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Partner Highlight: Melissa Bates

For today’s highlight on this Woman Crush Wednesday, we will be spotlighting our partner, Melissa Bates! A woman of multiple titles, Melissa is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Eating Psychology Coach, and Personal Trainer.  From the West Coast, Los Angeles, California, Melissa shares she has a passion for fitness, food and traveling. Through her own personal story, she opens up about her personal struggles with her own weight which led to her battling and beating binge eating along with bulimia. Through her journey, she came to the realization that the quick fixes she was turning to were not going to supply her with the necessary tools to have an adequate life change.  After joining the Integrative Institute of Nutrition, Melissa learned how to eat “intuitively” and...

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Monday Motivation

Today is Monday and sometimes Mondays can hit us hard. Dreading the work week, school week it is hard to avoid our daily tasks after a relaxing weekend.  Sometimes it is all in our mind.  How we go into the week, the mindset we have is extremely important. Sometimes waking up on Mondays we dread the tasks we have waiting for us following the weekdays ahead.  By waking up and immediately having positive thoughts, being grateful will follow you the rest of the day. It may be difficult but try starting your day by verbally saying what you are grateful for.  It can be something small like being grateful for simply opening your eyes, having the ability to smell and by changing your perspective it will start...

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Black Girl Health Partner Highlight: The Essence of Living with Dr. LaToya Wiggins

Dr. LaToya Wiggins, of Baltimore, Maryland serves as a community as a Wellness Coach. Through her training from the Health Coach Institute, she was trained and prepared to not only help her clients transform their lives but change her own for the better, creating a healthier lifestyle. She states that because of her training, she has developed the skills to better manage her weight, include regular exercise in her schedule, which has left her feeling more energized and less stressed. Through her transformation, she has found her passion to help walk alongside other women during their health journeys. Through her coaching service Essence of Living, LLC, she provides “a space for women to get clear on their desires and provide the right support, the right...

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13 Ways to be Healthy this Spooky Season

Here are 13 Tips to Stay Healthy this Halloween Season: Exercise. If you are going out, if possible, use this time (Trick or Treating) or not, and get some exercise. Especially if you are with little ones, use this as a time to get some exercise. Be Sanitary. If you are passing out candy this Halloween, be mindful of germs.  Use hand sanitizer and when you get the change, wash your hands. Do not overeat. Although Halloween is one day and Halloweekend is 3, the candy sales seem to last forever.  Everything in MODERATION is okay, but remember, portion control is key, especially as it pertains to sugar. Hydrate yourself. Especially if you choose to indulge in a few alcoholic beverages, hydrate yourself with water....

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How to Take Advantage of Daylight Savings Time

As Daylight savings approaches, we will be granted one more hour of sleep but how do we really take advantage of this new hour to get the most out of our sleep? Sometimes we might sleep, but still, wake up restless and even more tired than the night before! Here are some tips you can incorporate to help you get the most out of your sleep. First, it is important to have a sleep schedule.  As we plan our daily lives, it is important to schedule your sleep.  By going to sleep at the same time every night, this will help regulate your body’s internal clock.  (Note that this also includes waking up at the same time every day) This includes holidays and weekends.  Yes, sometimes...

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Halloween Candy Alternatives

Only 10 days away until the popular holiday of Halloween. Trying to be healthy during these fall and winter months can be extremely difficult as it seems as though there are holidays back to backfilled with delicious food and treats, but most of it is not the most healthy. Even if you have never officially celebrated Halloween, it is easy to figure out that candy is a huge part of this holiday tradition.  From children trick-or-treating, candy in offices and even the sales in the candy aisle, it seems as though October is filled with candy. We are not going to say ALL candy is bad, because it is not and anything in moderation is okay, but it is important to first recognize the importance of...

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It’s Flu Season!

As the seasons have changed and soon fall will turn into winter, it is important that we not only protect ourselves from colds but also the much-dreaded flu.  Scientifically named, “Influenza” is not only contagious but has the potential to be a very serious illness.  The symptoms can range from mild to severe and in extreme cases can lead to hospitalization or in the worst cases, death. So how do we protect ourselves? First things first, it is imperative we practice excellent (not fair, mediocre or even good) but Excellent hygiene.  Germs are everywhere, and unfortunately, we cannot hide in a bubble for the rest of our lives, but that is okay if we take the necessary precautions you can protect yourself.  Always wash your hands,...

Partner Highlight: Marsha D. Banks-Harold

For this month, we are highlighting, Marsha D. Banks-Harold. Marsha is a certified yoga therapist, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio. She is an intuitive healer who believes she is called to “empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace”.  Marsha is also the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way which is designed for individuals who believe they are not flexible enough for yoga along with those who might live with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains and those who have restricted range of motion. She offers this class to help individuals maintain and grow...

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Transitioning from Meat to Meatless

Trying to eliminate meat out of your diet can seem like a daunting task.  But first, why should you? If you don’t want to go full vegan or vegetarian, consider being a semi-vegetarian or flexitarian.  Those following this diet eat mostly plant-based foods but may occasionally include meat, dairy, eggs, poultry, and fish in small amounts. The benefits of eating a primarily plant-based diet can help with Weight loss Lowering the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Reduce Symptoms of Asthma If you can go cold turkey, great, but it is extremely difficult to do. But if you would like to ease yourself into it a more plant-based diet.  Follow these 4 Easy Tops to help you eliminate meat out of your diet. Create a timeline for yourself. ...

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How Music Heals

It is without question; music plays an important role in a variety of aspects in our everyday lives.  If you are anything like me, music is playing for the majority of my day.  Whether it is to get my day started, get me in the zone of studying or simply using a playlist to push me to power through a workout, music is always there. Most individuals have a strong emotional and even spiritual connection to music. Music therapy is an emerging field as individuals are studying how music can be used to help individuals cope, relax and heal. Budding research has found that music therapy can help with the following: Lessening Signs of Stress & Anxiety Aiding in Pain Relief Improving Quality of Life for...

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