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Happy National potato Chip Day | 3 Healthy and Fun Alternatives

Hey sis! I hope that your weight loss journey is going well queen! As we all know, when you are dieting, there are so many restrictions put on the types of food that you can eat, and how much you can eat. You're likely to see the list of food you can eat to dwindle down to very few, and almost zero of your favorites are going to make the cut. Not to worry though! There are many fun ways that you can substitute some of your favorite snacks for a diet friendly version. So in honor of national potato chip day, I thought I would give you some healthier options  to eat instead of potato chips, that taste good too! Kale Chips I’ve been a fan...

The Effects of Smoking on Women’s Health

Smoking is an addictive habit that many people are still dealing with years after the increase in extensive research brought forth. We have some knowledge of the general effects of smoking, but like anything, women are affected differently. Cigarette smoke is comprised of a mix of over 7,000 chemicals, breathing these chemicals in can damage nearly any part of the body. Smoking cigarettes can cause issues with the reproductive parts and process. In the event that a woman is able to conceive a child but continues to smoke cigarettes while she is pregnant, she can experience pregnancy complications such as an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg fails to reach the womb, but instead begins to grow outside of the womb. This...

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8-day Keto Kickstart | Spring cleaning for the body

Hey Sis! I hope you're doing well on your life journey thus far! I know that we are all on different journeys in different parts of our life, but I know that there is one thing that we are are working on together and that's our weight. Whether it is for weight loss, weight maintenance, a health issue or purely cosmetic, our weight is something that drives all of us, to live more active and full lives, including me. So since #SpringCleaning is coming I thought I would jumpstart it by doing some cleaning of my body. I have decided to do an 8-day Keto Kickstart to get my cravings under control, and get back on my healthy eating plan. You see I have kinda...

HIV/AIDS activist Spotlight| Hydeia Broadbent

Hey sis! I’m hope that you are only accepting positive energies and good vibes into your life on this beautiful Monday. In celebration of international women’s month, I wanted to take the time to highlight an amazing activist, with an amazing story. That young woman is Hydeia Broadbent. Hydeia Broadbent is a young HIV/Aids Activist  who has set out to change the view of HIV/AIDS and the stigma attached to it over the years. Hydeia was born HIV and her infection did not progress to AIDS until around age 3, around the time she found out about it. In 1996 when she was only 11 she went on Oprah to talk about her life with aids, and begin her role as an activist. Even at...

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

It’s almost National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! March 10 marks the day of every year that organizations, on a local, state, federal and national level, spread awareness on the impact that HIV and AIDS have on women and girls while also showing support for those at risk of and living with it. HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. It stands for human immunodeficiency virus AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV is spread through contact with the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk of a person with HIV. HIV is spread predominantly by having anal or vaginal sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with a person who has HIV. Even with...

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Top Perks to ask about when looking for a gym membership

Good morning beautiful! I hope all is well with you, and you're manifesting greatness into your life. When it comes to manifesting things into your life, there is no reward without putting in some work, but who says you can't get perks to go long with the results of your hard work? I’m new to the fitness scene and recently started looking for a gym to call home. I started by just looking for the cheapest thing available, but I decided that there should be more benefits to my membership than just saving a few dollars. So today I thought I would share some of the top perks that I’ve seen offered at gyms. Free Classes This one is one of the most common but it...

The Effects of Technology on Your Sleep!

One thing I absolutely love is a goodnight’s sleep. The best possible sleep I can get is in a cold room with a thick blanket, but sometimes that can get interrupted. I found out that the interruption is, in part, due to my technology. Disruptive Sounds When you’re awake and you get a notification you rush to answer it. While you’re asleep your body still has that same alert system on it. Even in your sleep, those sounds keep you from fully reaching your deep sleep and getting the best possible rest. Technology Addiction Constantly having your phone connected to you can make it seem almost impossible to put it down and leave it alone. With any addiction, short periods of time without the thing you crave attracts most...

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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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