For Harriet | Janice Gates
About 6 years ago, and after losing 45 pounds, I made a commitment to only choose organic and non-processed foods. I researched the web for the best health blogs and fitness professionals to follow, subscribed to newsletters, and followed fitness and health gurus on social media. I was ecstatic! I had discovered the secret to losing weight and optimal health: a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, and lean meats, as well as daily exercise. After 11 years as a vegetarian who rarely consumed an actual vegetable and one year as a vegan who over indulged in heavily processed meat and dairy substitutes, I had finally taken control of my health. I lost 45 pounds, my acne disappeared, and I had a lot more energy.
Eventually, I noticed that very few of these bloggers, experts, and gurus looked like me. Even when I read articles detailing the top health and fitness blogs, very few were African American—and even fewer were African American women. I could not understand this, especially with the unique health challenges we face. I found a few blogs, websites and online groups that spoke to black women, but they were few and far between. >>READ MORE