A New Year, A New Me

If you wondered if I fell off my new plan of action to a healthier me, I haven’t. But I have not been moving forward as rapidly as I wanted either. I started the year extremely focused on diet and not giving too much attention to exercise. I’ve been doing my usual routine, but hadn’t stepped my workout game up. I believed that an entire year of working out produced little to no results so the power had to be in the change of diet, right?

Well, not entirely. So now I’m putting both pieces of the puzzle together finally. I do understand that bad food choices make me feel sluggish and slow down my progress and I’m excited to see what happens when I turn things up a notch. I decided to join a gym, but that choice in and of itself was work.

I had relegated myself to free workouts in my neighborhood which are effective, but there is an extra something that comes with working out on powered machines. However, gym memberships nowadays are not for the economically-challenged and I had given up on the option. A  friend of mine mentioned a new gym called Planet Fitness, and we decided to take a visit – and loved it! Planet Fitness (which is sponsored by The Biggest Loser franchise) is a gym for the regular folks – no body builders allowed – so all judgement is checked at the door. I was blown away by the large selection of cardio and strength-training equipment as well as the circuit training stations. But what really blew me away was the price: $1 to sign up and $20 per month afterward! Who can beat that? None of the other gym franchises out here…

With that, I will be checking in with y’all to share my gym adventures and keep you posted on my progress. Stay focused on your goals folks – summer is almost here!

Dehydrated Skin (Water Dry)

Characteristics:  a skin condition that develops from lifestyle/environment. The skin has an inability to retain water resulting in a breakdown of normal skin functioning.  Occurs in all skin types.

Causes:  Climate, Stress, Environmental Pollutants, Medication, Improper Diet, Low Water Consumption, Sun Exposure, Improper Skin Care Products.

Results:  Dullness, Flakiness, Blotchiness, Sensitivity, Premature Aging.

The solution?  Milky Cleansers ; Exfoliation with enzymes or mild acids;  Cream or gel based masks; Serums & Lotions that attract water.

Ingredients to look for:  Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Honey, Panthenol. Clinical Treatments:  should flood the skin with humectants & replenish the proper amount of moisture.  Consult your Esthetician to select the products/professional treatments best suited for you. If you have any questions or don’t have an Esthetician, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you.

Sherilyn Rhymes, L.E. has been practicing her passion in the skin care and make-up industry for over 12 years.  She continues to learn and explore new areas of skin care and dermatological studies on an on-going basis through the world renowned International Dermal Institute in Carson, California. Sherilyn’s goal is to “save the world one skin cell at a time”. Leave a comment for her if you have questions – she will respond!

PODCAST: Homosexuality In The Black Community

Listen in as KC and the family discuss homosexuality in the Black community. Guests include Chris Lehman, Toria Williams, John C. Byrd III of Sickly Cat Magazine, Obinna Obijiaku, Craig Stewart, John and Triawna Wood, and Ivy Lindsey. Feel free to call our new hotline and leave a message about today’s show! You can reach us at (323) 455-4219!


LA EVENTS: Zumba Fitness Classes at BHCP!

Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.

When: Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: BHCP Macy’s Bridge (overlooking the King Blvd. and Crenshaw Blvd, intersection)

A New Year, A New Me

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and in the spirit of holding myself accountable, there is a reason why. I spent February trying to figure out my food boundaries – what I could get away with eating without gaining weight or breaking out. Turns out, there are none. The only way to conquer this it to stay consistent with it all, and although I dropped four pounds this month, it’s been a yo-yo with those four. I’ve got that lesson, and I’m done playing with the rules to a game I already know.

Further, eating anything outside of my new eating plan has an almost instant effect on me. I feel weighted down and sluggish, and my body cannot wait to purge itself of the junk. No more compromises with my health and I’m determined to end this month on a strong note.

To keep myself motivated I’ve been rewatching the documentaries that put me on this path and came across this amazing video of a 70-year old woman who has eaten a raw vegan diet for over 25 years. Folks at work side-eye my homemade green juice, but maybe after watching this, not so much! Here’s to our health!


Eating Right: African Sweet Potato Soup with Peanut Butter

As I make a modified vegan diet my lifestyle (I say modified because I eat seafood at least once a week) the search for delicious recipes is essential. I cannot abide by food that doesn’t taste good – I enjoy food too much to endure a lifetime of bland, tasteless food.

I decided to start experimenting with soups since one-pot meals are easy and the weather is cold. I searched for soups that include two of my favorite foods – black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes – and came across a few recipes. However, when I found one from the Gluten-Free Goddess website that included natural peanut butter, I got excited. Peanut butter is another favorite of mine since its flavor satisfies both a sweet and savory craving. I made a big pot of this, and my meat-eating hubby tasted it and went back for seconds, in spite of me tempting him with my famous turkey burgers. Try this with a good cornbread muffin – you just might like it.

