Erika Nicole Kendall

About Erika Nicole Kendall

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.
23 05, 2017

5 Things I Say to Myself to Talk Myself Out of Bad Decisions

By | May 23rd, 2017|Emotional Eating, It's All Mental|0 Comments

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."

18 05, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Tips for Training When You’re Top-Heavy

By | May 18th, 2017|Booty, Q&A Wednesday, Strength Training|0 Comments

Q: I'm too heavy on top to do squats without tipping over! Help?

16 05, 2017

Don’t Just Get Rid of the Sugar, Get Rid of the ‘Sweet,’ Too

By | May 16th, 2017|Clean Eating Boot Camp, Food 101|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 05, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Can I Sleep with My Trainer?

By | May 10th, 2017|Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

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?

9 05, 2017

The Case Against ‘Tough Love’

By | May 9th, 2017|The Op-Eds|2 Comments

For some reason, there's regularly—regularly—someone who "can no longer be silent" about the "disease" that's "plaguing the black community."

5 05, 2017

7 Major Misconceptions About Smoothies and Juicing

By | May 5th, 2017|Debunking The Myths, Food 101|4 Comments

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 [...]

3 05, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: Clean Eating on a Teeny Budget

By | May 3rd, 2017|Clean Eating Boot Camp, Q&A Wednesday|4 Comments

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!

1 05, 2017

Video Vault: How Much Do We Really Know About Healthy Diets?

By | May 1st, 2017|Video Vault|1 Comment

"We had an explosion of high carbohydrate, sugary foods —and those have contributed to the obesity epidemic."

25 04, 2017

3 Big Reasons Why You Should Stop Drinking Diet Sodapop

By | April 25th, 2017|Food 101, Health and Health Care|0 Comments

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 [...]

19 04, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How to Handle the Gym ‘Alpha Dog’

By | April 19th, 2017|It's All Mental, Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

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.

17 04, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Lose Weight to Get a Man

By | April 17th, 2017|Beauty|3 Comments

There are a million reasons to choose to lose weight. Don't let "because I need a man" become one of them.

7 04, 2017

5 Ways Fitness Can Improve Your Sex Life

By | April 7th, 2017|Did You Know|1 Comment

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 [...]

3 04, 2017

You Knew That Flat Tummy Tea Was a Scam, Right?

By | April 3rd, 2017|Fad Diets|1 Comment

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?

29 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: I Have a Good Week with My Diet…Then BOOM!

By | March 29th, 2017|Q&A Wednesday|0 Comments

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..................

27 03, 2017

Your Water Bottle is Gross—Here’s How to Clean It

By | March 27th, 2017|Did You Know|1 Comment

When's the last time you cleaned your reusable water bottle? No, I mean, REALLY deep cleaned it?

24 03, 2017

10 Tips for Safely Exercising at Night

By | March 24th, 2017|Exercise 101|2 Comments

Tips for exercising safely at night from a pro at safety and an avid runner.

22 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How Do You Fit It All In?

By | March 22nd, 2017|It's All Mental, Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment

Q: How do you fit fitness and healthy eating into your day with some of the challenges of living in a big city?

20 03, 2017

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Goes Wrong at Clinic That Has Killed Before

By | March 20th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|1 Comment

"...died from fat clots that caused her organs to fail by blocking her arteries, Miami-Dade coroners concluded in an autopsy report."

14 03, 2017

The Case for Universal Health Care

By | March 14th, 2017|Health and Health Care, The Op-Eds|5 Comments

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.

8 03, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: I’m a Gym Newbie—What Do I Do First?

By | March 8th, 2017|Exercise 101, Q&A Wednesday, Strength Training|0 Comments

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?