Happy Sugarless & Live Weeks!!!
KNN - Staff
In our continuous pursuit of perfect health and Everlasting Life, the African Hebrew Israelite Community has instituted Sugarless Week and Live Foods Consumption Week four (4) times a year. The adoption of the cycle of these two consecutive weeks was established, in part, to heighten our health awareness regarding the consumption of sweets and live foods for ourselves and our families. Sugarless Week proceeds Live Week and generally commences around the change of seasons.
In conjunction with an internal cleansing program of herbal laxatives, colonic irrigation or other purgative practices, Live Week assists in purifying the body's internal organs of unneeded waste and toxic matter. Additionally, Live Week helps to flush out the old, putrefying foods which are lodged in the intestinal tract and prepares the body for the intake of the incoming season's harvest of fruits and vegetables. It also aids to prepare the body for the variations in weather. For example, winter's harvest of citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables help strengthen the immune system to fight colds and flu just as summer's harvest of honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelons help stave off dehydration and heat-related disorders.
During Sugarless Week, sugar, honey and other sweeteners which have not been approved by the Ministry of Divine Health are not consumed. Instead, other plant-based natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, date syrup, agave nectar and the naturally green-colored Stevia powder are used in moderation as suitable "sugar" substitutions.
During Live Foods Consumption Week consume a balanced live foods diet consisting of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. To help make this vital dietary transition healthful and enjoyable for all, the inclusion of tofu, bean curds, bean threads, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, sea vegetables, nut butters, natural grains and foods which can be prepared via soaking in water, as well as unleavened breads, pita bread, flatbread (mahtsah) and crackers are permissible for consumption. Likewise, soya or other vegan "milks" and "butters" can be used in preparing veggie mayonnaises, salad dressings, cheeses, etcetera.
Sugarless Week will commence at sunset on Yom Sheshe (Friday) November 28, 2008 and will end at sunset on Mohtsai Shabbat (Saturday evening) December 6, 2008. Live Foods Week will commence on Mohtsai Shabbat (at sunset on Saturday evening) December 6, 2008, and will end at sunset on Yom Sheshe (Friday) December 13, 2008.
Please remember that in Live Food preparation, presentation is as important as taste. Be mindful to avoid using products which contain sugar, honey, cooked and other highly processed ingredients during the respective weeks, be creative and most importantly, ENJOY!