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Your Top Essential Oils You Need this Fall

As fall approaches, we want our homes to smell good to create a warm comforting environment.  But what exactly are they and what do they do? According to heathline.com, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants.  They are created through the process of distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.  Essentials are mostly used through the use of aromatherapy, but can also be used inhalation, or by diluting the oil then rubbing the oil on the skin. When the oils are inhaled, the fragrance of the essential oils can stimulate parts of your limbic system which is the system of your body involved with motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Because the limbic system has been linked to the formation of long-term...

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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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Atomic Habits | BGH Bookclub Review

Hey sis! I hope all is well for you this year, and that all the books we have been reading are helping you towards accomplishing your goals and dreams. Today we are reviewing Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results. I would like to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It started off a little slow but once he got into the meat of the book it was so much more interesting. Key takeaways The key takeaways from the book for me were the laws of breaking and creating habits. To create a habit: The 1st Law (Cue): Make it obvious. The 2nd Law (Craving): Make it attractive. The 3rd Law (Response): Make it easy. The 4th Law (Reward): Make it satisfying. And to break a habit: Inversion of the 1st...

When Our Bodies Speak Do We Listen?

Have you ever heard someone say, “listen to your body?” Have you ever actually done it? Listening to your body isn’t about physically listening for your body to speak words to you, but your body does communicate with you. When you’re running on empty and having gotten enough sleep, but you are continuing to be on the run, your body might slow you down. Your eyelids might get heavy, your body might be more difficult to move, and you might be abusing caffeine and energy drinks to keep you on the go. In this case, your body has already told you to slow down and get some sleep, but you weren’t listening. Sometimes we get a gut feeling that contrasts with our mental process. Your mind...

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Whats your side hustle? | National Become a Millionaire Day!

Hey sis! I hope that your 2019 has been the best year of your life so far and I hope it only gets better. The best year of our lives for many of us may include finally starting up that business that you’ve been wanting to start for a while. In today’s world 30% percent of America’s workforce is engaged in the “gig” economy. Gigs are one-time jobs that a person gets paid for as an independent contractor. These days no matter what you like to do in your free time, you can turn it into a side hustle. So in honor of national become A millionaire day, I thought I would come with 3 side hustles that I have tried, to help you get...

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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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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Psychological Hurdles preventing weight loss + 5 tips to beat them!

Hey sis! I hope that things are going well in your life, and that with it being halfway through the year, you are halfway to your goals. Even if you are not, it is never too late to start. One of the toughest things about making a lifestyle change, when it comes to dieting and weight loss especially, is the psychological part. I mean, just think about it, who doesn’t know that they are supposed to eat vegetables (besides your standard 2 year old of course)? So there has to be something else at play here, and that something else is psychological hurdles. What are Psychological hurdles? Okay, I see you, asking all the right questions. Psychological hurdles are the non physical factors that are stopping you...

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...

National Moscato Day! | 3 Skinny Girl Drinks to stay on your diet

Hey sis! So as you may or may not know, today is National Moscato day! So just as a disclaimer this post is not sponsored, and BGH is not promoting the consumption of alcohol as a part of their platform. The following ideas are mine and BGH was just kind enough to let me share them. So now that this is out of the way, lets get on to the good stuff! So as I mentioned earlier today is national moscato day, and I wouldn’t be your sister if I didn't help you find a way to indulge. As far as drinking goes, you could do a lot worse than wine, however when you are trying to achieve weight loss goals, you’ve got to make...