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5 Mediterranean Recipes, I’m going to try and I think you should too! | Mediterranean Diet Month

Hey Sis! I hope your day is going well and that all of your plans for 2019 are coming to pass. While I was spending time scouring the internet for new ideas and topics to write about for the month of May, I found something interesting. I found out that it is actually Mediterranean diet month.Is this not the perfect time to spice up your dinner and try something new? I knew you would agree, so Today I have listed 5 Keto- Friendly Mediterranean recipes that I’m going to try this month, and I think you should too. Mediterranean food? Yes, Mediterranean food is the cuisine style of people from countries along the Mediterranean. Places like Greece, Turkey, Israel and Morocco are just a couple on the long list. Their diet consists of a lot of healthy...

3- Day juice Cleanse Results

Hey sis, hope all is well for you! Let me just tell you, the past 3 days have been crazy for me! If you remember from my post last week I did a 3 day Juice cleanse to drop a couple inches off my waist for a cruise I have coming up. Man it was rough!  I wasn't prepared for sure and although I cheated a couple of times I did have fairly good results. This was the cleanse I used, and I didn't weigh myself before because I wasn't looking for weight loss so much as I wanted to get rid of bloat and constipation. So without further adieu, here is my experience, and some recommendations if you are thinking of trying your own...

Australian Man contracts HIV while on PrEP & What you need to know

Good Morning sis! I hope all is going well for you, and you are creating a life that you love. So today I wanted to talk briefly about an article that I read online regarding HIV and PrEP.  I was scrolling through my social media feed a couple months back and I came across this article about a man in Australia. The article was titled “An Australian Man Has Been Diagnosed With HIV While On PrEP” (you can read the full article there). Just reading the title of this article is very scary, but I wanted to take a moment to clear up some of the clickbait, and tell you what's really going down. So what happened? First and foremost, the article is about a man in...

3-Day Juice Cleanse and Detox

Hey Sis! I hope that your days are flying by, and that you are manifesting a life that you love. So if you followed me on my journey last month where I tried keto for a week, then you’ll know that I’m going on a cruise at the beginning of next month. And let me just tell you I haven’t been doing the things I need to do in order to get some weight off (don’t judge me sis). The good news is that overall I’m pretty happy with my body, and i’m starting to believe I may have a bowel problem more so than a weight problem. My biggest issue is the belly area, and that could be fat, but it seems to be...

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Stress and its effects on HIV/AIDS

Hey Sis! I hope you are manifesting things in your life that you have been striving towards, for years now. So if you’ve been hanging around all month, you’ll know that I have been focusing a lot on stress and how it affects you and different parts of your life, and today is no different. Stress is one of those things that if we don't learn how to manage it properly, it will run rampant in our bodies. When your dealing with an infection like HIV/AIDS the last thing you need is something like stress overwhelming you and weakening your body’s defenses even further. What does stress do to the body? There is a myriad of ways that stress can affect your body. Some of the most...

Spring Cleaning | Cleaning out suppressed emotions to rebuild your ability to trust

Hey Sis! I hope things are going well for you! Since the first quarter of of 2019 is over and we started spring cleaning last month, I thought today we would circle back to spring cleaning and focus on something that all of us need to clean out… suppressed emotions. Yes this is a tough one for many of us to deal with, old boyfriends, best friends that betrayed you, and family members that hurt you. Like it or not, all of these things can affect you for the rest of your life if you don't take the time to clean them out and heal your wounds. Building Relationships One of the biggest ways that harboring these old emotions can affect you is when you are trying...

5 More Stress relieving tips | National Stress Awareness Day

Hey Sis! I hope your day is going well, and that you’re cultivating a life you love. As you know this is Stress Awareness month, but I bet you didn’t also know that today is Stress Awareness Day as well? Seems like you should really be aware of stress don’t it?  We talked about this before in my last article on the topic (read that one here), so I wont get too deep into it other than its bad and can lead to heart problems as well. But in celebration, of Stress Awareness Day I want to give you 5 more ways to deal with your stress. Listen to music Listening to music (no matter what kind) is definitely good for you. Singing your heart out, crying...

HIV/AIDS & Depression | Fighting Both with Diet and Exercise

Hey Sis! Can you believe it’s spring time already? One great thing about Spring is that the constant dark and gloomy days begin to get more sparse as time goes on. One thing about winter, is that it brings on something called seasonal depression disorder. Becoming depressed, simply because it’s getting colder outside is really a thing, and coupled with a recent HIV/AIDS diagnosis, can mean tough times. The weather clearing up isn’t the only thing that can be done to fight this tragic combination, and leaving your happiness completely up to the time of year isn’t the recommended way to go. Being more proactive before hard times hit Here at BGH we provide a lot of information on wellness whether it be recipes, exercise routines, and...

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The Low-Down on Fiber

Hey sis! I hope your day is filled with joy and happiness, and that your dreams are becoming reality. Here at BGH we are very health conscious and always recommend eating strategically to maximize the benefits of the food you're eating. Today however, I wanted to come and talk about something that's important, but is also kinda rare when you’re reading the backs of your food labels, and that is fiber. What is Fiber? Fiber is dietary material containing substances such as cellulose, lignin, and pectin, that are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. That’s just  google’s definition, in layman’s terms fiber is what helps hold your poop together. You see, there is a type of fiber that your body can’t really break down, so because...

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Are you Living in a Food Desert?

Hey sis! I hope you’re working hard to create a life that you love, I know I am! However, sometimes working hard towards your goals isn’t enough. Not only do you need the drive to go forth and achieve, but you also need the right supplies and environment in order to assist and sustain you. If you are starting a weight-loss journey, you will have to be able to access to the fruits and vegetables needed to sustain your diet. Unfortunately, some people don’t have access to the fruits and vegetables needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle because of where they live, these areas are called food deserts. What is a food desert? A food desert an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable...