Wakanda Toast Is That?


We are all still on a high from pledging #WakandaForever and thanks to Chef Kenneth Temple, we now have a delightful and delicious twist on a breakfast classic. Chocolate french toast with chocolate ganache, yes please! Chef Kenneth, like the rest of us melanin rich folk, has been inspired and motivated to show up and out infusing that black pride into our works. Take a look a this "deliciousness" below! And be sure to sign up for his newsletter to get more creative savory goodness right to your inbox. 


Chocolate French Toast with Chocolate Ganache


Serves: 2
Total Time: 10 minutes
¾ cup half and half
1/3 cup dark chocolate coco powder
2 large eggs
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne
pinch of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 slices brioche or Texas toast
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup grade A Maple Syrup, 1/4 cup per serving

½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon sugar
6 ounces (1 cup) semisweet chocolate

In a bowl mix whisk together milk, coco powder, eggs, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and vanilla; soak bread in mixture for about 20-30 seconds. In a large skillet over medium high heat melt 4 tablespoons of butter, cook bread for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown on each side. Serve hot with 2 tablespoons butter and maple syrup.

In a small pot heat cream, rum, butter and sugar to a boil. Put chocolate in a stainless steel bowl pour in cream over and cover with a towel for 3-5 minutes. Stir until smooth sit to the side and allow to cool.

Note: Garnish with sliced bananas, strawberries, dark chocolate chips, mangoes, pecans or whatever fruit you love!


*Beard Food Tip* 

Pair your chocolate french toast with orange juice, and not just because it's the go to breakfast beverage. For black men with beards, drinking a glass of OJ daily can in fact be a benefit to your BEARD. With orange juice being the poster child for Vitamin C, not only does this vitamin ward off the common cold, its a collagen synthesizing antioxidant that can reverse the effects free radicals have on your skin and facial hair, ultimately allowing your the hair that grows from your face a good chance at flouring. Have with or with out champagne of course, brunch anyone? Chef Kenneth pairs his with a Bailey's Milkshake, YUM! Check his site for the recipe.

March is National Nutrition Month


It's March, that means spring is on the way and the colors of your produce section are lit! March is also National Nutrition Month, a campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which focuses on the importance of making informed choices when it comes to the foods we eat, emphasizing the importance of making conscious eating and physical activity more of a lifestyle instead of a fad. 

This year's theme is "Go Further with Food." There's an ever growing trend with eating healthier and cleaner with the massive wave a of black chefs who are making it possible for us to create restaurant like meals in minimal time at home. If we are going to be honest with ourselves, we must admit that eating clean and healthy in our society with our various busy lifestyles is hard.  We hope that during this month we can help out by talking more about healthy food choices, nutrition and providing all sorts of tips and recipes from so good looking bearded chefs, making it possible for all of us to go further with our food!  

Love is...

Love is a deep appreciation and mutual respect for another; it is conscious striving for the beloved. It is is willful thoughtfulness - properly planned and executed. The season of love never fails us; it rolls around every February, sensual, romantic, and that adoring-burning-bubble of love burst in the form of what we like to call Valentine's Day (que 90's r&b classic). Melodic voices filling your heads now with the "Baby You Know I Love You" and the "I Wanna Love You for Life" - all those feels right! Love is an action word, unconditional and ever lasting. Prince Akeem so wonderfully sung it in "Coming to America".

Valentine's Day has been commercialized in a way that conditions lovers to treat your significant other extra special. There's no where you can look and not get gift ideas and baskets, make dinner plans and buy roses. With a holiday for lovers that seemingly focuses on women, we at BMWB wanted to hear from the guys. We spoke with a few good bearded men and got their recants of their most memorable Valentine's Day ever.


Status:  Single

What's your most memorable Valentine's Day?

Back in 2015, I got a hotel for the weekend for me and my woman. A weekend filled with laughter, fun and an aura you couldn't explain.



Status:  In a relationship

What's your most memorable Valentine's Day?

My most momerable Valentine’s Day would have to be when I took my daughter on a date to show her what to expect from the men that she may date in the future .




Status:  Married

What's your most memorable Valentine's Day?

