Sunday, September 06, 2009

Sugarless & Live Food Weeks are Back!

KNN-Village of Peace
Dimona, Israel

In our continuous pursuit of Perfect Health, Everlasting Life, and Eternal Harmony with the Holy Creations of Yah (God), 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 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.

These two consecutive health consciousness weeks are regulated by Ministry of Divine Health as a preventive measure for the Community, as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The Community is touted as the "Healthy Hebrews", and in order to maintain its status as a virtually sickness and dis-ease-free community, the Community's members are made consciously aware of its dietary habits by taking assessment of its total sugar intake as well as living or "live" foods consumption during these quarterly weeks.

During Sugarless Week, brown sugar (white sugar is not used by the Community), honey and other sweeteners which have not been approved by the Ministry of Divine Health for use during this week are discontinued for eight (8) consecutive days. Instead, other plant-based natural sweeteners such as maple syrup (American and Canadian brands), date syrup, the naturally green-colored 100% natural herbal Stevia leaf powder (Stevia Rebaudiana, not the liquid and not the white powder) are used in moderation as suitable "sugar" substitutions. Although these natural sugar substitutes are used during Sugarless Week, it is not recommended to cook or bake with them, as heating some of these substances converts them into forms of sugar.

Sugarless week occurs approximately at the debut of each spring, summer, fall and winter season, and is followed up by Live Foods Week, which, in conjunction with an internal cleansing program of herbal laxatives, colonic irrigation or other purgative programs, assists in purifying the body's internal organs, ridding them of unwanted waste and toxic matter. Additionally, as "living foods" enhance and stimulate the body's natural defense systems, they also helps to flush out the old, putrefying foods which are lodged in the intestinal tract and prepare the body for the intake of the incoming season's harvest of fruits and vegetables.

Live foods consumed during this week also aid the body to adapt to the variations in weather for the in-coming season. For example, winter's harvest of citrus fruits help strengthen the immune system to fight colds and flu just as summer's harvest of honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelons and early fall's grape season help stave off dehydration and other heat-related conditions. During Live Foods Consumption Week consumption of a balanced live foods diet consisting of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables is promoted and achieved.

In order to facilitate this vital dietary transition as a healthful, manageable, and enjoyable week for all, fresh tofu dishes (with no additional cooking required), bean curds, bean threads, sea vegetables, nut butters, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, unrefined, unprocessed natural grains and foods which can be prepared via soaking in water and/or sprouted, as well as unleavened breads, pita bread, flatbread (mahtsah), crackers, soya or other vegan nut and bean "milks" and "butters" which can be used in preparing veggie mayonnaises, salad dressings, 'cheeses', sandwich spreads, etcetera, have been permitted for moderate consumption during this transitional phase.

Sugarless Week commenced at the setting of the sun on Yom Sheshe (Friday evening), September 4, 2009, and will end at sunset on Motsai Shabbaht (Saturday evening) September 12, 2009 with the commencing of Live Foods Week.

Live Foods Week will commence on Mohtsai Shabbat (at sunset on Saturday evening) September 12, 2009, and will end at sunset on Yom Khamishee* (Thursday evening) September 17, 2009.

*Please note that in preparation for the Hebraic High Holy Day Shabbatone Zekrone Thruahk (The Memorial Blowing of the Trumpet), which will begin at the setting of the sun on Yom Sheshe (Friday evening), September 18, 2009, 'Live Foods Week' will end one day earlier than normal.

Please remember that in the preparation of Live Food, presentation is as important as taste.

Please be mindful to avoid using products which contain sugar, honey, cooked and other highly processed, refined ingredients during the respective weeks.

Most importantly, be creative and ENJOY!

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Divine Health at

1 comment:

Kudzi said...

This sounds cool. Want to try it next season change.