Being Black & Fit: 3 Myths Holding Us Back

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

I was having a heated conversation with a female friend of mine a few days ago about whether there's a stigma associated with being black and fit/healthy. Are black women who are health/fitness conscious the 'odd women out'? Have black people come to view being fit/heath-conscious in negative terms? I've heard the following comments among…

Is BMI Biased Against Blacks & Women?

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

1]. BMI is also being used by employers as an eligibility requirement for hiring [2] and even as a metric for determining health benefits [3]! Check out the chart below to get a sense of your BMI or click here. Is BMI Biased? BMI has long been criticized as a limited health metric.[4][5][6] Because your BMI takes your entire weight into…

3 Ways to Control Your Portions!

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

portion control. It's great to eat clean, but if you're eating portions that are way too large, you undermine your diet! So here are 3 three ways to eyeball your portions to know if what's on your plate is just right or too much: 1. Protein The Size of an iPhone The traditional way to…

3 Ways to Battle Emotional Eating

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

Even though I consider myself to be pretty health-conscious when it comes to diet, I still have a complex emotional relationship with food. Last Monday, I had a really rough day at work (Strike 1!) and came home to a messy apartment (Strike 2!). Then I logged into my bank account online and remembered that…

3 Things Her Body Says About You

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

A few weeks ago, I was at a birthday party at a small club in NYC. The spot was packed and hot. My gold strappy shoes were pinching my feet, but the DJ was spinning some great hip-hop/R&B music so I didn't mind. And, just as the bass dropped on "Hypnotize", I was startled…

ChicFitChef’s Top 10 Summer Workout Playlist

  • health + fitness
  • June 24, 2012
  • Ashley

Music can really take you there when you're pushing through a workout. The rhythm, the build, the bass- everything can really work together to take you to new heights! Also, studies show that people who work out to music burn more calories on average than those who don't. [1] [2] The pacing of the song, measured in…

5 Daily Rituals to Reconnect

  • health + fitness
  • June 23, 2012
  • Ashley

Living such busy lives can really detract from the ability to reconnect with oneself, with others and with the earth on a spiritual level. No matter how spiritual or religious you may be and no matter how busy, it’s always a good idea dedicate some time to awareness, thanks, and balance. Try some of these…

Back to basics: Causes for hair loss and their solutions

  • hair + beauty
  • June 20, 2012
  • Ashley

This post is for our new Thank God I’m Natural readers. Our vets can learn a thing or two from this as well, but this one is for our newly transitioned babies. Once you decide to go natural, you’re going to have to figure out your own hair regimen, go through a plethora of products…

Reading the Label: 10 Ingredients to Avoid When Shopping for “Natural” Hair Products

  • hair + beauty
  • June 19, 2012
  • Ashley

ONLY sure-fire way to gather information about the ingredients contained in your hair care products so you can make smart purchasing decisions. This information can also be useful in helping you determine which styling aids to purchase and to understand why certain products are heavy, greasy, or drying to your hair. Companies may (sometimes intentionally)…

Natural Chic of the Week: Tamara Natalie Madden

  • life + style
  • June 18, 2012
  • Ashley

She’s a Leo. She’s no nonsense, and being natural is literally, in her roots. Growing up on the tiny island of Jamaica, 34-year-old Tamara Natalie Madden was raised around family who embraced all things organic. But her road to naturaldom incurred a few bumps and even Jheri Curls, but hey, we all fall. But successfully…

Curry Rubbed Salmon Recipe: only 597 calories

  • health + fitness
  • June 15, 2012
  • Ashley

You will need: 1 C. brown rice Salt and pepper 1 lb. or ½ head of Napa cabbage (thinly sliced) 1 lb carrots (grated) ½ C. mint leaves (fresh) ¼ C. lime juice 2 tbs. grape seed oil 4 Salmon filets (6 oz. each) 2 tsp. curry powder Directions Boil 2 cups water in large…

Food Inc.: A Must See Movie

  • health + fitness
  • June 15, 2012
  • Ashley

Directed by Robert Kenner, Food, Inc. is a brilliantly put together documentary film about the United States food industry. The film goes behind the scenes to provide an inside look at how food gets from the farm into our supermarkets and restaurants. You will be surprised and shocked by some of the captured footage provided…

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