In the Black community, it is not uncommon to see our families and peers embrace unhealthy habits that have long-term health impacts. It is far too common and almost normal to hear of someone in the Black community diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, and other ailments that can be damaging to the health of a person. It is almost like we are de-sensitized to serious
A lot of us, myself included, whole-heartedly want to be in meaningful relationships with the people we allow in our lives so much that we lose sight of our readiness to take on new relationships. We also lose sight of properly nurturing our existing relationships. We can get so caught up in our idea
I wouldn’t go to the extremity of saying I have a coffee addiction, but I will say I’ve gotten to a point where it’s become a regular part of my morning routine. In all honesty, I’m not 100% sure if it’s gotten to this point because I genuinely like coffee or simply like the idea of starting my morning with a cup of caffeine (preferably is a cute coffee cup).
I love being home. I like sitting on my couch, watching Netflix and doing absolutely nothing. This is who I have been lately, and it was fine during the winter and spring; but, now it’s summer and it’s time to get and be social. This summer, I’m determined to say “goodbye” to my homebody ways and
This spring, it’s all about spring cleaning within ourselves. So much of the focus of spring cleaning tends to be getting rid of the physical things. People often go from room to room in their homes looking for things they no longer need, things they deem has reached its point of meaning in their lives and therefore needs to be let go. Well, sis,
Making changes within life isn’t easy. Then again, life isn’t easy. We manage to reflect on our lifestyles and surroundings through our behaviors and habits. Although, at some point, the people we spend our time with, our habits, and even your own self-destruction can create
A way you can learn to better cultivate your relationships with others is by improving the way you care for yourself. Self-care can be described as actions taken to improve your physical, mental, or emotional health, that push you towards a desired outcome.
So, there’s this new show on Netflix, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. As it states in the title, it’s all about tidying up. It encourages you to decide what should stay with you and what should be let go. However, after cleaning up with a pile of clothes to prove it, I realized that I would soon be adding value into my life. How, you ask? By selling the unwanted items on eBay. Is the title making sense now? I let go of old items that I no longer needed, kept what gave me joy, and added value by making a profit.
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “spring cleaning”? Out with the old and in with the new! Spring is officially here and we are all getting rid of our winter clothes and putting away our winter décor. But spring cleaning encompasses more than just our homes. Let’s not neglect our bodies.
I started relying on exercising to deal with stress while I was in law school. I developed the habit of waking up early and working out before I headed to class and work for the day. I found that exercising would set the tone for my entire day. It impacted the foods that I chose to consume for the day and ironically,
I recognized that how I spend my mornings set the tone for not only my entire day, but my entire week. It definitely wasn’t easy and it was a process adjusting, but I’m glad that I get up at 5:30 every morning and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’ve learned so much in the past month and
We are a little over three months from the start of the year and you may find some of the goals you started on January 1st have fallen by the wayside. Why is that?
Sometimes we can get so caught up in making goals for the New Year because others are making them or what the start of a new year signifies that we can create goals on the fly without giving them
I never cared about my health or habits. I thought, “Well, if being skinny is the goal… I’ve already made it, right?” My big sister was the same way she was skinny as a fishing pole. After her first baby, she snapped right back to her beach bod without so much as stepping on a treadmill. However, it was when she had her second baby that started to gain weight. She became frustrated that she still looked nine months pregnant
Racial bias and discrimination in our healthcare system leave Black women to suffer from misdiagnoses and preventable illnesses. This occurs on levels unprecedented. Black women are 3 to 4 times likely to die from labor and develop cervical cancer, an easily preventable illness. This can be the result of several problems, such as
So far on my journey since the second week in January, I've lost about 15 pounds, which is probably more now (lol). This journey I'm on was not just to lose weight but to change the way I eat one step at a time, to have clearer skin, and to just be happy in my own body.
Having a strong health journey is a sign that you want to give your body the love it deserves. It can be discouraging when you’re eating right and exercising well but have yet to reach your fitness goals. Although there are various reasons why we can start a health journey without seeing
The top reason being people fail to accept the change mentally before they do the work, so although you may have signed up for a 1 year contract at Goodlife, you need to be ready to get up at least 3x a week and actually workout. I’m not writing this to remind you about what you haven’t done, but I do want to
I’d step on the scale every other morning and find a pound was added to my overall weight. For a while, I thought my scale must have been broken. Then, I ended up going to see a doctor for a routine check-up. They weighed me and I realized what I feared was true. Clearly, it was time to cut out everything “bad” I was
I decided to make a change and I started off by doing a 30-day challenge where I followed a specific nutrition plan. After 30 days, I noticed a drastic change – not just in my physical results, but in my overall health and wellness. My energy level enhanced, but most importantly
Yes, you are working on your walk with God, your relationship with your partner, and your development of proper eating habits. All of those things work together as you are learning as much as you can in life to become a better person.
I’ve recently started going to later in the evening for yoga and additional cardio; so, I’ve been trying to, put a little more thought into my workout clothing to feel more confident and put together. This new need, inspired me to search for black-owned workout clothing that’s affordable, empowering and (of course) super flattering.
I’ve always been athletic, running track and playing soccer my whole life. The issue I’ve always ran into is being consistent when it came to working out/ practice. It was just something I disliked doing. I loved winning but it was not enough to get me to go to practice/ workout each day. However, this has now changed years later.
Christians sometimes have a tendency to magnify the spiritual and minimize the natural. However, our mental and physical health is just as important to God as our spiritual well being. Each of us has been given a gift. Our entire being - body, soul, and spirit - comes from God and should be effectively stewarded. If we place more attention on one aspect of our being and neglect the others, it throws us off and prevents us from experiencing true wholeness.
We often think of exercise as a means to get in better physical shape, lose/gain weight or stress management. It had never dawned on me how much exercise was pouring into and enriching my life through the enhancement of my sense of self and improving my confidence. I was starting to experience the cliche things they say about exercise as far as endorphin release and less stress, but I really started to notice subtle improvements in my personal life. Little did I know that within this new fitness journey, I was starting to develop a healthy pattern of self-care.
When I decided to do this whole “lifestyle change” thing, it was completely for the wrong reasons. I was trying to incorporate better habits, meditate, workout, make myself pray to God, and change some of my bad habits into better ones because I saw somebody else doing it. It was, honestly, putting me into a depressed state of mind. It wasn't until
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