There is going to be a time that comes when you will be compelled to act. If you hold the same awareness as I did toward food (which was little to none), when this time comes you will be conscious of your decision to either obey your instincts or ignore them.
I grew up in Trini (Trinidad and Tobago). Our national dish is crab, dumplings and callaloo. Stewed chicken, beef, pork, macaroni pie, potato salad and rice was the highlight of every Sunday. Roti with curried chicken or goat and potatoes. These meals formed the staple of my diet while growing up in Trinidad. Looking back, I can now make sense of my frequent abdominal cramping pains, sinus condition and severe hunger motivated mood swings (mostly anger), and other “personality traits”.
When was it exactly that I started to become aware? I often ask myself. I’m still not sure when but a vivid wake up call was when I started becoming very aware of a quarrel in my head. I didn’t know why, but I had recently moved to the Midwest years ago and attributed this quarrel to some sort of residue of moving. Years later and even after having surgery to have my appendix removed I never connected any of this to the food I was consuming. Why should I, no one around me was having an issue with cheese, milk or eggs of some form.
Right around the time of my first post about Dr. Sebi’s cleanse there were two overwhelming feelings that drove me to obey my instinct. Firstly, there was a heaviness that did not want to release me. I felt physically heavy, slowed and tired for no reason, after all I was eating “great” meals. Secondly, was a strong knowing that I can feel allot better and something different needed to be done. The strength of these feelings drew knowledge to me from different directions. Cleansing just made sense, it signified resetting or rebooting my system.
Just in itself, cleansing is a vast world of many ideologies and methods to doing it. The only thing I knew is I wanted a total body cleanse. In reading about the many methods to achieve this I experimented with a few home remedies for cleansing the major organs. I learned about cleaning the organs and the sequence in which it should be done. With some noticeable results I felt slightly better and kept experimenting. My few episodes of experimenting with cleansing came with many dishes of stewed chicken, fried chicken, oxtails, roti, etc in between. At some point between an oil and grapefruit bowel movement induction and a great plate of curried beef, I stumbled across Dr. Sebi and began to get familiar with his now very famous YouTube clips. Anyone who has seen them has felt the impact of this wise man’s knowledge.
In summarizing my experience here, I think the most important thing Dr. Sebi has done is that he has ‘planted’ the importance of challenging the beaten path. The components of his story are so compelling together with repeatable supporting evidence, the question is, why hasn’t his movie been made yet? This challenge or question he imposed on the status quo is one of life or death. In his challenge, he re-introduced the concept of the self healing body. He re-introduced powerful herbs ‘naturally’ designed to help the body heal itself and maintain health. He also identified foods that were beneficial and harmful to the body. It resonated and made sense to me and so I began my cleansing journey with Dr. Sebi’s herbs.
If I can sum it up in one word it would be ‘militant’. This IS how this will come across to you if you are coming off a ‘regular’ (meat or starch) diet and entering a cleanse with ONLY the foods on Dr. Sebi’s recommended list. One of the big errors I made was tying to make ‘regular’ dishes from the Sebi list of foods. I quickly became frustrated because as I have come to realize, there is just no comparing or trying to relate these two worlds of dish options available. I think this is where most people buckle with diets of any sort. Now that I have done the cleanse I think the best thing is to not compare at all. Remove all expectation of having spelt flour ‘lasagna’ with shiitake mushroom ‘beef’ and Brazil nut ‘cheese’. This just leads to major disappointment as it no way in hell tastes like lasagna, beef or cheese.
Another area of challenge that came with the cleanse and diet change was adjusting to just simply eating less, it’s a biatch to endure especially if you are coming from a diet high in sugar. Most stomachs are (both visibly and invisibly) over extended due to overeating, this diet uses foods that are naturally far less starchy than other foods usually consumed. As a result there is less waste that hangs around in our system. At the same time, because you are consuming less, your body starts to ‘heal’ and expel toxins into the bloodstream creating some serious cravings. Doing the diet this way, you will see your hunger beast.
A HUGE word to mention in all of this TRANSITION. It is a word I have been unapologetic about and has gotten me in trouble with some groups on FB who would rather not have me share the complete anti-Sebi diet choices that I made during my cleanse. It led me to start my own FB group so that these ‘uncensored’ episodes of my cleanse can be shared. During my cleanse my cravings for Popeye’s fried chicken won and it has been the best box of chicken I’ve eaten to date. I would strongly advise to give yourself the chance to be human and fall off the intended wagon. Caving in at times allows more strength to be gathered to get back on and stay a little longer. Without it, it can become fanatical and extreme as you deny yourself the ability to breath and ease yourself into a significant diet shift.
In conclusion, the manner in which I employed Dr. Sebi’s cleanse was abrupt and in retrospect could have had a gentler transition diet before starting the cleanse. At the same time you can only prepare so much, at a certain point you just have to dive in and that can be immediately like I did. Today I do not practice a strict diet that consist only of the foods on the recommended list of Dr. Sebi. I also have not performed this cleanse since. Conversely, I have cut out all meat, eggs, milk, cheese and only occasionally eat fish. I am not militant about these food choices either and can have a random piece of chicken once in a while. I bought and read more books on natural healing, natural herbs, fasting and experiment with it. I just came off my second thee day fast. I started buying herbs in bulk, grinding, mixing and capsuling them. I’ve used them in subsequent cleanses and fasts. I think the biggest point to all of this is, this cleanse will shift something in your life if you go through it. It will inspire something new and get new thoughts generated. I do not know if I will ever become the model of perfect Sebi practices, but know I have come out of the experience much better than I’ve gone in.
Thanks for all the support along the way!