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Can A Plant-Based Diet Power Your Workouts?

 
Today we meet Benaiah, an artist, fashion designer, fitness enthusiast and member of the worldwide Dr. Sebi community based in Northwest England.

Learn how Benaiah crushed his workouts when he chose to eat from a plant based diet. This is Benaiah’s experience, in his own words…

Max: Good afternoon, Benaiah. First off, tell us who you are and what you do in the world.

Benaiah: I'm Benaiah Matheson. I try to live this life in a way that is conducive to the idea that everything is art. You know what I mean? It's all designed. I don't know who by. I dunno if there is a who. 


But also, I love to travel, so I always try to apply what I'm doing creatively wherever I go. The earth is a beautiful place to travel, whether it's America, or India, or Africa, or Europe. Now, the pure narrative that I have the most connection with, is the conversation between this island (the UK) and the Caribbean island called Carriacou, and the inhabitants there who came to the UK, specifically to Huddersfield, in the early fifties. They would be my grandparent’s generation. So yeah, for me, exploring where I come from and this conversation is unbelievably important to me, and I connect with it more than any other subject that I've ever explored.

M: You touched on your family connection to Carriacou. I wanted to talk about the label you had for your fashion brand, Benaiah Matheson, and your philosophy of ‘be you always.’ 

B: So the full Benaiah Matheson philosophy is “I always wanted to be me. Be you always." And that stems from when I was a child and people would say, “do you wanna be like your granddad when you grow up?” I would, for some reason, (this five/six year old) always say, “no, I wanna be myself.” 

But over time I started to realize I'm not me because I want to be me, I'm me because of my dad, because of my granddad, because of the elders, because of being born in Huddersfield in the eighties, because of the nature in Huddersfield, because my roots on both sides of my family are from this tiny island in the Caribbean that's still held onto a lot of its culture. 

And I'd always be bouncing around these different communities. I felt free to do this, and I felt that it was because all those people were essentially being themselves and I'm trying to be myself. So, if you're trying to be yourself, then you'll match up with people trying to be themselves. And that's the underlying factor. 

 

 

M: How do you relate your philosophy to Dr. Sebi and his work?

B: Well, I think one of the foundational things that people should hold onto and respect and understand is the fact that Dr. Sebi left school when he was very young. And he is a true example of a didactic thinker. He had to learn himself through observations. And his own observations came to fruition and he built his fortunes by helping and healing other people. He'd practice it on himself first, and then people would ask him about himself and they would get the knowledge. And if they wanted to hear it or not, that's on them. 

But Dr. Sebi was always doing the research, always being himself. And a lot of people did not like what he was saying, but way more did, and it's that consistency of his message that reached us. And it's that fearlessness to say, “this is what I believe.” I suppose that's why I connected with Sebi and his message, because I'm searching and I'm trying to be myself. I'm not trying to follow what other people are saying is the way to do things. 

The more I listened to Sebi, the more I felt like I was seeing truth. I listened to other people's opinions on him and the ones who are speaking from a scientific, hard base seem to agree with him. So, I mean, how can you go wrong by saying ‘I'm not gonna eat no animal products? I'm gonna eat these vegetables. I'm not gonna eat those vegetables. And I'm gonna try this out.’

M: What was your initial experience of applying Dr. Sebi’s teachings?

B: To my diet? I definitely felt cleaner. I mean we never grew up vegetarian or definitely not vegan, but there was a lot of vegetables in our diet when we was growing up and days could go by without no meat or fish. So there was an internal clarity that I definitely had. And I remember just being like, wow, I'm eating good, clean food on a daily basis. And I feel good. I don't feel like I'm lacking anything. The food tastes dope. Why are more people not doing this? 

And other people around me started to adopt this as their eating lifestyle. Some of them are still practicing it to this day. I mean, my mom changed cuz of me. She's totally plant-based now. When you cut out the bad things and you are eating good, everything else changes, like you don't feel ill in the same ways. Yeah. Man's just good. It's good. 

 

 

M: How did following Dr. Sebi’s protocol impact your workouts?

B: I try and keep myself active, cycling, lifting, but I noticed that once I started Sebi’s protocol, I didn't want to lift weights, I wanted to move in a natural way. So that meant move myself and be really strong. And that made me go really heavy into calisthenics, which is ridiculously hard. And it takes a lot of dedication, discipline and stamina. You build up a lot of stamina and I didn't get any injuries, but I got strong, like really strong.

My energy levels were always consistent. And when I trained, it would be for a long time. If I was training with other people, I could always do more. But my recovery was always really quick. And let's say if I tried something really hard today, the next day, or at least two days after I did it again, I'd be able to do way more. 

I'm eating clean, but I'm pushing real good. And I also discovered yoga, all these different natural ways of movement, all felt natural to incorporate into my lifestyle. I got really heavy into yoga. I got really deep into Pilates and I was real deep into calisthenics. All these things just felt right to be in tune with my body in a way that didn't need external sources, i.e. weights. I move my body. I move my gut. I move my mind and I'm way, way, way more in tune with myself. And I think that that's what the diet does and that cuz it's more than the diet, it's a way of life. But all of that, it's a way of being in tune of yourself and then flowing through that or flowing with that. That's like your foundations.

It's also interesting in relationships as well, like physically, you know what I mean? There was no troubles, but also just, there was a shift in my mindset and how I communicate with women as well, because I'm more in tune with myself. 


M: How difficult was it to get enough nutrients?

B: I think there's a stigma about not getting enough protein or that you're gonna be weak. And, it's like nah, if you feel like you are gonna be weak, it's because you're moving weak. But there's strength in this because the plants are all talking to each other and they're all providing something. All the nutrition's in them.

M: How do you feel when you deviate from eating well?

B: I can feel the difference when I'm not eating so clean because my mind doesn't feel so strong. It feels more foggy, more hazy, cos my gut isn't feeling right. I think that if you are improving or you are connecting with your internal side, like a default, your mind, your gut is all being respected and you're building a relationship with it in a different way than you ever did. 

Then you say, right, I'm going to eat less sugar. Then you say, okay, I'm gonna have one coffee a day, and you say, right, okay, I'm gonna try and go to the sauna once a month. Then I'm gonna go to the gyms and I'm gonna do yoga. I'm gonna read, and do red light therapy. You add all these different things, but you're always resetting the default because you're applying more things to your rhythm. But some things will drop off and some things will come back on and you'll just find your balance of what works for you. And you keep going and building those things. 

You are literally always reframing that narrative. You start to observe the details of the elements that are working and not working and you’re learning more. I mean, you are a spectrum to me, I'm a spectrum to you. Otherwise it's a boring anonymous flatland world; you need all those different people. You need the homeless, you need the poor, you need the billionaires, you need the rich, you need the different races, you need the different communities. You need all these different things in order to understand and appreciate the full spectrum. It's all part of the balance of life. [For example, when I’m painting] there's too much light over here and there's too much darkness over there, or there's too much color there or there's too much here, perhaps. 

Finding these balances is the most important thing, but being in tune with them on what balance is, you just see it in other people, you see other people's balances and they align with yours. Even if they're doing completely different things, you are trying to find and attain balance. And you’re trying to honor that, I'm trying to honor that as well. And other people are trying to honor that. It goes back to ‘be you always’ again, you know what I mean? Boom. Cool. 


Soon to come: Benaiah will be experimenting with Dr. Sebi's Support Package and reporting back on his results. 

"To say I'm intrigued to see what results may come from the Support Package is an understatement. Healing is believing."

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