Talk yourself out of making bad decisions, because sometimes it helps to hear the rationale behind making better choices than to simply hear the word "no."
Q: I'm too heavy on top to do squats without tipping over! Help?
Photo credit: Flickr / tellumo This is something I actually didn't think about until I ran out of lip balm. (If you're like me, you might call all kinds of lip balm "ChapStick" and have to work really hard to call it something else, sort of like how all bandages are Band-Aids and all tissues [...]
Q: Erika you have to help me figure this out. My trainer is HOT. Like, five alarm fire hot and he's charming, too. Can I get it in with my trainer? Is this a bad idea?
For some reason, there's regularly—regularly—someone who "can no longer be silent" about the "disease" that's "plaguing the black community."
A week or so ago, the Washington Post published an op-ed with three medical professionals—two of which are professors of medicine—basically saying the same thing I've been saying for [what feels like] an eternity: Mrs. G. came to our offices for her first visit distraught. Her primary-care doctor had just diagnosed her with diabetes, and [...]
Q: Hi, Erika. I'm writing to you today because I am really inspired by your writings on clean eating and am eager to get started, but it's really challenging to get started with such a small budget like mine. In fact, when I think about it, I'm very scared. All these individual pieces seem so expensive for such small things!
"We had an explosion of high carbohydrate, sugary foods —and those have contributed to the obesity epidemic."
I've been saying for years, that people need to relax on the fizzy drinks. The sweet drinks, too. Yes, that includes juice. And, for years, people have been coming aaaaat me about it. I mean, you would think I was threatening folks' mamas out here. But I get it. People are very attached to these [...]
Q: so i know this is going to sound a little weird, but i am terrified of the gym. i mean, it scares the sh-t out of me. like, i get all siced to get up and go workout, but then i envision some a--hole in a muscle tank pointing and laughing at me as i struggle with two one pound kettlebells or whatever, and then i flip out and decide to stay on my couch in the comfort of shonda rhimes instead.
There are a million reasons to choose to lose weight. Don't let "because I need a man" become one of them.
Erika's note: This post gets graphic. This post is for grown folks. Notice I didn't say mature folks. I just said grown ones. I might make a couple of dick jokes in here, and I don't want any e-mails about how you were clutching your pearls while you read this. I have pearls, too. I [...]
Flat Tummy Tea, FitTea, and all the other products? They're 10x more expensive than any other laxative tea, and they don't work any better. What's the deal?
Q: I had a good thing going with my diet, right? I was feeling good, doing my cardio workouts, and staying committed to it until..................
When's the last time you cleaned your reusable water bottle? No, I mean, REALLY deep cleaned it?
Tips for exercising safely at night from a pro at safety and an avid runner.
Q: How do you fit fitness and healthy eating into your day with some of the challenges of living in a big city?
"...died from fat clots that caused her organs to fail by blocking her arteries, Miami-Dade coroners concluded in an autopsy report."
If we truly value human life the way we say we do, then we should find it abhorrent that people are forced to choose between dying and the expense of living.
Q: My problem is that I am overwhelmed when I go to the gym. There is so much equipment and I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?