Sepsenahki “Chef Ahki” is a celebrity chef, natural food activist, traditional medicine practitioner, and down to earth teacher whose name is synonymous with the movement poised to encourage the healthy eating for healthier living.
Her primary message to Black America, There’s an attack on our health system and we’ve been mis-educated on how to eat. There are no research laboratories that we fund that cater to us and our unique physiology so we’re at the mercy of people who don’t necessarily have our best interests at heart. Not to say it’s a sinister plot because it’s not – it’s just what it is. We have to get back to nature when it comes to our health.”
Raised in Oklahoma, Chef Ahki elevated her dietary practices – thanks to the food-intelligence of her grandparents – to the plant-based diet to which she now adheres. Her face is synonymous with myriad memes on Facebook that include phrases like “Your taste buds have been hijacked” and “You ain’t depressed – You just malnutritioned” as well as great advice on how to improve your health, life, and overall well being.
Read on for essential nutrition and health advice from this dynamic naturalista!
Q: I understand that your eating habits were influenced by your elders – what made you switch to a plant-based diet so early in life?
A: When I was 17 I met a Muslim brother – a Hebrew Israelite – who wasn’t eating pork and it sparked my interest. I never met a person who made a conscious decision to stop eating something they enjoyed. It made me interested in studying the Bible and other religious books for instructions on diet on mankind and how man should eat. It took a few years but I slowly took meat out of my diet.
Q: I see that you have a BA in naturopathic science and holistic theology. What initiated your interest in reaching out to the public about healthy eating rather than working in an office?
A: I started off as a colon therapist. I was counseling people on nutrition. People would come back with the same problems and didn’t have a grip on how to eat properly. The clients would say ‘Come over and teach me how to make this food.’ [The blog] started as something for my clients it was an easier way of making things public.
Q: How would you describe your personal diet?
A: My personal diet is a non-hybrid diet. So fruits, veggies, herbs, nuts, and seeds are all non-hybrid. Non-hybrid means that the food is in its natural state; not tampered with by modern agriculture. It’s usually like an heirloom – a step above organic.
Q: The seasons are changing and with it, so are our diets – what suggestions do you have to help people make it through the change?
A: It’s important to detox at every change of the season. The body will communicate that it wants to eat lighter. It’s good to give the body a jump-start. Incorporate live fruits and veggies. Get out into the sun and your diet will change. You won’t crave food anymore. Bang it out with your detox juices and herbal infusions.
Q: Is there a detox juice you recommend?
A: I have a detox juice called The Big Bang. It has fresh dandelion greens, cucumber or celery, lime, ginger, and a dash of cayenne. The dandelion greens are very bitter and are good for the liver and lymph. The detox juice is good for the skin.
Q: In one YouTube video you talk about an instance in which you were shopping and almost purchased seedless fruit and decided against it – tell us more about it.
A: Anything that is seedless is sterile. You have to be careful. Plants are our ancestors. A seedless fruit is having a challenge with its reproductive system. I prefer black seeds like in watermelons. Seedless fruit have manganese inhibitors and cause problems for people. This also brings a lot of light to the reproductive issues that we’re seeing in the West.
Q: Some people complain that they can’t eat healthy because it’s expensive. What conventional foods are absolute no-no’s in order to maintain a healthy diet?
A: I am not with the idea that we can’t afford it. We buy a lot of stuff that we don’t need. I would say dairy – especially for African-Americans, white bread, white rice, sugar, soda, starchy food – pancakes.
Q: Pancakes? Not even wheat pancakes?
A: Wheat is one of the biggest scams on the modern man. If you’re gonna eat bread – eat gluten-free bread that comes in the frozen section. Sprouted quinoa or amaranth bread. There’s a really good book on that called Wheat Belly.
Q: There’s so much going on in the world today that can bring a tear to your eye – what wellness advice do you have for the public that would contribute to a happier disposition on the daily?
A: Wow so many things. Meditation, prayer, babies, doing something new, creating, good music, finding something you’re passionate about, detox, and fitness. Take a walk in the sun, take a trip. For me it’s a different thing. I believe in getting in touch with your inner child. It’s my birthday this weekend and me and my girlfriends are gonna buy bubbles and hula hoops and gymnastic ribbons and we’re gonna go crazy in the park.
Find Chef Ahki on www.gochefahki.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She is based in Georgia and offers a plethora of meal plans, wellness programs, and classes that teach people how to create a better diet for themselves. In between preparing to release a book, teaching classes, and creating wellness guides, Chef Ahki still takes the time to have personal consultations and help the public transition to a healthier lifestyle. Don’t slack on your health when you have guides like Chef Ahki at your fingertips.