diet, there's something for everyone.

Being sick all the time is so unnecessary. Time to work together to eliminate some of  the things that challenge the state of our health globally!!

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- Aiya