Real, natural, unadulterated food grew abundantly in nature for thousands of years. Five hundred years ago, the foods African people consumed were ALL alkaline.Unfortunately, what people know as Soul Food today is actually a forced adaptation to an acidic diet. This has caused so much harm and disease within a community that knew the real laws of nature.
“The black race in general today, we don’t know what our mothers and fathers ate on the farms of Africa, we don’t have the slightest clue.” – Dr. Sebi
When Africans were removed from their homeland, their food was not taken with them. Facing severe malnutrition, they had to improvise and adapt recipes originally made with alkaline ingredients. Gradually, acidic foods become staples of the African’s diet.
Some live foods and their seeds, (such as okra and watermelon) were transported to North America, but there was little else that truly nourished the African’s unique genome. In the 20th century, African American cuisine was influenced by European foods. French and Spanish influences combined with African recipes to produce the Cajun and Creole dishes Louisiana is world-famous for. However, these foods are not alkaline or electric.
Distortions and Distance
As industrialized food production took over, we became increasingly distanced from an ancestral diet as dead, hybrid, and genetically modified foods became staples. The African genome is not programmed to easily digest the food that it has been introduced to.
Dr. Sebi’s nutritional research helped him develop a deeper understanding of foods that were genuinely beneficial for people of African ancestry. He divided food into six groups:
- Live Food - Whole, organic, alkaline, fruits, vegetables, greens, grains, nuts, and seeds. Rich in the nutrition, antioxidants, and phytochemicals your body needs to thrive, found in Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide.
- Dead Food - Refined, highly processed, ‘synthetic’, often high in calories and unnatural. Chemical rich, nutritionally empty, toxic, and energy depleting. Dead food includes food products made from dead animals.
- Raw Food - Also whole and organic, but the distinction between live food and raw food is that raw includes acidic produce (like carrots and spinach), whereas live food is strictly alkaline (like true nature)
- Hybrid Food – Food selectively bred over multiple generations to force specific traits, they did not evolve by themselves in nature. This includes potatoes, kiwis and cashews, and beets.
- Genetically Modified Food (GMOs) - Created in a laboratory, by manipulating genetics artificially, often to make crops withstand higher doses of pesticides. Common GMO foods include corn, wheat, unseeded fruits, and soy.
- Drugs - Synthetic substances created by the petrochemical pharmaceutical industry to mask symptoms. Also includes sugar, artificial sugar, alcohol, and flavor enhancers (which are addictive and toxic for the body).
For 25 years, Dr. Sebi studied the traditional diets of people in Africa. Dr. Sebi got to experience many foods and cultures throughout his travels. He clearly saw the influences each region had on food. He observed that Africans didn’t eat white rice, beans, yams, or cassava of their own accord. Traditionally, they had no chickens, goats, or cows. Foods containing blood and starch were introduced by colonization.
Dr. Sebi discovered one of the most common ingredients of the Standard American Diet was also the most destructive substance for the African genome: starch. Containing carbonic acid, starch triggers mucus and inflammation, damaging the internal terrain and priming the body for disease.
Here are 7 electric alkaline ancient grain dishes to make you feel full and fulfilled:
- Amaranth – Stuff zucchinis with cooked amaranth, mixed with onions, cherry tomatoes, and sweet basil.
- Quinoa – Make a breakfast porridge of quinoa using walnut milk, adding fresh fruit like burro bananas to sweeten it.
- Rye – Mix rye flour with water and a little salt to make a simple dough for alkaline chapatti (flat-bread).
- Kamut – Tasty substitute for wheat-based pasta, serve with a simple sauce of simmered cherry tomatoes and onions.
- Teff – Good wheat-flour alternative, can be used to make pancakes, lavished with berries and pure agave syrup.
- Spelt – Like rye, spelt flour is good for bread. Mix flour, salt, agave nectar, and avocado oil into a dough for baking.
- Wild Rice – Cook wild rice and mix with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and herbs with a dash of sea salt.
Feed Your Soul
Fortunately, there are many delicious alkaline foods available, and with some culinary creativity, we can mimic the tastes, textures, and flavors that nourish the body and soul. Ask yourself, what is it about Soul Food that feels so good? For many, it’s the feeling of being physically full, or even the cozy ‘food coma’ sedative effect (try CBD instead!). Maybe it’s the memories associated with your favorite dish?
"Real Soul Food is food that enhances the soul, our central sun." -Dr. Sebi
Fulfillment with food doesn’t have to be at the cost of health, and loss of valuable energy. There are endless possibilities for alkaline electric Soul Food lovers. How will you nourish yourself with ancient grains, and cook up something to nourish your soul?