Health & Well-Being
All things wellness affecting BIPOC womxn.
Since early 2020, most of us...if not ALL of us...have faced much uncertainty and many challenges mentally, emotionally, and even professionally as we've been confined to social distancing and mask requirements and most importantly....work from home orders. Y'all...we've really been in the house for almost a year and things have and continue to feel very different. After months of new adjustments and normalcy, we are finally provided with vaccination opportunities. But, should we take them? Or nah? This question remains with a lot of people, due to how fast vaccines have been swiftly and mass produced. Additionally, for people of color, the question remains possibly as a result of justified fear and generational trauma from medical wrongdoings in our communities. For this reason, I linked up with Dr. Kimberly Rogers, a primary care internal medicine physician to put some of not just my fears to rest...but all of our own. And to present us with nothing but the facts about the new, swirling COVID vaccines. Welcome to Dialosophy, Dr. Rogers.
The she-ro in your life deserves the absolute best this holiday season....even if that's yourself, don't you agree? After all....she (or you) have gotten through an abnormal year and made uncertainty look beautiful as ever. So, no matter if you're spoiling yourself this Christmas, your girlfriend, partner, wife, sister, teen daughter, mother-in-law,;etc....these gifts are guaranteed to make any GROWN ASS woman smile and may possibly warm up some other things besides her (or your) heart (wink). There is something for everyone, so you won't have to struggle finding something for the incredible, spectacular, and absolutely AMAZING woman you're shopping for. Browse these gifts to find something that will make her (or you) feel like bad-ass she is, empowered, and a certified trendsetter. So, read on for some of the best picks I've rounded up for this season...and I promise, you won't regret it. Enjoy, and happy holidays!
Whether you're an adolescent or teen girl new to the period world...or a woman still struggling with your monthly hormonal fluctuations, this post is for you. I got my first period when I was 10, but I didn't start really "struggling" with premenstrual syndrome UNTIL college. To make matters worse, whereas birth control has been known to "lessen" PMS symptoms, it seems to have somewhat of an opposite effect on me. Every month, I fall victim to cramps, extreme fatigue, and mood swings. You mean to tell me something has hit the market to give me relief from all three? Ya girl HAD to get it!....Only AFTER I called and consulted with my OB/GYN, of course. I discovered the "Flo Gummy Vitamins" online. I started seeing ads after I began using the "Flo Period Tracker" (which I love by the way. If you haven't discovered the flo app, you should download EE-mediately!). After looking more into the gummies, I read nothing but positive things and women stating how "life-changing" they are. So, here I am...giving you all the "Dialosophy" review. And this is a completely unsponsored and unaffiliated post. I'm just checking in to give my raw and honest opinion of this product, in hopes to help the women like me......that says *rolls eyes* "Fuck" every month their period is coming. Don't forget...I am not a healthcare professional. Please make sure you are doing your own research on Flo Gummies AND consulting with your healthcare provider or OB before purchasing.
Okay guys! Back with a somewhat "different" post today, as we talk about spots. Dark spots, to be exact. I'm talking about those pesky little suckers that, if you have any shade of color in your skin other than white, may appear after too much sun exposure and/or inflammation (ie. acne). I don't know about you, but I've been cussing at my dark spots for years...since middle school, actually. As if acne wasn't problem enough, the dark spots on my face were unlike anything I'd ever experienced. In fact, I never experienced. Because up until puberty, my baby and childhood skin was shining, shining, shining, shining, yeahhhh *Alexa, play DJ Khaled*. But, like all good things, it came to an end. And it was devastating. By the time I got to high school, I tried just about everything on the store shelf and even products prescribed by a Dermatologist. Nothing worked, and as the time went by and my spots got worse...I began wearing make-up every single day until college, embarrassed and ashamed. Finally, after all these years, my spots have cleared drastically and I'm here to share my secret..my holy grail...my perfect go-to's...my routine...to keep my skin clear AND glowing (and even make-up free). I'm talking about the products in my skin capsule and the order of my routine. What's in yours? Wanna see what's in mine? Go ahead...keep reading. But, just know, this is not a prescription for you to try the same thing and it works. Just as all our glorious qualities and beauty, each of our skin is unique. I'd even go to say...finding what works for your skin is much like dating-trial and error. Please consult a medical professional or skin consultant for all serious skincare needs.
