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Back To Basics: Vegan vs Plantbased

What does it all mean?

Veganism is about the ethics! 

  • The term vegan was created in 1944 by Donald Watson — an English animal rights advocate and founder of The Vegan Society. Vegan describes a person who avoids using animals for ethical reasons.
  • Veganism expanded to include a diet that excluded animal-derived foods, such as eggs, meat, fish, poultry, cheese, and other dairy products. Instead, a vegan diet includes plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
  • Now its a movement that focuses on ethics, animal welfare, and environmental and health concerns. 
  • Veganism eventually evolved to focuses on negative effects of modern animal agriculture industry on the planet, as well as the potential negative health effects of eating a diet high in processed meat and choosing saturated over unsaturated fats.

Being Plant based is about ones personal health. In the 1980s, Dr. T. Colin Campbell introduced the term “plant-based diet” a low fat, high fiber, vegetable-based diet that focused on health and not ethics.

Which lifestyle do you lean toward and why? Share your thoughts with us on our YouTube Channel

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We Are Body, Spirit and Soul

The body is the vessel for the spirit and soul and in many ways can be considered a vehicle. It houses and holds the spirit. Spirit is not an eternal form, our thought forms are spirits but cannot take shape or form if not for the brain and the body. Many times we consider the body alone while ignoring the necessity of spirit and the critical importance of the soul.

Our emotional disposition and the personality are dictated by spirit. Spirit is always looking for a vessel of emotion to maintain its movement.

We get into so much more so listen in, and enjoy and tune in to our next episode. Our next live show will be next Thursday evening.

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The Best Herb To Overcome Stress

The best herb to overcome stress is Oatstraw. Avena Sativa is a favorite food medicine for strengthening and toning the nervous system while supporting your endocrine system. Even though 2020’s timeline of events has been utter confusion don’t let it weigh you down. You have to watch the stress levels that you experience in your life because it can compound any moments of depression. Depression doesn’t just develop due to psychological trauma. Depression can develop from sadness which has no identifiable source.

Many times you won’t be able to identify the triggers of the episode or experience. It makes sense to include that there is a spiritual implication here as well. This is because there is a creation of spirit bodies and an absorbing of a consciousness as if it is truth. That consciousness is simply thoughts that we hold onto. Negative thoughts about ourselves based on the material perceptions of the world reality. These thoughts are perceptions that we do not relinquish but rather own. However these are not divine and do not represent our true nature.

Stress and its effects on the body

Anything that causes stress on the body and the mind triggers the production of cortisol. However, it is important to know that liver, digestion, and bowel congestion can lead to depression. Even the overindulgence in alcohol and other drugs that we call recreational is used to counter bouts of depression. Instead, it perpetuates a horrific cycle of codependency and depression.

In this episode, you see the need to use this valuable herb due to the hostile and currently miserable environment.

Oatstraw is the best herb to overcome stress as it is a mineral-rich nerve builder. It supports the system by improving memory, clarity, conscious dreams, bone density, thinking, and coordination. 


  • Improves calm and thinking
  • Supports memory 
  • Nerve tonic


  • Endocrine 
  • Inflammation
  • Strengthening
  • Balance


  • Calcium – low calcium leads to lethargy and anxiety 
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A, C {higher than the grain}
  • Protein
  • Bioactive minerals 

Additional Resources:

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How To Work Through Mental Health Matters

LaJune Singleton talks to us about working through mental health matters. She is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Mindset Strategist, Nutritional Lifestyle Coach. LaJune is also a Cycling Instructor, and Personal Trainer. In this way she has attained over ten years of working experience. Helping busy career woman manage family and obesity, fitness, chronic illnesses, mindset, nutrition, mental/physical health, and injury recovery. She shows us how to work through mental health matters.


In this episode we discuss LaJune’s challenges. This helped to open up a deeper conversation around the need to support and encourage each other. We outline how mental health affected the physical and spiritual parts of her self. As a result of her challenges she turned to trauma eating, weight gain, obesity and a lack of motivation. As a matter of fact, LaJune was in a car accident just before our interview. Even though she was injured we rescheduled. In addition we also had to work around her therapy sessions to make this discussion possible.

