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How the Keto Lifestyle Affects Heart Health

What’s the correlation between Keto & Heart Health? Do you remember when we talked about the ketogenic diet vs. the paleolithic diet? Well it’s coming full circle, sis! The last time we talked about it, I left it up for you to decide whether or not you thought the ketogenic diet or the paleolithic diet was the best for you. Now I’m going to tell you a few effects that the ketogenic diet actually has on heart health. Keto On The Heart The keto diet has introduced a lot of the foods people have been told not to eat back into their diets. Animal products and saturated fats make up the majority of a general ketogenic diet and therefore can cause LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol...

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How Water Fasting Affects Heart Health

There are so many people who carry out fasts for religious or spiritual reasons, for detoxing purposes, and more. I, myself, have carried out the water fast on two occasions when I was in high school. I thought it was the obvious way to shed an abundance of weight because I wouldn’t be consuming any sugars, starches, or carbs. Years later, I wonder what I was possibly risking with my health. What is the Water Fast? Water fasting is the act of fasting all foods and only consuming water. Many people water fast to lose weight or for its health benefits. It is advised that the water fast exceeds no more than 72 hours at a time, however doing so for a longer time should not be...

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Fight Heart disease with Mushrooms | Stuffed Mushroom Day

Hey ladies! I hope everyone is doing well today! So if you all were not aware, yesterday was national stuffed mushroom day! I know some of you are like ew gross, and some of you are jumping for joy about this, but I invite all of you who are anti-mushrooms to try them stuffed as they have a completely different flavor than just plain raw mushrooms in a salad for example. You’re probably also wondering why i’m bringing this up as well. Well since it is February, the month all about love and black history, I thought I’d talk about heart health since that is something affecting both of those areas. Black women & Heart Disease It is sad to say but half of us black...

HIV Awareness | Concerning statistics regarding Black Women

We all know that there are disparities between communities, and HIV is no different. Our communities experience the highest HIV rates among all races and if you aren’t careful you could become apart of that statistic. As I say often, knowledge is power so make sure you’re getting tested regularly, simply because many of the black women infected with the disease, (7.2% of them to be exact) don’t even know they are infected (find out how often you should get tested here and where to get tested here). When it comes to black women, though we have some of the most devastating statistics, and so today I thought I would share a couple of these statistics so that we may get more serious about our...

The Pros and Cons of Going Cold Turkey!

How many of us wanted to start a new diet or quit consuming something and thought the best way to do it was going cold turkey? My hand is raised because I know I have. Let me tell you, it was not easy! I’m going to give you my take on quitting soda cold turkey. I’m choosing soda because I am so deeply in love with Coca Cola that it’s crazy! So here are my pros and cons of quitting (Coca Cola) cold turkey. Pros Clearer Skin: As you know soda has way too much sugar in it for people like me to consume multiple times a day everyday. When I quit drinking soda cold turkey, I had noticeably clearer skin over time. Energy: Reducing the amount...

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HIV Home Testing Kits | HIV Awareness

Medical technology is advancing almost as quickly as technology like that of the iPhone or Android, and let’s be real for a second, anything that makes doctor visits easier/faster/better is always a win. Well one of those advances is the HIV home-test kits. An HIV home test kit can be bought from almost anywhere, places like Walgreens have them and so does amazon. A home test kit can be as cheap as $20 and is a great solution for those of us who have trouble getting to a doctor, or other places that test for HIV. (Learn how to find options for testing centers near you here). Lots of people (including myself) are not even aware that these tests exist, and this is a big...

How to Grocery Shop for Healthy Foods on a Budget

“I want to eat healthier! I have so many goals I want to achieve but healthy food is expensive and I don’t want to eat like a rabbit.” Is this you? I feel like we all have been in this position. We don’t all have the money to go completely crazy on healthy food. I have a few suggestions for you to get healthy and still be able to save a few coins. Plan Your Meals Decide what kind of meals you want to make and what kinds of foods you’re willing to eat. This way you aren’t buying foods you think you’ll eat at some point but instead, you’re buying foods you will eat and have a plan to make.   Make a List I promise this will...

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My Experience with Intermittent Fasting | Fitness and & Health

Hey ladies hope all is well with you! So there's this “diet” that's going around called intermittent fasting, and I really wanted to give it a try. Normally, when i’m trying to lose weight, I just skip a couple of meals and only eat 1 time a day. This helps me to get used to smaller portion sizes and also control my hunger, and is literally the only thing that helps me to lose weight. So when I read about Intermittent fasting I definitely wanted to give it a try. Before when I would say that I don’t eat as much when i’m trying to lose weight people would assume that I have anorexia, or some other mental issues. I often felt guilty about losing...

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A Recap of National Gluten Free Day

The older I’ve become, the more I’ve heard the words, “gluten free” spill from people’s mouths. I thought living a gluten free lifestyle meant no bread, which meant I couldn’t do it because I am in love with bread. When I tell you I was wrong, believe me! I looked into it and found out that gluten free is so much more than I thought. What is Gluten and why should I care? Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. There are many people who have switched to a gluten free lifestyle because of the negative effects that gluten has on their bodies. For example, some people have celiac disease or even a non-gluten celiac sensitivity. Celiac disease is an...

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Top 3 Cheap or Free ways to prevent HIV | HIV Awareness

There are many different methods for treating any symptoms and living long fulfilling lives with HIV/AIDS these days, and that is a wonderful advancement in medicine. There is nothing better than preventing the infection in the first place though. There are many different ways to prevent the spread of infection, but today I will talk about the top 3 that anyone can use. By the way, there is medicine that you can take to prevent yourself from contracting HIV called Prep, but it can be quite expensive. The methods that I will talk about today can be cheap or some of them free. Abstinence -  As much as this is the least favorite method it is the most  effective and the cheapest (its free). Not everyone contracts...