by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Supa Nova Slom has helped the biggest names in hip hop get healthy. Now the second generation vegetarian wants to help you. In his new book, The Remedy, Slom outlines a five week program to help anyone shed pounds and gain energy while heightening mental wellness. Bill Cosby recently asked the rapper who performs songs like “Purify or Die” to be a featured artist on his anti-violence project, “The Cosnarati.” Slom credits his mother, health activist Queen Afua, for instilling in him the benefits of living green for mind, body and soul. His wellness clients include Erykah Badu, Chuck D, Hype Williams and Tyson Beckford. Slom is committed to talking about the issue of holistic living in urban neighborhoods and recently produced the documentary, Holistic Wellness for the Hip Hop Generation. The Remedy features Slom’s down-to-earth philosophy for every aspect of healthful living. In his own words, his dedication is evident.
His new book, The Remedy:
It’s an empowerment tool to encourage one to get in the wellness lifestyle. Whether you’re training in martial arts or a dancer, exercising as a body builder or you just need some cleansing or fasting, it’s an overall tool to empower you to sustain the lifestyle of wellness and not zig-zag or yo-yo.
Supa’s unique cleanse:
Not only does it detox the system and cleanse the cells, but it also nourishes, because the greens – the blue green algae and the chlorella – they send oxygen to the bloodstream and the brain. Many people are into cleanses [because] they flush the body. But most people respond that they have no energy after and eat a lot because they need a boost. Not only does [The Remedy] cleanse the body and get rid of the waste, but it also nourishes the body’s organs. It’s definitely empowering. Young people especially who are very active and athletic, they respond that they feel extremely in charge and energetic.
This has worked for me personally. Although I was born into green living and the journey from birth, I had problems with constant junk food. That’s pretty much what I was into. I was trying to break my habit when my mother told me that greens help. What happens is when the blood stream has a lot of sugar, it’s suffocating the flow of blood into the brain. You have a hard time concentrating. When I began to hydrate myself with water and greens, I began to break my own personal addictions.
Budget for health:
It depends on the level you want to go. If you can purchase a juicer, it’s [an expense] of extra dollars. But people purchase and save for a new Gucci bag and the new Jordans. If one would invest in a juicer, then you can go to any farmer’s market or your whole foods market or even your local grocery store and get the vegetables.
In my book, I give the program, ingredients and recipes and you can follow step-by-step. You can begin a process of juicing, implementing that two or three times a day in your life. Some people are on the go and don’t have time to juice which is why I say get the tonic greens, the spirulina and the wheatgrass. Take a quart of water with you and hydrate throughout the day. That way you’re still nourishing when you’re on the move. I would recommend investing in a juicer. The book is spurring toward a journey of wellness wherever you’re at in your life. It’s really easy no matter what your lifestyle. When you apply the principles of wellness, everything works much better for you.
Begin with one step:
The first step before even taking a green juice is getting your mind around the concept of will and desire, which is one of the principles in my book. What happens, the reason people yo-yo on diets is that they’re not mentally committed to the journey they’re going to embark on and the challenges and the discipline for life transformation. Will and desire, begin with that relationship. Wellness is body, mind and spirit and it’s a tough road. But once you begin, it’s very rewarding. Begin to challenge yourself to walk strong, walk tall.
Into the future:
This message is global. I’ve been doing this a very long time and I have a very strong desire to help my generation and people overall. Our people in America, we’re the most influential, but we’re also the most toxic nation on the planet. So I look forward to first, starting in the U.S. and [addressing] diabetes and obesity. Even in the hip hop generation, we have serious health issues. We just had Guru, a pioneering hip hop artist, suffer a heart attack at 45 years old.* We can begin to implement these health principles in our lives not only for ourselves, but our kid’s kid’s kids. I’m excited and prepared to take this as deep and long as I can.