These days, everyone and their mom, brother, and cousin are wellness experts or influencers. In 2022, preaching these principles and living a holistic lifestyle on social media is as trendy as wearing big bling, Air Force Ones and baggy jeans was in the early 2000s. .

But my guest “Renaissance Man”, author Queen Afua aka Helen Robinsonwho is a guru for people like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Lauren London and FKA twigs, has been following this path for years, when wellness was considered a more marginal movement. In fact, she had her “revival” in 1969 and since then she has been teaching the power of self-healing with food, movement and spirituality.

“I also lived a toxic fast food lifestyle,” she told me of her pre-recovery days, adding that she had horrible PMS, asthma and headaches. . She did a three-day retreat with herbalists, yoga teachers, and nutritionists, who prepared whole foods. But it wasn’t easy at first.

“When I got off the bus, because I was allergic to grass and trees and hay fever, asthma kicked in,” she said. “I didn’t bring my medication with me. Allergies, everything is irritating. Itching, wheezing.

There she drank tea and ate grapefruit, lemons and oranges.

“That night I sat in front of the fireplace and because I couldn’t lie down as a chronic asthma sufferer…So my sitting position…the heat was getting to my lungs,” she said, adding that it had a sweaty effect and over the next hour his congestion started to lift. “I got out of the bathroom and I could breathe on my own without a needle, without medication, without a pump. I was shocked and this was my awakening to my path.

Then she discovered “Cooking With Mother Nature” by Dick Gregory and he became a mentor to her. It has since become a force in its own right: New York Times bestselling author and owner of his eponymous wellness center in Brooklyn.

Queen and I talked about earthy topics like colonists, diet, and clearing congestion, which she does with hot water and lime twice a day. She suggested adding ginger to help circulation. She says to cut back on animal products, eat fish at night, and have avocado to help lubricate your joints.

Before being a healer, Queen was a singer, dancer and writer. She said her creative drive helps her connect with celebrities and other artists. And the mother-of-three is still dancing, cycling, running and doing handstands. But she noted that she was not a revolutionary.

“Holistic health is actually Africa’s natural way of life…So Reiki is Africa’s natural way of life, color therapy, aromatherapy,” she said. “It’s all the natural African art of living since the dawn of time: hydrotherapy. Water treatments. Healing baths? Yoga, meditation… The natural African way of life is not new age. He didn’t just show up. It has been there since the beginning of time.

But I feel like it just entered our consciousness. When I was in the NBA, we had ice packs around our knees. Now athletes sleep in hyperbaric chambers and follow specialized diets. I left the league in 2007 and one of my last seasons, we had an acupuncturist explain it to the locker room. We were all laughing and joking and going, “Yeah, put needles in my face.”

I wish I had taken a holistic approach a long time ago, but people were looking for wellness when they were old enough to care about longevity. Nowadays, it is so accessible to everyone. It’s widespread. And Afua is still as relevant as ever. She inspired me to be healthier and adopt some of her practices. But above all his philosophy and his approach to life.

“I do the same things I did in my twenties because of the lifestyle,” she said. “You should never grow old. You should become wiser.

And now I wanna be Queen Afua when I grow up.

Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the University of Michigan iconoclast Fab Five, which rocked college basketball in the early ’90s. He played 13 seasons in the NBA, before becoming a media personality. Rose is currently an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up,” and co-host of “Jalen & Jacoby.” He produced ‘The Fab Five’ for ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ series, is the bestselling author of ‘Got To Give the People What They Want’, a fashion designer, and co-founded the Jalen Rose Leadership. Academy, a public charter school in his hometown.