Let’s Talk About: How it’s been awhile…

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It’s been awhile (almost 2 months) since my last post, and I’ll tell y’all why…

I needed time.

I needed time to put some things aside and just have some me time.  I didn’t post on IG that much, if at all. I didn’t work out or anything.  I just wanted to chill.

April/May are always hard times for me because of my mother’s passing.  It’s extremely draining (emotionally-speaking) and it causes me to retreat.

However, I decided not to beat myself up about it this year. It’s the first time I haven’t been around any of my family and close friends around Mother’s Day, and I decided not to wallow in sorrow and pity.  I got outside, went on hikes and hung out with friends.

I can’t say that I wasn’t hurting, but it felt nice being able to get outside and be social.

Another reason I needed to take some time off is to re-evaluate helping people.  I see a need to change the conversation around health and fitness, specifically, within the Latinx and African American communities.

Our cultures are rich in food and drink and this has a direct effect on our health.  When I was a kid, I’d go to my grandparents’ house often.  As soon as I walked through the door, I was asked if I wanted something to eat and/or drink.  If I ate something, it was either chicken, collards and rice or a hoe-cake (ooooohhhh I’m drooling thinking of those right now).  If I drank something, it was either kool-aid or some type of concentrated, high in corn syrup/sugary drink.

These are comfort foods for me, but they can also be damaging to the body.

So I want to use my platform to help people of color and other minorities flip the script when it comes to eating.  I’m a firm believer in that we should enjoy food as much as we enjoy being with friends, family and loved ones. However, sometimes that enjoyment can be detrimental to our health.

I love fried chicken just as much as the next person, but I also like feeling good about my body.  Let’s change the conversation together!

–Dee

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