My most memorable Valentines Day was while in college, my wife made a mystery puzzle over the course of days where she dropped clues in front of my dorm room of a secret admirer and I had to put the pieces together. That was 8 years ago, and we’re married now but I still have and cherish that puzzle.



Status:  Single

What's your most memorable Valentine's Day?

Last year, the staff and I threw a party for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club. So many parents and the community came with so much support it was really amazing, definitely my best yet.



Status:  Single

What's your most memorable Valentine's Day?

Taking someone to Destin and having dinner on the beach at Seagar’s. It’s one of those, “After 5 attire” restaurants. There was a piano bar while you waited to be seated. We were the only Blacks in the entire restaurant.  There was a violinist walking around serenading the tables and when he saw us he literally stopped playing.  He was shocked that there were Blacks in there. He ran to our table and started playing, “Killing Me Softly.”  I guess that was the blackest song he knew haha.  After he played the first two bars of the song, I looked at him and he was making his eyebrows go up and down rapidly, as if to say, “Didn’t think I knew this huh?”  When the waiter came to ask if we wanted a glass of wine, I bought the bottle.  When he asked, “How do you want your lobster?” I replied, “FRIED!” Lol, Great times!



Status:  Single

What's your most memorable Valentine's Day?

Tough one, mostly because my B-day is 2 days before V-day, so the gifts are intertwined. If I had to pick, I’d say the one when the day started with breakfast in bed, then got a trip to NYC to a awesome hotel, and ended with a play off Broadway.

Samuel L. Jackson Was Expelled From Morehouse In The 60s For Holding Morehouse College Trustee Board Hostage


Who knew that on screen bad ass Samuel L. Jackson swagger is actually a bad ass in real life? Yes, you read that right, because in 1969, Samuel along with a few of his peers, actually held board members of Morehouse College hostage for two days in protest of the school’s curriculum and governance. In the height of the civil rights movement, Jackson enrolled in the prestigious HBCU in 1966 that also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr’s Alma Mater. However, in 1968, right after King was assassinated (in which Jackson was an usher for his funeral), Jackson flew out to Memphis to join an Equal Rights Protest March that radicalized and changed his perception. “I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn’t shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different – not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence.” he stated in an interview with Parade about his reactions to King’s death.

So, he and his a few of his fellow Morehouse students held the college’s board of trustees hostage (including Martin Luther King Jr.'s father), demanding that changes be made in the curriculum of the school and stating that they wanted more blacks on the governing board of the institution. Morehouse eventually gave in and agreed to change but Jackson was expelled for his actions.


That following summer after his expulsion, he became connected with people in the Black Power movement including Stokely Carmichael, but eventually left. “I was in that radical faction. We were buying guns, getting ready for armed struggle, and then all of a sudden, I felt I had a voice. I was somebody. I could make a difference. But then one day, my mom showed up and put me on a plane to L.A. She said, ‘Do not come back to Atlanta.’ The FBI had been to the house and told her that if I didn’t get out of Atlanta, there was a good possibility I’d be dead within a year. She freaked out.’”

Jackson decided to stay in L. A. for two years working as a social worker before reapplying to Morehouse as a drama major. “I decided that theater would now be my politics. It could engage people and affect the way they think. It might even change some minds,” he said.

It was there he met his wife LaTanya Richardson, also a drama major at Spelman.

Samuel L. Jackson is ranked as the highest all-time box office star with over $4.572 billion total box office gross, an average of $70.3 million per film.

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The Best King Cake in New Orleans by Eron Eatz


Every year around this time we all want the same thing, king cakes! In New Orleans for carnival season, we buy king cakes to celebrate. There’s a plastic mini baby inside the king cake and if you get the piece with the baby, you have to buy the next one. The tradition of buying a king cake dates back to IDK...but I do know a good King Cake can change your entire life. If you ask most people where to get the best king cake, they’ll refer you to Manny Randazzo’s, Duong Phong Oriental Bakery, and Antoine’s Famous Cakes. I admit, at one point I was a hypebeast and I used to stand in those loooooong Manny Randazzo’s lines like most of y’all UNTIL I got upgraded. And this wasn’t a close contest at all, it was actually TOO EASY! So, I present to you my choice for the the best king cake in New Orleans...

….drum roll please.......


