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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Free Food for Life

A few years ago I came across a post on Facebook that said. "FOOD IS FREE!" I immediately agreed, Liked the post and checked myself to make sure that living this fact was a part of what I was doing. My family has been gardening for 28 years and we have been able to reduce our food bill to a minimal compared to the average family that spends $200 - $500 per week on the grocery bill. Annually that is more than $10k to $27k. What could you do with at least half of that income if it stayed in your pocket or in your community?

Growing food is one of the easiest things that we can do, but it does require a little of your time to get it growing and a little organization and commitment to keep it growing. As a part of our commitment to effectively change our communities, developing food security is vital. Being able to have alternatives to high grocery bills will lift some of the financial strain on your family. Here are 5 tips that can be taken immediately to move from total dependence on others to feed you and your family or at least reduce your grocery bill.

1. Begin a garden project at home this spring and commit to it for one year. Utilize some back yard space to plant fruit trees or begin a basic raised bed garden with organic seeds from your local nursery or food co-op. If you rent or live in an apartment try growing a vertical garden indoors, a potted plants garden on the patio or a window sill garden. Check out Dherbs articles on the vertical garden. Try it for at least four seasons and count the savings.

2. Become a vegetarian. The majority of the foods you will garden will be fruits and vegetables. Therefore, when your livelihood depends on vegetation, which is the easiest to grow, you and the family will automatically have the staples available right in your back yard.

3. Join a local organic foods co-op. Yes, the reality is that many families do not have the time between working and paying the bills to grow enough food to make a significant savings in the food bill. However, there are local farms and food co-ops in every state and in all major cities that are hard working advocates for providing fresh chemical free foods to those that understand and support the importance of consuming natural foods. Here's a national link for food co-ops in your area.
http://www.coopdirectory.org/directory.htm

4. Commit to eating more fresh foods. REAL FOOD NEEDS NO LABEL. Reduce the number of bags, bottles, cans and boxes you feed yourself and your family out of. Try this simple experiment. The next four times you go grocery shopping separate the fresh produce from the processed packaged non-foods and pay for them separately. After surveying the two receipts for a month compare the difference in how much you spend on fresh produce and the food out of boxes, bottles, cans and bags. You will be amazed that if you doubled the produce you buy, it still will not equal what you pay for in processed foods.

5. Get a health screening from a Naturopath or a Nutritionist. Your body will stay well or break down based on your nutritional intake. We have a built in medicine maker that needs plant based vitamins, minerals and enzymes to help you live out your life's purpose. Take some time to get you and your family checked out for nutrient deficiencies and pH imbalances. Your regular MD does not usually check for these things, that is why I recommend a Naturopath whose first line of recommendation for any imbalance is nutrition. Seeing a Naturopath will bring to the light the types of fresh foods that will be best for you and your family to get healthy. Contact me and I can let you know if there is a Natural Health and Wellness Consultant in your community or to learn more about becoming a certified Naturopath visit www.a-life-of-peace.org or email me at akua@alifeofpeace.org

Food is a natural entity in the world we live in, it was provided by universal energy to sustain life on the entire planet. However, modern society has successfully brainwashed people into think that the only way to adequately feed yourself is through the food industry. Be courageous enough to prove them wrong. FOOD REALLY IS FREE.

If you have topics that have not been brought to the table in this time of change that you know will be beneficial, you are welcome to send me any topics you would like me to discuss. We all have to do our parts and I know you are one of the chosen.

Dr. Akua Gray
February 12, 2017
Takoradi, Ghana

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Juicy! A Healthy Cuchee!

Is your cuchee juicy and healthy? If not, we have to talk. There’s something so sweet about a woman that makes the world stand at attention when she’s present. There is a channel of life that all must travel through in order to become a physical being in this world and only woman possesses it. It is soft, warm, encapsulating, enchanting and deeply internal. It is the vagina! This vessel of life is fabulous in its own right, however if you find that your vagina is not always healthy, there is something that you can do about it. 

