“Let food be thy medicine,” is something you might hear Chef Ahki say, being someone who was brought up by four generations of medicine women. Chef Ahki was raised to look at the relationship between food and health differently than most. With thousands of followers on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other media platforms—Chef Ahki answers questions and lends her expertise to fans as a natural food chef, author, and artist. Her graceful demeanor is appropriately packaged with glowing skin, artful hair, and eclectic style. Ahki sheds light on health and food misconceptions via her blog, while providing alternatives and solutions to her followers.
To focus on one serious health issue that is on the rise, fibroids are non-cancerous growths that afflict hundreds of thousands of women around the world each year. Subsequently, this disease can lead to miscarriage, infertility, and other debilitating health conditions. So much of our well-being is reliant upon what we put in our mouth, so exactly how impactful can food be for our health? Are there foods women can eat to slow down the progression of this disease? Beyond food, Chef Ahki opens up a dialogue as a professional blogger about holistic methods to treat ailments and disease, sharing her perspective on resorting to pills rather than medicating with natural methods. “Flush the pills. You are not genetically ‘predisposed’ to high blood pressure. You aren’t depressed. You just need some damn sleep.” Ahki’s no-nonsense approach is refreshing; our tendency as a community to take the road less travelled as it relates to medicine is all too easy. When it comes to our wellness, we should be asking the hard questions and challenging the norm—Ahki makes this a priority. I was able to get some more insight into Chef Ahki’s daily life, her perspectives on fibroids prevention/treatment methods, as well as her general food and health theories in an interview, below.
FK:Having been raised by four generations of medicine women, you have been brought up to embrace alternative healing and indigenous foods. How do you incorporate your upbringing into your life now as a natural food chef, author, and artist?
CA: Being raised in the country and working with my family in the garden, I Know what real food tastes like, smells like and feels like once ingested. When I am food shopping I am looking to experience these flavors and aromas. My upbringing also taught me how to use almost every part of the plant and how to store things to get the most use out it.
As a writer and artist I use the familiarity of my culture to inspire my teachings and overall approach to the way in which I express an idea. The women in my family are quite feminine, regal, down-to- earth, and unapologetically southern. I think that comes through in my cooking.
FK:As a natural food chef, you know firsthand how vital food is to one’s health. Do you advocate eating electrical foods, and if so could you tell us about the health benefits that come with it?
CA: Eating Non-hybrid or Electrical foods is a “New Age” way to state that you are eating natural, un-modified food. The Creator’s food. It is the most supreme option, period. The benefits are optimal health, energy, glowing skin, a clear mind, virility, and longevity.
FK: Do you think the rise of Fibroids can be attributed to poor diet? Similarly, do you believe certain foods can reduce the disease?
CA: There is no doubt that the rise of fibroids can be attributed to diet. Of course we must factor in a sedentary lifestyle, unnatural environmental conditions and sexual practices, stress etc. But, oftentimes when a woman is eating devitalized, processed, junk-foods the threat is magnified. The body has to have living foods, pure water and minerals or the organs will be overwhelmed and eventually mutate or cease to function at all.
FK:When it comes to treating Fibroids, depending on the severity, do you recommend surgery, radiation, or a holistic approach?
CA: I promote prevention first. Our daughters must understand this simple rule early on. I suggest breaking it down like this: Show them a photo of a fibroid? What they will see is a clump of that rotten pizza, beef burrito, and cheeseburger they’ve been digested over the years. Literally. Now, I have known women to have them surgically removed and they return to the same lifestyle that caused the problem to begin with. Then, of course the fibroids return. I have known women who change their lifestyle after surgery, and sure enough, they begin a beautiful path to lasting wellness. I also have known women of all ages who took a holistic approach after diagnoses, and literally laid down one day and gave birth to their own fibroid, I mean, it just dislodged itself. So now, the choice is up to each individual and is a serious matter when considering the severity and where you are at that time in your life. For me, the choice is simple.
FK: If you could give one tip to women to help them live a healthier life, what would it be?
CA: My grandmothers’ wisdom of to Fast & Pray has always inspired me. She would do this whenever she felt emotionally overwhelmed or weak. As a woman now I truly understand the wisdom behind this antidote. When we give our bodies a rest, we are opening up the channels for spiritual power to take over. When digestion slows down, healing can truly begin.