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3 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You’re a Foodie Trying to Get Fit for the New Year

We are in the digital age where finding inspiration is as simple as clicking a hashtag. In 2017 it is time for a social media shift, we must change how we utilize this powerful tool. More times than not, it’s easy to become enthralled by picturesque views of foreign locations, seemingly “perfect” IG bodies, and gossip pages spilling all of the “tea”. But, do yourself a favor, and allow 2017 to be a transformative period for your health and wealth. If you’re looking to transition into a greener way of eating, while maintaining healthy long-term changes, you’re in the right place. Below are the IG accounts of 3 different culinary connoisseurs who will help you eat right and savor every bite, all while getting your body tight in  the New Year.

@chocolateforbasil Chocolate for Basil is a joint effort between Jerrelle Guy, an omnivore—aka meat-eater, and Eric Harrison, a vegetarian. Their healthy cooking is mesmerizing. As you scroll down their Instagram you’ll see nothing but delicious plant-based food that actually nourishes your soul and health. Healthy eating never looked as tempting as it does in Guy’s recipes for lemon poppy seed cupcakes, farro and lentil stuffed squash with balsamic dressing, chocolate swirled pretzel bites with cinnamon sugar, ultimate vegan pounder burger, and peach gazpacho with turmeric and tarragon. Jerrelle Guy is a conscious eater who shares flavorful alternatives to the comfort food we all know and love.

@foodheavenshowThis dynamic duo made of 2 registered dietitians, Wendy and Jess, are best friends and the brainpower behind Food Heaven Made Easy. They’ve been in the health and wellness game since 2011, utilizing YouTube videos as a way to reach a larger audience and have organic conversations about nutrition and healthy eating. Their food philosophy is that “healthy eating should be delicious, cost effective and relatively painless” ( If you head over to their website, you’ll find an extensive 4-year archive of tried and true plant-based recipes. The road to becoming healthier isn’t always easy, but if you use what you have to do what you can, clean eating will become an enjoyable and easy way of life.  If you need guidance along your journey, Wendy and Jess offer affordable starter kits ranging from $ 19 USD to $59 USD that include meals plans, tips, and tricks for weight loss, clean eating, and vegetarian eating.

@caitsplateA healthy diet plan, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars; and stays within your daily calorie needs. Cait Elf, of @caitsplate, offers up some of the best visual representations of what a balanced meal looks like. Her attention to detail is impeccable, and she shows what a full day of eating for her is like from breakfast through dessert, including snacks and sides. Elf believes a “balanced lifestyle is the healthiest lifestyle, and there is no singular prescription for this – it’s completely individualized” ( Her blog post topics include how to repurpose leftover roasted veggies, smashed Mexican sweet potatoes, 3-ingredient smoothie bowls, protein-packed breakfast tacos, and much more


What Instagram pages are you following for food inspiration? Drop them below!.

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Clean Eating Series: The Best Healthy Carbs to Fuel Your Lifestyle

Supplement powders, pills, and juices are overflowing on supermarket shelves, and they’re casting a shadow on a food first approach to nourishing your soul and health. Even though trendy nutrition products are in the limelight, fresh, natural, whole foods have the real star power when it comes to providing your body with all the nutrients it needs. Choosing to eat food that is both pleasurable and nourishing will help you achieve your body goals while advancing towards optimal health. Over time, you’ll develop increased awareness about how specific foods impact your body, and you’ll be able to make better choices about the food you eat and buy.

The food label, which includes the nutrition facts panel, makes it pretty simple to scope out targets. It’s easy to zoom in on the total calories, and on food groups like carbs and fats. However, it is important to look at this information with a critical lens.

Carbohydrates are not bad for you, and eliminating them from your diet or severely restricting them isn’t the key to weight loss. In fact, carbohydrates nourish us more than any other macronutrient, and we need to get most of our calories from them. When carbs are digested and broken down they are transformed into molecules of glucose, which is the body’s primary source of fuel for active cells. Whenever your body is awake and moving, it needs carbohydrates to power through the day.

Balance and moderation are the major themes in all areas of nutrition. Carbohydrates come in many different forms, and understanding which type to consume more — and less — of is what’s important.

Common sources of naturally occurring carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, milk, grains and legumes (beans). Whole grains and dietary fiber from foods help protect against nutrition-related diseases like cardiovascular disease, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes.

Foods high in fiber and those with resistant starch (cooked pasta) are lower on the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a way to help compare sugar content in different foods, because not all carbohydrates have the same digestibility rate. The lower a food’s glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Foods made with refined grains, instead of whole grains, or with added sugars are usually higher. These include cakes, breakfast cereals, white rice, waffles, bagels, doughnuts, and sweetened beverages.