African Sweet Potato Soup with Peanut Butter, Black-Eyed Peas and Beans

1 tablespoon light olive oil or peanut oil
1 tablespoon red or green Thai Kitchen curry paste– hot or mild, to taste (start with less if you prefer it mild)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 medium red onion, peeled, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sweet potato or yam, peeled, diced
1 large yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced
1 jalapeño or other hot chile pepper, seeded, diced fine
1 14-oz. can black-eyed peas, rinsed, drained
1 14-oz. can white beans, rinsed, drained
1 14-oz. can black beans, rinsed, drained
1 quart light broth
1/2 cup 100% natural peanut butter melted in a half cup of boiled hot water (for one cup total)
1/2 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Juice from 1 big juicy lime
2-3 teaspoons organic brown sugar or raw agave nectar, to taste
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
For garnish:
Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
Heat the light olive oil in large soup pot. Add the curry paste and cinnamon; stir for a minute to infuse the oil with spice. Add the onion, garlic, sweet potato, yellow pepper and jalapeño. Stir and cook the veggies for 5-7 minutes, until softened.
Add the black-eyed peas, white and black beans, broth, melted peanut butter, red pepper flakes and cilantro.
Bring the soup to a high simmer, cover, and lower the heat; keep the soup on simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.
Stir in the lime juice and brown sugar or agave. Season with sea salt and ground pepper, to taste. Warm through and taste for seasoning adjustments.

A Growing Problem

When I was a child, I never thought twice about obesity. It simply was not an issue that I ever had to encounter. None of the children I knew ever experienced that problem, either. We were always up and out of the door at sunrise, ready to conquer the day, sure to not be seen by our parents again until the street lights came on. Armed with a bicycle, a basketball, and a football, we would travel miles for a good game, a water gun fight, or a rock war. When we thought about eating, we usually would stop at someone’s home and wolf down a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich before retreating back to our refuge, the streets.

As a result of our nomadic lifestyle, I can honestly say that I did not know any obese children. How could I? My life was so full of activity and adventure that every day, I was bound to lose more calories than I was putting into my body, and everyone who hung out with me exhibited the same mindset. Our parents assisted in this low calorie intake by limiting the amount of junk food that we were eating weekly. Going to a fast food restaurant was an event seen as a gift by my parents. Perhaps it was due to the income that my parent possessed that would not permit them to feed us what we thought we wanted, but we ate at McDonalds so infrequently that I never truly developed a love of their food, and can now avoid it thoroughly.

Unfortunately, that was then, and this is now. As the children of the 80’s grew up to be new millennium parents, we brought with us some truly bad habits, habits that we are now impressing upon our children. As a result, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years (Childhood Obesity – DASH/HealthyYouth). Obesity amongst children aged 6 to 11 increased from 6.5 percent in 1980 to 19.6 percent in 2008 (Childhood Obesity – DASH/HealthyYouth). The reason for this epidemic, in my eyes, is quite simple. Parents have allowed our bad habits to flourish, and in doing so, have regulated our children to a sedentary lifestyle.

According to Grabstats.com, the average video game player is 35 years old and has been playing for 13 years (Video Game Statistics, Industry Figures, and Information – GrabStats.com). That means that the generation that is now raising children grew up playing video games, and are now passing the trend on to their children. The problem with passing that love on is that the older video game player does not set the boundaries that their parents did. Since my mother and father did not play video games at all as children, the idea of allowing me and my brother to play video games all day was foreign to them. They would much rather had seen us running around outside for hours at a time, getting into fights and playing war. As a result, video game players in the 80’s and 90’s tended to feel like they were deprived of the time that they spent with their first true love, and like many children do when they are not given what they want as often as they want it, decided that when they had children, they would let them play video games as much as they wanted. Unfortunately, they kept that promise.

E! Science News.com did a study of time spent viewing television and playing video games by children in 2010. The average time spent per child was a staggering 4.26 hours a day (Study Finds TV Viewing, Video Game Play Contribute to Kids’ Attention Problems | E! Science News). A child goes to school for seven hours a day, five days a week. If they get out of school at 3:15 pm, and get home at 3:30 pm, that gives them roughly 2-3 hours of sunlight in the fall to go outside and play. Factor in an hour of homework, and that leaves them time from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm to play with friends before it is time for dinner, bath, some time with the family and bed. But if the child plays video games, they get out of school and sit down in front of the television, and do not move until dinner is ready four hours later. If the only activity the child has outside is during a 20 minute recess at school, they are not burning enough calories to counteract the food that they have eaten that day. Especially if they are like the 33 percent of American children who eat fast food every day.