As young girls many of us were taught to care for the yoni, the exterior part of the female genitalia surrounding the opening of the vagina, but the care of the interior was not a topic of conversation that many of us had with our mothers, aunties or grand moms. In fact, we were often taught to stay away from that area because of the idiosyncrasies and taboos that have been associated with the knowledge that vaginal awareness can bring. That was the old days, thank goodness times have changed and we are now able to openly and freely talk about this wonderful part of our body that is the channel of life for the world.

Caring for the vagina is really not that difficult she only requires a small amount of your time to show that you care and understand her needs to be healthy. First is keeping her top parts fresh and clean is a sign of love and appreciation for this sacred space. The most vital ingredient for yoni health is water, and not just a splash during shower time but a good soaking relaxing bath that submerges her to cleanse and rejuvenate every crease and crevice that makes up your beautiful cuchee. It is also good to avoid using chemical perfumes and creams that create a concentrated level of toxicity to the blood vessels of the yoni. If the vagina is healthy, those things are not needed.

The vagina is actually a self-cleaning organ so there’s no need to invade her with douches or suppositories that promise “toxic” freshness. These products are actually unhealthy and can cause an imbalance in the good vaginal bacteria that is needed for the sacred work of the vagina in receiving the phallus during times of sacred union with your mate. Since the vagina is an internal organ, it is best to care for the vagina internally and the primary component to internal care is nutrition. Yes, the way to a healthy vagina is through your other set of luscious lips! Here are the top 10 foods and drinks that keep the vagina sweet, healthy and ready for love!