Above all, LaJune is a persistent and intentional woman. She shares her experiences in the hope that others are able to overcome their challenges as well. More over, her vulnerability gave me an opportunity to also share. I also reveal one of my stories from my experience as a youth.


​As a result of her consistency all of her high quality interviews and conversations are available on her YouTube channel. In addition, LaJune facilitates programs and workshops that are easily accessible and are packed with applicable tips and ideas. All of the topics she covers show you how to work through mental health matters.

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“During our conversations we always deliberate on an excerpt from one of my favorite guidebooks. This episode features a quote from “The 14 Keys Power Success and Transformation Unlocked” by Chief Yuya.
We travel through life experiencing what we create based on the thoughts that we offer our attention to most. As our thoughts change, our creative potential changes.
… creative potential changes our life reality changes. As all these components are altering, the nature of our questions are also changing. This means the dynamic statement of our own purpose begins to evolve. We all have a purpose. It is a grave error to live a life without examination and inquisition. There is often a curiosity with the ending of our realities. Of course, this interest revolves around the fear of our current framework of existence ending. Some refer to this moment and event as death.”
Pp 51- 52

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Homeschooling, Nation-building and Education.

You are probably wondering what does Homeschooling, Nation-building, and Education have in common. Is it safe to say you are also probably considering how these fit into this month’s focus? At the core of these ideals is the culture that is maintained by the woman (the mother). The mother, who receives instruction and direction, passes on the family’s culture to the youth (historical and ancestral lineage). She understands the power of the youth and prepares them to hold that role. Therefore, a nation can only rise as high as its women. They are responsible for imparting that culture passed down to them by the man. The man holds the vision and passes this standard onto the woman who then raises the youth to be the evolution of that culture. They are inherently ambassadors of the culture that is imparted and instilled in them.

Why Is Culture At The Core?

Culture is our way of life and encompasses everything a nation does. Let us consider Kwame Agyei Akoto in his second edition of Nation-building, he says that “culture defines the parameters within which a people act” and it “serves to define the boundaries of thought and behavior that ensure the existence and survival of the nation” That is what a mother instills by the very act of homeschooling. Therefore, we have to recognize that homeschooling is a resistance to the status quo. This considered, homeschooling is therefore an initiating tactic as we all strive to dismantle the stronghold that secular world standards and views have on the family. Chief Yuya author of The Anu Way states that “the culture and habits we invest in are our silent statement. So yes can we more vigilantly and warrior like without words but purely based on movement and action?

Nation-building requires a basis, family.

It is our culture that perpetuates our identifiable compendium of codes and customs. Culture dictates what is allowed and what is not. Therefore, a culture cannot survive if there are no ethics and regulations. These help to ensure that the very spirit of that culture is not violated. In this way we see how culture lets us know what is important to sustain and ensure our survival as a group.

Whole families are requisite for home-schooling to be effective, and cannot be effective if attempted by single parents. The masculine and feminine principles must be in place to ensure the mission statement for the family drives the goals that the woman creates for the children. It is holistic, women will not be clear on what the homeschool goal is if the cultural aspect and values are not there. That aspect dictates what you teach and how you teach. Education will always be a reflection of the nation or community that you function within.

When nation-building, the education of the youth and the adults alike is a critical aspect that affects the following

“Education is the ritualized and reaffirmation of national identity” K. A Akoto

Sequoia’s Favorite Homeschool Resources:

“the culture and habits we invest in are our silent statement”

The ANU Way by Chief Yuya
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5 Ways To Overcome Type 2 Diabetes with Robin Wong

In this episode our guest Robin Wong explores 5 Ways to Overcome Type 2 Diabetes. We know you will enjoy this “healthful”, informative, and mind-expanding episode. We are starting off the Month of May with excitement around the topics that mean the most to you and your family. Sovereign Eats is your resource for the royal way to wellness and good food, we thought it fitting to tackle the basics of diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most rampant diseases amongst people of all ages.

