I live with an Elder who basically cooks "Old School". Both of us are type 2 diabetics. This is a health condition that runs in my Dad's family. I don't have the opportunity to cook my own meals as I used to when I was on my own. I also no longer can meditate and fast on a regular basis. The "rootwork" includes a specific form of detoxing that I can no longer do with any consistency. This also means that I can no longer bathe like I used to. Get the idea? I moved from Kali for some specific reasons. I was spiritually under attack. My three years in Texas gave me the opportunity to become more centered as well as doing alot of traveling to numerous areas in the Deep South to pay homage to my Ancestors. This was a very important "Pilgrimage" that I undertook. Moving back to Kali was a necessity, both for personal and familial reasons. However, once I had moved I did not expect to have to return. Falling back into old patterns, old social relationships, not good for a brother with a lower paying job and no health insurance. For example, I have bonded with some Orisa who like tobacco, some who like rum. I can no longer smoke or drink (high blood pressure or high blood sugar), so that has affected that energy. Same thing as far as dealing with the female aspect. No place to get busy...lol!