This week in the political stress chronicles, ICE raids and gun violence sends the United States into chaos with hundreds of immigrants being arrested and many people senselessly murdered by insane active shooters. How are we supposed to maintain healthy emotional well-being when there is so much stress and anxiety entering our lives?Continue reading “Political Stress Chronicles: ICE Raids and Gun Violence During Bloody Weekend”
Intermittent fasting isn’t a new diet fad, it’s a simple pattern of eating that doesn’t require you to make excessive changes to your diet. You are basically restricting eating to an 8-hour period, and fasting for a 16-hour period. You can continue with what you eat, but you are only eating at certain times of the day.
My First 30-days of Intermittent Fasting
I was encouraged by my hubby and a good friend 30 days ago to give intermittent fasting a try. I have become more active and I wanted to drop some weight so I can do more without being so tired. Also, a sistah is getting older and it’s time to take care of myself and redefine my relationship with food and certain sugary drinks.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
The benefits of intermittent fasting is immediately noticing your weight loss within a few weeks after starting your eating pattern. Sometimes when we start a new health plan, we are not as encouraged to continue when there is slow progress. Furthermore, this way of eating is healthy because you are putting your eating in a certain time frame, and you’re not eating all day. There are also cosmetic benefits as your water intake increases, your skin will start having a glow and your nails will grow healthier.
My plan includes me start eating at 12pm and I stop at 8pm. During any other time, I am fasting and restricting my food intake. During the fasting period, I drink coffee with only two Splendas, tea, and water. After a few weeks of limiting yourself, you will lose all taste for sweet drinks such as sodas and juices. You are gonna desire a lot more water throughout the day.
Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Results
Along with intermittent fasting, there are other tips and tricks that may assist you with your goals. I have started making a drink including Apple Cider Vinegar, water, lemon juice, Cayenne Pepper and Turmeric at night. Unfortunately, night snacking has always been a problem for me. I also have substituted regular water for carbonate water when I want something different. Carbonated water with your meals and at night helps with feeling full.
Limitations to Intermittent Fasting
There are some limitations to your intermittent fasting. I have learned the hard way that if you are participating in a physical activity during your fasting time, you may want to adjust your eating window for that day. Recently, I went to my weekly Samba class and I didn’t eat because I was adamant about sticking to my fasting schedule. Well, I dry heaved twice during the two hour class and I felt faint. You have to make sure that your lifestyle fits intermittent fasting. You can’t participate in physical activities without eating or you will become sick. Also, those who have blood sugar problems, this may not be for you. It’s always important to consult your doctor before starting a new eating regimen.
30-Day Update Forthcoming
Since I have only tried the intermittent fasting for 30-days, I will return in another thirty days to report my progress. In the first 30-days, I have lost 15 pounds and I feel so good. We will see if I can keep making progress.
Happy New Years my fellow curvy girls! I hope your New Years was just as weird and fun filled as mine. I have recently gotten back into my groove of staying stress free and living life to the fullest. Often this includes me trying new things, as I did with Zumba over a year ago. For all of my curvy queens who love to move your body to musical grooves, I implore you to take a dance class or participate in an event that focuses on getting hype as shyt and moving your body as wildly as possible, no matter how crazy you look.Continue reading “Natural Stress Remedy: Dance”
The unrealistic beauty standards of our society causes normal women to feel less beautiful, and less worthy of being happy. Young women and girls are exposed to media campaigns and beauty magazines that display these perfect women draped in expensive clothes and dawned with pounds of makeup. This is just the reality of our society. But today, an internet troll decided that she would try to shame me and other curvy women because we may not fit the unrealistic beauty image of society. Well, it’s time to put this body shaming bytch on blast. Continue reading “Online Bullies and Internet Trolls Body Shame Curvaceous Babes”
As an adventurer of emotional and physical wellness, I often find that there are so many unconventional tools that aren’t utilized to decrease ongoing anxiety. The most used tools are exercise or meditation; however, there is another ground-breaking option that you can add to your mindfulness tool belt. Adult coloring books has been a trend since 2012, but it has reached astounding heights of popularity in the emotional wellness realm. Being the mindfulness adventurer that I am, I decided to place a temporary hold on traditional meditation, and take part in some good old fashion coloring.