Those who are most at risk are exposed to the following possible effects:

  • Heart Disease
  • Premature death
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Amputations
  • Blindness
  • Frailty
  • Fractures
  • Depression
  • Cognitive decline 
  • Cognitive impairment which can develop into dementia 
  • Blood sugar levels is directly connected to shorter lifespan, with higher risks

In this episode we get to the core of the issue by addressing the following areas during this spirited dialogue that probably deserves a part two.
Here is what we cover:

  • “Healthful” terms explained
  • Some of the misunderstandings about Type 2 Diabetes
  • Robin’s system helps to control the disease using nutrition and health management. Some medications function in different ways. For example, one widely used drug reduces the amount of glucose produced in the liver, yet it also makes muscle tissue absorb more glucose. Meanwhile, another popular one increases the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas. Robin explains in detail how her health management works to the benefit of those who suffer from type 2.
  • The current media portrayal of diabetes as a ‘disease of fat people’ and its stigmatizing affect

    After good strong dialogue, we can conclude that the 5 Ways to Overcome Type 2 Diabetes are simpler than you think. These are outlined as mindset, reducing fat content by changing the source of fat because the caloric density of animal based foods affects insulin receptors, shifting to a plant based lifestyle, paying attention to the types of vegan or plant based foods consumed and knowing that exercise isn’t the only factor when controlling type 2 diabetes.

    Please explore some of the awesome tools and resources which Robin has provided for you all:

    Here is a live workshop that she offers, The 3 Ways To Master Blood Sugars Without Dieting, Fasting, Exercising, Or Even Meds

    Robin also shared a delicious 3 meal guide.
    Download 3 Breakfasts to Lower Blood Sugar:

Interested in more information? 
Let’s chat about how I can help you!  Schedule a FREE breakthrough call with me:

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6 Superfoods That Helped Me Transition To A Plant-Based Life Part 2

In our previous post, 3 Reasons I Transitioned To A Plant-based Life Part 1, we explored 3 of my most important motivations for transitioning to a raw plant-based lifestyle. In my transition into a plant-based life, I uncovered many mysteries about herbs used for feminine healing, womb health, and nutritional supplementation. Here is a small but concise listing of each superfood and the value that it can bring to your health and dietary lifestyle. This post only focuses on the superfoods that healed me. Look out for a follow-up podcast and companion blog Nine Herbs to Support Your Feminine Body.

Extensive information, research, and medical documentation on the following superfoods are available for your personal growth and development across the web. I ensure to include more than just their basic healing properties herein. However, you have to do your research on foods since your body may react differently to them. In another food episode, we will talk about different ways to pay attention to your sensitivity to food. That is a clue to the ways the body communicates with you. 


Made from sprouted and fermented wheat berries, this nutrient-dense, probiotic-rich gut health drink is not made by introducing enzymes as catalysts to initiate the culture and ferment it. The wheat berries, when soaked in filtered water, produce a rich liquid. This liquid contains enzymes that develop the fermentation process. 

Rejuvelac aids in supporting the gut, especially for those who are sick, those who consume a limited variety of foods, and those who have issues digesting food properly. The benefits are extensive. The nutrients in this simple drink are proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, phosphates, Lactobacillus, and Saccharomyces, and Aspergillus oryzae ( probiotic enzymes may increase immunity).

Benefits of Rejuvelac:

  • Provides friendly Lacto-bacteria into the gastrointestinal tract
  • High levels of enzymes help to re-energize the body by making nutrients available
  • Aids removal of toxins and excess undigested waste material
  • Supports the gut as a digestive aid 
  • Increases the absorption of nutrients leading to a healthy gut-brain connection
  • Encourages regular bowel movements

Energy Soup

Energy Soup is a combination of Rejuvelac, lemon juice, dulse flakes, and sunflower sprouts, with some avocado occasionally. No seasoning, salt, or pepper is used in this food medicine because it aids in blood building, lymphatic cleansing, and rebuilding and supporting a nutrient deficient body.


Supplement daily with an ounce of chlorophyll in water. Chlorophyll is a chemical formed in chloroplast cells of green plants. It is similar in chemical structure to hemin; the part of hemoglobin that carries oxygen in our blood. The one difference is that chlorophyll bonds are connected by magnesium while hemin is bonded by iron.