#1 H²O The entire body is 73% water and the vagina functions well when she has enough hydration available to secrete the vaginal fluids needed for sex and cleansing. A dry vagina is not happy so to keep the sensual succulence flowing, drink half your body weight in ounces of natural water per day. 
#2 Pineapple juice is the best citrus juice for the vagina. Not only does it provide a wealth of vitamin C that keeps the vaginal wall elastically firm, but it also provides a sweet fragrance that enhances to the pheromones that are released by the small glands in the vaginal walls at the height of libido every month just before the menstrual cycle. Every woman wants to be sweet oooooo!
#3 Moringa tea is one of the most nutritious herbal drinks for the health of the vagina. It provides a full daily supply of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and enzymes that help to maintain the longevity of the organ. Age does not have to be the end of vaginal health and the enjoyment of sex. A daily dose of moringa improves your quality of life and the quality of your vagina.
#4 Coconut water and plenty of it is filled with sweetness and electrolytes. The vagina needs electrolytes for cellular regeneration. The vagina in its natural cleansing process sheds layers of cells every month and replaces those cells with new ones to keep the vagina firm and functional. In other words, you get a new vagina every month with the right nutrition.
#5 Cocoa in its natural powdered form without additives like the commercial drinks has two profound benefits for the vagina. First it is loaded with antioxidants that stave away harmful cells and second it is an excellent aphrodisiac that increases libido. Have a cup of cocoa daily to increase your chances of pregnancy and maintaining fertility.
#6 Green leaf foods like lettuce, spinach, komtumbre, collard greens and sweet potato greens are rich in chlorophyll which is natural blood builder that enhances circulation and nutritional absorption. Without an adequate amount of green foods daily the vagina can be susceptible to disease.
#7 Okra is a natural lubricating and cleansing food for the vagina and the digestive system. Women often suffer from constipation due to a poor eating lifestyle and stress. Constipation is a nightmare for the vagina because of the location of the rectum and vagina being parallel to each other. When constipation occurs there is physical stress that is put on the vagina from the impacted feces. The vagina does not have adequate room for proper circulation and glandular function. Okra stew or a fresh okra salad every other day does wonders for the bowels and keeps the vagina free flowing.
# 8 Pears/Avocado is a healthy fat filled with omega 3 and omega 6 nutrition as well as multiple vitamins and minerals including potassium, which control the water component of every cell. Avocado also boosts the libido and keeps the fatty layers of the vaginal wall tender and flexible.
#9 Sweet Potatoes are a healthy starch and a great source of vitamin A which provides the foundation of healthy skin in the vagina. Vitamin A also provides nourishment for the female sex hormones which make for a longer sex life as you age. Get your groove back with some sweet potatoes weekly.
#10 Watermelon the best juicy fruit for the vagina! Not only is it hydrating but it is packed with the best nutrients for a healthy vagina! Vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, potassium and protein are all beneficial for vaginal health. So to add a lot of sweetness and nutrition grab a slice of this good stuff for your good stuff!
I also want to include here some things to avoid that destroy the health of the vagina. If these are a part of what you think is healthy for the vagina, I would encourage you to eliminate them as soon as possible.
Processed sugar and sweets such as ice creams, cakes and candy destroy the nerves and the ability of the body to fight off diseases, bacteria, viruses and parasites. You are putting not only your vaginal health but your entire health at risk with eating products with processed white sugar. Use natural sweeteners instead like honey, maple syrup, agave or cane sugar.
Soda and other carbonated drinks have a dehydrating effect on the vagina. The body naturally gets rid of carbon so to add an excessive amount of carbon to the body is like feeding the body poison. Soda’s second highest ingredient is sugar, sugar destroys cells and paralyzes the immune system leaving you susceptible to ailments and immune deficiencies.
Alcohol is another poison that is widely used by women who are not health conscious. Alcohol constricts the blood vessels of not only the brain but also the entire female reproductive system. When alcohol is consumed by a woman the brain treats it as a poison and immediately tries to protect the body from the invasion of toxicity so it constricts the blood vessels as a form of protection to not allow the chemical to damage the two most vital parts of the female anatomy, the brain and reproductive organs. To maintain reproductive health, avoid all alcohol.
Douching dries out and strip away the good fluids from the vagina. If your vagina has a foul odor, visit your health care provider to verify that there is not a disease presence and immediately change your eating lifestyle to include the above foods.
Tampons are a direct invasion of the vagina. There are only two things that are naturally meant to go inside the vagina; a penis and water when you take a bath. So to force a stick of chemical soaked polyester and cotton into the vagina is like an assault and it would be hard for me to believe that any woman finds this pleasant. The artificial ingredients in tampons do more harm than good in the long run on the wear and tearing of the vaginal walls which can cause scar tissue. Wearing natural 100% cotton pads is the best way of staying clean during your period.
Vaginal and uterine birth control devices are also an unhealthy invasion of the vagina. Anything artificial that you or your doctor have to force into the vagina comes with significant health risks. The vagina and uterus are very delicate organs that were put internally by the creator because they were not meant to be touched. Their locations were intended to protect the sacredness of the job that they have to do in birthing. So any device that is implanted or inserted will be treated by the body as a threat and your natural hormones, enzymes and melanin will work against it to relieve the body of the invasion thus the side effects that often show up that cause problems in the reproductive system. It is best to use natural birth control, but that’s another article. Soon come.
The vagina is the superstar of the woman’s body. The work that she does brings pleasure to the world and maintains the existence of humanity on earth. When we as women make a conscious effort to care for ourselves we must also include the care of our beautiful sacred space. I’m wishing you and yours a HAPPY VAGINA!

Affirm with me: “My vagina is sacred and I will eat, drink and care for her health!”
Dr. Akua Gray
January17, 2017
Cape Coast, Ghana
www.drakuagray.com
www.a-life-of-peace.org

Thursday, January 5, 2017

We Have 18 Million People Missing in Our Comminities!



Statistically it has been noted that since the legalization of abortions in 1973 through Roe vs. Wade, more than 56 million abortions have been performed in the United States. Of those 56 million, 18 million have been African-American. This loss of life is a clear indication that Americans do not understand or value soul purpose. Soul purpose is the acknowledgement that all life that is created in the womb has come forth to fulfill a specific purpose in its designated space and time in this physical realm. This simply means that no conception is unintended by the creative energy that wills fertilization and birth. On a spiritual level abortion creates a void in the balance of the universe because it denies those 18 million souls the opportunities to fulfill their intended purpose which is an energy interaction with all the souls that are present in the world at that time. Unfortunately, the majority of our people are not taught about living from a holistic point of view and abortion has become an accepted solution to individual fears, likes, dislikes and dysfunctional sexual behaviors.