Not Too Fancy Bakery!  Now I know what you’re thinking, “I haven’t even heard of not too fancy bakery,” “Why they fancy?” “Drake kinda fancy or ya girl from the Jamie Foxx show kinda Fancy?”. BUT that’s why you have me. I take culinary risk for the culture. I’m a professional culinary risk taker, habitual line crosser, hotstepper and lyrical gangsta, MURDERER! I’ll save that story for another day.

Remember the colors of Mardi Gras - purple, green and gold? They have the traditional king cake with those icing flavors but that’s not their only flavor. They’ve combined our love for pralines, aka pecan candy, with king cakes and created a “Salted Caramel and Candied Pecan King Cake.” See! That’s kinda fancy but NOT TOO fancy lol (I couldn’t help it, my bad). The problem with some king cakes is the cinnamon bread they’re baked on.  It’s very heavy and filling so you can’t really eat a lot of it but Not Too Fancy's is light and flaky, which is much better. Imagine eating a king cake made out of a cinnamon croissant topped with a sugar glaze, candied pecans, caramel and lightly filled with cream cheese.  Pretty much a tasteful explosion in your mouth. 



It makes you hum “Big Chief” while eating it. Don’t ask me how I know this, not one of my proudest moments.

Obsessive is a word that probably best describes how I feel about this king cake. It was gone in 4 days. All but two pieces were eaten by me.  Am I ashamed?  Nope! Do I care if you judge?  Nope. Will I get another and eat that one as well? Yuup! The Bakery doesn’t have a store front so you order online and it gets shipped. If you are local, however, sometimes there is a pickup option available. I would suggest ordering a few days in advance of when you actually want it just to ensure you’ll be able to get one.

Not Too Fancy Bakery is my pick for the best King Cake if you ain’t get the point by now. And if you’re Uptown on Mardi Gras, I’ll have some to share. PULL UP! (Save your judging for those in the black robes 😂).

To get all the best spots for food & drinks, hit me on IG @eroneatz!



ERON is our in house, self proclaimed "Professional Culinary Risk Taker for the culture". When he's not traveling and eating, he's producing music/film at 4th Floor. Born and raised Uptown, he's a proud New Orleanian.


Happy Valentine's Day, But To Who?


While February 14th is quickly approaching, and men are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. They are doing everything from ordering flowers and setting dinner reservations, to buying diamonds. It’s almost like a part two to Christmas. The only difference is, it’s the women in their lives that have become the excited little kids waiting on a gift.

Most men haven’t even gotten a gift since elementary school, and that’s only because the teacher made the whole class bring something.
— Love Dr. Rob
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For the average man he’s not even excited. This ain’t even a day for him. Most men haven’t even gotten a gift since elementary school, and that’s only because the teacher made the whole class bring something. By the time you reach Junior High that’s dead. Your mama is buying cards and candy for you to bring your lil girlfriend, as she put it, and telling you not to expect anything back. Now how are we supposed to get excited about that?

Keeping it all the way 100, as little boys we’re not taught much about love. They tell us that having multiple women, and sex is what men do. With that being said, it’s no surprise that a day that is dedicated to love, is not geared towards us. Even the commercials only show us buying something for the woman in our lives.  By the time we become grown men, we are conditioned to not even expect anything on Valentine’s Day. If you do get something, 9 out of 10 men already know it's going to be SEX. Now as much as we like sex, it’s kind of like us re-wrapping something you already had and giving it back to you. It might take a couple of people a minute to get that one.  I think it’s important for women to know that a grown man, especially your man, also wants to feel special. The best way to get him amped up is to do as much for him as you want done for you. Treat him to a special night. Go out and purchase something for him that says “I Love You”. I’m not saying you have to get him flowers or diamonds, but imagine what would make your heart smile, and give it. The crazy part is because most of us aren’t expecting, the simplest thing will get us excited.



