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Intermittent Fasting!

Diets. The trendy ones catch our eye and make us want to reap the same benefits and results of the before and after picture testimonials on tv or social media. We try them and grow extremely disappointed in the diet and false hope we were given. What about intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is a cyclical pattern of eating and fasting. This diet strays from telling the kinds of foods one should eat and gives those who act on this fasting the times in which they should eat. The 16/8 method involves restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1–9 p.m. Then you fast for 16 hours in between.This sounds like a long time to refrain from eating but generally this time is...

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Top 3 VEGAN recipes that Omnivores will Love!

Hey sis! I hope all is going well on your journeys, and that day by day you are inching closer to your goals whatever they may be. Speaking of goals and journeys, I know a lot of us have the goals that we want to live healthier lives and to lose our maintain weight. Many people will tell you that a vegan lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and be healthier overall. I’m no doctor so I can't say for sure, but what I can say is that incorporating vegan meals into your lifestyle, will not only help you shed a few pounds, but can also help you save a few bucks on your grocery bill. I have tried on and off several...

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...

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...

National Nutrition Month

It is National Nutrition Month! This month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Beginning in March of 1973 as National Nutrition Week, the cause has continued to promote healthier eating by being a scientifically-based food and nutrition information source. The problem with this month is that many people think that eating healthier and making more informed food choices means either eating like a rabbit or eating disgustingly tasting foods. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! It’s all about how important living a healthier lifestyle is to you. You can very easily stock up on junk food or foods with nutritional values that are not the greatest simply because it’s easier, what you’re accustomed to, and taste...

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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...

Is Sugar or Salt Worse for Your Heart?

I love a sugary treat, but I also love something with a little salt to it. Unhealthy diets tend to lead us to places we dread being, such as having high blood pressure. So, what's worse for our heart? Is it the salt or is it the sugar? Sodium is a necessary nutrient for the body. The daily recommended amount is 2,300 mg of sodium. Studies have shown that a large percentage of people consume way more sodium than we should and that those with low sodium diets generally have lower blood pressures. But evidence has emerged to suggest that salt is not the only reason for high blood pressure. There is a very big difference between natural sugars and added sugars. For example, fruits have...

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