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)
Who doesn’t love vegan soul food? The tasty indulgence of childhood Southern favorites with the shedded guilt of pulling heavy meat industry resources from the planet. Ahh, biting into a buffalo-sauced, meat-free wing is as close to extravagance. Although hard-core vegans would argue “why fake a meat dish at all?” I get it and lived that life as well. Today, I’ve embraced the middle road. Less inclined to be dogmatic about my diet but strict enough to stay within the imaginary lines of remaining consistent on the organic, natural path.
“Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial on how to stay fit.” – 30 something guy in white suit, Everlasting Life Restaurant, Maryland
I have to admit the last time I’ve been to Everlasting Life was probably shortly after their opening on Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC almost two decades ago! The DC restaurant was since bought by Woodland Vegan Bistro in 2013. It was the first time after Queen Afua’s class (2000) near Howard University where Pyramid bookstore was housed so many moons ago, I had the sensual pleasure of tasting (for the first time) mock tuna, mock egg salad and seaweed salad that bursted with so many flavors my taste buds still anticipated its memorable suggestion. So after hitting BWI Airport and the gym out in Laurel I was famished and in need of some nutritional healing. I remember hearing Brother Red Pill and Professor Griff speak so highly of Everlasting Life this past August during their lecture circuit and since I was within driving distance I had to check them out. The line was long enough for to me figure out what I was going to sample by the time my turn came and I chose cabbage, mock mac and cheese, and various buffalo and barbecue meat-free wings. I admit I was searching for more dark green raw veggies (as I follow a half raw food to cooked food ratio in almost all of my meals). I almost picked up the seaweed salad but thought I haven’t had ‘soul food’ in so long I’d give it a try. After all, I am always eating raw greens and salads so why not? As I strolled to my car to tear open the container, before I was approached by a 30-something year old man in a white suit who had been on his phone talking real estate money moves and appointments, “Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial?”
” A tutorial?” I laughed questioning in amusement exhausted emotionally by the turn of events in my personal life. “Yes, a tutorial on how you keep yourself so fit!” I was shocked at his comment. For one, he had come off to me as — lets say someone I thought uninterested in women, secondly, he was hella young (lol, oh Stella!), thirdly, I hadn’t been to the gym (seriously) in a few weeks and felt super guilty for my lack of motivation and allowing my personal life events to dictate my schedule and energy.
Everlasting Life Food Review
The food was pretty good, although I personally would have incorporated more various green foods – light green, dark green, blue-black, and purple foods with more “alive” energy that activated and nourished the melanin of its predominate customers. Everlasting foods were more mock soul food items that appealed to its demographic community. What struck me, further, was the amount of black people who were in those lines, some looked like your traditional ‘woke’ brothers or sisters while others did not. That struck me as how things have really changed where more blacks had embraced a more healthy lifestyle and seeking being vegan and vegetarian as a very real way of life. This awakening was transparent in the lines and popularity this store has in the community.
For my years of being vegan and vegetarian, however, I enjoy many different types of eclectic foods from many geographical origins of the world that are vegetarian and vegan based. I prefer raw veggies, greens, bitters and sweet fruits, and cooked beans with fresh, spicy or herbal dense tasting flavors. Overall, I loved the buffalo meatless wings and the cabbage was slamming. I’d frequent this vegan soul food spot in a heart beat!
Restaurant Rating Review
Everlasting Life, 9185 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, (301) 324-6900 Menu: Veteran vegan cafe/coffee shop providing cooked & raw soul-food dishes in a casual space.
Rating: ♡♡♡♡ (4 out of 5 hearts)
Ripley’s Garden, Washington DC – Sun Gazing Copper Immunity Boost
Ripleys Garden (Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, located is located at the Smithsonian Museum grounds, Outdoors, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum, has more than 200 plants, hanging plants, borders, raised beds, seasonal annuals and exotics.
Garden Rating Review
Ripley Garden, Smithsonian Museum Grounds Outdoor Garden, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum Attraction: Seasonal Annuals, Raised Flower Beds, Exotics, Herbals, Hanging Plants, Bees/Butterflies
Rating: ♡♡♡♡♡(5 out of 5 hearts)
I truly needed some healing sun! My weeks had been difficult emotionally and spiritually and the pentacle came Sunday morning when I had to cancel my flight to Costa Rica where I had planned on an Ethnobotany conference at Hidden Garden Sanctuary. I felt defeated by the forces and felt burnt out emotionally, physically and even spiritually. I found myself finding free parking near the Smithsonian and walking into a garden.
