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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect As women, we have so many things to keep track of in order to stay on top of our health and wellbeing. We have to check our breasts. We have to check our “lady parts”. And, we have to check our necks! You may have read that last sentence and questioned why I would include something as benign as the neck. But truth be told, the neck is a pretty big deal. It’s not just a place to adorn your favorite statement piece or a cute scarf. It’s much more than just a pedestal for your head. The neck is home to a butterfly-shaped gland known as the thyroid. The thyroid releases hormones that control our growth, development, and metabolism. Breathing, menstruation, weight, and...

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Cheers to a Now Year!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered the words “Come January…” followed by an unrealistic goal. For me, a new year represented my opportunity to start over. I could set new intentions, new declarations, and recreate my expectations moving forward. The New Year became my anecdote to failure. I was so fixated on the “new” and the “next” that I forgot to focus on the “now”. But when I began to reflect on the concept of newness, I realized that it had nothing to do with time and everything to do with my mindset. January is undoubtedly the start of the calendar year, but it is not the sole catalyst for change. A new year is simply another year if your perspective remains the...

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Mindset Monday 2

The holidays are a time for joy and cheer, but with this season comes stress. The Holiday Shopping to cooking.  Cleaning the house for family and friends.  It seems like there are so many things to do but so little time. During this season, women especially take on a lot of responsibility.  Yes, women are amazing, but we must remember we are not superheroes and sometimes it is okay to acknowledge how you feel.  Remember: Your feelings are valid.   So, if you need to take a break from holiday shopping and cooking, it is okay – do so.  We are only human so as much as we love to think we have enough energy like the Energizer Bunny, we do not, and our bodies need rest...

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Permission to be a Priority

Being a woman is amazing, but it’s not an easy job! We have the awesome responsibility of caring for and attending to the wellbeing of our families, friends, and our communities. We hold titles such as mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, confidante, helpmate, rib, backbone, caretaker…you name it! We devote a great deal of who we are ensuring that others become who they need to be. We are socialized to do everything, and to be everything to everybody. But what do we do when being a woman becomes too much to handle? Many of us serve as the “glue”. We struggle with doing what’s best for us and doing what’s requested of us. Our capacity to keep giving and to keep going is often superseded by...

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Minds Matter

Sometimes we can focus so much on physical health, other aspects of our health can be overlooked but that does not mean that they are any less important.  With so much discussion surrounding mental health, it is important to understand that our minds do matter.  Whether you are living with a mental illness or not, it is important to understand that we all have mental health, therefore it is important to take care of it by not just treating our mental health when there seems to be an issue but taking preventative measures to avoid a possible crisis. So, what exactly is “mental health”? According to Medline Plus, they define “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and...

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Giving Feels Good

We've all heard "it is more blessed to give than to receive".  But how many of us have really taken the time to examine the meaning behind this text?  Giving isn't just a good thing to do.  It actually makes you feel good.  Research has shown that people who give are more satisfied with life.  They feel as though they've made an impact and contributed to something bigger than themselves.  Giving is not simply a physical task, it's very much rooted in emotions.  Giving leads to tangible benefits for the receiver, and intangible rewards for the giver. There are 2 weeks left until the biggest giving day of the year, Giving Tuesday.  As you prepare to offer your financial support to the organization of your choice,...

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Partner Highlight: Melissa Bates

For today’s highlight on this Woman Crush Wednesday, we will be spotlighting our partner, Melissa Bates! A woman of multiple titles, Melissa is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Eating Psychology Coach, and Personal Trainer.  From the West Coast, Los Angeles, California, Melissa shares she has a passion for fitness, food and traveling. Through her own personal story, she opens up about her personal struggles with her own weight which led to her battling and beating binge eating along with bulimia. Through her journey, she came to the realization that the quick fixes she was turning to were not going to supply her with the necessary tools to have an adequate life change.  After joining the Integrative Institute of Nutrition, Melissa learned how to eat “intuitively” and...

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Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global observance that was created to encourage generosity.  It began in 2012, and is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  What started out as a small-scale initiative has become an entire movement with the help of social media. #GivingTuesday has inspired millions to give back.  On December 3, 2019, you too will have an opportunity to offer your financial resources to an organization and/or cause that is near and dear to your heart.  All you have to do is identify who, make sure you identify with their why, and then WOW! them with your support. Since we are on the topic of giving...

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Black Girl Health Partner Highlight: The Essence of Living with Dr. LaToya Wiggins

Dr. LaToya Wiggins, of Baltimore, Maryland serves as a community as a Wellness Coach. Through her training from the Health Coach Institute, she was trained and prepared to not only help her clients transform their lives but change her own for the better, creating a healthier lifestyle. She states that because of her training, she has developed the skills to better manage her weight, include regular exercise in her schedule, which has left her feeling more energized and less stressed. Through her transformation, she has found her passion to help walk alongside other women during their health journeys. Through her coaching service Essence of Living, LLC, she provides “a space for women to get clear on their desires and provide the right support, the right...

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13 Ways to be Healthy this Spooky Season

Here are 13 Tips to Stay Healthy this Halloween Season: Exercise. If you are going out, if possible, use this time (Trick or Treating) or not, and get some exercise. Especially if you are with little ones, use this as a time to get some exercise. Be Sanitary. If you are passing out candy this Halloween, be mindful of germs.  Use hand sanitizer and when you get the change, wash your hands. Do not overeat. Although Halloween is one day and Halloweekend is 3, the candy sales seem to last forever.  Everything in MODERATION is okay, but remember, portion control is key, especially as it pertains to sugar. Hydrate yourself. Especially if you choose to indulge in a few alcoholic beverages, hydrate yourself with water....

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