Day 44- Soul Food Sunday

I think nutrition is everything when it comes to our wellness. At least that's how I feel about my own body. We all will inevitable go through some challenges from time to time with regards to our health, but I have always believed that if you take care of your body, mind and spirit, and if you put good things, meaning healthy food and liquids into that body, you are giving yourself the best chance to overcome virtually any illness or injury, or at least the best opportunity you can provide yourself with. Nutrition and exercise are all of it, and that includes not only physical exercise, it also includes mental and spiritual "training" as well, and so, I am talking about all of this today, because for me, Sunday is my "soul food" day. The day where I allow myself to eat certain things that I don't generally include in my diet, although what I'm allowing is never anything that is not real food, I mean, I'm not going to McDonalds on Sundays, or White Castle, or anything like that. And it's not that I even have anything against those places, to be honest, I mean, by the time I was twenty years old, my body was probably 75% White Castle and maybe about 20% Carvel, and then 5% miscellaneous, but once I got a handle on how my body would be best served to enable me to be the highest functioning version of my self possible, I made a huge change in the way I approached what I chose to consume, and that began, for me, with food. It extended to mental things as well, spiritual things, but it all starts with food and liquid for me, which enables me to push my body physically, to run, to walk and to just basically move about the world, and do what I have to do, to perform, to rehearse, and just to be a functional human being.

And so, I am all about organic food, to keep the pesticides down that enter me, along with also trying my best to be mindful of supporting those who grow food in this country, and around the world, which I think is really important, and so I try and eat locally grown food as much as possible, which is not always feasible, but I at least am aware of it and try my best. And then I am all about my workout routines, or rituals, which for me usually include running in some kind of way, or walking, stretching and doing strength work, things of that nature, and then attending to the stress in my life. Physical and emotional stress. Mental stress. Often, I am an epic failure at dealing with this part of my life, but we all have our challenges, right? I am working on it every day that I am fortunate enough to be alive, and that's probably the best any of us can do. And so...

I say all of this to say, From Monday thru Saturday, I am all wheatgrass juice and organic oats, coconuts and berries, kale, spinach, ginger, turmeric, tempeh, quinoa, fresh peppers and broccoli seeds, asparagus and sweet potatoes, celery, cucumbers, pineapple, green apples, peaches, dark skinned grapes, water, water, water, greens, greens, greens, running, walking up and down stairs while memorizing my monologues, writing, hustling, performing, teaching workshops, trying to enjoy the friends that I have, screaming about racism and privilege, and you get the idea.... but on Sunday... I am chocolate. Usually organic dark chocolate, although, I have to admit, occasionally I will walk down to Arthur Avenue here in the Bronx, and find the best black and white cookie you can possibly imagine, or perhaps a chocolate eclair, fresh, of course, and I might go find some amazing pizza on a Sunday, as well, but always the "best in New York City", which could be one of about twenty or thirty places throughout the boroughs, and you get the idea... I feed my soul, eat what I want to eat, as long as it is real food, I feed my spirit on Sundays, always, because that is an important part of the process of living well, in addition to all of the obvious stuff, and I follow that "soul" part religiously, just like I do the rest of my life. I mean, I'm not religious at all, but you get what I'm saying. I am very spiritual, and any truly spiritual person will understand that sometimes, you need to eat some Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, after eating a few slices at a place like Tony's Pizza Spot on Dekalb Ave at Classon in Brooklyn, right across from Lafayette Gardens, adjacent to the Precinct right there, and maybe you even needed to begin that day with a double chocolate muffin after your run in the morning from Meredith's Bakery, which you can find at pretty much any Farmer's Market around the NY/NJ metropolitan area, which means maybe you ran the trail at Hook Mountain in Nyack, which is also amazing for your soul, and so anyway, for today, it is this kind of nutritional love for me...

Chocolove. 70%. Not too dark, but not too sweet. Perfect for a Sunday. Good for my soul, and tomorrow I will go to Brooklyn and buy my coconuts, and a tray of wheatgrass, and get back to business for the rest of the week, do my damn-dest to live the highest level life that I can, at least in terms of intention, and that is a pretty good existence. At least to me, one to be pretty grateful for, and thanks for reading all of this, and for coming to visit me, and as I always say, here's to a better world, for all of us. 


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