Foods that are more slowly absorbed have metabolic benefits in relation to diabetes and CVD risk. Replace high glycemic index foods with high fiber foods like whole-wheat products, quinoa, brown rice, farro, barley, and unflavored oatmeal. I know unflavored oatmeal may sound alarming, but you can hook it up on your own with fresh fruit, raw honey, almond butter, and a little reduced-fat milk.  If you’re going to buy a carbohydrate at the grocery store, look for options that have three or more grams of fiber.

As you begin to explore new ways of eating, you’ll learn the best way to fuel your body. Slow down when eating a meal to tune into hunger, fullness, and the flavors you experience. Moderation and mindful eating are the key to developing a healthy relationship with food that allows you to revel in the pleasure principle.

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Running tips for beginners

I love running, but sometimes it sucks. I once took a few months off my normal running routine, and when I picked it back up again I was left wondering how the hell I ever made it more than two miles. Although it’s my preferred workout method, I know it can be a tough routine to stick with and improve upon. So, here are a few tips if you’re new to running or looking to increase your mileage.

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For Beginners:

Start slow if you’re brand new to running. Use a walk/run approach where you alternate running and walking for a few minutes. How many minutes you start off jogging will depend on your personal fitness, but gradually increase the amount you’re jogging each week. Start with ten to 20 minutes of alternating between walking and running. And work up to 30 minutes of continuous jogging three times a week.

How to Run Longer Distances:

Run the distance you normally run three times a week, and twice a week add one more mile to your run. So if you normally run 3 miles, do a 4-mile run twice that week. The following week, run 4 miles three days a week and add in two 5-mile runs. This is the method I use to build my mileage, but it may differ person to person. You could spend two weeks, maybe even three, building up to an extra mile. Just find what works the best for your body and schedule.

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Additional Tips:

1.) Eat right – high protein foods are beneficial for longer runs

2.) Stretch and strengthen your core, as this will improve running technique

3.) Having the right shoes is REALLY important. Make sure you have a good, supportive pair of running shoes

4.) A 10- or 15-minute run is better than no exercise at all. So if you’re short on time one day, still run a mile!

5.) Finding a running buddy is a good way to make sure you stick to your routine and stay motivated

What are some things that you do to increase your mileage?

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Naturally Curly’s: Tips/Products to Strengthen Your Edges


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Written By: Ashley Glenn


Hey Family!

I was checking out, and I came across this amazing article on ways to treat thinning edges.  Check it out and let me know what you think!



Thinning edges can be a traumatic experience, especially when you are not sure of how to treat them. Thinning edges can be caused by hairstyles that pull the hair too tight, constant friction on the edges, and improper hair care practices. It can be quite frustrating, but it does not have to be any longer. Below you will find eight temple treatments that will help to restore your edges.


Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Temple Balm
This temple balm will provide your hair with moisture and hold, while making your edges stronger. Peppermint oil is formulated in this balm to stimulate the scalp. If you want a treatment that will protect your hair and help smooth your edges, this is a good choice.


SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strength, Grow, & Restore Edge Treatment
The organic shea butter is included to retain the hair’s moisture and Jamaican black castor oil is included to repair the hair. This product has a jelly-like consistence, which stands out from usual edge treatments. No flaking or crust here.


Organic Root Stimulator Fertilizing Temple Balm
Herbal extracts are included to repair thinning hair. Gently massage the product on the thinning areas. This product is a good choice that can be easily accessed in your local beauty supply and drug stores.

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Coconut Gives Cocktails a Healthier Twist

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year can come and go. 2014 was gone in a flash and now we get to welcome 2015 with wide-open, anticipating arms. To help celebrate closing yet another chapter in our lives, here are a few coconut water cocktail recipes that are perfect for any New Year’s shindig. So we can all bring our healthiest, happiest selves in to 2015; and maybe even avoid that notorious New Year’s Day hangover.

Besides being absolutely delicious, coconut water has tons of potassium, b-complex vitamins and minerals like zinc, magnesium and calcium. The composition of vitamins, minerals and potassium can help you stay hydrated throughout your New Year’s Eve night and replenish lost electrolytes. Not to mention it’s a healthier mixer than soda or sugary juice. Basically, you can’t lose. Have a safe and happy New Year’s y’all!

The Refresh Cocktail

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 2 ounces VeeV Acai Spirit

2 ounces Vita Coco coconut water

1 ounce passion fruit puree

1 orange slice, for garnish

Combine coconut water, fruit puree, and VeeV. Shake with ice and strain into martini glass. Follow with orange garnish.