So why take it? Here is the truth, Chlorophyll acts as a general antiseptic. It also supports the building of blood, healing wounds, and also supporting tissue cell regrowth. Chlorophyll’s blood-building properties come from its ability to convert to heme inside of the body. However, it must make it through the gut without being denatured and then make it to the bloodstream. In the bloodstream, it needs specific enzymes to help it become heme. Some also assert that it is a good source of magnesium, so this is one reason I suggest using it during painful periods. During painful bleeding, cramping can cause moments of semi-paralysis and weakened leg muscles. The magnesium acts as a muscle relaxant and offers cramp relief. 

Life-saving facts about Chlorophyll:

  • During fasting, Chlorophyll will provide an energy boost
  • It helps to flush drug deposits from the blood
  • Neutralizes toxins in the body
  • Neutralizes odor 
  • Purifies the liver
  • Improves blood glucose levels
  • Rebuilds the bloodstream
  • Restricts growth of unfriendly bacteria
  • Used both internally and externally


This algae is a single-celled, abundant source of chlorophyll and is in itself about 58% protein. It also contains carbs, B vitamins, c vitamins, e vitamins, trace minerals, and amino acids. Chlorella is indeed a nutrient-dense complete food while also functioning as a blood cleanser. Research also shows that it can protect against radiation because it contains RNA and DNA. It is highly recommended for menstruating women because the chlorophyll converts to heme which supports its blood-building properties. 


This grass is very high in oxygen, like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. It supports the brain to function optimally and was another nutrient-dense food introduced and popularized by Dr. Ann Wigmore. This nutrient-dense grass contains vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Dr. Wigmore taught that 1 pound of wheatgrass would be equivalent in nutritional value to 25 pounds of high-quality vegetables.

How it supported my system

Wigmore introduced wheatgrass as a therapy for those trying to eliminate cancerous growths and other disorders. The healing components go right back to chlorophyll and its similarity to hemoglobin. The function of wheatgrass is mainly due to its similarity in function as hemoglobin. At the center of a chlorophyll molecule is magnesium. Wheatgrass can support those with anemia, and research shows that it can rebuild blood count to normal after a few days of consuming the juice. Wheatgrass shots have become quite popular for this reason and are ideal for those who follow a plant-based diet and have low iron levels.

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How to Build Your Gut Brain Connection Part 2

You can build your gut brain connection with just a few easy shifts. The gut contains over 100 million neurons. As a result, an imbalance with this connection leads to several problems which manifest when you have gastrointestinal issues (Chronic). This podcast looks at additional solutions and food tips to successfully deal with gut brain issues. Also try out the delicious tulsi tea that you can use as a daily gut rebuilder.

Why do My G.I issues persist?

Trauma, anxiety, vicarious trauma and fear will induce painful gut experiences such as gastric ulcers, pancreatic cancer, peptic ulcers, diverticulitis, malabsorption and other issues. One particular nerve, the vagus nerve, communicates directly with your brain. The gut’s main role makes it a crucial system that we should maintain with the utmost care and attention. The health benefits include supporting strong immune and digestive systems, and optimal brain function.

Pre-biotics for excellent gut support

Prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes support gut bacteria and aid in the break down of food. Probiotics are live micro-organisms (Microbiota) or substances which contain the live organisms. Probiotics maintain or improve the “good” bacteria in the body. On the other hand, a prebiotic is a food (typically high-fiber foods) that nourishes human microflora. In other words prebiotics feed the probiotics. Enzymes, however, are specific to the type of foods digested and act as catalysts during the break down of foods. The body creates enzymes in the stomach, the mouth etc. yet the majority are produced by the pancreas.

Prebiotics are available in high fiber foods and are easy to access if you have a rich plant- based diet. These fibers are indigestible to you but are food for the Microbiota. If the majority of your diet consisted of junk foods or even highly processed food, it means that there are no left over unprocessed inulin to feed the probiotics. So here is what I need you to do… Explore raw greens such as dandelion greens, chard, watercress, and, jicama. Of course you can purchase items which contain probiotics but some of your best options are fermented foods such as kefir, yogurt, and kombucha which you can make from scratch.

