People of color haven’t long been the face of healthy living in cookbooks and magazines. One would think we’re disconnected from the marketplace for organic and natural foods, but one D.C. resident is challenging that stereotype with his very own raw food oasis. Holding a five-star rating, Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar, located at 402 H St. NE, caters to the well being of all residents with his flavorful vegan recipes; but pays special attention to those who are in need of health education the most — the Black community.
“While there is much to be done in our communities, African Americans on a whole are definitely aware of healthy lifestyle practices such as raw food, fasting, vegetarianism, yoga, etc.,” said Khepra Anu, founder of Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar.
“African people are the most soulful and spiritual people on the planet. Raw ‘foodism,’ while not a religion, speaks to the soul of the human spirit. African people by nature are going to be drawn to this lifestyle more so than other races based on that alone. I say that raw food is the real soul food.”
Anu asserts that he is looking to redefine what, when, and how much we should eat. Here are his five keys to success for a raw food lifestyle.
1. Become “green.” Green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards, spinach, and sea greens have to become daily staples. The dark green leafy vegetables becomes the center of the diet complimented with fruits, nuts, sprouted grains and seeds.
2. Regularly fast and detox. No matter how good you eat it is vital to regularly fast as a lifestyle practice for rejuvenation and longevity.
3. Learn how to make great salads and raw cuisine.
4. Consistent study and education is necessary to combat our mass media consumer driven environment.
5. Social Circle — family, spouse and community all have a tremendous impact on everything we think and do.