In 2003, CBS News reported that 1/3 of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food every day. That amounts to six extra pounds per child per year and increases the risk of obesity (Fast Food Linked To Child Obesity – CBS News). When you eat fast food daily, but only go outside weekly, you are bound to be unable to eliminate the massive amount of fat that your body is taking in, which will lead to dramatic health issues. Dr. Gary Plotnick, a cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine was asked by the University of Maryland Medical Center paper if the results of a 30 day McDonald’s diet was surprising to him. He responded by stating the following:

‘…They should have expected those responses. We know that a high-fat meal has multiple effects. It increases a fat in the bloodstream called triglyceride. When the triglyceride levels are high, there may be acute detrimental effects on blood vessels that result. In addition, the metabolism of LDL, which is the bad cholesterol, is affected. That’s probably why, over time, the cholesterol went up (Effects of High Fat Meals).

As a child, I was unable to eat fast food on a consistent basis. Although both of my parents worked 8 hour shifts at their respective jobs, they made sure that our family was able to eat a home cooked meal the majority of the year. Every once in a while, we would go to a fast food restaurant and eat. It was looked upon as a gift, or an event akin to a birthday gift. When I asked my mother how much fast food we ate, she responded by saying, “Not much. I did not have the money to buy fast food, and it was easier to make a large pot of stew that lasted for the week than to go purchase fast food all the time. Plus, I did not like the greasy taste that it left in my mouth, and you and your brother would always seem different after you ate it. You two were whinier, and always seemed more tired. It was worth the extra time cooking to ensure that the two of you were not in my ear whining all day long, or sleeping all the time”(A Talk with Melna Jones).

Personally, I take no issue with my mom withholding fast food from my brother and me. It gave my body an opportunity to appreciate other foods, and it instilled a blueprint for my life that I now use with my own children. My wife and I allow our children to eat fast food two to four times a month. While that may be more than my mother did, we counteract that by ensuring that the other food that is prepared in our house is as healthy as possible. We cook with brown rice instead of white rice, and we utilize ground turkey meat in substitution of ground beef. We feel that this allows our children to eat a healthy, filling meal with the family. It also gives us a chance to talk with our children about any issues that they may be having at school, or in the neighborhood.

Stranger Danger. It is a term that got its start in 1963 according to the Idiom Dictionary. It was a statement that was used in various campaigns in the United States, and largely confused children into thinking that all people that they knew were safe. (Stranger Danger). As a child, I knew not to talk to strangers, but I was still allowed to travel the neighborhood, even the surrounding area, with my friends and without an adult present. As a child, it was a regular occurrence for my friends and me to leave our homes at 9:00 am, and not be seen again until 5:00 pm. I know that there was still a fear of kidnappings, child molesters and every other demon that parents fear now, but our parents still wanted us to enjoy life, so we were never truly told the terrifying truth about the outside world. We were advised to not talk to creepy looking adults, and to stick together. With those rules, we hit the streets, and none of us ever experienced any issues. But in the latter part of 1998, things began to change. Kidnappings and brutalization of children began to be reported almost daily on news shows such as CNN’s ‘Nancy Grace’. Shows such as ‘NBC Dateline: To Catch a Predator’ began to show on television, introducing people to hosts of sexual predators who would prey upon our children, if given the chance. A website was opened that would allow people to see how many sex offenders lived in their neighborhood, or within a radius of their neighborhood, and we all tuned in at least once, and were suitably horrified by the amount of molesters living so near to our precious children. As a result of this new information, we declared martial law on our children, and would not allow them to leave the front of our lawns without our supervision. Children would only be allowed to play in their backyards, or on their driveways. As a result of our vigilance, children in the neighborhood never met one another, and what used to be the number one exercise for a child, playing with friends, never came about, as children simply got tired of playing alone and went back inside the home. We as parents were happy, because our children were safe and where we could monitor them at all times, but without the friendships outside the home, children made friendships online in video games, or in chat rooms, and became enmeshed in relationships that do not require them to leave the home at all.

So what are the best steps to take to combat childhood obesity? The solutions are simple, but involve such a radical change of mind by adults that it is difficult to believe that they will be undertaken wholesale. The average parent will look at their child and tell others that their child is not obese, when, in fact, their child is overweight and often pressing into a dangerous level of obesity for a child. According to the Canadian Family Physician, in a study of 770 pairs of children and parents in 2007, in which 487 children and 406 parents participated in the study, 22 percent of parents wrongly classified their normal-weight children as underweight, 63 percent considered their overweight children to be normal weight, and 63 percent considered their obese children to be overweight. About 26 percent of parents of overweight children and 15 percent of parents of obese children were not concerned about their children’s weight (Are Parents Aware That Their Children Are Overweight or Obese?: Do They Care?).

