Ital food diet Tip #1: Omit Salt – Adding salt to food kills the natural flavour. Rasta believes salt makes the spiritual experience of eating the food non-existent. Eating does have a spiritual component and connection to the Most High, that feels good for Rasta.
Ital food diet Tip #2: Natural Seasoning – Certain foods and spices have an abundance of natural flavor. We can use them to season food for flavor, instead of salt. Foods such as…scallion, thyme, garlic, onion, pimento, tomato, and curry powder, are all common seasonings in Jamaican Rastafarian food. Try not to use black pepper. Rasta says its bad for mens reproductive organs, because it doesn’t break down in the body.
Ital food diet Tip #3: No Meat:Rasta diet/recipes contain no meat. Rasta also do not eat any pork or shellfish. Rasta believes all meat and pork is “flesh” and “dead” and should not be ingested by the human body. In Rastafari it is commonly known that shellfish clean the bottom of the sea, therefor shellfish are unclean for Rasta to eat. Rastafari are allowed to eat fish, but only fish that have scales are edible, the fish without scales are not edible for Rasta as outlined in Leviticus 11:9: “These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.” Most Rasta now a days are opting not to eat fish, or chicken. They say they don’t want anything “dead” on their plate, because Jah is life.
Ital food diet Tip#4: protein & Greens: Rasta’s love to include lots of protein and greens in the food we eat, to provide strength, to the body and help build up our blood. Rasta love to include, calaloo, spinach, broccoli, peas, and beans on our food plate. Common in Jamaican Rasta dishes are, Kidney beans, black beans, snow peas, black-eyed peas and more.
Ital food diet Tip #5: Color and texture of food – Jah made eating food to be our delight. Food is fun to eat, when various colors and textures and provided to create an experience of variety, flavour and color. Try some bright orange squash, with some yellow ackee curried, and some lovely yellow plantain. Mix up various colors when cooking Rasta food meals.
Ital food diet tip #7: No Cows Milk – Rasta do not drink cows Milk. Instead we opt for soy milk, or almond milk. Rasta says drinking the milk of another animal is nonsensical. Rasta also say cows recieve way too much hormonal, and other “unhealthy for consumption” injections. Rasta eats clean, natural, and healthy too!
Ital food Diet: Tip #6: Fruits & Nuts – Rasta love to eat a lot of fruits and nuts. Fruit is good for Rasta to eat because its clean, natural, and meets all the requirements of Ital Rasta food. Nuts are a great food to pack, and eat “on the go.” Rasta like to shop for “organic whole foods” and organic fruits and vegetables, for healthy Rastafarian food diet. Dry fruits and nuts, bought in bulk, may be added to vegan desserts, such as non-milk soy based Ice cream, and Rasta Ital breakfast cereals in the morning. Cooking and creating Rasta Ital food and recipes, on an Ital food diet, is easy, once you know these 7 simple rules. Blessed Love.
Check out my Page on “7 Jamaican Rastafarian Ital Food Recipes” to try at home.
Thank you for taking the time to read my list of Rastafarian words and their meaning. I will update it as much as I can. If you are wondering about any words you have heard Rastas say, just leave it in the comments. Blessed.
Worksof a Rasta – Rastafari believe strongly in works. We believe our life should be a reflection of our belief in Jah. In other words, when we leave this planet what have we left behind that can help others, or carry on the faith of Rastafari. My book Rasta way of life on amazon.com is one of my works as Rasta.
Wordsof a Rasta heart – The words of a Rastafari are his heart. Rasta does not swear or put other people down or gossip, or conspire. These things are not of the faith Rasta speak high, positive uplifting words, knowing Jah is hearing all.
Behavior of Rasta – Behavior. Rasta enjoys cooking Ital food. Rasta enjoys teaching others about Rastafari. Rasta like to create a warm welcoming environment, Rasta like to do things that are spiritual and uplifting for himself and for others.
Alone Time – Rasta likes to be alone sometimes. This is normal for a Rasta. It’s not “hermit” behavior, or blocking others out, or “anti social” it’s just Rastafari.
In love with Africa – Rasta people love African history, beauty and culture. If he doesn’t he is probably not a Rastafari.
No TV/ No Movies – Most Rasta does not watch tv because we know watching tv is corruption of the mind.
Away from Babylon – Many Rasta prefer to live in the hills in the Caribbean. We like to live as Rasta, without having to conform or compromise. Besides, the hills gives better connection to Jah.
Dreadlocks – Dreadlocks are worn by Rasta. This is how we honour Jah. Watch my video….how to get dreadlocks as a new Rasta.
red yellow Green – These are the spiritual colors of Rastafari. They are the 3 main colors on the Lion of Judah Flag.
Cleanliness – Rastas love to be clean. We love clean dreadlocks, our home clean, our clothes clean. Rasta believes cleanliness attracts Jah into our lives. It’s very important to a Rasta.
Love Rasta Reggae Music – The best music to a Rasta is Rasta Reggae music.
Enjoy Love and Togetherness – Rasta love togetherness and love. We love to share good vibes with righteous people.
Rasta teaches people about Life and Love – Rasta love to teach people about life from a Jah fearing perspective. Rasta know a lot about life, even when they are very young.
Rasta says Jah Rastafari – Rasta always say, “Jah Rastafari,” randomly. I call this act, “blessing and cleansing” the space around me.
Love Rasta Colors – Rasta love to have Rasta colors, in his room, on his clothes, on his shoes, on his jewelry etc.
