Taraji P. Henson's television character, Cookie Lyon, may be battling for control of Empire Entertainment every Wednesday night, but in real life, Henson is focused on getting her spiritual and nutritional priorities straight.
While the Academy Award nominee has always been a spiritual person, crediting God and meditation for keeping her mind focused and her soul intact despite the pressures of Tinseltown, a serious bout with gastritis, an inflammation of the lining of the stomach, forced her to be more conscious of what she's putting into her body, too. Henson says, "When you don't know what to eat, you don't know."
This week, Henson teamed up with Special K to raise awareness about food doubt and nutrition confusion. According to a survey conducted by Special K, 90 percent of women question or doubt what they're eating every day. And some women spend more than an hour each day second-guessing their food choices — spending more time on thinking about what to eat than what they wear each day.
We sat down with Henson the week after the violence in Charlottesville to talk about healing your mind, body and soul and how to stay focused on your dreams, even when the path to health and happiness is anything but even.
How do you make sense of what happened in Charlottesville?
My son called me freaking out and he was like "Mom, I need to talk about your Instagram post." I said, "What is wrong? Should I take it down?" I could tell he was feeling the effects of the images he'd seen. I said, "Baby, what you're seeing is spiritual warfare. It's light vs. dark. Good vs. evil. The sun is chasing the moon. So, which side or you on? Are you on the side of love or hate?" These things happen to put a mirror up to humanity. What are we going to do? We got lazy somewhere along the line so we've got to pick up, put our boots on, unite and fight this thing together. Don't look at this as if this is the end. If you say this is the end, it is the end. If you say we're doomed, we are. Through love though, that's the only way.
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