A toxic work environment can take an emotional tole on your emotional well-being. Why? Because you have to see these damn people more than you see your own family. There are instances in which you are drowning in a toxic work environment and are unable to reach the surface of personal happiness. Continue reading “How to flourish in a toxic work environment without going completely insane?”
Weekly self-reflection benefits our emotional well-being and prevents life regrets. I find that without weekly self-reflection, I get a little lost, and I lose site of my goals and values. I also start allowing others to influence me in ways that are opposite of my thinking and behaviors. Look, fck human beings and live your best life. Continue reading “Weekly Self-Reflection: Fck Human Beings”
In my own journey of health and wellness, I noticed that the thoughts and behaviors of others were dictating my happiness. We often allow others to have too much power in our life decisions. You only live one life, and you alone have the power to dictate your own happiness without considering the opinions of others. Continue reading “Dictate Your Own Happiness”
Self-Reflection journaling isn’t a new trend in battling anxiety or analyzing coping skills. It’s rather therapeutic and allows you to redirect your focus from the bull shyt of the day, analyze your thoughts, and set new goals. Continue reading “Self-Reflection Journaling”
It’s important for the masses to know that curvy girls dance too. We can kick our legs high, bend our backs far reaching, and shake our azzes with sexy perfection. Continue reading “Curvy Girls Dance Too”
Stress is a natural response to a threat. It can be a motivating factor, or it can cause catastrophic health complications such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
Anxiety is experienced by approximately 40 million people around the world. It is an overwhelming feeling of dread that can cause a total shutdown of your personal and professional life. It is time for us to confront our anxiety and allow ourselves to be happy. Continue reading “Confront Anxiety by Prioritizing Your Happiness”
Let’s be honest, it can be extremely difficult just to start changing your eating habits. You make the initial declaration and mental preparation, usually at the beginning of the work week. There may be a few missteps in this journey (I should know), but here are 8 awesome psychological tricks to lose weight fast. Continue reading “8 Awesome Psychological Tricks To Lose Weight Fast”
Today was the first time I’ve heard of Compassion Fatigue and I really thought it was a condition that some wacko came up with during a Marijuana binge. I did some research because I am a curious Curvy Girl who loves to be informed about trends in emotional/mental wellness; and guess what, it really is a legitimate condition. Continue reading “Compassion Fatigue: What the hell is it?”
Zumba usually puts me to sleep when I get home from all the sexy azz shaking and fast-paced dance moves. It literally is the cure for insomnia due to the consistent exhaustion of energy. It is a fun version of night-time sleepy medication for many curvy girls. Continue reading “Zumba Fitness for Insomnia”
Stress and emotional eating can be one of the biggest challenges for Curvy Girls. Life in itself can be stressful, but when everyday stress interacts with unexpected stressors, emotional eating is an easy, but unhealthy way of curving stress and anxiety.
The top 10 health benefits of Black Seed Oil are out of this world unbelievable. I recommend everyone add it to their daily food intake to maintain good health and to feel better than you have in years.
Whatever job you have, healthy eating during your lunch break can be rather difficult. For one week, I designed my own Curvy Girl Challenge and decided that I would only eat salads for lunch during my lunch break. I am ecstatic with the results. Continue reading “Healthy Eating: One Week Lunch Break Challenge”
Group class etiquette has fallen by the wayside. Since my health and fitness journey began, in many group exercise classes, I’ve noticed there are those who feel as if they either own the establishment, and those who make others totally uncomfortable with their rude tendencies. Continue reading “Group Class Etiquette: Curvy Girls Maintaining Civility at the Gym”
Top 5 Weight Management Tips. Losing weight is already a great accomplishment, but managing your weight can be problematic for us curvy girls. Continue reading “Top 5 Weight Management Tips”
For over a year, Zumba has been a life consuming addiction. Who doesn’t want to lose weight while also feeling sexy and exotic? It’s like a one hour therapy session for my mind, body, and spirit. Continue reading “Zumba: Therapy For Mind, Body, Spirit”
Anxiety and building confidence. When people think of anxiety, they think of fear. Some people make the mistake of thinking fear is associated with weakness; which couldn’t be further from the truth. Continue reading “Anxiety and Building Confidence”
Having an outlet for anxiety is probably the best medicine you can take to get through your day. I’ve started dance aerobics and it has become an obsession. Dance aerobics not only accentuates my curves, but is is the best stress reliever. Continue reading “Outlet for Anxiety Involves Shaking My Curvy Azz”