LIFESTYLE

You Only Get One…Black Girl Nation

The older we get as women, the more we need to realize the importance of taking care of our bodies. Eating healthy and exercising isn’t always easy but it’s something that must take priority in our lives. According to goredforwomen.org, “The African-American population also tends to have higher rates of obesity and diabetes, which puts them at greater risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.” As black women there are plenty of diseases that we are genetically prone to and get at much higher rates. Scary isn’t it?

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Incorporating exercise in your everyday life is a good way to get started. Even if it’s just thirty minutes a day, getting more exercise in your life can do wonders. “Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, a number of types of cancer, arthritis and falls (mayoclinic).” Find ways to get yourself moving. Whether it’s joining a gym, or signing up for a dance class, there are plenty of different ways to incorporate more physical activity in your life.

The important thing to remember is that you only get one body. If you don’t take care of the first one there isn’t a store on this earth where you can go and buy a second one. That’s it. You only get one so it’s important to take better care of the only one you have.

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How About Healthy Goals …Black Girl Nation

Towards the end of the year everyone always seem to have some kind of goal or resolution for the next year. Loosing weight is often at the top of the list for many women. We want to loose that fat around our belly, and that cellulite around our thighs. We set this unrealistic goal of loosing weight that by the end of the next year is still sitting there. I think we should try something different this time. Instead of setting unrealistic weight loss goals, let’s set healthy goals instead.

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We want to look good in that dress that we knew was too tight when we brought it. Or we want to start dating again so we have a desire to be slimmer. These are good goals to have, but not in the long term. You may get the weight off, but chances are it’s going to come right back. You have to have a mindset of wanting to live a healthier lifestyle rather than just shedding some pounds to look good.

Being a healthy weight is more important than trying to look cute in a dress. Everyone is not meant to be a size six. A healthy weight for the next woman may not be what’s healthy for you. Find what’s healthy for your body type and stick with that rather than trying to fit some unrealistic weight that’s not meant for you in the first place. Set a goal of being healthier for yourself that is attainable and maintainable. That cute dress will fit in no time.

Ways to De-Stress from All of Life’s Mess…Black Girl Nation

Let’s just face it….the reality if life can be a hot freaking mess. All of the responsibilities of life can be enough to bring anyone down. In the midst of dealing with the stress that life can oftentimes bring, it’s important to learn to take the time out to do something to relax yourself. We have to take care of ourselves, and our sanity. If you don’t who else will? Below are some ways to destress from all of life’s mess.

Watch some TV-I don’t know about you but catching up on the latest reality show or watching one of my favorite chick flicks along with a good snack, is a great way to just allow your mind to be entertained and to just relax for a moment. Plus watching people act a food on reality TV can make you realize hey my life’s not so crazy after all!

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Eat Chocolate

chocolate-icing-1053289_1920.jpgOh chocolate. God’s greatest gift to women. Sometimes a nice piece of chocolate cake, or your favorite candy bar can be divine!

There is nothing wrong with treating yourself from time to time. As a matter of fact dark chocolate has health benefits.

According to Healthyeating.sfgate.com “Chocolate can be used, in appropriate quantities, as one tool for stress reduction. Dark chocolate has been found to improve mood by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.” So not only is the stuff good but it can actually help you relieve some stress. Below is a link to the article.

Health Benefits of Chocolate

Prayer-If you believe in God than you certainly must believe in the power of prayer. Getting on you knees and letting God know what’s on your heart and mind is a great way to let it all out. We have a habit of telling everybody and they mama our problems, but we forget that we can always go to God. He listens all the time, and will never send you to voicemail! Our Daily Bread is a good website to go to for daily devotionals and prayers.

Our Daily Bread

Cook a meal fit for a queen…Whether you love to cook, or everything about the kitchen freaks you out, cooking a new recipe can be therapeutic. Especially when it comes out good! There are tons of websites where you can print off recipes, watch videos, and get ideas for a new dish. One of my favorites is Divas Can Cook. The creator of this site is a young lady named Monique, and she cooks the most fabulous dishes. Dishes that remind  you of good home cooking and recipes that are pretty simple to follow. The link to Divas Can Cook is below, and a video of a delicious soup recipe.

Video Recipe

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