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HYLEAS FOUNTAIN’S TRICKS TO KEEPING HOLIDAY POUNDS AT BAY

I know it’s the holidays, but it is still very important to eat healthy and continue your workout regimen. I will let you know my tricks to keeping the pounds off. I first drink a glass of water. Water fills the belly up and you don't feel as hungry. I then look for the fresh fruits and veggies (Stick with a small plate if you can’t find any). This will help with portion size. Eating slow and savoring every bite. I like to wait at least 10mins before heading back for seconds. Finally, plan a walk or run with friends to get any of the bad food you may have consumed off. ...

FERGIE’S APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DIET

“Fergie”  Stacy Ann Ferguson, a singer and songwriter is well known as being a part of the group Black Eye Peas. I think Fergie’s dietary habits are very interesting. She revealed she consumes two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar everyday to keep and maintain her amazing figure. Fergie feels as though it made a huge difference in her body shape and especially around her waistline. Apple cider vinegar is said to make a person feel full fast, so that you don’t over eat. To learn more about Fergie’s "apple cider vinegar" dietary habit, check out the link below! http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Reality-Check-What-Deal-Fergie-Vinegar-Shots-1535330 #Womancrushwednesdays...

MISS BLACK NORTH CAROLINA TURNS STUNT DOUBLE TO FIGHT OFF HOLIDAY FAT

Yasten Burton: I struggled with my weight being that I had a growth spurt in the 5th grade. I couldn’t understand why my body was more developed than all my other classmates, which lead to much insecurity. Thankfully I had a great family support system that instilled in me that I was beautiful inside and out. As I got older weight management is something I constantly had to work on. My dream is to become a stunt double actress. So, I’m trained in stage combat; therefore I have to keep myself very active and healthy. I make sure that after along day of training that I give my body a chance to recover from all the physical demands from that day. Every night, before I go...

Ask Dr. Mac: FACIAL ROUTINE 101

It is extremely important to follow a ‘routine’ facial care system twice a day to keep skin fresh and healthy. Facial skin is thinner than other part of your body and sensitive, so it is important to ‘baby it’! CLEAN FACE Wet face with lukewarm water. Use a facial soap or cleanser,  but NOT your body soap which is too harsh leading to skin irritation. Lather using circular motions over entire face with a facial washcloth, NOT your body washcloth or facial wipes. Your hands have great texture too for facial cleansing!  Splash your face with cool water then pat dry with a face towel, NOT your body towel!  Do this in the morning and again before bedtime. If too lazy before bed, keep baby wipes handy...

BEST SHADES OF RED LIPSTICK FOR YOUR SKIN TONE!

BGH Readers! So I get asked this question A LOT, How do I figure out which shade of red lipstick works for me? Check out my examples below to help get you started! If you have Fair Skin: Coral-reds look most beautiful on you; they add a shot of color, but aren’t overpowering. Lipsticks to try are the following: A true classic Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice, $8. Nice color and SPF YSL Rouge Volupté in No. 16, $34. Looks velvety smooth Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in Are You Red-dy, $7.50. If you have Medium Skin: Anything from true red to pinky-cranberry shades will work well with your golden undertones. Lipsticks to try are the following: Really stays put Rouge Dior Lipstick in Red Premiere, $28 Sheer...

Dish Detergent the Secret to Sparkling Clean Manicures at Home

You may have heard of the many uses of Dawn dish detergent. Dawn detergent can be used to remove tough product buildup from hair, bathing your pets, tough stains on your clothes, make-up from your makeup brush, and even dirt and debris from underneath your nails. Did you know that dawn is a good addition to your routine manicure? Dawn detergent can also help clean your nails, soften your cuticles, strengthen your nails, and clean the natural oils from your nail plate to make nail polish adhere better to your nails. Old man winter can be a little harsh to your hand and nails. A nice warm soothing manicure with a side of hot chocolate could help ease those dry hands and keep your nails from being...

Develop A Schedule To Reduce Stress

That seems to be the only "mode" our brain has more often then not. The constant juggle between work, school, children, and social events. How do you keep your life on track and never be late? Simple answer to a schedule crisis is a schedule book. Yes it's quick, easy, and versatile to have everything in your phone; however, being constantly imbedded and reliant on your phone can put a TON of strain on your posture and eyes. With a schedule book, you can make all your important dates and events into works of art. In time, You'll grow to appreciate and look forward to keeping up to date. TIPS Bright colors. In your schedule book use a different color on each week to highlight or box around an event. Use a black...

BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS: MISS BLACK NORTH CAROLINA EMBRACES HER CURVES

I do admit it has taken me along time to truly love the woman that I have become. I’ve been 5’5 and shapely since the 5th grade. I was bullied, called names and very insecure about my size. What made me different is that at a young age I knew I wanted to take a stand and help others. I began to love myself from the inside to the out! Being a Queen has given me that platform for young women to see that you don’t have to be a size 0 to be in this arena. It’s about knowing what’s healthy for your mind, body, and soul. The reality is that every woman is shaped differently and you have to know what’s healthy for your...

HARD WATER IS ROUGH ON YOUR HAIR

Is it hard for you to get a good lather with your shampoo, toothpaste, or even body wash? Is your skin and hair extremely dry? It could be that you have HARD WATER. Hard water is common in many cities, especially if your water supply is coming from a well. Hard water can make such menial tasks as doing dishes or bathing very difficult. If you are using a shampoo that has sulfates in it (those good old bubbles) you may be seeing less bubbles, and even feel a residue left behind on your skin and hair. Here are a few suggestions to combat the effects of hard water: You can add a soft water shower filter to your shower head. You can purchase this from...

BGH FITNESS INSTRUCTOR STAYS FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

It's that time of the year to celebrate and rejoice with family and friends. It is during the holidays that we put on an average of 10lbs. Make this the year that you don't gain "holiday weight" Portion control is key. Did you know that nutrition is 80% of achieving the body of your dreams? 10% is genetics and the other 10% is exercise. Amazing right? So does this mean that you can't enjoy some of the foods you love during the Holidays? Of course not. This just means that everything in moderation is vital. Smaller plates, smaller portions, eat slow, and enjoy every bite of your food. As far as exercise...