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Author: Dominique Bynum

I Love My Color, but I Want to Love My Skin!

As I was growing up I noticed that not only did I generally have the darkest skin in social groups but in my family I did as well. My father drilled into my head that my color is beautiful and I should always love it, and I do. There was a difference, however, between loving my color and loving my skin. The skin is the largest organ of your body and undergoes a lot. People don’t generally think about the harm that they do to their skin either by not taking care of it or by doing the wrong things to take care of it. People of color, for example, are affected by eczema more so than Caucasians and don’t know how to help it....

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My Top 5 Carb Substitutes!

I know my body and I know that too many carbs does nothing positive for me. The problem is that so much of what I eat and love to eat has a large amount of carbs. I love rice, bread, pasta, mashed potatoes; you name it I probably love it. If you’re like me and need some help look no further. Here are a few of my favorite carb substitutes! Veggie Noodles I told you I love pasta, but at one point I tried to completely give it up because of the carbs. Thank goodness for my sister because she found noodles made entirely from vegetables. It tastes the same and is a lot healthier. Portobello Mushrooms I was so nervous about trying this one for the first...

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Healthier Valentine’s Day with Sweet Substitutes!

Associated with Valentine’s Day is obvious…. CHOCOLATE! A box of chocolate or a big Hershey’s Kiss always seems to make a Valentine’s Day gift feel complete. For those of us trying to live healthier, I have a few Valentine’s Day sweet substitutes that we can try this year! Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit! I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate covered strawberries. This year, why not try dark chocolate covered strawberries? Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate and still tastes really good. This option is not limited to strawberries. You can try it on any kind of fruit you like! Yasso: Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars! Sometimes ice cream is all it takes to fill that sweet void, but afterward, we are left with guilt. This time,...

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Do You Have Space For Love?

It’s the month we’ve deemed, the month of love. We talked about falling in love with ourselves and now we are going to talk about something a little different. Often times we, as women, gripe and groan about not having someone to love. However, the real question is do you even have the space for love? Here are three things you must first observe … about YOURSELF! Attitude How is your attitude? Have you been watching it? Healthy relationships can’t bud if people don’t want to talk to you! I know I have this face. My regular, not thinking about anything, face is not the most pleasant to look at. A lot of people have said that I look mad. After a while, I realized that I needed...

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How the Keto Lifestyle Affects Heart Health

What’s the correlation between Keto & Heart Health? Do you remember when we talked about the ketogenic diet vs. the paleolithic diet? Well it’s coming full circle, sis! The last time we talked about it, I left it up for you to decide whether or not you thought the ketogenic diet or the paleolithic diet was the best for you. Now I’m going to tell you a few effects that the ketogenic diet actually has on heart health. Keto On The Heart The keto diet has introduced a lot of the foods people have been told not to eat back into their diets. Animal products and saturated fats make up the majority of a general ketogenic diet and therefore can cause LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol...

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How Water Fasting Affects Heart Health

There are so many people who carry out fasts for religious or spiritual reasons, for detoxing purposes, and more. I, myself, have carried out the water fast on two occasions when I was in high school. I thought it was the obvious way to shed an abundance of weight because I wouldn’t be consuming any sugars, starches, or carbs. Years later, I wonder what I was possibly risking with my health. What is the Water Fast? Water fasting is the act of fasting all foods and only consuming water. Many people water fast to lose weight or for its health benefits. It is advised that the water fast exceeds no more than 72 hours at a time, however doing so for a longer time should not be...

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How To Fall In Love With Yourself

Valentine’s Day approaches and some of us don’t have any plans. The holiday of love reminds so many women of the fact that they are “without love” but hopefully this year will be a lot different. This Valentine’s Day it’s time to fall in love with yourself! Alone Time: You’re probably thinking “Why on earth would I choose to be alone?” Here’s why. Every relationship requires effort and quality time, so why don’t you have that with yourself? Take some time to get to know yourself and start to enjoy your own company. Get to Know Yourself: As many years as we have alive, very often we think we know who we are and rely on the perceptions of others to alter our own perceptions of ourselves....

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Be Careful “Falling In Love” (Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month)

Love is such a beautiful thing! Everyone wants love in some capacity, sometimes a little too much. When we think of dating violence we almost never think about teen dating violence. We look back at our teenage years and remember the deep crushes we had on someone or the “relationship goals” image that you and your significant other iminated throughout school. We have to stop only looking at the surface level and look a little deeper. Sometimes it’s the little things that we miss as teenagers and I need you to be careful! Here are 3 signs that the relationship is violent: The Issue of Privacy: PJ Morton said it best with “I don't wanna go thru your phone, some things are better left unknown.” You are...

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The Pros and Cons of Going Cold Turkey!

How many of us wanted to start a new diet or quit consuming something and thought the best way to do it was going cold turkey? My hand is raised because I know I have. Let me tell you, it was not easy! I’m going to give you my take on quitting soda cold turkey. I’m choosing soda because I am so deeply in love with Coca Cola that it’s crazy! So here are my pros and cons of quitting (Coca Cola) cold turkey. Pros Clearer Skin: As you know soda has way too much sugar in it for people like me to consume multiple times a day everyday. When I quit drinking soda cold turkey, I had noticeably clearer skin over time. Energy: Reducing the amount...

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How to Grocery Shop for Healthy Foods on a Budget

“I want to eat healthier! I have so many goals I want to achieve but healthy food is expensive and I don’t want to eat like a rabbit.” Is this you? I feel like we all have been in this position. We don’t all have the money to go completely crazy on healthy food. I have a few suggestions for you to get healthy and still be able to save a few coins. Plan Your Meals Decide what kind of meals you want to make and what kinds of foods you’re willing to eat. This way you aren’t buying foods you think you’ll eat at some point but instead, you’re buying foods you will eat and have a plan to make.   Make a List I promise this will...

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