IDENTIFY: Find out what negative beliefs, memories, or emotions you may be carrying around with you. What sparked their creation? Then find out how and why you could be still holding onto them.

CLEANSE: Drink plenty of water to help flush impurities out of the body. Incorporate prayer into your daily routine; it cleanses the spirit. Use your clean mind and body to set a new course: a course on the path toward healing.

FAST: Fasting the body allows you to assess your mind and get into a conscious state. It can create an opportunity for you to listen to your spirit, evaluate your personal needs and execute accordingly.

In the song “Green Eyes” from her album Mama’s Gun, Badu sings, “My eyes are green ’cause I eat a lot of vegetables.” Badu, who has become very outspoken about her vegan lifestyle, stated that, “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.” Badu is quick to point out that she doesn’t force her lifestyle on her kids and has full confidence that they will know how to take care of their bodies with vegetables, preventative medicine, water, rest and healthy activity in the future.

In addition to her nearly 15 years of a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, it has been reported that Badu is also pursuing a certification in Reiki, a Japanese-Buddhist practice of stress relief and healing through the palms.

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