Vegan meals on wheels – The Royal Gazette

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A Belco engineer who said he technically died after a car accident eight years ago, before he was given a second chance at life at King Edward Hospital, and later studied alternative medicine in a remote Honduran village with a controversial “healer”. …..has now opened a vegan meal wagon.

The company-named food truck, Alkaline Triangle, is operated by Jamel Minors and his best friend Alisha Harvey.

But he is still looking for a permanent location in town to set up the business. Municipal permits are difficult to obtain.

He is hoping for an arrangement with a private landowner. He hopes to find any suitable place in Hamilton.

Mr Minors had great success at the Cup Match food court at Somerset Cricket Club. Well received on Harbor Nights, it also shuttles between Warwick Long Bay and Shelly Bay.

But he says a city location is the goal.

Previously, he had researched restaurant locations, spurred on by friends and family.

“It was the first idea, but far too expensive for me,” he said. “That’s what got me into the food truck, something I could buy with my savings, and with low enough overhead to make a business out of it.

“Coming out of the pandemic, you have to watch the costs to survive.”

But Mr. Minors’ new path that led him to the food truck business literally started from that life and death experience in hospital, when he acted on his interest in healing. natural and traveled to the Honduran jungle seeking answers from a self-proclaimed herbalist. , the late Dr. Sebi.

“In 2014, I had a bicycle accident,” he told us. “Actually, I died. I did a flatline in the hospital!

“But I came back. Later I was laid at home and told to expect six months to recover.

The accident had left Mr Minors with a fractured left femur, lung contusions, two fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

“During my healing process,” he said, “I watched videos about Dr. Sebi on YouTube. I ordered his herbs and felt they accelerated my healing. So, I hopped on a plane and flew to his village of Usha, near La Ceiba, Honduras.

The village is at the foot of the Nombre de Dios National Park on the Caribbean coast of Honduras.

Even now, the clinic is maintained by Dr. Sebi’s family. The treatment includes a rigorous diet, steam baths in natural hot springs and baths in thermal waters.

Mr Minors kept coming back for even longer periods, sometimes with a group of other health-conscious Bermudians.

“The village is four to five hours away from the mountains. The first time I didn’t know anyone and they spoke Spanish. I heard it was a dangerous area, but I guess I’m a risk taker. I learned so much.

He recalls: “Dr. Sebi’s nephew took me to the mountains where I learned about medicinal plants and recognized some that grow in Bermuda.

“I kept going back to Honduras, sometimes for weeks, months and saw their techniques heal so many people around the world with cancer, HIV and other illnesses. I watch him heal people of this stuff and it was mind blowing to me.

Mr. Minors was inspired by Dr. Sebi, but he also studied separately, searching for universal truths in the human diet.

Her study of herbal medicine and herbal diet included direct learning in the village, but also through personal study.

He not only absorbed what he could from the clinic, but continued his study with medical books on the functioning and nutrition of the human body.

He also delved into herbal foods, herbal medicine, herbal medicine, and vegan food.

“I learned a lot from the village. But I also traveled to Brazil and stayed with natives in the Amazon and learned about herbs and food there.

“Dr. Sebi learned from a Mexican, so I went to Mexico and also studied with herbalists.”

He spent time in the kitchen cooking with Dr. Sebi’s niece. In 2017, he was back home cooking vegan meals for his family and friends, all imploring him to open a restaurant.

He wrote a cookbook in 2017 and said he was updating it to republish it.

Studying how things worked came very naturally to him.

He studied engineering at Cambrian College in Ontario and became a 3rd class electrical engineer.

“My grades were good and I was lucky enough to leave the island for school on a scholarship from the National Training Board and help from the Southampton Princess Hotel, where I had also worked. Between them, they fully paid for my ride.

“My family didn’t have money to send me to school, so it was a blessing for me. I came back and continued to work for Southampton Princess for a few years and then worked for Belco.

“But it wasn’t until I arrived in Honduras that I felt I had found my purpose – what I’m here to do.

Jamel Minors is among those who believe Western medicine viewed Dr. Sebi and his teachings as a threat.

The meal cart is ablaze with the iconic image of Dr Sebi and the company name – Alkaline Triangle – is derived from the famous/infamous Dr Sebi Alkaline Diet.

In part, it also comes from the Bermuda Triangle.

“How often are Bermudians asked about the Bermuda Triangle.”

Not all of Dr. Sebi’s original principles have stood up to scrutiny, with certain aspects of the alkaline diet being overlooked by researchers.

He didn’t have a medical degree. Sebi wasn’t even his real name.

A self-proclaimed herbal healer, born Alfredo Darrington Bowman, he was dogged by controversy and a confrontation with Western medicine, especially after exporting his frowned upon medical ideas to the United States.

He was arrested in New York, charged with practicing medicine without a license, acquitted in 1985, but later charged in a civil suit that barred him from making therapeutic claims.

He was arrested in Honduras in 2016 for alleged money laundering, and during several weeks of detention mysteriously contracted pneumonia and died in police custody. The Associated press said he was 82 years old.

The controversy followed him to the grave. To this day, there are two distinct camps, one branding him a charlatan and the other portraying him as a misunderstood and maligned naturalist healer crushed by fear of Western doctors and big pharma. Among the believers is a large population of African Americans.

Opponents point to dietitians’ concerns that the alkaline diet does not completely satisfy the human organism.

Yet dietitians, doctors and other health professionals are overwhelmingly recommending a plant-based diet, due to the health risks associated with animal products.

Dr. Sebi’s many famous clients included Eddie Murphy, Michael Jackson, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Steven Seagal, and John Travolta.

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Alkaline Triangle: Jamel Minors has a new meal car serving vegan cuisine (Photograph by David Fox)

Alkaline Triangle: Jamel Minors has a new meal car serving vegan cuisine (Photograph by David Fox)

Alkaline Triangle: Jamel Minors has a new meal car serving vegan cuisine (Photograph by David Fox)

Jamel Minors wrote the Alkaline Cookbook in 2017 to share some of his culinary creations. He is currently updating it (photograph provided)

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