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Enjoying yourself and Staying slim on this Fat Tuesday | Mardi Gras

Hey Sis! I hope you’re enjoying your day today, I know I am. While I haven’t been able to tear myself away from work this week, I hope you are out enjoying yourself for this lovely Fat Tuesday. When you are out enjoying yourself today, you don’t have to put the FAT in fat tuesday. There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while still having a good time, and so today I will give you my top tips to stay slim on Fat Tuesday. Drink Tequila (if you’re drinking spirits) I know a lot of you out there are like, I can't do Tequila. I thought that too for while until my aunt put me on. We had some nice Don Pedro with lemonade, it was...

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The Best Cardio Workouts to Promote Heart Health!

The workout struggle is real! It can be extremely difficult to initiate your exercising journey, especially when you have health conditions or concerns. Often times, people use their health concerns as excuses to keep from exercising or the struggle to force themselves to workout because of the boredom in their workout. I’m going to give you a few ideas on how some of the best cardio workouts that promote heart health! Dancing: Who would’ve thought that dancing and having fun could do so much for you? People think of cardio and instantly think of running miles until they feel like passing out. Dancing is a great and fun thing to do that also promotes your heart health and can help other health issues or concerns! Swimming: The hot sun...

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A Very Becoming Book Review| February|BGH Book of the Month

Hey Sis! Its that time again! You already know it’s time to do our monthly book review and the book for this month was long but worth it! In honor of black history month I chose to have us read Becoming by Michelle Obama our first black First Lady. Let me just say I loved this book. She was so real throughout the book and if you’re like me and had the audio version it was so nice that she narrated it herself. She talked about her life from childhood all the way through to adulthood, and touched on a variety of topics. Even though she went to prestigious schools and was the first lady of the United States, she is so relatable in this book...

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Dos and Donts for a heart healthy meal prep

As National Heart health month draws to a close, I thought that I would share some information with you that you can use throughout the year. Not that anything I’ve shared can't be used year round but when it comes to matters of the heart they can be easily forgotten. We all know about how the heart functions, pumping blood throughout your body, and taking on the burden of keeping us alive. With so much resting on your heart the least you can do is keep it healthy right? The food that you put in your body can make, or break, the health of your heart. Which is why today I thought i’d leave you with some dos and don'ts on making a heart healthy...

Practicing Self Care After your Diagnosis | HIV/AIDS Awareness

During the month of February we have spent some much time talking about matters of the heart, first and foremost health, and coming in at a close second is love. Up until now though, we have talked mostly about loving other people, so today I thought we would talk about something different, Self-Love (not that kind you nasty lol). No but seriously, we often forget how important self-love is to our overall happiness, and for those of us struggling with a debilitating infection like HIV/AIDS this can be twice as difficult. Getting a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS can shatter your whole world, and even makes some people want to end their lives. So in light of this, I thought I would come today with my top...

Top 3 Yoga Youtubers You’ll Love!

My relationship with yoga has always been a love/hate one. Loving the days where we focus on breathing and meditation, and hating the days where it felt like I was doing some kind of crazy flexible pilates. In my yoga journey, there have been numerous times where I have fallen off the bandwagon, but every time I slowly found my way back to the mat. Yoga has been my introduction to fitness and is slowly motivating me to get myself in shape. Every time I sit down for a session, I see myself getting stronger and more capable of doing the different poses (and holding downward dog for more than just a few seconds). So to incite inspiration in some of my BGH sisters, I...

HIV/AIDS and The Heart + What you can do!| HIV Awareness

HIV/AIDS is one of those infections that takes a toll on the body of the person infected in many different ways. In the month of February , the month of love and (more importantly), American heart month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the effects that HIV/AIDS has on the heart, and what you can do to decrease your chances. Heart Disease We all know that heart disease is a huge problem in the African American community, but did you know that if you are infected with HIV/Aids then your chances of developing this disease goes up? (talking about adding on to an already heavy load!). HIV affects your immune system mainly, but that doesn't mean that the...

My Top 5 Carb Substitutes!

I know my body and I know that too many carbs does nothing positive for me. The problem is that so much of what I eat and love to eat has a large amount of carbs. I love rice, bread, pasta, mashed potatoes; you name it I probably love it. If you’re like me and need some help look no further. Here are a few of my favorite carb substitutes! Veggie Noodles I told you I love pasta, but at one point I tried to completely give it up because of the carbs. Thank goodness for my sister because she found noodles made entirely from vegetables. It tastes the same and is a lot healthier. Portobello Mushrooms I was so nervous about trying this one for the first...

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Loving your natural hair again; A letter to my sisters | Natural Hair

Hey sis, I hope your 2019 is blossoming into everything that you thought it would be, and i'm hoping and praying that you are on the brightest path to your goals. If you're a natural like me you probably started of your journey with some pretty lofty hair goals. The day I decided to go natural I told myself that I wanted to have waist length hair. Little did I know my journey would be full of twists, turns, highs, and lows. I’m coming into my 6th year as a natural, and I will just say that it hasn't been everything that it seemed it would be, for me, it has been so much more than that Hating my hair Around my third year of being natural,...

My Top 3 tips on having Heart Healthy friendships |Sister Circle

Hey sis, I hope all is well for you in 2019 so far, and that you are cultivating the life that you want to live. I thought I would write to you today about something that affects all of us, and that is our friendships. In 2018 I learned that it is important to value my friendships with the people in my life and all of my relationships in general. With that being said however, there are some friendships that bring very little value into your life, and should not be apart of your future. If you are reading this then I know you are similar to me In the way that you value your time and energy. Your time and energy are two things...