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Author: Monet Gilmore

Sweatbands and Waist-trainers: are they worth the hype?

With the weather slowly beginning to break, people are beginning to try and work on their “summer body” and with all of the social distancing and gyms being closed is adding an abdominal sweatband the extra push you need to reach your fitness goals? If you are on social media, I’m sure you have seen these many ads of companies marketing their waist trainer sweatband that will instantly take inches of your waist, flattening your stomach to give you the perfect hourglass figure.  Any product claiming to do such a thing without adequate exercise and even diet modifications is a scam. Basic waist trainers can be extremely dangerous as they have the potential to shift organs and cause damage to your ribs.  If you do want to...

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Partner Highlight: Marita Martina Gumbs

Competing as an amateur boxer, Marita Martina Gumbs knew that in 2010, I became a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer. Since her early twenties, her desire has been to help people achieve healthier lifestyles. More than just gaining muscle or losing weight, she acknowledges what really feels good is “to be able to play ball with your kids, go on long walking tours to explore a new city, embark on adventurous excursions while on vacation, and wake up in the morning with the energy to seize the day and be your best.” In 2017, Marita became certified through the Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) (a part of the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals) as a Medical Exercise Specialist. With...

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How To Take Ownership Of Your Health

Our bodies are with us for the rest of our lives, so naturally, we should make it a focus to do everything we can to guarantee it’s in the best condition possible. But why is it so hard to actually stick to our health goals and see them through? Often times, we tend to lack the correct focus on the timeframe of our overall well-being. Reaching these goals doesn’t happen overnight, and it is just as important to prioritize our long-term goals as it is our near future ambitions. Take a look at the proper ways to take ownership of your health through the different stages of your life-cycle.   Short-term Commonly, short-term goals are the first things that come to mind surrounding the discussion around health. Our...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Your heart is important.  Very, VERY important.  Just take a minute to think about how NECESSARY your heart is.  Your heart pumps all the blood, delivering oxygen to your body, keeping your mind sharp for you to tackle the day. We put so much emphasis on being healthy, we need to make sure that our muscles are healthy and strong.  So how do we keep our Hearts Healthy?   Eat Healthily  How does our food affect our heart? Your diet plays a role in your risk of coronary heart disease. Food-related risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and a diet high in saturated fats. Therefore, if you are already at risk, it is important to implement a low-saturated fat, high-fiber, high plant food diet as...

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How this Cancer Survivor Turned Her Pain Into Purpose as a Holistic Healer

This month for our partner highlight, we are honoring LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier.  Although she did not plan on being a “healer” looking back she realized that she always had a high intuition for the needs of others. Khetnu Nefer is a Gullah/Geechee holistic health practitioner originally from John's Island, SC who is a passionate womb warrior and women's health advocate. After spending 8 years in the army, she began her healing career as a massage therapist.  Through her work as a massage therapist, she gained a more personal connection with her clients, taking her healing beyond the physical.   Through her own personal experience, she learned the importance and impact of holistic wellness.  During her own battle with uterine cancer, she took it upon herself to...

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Mindset Monday 2

The holidays are a time for joy and cheer, but with this season comes stress. The Holiday Shopping to cooking.  Cleaning the house for family and friends.  It seems like there are so many things to do but so little time. During this season, women especially take on a lot of responsibility.  Yes, women are amazing, but we must remember we are not superheroes and sometimes it is okay to acknowledge how you feel.  Remember: Your feelings are valid.   So, if you need to take a break from holiday shopping and cooking, it is okay – do so.  We are only human so as much as we love to think we have enough energy like the Energizer Bunny, we do not, and our bodies need rest...

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Minds Matter

Sometimes we can focus so much on physical health, other aspects of our health can be overlooked but that does not mean that they are any less important.  With so much discussion surrounding mental health, it is important to understand that our minds do matter.  Whether you are living with a mental illness or not, it is important to understand that we all have mental health, therefore it is important to take care of it by not just treating our mental health when there seems to be an issue but taking preventative measures to avoid a possible crisis. So, what exactly is “mental health”? According to Medline Plus, they define “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and...

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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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