A motivational speaker, author, and one of the country's premier relationship and life coaches with a mission to help black people get this thing called love right.  Prescribing antidotes to heal wounds of self love and romantic love, the self proclaimed Love Dr.  Rob creates personalized plans for clients to help them make a healthy emotional transition 

Wellness Wednesday: The Truth About Refined Sugar


Refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar. It is typically found as sucrose, which is the combination of glucose and fructose. We use white and brown sugars to sweeten cakes and cookies, coffee, cereal and even fruit. Food manufacturers add chemically produced sugar, typically high-fructose corn syrup, to foods and beverages, including crackers, flavored yogurt, tomato sauce and salad dressing. Low-fat foods are the worst offenders, as manufacturers use sugar to add flavor.
We eat more refined sugar today than our parents and grandparents did decades ago, which has resulted in increasing obesity rates among adults and children. Obesity has been associated with certain cancers, including breast, prostate, uterine, colorectal, and pancreatic. On the flip side, fruits high in antioxidants—blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and apples—may reduce your cancer risk. The fiber in fruit, found mainly in its skin, suppresses your appetite to prevent overeating and weight gain.

Refined sugars use your body’s stored B-vitamins, calcium and magnesium for their digestion. Natural sugars are present in foods such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits, which already contain the needed nutrients for their digestion. Regular consumption of foods high in refined sugar will deplete B-vitamins, calcium and magnesium stores from your body. When your body lacks B-vitamins, your nervous system suffers and you may experience fatigue, depression, anxiety and lack of energy. Lack of calcium and magnesium may contribute to arthritis and osteoporosis.

Here are some tips for kicking the refined sugar habit.

1. Don’t eat or buy packaged foods.
Even organic packaged foods often contain significant amounts of sugar. While many of them are preferable to their non-organic counterparts, the sugar content is something to be aware of. Don’t keep these foods at home, otherwise you may find them to hard to resist.


2. Stop drinking any form of soda and other sweetened drinks.
The amount of sweetener in any type of soft drink is very high. A 12-ounce can contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you can drop the soft drinks, you will instantly reduce your sugar habit significantly. Another obvious food item to eliminate is candy - and don’t go for the “sugar-free” options, as these sweeteners are toxic in other ways.

3. Get enough sleep.
When we are tired we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion.

 4. Learn to read labels.
Educate yourself about what you’re putting in your body. The longer the list of ingredients, the more likely sugar is going to be included on that list, so check the grams of sugar, and choose products with the least sugar per serving (1 teaspoon of sugar is roughly equivalent to about 4 grams).

5. Drink lots of water.
Sometimes drinking water or seltzer water can help with he sugar cravings. Also sometimes what we perceive as a food craving is really thirst.


Stick to all natural sweeteners in small amounts, such as real maple syrup, raw honey and fruits. By doing this, you will lower your risk of illness and disease, manage and maintain your weight, improve your appearance, improve dental health and increase your energy. The benefits that you can experience from cutting refined sugar from your diet are too powerful to ignore. And that, I hope, will be enough.



A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

Black Superhero Series 'Black Lightning' Ranks As the Highest Premiered Show On the CW In 2 Years


After five decades as sidekicks, secondary characters and niche titles, the black superhero’s time has finally come. Timing could not be better in regards to the current and tense racial climate in America, because whether people like it not, we’re being forced to have a conversation and open dialogue about race relations across the world. Black Super Heroes aren’t anything new, but we haven’t seen one since Blade. Luke Cage and the eagerly anticipated Black Panther aren’t the only new super heroes on the block though; cue in Black Lightning and you have three major storylines centering what one would call Black Excellence in the comic book world in the last 18 months!

Jefferson Pierce, played by Cress Williams, has the power to control electricity and shoot lightning bolts from his hands. When Williams described Pierce, he is compared to Martin Luther King, but his alter ego Black Lightning is Malcolm X. “Non-violence is a great philosophy, and should always be the first resort, but sometimes you have to protect yourself. Sometimes you have to mess things up, be a little bit more active to get things done. The show hopefully poses that question.”

The show premiered on Tuesday, January 16th, bringing in huge numbers for The CW with a solid 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. Will you be tuning in?

Wellness Wednesday: The Truth About Alcohol And Your Weight Loss Goals

Did you know that alcohol consumption could decrease testosterone in men by 23%? What about how alcohol directly affects your ability to lose fat?


Alcohol is deeply entrenched in our culture as a way to have fun, let loose, and be social. Companies that market alcohol from vodka, to whiskey, to beer know the right buttons to push. Our brains are seemingly wired to desire a cold refreshing alcoholic beverage after a tough day at work. But, the truth is that alcohol, when not consumed in moderation (1-2 drinks a few times per week) has very negative effects on weight loss. Also, alcohol can actually stimulate your appetite, loosen your inhibitions and undermine your willpower, causing you to eat more than you planned. 

