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Christie Champaign: “My Mission is to Connect As Many of You As I Can to Someone that Can Help.”

This week’s Black Girl Health Partner Spotlight goes to Ms. Christie Champaign. Back in 2008, Christie was dealing with unexplained health issues that were impacting her quality of life. She was the classic case of “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and decided that it was time to reclaim her health and wellbeing. Through her journey of healing her body naturally, she created Your Health Connect. This movement is all about connecting people with the resources they need to live their best lives. If you are looking for better health, and don’t know where to turn, it’s time to connect with Your Health Connect. [embed][/embed] "One day, I got out of bed to get ready for work and I looked in the mirror...


PCOS: A Different Kind of Cysterhood

When it comes to black women and our gynecological health, we are educated about fibroids, endometriosis, sexually transmitted infections, and female-related cancers.  But what about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?!   1 in 10 women is affected by this hormonal disorder. It may be the reason for your irregular periods.  It might be the catalyst for your excessive facial hair.  It could be why you’re having such a hard time conceiving.  Perhaps it’s the source of your mood swings.  Maybe it’s the reason that you are more successful at gaining weight than you are at losing it.  No two cysters are alike.  Some women have multiple symptoms while others may only have a few.   Diagnosing PCOS includes a pelvic exam (to check your reproductive organs for any...


Superseeds: Do you want to feel like a superhero? (No tights required.)

By Erika Long, Health & Wellness Contributor Superheroes have special powers, gadgets, and alliances, but what do we mere mortals have? How can we tap into our fullest potential? The answer is superseeds. These seeds are nutritious, delicious, inexpensive and may be the key to superhuman vitality. These amazing little gems allow our bodies to absorb a powerful punch of protein, healthy fats and essential minerals in a small, convenient package. Nutritionally, consuming seeds are like bounding a building in a single leap. To get the most out of every bite, look at adding these three seeds: hemp, flax and chia seeds, to your daily regimen.  Protein’s Superman To have superstrength, we need the muscle power built by consuming complete proteins. Much like how there is light, medium and dark...


6 Questions You Should Ask Your Gynecologist

Going to the gynecologist can be scary, especially when you don’t know what questions to ask. Here’s a list of important questions you should keep in mind when visiting your doctor: What birth control methods are there? There are a variety of birth control methods currently on the market to choose from. The birth control pill is one of the most common options, but finding the right one really depends on your lifestyle. Options like the patch, shot, or vaginal ring are all good alternatives for those who can manage a schedule but don’t want to worry about taking a daily medication. The IUD and implant are methods for women who prefer to be on birth control, but not constantly worry about taking it. It’s a good...


Celebrating International Women’s Day

For years, women have strived to fight for control over our bodies and rights. We’ve come a long way over the years when it comes to our social, cultural, economic, and political achievements, and that’s something definitely worth celebrating! International Women’s Day falls on March 8th every year and this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, with a focus to create more gender balance. One of the best ways to celebrate this year is by empowering yourself as well as the women around you. Here are a few ways you can add to the celebration! Lift Each Other Up Sometimes as women, we may feel like we’re in competition with other women around us. It’s almost as if we’ve been hardwired into believing that we have to meet a...


3 Ways to Make Your Beauty Routine More Green

While living a healthy lifestyle is primarily determined by what we eat and how often we exercise, it’s also determined by how we treat our planet. From using a reusable water bottle to riding a bike to work, there are many ways that we can actively help make the Earth a healthier place. With Earth day coming up on April 22nd, people will be seeking out all kinds of ways to be extra kind to the planet. One way we can do this is through our beauty routines. While making a transition to a green beauty routine can take time, there are 3 easy ways that we can still look fabulous while also being more eco-friendly! Reduce the Use of Water While we all know how...


Honoring International Women’s Day!

March is an important month for women. It serves as Women’s History Month, while March 8th is International Women’s Day. This day represents women everywhere and how they have meaningfully impacted the world in so many ways. The first celebration of this day was in 1909 and after that, the International Socialist Women's Conference suggested one be held annually. As this day becomes more prevalent in society, women-owned companies have slid to the forefront of the media. Did you know 58% more businesses are women-owned than in 2007? We are embracing female empowerment more than ever in 2019. Read along to hear more stories of amazing companies run by powerful women! True&Co. Michelle Lam is the CEO of True&Co.; an online women’s lingerie company who help women find...


Goal Setting Vs. Adopting A System

Goal Setting Vs. Adopting A System As an entrepreneur, I have set many goals for myself, my business, my family, my finances, my love life, and so on. Before I was an entrepreneur, I set many goals for myself, my health, my love life, my finances, my family and so on. The point that I am making here is that my whole life has been managed, driven, and determined by goals I did or did not achieve. And the funniest part about it all is that once I achieved my goals, they were done. I had nothing else to look forward to besides another goal which would soon be complete or not completed for the moment. I have personally been blessed with a tremendous amount of mentors...


If you find yourself frustrated, the one thing you should do is CLEAR THE CLUTTER!

Say it with me! "CLEAR the CLUTTER" Clearing the clutter in our life is vital for the transformation of any kind. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get married? Do you want to get into a romantic relationship? Do you want to get a better job? Whatever it is that you want to do this is the first step to set up a strong foundation for success. In my practice, clearing the clutter is one of the first three action steps I give my clients to start their weight loss journey. There are three particular areas in our life that get to be cleared: physical environment, schedule, and relationships. I want to break each of these down separately. Your Step-by-step guide to clear the...


Before You Take Another Bite Understand the Hunger and Fullness Scale!

Have you ever been at the table and had to lean back and unbutton your pants after a meal? Or have you ever been sooooo hungry that they could eat a horse and cuss someone at the same time? Well, you are not alone. And it is not your fault, but I am sure you would love a tool that you can use to avoid these two extremes altogether. First, let me start with The Hunger Scale. This scale like many is from 1-10 and there are a couple of markers that I want to point out, but first I want to discuss how this will benefit you. One benefit of utilizing The Hunger Scale is refraining from emotional/stress eating. Many of us eat when we...