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Happy National potato Chip Day | 3 Healthy and Fun Alternatives

Hey sis! I hope that your weight loss journey is going well queen! As we all know, when you are dieting, there are so many restrictions put on the types of food that you can eat, and how much you can eat. You're likely to see the list of food you can eat to dwindle down to very few, and almost zero of your favorites are going to make the cut. Not to worry though! There are many fun ways that you can substitute some of your favorite snacks for a diet friendly version. So in honor of national potato chip day, I thought I would give you some healthier options  to eat instead of potato chips, that taste good too! Kale Chips I’ve been a fan...

8-day Keto Kickstart | Spring cleaning for the body

Hey Sis! I hope you're doing well on your life journey thus far! I know that we are all on different journeys in different parts of our life, but I know that there is one thing that we are are working on together and that's our weight. Whether it is for weight loss, weight maintenance, a health issue or purely cosmetic, our weight is something that drives all of us, to live more active and full lives, including me. So since #SpringCleaning is coming I thought I would jumpstart it by doing some cleaning of my body. I have decided to do an 8-day Keto Kickstart to get my cravings under control, and get back on my healthy eating plan. You see I have kinda...

HIV/AIDS activist Spotlight| Hydeia Broadbent

Hey sis! I’m hope that you are only accepting positive energies and good vibes into your life on this beautiful Monday. In celebration of international women’s month, I wanted to take the time to highlight an amazing activist, with an amazing story. That young woman is Hydeia Broadbent. Hydeia Broadbent is a young HIV/Aids Activist  who has set out to change the view of HIV/AIDS and the stigma attached to it over the years. Hydeia was born HIV and her infection did not progress to AIDS until around age 3, around the time she found out about it. In 1996 when she was only 11 she went on Oprah to talk about her life with aids, and begin her role as an activist. Even at...

Top Perks to ask about when looking for a gym membership

Good morning beautiful! I hope all is well with you, and you're manifesting greatness into your life. When it comes to manifesting things into your life, there is no reward without putting in some work, but who says you can't get perks to go long with the results of your hard work? I’m new to the fitness scene and recently started looking for a gym to call home. I started by just looking for the cheapest thing available, but I decided that there should be more benefits to my membership than just saving a few dollars. So today I thought I would share some of the top perks that I’ve seen offered at gyms. Free Classes This one is one of the most common but it...

Enjoying yourself and Staying slim on this Fat Tuesday | Mardi Gras

Hey Sis! I hope you’re enjoying your day today, I know I am. While I haven’t been able to tear myself away from work this week, I hope you are out enjoying yourself for this lovely Fat Tuesday. When you are out enjoying yourself today, you don’t have to put the FAT in fat tuesday. There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while still having a good time, and so today I will give you my top tips to stay slim on Fat Tuesday. Drink Tequila (if you’re drinking spirits) I know a lot of you out there are like, I can't do Tequila. I thought that too for while until my aunt put me on. We had some nice Don Pedro with lemonade, it was...

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Nutrition and HIV/AIDS | Fighting Back

Hello my lovely BGH sisters! I hope that all is well in your lives, and you're pursuing your dreams even in the wake of failure. When I talk of pursuing your dreams I mean that to be anything you fancy, however I hope that we have one dream in common, which is to live healthy and full lives. When you have an HIV diagnosis (especially a recent one), that may seem only like a dream, but with the knowledge and medicinal advances we have today, you can live a fulfilling life with HIV/AIDS. While there are multiple things that you can do to increase your longevity living with the infection, like making sure you're taking your medication appropriately, exercising regularly, and giving up poor habits...

A Very Becoming Book Review| February|BGH Book of the Month

Hey Sis! Its that time again! You already know it’s time to do our monthly book review and the book for this month was long but worth it! In honor of black history month I chose to have us read Becoming by Michelle Obama our first black First Lady. Let me just say I loved this book. She was so real throughout the book and if you’re like me and had the audio version it was so nice that she narrated it herself. She talked about her life from childhood all the way through to adulthood, and touched on a variety of topics. Even though she went to prestigious schools and was the first lady of the United States, she is so relatable in this book...

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Dos and Donts for a heart healthy meal prep

As National Heart health month draws to a close, I thought that I would share some information with you that you can use throughout the year. Not that anything I’ve shared can't be used year round but when it comes to matters of the heart they can be easily forgotten. We all know about how the heart functions, pumping blood throughout your body, and taking on the burden of keeping us alive. With so much resting on your heart the least you can do is keep it healthy right? The food that you put in your body can make, or break, the health of your heart. Which is why today I thought i’d leave you with some dos and don'ts on making a heart healthy...

Practicing Self Care After your Diagnosis | HIV/AIDS Awareness

During the month of February we have spent some much time talking about matters of the heart, first and foremost health, and coming in at a close second is love. Up until now though, we have talked mostly about loving other people, so today I thought we would talk about something different, Self-Love (not that kind you nasty lol). No but seriously, we often forget how important self-love is to our overall happiness, and for those of us struggling with a debilitating infection like HIV/AIDS this can be twice as difficult. Getting a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS can shatter your whole world, and even makes some people want to end their lives. So in light of this, I thought I would come today with my top...

Top 3 Yoga Youtubers You’ll Love!

My relationship with yoga has always been a love/hate one. Loving the days where we focus on breathing and meditation, and hating the days where it felt like I was doing some kind of crazy flexible pilates. In my yoga journey, there have been numerous times where I have fallen off the bandwagon, but every time I slowly found my way back to the mat. Yoga has been my introduction to fitness and is slowly motivating me to get myself in shape. Every time I sit down for a session, I see myself getting stronger and more capable of doing the different poses (and holding downward dog for more than just a few seconds). So to incite inspiration in some of my BGH sisters, I...