Q: You see, my family is mostly slim women - I was the odd one. So my relative Who was skinny all her life, asked me over dinner " how you keep small ? That is what you eat ?" ... I was lost for words her intentions were not good, she was being rude as she was not looking for help/ advice
I think there's a lot of misconceptions about what it actually takes to get and keep a flat tummy. Let's change that.
The water bottle, a personal favorite of mine, gets an upgrade with fancy new attachments, AND a tea-based alternative.
Q: Thing is, I've been thinking about the reality of counting every single calorie forever. I never want to be this big again, but how realistic is this?
Last week, a flurry of news reports were released, discussing research from the American Heart Association that discusses whether or not we can consider coconut oil a "healthful" food. From Huffington Post: An AHA survey found that 72 percent of Americans considered coconut oil a health food. But coconut oil, it turns out, is shockingly high [...]
The American Heart Association's Healthy For Good initiative has solid tips straight from my weight loss journey to help you live a healthier life!
What did I learn? That depression might be more familiar than I thought to me... it might be more familiar than you think to YOU, too.
Photo credit: Flickr / DenizenFamily First, there was the drink that promised to help you melt fat away. "Just drink one of these for breakfast, have a salad for lunch, and a sensible dinner....and boom! Fat be gone!" Then, there were the pills that promised to help you blast body fat. Just take two three [...]
Ever tried to cure bloating with diuretics, sauna suits, saunas, or fancy pills? Learn the real deal here.
Q: hey so i've been working my a$$ off trying to get this 6 pack in gear and it is just not happening! i'm trying to get on [redacted]'s level... i know you do troubleshooting so can you help me troubleshoot this tummy so i can make this 6 pack pop like wheeewwwwwwwww lolol A: [...]
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.