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5 Immune Boosting Foods & Recipe Ideas | HIV Awareness

Hey sis! I hope things in your life are going well and manifesting into a life you love. When we talk about life we always talk about quantity over quality. No, I can't blame anyone for wanting to live a long time but how are you living during those years? Anyone struggling with a chronic illness or infection like HIV can easily get caught up in the quantity over quality mindset. So today I thought that we could talk about some immune boosting foods that can help your body in its fight, and potentially help improve the quality of your life and the quantity at the same time. Everyone knows that Vitamin C is very important to your immune health, but there are more ways to...

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Vegetarian Pros and Cons!

We’ve talked about the pros and cons of the vegan diet, but now we need to talk about the pros and cons of the vegetarian diet. The vegetarian diet is one where meat is not consumed. The difference between this diet and the vegan diet, as we talked about before, is that in the vegetarian diet animal products are still consumed. Here are some pros and cons: Pros Weight-loss The vegetarian diet is low in fat and high in fiber which are very good components for weight loss. It can also be a beneficial diet for maintaining weight. Complete Nutrition When well planned out, vegetarian meals can contain all essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. This is extremely beneficial and debunks the idea that becoming vegetarian automatically lowers...

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Counting Calories, the best diet choice for people with HIV?

Hey sis! You are a rainbow in a sky full of grey, and I just thought it was important that you know that today. So one of the most archaic ways to control weight loss is calorie counting. Calorie counting was the thing to do before fad diets came along, and personally, calorie counting is my favorite way to control my weight and the easiest way for me to do so. Instead of special diets, depriving yourself, and/or spending extra hours in the kitchen, simply eating a little less than you normally would could be all you need to do to lose weight. So how many calories should I be eating? Well it depends. In a lot of cases your doctor will give you a nutritional diet...

HIV and High Blood Pressure + 5 tips to help you fight both!

Hey everyone! I hope your day is going well, and that love and happiness is quickly manifesting into your life!  If you weren’t aware May is national High Blood Pressure awareness month, and when you are dealing with an infection like HIV, you want to make sure that you are watching your blood pressure as well as your overall health. When you have an HIV infection, you are more likely to have high blood pressure and hypertension. These are part of what they call the “non-infectious consequences” that the prolonging of the life of people living with the infection has come to show. Since your body’s immune system is constantly working hard to fight off the virus, you can experience chronic inflammation in your arteries....

What is Mental Illness? (Part Two)

That’s right! I had to come back and talk to you guys about mental illness a little bit more. There are so many preconceived notions that people have about mental illness and I think it’s time we debunk some mental illness myths! Myth #1: Having a Mental Illness Means You’re Weak Fact: This could not be more false. Mental illnesses are the results of the equation of biological, social and psychological variables. It is very likely to succumb to mental illness and not have done anything to cause it. Having a mental illness DOES NOT mean that you’re weak! Myth #2: A Pill is Always the Cure Fact: In some cases a health professional will prescribe a medication to aid a specific patient with their mental illness, however a...

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

It’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week! So what does that mean for you? If you’re a parent, older sibling or aunt you should be concerned about the mental health of the children in your life. Once a child develops a mental illness, adults can often adopt their perception of the child’s mental illness as their normal behavior. This makes it difficult to recognize when the child has a serious problem. A few signs of a possible issue of mental illness in children include: Changes in Appetite or Sleep PatternsSelf Destructive or Self Harming BehaviorsWithdrawal or Fear of Things He or She Were Not Afraid of or Enjoyed Before It is extremely important to pay close attention to the children in your life. They don’t always recognize the...

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What is Mental Illness? (Part One)

What comes to mind when someone mentions mental illness? What do you instantly think of? Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. Mental illness has a lot of different faces to it. It does not only affect adults but people of all ages. Many people believe that mental illness can not affect them but in actuality it can affect any of us. It is so important to really listen to your body and your mind. A few examples of mental illness are: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a condition that makes it makes it difficult for people to pay attention and/or control their...

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3- Day juice Cleanse Results

Hey sis, hope all is well for you! Let me just tell you, the past 3 days have been crazy for me! If you remember from my post last week I did a 3 day Juice cleanse to drop a couple inches off my waist for a cruise I have coming up. Man it was rough!  I wasn't prepared for sure and although I cheated a couple of times I did have fairly good results. This was the cleanse I used, and I didn't weigh myself before because I wasn't looking for weight loss so much as I wanted to get rid of bloat and constipation. So without further adieu, here is my experience, and some recommendations if you are thinking of trying your own...

Australian Man contracts HIV while on PrEP & What you need to know

Good Morning sis! I hope all is going well for you, and you are creating a life that you love. So today I wanted to talk briefly about an article that I read online regarding HIV and PrEP.  I was scrolling through my social media feed a couple months back and I came across this article about a man in Australia. The article was titled “An Australian Man Has Been Diagnosed With HIV While On PrEP” (you can read the full article there). Just reading the title of this article is very scary, but I wanted to take a moment to clear up some of the clickbait, and tell you what's really going down. So what happened? First and foremost, the article is about a man in...

Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

It is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! What does this mean for you? A lot! You might not have oral cancer but that doesn’t mean it is any less important. Oral Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness for the importance of performing self exams. There are some dental associations that provide free oral cancer screenings and also provide education and treatments for those who need it. According to MouthHealthy.org, there are over 51,500 people who are diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils and tongue each year. This number is alarming. Again, the absence of oral cancer now, is not the impossibility of it’s arrival later. Do all that you can to learn about your body and that includes performing self exams and seeing a doctor...

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