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ARE BLACK WOMEN SATISFIED WITH BEING OVERWEIGHT?

Eating soul food, fast food, and fried foods are known as fulfilling and regular diets in the black community. Even though over-indulging in these foods add on extra pounds, that hasn’t always changed one’s desire to eat them. Thus, would you concur that being overweight becomes a way of life that some women have grown to appreciate? The numbers show that African-American women have the highest obesity rate of among other American women. “Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Click on the link below to read more on how being obese/overweight has become prevalent in the African American culture. http://wjla.com/news/health/african-american-women-have-highest-obesity-rate-cdc-says-82913 #Transformationtuesdays...

Reality Star Nicole Murphy Ages Gracefully

At 46, Nicole Murphy is the prime example of fabulous. This 5’11 beauty is in tip top shape. Nicole works out almost every day. She believes in doing a variety of activities to stay fit and not bored. Murphy rotates between cardio kickboxing classes, circuit training, hiking and yoga. One interesting fact is that Nicole has a serious sweet tooth and loves to eat cookies from wholefoods. She believes that you are allowed to cheat on your diet every once in a while. We are only human and depriving yourself will only make for a larger splurge later. However, she always stays mindful about the proportion of lean proteins, vitamins, minerals, complex carbs, antioxidants etc. and inculcates nutrient packed foods such as chicken, oatmeal, salad etc. in...

SACHA Buttercup setting powder VS. Ben Nye’s Banana Powder

For those that haven’t heard of buttercup yet, it is Sacha Cosmetics newest setting powder from their Kamaflage line. All of their Kamaflage products tend to have medium-full coverage, and when I heard what people were saying about the Buttercup powder of course I had to try it. I’m cheap so I went to a fellow mua’s house because I knew she had it ANNNNND  Because I wasn’t going to purchase in the future without trying it first. Immediate thoughts when using: This powder is SUPER soft and fine milled. It feels velvety. It melts into the skin. The Ben Nye Banana Powder is a beautiful powder but is on the chalkier side. I think we also have to remind ourselves that Ben Nye is STAGE makeup....

RED HEART TRUTH CAMPAIGN: HEART DISEASE KILLED MY MOM

Bobbie J. Brown was a loving & caring person. She cherished her faith, family, friends, and serving others. She also had a stubborn side when it came to admitting she was feeling under the weather and going to the doctor. Taking a Goody/BC powder and drinking hot tea was her way of healing herself. In 1997, she was forced by her sisters to go to the hospital. She was admitted into the intensive care unit where she was diagnosed with fluid in both lungs and congestive heart failure, which means that your heart can't pump enough blood throughout your body, causing blood and fluid to get backed up. There are many causes of congestive heart failure, but in my mom's case, it was mainly due to her...

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids: Did you know that uterine fibroids occur in about 25% of women over age 35, and are 3 times more likely to occur in African-American women. may occur at a younger age, grow more quickly, and are more likely to cause symptoms in African-American women. can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and/or pelvic pain or bloating grow during pregnancy and with estrogen therapy decrease in size after menopause Foods to Eat that may help reduce fibroids: vegan diet (no animal products) liver cleansing foods (because the liver processes excess hormones like estrogen): beets, carrots, artichokes, lemons, parsnips, dandelion greens, watercress, burdock root Morning detox drink: juice half a lemon and add to a cup of warm water, or fresh...

This Herb Can Help Treat Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where blood glucose (sugar) levels are consistently too high, eventually leading to damage of tissues and organs such as nerves, blood vessels, skin, heart, kidneys, and eyes.  Approximately 1 in 4 African-American women over age 55 have diabetes, and the rate of diabetes in younger African-American women, and even children is growing at an alarming rate. In addition to diet and exercise, there are many herbs and nutrients that can help to keep blood glucose in check. One particularly effective herb is called Gymnema sylvestre.  This plant has been used in India for the treatment of diabetes for over 2,000 years.  Commonly known as the “sugar destroyer,” it is mainly used to decrease elevated blood sugar levels and help control appetite and sugar...

How to Prevent Diabetes with Simple Food Choices

Does diabetes run in your family?  Are you overweight? Do you have a sedentary job or watch a lot of TV?  Do you smoke? Are you an African-American woman? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re at higher risk of developing type II diabetes during your lifetime. The good news is that even with high risk factors, diabetes doesn’t have to be your destiny.  This disease is one of the most preventable diseases known to man.  What causes adult onset (type II) diabetes is a decreased ability of cells in the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to get sugar from the bloodstream into the cells where it’s used for energy.  Every time you eat simple carbohydrates and sugars, the pancreas has to pump...

FOODS TO EAT AND AVOID TO PREVENT DIABETES

If we’re just talking about prevention and you don’t yet have pre-diabetes or diabetes, then the best diet is a healthy balanced combination of whole “real” foods as described below. Healthy eating for disease prevention is a permanent change, not a temporary fad diet. Here are the basics (for a more detailed diet plan more tailored to your individual health history, see a Naturopathic Doctor): WHAT TO EAT: Whole grains – rice, quinoa, oats, wheat pastas, breads, crackers, etc. Fruit (2-3 servings/day), fresh or frozen, unsweetened dry fruit, unsweetened fruit jams Lots of fresh or frozen veggies (3-5 servings/day); limit potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes Good quality protein sources – seafood, beans, legumes, nuts; organic animal proteins such as chicken, turkey, dairy, and eggs Good oils – for cooking use olive, coconut,...

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...

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!  ...