What's up everyone? It's been a while, but I'm coming at you with a much needed post for myself and SO many people I've talked to during this time of isolation. Today we're going to talk about just how much pretty really does hurt. And it's okay if you don't identify as "woman". To all my beautiful, hannnnnndsome and wealthy....and fluffy bruthas, this post is for you, too. That's right...this post is all about our bodies. Big bodies, to be exact. And if you're small, come on into our world. Let us enter into yours. Because we're inclusive here...and we all have our bouts with our skin, our curves (or lack of), our rolls...So tell me, friend...you're at home...and maybe you're isolated with family...maybe you're isolated with an S.O....maybe you're with a roommate...or maybe you're alone. Tell me...how do you feel in your body?
If you were like me at the beginning of the pandemic, working from home was great at first. You got to sleep in. You got to hit..."reset". But, nearly two months later, what now? Has the COVID-19 pandemic got you feeling overwhelmed? Are you an extrovert craving interaction/intimacy and being in the house is driving you crazy? Read on for how the pandemic is affecting all of us and what self-care has begun to look like for me.
Orthodontic Basics, Addressing Oral Health Disparities, and Dental Must-Haves: “Brush like a BOSS.” | A Q & A with Dr. Patrice Smith
I wish I had a "bomb" introduction for this post, but how do you craft something when you, yourself know nothing about it? Therefore, this post was nothing but space and opportunity for me to bring something to Dialosophy AND learn something for the "bettering" of ME. I had been following the phenomenal, Dr. Patrice Smith (aka The UnOrthoDoc), for a while and something kept nudging me...that I had to have her share her knowledge and wisdom on Dialosophy.
What do you all know about oral hygiene? And I'm not talking about the basic "brush your teeth" to start your day routine. I'm talking...what do you know about the true impact of brushing...of flossing...and whitening teeth? I received my first cavity last summer, and it was awful. I remember texting my aspiring-Dentist friend and telling her...that "filling" business after a cavity was for the birds. Traumatized was an understatement as my dentist did her drilling and I was told, "Just Breathe" (yes, I am very dramatic). I knew the minute it was all over....I never wanted one of those bad boys ever again. That first required me evaluating ME. Perhaps, it was my own neglect of my oral hygiene. Perhaps, it's all the candy I liked to eat when I go to the movies (and that's essentially weekly).
No matter the reason, I reached out to Dr. Patrice, and here I am...right here with you...learning all about how to correct my own mistakes and how poor oral hygiene can lead to chronic health conditions. Welcome, Dr. Smith, to Dialosophy!
The Black Superwoman Syndrome & Self Care: How to Save Yourself When You’re Drowning | Q&A with Michelle Goodloe
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde
In this post, I would like to address the mystery that is "self care" among black women. If you're like me, maybe you're intentional about making it a priority. Or maybe there's still room for improvement. If you're like some of the women closest to me, maybe you don't have time because how can you make time for yourself when everyone else is always calling- family, children, husbands, and the list goes on, right? To so many women, self care can seem impossible. But after this post...I hope we can take a step together to make the impossible POSSIBLE as we chat with Michelle Goodloe, a licensed social worker and Atlanta (GA) based psychotherapist. Welcome, Michelle.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a health condition that affects approximately 10 million women around the world. To date, the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it "supposed" to be attributed to hormones. Genetics and environmental factors, such as ethnicity and metabolic disorders, are also believed to be important in the development of PCOS (V. De Leo et al. 2016). PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility and is responsible for a number of symptoms that affect the body both physically and emotionally. Despite how misleading it sounds, many women with PCOS do NOT have multiple cysts on their ovaries.
In recognition of PCOS Awareness Month, I talked with Bri, a Columbia, SC native who was recently diagnosed with PCOS and shares her story. For more information about PCOS, please visit the PCOS Awareness Association. Welcome, Bri...to Dialosophy.