We as parents need to realize that we have failed our children. As an adult, it is our jobs to guide our children’s lives in regards to everything, including the friends they hang out with, the amount of time they spend indoors, and what they eat. We have gotten into a mindset of wanting dual roles in our children’s lives, both being their friend and their parent. We need to cease that desire immediately, because what it leads to is a population where we are afraid to tell our children no, afraid that if we deny them the slightest treat, we will send them spiraling down a path that will lead to their destruction. By being afraid to fail them in one aspect, we are failing them in others. Our children have become accustomed to eating fast food when they want to, and as fast food restaurants have lowered their prices, we have become accustomed to stopping at those restaurants more often to speed up the amount of time we spend with our children on a nightly basis, so that we can spend more time doing what we want to do, whether that is playing video games or watching television. We need to tell our children that we are willing to turn off whatever our addiction may be, be it videogames or television, poker or talking on the phone, and we are going to spend time with them outdoors. Our children need to see us maintaining a healthy lifestyle that involves them, so that they will grow up willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle with their children.

We as parents need to realize that it is highly unlikely that our children will get kidnapped if they walk down the street, or go to a friend’s home. According to Mark Gado, only 100-130 cases of stranger abduction occur per year in the United States (Child Abduction, Analysis of This Crime and Major Cases — The Facts — Crime Library on TruTV.com.) Our children cannot be afraid to talk to strangers, or to exhibit outgoing personalities with strangers, because if we allow our children to become scared of the outside world, they will be unable to interact with strangers throughout their lives, and will instead continue to barricade themselves indoors, buttressed by online friends who they can interact with from a distance.

We as parents need to limit, if not eliminate completely, the intake of fast food by ourselves, and as a result, our children. It is widely acknowledged by groups such as KidsHealth magazine that the best way to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits is to be a role model by eating healthy foods with and without your children, and to involve your children in the planning and preparation of meals (Healthy Eating). If your children enjoy eating pizza, have a make your own pizza night with turkey sausage, low fat cheese, and wheat pizza crust. If they are asking for cheeseburgers and fries, peel the potatoes yourself, and bake them in the oven instead of frying them. Use ground chicken or turkey instead of beef, limit mayonnaise usage, and use wheat buns and low fat cheese. During the meal, be sure to compliment the chef for a magnificent job, and the children will eat the food with relish, and likely ask for more. Children follow our lead, and if we eat all the healthy things on our plate, children are likely to enjoy those foods as well. As a child, it was rare for me to encounter an obese child, and I never wondered why. It was just a part of my childhood that all the kids I knew were active thrill seekers. As an adult, however, it is rare for me to encounter a child that is a healthy weight, and I often wonder if that is because the children that I knew grew up to be overprotective helicopter parents, hovering over their kids at every moment, and stifling their growth. We as parents need to learn to embrace the ideologies of our parents, and intersperse them with our own. Only then can we truly combat and control childhood obesity.


Works Cited

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“Childhood Obesity – DASH/HealthyYouth.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 20 Oct. 2008. Web. 17 July 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/obesity/.

Fruits, Eating. “Healthy Eating.” KidsHealth – the Web’s Most Visited Site about Children’s Health. Web. 18 July 2010. http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/habits.html.

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“Stranger Danger.” The Meanings and Origins of Sayings and Phrases | List of Sayings | English Sayings | Idiom Definitions | Idiom Examples | Idiom Origins | List of Idioms | Idiom Dictionary | Meaning of Idioms. Web. 17 July 2010.http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/stranger-danger.html.

“Study Finds TV Viewing, Video Game Play Contribute to Kids’ Attention Problems | E! Science News.” E! Science News | Latest Science News Articles. 6 July 2010. Web. 17 July 2010.http://esciencenews.com/articles/2010/07/06/study.finds.tv.viewing…..

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Rashanii is the host of Single Simulcast and Sin and Solace. He is also a husband and father of four. You can listen to his shows at http://www.singlesimulcast.com or on iTunes.

Eating Organically

I completed my 15-day fast, and to be quite honest, I snuck some hummus in there around day 12. Overall, I’m proud of my accomplishment because more than anything, I “get” how much control I have over my food choices and that cravings are evil tricks of the mind.

