When he was a child, Vic Mensa made a cardboard cutout of himself to take his place at the dinner table. Take his place and eat his vegetables. (Child Vic Mensa loathed vegetables.) But when Vic Mensa became a man—and did Ayahuasca like a man—he put away childish things.
“I’ve really been on a healthy kick,” he tells Men’s Health, who caught up with the rapper at his Chicago home. “I stopped eating a lot of meat. I did ayahuasca in October, and the medicine basically lead me in that direction. I’ve been more inching toward veganism. But I’m not all the way there yet.”
Mensa says his rider used to include candy before he overcorrected.
“I’m a person of extremes,” Mensa says. “So when I decided I wanted to be more healthy, I immediately changed my shit to raw almonds—like not even salted—and a fruit platter.” Mensa’s tour diet of raw almonds and “the best fruit Walgreens has to provide” has since become more salad and fruit. When he’s not on tour, Mensa’s fridge: Bananas, mangos, avocado, watermelon, apple juice, oat milk, strawberries, blueberries, kale, spinach, mango, and on and on and on. (He throws the kitchen sink into his smoothies: Kale, spinach, mango, banana, ginger, and watermelon is a recent kick.)
“Bro, I used to hate vegetables; I would cry before when I was forced to eat vegetables,” Mensa says. “And it’s funny because now that’s what I’m trying to eat more. I want the food that I eat to be my medicine.” (Same, Ayahuasca?)
Mensa took Men’s Health through a typical afternoon meal and workout session. Watch more in the video above.
Joshua St Clair is an Assistant Editor at Men’s Health Magazine.
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