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A Golden Attitude On and Off The Mat

She's a gymnastics powerhouse and has an amazing ability to overcome hardships. Simone Biles is a gold medalist on and off the mat. As the 2016 Rio Olympics head into their second week, we’ve watched as athletes prove what makes them best in the world. This statement is true for many on Team USA especially Simone Biles. The “4-foot-8 giant” as she is commonly referred to, has been dominating the gymnastics world and shattering world records for years. Biles, the favorite to win in each competition she will face, has a very real chance of bringing home 5 gold medals. In addition to her widely publicized qualifying stats, the world has learned that Simone’s biological mother struggled with drug and alcohol problems. As a result, she and...

AFTER CHUCKIN’ UP THE DEUCES, CHRIS BROWN’S EX IS ON THE RISE !

Her unique style, beauty and fitness routine lands Karrueche Tran in our #WCW spotlight. We first heard about this week’s #WCW when she came to the scene as R&B sensation Chris Brown’s girlfriend. Now this beauty has made a name all on her own. Karrueche Tran is acting and has been featured in many magazines and blogs around the world for her style and beauty expertise. So how does this young beauty keep her glow? Well, according to allure.com, she drinks tons of water and she makes sure that she cuts out fast food. She’s also adopted a sure fire night-time skin routine which consists of cleaning her skin every night and spraying on Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, herbs, and rosewater. When it comes to...

Benefits of Partner Workouts

Good news for gal time! Instead of heading to happy hour head to the gym with your girls. Multiple studies show there are benefits to buddying up in the gym. On the list of statistically proven benefits: enjoyment, post-workout calmness, and a 200% increase in the intensity of your sweat session! The more obvious benefits of working out with a partner: It’s fun, you’ve got someone to check your form, take your flex photos for the ‘gram and you can reach your health goals together. Whether you’re looking for a way to get back on track with your fitness goals or push it to the next level, grab a friend or your bae and hit the gym together! While you’re there, snap a pic of the...

Avocado Chocolate Pudding


No more feeling guilty about eating that chocolate pudding, this recipe is a healthy way to use avocados. ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 3 large avocados, (soft and ripe) 1/4 cup cacao powder 5 to 6 Tablespoons coconut milk 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract 2 Teaspoons coconut oil 2 to 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or raw honey (to taste) DIRECTIONS: Combine avocados, cacao powder, coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla extract, agave nectar or honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. COOK’S NOTE: You can use almond milk or whole milk instead of coconut milk. You can also add a pinch of sea salt. #WhatscookingKJ...

Diet Transformation Health Benefits

Changing your diet is a huge transformation! In recent years, the vegan diet has been gaining notoriety within the black community. While this lifestyle has been practiced in our communities (think Rastafarians) for ages we can probably credit big named celebs for the surge in awareness. So why do stars like Russell Simmons, Beyonce, Mike Tyson and more transform their pallets and adapt this lifestyle? Russell Simmons credits health and spiritual benefits while Tyson and Queen Bey adapted the diet as a way to maintain their body weight. To find out if there’s any validity to these claims we did a little a research. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber....

Get Rid Of Mad Black Woman Stereotype In Your Life

We have all heard it before: the mad black woman stereotype. In fact, filmmaker Tyler Perry made it a household phrase with his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” film. BlackGirlHealth talked with a professional about the danger of anger and why we should let it go. All in time for National Forgiveness Day today. Dr. Patrice Jucks counsels all ages in her Atlanta, Ga. practice. But she shed some light on the importance of forgiveness for women. She acknowledged the mad black woman stereotype and pointed to black women often bearing a heavier load. “There is a "mad black woman" stereotype that exists and just like most stereotypes, it came from ignorance and lack of information about black women, such a diverse group of people, who have...

3 Quick Ways to Down Your Fruits And Veggies

Fruits and vegetables. Can’t live with them, seemingly. And can’t live without them, literally. These food groups become essential for getting in your fiber and avoiding those uncomfortable, plaguing conditions, like constipation. Plus, these foods are typically made of a lot of water. That means lower numbers when you step on the scale because you get full faster without all the calories. And don't forget the lower risk of cancer and other diseases when we regularly get the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Try these three quick ways to make it easier to get your daily dose in. Use it to keep yourself healthy or even for your kids' meal planning. 1.    Make it a mandatory part of one of your meals. I brown bag it for lunch and...

Ashanti Keeps Her Figure With Healthy Habits

This week’s #WCW goes to the beautiful music artist Ashanti. Most know her from being the first lady of the popular record label, Murder Inc., but these days she’s flying solo. Ashanti has always been known for her sexy curves and toned body. After being in the game for more than a decade, not much has changed. She continues to be one of the industry’s most admired beauties. Miss Ashanti has been noted as saying she has been a victim to yo-yo dieting and does have to work hard to keep her figure. According to ifitandhealthy.com, Ashanti states that “She has been counting her calories, and it works amazingly well. Obviously, you still need to go to the gym, get on the bike and sweat it out....

Breathe And Discover Your True Self With Yoga

Kick off your shoes, grab a mat, and find a spot on the floor. Today is International Yoga Day and a great opportunity to learn the benefits of the ancient practice that has benefited millions around the world. Whether you are a devoted yogi or you don't know the first thing about yoga, watch a short video from BlackGirlHealth contributor Candice Elise as she talks you through a couple poses and gives guided instruction that is sure to leave you relaxed and more self-aware. You may even discover your new passion. Namaste!  ...

IS MEASURING BMI A GOOD INDICATOR OF OVERALL HEALTH?

As early as elementary school, health practitioners in the United States have measured a person’s health using body mass index (BMI). However, as more and more workplaces are shifting towards health rewards systems that track measures like BMI, studies have shown that it is not actually a good indicator of overall health. “Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters.” One example of where BMI misses the mark is in the case of highly muscular individuals, who could be mislabeled as overweight because muscle weighs more than fat. A team of researchers from UCLA evaluated data from the 2005-2012 National Health Survey, contrasting measurements such as BMI with other indicators of health such as...