In my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice,Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations, there is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system) receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality, and longevity. ~ Ria Sweetraw
The sun was beating down igniting and warming my skin and I embraced this kind of healing I was desperate for it. I roamed through the beautiful garden finding rosemary, varieties of sage, edible flowers, exotic shrubs, and their sheer beauty adorned and visited by bees and butterflies. I melted into this green space absorbed in the world of plants, water fountain sounds, and beauty looking at all the names and shapes of the trees, shrubs and perennials from around the country and world.
As the sun kissed my caramel skin it soon roasted my flesh into a reddish dark copper complexion which made me feel a natural high (probably from mere mental exhaustion) and lack of sleep. Nevertheless, the sun penetration did its job by the middle of my video I was feeling happiness fill my being and some rejuvenation. I was reading Jeff T Bowles, “The Miraculous Results Of Extremely High Doses Of The Sunshine Hormone Vitamin D3...” and in my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice,Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations. I can assure you the Sun energy is one to be studied with reverence and an open eye and heart. Sun gazing, Sun bathing and Sun meditations have enormous benefits especially for people of darker hues aka melanin. There is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system) receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality, and longevity. Perhaps I will share more on this in a later post. 😉 In any case, I was rejuvenated both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!
Herbal Healing Hacks w Ria Sweetraw | NaturalSelfGoddess™ Blog♥
Quick Herbal Remedies Hack
I was approached a week ago by a coworker who insisted I give her remedies for her thyroid problem. I was shocked because I didn’t remember telling anyone about my years of herbal medicine practice. But for years I studied herbs and healed my children (and myself) with herbal remedies I got from books and healers in the community. I still wouldn’t call myself an herbal healer. I’ve listened to cutting edge researchers who are up on melanin, chemistry, ethno botanical herbs and foods and use scientific terms with skill and expertise. I am a fan of these teachers in the field of natural health, botany, chemistry, and melanin studies. I’m still learning and expanding to include in my own personal practice. I smile though when I share basic healing remedies I’ve personally used on my self or my children (who are long gone from home). What I gave her were some rather basic remedies and lifestyle changes (I stressed lifestyle changes) because dis-ease does not happen by chance or over night. Disease or imbalance is really maintained by poor habits; ignorant eating choices, poor exercise habits or lack thereof, and negative, self-limiting emotions.
Healing Benefits of Lemon, Ginger Turmeric Water Ritual
Fresh Water and Coconut Water (Electrolytes)
Hydrate your body! Your body (organs, cells, etc) need water and are made up of over 65% water so keep the circulation of water recycling in a healthy way, your kidneys will thank you!
3-5 days per week devote to some form of exercise such as yoga, stretching to increase flexibility, weight training such as lifting iron weights in repetitions to increase muscle strength, walking (if choosing this as the ONLY form of exercise is valuable to reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol, and body fat), swimming known to work the whole body (whole-body workout for all sizes and ages, great for people with injuries and asthma), dance
Sleep, Rest, Relaxation from Stress
Breathing practices, intentional breathing helps to regulate, relax and strengthen the Spirit, practice Pranayama (science of breath) techniques, Sleep (8 hours deep sleep) preferably in a dark room with no electronics such as phones, wifi, tvs or computers to reduce EMFs (Wifi/Radiation) that effect and interfere with brainwaves, nervous system, and depress immunity, melanin, hormonal health, Meditate – practice mindfulness 10-30 minutes a day, take some time to go into Nature to get grounded, breathe, go bare foot on the earth
Sun Gazing meditation and other meditations for Love (open hear chakra), Healing & Relaxation
Essential Oils used for thyroid (hypothyroidism)
** note: please research carefully to choose the right essential oil for your condition
Hope this helps! and I hope you injoy my video. It took me all day as a learning curve getting around Adobe Premiere and working around certain obstacles in the application along with YouTube but my first video! It will only get better!
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.
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 Acidsand 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
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
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 Juice for Iodine, Detoxing the Liver and Inflammation
1 bunch of Watercress
2 green or red organic Apples
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!
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.
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!
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!
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! 🙂
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! 😉
Typical Green High Protein Breakfast Smoothie and Vegetarian Dinner
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
Veggies, fruits, some legumes, or grains, lots of raw juices and smoothies, some sweets on occasion!
For 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!
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!)
This 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!!!
I 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
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!