Since then I have committed to shopping and therefore eating organically. It has not been as hard as I imagined, but it demands that I organize my time well in order to cook more often. It also means more meatless meals, which is an adjustment for my family, but they are taking it all in stride.

Folks often associate an organic diet with a huge budget, and although  grocery store prices are marked up, I have found the best resource in my local farmer’s market. Buying it direct saves money and you will find tons of seasonal produce and other groceries, including eggs, breads and grains. For those things I can’t find at the farmer’s market, I’m leaning on Simply WholesomeSprouts and Trader Joe’s to provide.

I’m three days shy of making this diet change a 21-day habit and I’m looking forward to what I discover about myself, my body and the healing nature of the foods I’m eating. As for my skin? It’s on its way and I believe as long as I stay consistent, I’ll see the progress I want.

LA EVENTS: Pepperdine University’s COASTAL Walk/Run Aims to Support Children’s Mental Health

LOS ANGELES, January 28, 2012 – The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) through the generous support of our presenting sponsor California Bank and Trust will be holding its second annual Children’s Outreach: Advancing Social Transformation and Learning (COASTAL) 5k/10k Walk/Run at Dockweiler Beach to raise funds for Children’s Mental Health.

Over 700 runners participated in last year’s event enabling Pepperdine to offer 200 hours of one-on-one counseling for children at the Union Rescue Mission’s residential facility for homeless mothers and children in Hope Gardens.  Funds also helped create a lunchtime, after-school, and summer science and technology lab at Holmes Avenue Elementary School.

“We were stunned at the amount of support we received for this endeavor and the amount of good we were able to do because of it,” said Dr. Margaret Weber, dean of GSEP. “This year, we are expecting an even larger turn out and with that, the ability to make a greater impact on our community.”

Several food trucks including Del’s Lemonade, Global Soul, Me So Hungry and Flying Pig will be on site until noon.  With activities set up for youth such as face painting by ExpressionS, Mural painting by the Young Artist Studio, a Kid’s Kraft Korner and the Kiddie K, participants are encouraged to bring children to this family friendly event.

The street of Vista Del Mar will be closed promptly at 7:30am, so participants need to arrive at 7:00am to park in the Dockweiler lot. The race begins at 8:00am.  Participants can walk or run along the beautiful shoreline street of Vista Del Mar, to finish in the beach parking lot. The course is considered fast for a great personal record.

1 in 5 children has a diagnosable mental illness. Nearly two-thirds of these kids receive little or no help, leading to a decline in school performance, depression, and persistent disobedience or aggression.  Proceeds from the COASTAL Walk/Run will go towards combatting this reality.

To register for COASTAL, please visit http://gsep.pepperdine.edu/coastal/.  Race packet pick-up and late registration will take place at Road Runner Sports, 25359 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505 on Saturday January 21, from 11:00am to 6:00 pm, and Friday January 27th at California Bank & Trust, Santa Monica Branch, 100 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 from noon to 6:00pm. Participants can also register on-site on race morning at Dockweiler State Beach, Playa del Rey, beginning at 6:30 am.

Over 1,000 participants are expected for this year’s run.

Time: 8:00am

Address: Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles, at the west end of Imperial Highway at Vista del Mar

Fees (5K/10K): $30 for general public, $25 for Pepperdine students, and $15 for Kiddie-K run.

Parking: Please carpool as beach parking rates will be in place.



Let Food Be Thy Medicine

I have reached day 8 in my 15 day cleanse. It’s been interesting over the last week feeling how my body is responding to this new way of eating, and the effects of detoxing. For the first three days I either had long midday naps or was in bed that evening by 7:30. My body rested for 12 hours periods – something I hadn’t experienced since pregnancy. Even if I had wanted to stay awake, my body ws telling me it was time to rest. I woke up each morning feeling a bit more energized than the next.

I know this week will present a greater challenge because I am back at work, but I am well prepared. I will take my juices and other raw fruits and vegetables to keep me sated during the day. I also have plenty to keep myself busy to avoid idle snacking. What’s interesting is that I usually am tempted by the food that exists near my workplace, primarily hamburger stands and liquor store treats. However, I watched three documentaries this week: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives, and Food Matters. All three showcased how eating a plant-based diet helps alleviate any risks for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, two diseases that run rampant in our community. Even more, both show how the creation of supermarkets and mass production of food have brought unhealthy fast food into our communities that is low in nutrients and full of preservatives, which is why I could buy a cheeseburger with all the trimmings for a mere $0.99.

I know in order for me to see true change in my body, I cannot stop this way of life at day 15 of the fast, but continue to eat food that is alive and able to heal me from the inside out. I am committing myself to chronicling this experience for the next 90 days and sharing that with all of you. Feel free to join me.