I was fortunate enough to have a few moments with Babafemi to talk about his lifestyle. From his Instagram (IG name: baba_juice) photos, it is obvious to see a very inspiring journey to become an intentionally nutritious eater. He’s conscious, proactive, and he gets results. I really enjoyed interviewing Babafemi, so I hope you enjoy reading about his lifestyle!
Q1: Where are you from originally?
A1:My name is Babafemi Ojudun and I am Nigerian.
Q2: What was your health like growing up? How much attention did you pay to eating healthy foods?
A2: Growing up I never had any life threatening ailments, however I was always a little chubby. I struggled with being overweight because I didn’t look like everyone else. Sometimes my family would joke about my weight and how much I ate which caused me to be insecure. My perception of a healthy person was someone who resembled an athlete or my friends and family who were slim and trim. Being healthy to me had nothing to do with what you put into your body, for me it was all about a person’s appearance. My knowledge of nutrition was very limited. As a family we ate traditional Nigerian and African American foods as well as everyone else’s cultural cuisine– after all, this is New York City, the cultural melting pot! My eating habits eventually lead me down a path of sickness. My family fed me meat, starch, junk food, and limited veggies. I was overweight from the ages of 7-17 and 25-31 Even though I was very active in sports, trying fat burners and so-called premade health cusines I was still going through my weight problems.
Q3: When did your weight loss journey begin?
It started in high school and the weight loss was due to working out, but I quickly put back on the weight after college. The real journey started in my 30s when I was introduced to my brother Alfredo also known as Dr. Sebi and his African Bio Mineral Balance. That is when I understood the truth about who I really am as an African and the code that mother nature gave me since creation (how my ancestors were supposed to eat). Age 30: 287lbs and now age 32: 185lbs.
Q4: Are you vegan or vegetarian?
A4: I’m not sure what to categorize myself as so I just tell people I’m a naturalist. My lifestyle is predominantly plant based. No meat, no starch, no sugar, no artificial foods, no hybrids and fish 0-4 days out of the month. I will eventually eliminate fish for good.
Q5:What are a few of your favorite meals to keep you energized between workouts?
A5: I drink 1 to 2 gallons of spring water a day. One of the best parts of my journey is recreating my traditional favorites into nutritious dishes. Like my special blend of all natural Baba Juice’s Dripp teas, Naija Fries, BJ’s Sweet Almond butter and strawberry/concord Dripp sandwiches, Ayo’s Black Fried Rice, Kozmik Kamut Shake, Jollof quinoa, Dr. Sebi’s natural herbs & tonics etc.
Follow his blog here: http://thebabajuicelifestyle.blogspot.com/