Last week’s launch of New York African Restaurant Week yielded more than great food, sounds and smiles. It also allowed me to sit down and chat with Yolanda Sangweni, Senior Entertainment Editor for the Essence Magazine and Owner/Editor in Chief of the online magazine AfriPOP!. Yolanda is every bit of fiercely fabulous in person as she is in the photo but one of the first things I noticed was how kindly calm she was while being patient with her time. After all, she was MCing the launch of NYARW and was undoubtedly being pulled in many directions. When she mentioned being on day 2 of a 3 day juice cleanse I was even more impressed by her serenity as I’m not one to do well with food deprivation. Since we were surrounded by deliciously savory African food, I wondered how she was faring with so much temptation around her. Her cheerful answer of “fine” led me to investigate further (clearly she was as super as her outfit suggested!)
SG: So how long have you been a fan of juicing?
YS: The last 2 years, I started with a 3 day cleanse and have been doing them since then.
SG: I have tried juice cleanses but can only last 2-3 days?
YS: Yah, 3 days is my ideal too.
SG: So what do you do to stay healthy?
YS: I walk a LOT with the MapMyWalk app but want be more active. As far as diet goes, I try to stick to a mostly raw diet, about 70% raw along with occasional juicing & I make a drink made of ginger beer with anise and boiled lemon.
SG: Just make sure you drink a lot of water with all that raw food to prevent stomach upset! Have you had any struggle with nutrition?
YS: Well, I am just so busy that I find that the busier I get the worse I eat and I will just eat whatever is available!
SG: You’re not alone! Thats one of the number one complaint I hear from busy working women!
So there you have it: Yolanda is just like all of us which clearly makes her even cooler, no?