Absolut Cilantro Coco

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1 part Absolut Cilantro

3 parts coconut water

1 splash lime juice

1 lime wedge, for garnish

Mix all ingredients in a rocks glass.

Coconut-Water Vodka Cocktail

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1 ½ ounces vodka

6 ounces coconut water [for extra flavor try mango peach flavored or tropical fruit]

1 orange wedge, for garnish

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A Review of Oils and What They Do for Your Hair

Also, these all promote healthy hair as they help seal in moisture, but remember, they are not the moisture, and they just help to seal.

First up, Olive Oil: I personally prefer this oil; it is the most accessible because we use this so much in the kitchen. Olive oil contains Omega 3s, Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. This oil is great as a conditioner for your hair to moisturize into your strands. This oil makes hair extremely soft and extremely shiny, while preventing hair loss and split ends. It improves hair elasticity, conditions your hair, restores vitality to dull hair, promotes growth and strengthens.


Coconut Oil: This oil, lightweight and non-oily, contains vitamin E, which is very vital in the conditioning of hair. It penetrates strands and reduces protein loss. It is extremely moisturizing strengthens and thickens strands. It also prevents styling damage, is great for finger detangling and helps to eliminate hair frizz and dryness. (Hint: if you are struggling with dandruff, this should be your “go-to” oil)


Almond Oil: Packed with vitamins A, E, D, B1, B2, B6, this oil promotes hair growth while preventing hair loss, shedding by soothing cuticles and breakage. This oil has a low penetration rate, though, but is extremely lightweight, works well for detangling and prevents breakage. This oil nourishes you hair and helps to make strands thicker, while increasing strength and shine. A bonus is that it smells really good! This is one of the few oils that can work as scalp oil without creating too much scalp buildup.

Aragon Oil: This oil increases hairs elasticity and smoothens the cuticles of hair. A bonus is that this oil is non greasy,while still sealing in the moisture of your strands. Aragon oil promotes natural shine and elasticity of hair in order to prevent breakage.


Jojoba Oil: Another “go-to” oil for dandruff, Jojoba oil can work as a DIY dandruff and itchy scalp treatment, which works for eczema and psoriasis as well, as it mimics the scalps natural sebum, lifting dirt and exfoliating dead skins cells.It seals moisture into the strands very well, also. Jojoba contains antioxidants, vitamins E and B, silicon, copper and zinc, and is a very light-weigh oil.

Castor Oil: Reduces split ends and helps to thicken hair strands. This oil is very effective in promoting hair regrowth and preventing hair loss, because it reduces and prevents damage. Also helps with fullness, moisture and shine. Prevents thinning and is also great for scalp infections. This oil also builds hairs resilience to help it withstand styling.


Avocado Oil: Because this oil is majority fat, it helps condition your hair and strengthen while boosting the shine. Containing vitamins A, E, B, magnesium and copper, avocado oil has all necessary proteins and fatty acids that nourish hair and promote fast hair growth. Avocado oil helps restore hair, softness and sheen, while being a great sealant for your moisture.


TyLisa Tip: Hot oil treatments are the bees knees, take your favorite oil, or a group of them mixed well, heated up and massage into your hair strands and scalp. Let sit for 45 minutes to an hour under a plastic cap, for the best result!


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To Live and Die By The Gel

Listen closely, ladies, I have finally, after a year and five months of experimentation, found the secret; the secret behind getting the definition you want: Gel. I could put as much oil-of-choice and butter-of-choice as I would like, but until I use my gel, Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel

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(which is just as great as people make it out to be), my twist outs fall flat.

There is a significant difference between the with-gel styles and the without-gel styles. I choose to use the Eco Styler gel because, unlike other gels, my hair remains full, full of moisture and soft. Gels commonly used in the African-American community, such as:

Pro Styl






and others, often leave the hair dry, stiff and with a higher risk of breakage, which is why I recommend a water-based gel with infused oil. This type of gel will reduce risk of breakage and leave you with a softer curl.

In order to use the gel to get the definition you want, while twisting and applying your product, such as a curling crème, or your oil of choice, put gel on your finger tips and run your fingers through the strands of hair that you are twisting before you start twisting. Be sure to use the gel liberally, but careful not to use too much where as you may end up with crunch-hair.

I finally, after such a long time, realized the definition gel gave me and I was compelled to share with my lady readers!


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Your Body is a Genius

Pause. For 30 seconds draw your focus inward, shutting out all outside distractions. Take 3 deep breaths – in and out – and listen.

