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Happy Healthy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Besides the costume fun today is a day to indulge - a little. We list the healthiest well, lowest calorie sweet treats to snack on this Hallow's Eve. Happy Healthy Halloween - well kinda. We all know this day revolves around candy and we all know that candy is the furthest thing from nutritious. We also know Drake told us, " ...

Exercise and Breast Cancer Prevention

Physical activity is the cure and prevention for many ailments. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month we outline the connections between exercise and breast cancer prevention. Research proves adopting a physically active lifestyle reduces a woman's breast cancer risk. According to epidemiologists, physical activity should start during a woman's adolescence to reduce her chances of premenopausal breast cancer. If you were a couch potato in your younger years, don't fret! Long-term activity has been linked to reducing instances of post-menopausal breast cancer as well. The overall evidence regarding physical activity and breast cancer risk highlights the importance for women, young and old, to adopt a physically active lifestyle. So get moving! Have a daughter? Work out together with these family fun fitness ideas and reduce both of your...

Diet Changes to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Diet changes are often linked to weight loss. What we put in our bodies however is an important factor in how our bodies operate. For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we examine how diet changes can reduce breast cancer risk. Like abs and fabulous hair breast cancer prevention starts in the kitchen too. While no food or dietary approach can flat-out prevent breast cancer, some diet changes can reduce the risk of developing the disease. U.S. News & World Report found that women who eat a plant based diet lower their odds of developing estrogen receptors present in about a quarter of all breast cancers and reduced their likelihood of breast cancer by 20%. Smart choices: Fruits and veggies high in carotenoids, the same nutrients found in...

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Breast Cancer Early Detection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While it's important to know the status of your breast health year round, you can start practicing these 3 steps of early detection today. Early detection or finding cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body provides the greatest outcomes of successful breast cancer treatment. The first step of early detection according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation is Breast Self-Awareness. Breast Self-Awareness Breast Self-Awareness is familiarizing yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Knowing this will help you identify any potentially alarming changes. Changes to look for include: A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area A change in the size or shape of the breast Dimpling or puckering in...

Carrot Salad

If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious carrot salad recipe, look no further! Carrots are a great source of Beta Carotene and are naturally sweet. Try this awesome recipe and most importantly, ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 1 bag (10oz ) or 4 cups shredded or matchstick-cut carrots 1/2 cup raisins 2 medium green onions (thinly sliced) 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 2 tablespoons orange juice Sea salt to taste DIRECTIONS: In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Cover refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving COOKS NOTES: You can add a little sugar If you like it sweeter. This is great for a low-fat snack. I used tricolor carrots in this recipe but regular shredded orange carrots are fine.   #WhatsCookinKJ...

Fabulous Faux Locs

Angel Strong is in our #fabuloushairfriday spotlight this week with her edgy and fun hairstyle. Always one to amaze with a fabulous hairstyle, Angel was looking for a switch up and decided to go with faux locs. "It's low maintenance and I love the hippie vibes," she says. There are many techniques to achieve this look including twisting and box braiding however, Angel took the quicker and easier route of crocheting her faux locs. She first had her hair braided back in straight cornrows and installed the locs herself. She used roughly 6 packs of Bobbi Boss Bomba Faux Locs Dread. Next she shares, "I used a crochet needle and took one loc at a time and looped it through the braid then made a knot to...

Healthy Post-Workout Habits

Hydration and nutrition are key healthy post workout habits. If you skip too many post-workout snacks you could wind up further from your goals. If you're not eating after your workout you may be sabotaging your goals. Experts find replenishing the body with what's its lost through lifting heavy weights and sweating brings positive health benefits. Because exercise uses up your body's available energy it should be refueled within 30 minutes of your workout. Food contains electrolytes, the necessary minerals needed to keep muscle nerves firing correctly. Carbs and protein will restore your energy and repair micro damage done to your muscles during exercise. If you've had a particularly sweaty workout replacing calcium, salt and potassium is very important. The most important thing to replace in your...

Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair

5 foods for longer, stronger hair! We already know that drinking water has tremendous healthy hair benefits but what about foods? There are in fact foods that can be eaten to strengthen, shine and make your hair, nails and skin look amazing. Here's a list of 5 healthy hair foods to eat for luscious locks. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids that increase hair growth and keep your hair shiny and full. Greek Yogurt contains vitamin B5 that helps the blood flow to your scalp which increases hair growth, prevents hair loss and hair thinning. Spinach also helps prevent hair breakage and keeps hair moisturized as it contains a ton of vitamin A and C, Iron, Folate and Beta Carotene. Guava contains loads of vitamin C and minimizes hair breakage. ...

Curl Defined Wash-N-Go

Audry Phillips’ curl defined wash-n-go lands her in our #fabuloushairfriday spotlight! The naturalista shares how she accomplished her look. If you’re a naturalista or an aspiring naturalista then you know that a wash-n-go requires a lot more than just washing your hair and going. Audry shares her process for achieving her defined hairstyle. “Like most naturals, I have what seems like a million products and [for this look] I honestly grabbed what was available,” she shares. “I started with Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge shampoo and clarified my hair, using only my fingers to comb through. Then, using the same brand conditioner, I conditioned my hair, finger combed, and rinsed it out.  Next, I put in another round of conditioner and left it in my hair. Immediately after,...

How Reality Star Princess Love Dropped 40 Pounds

When you dedicate yourself to a healthier lifestyle the transformation is phenomenal. Learn the simple changes Princess Love made that resulted in 40 pounds of weight loss in 7 months This week’s #wcw goes to the beautiful Princess Love. We all know her as one of the leading ladies from the hit reality show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, but these days she is adding the title of “wife” to her resume. She recently married her longtime flame Ray J. While engaged she adopted a new healthy lifestyle that lead to a 40-pound transformation. Princess went from a whopping 163lbs to 123lbs in 7 months. Love took to social media to discuss her weight loss stating that she has a vegan diet regimen and eliminated alcohol consumption...