Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Grand Opening-Garden of Life Vegan Deli

by Ahkote Havanah E. Shlomo
KNN-Houston, Texas

The Garden of Life Vegan Deli (GLVD) officially opened its doors for business on Saturday, February 13 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony inclusive of live music, dance, poetry, and food sampling and guest nutritionist speaker.

Aturah Yafah E. Yehoadeen, nutritionist and author of both the original Soul Vegetarian Cookbook and The New Soul Vegetarian Cookbook, shared some health facts and words of wisdom for eating and living for the attainment of everlasting life.

"This is so needed," Aturah Yafah said about the deli. "This is the future. This is the future right now. As you look out, our people can not continue to consume the things they consume and to have the lifestyle they have. You see what its doing to us in your own families-the degeneration, the disease, the unhealthiness of the body. It's not just occurring in African Americans and not just with the elders, but even our children are experiencing it now."

Aturah Yafah warned that in being a vegan, there are still limitations and cautious measures one must take to assure a healthy diet. She stressed the need for us to change our taste buds and to free ourselves from the desire of excess salt, sugar and fat.

"We have to make sure nether to become "SAD" (Standard American Diet) adherents nor to consume the "SAD"-vegan style diet. We can't do that. We have to change and retrain our taste buds," she said. "We were mis-educated. We have to re-educate our own selves. We let somebody else feed us and they did not do a good job. So we're firing them and we are taking control over own destiny through our own food. Our women are back in the kitchen again, halleluYah!"

Additionally, Aturah Yafah shared three phenomenal things that are destroying the health of the human family and the health of your family: a lack of water, a lack of a sleep, and stress.

"We must calm down. We must stop. There are many benefits in stopping and regenerating," she said.

GLVD is owned and operated by the Houston extension of the African Hebrew Israelite Community, and is but one of the many extensions of the Community's international chain of vegan restaurants including the Soul Vegetarian Restaurants, Ta'am Ha'Khieem (A Taste of Life) Restaurant (Israel), and Asasse Pa (The Earth is Good) (Ghana, West Africa). As a whole, the Community humbly promotes the vegan lifestyle that it has practiced for over 40 years, and assures its patrons that they can be free of all worries when dining in their eateries.

"Whether you are a vegan or transitioning into a vegan, this is the perfect place for you because it's not just the food we are going to give you. We are going to give you how to eat the food and explain what the food does for your body," said Bahtyah E. Shalame, the grand opening's mistress of ceremony.

"We just don't deal in the area of food, but we are the foremost nutritionists on the planet! I don't want you to think this is just another vegan restaurant. On our fliers, it says "a vegan's paradise. It means you have no fears, no worries when you come here and take part in the cuisine, because we are not just here cooking. This is our lifestyle."

The deli, located at 12121 Veterans Memorial, is Houston's only completely vegan deli. During the event, guests delighted their palates with samples of barbecue tofu, lentil bean soup, macaroni and our homemade soy cheeze, greens, jollof rice, marinated kale greens, carrot supreme, broccoli salad, almond nut loaf, wakame salad, cous cous, cornbread, sweet potato pie, vegan chocolate cake, vegan brownies and vegan chocolate covered strawberries.

Are you hungry yet? That's just a portion of the menu's offerings!

For more information about the deli or to check out daily specials, call (in the US) at +1 (281)893-4300.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sugarless & Live Weeks are coming soon!

Back by popular demand:
Sugarless & Live Foods Weeks
KNN-Village of Peace
Dimona, Israel

In its continual ascension into the higher realms in pursuit of perfect health and Everlasting Life, the African Hebrew Israelite Community's Ministry of Divine Health at Dimona, Israel has taken the reigns in directing and regulating Sugarless and Live (raw) Foods consumption Weeks. This quarterly cycle of cleansing and rejuvenation was created by and for the Community, and has been practiced by it members worldwide for several years. It is a viable health-enhancing lifestyle adddition for anyone in pursuit of excellent health, a more vibrant life, more abundant strength, energy and longevity than what is enjoyed prior to engaging it.

For ample time to prepare and put in place necessary procedures and items relative to this cycle such as maple syrup, colon cleanser, schedule colonics/colemas, ionic foot baths, etcetera, prior to the upcoming seasonal cycle, please make a note of the following dates:

12 March-Sugarless Week will begin at sunset on Yom Sheshe (Friday).
20 March Sugarless Week will end on Mohtsai Shabbaht (Saturday at sunset).

20 March-Live Week will begin on Mohtsai Shabbaht (Saturday at sunset).
26 March-Live Week will end on Yom Sheshe (Friday) at sunset.

To date, the manifold benefits and blessings of Sugarless and Live Foods Weeks have been appreciated worldwide by thousands of Community members and non-members alike. Each season, these individuals reap its delicious fruits and bear precious personal testimonies of health success towards the attainment and maintenence of optimal health.

The results of the standard curative global health model have been well noted. Alternatively, through conscienscious application of any of the Community's tried and proven health-enhancing lifestyle practices as a safeguard in the prevention of dis-ease, some of this preventive health model's benefits include decreases in:

  • frequency of hospital, doctor and pharmacy vists,
  • dependency on high-cost, high-risk medical interventions,
  • occurrences of unpaid leave and "sick days" off of work due to illness,

The healthy lifestyle adjustments also brings in testimonies of increases in:

  • weight loss,
  • intestinal (bowel) regularity,
  • overall greater sense of well-being,
  • ability to think/reason more clearly,
  • ability to achieve a more sound sleep,
  • greater relief from former troubling ailments,
  • sense of empowerment, control of and responsibility for one's own health,
  • greater financial freedom (more time at work earning full salary due to better health),

Do you have a testimony relative to the benefits of healthy lifestyle adaptation, such as Sugarless Week, Live Week, incorporating weekly exercise, increasing water consumption, transitioning towards a plant-based diet, etcetera? Then KNN welcomes you to share your testimony with us. Simply leave your brief testimony and name (optional) in the "comment" section below. As we desire to publish as many testimonies as we can, please remember to keep your testimony as succint as possible.

To learn more about Sugarless and Live Foods consumption weeks, please click here. Otherwise, simply stay tuned to KNN for seasonal Sugarless and Live Foods Week updates.

For holistic health-related inquiries, The Ministry of Divine Health may be contacted at

"We are encouraging all to utilize this special cycle of Sugarless and Live Foods Weeks to prepare the Adamic mind/soul/body complex for the physical and spiritual elevation of THE NEW MAN."
-Ministry of Divine Health