Among the present statistics on abortions it has been noted that fifty percent of the women and families who choose abortion do so on a repeated basis and about one-third of all American women have had at least one abortion for the sake of convenience. Teenagers account for twenty percent of all abortions each year; which points to the fact that parents and children must be educated on the responsibilities of their sexual behaviors. Aside from the tremendous amount of work to be done on restructuring this aspect of the African-American social system gone wrong, many women/families are suffering from the guilt of the abortion choice(s) they have made or have been forced to make in the past.

We have 18 million people missing in our communities. 

It's not enough to just know this and continue on with your daily life. It is time to honor the energy of every unborn child and to acknowledge the divine rites of passage of the body and its ability to bring forth human life. Honoring the energy of conception is a way to promote spiritual growth in the African-American community. The ability to conceive is not given to every woman and man. Having this ability is truly an honor and this honor should be protected with responsible choices in sexual behavior. Therefore, the work is to assist families and individuals, especially the youth in developing ways of enlightening themselves with the knowledge of holistic sexuality.

If you hear the spiritual message here then COMMIT TO LIFE by changing and teaching others to honor the responsibility of our sexual relationships and the possibilities that they may bring. All life that comes through the penis and womb has purpose and unless a person is willing to be responsible for nurturing divine life purpose then precautions must be taken to only give and accept the life giving seed when two people are ready for that soul to be a part of the physical world.

Abortion recovery is also a real need in our community. If you are in need of this service in your life, there is a Natural Health and Wellness Consultant in your community available to assist with releasing any mental, emotional or spiritual debris that you may still be harboring from the 18 million people that are missing in our communities. Please visit www.a-life-of-peace.org or email me at akua@alifeofpeace.org to find a naturopathic counselor in your area.

If you have topics that have not been brought to the table in this time of change that you know will be beneficial, you are welcome to send me any topics you would like me to discuss. We all have to do our parts and I know you are one of the chosen.

Dr. Akua Gray
January 5, 2017
Cape Coast, Ghana

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Have a Little Drink, If You Know What I Meeeeaan!

What does living in perfect health really mean? Some would say that it is impossible to have perfect health, while others would say perfect health is relative to the individual and what he wants to achieve in life. There really is no right answer when it comes to the subject of perfect health, however there is a protocol that will ensure levels of perfection that are undeniable. There are so many obstacles to just plain good health today that before one can think of perfection, these obstacles must be overcome and eliminated from everyday living and consumption. The first of many is alcohol. 

Alcohol has become so common place now that there is not one adult television show or movie that does not have drinking scene or one neighborhood that does not have an outlet/bar that sells liquor. Although over the last 500 years we have seen the devastating affects that alcohol consumption has had in the lives and health of billions of people it is still being marketed and sold in every corner of the world. I live in a very small village in the Central Region of Ghana West Africa. In my community we number about 200 people. In the village proper there are more than 5 bars that sell liquor in the smallest single shot packages to the largest bottles of "Snaps", they are open from morning till morning and there is always someone sitting for drinks. This addictive substance has become a detriment to many families and individuals. However, the majority of people still thinks it's alright to have a little drink

Let me tell you what liquor does to the body to get you high. When you take a drink of liquor, beer, whiskey or wine soon after a person feels "relaxed" or "whoozey" and many consider this a good feeling because it takes there mind off of their troubles and stresses. However what is really happening in the body is a toxic reaction to poison. Anytime you introduce alcohol into the body it immediately recognizes it as a poison and goes into defense mode. The blood vessels of the brain begin to constrict (tighten up) to protect the brain, which is the center of the central nervous system, this constriction is to stop as much of the poison from entering the brain, therefore the oxygen and blood supply to the brain is reduced which creates the high feeling and the reduced level of consciousness. In an effort to rid the body of the toxins as fast as possible many drunk or inebriated people will experience frequent urination' also as a defense to the poisonous drink. 

On a physical level alcohol adversely affects the stomach, the heart and liver. For a person who drinks alcohol frequently the tell tale signs will begin to show up on their face with the following: enlarged red sweaty nose, an enlarged tight upper lip, an enlarged juicy looking bottom lip, and glossy red eyes. (see Self Assessment: Facial Analysis for more details on what the face can reveal) It never fails that a chronic drinker will have one or more of these signs. The body tells everything! Another crucial side affect of drinking alcohol is creating an overly acid state in the body which depletes the body's calcium supply and blocks other nutrients from being assimilated. Not to mention the diseases that can eventually develop due to alcohol consumption that can induce heart failure, kidney failure and liver failure.

