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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...

PEP vs. PrEP: What’s the difference? | HIV Awareness| Sexual Health

Good morning my sisters! I hope everyone is doing well and continuously learning and striving to be the healthiest versions of themselves possible. Today I wanted to focus on a topic regarding different medicine types for HIV. I know that a lot of you have heard of PEP and PrEP, but do you know which one is which, and what they truly are? Well today we are going to talk about it in hopes that it saves some lives. What is PrEP & How does it work? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and similarly to what the name suggests, this is the medicine you would take before you have been exposed to the virus. Personally I had no idea this existed until one of my gay friends...

10 Women in Black History you’ll love! | Black History Month

Hey my beautiful queens! I hope you are all manifesting amazing things in your life and working hard to accomplish your dreams. As black women we have so much drive  and ambition that helps push us and our entire community forward. So today, in celebration of black history month, I thought it would be a good idea to pay homage to some of these influential women, and bring you 10 women from black history that you will love! Althea Gibson If you love Serena Williams then we definitely have to pay homage to the woman help helped pave the way. Ms Gibson was the first black woman to compete in Wimbledon back in 1951. Learn her full story 2. Mary Mahoney This woman was the first black nurse to...

Fight Heart disease with Mushrooms | Stuffed Mushroom Day

Hey ladies! I hope everyone is doing well today! So if you all were not aware, yesterday was national stuffed mushroom day! I know some of you are like ew gross, and some of you are jumping for joy about this, but I invite all of you who are anti-mushrooms to try them stuffed as they have a completely different flavor than just plain raw mushrooms in a salad for example. You’re probably also wondering why i’m bringing this up as well. Well since it is February, the month all about love and black history, I thought I’d talk about heart health since that is something affecting both of those areas. Black women & Heart Disease It is sad to say but half of us black...