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How To Drop Weight With Meal Prep

It has been scientifically proven that your metabolic rate decreases by 1% each year after turning 30. Without realizing it Natasha Ray gradually fell into natures trap. Natasha shares how she snatched her body back together after a hard dose of reality at the doctor’s office. Did you struggle with your weight before your thirties? Prior to my thirties I never had any problems with my weight. I was between a size 4 and 6. Then suddenly my metabolism turned against me! Because my mom and her sisters also never struggled with weight my fitness level was never something I thought would be a concern or struggle area for me. What made you prioritize your healthy journey? I decided to make my health a priority when I went for...

Better Body After Baby

After struggling with her weight throughout adolescence and adulthood, having her first child was the catalyst in Deborah Chaplin getting into shape. Below she chronicles her inspiring weight-loss journey. Did you struggle with your weight before starting your weight-loss journey? Uh, yes. I struggled between gaining and losing weight through middle school, high school, college, and after I got married, and then after I had my first child. What made you prioritize your healthy journey? I gained 50 lbs. when I was pregnant with my first son and I kept a good amount of the weight on until he was almost 1. I saw myself in some pictures and decided that I needed to get serious about losing the weight. I lost 30 lbs. in about 4 months...

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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4 Healthy Habits to Stop Now!

When it comes to healthy living we want to work towards our goals. Being overzealous may seem like it will get you to the finish line first however we've found some healthy habits that actually work against you. Have you ever set the mantra "go hard or go home"? It turns out, doing the most has its downside. Here are 4 "healthy habits" that are actually sabotaging your health and wellness goals. Too Much Exercise How long are your sweat sessions? Too much exercise can result in the production of too many free radicals (cells that cause everything from cancer to heart disease) and lead to damage of our muscle cells and cause fatigue. Professionals recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week equal to 30 minutes 5...

Body Weight and Cancer Risk

A revolutionary study takes a look at the effects of a woman's weight and her risk for cancer. Big boned? BBW? Pleasantly Plump? If these adjectives describe your body type, listen up! It's time to transform your lifestyle and shed excess weight. New research shows as the pounds drop off, so does your risk for certain cancers! The study was conducted to determine a woman's duration of obesity with her incidence of breast cancer or endometrial cancer. Here's what they found: For every 10 years of being overweight, the risk of developing obesity-related cancers increased by seven percent. The postmenopausal breast cancer risk rose by five percent for every 10 years of being overweight and the risk of developing endometrial cancer jumped by 17 percent. With these...

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!  ...

GO FROM EMBARRASSING TO EXQUISITE ELBOWS & KNEES

Are you embarrassed by your dark elbows or knees causing you to feel less confident in short sleeve tops, shorts or skirts and forced to cover up? Well, do not feel alone as lots of ladies have this concern more commonly than you think. Women of color, especially, can have more pronounced discoloration of elbows and knees given more pigment within skin. Get excited to understand the most likely reason why you are ‘hiding your elbows and knees’ and get real effective dermatology based solutions. So stop concealing and start revealing exquisite elbows and knees! In general, it is natural for your elbows and knees to look slightly darker than surrounding skin due to extra thick folds of skin, especially your elbows. This extra skin is...

IESHIA SCOTT LEARNED SHE HAD HIV AT 15

At first, it was hard for me. At times, I suffered from severe depression and had thoughts of suicide. It was hard being "the girl with HIV" in my city. Mentally, I had to create another name and be somebody else, not "the girl with HIV." I would tell my sexual partners, but when it came to other people, I felt my business didn't concern them. Yet, where I grew up, it seems like your business belongs to everyone. I’m, 26 now, but I found out I was HIV-positive at 15. I was attending Camp Hope, a week-long summer camp for children 7 through 16 who are living with HIV. Only, I didn't know that when I went. I was in an administrator's office when I found...