From the Melanated Man:
There are some guidelines that we can adhere to when partaking in eating food. It should help those who wish to curb the habit of unhealthy eating. It works for me and hopefully it may benefit you.
Ma’at is the Ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice who is sometimes personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the gods that set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. The concept can be applied to our daily diets so we can regulate and balance our consumption. You should question your emotions and reasons based on the principles of Ma’at:
Truth- Am I really hungry? Am I medicating emotions with junk foods/alcohol? Does my body need nourishment? Am I being a slave to my taste buds? Am I treating food as if it is a “slave” and my eating it as “the slave master?”
Justice- Does my choice of food give nutritional justice to my body or does it nutritionally starve my body?
Righteousness- Is the food good for God’s Temple (my body?) Is there a healthy snack I can eat instead of junk?
Harmony- How does eating junk food serve my body and benefit my wellness?
Balance- Does eating this food maintain my biochemical balance or does it cause a negative drain of energy?
Order- Does the food follow the correct order (amount) of nutrients? (6 grains, 5 fruits or vegetables, 2 proteins-vegetable/meat, 8-10 glasses of water?)
Propriety- Is the food adding to my wellness and helping me to eliminate or decrease my intake of packaged, processed, synthetic foods; dead animal flesh that are cloned, hybridized, with chemical-laced preservatives?
Compassion- Do I accept that my wellness adds to the health of my race and serves Ma’at or do I feel deprived when I do not eat junk foods?
Reciprocity- Am I using food to commit suicide, to punish myself, or to maintain low self-esteem or am I using it to reward myself? Does this food ultimately cause dis-ease or wellness?
Peace and love to my melanated family,
The Melanated Man
References: Afrika, Llaila. African Holistic Health; Copyright 2009.