The Health Journey
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had two passions in my life. Those two loves where sports and food. Ever since my father gave me my first baseball, I was in love with sports. I loved talking about sports, watching sports, and most importantly playing sports. Not to toot my own, but I was always one of the best players if not the best player on all the teams I played for growing up.
I ended up getting a small baseball scholarship to a division 2 college in West Virginia. I was living the life I always wanted.
However in my second season of college baseball, I was playing a game in Augusta Georgia. After the game, my whole body stiffened up and I was unable to move. My coach and teammates had to rush me to the hospital where I learned that I was extremely dehydrated. After that day, I began to have several different health issues and I suffered from extreme anxiety because of it. I suffered from massive lightheadedness, dizziness and heavy breathing. My anxiety was so bad, it got to the point that I didn’t want to go to sleep anymore in fear that I would take my last breath in my sleep. My anxiety got even worse when every doctor that I went to could not give me a reason for my health issues. In fact, after every blood test, cat scan, MRI, or any other test, they told me that I was completely fine. I suffered a great depression, not only because I couldn’t get to the bottom of my health issues, but because I couldn’t perform on the baseball field.
About a month passed by and my mother sent me a video as well as an article on a holistic healer named Dr.Sebi. I fell in love with his message. The video resonated with me in a profound way. So much so that I studied day and night to learn as much as I can about his approach to healing. Getting healthy was now my number one priority and I was not going to let anything get in my way of stopping the pain I was feeling. I studied for months before I put any of his ideology into practice. My intention was to visit his healing village to learn from him first hand. However after his passing in August 2016, I felt uncomfortable with the idea of visiting his village without him being there, especially since there were many scandals and speculation of people watering and tampering down his message. As well as rumors being spread that his herbal compounds where being compromised after his passing. Whether they were rumors or not, I didn’t want to find out the hard way. It seemed that there were very few people trying to keep the purity of his message. Dr. Sebi’s message was pure. Due to the fact that I was new to the movement, I was unwilling to learn from someone else in his circle.
Lucky enough I came upon a video of another brother. He is also a healer. But this man was different. However he had the same message. He is young, has tattoos, and talked like an average dude from the hood. He was a man from my generation who spoke my language and a man I could relate to. He is brilliant and remarkable. He goes by the name of YADA.
When he announced that he was creating a village of health and wellness, I knew I had to take a trip the first chance I had to get right and exact with my health. When I touched down in his village, I got the opportunity to build with the god himself. He taught me different fasting techniques for detoxifying the human body, he taught me about the different functions of nature’s foods and herbs, and he taught me how to heal my mind, body, and soul. However none of those teaching where more important than the most important lesson I learned in his village, which was love of self. I realized that I was a person who knew better but didn’t do better. Once I was true to myself, I was able to come to the happiness I yearned for. On a physical level, I entered the village with severe lightheadedness, headaches and anxiety. I left a healthy man. On a mental level, I entered the village lost and confused, unsure of who I really was. I left the village knowing my purpose as well as my destiny.
I had already begun to only eat natural foods months prior to my visit. I already had a natural talent for culinary arts before I became an alkaline vegan. When I transitioned my lifestyle, I treated my kitchen as a science laboratory, experimenting with all of nature's foods to see how far I can take my creativity. During my transition, I thought I will never be able to enjoy the foods that I’ve been accustomed to enjoying my entire life. I thought to myself, no more rice and beans with chicken, no more cheese, no more milk, no more flan, no more empanadas, no more nothing. I learned quickly that couldn’t be further from the truth. During the course of my journey I have been able to recreate all the dishes, snacks, desserts, and drinks that I’ve enjoyed when I was a meat and dairy consumer using “YADA’s Supreme Alkaline Food List.” All of my cuisines are designed to satisfy your taste buds, as well as feed your body on a cellular level. You can say I have successfully combined the best of both worlds.
From now on, the kitchen is your laboratory. You are the MasterChef of your kitchen. I simply provided you with a template. When you eliminate certain foods from your diet that you've been enjoying your whole life, naturally you will try to find a replacement that will satisfy your taste buds. When I began this journey I had an online cooking mentor on Facebook. He goes by Chef Crush Foster. I consider him to be one of the pioneers in culinary arts using alkaline foods. I was about a month into my journey and I was kind of bored with what I was eating. I attended one of his classes and was inspired by his culinary genius. I didn’t just cook food and added flavor anymore, I began to think of ways to recreate the meals I’ve missed so much. In the process, I’ve realized that I was limiting my mind. I realized that there isn't anything I can't recreate with natural foods. Eventually you will be so good that you can look at a non-vegan recipe, or a vegan recipe that's unhealthy, and be able to know instantly what natural foods to replace them with to recreate the flavor and texture of the meal.
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