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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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I Love My Color, but I Want to Love My Skin!

As I was growing up I noticed that not only did I generally have the darkest skin in social groups but in my family I did as well. My father drilled into my head that my color is beautiful and I should always love it, and I do. There was a difference, however, between loving my color and loving my skin. The skin is the largest organ of your body and undergoes a lot. People don’t generally think about the harm that they do to their skin either by not taking care of it or by doing the wrong things to take care of it. People of color, for example, are affected by eczema more so than Caucasians and don’t know how to help it....

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My Top 5 Carb Substitutes!

I know my body and I know that too many carbs does nothing positive for me. The problem is that so much of what I eat and love to eat has a large amount of carbs. I love rice, bread, pasta, mashed potatoes; you name it I probably love it. If you’re like me and need some help look no further. Here are a few of my favorite carb substitutes! Veggie Noodles I told you I love pasta, but at one point I tried to completely give it up because of the carbs. Thank goodness for my sister because she found noodles made entirely from vegetables. It tastes the same and is a lot healthier. Portobello Mushrooms I was so nervous about trying this one for the first...

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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...