 
The bottom line is those that choose to be healthy don't choose alcohol.

Dr. Akua's Alcohol Detox Plan:
1) Get a health assessment from a qualified Naturopath. (One who doesn't drink.)
2) Get blood work done to determine the health of your vital organs.
3) Begin work of the emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances that make the use of alcohol necessary in dealing with life.
4) Use proven stop smoking techniques that include a nutrition plan, an alternative drink formula of herbs that regenerates the brain on a cellular level and curbs the taste of alcohol.
5) Join a support group and actively change your drunk friends and hangouts.
6) Hire a Life Coach www.drakuagray.com To schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation book with me today. Services

You can free yourself from the addiction of alcohol. Your health is valuable enough to commit to the try. 


Dr. Akua Gray
August 31, 2016
Houston, TX

Thursday, August 11, 2016

World Vegan Tour: Stop 3 - The Big D!

No mater where we travel, it is always a wonderful treat to find a completely raw restaurant. On our latest trip to Dallas, TX we were actually not thinking about raw, because the recommended spot for the best vegan food in Dallas, was a cooked vegan diner. Unfortunately, the diner was closed on the day we had available to eat out. So I ventured to Happycow.net to see what the alternative had to offer in vegan cuisine in Dallas. They had a lot of the usual Asian food type eateries that came up however, we’ve been there and done that, and unless I’m in Thailand, which I do plan on visiting soon, we’ve had just about everything vegan in Thai food. I was on the quest for something unique and guess what I found! BE RAW: Food and Juice Cafe in a cozy little village type shopping area that boasted an irresistible menu of live foods, raw vegan drinks and desserts.

You know the pictures on websites always make places look much bigger than they really are and this restaurant was tiny, in fact so small that you walk through the cashier station and kitchen to get to the coed bathroom. However, you know big things can come in small packages and the flavors and quality that Be Raw is putting out is tremendously big! I really love fresh organic food the flavors. 

We were greeted by the most knowledgeable host. He was super friendly and his suggestive selling presentation made you want to order it all. And I think we did because the bill was close to $100. Anyway spare no expense for organic and quality. Ok, enough of the side bars, let’s get to the food.

We started off with fresh young jelly coconuts and fresh squeezed organic green juice, now how many eateries have this? 


Then we moved on the entrees which included a sunflower seed tuna inspired sandwich, taco salad and Rawcos (tacos)! Take a look at these!
   

 Often times there is the misconception that raw food restaurants don't give you enough food. This was not the case with Be Raw. The serving portions were very filling and delicious. I like to taste every part of the vegetation in my meals and the mixture of fresh and dehydrated veggies in the taco salad was the best when it came to flavor. Chenu really liked the sunflower pate "tuna" sandwich, however I didn't find it very flavorful and only took a few bites from my portion of the dish. There were so many other things I would have loved to have tried on the menu but my stomach was just not going to have any overeating, so we finished off with the vegan cookies and cream cheesecake and cacao donuts holes.

We also had a visitor with us on this trip, Abena came to visit from NYC for the weekend and the food and fellowship was divine. She had the Rawsanga that you see pictured at the top of the page and her plate was empty too when it was all over. Dallas, TX has a real treat for you in the raw and we give this vegan spot 4.5 ankhs.

Dr. Akua Gray
Houston, TX
August 11, 2016




Friday, July 1, 2016

World Vegan Tour 2016 - Houston, TX

There's a cozy little veg-spot in the Upper Kirby District of Houston, TX that I couldn't pass up on this tour. They serve unique deli sandwiches and vegan specialty entrees. I have to admit I've been here many times and love the fact that I can choose something different on the menu each visit. The Field of Greens is a nice spot for a quick vegan/vegetarian friendly lunch. On our most recent trip there we had...