When it comes to just how many calories alcohol contains per gram, the truth is hard to believe: at seven calories per gram, it's almost the same ratio as pure fat.

Sugary cocktails are often the culprits in alcohol-related weight gain. A shot of tequila, for instance, is just 100 calories, but when it's mixed with all the ingredients of a frozen margarita, it skyrockets to 500 calories.

Many adults also overestimate just how much alcohol they should be drinking daily in order for it to be considered 'in moderation'. For women, they should only be having a single standard drink per day - that is, 5oz of wine (a glass), 12oz of beer (a bottle) or 1.5oz of spirit (a shot). For men, moderation means consuming just two standard drinks each day. 

The body can't store alcohol, so it metabolizes it right away. Since the alcohol becomes priority in the metabolic process, your body won't metabolize other fats and sugars as efficiently, ultimately slowing your metabolism over time.

Not only does alcohol not contain any nutrients of its own, but it can also impair your body's ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins from the food you eat. Alcohol irritates your gastrointestinal tract, and can damage your body's ability to absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the food you eat.

Women that consume too much alcohol are more vulnerable than men to:

1. Liver disease:

Women are more likely to contract alcoholic liver disease, such as hepatitis (an inflammation of the liver), and are more likely to die from liver cirrhosis (a chronic disease that progressively destroys the liver’s ability to aid in digestion and detoxification).

2. Brain damage:

Women are more likely than men to suffer alcohol-induced brain- damage, such as loss of mental function and reduced brain size. A moderate amount of alcohol can increase total calories, decrease your motivation for exercise, and negatively affect your sleep. Despite this, many people can enjoy a drink or two, without throwing those three components completely out of whack.

On the other hand, drinking heavily can significantly derail energy levels, has a larger influence on dehydration, negatively impacts hormonal levels, and can significantly disrupt your sleep. You don’t have to completely avoid alcohol when you’re trying to lose weight, but limiting consumption and making smart choices are vital to your success. 



A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

Wellness Wednesday: Why You Should Eliminate Processed Foods

It’s safe to say that most American consumers probably can’t recall the last time they ate a meal prepared entirely from wholesome, farm-to-table ingredients, without any canned or prepackaged products. That’s because most Americans today consume mostly processed foods—foods produced with pesticides, GMOs and synthetic chemicals, routinely laced with too much sugar, salt and unhealthy fats. Keep in mind that processed foods can contain dozens of additional chemicals that aren't even listed on the label.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines “processed food” as any raw agricultural commodity that has been subjected to processing methods, including canning, cooking, dehydration, freezing or milling. This means that the only time a food can be classified as “fresh” is when you’ve taken it straight from the source (washing it is okay, and would not be classified as a form of processing) and eaten it. By this definition, most foods would be considered processed.
You've probably heard a hundred times, "avoid processed foods as much as possible." But what are "processed foods" and why is it so important to avoid them? Here are a few dangers of consuming processed foods...
1. Processed foods are usually loaded with added sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup
It is well known that sugar, when consumed in excess, is seriously harmful. As we all know, sugar is "empty" calories - it has no essential nutrients, but a large amount of energy, empty calories are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the harmful effects of sugar.
Many studies show that sugar can have devastating effects on metabolism that go way beyond its calorie content. It can lead to insulin resistance high triglycerides, increased levels of the harmful cholesterol and increased fat accumulation in the liver and abdominal cavity. Sugar consumption is strongly associated with some of the world's leading killers including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.


2. Leading to addiction
Another one of the harmful properties and impacts of processed foods is addiction. As previously mentioned, processed foods trigger a hyper-rewarding state and make people overeat. It is hard to give up something sweet and fatty if you are eating it regularly. Processed foods are known to cause addiction just like cigarettes and drugs do.

As the foods are processed, they lose water, fiber, and nutrients. Once they are consumed, neurotransmitter dopamine is stimulated which makes you feel good despite the lack of essentials. The artificial stimulation of dopamine leads to food cravings and excessive eating. Ultimately, you can become addicted to food, specifically to processed food.

