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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...

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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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...

Keto vs. Paleo: Which Diet Option is Best for You?

Is there a such thing as the perfect diet? There are so many diets swarming the internet and you need to find the best one for you. Two diets that are frequently talked about are the Keto Diet and the Paleo Diet, but now you have to decide which one is best for you to try. I’m not going to tell you which one is better. Instead, I’m going to give you more information on both diets to help you reach a distinctive decision. What is the Keto Diet? The Ketogenic, or keto, diet is a low-carb high fat diet. You consume less sugar and consume very little carbs. With this diet, most of your calorie intake comes from fat. The goal of the ketogenic diet is...

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HIV Awareness| How do I tell My Partner I’m HIV Positive

In life sometimes we may end up in situations that merit a lot of bravery, and although it can be tough, in a lot of cases the toughest choice is almost always the most moral. Well that is the same rule that will apply here. Telling someone, especially your partner, that you have HIV is a very scary thing to have to do for many. Whether you just found out, or you found out a long time ago, there will come a time where you may have to tell your partner about your positive HIV status. When you’re discussing your HIV status It will be tough to decide who to tell, what to tell, and when to tell them. All of the answers to these questions...

Yoga 101|My Journey and Top 5 tips to get started

Good morning beautiful ladies of BGH! I hope 2019 has started off excellent for you. Mine is good so far, not accomplishing everything I want but making a large dent in my goals. Today we will talk about one of them and that’s doing Yoga. First I want to say that Yoga is Hard! I still have a lot of work to do on my yoga journey, but i’d like to tell you my top 5 tips on getting started, coming from my experience on what has and hasn’t worked. First a little about my journey Personally, I’m still in the beginning stages of my journey so this post isn't meant to provide professional advice, but if you’re just getting started, or have been interested in yoga...

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Testing Testing 1,2,3: Where can I get tested? | HIV/AIDS awareness

There is so much information out there about HIV these days, thats its crazy how many people still don’t know their HIV/AIDS status. The CDC says that 1 in 7 people infected don't even know it, which is even crazier. The only way possible that they wouldn’t know they’re infected is if they aren’t getting tested on a regular basis. (Check out my last post here on how often you should be getting tested for HIV). Getting tested on a regular basis is not that difficult, and isn’t expensive either. If you are in an urban area, there are plenty of places that can help get tested, and often times you can just walk in without an appointment. What If I don’t have Health Insurance? Well first...

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My Struggle with Superwoman Syndrome| Mental Health and Wellness

Hey there sis! I hope your 2019 is going well so far. We are all out here striving for our new year's resolutions, and pushing ourselves to achieve more than we did in the previous year. While pushing yourself is important to interpersonal growth, excessively doing so can be detrimental to your mental health, and sometimes even physical. We know that black women are actually less often diagnosed with common mental disorders like depression, but something called Superwoman Syndrome, is affecting us in a big way. Its something thats so ingrained in us that we don’t even realize it’s a disorder, and how its affecting our lives. Well today I’m here to spill the tea on superwoman syndrome and my struggles with it. What is superwoman...

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HIV/AIDS Awareness| How often should I get tested?

I would like to first take a second to say that you don’t have to wait until something seems wrong to go get tested. Lots of women these days think “ I don’t want to be seen coming out of a clinic”, and if this is you sis, that’s just childish. If someone does say something about you coming out of a clinic, you’ll either have proof of negative results, or you’ll have a much bigger problem to worry about. Either way it’s a good thing you went to the clinic. However, since you’re reading this, I can tell you either live a health focused life or have at least abandoned that aforementioned mindset, and you’re wondering how you can stay healthy in a world...