Rasta Abhor meat – Rasta abhor beef, pork etc. We see it as dead flesh. Rasta promotes life. Eating death brings…many negative things, for spirit, and temple.
Love to Meditate – Most people do not know how important meditation is to a Rastafari. Meditation is what give Rasta his inner wisdom. We also believe meditation is good for the spirit, it keeps it calm. You can Read Rasta Meditation Handbook, on amazon.com.
Enjoy time with children and Babies – In Rastafari children are seen s fresh incarnations. Full of love and truth. Children and babies are highly regarded in Rastafari.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #1 – Skirts and dresses as Feminine Clothing :Rasta women dress to embrace their feminine qualities. As Empress being able to carry life is a gift from Jah the creator. Wearing skirts only helps to separate us as divine feminine from our Masculine counter parts. Being a woman is a Joy, Rasta women do not wear pants. We enjoy long skirts to our ankles, they may be tight or loose depending our mood and our duties for that day.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #2 – “Red Yellow and Green Rasta Colors”: Red Yellow and Green are the spiritual colors of Rastafari. We Rastafari wear, “Rasta Colors” in our clothing, In our Jewelry, and Decorate our homes in Rasta Colors too. Rasta colors, mean, love, unity and togetherness. These colors are also found on the Rastafari Lion of Judah Flag. Ttypically Rasta women do not wear pink, however we do if we can match it with a head wrap, for example to give the pink ensemble a “more cultured” appearance. Dressing as a Rasta Woman is all about balance. Don’t forget to check out my “Rastafari Rules for Women” Blog Post
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #3 – If Tight… no exposed skin: Some Rasta women wear tight clothing, however there are 2 rules that apply #1: No showing of the skin if the garment is tight. #2: The buttocks and Breast area must be clearly covered, so as not to accentuate or define these areas. Rasta women must not resemble prostitutes, or women of Babylon as we Represent Jah and his holiness at all times.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #4 – If exposed Skin… Not Tight: There will be days when we as Rasta women will enjoy a loose off the shoulder blouse, or a nice loose skirt to the knees. We Just keep in mind that we are not trying to attract “sexual attention,” as we are not part of the heathen. Rather Rasta Women dress to demonstrate our divine feminine, in a comfortable manner. On these days, we make sure the garment is loose, so that we appear self respectful, and free-flowing and comfortable in our garments, as opposed to, sensual and seductive in tight, skin revealing garments. You understand. Check out the book life as a Rasta woman to learn more.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #5 – Make-up to a minimum: Rasta women wear makeup only if and when they have to. 3 Basic rules: Rule#1: Natural Tones, and colors. Rule#2: No lining of the eyes *SCRIPTURE:“When Jezebel, the queen mother, heard that Jehu had come to Jezreel, she painted her eyelids and fixed her hair and sat at a window…”* We Rasta women know eye liner is to attract sexual attention from men, and is a type of make typically used by prostitutes. Just leave your eyes normal. Rule#3: Limit the amount of various makeup products. My personal limit is 3. Foundation, lipstick, Eyebrow pencil. That’s only because Rasta women are not allowed to “pluck” their eyebrows as all hair on the body is considered sacred, in Rastafari.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #6 – Rasta women Cover her Locks: Rasta women cover the dreadlocks when in Public. We know that our hair represents our faith and is a living sacrifice to Jah. We cover our dreadlocks to respect our faith and ourselves. Rasta Women are aware that in Babylon, sometimes long, loose hanging hair on a woman attracts the wrong type of attention from men. We wrap our hair so that men and all people who meet and interact with us, see us for who we are as a person, and not our hair style, length, or our hair beauty. Rasta women share our dreadlocks glory, with our Kings, children, and extended family, not strangers, or people we do not know. Naturally at home we allow our locks to breathe free and hang loose.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #7 – Rasta women and tights: There will be days when you don’t feel like wearing a skirt. THE MAIN things to consider are, who will I be around today? What activities will I be doing today? Will I be with my Kids? Will there be men around whom I don’t know? Wil I be with My King? When you are with your Rasta King all rules apply, but its ok to wear some tights and a long top. As long as effort is made to cover the life portal, and the back area which tend to be round and enticing to men, then you could rock some tights.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #8 – Rasta Women’s and T_shirts: Rasta women can wear t-shirts.
Rastafari t-shirts are best. THIS INCLUDES red yellow and green and a Symbol of Rastafari such as, a heart, a Lion, A Rasta Flag, A picture of Empress Menen, or King Selassie I. Tight t-shirts with a bra, and long skirt, is cute for casual days.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #9 – Rasta Woman’s Clothing is Her Uniform: A Rasta womans clothing is her uniform, just like a Rasta mans outfit is his uniform. I like people to know right away when they look at me that, a) I respect my self, b)I represent a spiritual cause and movement, c)My clothing is a reflection of my mind and thoughts, d)I am not a part of the heathen or heathen mentality, e) my self-esteem is not dependent on my sensuality, or what others I don’t know think of me. Phew, that is a lot. But, Rasta women take their faith seriously. Whats the point other wise? Empress Menen is my feminine Divine Mentor. Only her, I try to Mimic, nobody else.
Dress like a Rasta woman tip #10 – No “Babylon” Symbols : No skulls, no upside down cross, no kissing, no polka dots, depictions or symbols on clothing. In Rastafari we believe all energy invites. We do not invite Babylon, death, or, sensuality.
I hope this article was helpful to you as you embark on your new Journey. Please read my books to learn more about Rastafari. You might enjoy, “Life as a Rasta Woman” on amazon.com