3. Sodium Overload

While sodium is beneficial to human bodies, it can cause major problems when there's too much of it. Nearly all processed foods contain absurd amounts of sodium that make food tastier and addictive. Restaurants are also known to add more salt than necessary to their dishes so that they will taste better.

High-sodium diets are often a factor causing high blood pressure and can lead to heart diseases or stroke. Excess sodium in body also causes kidneys to hold more water than necessary. This can lead to conditions such as swelling in various body parts.

4. Hormones

Exposure to plastic chemicals, including BPAs and phthalates, can cause hormonal havoc in the body. Since all processed foods come swaddled in plenty of plastic, all those plastic chemicals could be steadily accumulating in your body. A recent study showed that consumption of fast food was correlated with increased exposure to industrial chemicals known as phthalates. Unfortunately, exposure to these chemicals can have a disruptive impact on your hormones and health, as they seep into the body easily and kick out the body's natural hormones from places they need to be. Avoid packaged foods as often as possible, especially if your hormones are already imbalanced.

5. Processed Foods Are Often High in Trans Fats and Processed Vegetable Oils

Synthetic trans fats are common in foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, such as crackers, chips, most store-bought baked goods, and any fried foods, just to name a few examples. Synthetic trans fats are known to promote inflammation, which is a hallmark of most chronic and/or serious diseases. Most also contain high amounts of omega-6 fats in the form of processed vegetable oils. These polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) tend to stimulate inflammatory processes in your body, and they are very chemically unstable and prone to oxidation. Consuming these oxidized fats in excess has been linked to all sorts of health problems, such as atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Eating mostly a whole foods diet with very limited to no processed foods is paramount to health and happiness. Putting your health first when it comes to diet will pay off in the long run.



A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

Wellness Wednesday: Why Crash and Fad Diets Don’t Work


Crash and Fad diets are a trend and they are popular, but can’t deliver long-term results. A crash/fad diet is a diet for losing weight by limiting calories in a very short period of time. We all are inclined towards faster result and crash/fad diet is an example of it. It helps in quick weight reduction but is bad for your health in the long run. Many crash/fad diets prevent you from getting the nutrition your body needs. This is especially true of those that limit or avoid certain food groups. Without proper nutrients, you can weaken your immune system, increasing the risk for illness.

Most people find that after following a crash diet, they immediately put the weight back on. The problem is that they do not make it possible to lose weight by changing the way a person thinks about food. The diet will cut out food groups and nutrients so that fewer calories are eaten. Once the person goes back to eating like normal, the weight is just piled back on and there are high chances that more weight goes on with it. 

What happens to your body when you go on an extreme diet?

Malnutrition Begins:

Calories should be viewed as fuel and if you view food in that manner, then drastically cutting calories means depriving your body of the fuel it needs to function. For instance, if you strip all calories from fats from your diet, your body isn’t able to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. These vitamins act as powerful antioxidants, fighting free radicals to prevent inflammation and disease, as well as supporting healthy gene expression, cell growth, immune system function, cognitive ability and bone health.

Your Metabolism Slows:

With less muscle, your metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn at rest) automatically drops. That means you burn fewer calories walking, talking and even exercising. Your metabolism eventually drops low enough that you stop losing weight and, when you go off of your diet, your metabolism will always be more sluggish than it was before you went on your crash diet.

Dehydration/Health Risk:

The short-term dehydration and nutritional deprivation can go hand in hand. Even if you consume a lot of water throughout your diet it is hard for your body to retain water if you are not eating balanced meals. Severely restricting your caloric intake deprives your body of vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins and nutrients that it needs to sustain itself.

Early aging:

Crash dieting speeds up the process of ageing. You will notice signs of aging on your skin like sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles early on.

Muscle and tissue loss:

Crash dieting causes the fat to be stored and the muscles are burned instead of the fats and calories. This causes a great deal of muscle loss and loss of tissues around organs like the brain, kidneys and the liver.


