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Author: Monet Gilmore

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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What Fitness Type Best for Your Body Type?

When trying to lose weight or build muscle, it is important to know what type of body you have and work best with it.  The three main body types are: Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells   As an ectomorph, this means that your body does well with processing carbohydrates for your body to use as energy for fuel. In addition, with this body type, you will have a metabolism on the faster side making it easy for you to burn off fat.  As an ectomorph, you might struggle with gaining weight because you lose weight so easily so be sure...

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How to Heal Fibroids Holistically

Before we dive into it, let’s start with a discussion of what a Fibroid actually is.  By definition, fibroids are growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue that can vary in size. Although they are not life-threatening or cancerous or life-threatening, they can still cause complications and other health issues. Research that 1 in 3 women experience signs and symptoms of fibroids which make up about 80% of women who will experience fibroids in their lifetime.  These symptoms can vary and can range from: Heavy & Painful periods Menstrual periods lasting more than a week Abdominal Pain Pelvic pressure or pain Lower Back and Leg Pain Frequent Urination Difficulty emptying the bladder Constipation Pain or Discomfort During Sex Without seeking proper medical advice or treatment, in addition to the uncomfortable signs and symptoms, fibroids...

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Your Protective Style Might Not Be Protecting

As fall and winter approach, it is important for us natural women to ensure they are taking the best care of their hair especially as the temperatures begin to drop it is imperative that during the dry months our stays moisturized and protected from the elements, not just heat damage.             According to the Natural Club, these are some ways that we add stress on our hair, causing wear and tear: Physical manipulation from daily styling, combing, detangling, stretching, updos, or just touching your hair in general Chemicals, color treatments, or high heat Environmental pollutants in the air Excessive moisture from swimming or sweat Environmental/climate factors such as dry air, cold air, frost, wind, snow, etc. Protective styles are important because they are styles that require little to no manipulation.  But beware,...

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Your Top Essential Oils You Need this Fall

As fall approaches, we want our homes to smell good to create a warm comforting environment.  But what exactly are they and what do they do? According to heathline.com, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants.  They are created through the process of distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.  Essentials are mostly used through the use of aromatherapy, but can also be used inhalation, or by diluting the oil then rubbing the oil on the skin. When the oils are inhaled, the fragrance of the essential oils can stimulate parts of your limbic system which is the system of your body involved with motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Because the limbic system has been linked to the formation of long-term...

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The Pros and Cons of Kombucha!

If you follow popular health trends, you have probably heard of this popular drink called Kombucha.  Like many health fads, people rave about the various health benefits of Kombucha but is Kombucha truly the all-powerful healing drink that people make it out to be? To start, what even is Kombucha? In short, Kombucha is simply a fermented green or black tea that is combined with various ingredients such as sugar, yeast and bacteria. (Yes, you read that correctly, bacteria).  We figured out what it is, but why do people drink it? Many individuals claim that drinking Kombucha can: improved digestion, increase metabolism, build immunity, improve liver function, increase heart health and more.   Based on the research, Kombucha can contain some of these properties but it truly depends on...

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