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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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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...

Is Homophobia in our community keeping HIV/AIDS rates high?

Hey everyone! I hope things are going well in your lives, and that you are all working towards your dreams. Usually on Mondays I come with factual articles regarding some fact about HIV/IDS or regarding living with HIV/AIDS.  Today however, I wanted to talk about something that has been on my heart a lot lately. This article is about my opinion, and doesn’t reflect the beliefs of BGH as a whole, but solely reflects on me and what I believe. I am not an employee of BGH so the words I am writing are my responsibility and mine alone. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way I wanted to connect to things that I believe run hand in hand, Homophobia, and HIV/AIDS rates...

5 Ways To Relieve Stress | National Stress Awareness Month

Hey sis! I hope that everything in life is going well for you. I’m doing okay but like many of us I have been stressed out lately. Even as I write this I’m urging myself to relax my face so I don't cause myself a headache. For many of us, stress is one of the most prevalent health risks in our lives. It's important to learn how to manage your stress, but what I find the hardest is what can help relieve it. So in honor on national stress awareness month, i’m bringing you 5 ways to help relieve stress. Paint Now, you guys may not know this, but I’m no artist. I can barely color inside the lines. So when I painted a ceramic vase...

Sexual assault and HIV | Sexual assault awareness month| HIV awareness

It's very unfortunate, but times are changing, and much to my dismay, things are becoming more dark and grim. I’d love to be calling out April Fools today when I talk about the high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS from being sexually assaulted, but this is no joke. Every month has its own awareness campaigns and April is no different, this month its sexual assault awareness month. What is sexual assault? Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. From reading this definition you can understand why it plays a role in the amount of people who contract HIV on a yearly...

8-day Keto trial and Shake Review

Hey sis! I hope everything is going well for you. So if you remember a couple of weeks ago I mention that I would be doing a trial run of the keto diet for 8 days, and that I would be incorporating a new keto shake product in my diet during this trial run. So how did it go? First let me preface this by saying that Keto is not easy! Not saying that I thought it would be because I’m a carb loving fool, but I thought “oh I can do this for a bit, as long as I plan ahead and stay creative with the meals”, boy was I wrong. Keto is not for the faint of heart, there was several times during this trial...

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on HIV/AIDS

Earlier this month we talked about HIV/AIDS and nutrition. Specifically how your nutrition (or lack thereof) can affect your health, and your ability to fight the disease. While we are on the subject of taking good care of our bodies, we can’t forget to have a conversation about a major player in the HIV/AIDS world, and that is the consumption of alcohol and other drugs. Using alcohol and other drugs can affect HIV/AIDS in 2 distinct ways, and we will get more into that in a minute, but for now I want to take a minute to define the abuse of these drugs. Alcohol and Drug abuse When we talk about drugs we know that doing them is a no-no in the first place right? Well, it...

What is Brain Awareness Week

Do you know anything about brain health? Now is your time to learn! The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the week geared towards a change in the advancement that we have on the brain. This year it was from March 11-17. It is an opportunity to educate more and more people about the progress that is continually being done in brain research as well as progress in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, schizophrenia and depression. Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide including the Society for Neuroscience and the Dana Alliance. PBS has a companion website for its program The Secret Life of the Brain. This program includes a 3-D brain anatomy animation...

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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...

The Life and Message of Lady Chablis | HIV Awareness | Activist Spotlight

Hey out there, I hope you all are doing well. Recently as I was looking up more information about HIV/AIDS infections and rates, I started to feel kind of sad. It is disheartening to think about things like death rates among those infected by HIV, and I feel like there is too much of a focus on that in the media outlets we find on and offline. So today I thought that it may be more fun and uplifting to celebrate the life of one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking women In the HIV community, Miss Lady Chablis. In 2016, one of the great fallen stars has returned to heaven. The Lady Chablis, was an African American, transgender, author, activist, actress and performer who...