Enzymes such as proteolytic enzymes break down proteins

Proteolytic enzymes (proteases) help you digest the proteins in food. Although your body produces these enzymes in the pancreas, certain foods also contain the proteolytic enzymes be of Papain and Bromelien papain from papayas and bromelien from pineapples. Using these foods or buying and taking these enzymes are only necessary if you pancres does not produce the naturally occurring proteolytic enzymes… these enzymes are actually peptides which break down protein into amino acids.

Food sources for building the gut brain axis; solutions and food tips

Papaya and pineapple are two of the richest plant sources, as attested by their traditional use as natural “tenderizers” for meat. Papain and bromelain are enzymes found in these fruits. The enzymes made in your body are called trypsin and chymotrypsin. The primary use of proteolytic enzymes is as a digestive aid for people who have trouble digesting proteins. These enzymes are absorbed easily internally and may reduce pain and inflammation.

You don’t need to get proteolytic enzymes from food, because the body manufactures them (primarily trypsin and chymotrypsin). However, deficiencies in proteolytic enzymes do occur, usually resulting from diseases of the pancreas (pancreatic insufficiency). Symptoms include abdominal discomfort, gas, indigestion, poor absorption of nutrients, and passing undigested food during elimination.

Your Gut Brain to do list:

  • Take a probiotic ¾ of an hour before breakfast
  • Consume foods high in probiotics; home made coconut yogurt, fermented garlic, kombucha, kimchi (if you are into Asian foods), fermented ginger,
  • Consume high fiber greens and vegetables which contain insulin and prebiotics
  • Reduce or remove foods that are like kerosene to a fire on the gastrointestinal tract (especially If you have a bad gut)
    • Diary (Milk, cheese, creams,)
    • Hybridized wheat (substitute with. Spelt, kamut, coconut)
    • Refined sugar (Remove or substitute with date water syrup, stevia drops, or other sweet fruit)
  • Use herbs to rebuild the gut lining: (Yes the intestine is the most highly regenerative organ in your body, every 7 days the intestinal lining regrows):
    • Aloe – heals stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. You can cut a piece and eat the clear fleshy inside. Make sure to cut carefully so you do net eat the Alain sap which can have a laxative effect
    • Slippery elm
  • Stay away from Cortisone, it aggravates digestive issues and IBS and prevents the body from receiving or registering inflammation
  • P.A.N.I.C Promptly Answer Natures Immediate Call
  • Apply a Castor oil compress – breaks congestion in the colon and helps you To have easier elimination. (Castor oil easily penetrates tissue and will go through to the colon walls)
  • Drink more water

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How to Build the Gut Brain Connection

Is the food you are consuming recking havoc on your gut? Maybe you have chronic stomach issues, feel a sense of perpetual brain fog, perplexity, feeling of worry or maybe even indigestion, inflammation of your stomach lining or acid reflux. Maybe all of your digestive issues are solely due to the state of your emotions and how you respond to said emotions. It is also possible that the foods you consume are the source of pain. The Gut is definitely connected to the brain, this episode is a great beginners exploration into that strong and unshakable feeling that you have. The feeling that tells your brain what’s going to happen next. Heal the gut and heal your mind.


Your stomach produces secretions to aid in the digestion of food but it doesn’t work alone. It does not function independent of the brain nor does the brain function independent of the gut. A matter of fact we could even say that the stomach is like a second brain. The messages from the stomach to the brain have a drastic effect on mood, and influences the increase of stress and anxiety. In other words your stomach can influence you behavior. A great example is the way we behave when we are driven by hungry or desire for a particular food. A more profound sample is the term”butterflies in my stomach” to indicate anxiety, nerves, uncertainty etc. The brain is therefore processing the guts responses and producing specific behaviors.

The brain gut connection leads us back to a place where we must examine what the gut is made of. Microbiota is the name of the micro-organisms present in the gut. Now no two guts are the same. So the strain of microbiota I have may be completely different from those that function in you. However we do have some micro-biota markers that are common to every human. This is fascinating as it helps to show how various people need very different foods, dietary lifestyles and healing modalities.

Herbs to Support Your Gut Brain issue

Reduce tension, over anxiety and nerves by using herb tinctures such as

Your diet should be customized, here is what you can do:

Skull Cap

Blue Violet

Blue vervain rebuilds the nervous system

Oatstraw is an everyday herb that is restorative and nutritionally potent.

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