What did you hear your body telling you? Could it be that your body is craving physical activity? Is your belly telling you that it is content, even though the time on the clock indicates “lunch time”. Or is your head screaming for some quality sleep, rather than another cup of coffee?

Our bodies are incredible machines, yet, we very seldom give them credit for their hard work or take the time to listen to the important messages they are tying to communicate. I, too, am guilty of this, but I recently had a moment of clarity where I could hear my body loud and clear.

 – The Wisdom From Within –

I was recently in DC on business, and was exploring the region with my mouth, which is usually the case. Crab cakes, artisanal veggies bathed in butter, farm-to-table comfort food, breads-on-breads-on-bread, cocktails – you name it! Oh, and can I see the dessert menu? These glutinous efforts were proud moments, thoroughly documented on Instagram.

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My palette and mind were quite satisfied, having eaten my way up and down the city. On the eve of my last day there, I laid food-drunk in bed, planning my last days’ nosh adventure. For a moment, my mind came to a halt and a brave voice from within screamed, “enough!”. I momentarily questioned this authority who had the nerve to encroach on my foody undertaking.

But I listened anyway. This wise voice from within continued on to tell my how exhausted she was. She was tired of the rich foods, the Oprah Chai Tea, and the crappy expo snacks. She was exhausted and needed my help; she needed me to pull it together so that she could do her job of keeping me healthy.

I listened and I understood what I needed to do. That moment, I dialed up my boyfriend back home and told him I needed to go on a three day juice detox. As somebody who is very in touch with his body, he did not hesitate for a moment and ensured me that the fridge would be stocked when I got home.

Giving my body a break.

On my last day back in DC, I soothed my body with herbal teas.I filled it with organic, whole foods. And I promised it that we I would take care to ensure that she had the best tools to do her job.

I am now on day 3 of my detox and my body is thanking me – mind you, this is something I have never done before. If fact, I am feeling so rejuvenated, I am continuing my detox for a few more days to give my body the R&R that it so desperately was craving.

– Finding Your Genius –

Listening to your body is challenging feat because we live in a world where the external stimulants often dominate over our internal needs. We receive mixed messages about when we should and should not listen to our body. For example, I am taking a boxing class and every time I reach the point of exhaustion, my coach tells me that it is all in my head. (Well, maybe, but my arms seriously hurt.) And maybe that is because we tend to listen to our bodies only when there is a sense of urgency or severe pain. The awful part about that is that we will continue to ignore our bodies

Take time to connect with your body and truly listen.

Take time to connect with your body and truly listen.

until we have pushed ourselves into a place of utter pain, exhaustion, and discomfort.

The easier solution would be to listening to your body now. Take time to check in with my body daily, or, better yet, several times a day. Get to know how your body responds to things rather than just accepting them at face value. Your mind and body are a team, but often times our bodies end up being the underdog, who we don’t often want to work with until times get rough. Wise up and check-in for a better mind and body.


Your body is an incredible, extravagant, and fascinating machine. Share your thoughts below on how you listen to your body.

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Black Girls Workout Too! Snatch It Back



Hey Curlies!

The ladies of  Black Girls Workout Too are back with another hott, fun, and sexy workout video that will have your body “snatched”!! for the summer months.

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What’s Your Sleep Personality?


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Could there be a relationship between sleep position and your personality? A recent study by a British sleep expert suggest that our bodies could be saying something about us even when we are asleep. Professor Chris Itzikawski interviewed 1,000 men and women and found a correlation between their personalities and sleeping positions. The study found the 6 most common sleep positions are Fetal, Log, Yearner, Soldier, Free Faller, and Starfish It was determined that 41% of the people interviewed slept in the Fetal position. Fetal sleepers were described as being tough on the outside but sensitive at heart, shy initially but quick to relax. 15% of those interviewed sleep like a log. People who sleep on their sides like a log were often described as easy going and sociable, generally trusting of strangers, but sometimes gullible. Sleeping with arms out stretched, Yearners, who made up 13% of the population studied were reported to have an open nature, but can be suspicious and cynical, slow to reach decisions, and reluctant to change their minds. Soldiers, weighing in at 8%, tended to be quiet and reserved, and don’t like a fuss. They set high standards for them selves and others 7% of sleepers known as Freefaller were characterized as brash and gregarious on the exterior but thin skinned. Their outward confidence masked a personality that responded badly to criticism. 5% of people that sleep on their back with arms above their head, known as Starfish sleepers, make good friends, because they ready to listen and offer help, these were unassuming people and happiest out of the spotlight. Whatever your sleep position or personality one thing is certain, improper sleep can lead to serious health issues. Find out more now. Get the bottom line all the time right here on