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What Fitness Type Best for Your Body Type?

When trying to lose weight or build muscle, it is important to know what type of body you have and work best with it.  The three main body types are: Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells   As an ectomorph, this means that your body does well with processing carbohydrates for your body to use as energy for fuel. In addition, with this body type, you will have a metabolism on the faster side making it easy for you to burn off fat.  As an ectomorph, you might struggle with gaining weight because you lose weight so easily so be sure...

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Black Girl Health Highlights: Sherrell Moore-Tucker, MindBody Faith

For this highlight, we will be spotlighting our partner Sherrell Moore-Tucker, who is the Managing Partner for SAGE holistic center and the Founder of MindBody Faith, which is a mindful management and consulting company.  She is also a speaker, author, yoga, and meditation teacher. In addition to her already long list of qualifications, she is a trauma-informed wellness educator who specializes in leadership and holistic stress management. Since 2010, she has been educating communities and businesses about various forms of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques for addressing stress, social and health-related trauma, as a form of self-care. As an iRest® Level 1 Meditation Teacher, Moore-Tucker specializes and studies include Somatic movement, Holy Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow-style yoga, Yin yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga for...

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National Women’s Health Week!

Did you know that it was National Women’s Health Week? Oh you didn’t? Well it was National Women’s Health Week! This starts every year right after Mother’s Day. This week is used to remind women to take their health into their own hands and make becoming healthier a priority. What are some ways that we, as women, can live healthier lifestyles? One way is trying to eat clean. Eating clean is eating more whole and natural foods and limiting the amount of processed foods from our diet. So many people think clean eating is like eating like a rabbit but in truth, clean eating can be just as satisfying and more beneficial than eating processed foods. Another way is to start enjoying your exercise. Some people...

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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...

Vegan Diet Pros and Cons!

The vegan diet is very similar to the vegetarian diet which cuts out eating meat. The difference, however, is that the vegan diet completely eliminates animal products from the person’s consumption. Here are some pros and cons for the vegan diet to help you decide what is best for: Pros Potentially Improved Health Because the vegan diet completely eliminates animal products from consumption, this diet is cholesterol free and low in saturated fat. This could lead to lower cholesterol as well as lower blood pressure. Increased Self-Control This diet definitely promotes self-control. Having to look at ingredients or ask questions about how things are cooked, completely giving up certain foods, and so much more all take extreme self-control. This diet helps increase that self-control. Cons Abrupt Change With absolutely no...

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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...

Is Exercise During Pregnancy Okay?

Those of you lovely ladies who are expecting the arrival of a little bundle of joy, this one's for you! You’re here because you want to be healthy and live a healthier lifestyle so what changes now that you’re pregnant? For the longest time we’ve been preaching exercise and a healthy diet but can you do that with a bun in the oven? Yes. Exercise during your pregnancy is generally safe and very often recommended, unless told otherwise by one’s health professional concerning complications. Exercising during a pregnancy is not for weight loss at that particular moment, but rather to remain healthy and for possible weight loss post-pregnancy. Some benefits to exercising during a pregnancy include an increase in energy and an improved mood. As with...

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The Low-Down on Fiber

Hey sis! I hope your day is filled with joy and happiness, and that your dreams are becoming reality. Here at BGH we are very health conscious and always recommend eating strategically to maximize the benefits of the food you're eating. Today however, I wanted to come and talk about something that's important, but is also kinda rare when you’re reading the backs of your food labels, and that is fiber. What is Fiber? Fiber is dietary material containing substances such as cellulose, lignin, and pectin, that are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. That’s just  google’s definition, in layman’s terms fiber is what helps hold your poop together. You see, there is a type of fiber that your body can’t really break down, so because...

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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...

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...