I am currently reading and using as a daily reference a book named The Joy of Living Live by Zakhah. It’s a book all about raw foods and it highlights the group of sickly African Americans that moved to Israel and follow the Biblical laws of diet and lifestyle. There they have no weapons, locks on their doors, perversion, homelessness, starvation or crime. They call themselves The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. Evidence suggests that they are the healthiest collective of humans on the planet. There has been one case of diabetes, two strokes, one heart attack, one cancer patient, no prostate cancer, no STD’s, no HIV or AIDS, and no teen or young adult obesity in over 30 years. Since 1967 there have been fewer than 30 deaths in the community out of over 2000 residents.
They live in harmony with nature and follow a vegan diet and primarily raw. Its mandatory for every adult to exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes until they sweat and they must get a full body massage once a month. They observe at least 3 no salt days, one raw food day and one day of fasting every week. They also observe a sugarless week where the only sweeteners are maple syrup, date syrup, and green stevia. They have a live foods week where they consume 80% to 100% raw foods.
AMAZING!! I want to go. Today. And very serious.
It is recommended in the book to incorporate the following Seven Daily Whole Food Supplements for optimal wellness:
Blackstrap molasses– This is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is the residue of the last possible extraction of sugar from the cane or the beet. Molasses contains more calcium than milk, more iron than eggs and more potassium than any food, and is an excellent source of b vitamins (including b-12). It is also rich in copper, magnesium, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, inositol and vitamin E. It is a good source of natural sugars. Mix one tablespoon of molasses in one cup of water and drink once a day.
Kelp– Kelp is one of the best sources of iodine. It is also rich in B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, E, and K, calcium and magnesium. Consume one tablespoon each day.
Sesame Seeds- These are rich in protein; the B complex vitamins, vitamins A, D, and E; phosphorous, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and unsaturated fatty acids. Sesame seeds are high in calcium and contain valuable enzymes. Consume a 1/2-cup of ground seeds daily. Sprouted seeds may be consumed.
Brewers Yeast– This is a non-leavening yeast that can be added to all foods to increase their nutritional value. It is one of the best-known vegetarian sources of the B vitamins, especially B-12. It contains 16 amino acids (proteins), 14 minerals and 17 vitamins. Consume at least one tablespoon with meals.
Fresh Parsley– Parsley contains more vitamin A per ounce than carrots, three times as much vitamin C as organs and twice as much iron as spinach. Consume 1/4 cup (3 sprigs) every day.
Fenugreek– This herb is 22% protein, contains and abundance of vitamins and minerals, especially the B vitamins, iron, all essential amino acids and natural quinine. Fenugreek does wonders for the sick and or debilitated. It is a great preventive measure against illness in babies, children and adults. Stir 1-2 tablespoons of powder in a cup of water and soak overnight. Drink off the top and discard the pulp. Sprouted seeds may be consumed.
Wheatgerm– This is the heart of the kernel of wheat. It is an excellent source of protein (24 grams per 1/2 cup), B complex vitamins, one of the richest known sources of vitamin E, and iron. It also contains copper, magnesium, manganese, and calcium, phosphorous and is high in unsaturated fatty acids. Consume 6 tablespoons every day. The tasted variety is best because it increases the level of zinc.
I am still learning how to incorporate all of these into our daily diet. So far I’ve been using the fenugreek, which is a huge burst of energy and happy feelings first thing in the morning. We’ve also been using the molasses. The first day we used it as a sweetener in our morning shake and the second day we drank it mixed in a glass of water which was really good. We eat kelp noodles occasionally but have been eating Arame seaweed the past few days. I have to pick up some kelp next time I’m at the market and start eating it as a snack. Sesame seeds are easy to get into daily use because you can sprinkle them on anything. Tonight we had soup and I threw a half-cup of them in each of our bowls. I also got some sprouted garbanzo beans from the farmers market today and made some hummus and added the sesame seeds to it along with some hemp seeds and parsley.
I’m working my way up to having all 7 in my diet daily. Share with us how you are using them in your daily routine.
I highly recommend purchasing this book. It has great recipes and in the back there is testimonies from people that have been eating a vegetarian and raw food diet for years. One man said he hasn’t drunk water in 32 years!! He says he gets all that he needs by eating fruits and vegetables. Enlightening information that goes against what the T.V. teaches us about food and nutrition.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes from the book:
Eggplant with Garlic Sauce
1 eggplant, peeled & cut into very think triangles
1/4-cup cold pressed organic sesame oil
2 garlic cloves
1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled
1/4-cup tamari or Nama Shoyu (raw soy sauce)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1-teaspoon arrowroot powder
Marinate eggplant in salt water for at least 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Blend garlic sauce ingredients in blender or food processor. Mix with eggplant and marinate for at least an hour. I like overnight.
Serve and mix with kelp noodles and top with sesame seeds.
You can add more vegetables with the eggplant to marinate if you like. I added in red bell peppers and mushrooms.