With his passing on August 6, 2016, world renowned pathologist and herbalist Alfredo Bowman, widely known as Dr Sebi, left behind an incredible legacy and devoted following.
The biologist and naturalist of holistic medicine was the pioneer behind the alkaline diet, which is believed to promote longevity and prevent chronic diseases. The diet which consists primarily of non-hybrid alkalizing foods, controls the acidic levels in the body which protects against mucus buildup that leads to the development of disease.
Kory Lashley, the owner of Renentet – Food for the Gods, is one Barbadian who has remained faithful to Dr Sebi’s teachings. The chef of the vegetarian and alkaline restaurant has been following the strict diet since 2008. A health nut from the age of 16, he spent his youth as a vegetarian before fully committing to Sebi’s teachings as a 27 – year – old.
“I was raised on the traditional Bajan diet like anybody else of macaroni pie, all different types of meat and rice. [However], I always had a natural affinity to anything dealing with healthy food. Before I was on alkaline, I was a vegetarian and I played around with different diets and then in 2008, I just decided to go on the alkaline diet,” Lashley told Barbados TODAY.
A strong advocate for healthy living and healthy eating, Lashley’s personal philosophy seamlessly aligned with the teachings of Dr Sebi as it embodied the type of lifestyle and diet which he wished to practice.
“From the time I heard him speak, I gravitated towards it because those were actually the key points in a lifestyle and diet I wanted; non – hybridized food or native foods, these are foods that the molecular structure of these foods are complete and they totally nourish ourselves.
That was the key point. Finding something that was complete that can complement my biochemistry,” he said.
For a man obsessed with his health and following such a strict diet, it can be said that Lashley’s hands were meant to be in the kitchen. The 36 – year – old grew up following his blind grandmother throughout the kitchen, often in awe as her dishes tantalized his taste buds.
“It was just so tasty that I always wanted to know how she put stuff together and that’s how it started in me wanting to get in the kitchen and cook,” he revealed.
As the ‘taste – tester’ in his family, Lashley was responsible for applying the right amount of condiments. It was when he got older and started experimenting with alternative diets, that his love for cooking grew as did his passion for healthy eating.
“Cooking is something innate in me, it is something that I loved because no one was preparing the food for me that I wanted so I had to prepare the food I wanted for myself,” he commented.
Research has shown that diets which consist of high alkaline content results in a more alkaline urine pH level, which helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels. It has been proved that alkaline diets help prevent plaque formation in blood vessels, stop calcium from accumulating in urine, prevent kidney stones, build stronger bones, and reduce muscle wasting or spasms.
Foods such as red potatoes, channa peas, wild rice and sea moss are used as healthy substitutes to nurture the body, with great emphasis being made on the consumption of minerals which are severely lacking in the average Barbadian’s diet.
“Most of the foods that we have are demineralized . . . and your body needs minerals,” explained Lashley, adding “for example, sea moss has a large mineral profile so that is one of the free things on the planet that can give you 72 minerals”.
Admittedly, the diet is not an easy transition for many, but the benefits are numerous, according to Lashley. The chef contended that self – discipline and healthy eating practices were necessary in order to lead a fulfilling life. He suggested that persons listen to their body’s needs.
“A person cannot find peace and happiness if they live in a diseased body. It is not necessarily that you are going to live long but the quality of life that you want to live,” he said.