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The unique thing about this sandwich is it has multiple layers of flavors and textures including crunchy, spicy, creamy, tangy, smooth, green, flaky, peppery and chewy. There's also a choice of soup, salad or sweet potato fries with your meal and though there is only one vegan creamy dressing that is always served, it is delightful every time. The burrito has just as many flavors and is packed to the rim for a hearty eater like Dr. Chenu. 
Whenever we visit the Field of Greens 230 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098, www.fieldofgreenscuisine.com  it's never crowded and the restaurant boast such beautiful plant life all around the inside and outside which keeps the vibe green and healthy. They have an array of condiments to choose from as food flavors lean more toward naturally tasting cuisine instead of salts and sauces. There is one inconsistent thing I have noticed about Field of Greens and that is not having a regular selection of vegan desserts. It's a hit or miss every time and most of the time it's a miss. A little sweet at the end of a great meal is a cultural thing in dining that every restaurant can profit from. Ok let's get the review on today's dishes.


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Houston also has several vegan restaurants worth mentioning including Loving Hut in Southwest Houston and Green Seed in Third Ward. More to come on 2016 World Vegan Tour we're hitting the States first and then we'll be taking you north, south, east and west across the waters. Happy Vegan eating!


Dr. Akua Gray
Houston, TX
June 30, 2016





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Menstrual Cup: To Use or Not to Use


Speaking on good health is synonymous to speaking about nature. Modern technology has brought forth many special gifts to add to the journey of living. One of those gifts that have been gaining popularity among young women is the menstrual cup. I heard about this device a few years ago and since then I have never gave much thought to it until recently when I encountered the menstrual cup being promoted in the popular yoni steam training and therapies that are sweeping the spa world now.

I have a reserve about anything that is not natural especially when it is being told to women that something is ok to put inside their body. I did my research to find out exactly what the menstrual cup is, how it's used and whether I can comfortably recommend this device to the many families that value my knowledge on health.

When I talked to women who have used the menstrual cup one of the first things they have said to me is that it is made out of a natural material, but no one was able to tell me what that material was. It's silicon. Yes, the menstrual cup is made from a raw material called silicon quartz, This raw material is dug from the earth, sent to the factory and heated up to a melt down to remove the oxygen elements and then it is mixed with methanol to form chloromethane. To produce the silicone rubber for the menstrual cup, the mixture is then taken through the process of hydrolysis and polycondensation that make the rubber both breathable and water resistant. In the molding process of making the cups chemical coloring is added to make the cups pretty and appealing to the consumer.

According to the instructions for insertion, the woman is to fold the edges of the cup, insert it into the vagina to allow it to pop in place around the cervix and then the device catches her menstrual blood for a day. This process is repeated every day of her cycle. Some of the personal reviews that I have gotten from women have stated that the cup is good to use, some had to go through several sizes to find the right fit, and most say that it is messy when taking it out.

Now let's get back to nature. According to nature there are only two things that should go into the vagina, a penis and water. Everything else would be considered an invasion. It is not natural for a woman to stick her fingers and a device into her vagina everyday of her menstrual cycle. Good vaginal and yoni health has 6 rules that ensure the preservation, good health and positive regeneration. Anything that is good for the vagina should be:
1. Natural
2. Non-invasive
3. Plant-based
4. Hydrating
5. Pleasant
6. Simple

How does the menstrual cup measure up to these health standards?
1. Natural - No. The device contains chemicals and goes through an extensive processing to develop
2. Non-Invasive - No. A woman has to intrude upon the vagina at least 6 - 10 times during her cycle
3. Plant-based - No. Although made from a natural mineral silicon was not created for the vagina
4. Hydrating - No. The silicon rubber is water repellent
5. Pleasant - No. Too many complaints about the complication to get used to the cup
6. Simple - No. Too many complaints using the words: messy, bloody, difficult to put in and take out

One of the great spiritual thinkers of our time, Ra Un Nefer Amen says in Metu Neter Volume 1 that, "...75% plus of manufactured goods is not only unnecessary, it is a waste of natural resources that will be sorely missed in decades to come." I would put the menstrual cup in this category. Some women don't care about being natural, however for those that do these 6 Rules can be applied to assist in making decisions on the best health lifestyle.


Dr. Akua Gray
June 21, 2016
Houston, TX