Monday, July 29, 2019

Gye-Nyame Coffee - A Drink For The Journey


FAM, on the "Daily Toast" you often hear me talk about the 4 pillars to staying healthy, proper breathing, drinking pure water (half your weight in ounces), eating cultural appropriate food, and movement. These pillars will keep you healthy and feeling good. We stress cultural appropriate food because we believe that every culture has particular diet that helped them survive. Every culture develops a relationship with the land they inhabit, and this land (territory) strives to take care of the people (culture), and provides them with food that helps them survive. When a people follow their cultural ways of eating they avoid many of the diseases that are a scourge upon the world today.
As ADOS we have a strange situation because we were stolen from our land, stripped of many of our cultural ways, and separated from our natural diet. It is up to us to piece together what we can to build back to our cultural ways, and our natural health. We are existing in an international world where many  foods are available to us, but to stay healthy we need to plug into our unique culture and heritage.
I personally have been experimenting with different things and I will begin to help you plug into some things that can bring some balance to your diet. We have to move away from the slave diet that was thrust upon us, but we have to strive to move back into some of the cultural ways that kept us living long and healthy lives.
Being ADOS we know that our cultural ways can be traced back to Africa's Western coast, but we have been here for over 400 years and certain things have been added to our culture and all of them were not bad. We have to begin to rebuild and find things that can help us move toward optimal health. One of the things that I am working with now is my coffee intake. I like black coffee and I was looking for a way to make it culturally appropriate so I will share my Gye-Nyame Coffee recipe. My daily intake of coffee now is another tool that not only keeps me healthy but helps me plug into my cultural power by way of the principle of Kujichagulia.
Gye-Nyame coffee is made with black coffee that I make with a french press. I use a french press because I believe that I get more out of my coffee through the process, plus coffee making has become a cultural ritual that once again empowers me. After my coffee is made I add Baobab powder, coconut oil, and sometimes "That Ambrosia". Baobab powder is made from the fruit of the baobab tree that originates in Africa. it is often described as the tree of life because it lives for such a long time. This fruit is said to provide high amounts of vitamins B-6, & c, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and niacin. It is full of fiber  which is good because this helps you lose weight and it is a prebiotic which means that it feeds the microorganism that make up your microbiome. This power packed fruit has a slightly sweet taste, but it is not overwhelming.
We will stop here today but for those that want to try out the baobab power here is a link for you to check it out for yourself: Organic Baobab Powder​
For those that are interested in using a quality french press here you go Here is one of the presses I use: French Press​

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