Here are 10 tips to loosing weight:

1. Eat a high-protein breakfast

2. Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice

3. Drink water a half hour before meals

4. Choose weight loss-friendly foods 

5. Eat soluble fiber

6. Drink tea

7. Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods

8. Eat your food slowly


If you were considering a crash/fad diet, you should reconsider. Not only will it be unsuccessful in helping you achieve weight loss but also you will undoubtedly expose yourself to health risks in the long run. The best diet is not a diet at all, but a way of life that includes food you enjoy, exercise, and healthy habits. 


Meet Jean Titus

A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

My Fluffy Puffs Beard Review


There's a new oil in town and it goes by the name of Regal 7 Growth Oil, an all natural product from My Fluffy Puffs. It boasts that Regal 7 Growth Oil is a concentrated formula created with 7 natural oils working harmoniously to offer the hair all the goods - Omegas 3, 6 and 9 along with a healthy dose of Vitamins A through D.  Now that we have all the science behind the oil out of the way, lets get to the goods: is it worth it? We tried The Regal 7 Growth Oil on one of our bearded guys and over the last 30 days, and he's been relying on this solely when it comes to hydration and shine.

After day one, we were impressed with the high gloss finish the oil provided as well as how long the product lasted through out the day. Our guy is an early riser and gets his day going at 4:30 AM. On day one, by the time he was closing his work day at 3:00 PM, his beard looked and felt as good as it did when he first applied the oil.  Over the course of four few weeks, he consistently applied the oil every morning after his normal beard routine. By the end of a month's usage, Regal 7 Growth Oil proved to stand up to its day one results. Although there is no noticeable change in the length of the beard, it did appear to be fuller. As it's a concentrated oil that packs a powerful punch, a little goes a really long way.

With proper beard wash and conditioning, following up with the Regal 7 Growth Oil after helps make your beard more manageable.  The oil softened our guy's beard hair enough to run a beard comb or brush through it. Because of its thickness, it can take a little time to work it through to the root of the hair. We recommend using a dime size drop no larger in the palm of your hand, rubbing them together to heat the oil up a tad before applying. Make sure you get as close to your face as you can without touching it.  The oil's potency tends to seep pass the beard into the pores of your skin. It's also great for those dry winter days, but not so great if you already have oily skin. Gentleman if that's you, pack light. 

The over all consensus is, its a winner! For those of you who don't suffer with oily skin and are looking for an oil that's concentrated, proven to keep its luster for hours, and has all natural properties which stimulates hair growth, Regal 7 Growth Oil may be the one for you.

Why Turmeric Should Be A Part Of Your Diet


Turmeric, also known as Curcuma Longa, it is rich in a compound known as curcumin, which is responsible for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Many studies show that turmeric may also help fight infections, some cancers, and treat digestive problems. Turmeric has many benefits for supporting prostate health, especially health concerns related to aging. Many men take turmeric for prostatitis and BPH. However, you should never use turmeric and curcumin to improve your health without first consulting with a trusted medical professional. 

Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed in the body and has minimal impact on blood vessels when taken alone. The good news is that there are ways you can enhance its absorption. Here are a few ways to improve the absorption of Turmeric:



Piperine, a compound found in black pepper that’s responsible for its pungency, can greatly improve absorption of turmeric in the body. 


Turmeric is fat-soluble and thus much better absorbed when taken with fat, such as coconut or almond milk.


Heat is said to increase the solubility of curcumin (the primary active constituent in turmeric) by 12 times, which may also increase its bioavailability in the body.


Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many plant foods such as onions, capers, and Serrano peppers, and is known to inhibit an enzyme that inactivates curcumin. 

In addition, there are also a few natural remedies that help us in shedding excess weight easily and safely. Consuming turmeric in various forms is one such effective weight loss remedy. When you’re trying to lose weight, you want to make sure you are doing it in the safest way possible. Using natural ingredients can assure that your body is going to remain at its optimal health as you lose weight. Though turmeric is not an end-all to weight loss, it does play a large role in your body’s ability to lose weight. Adding turmeric to your diet, while continuing with an exercise program, is a great way to continue reaching your weight loss goals. 

There are several food/beverages that include Turmeric, but listed are a couple of my favorite beverages that you may enjoy...




  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (powder or grated root)



1. Pour coconut milk and water into the saucepan and warm for 2 minutes.

2. Add in butter, raw honey and turmeric powder for another 2 minutes.

3. Stir and pour into glasses.




  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 2-teaspoon ground turmeric 
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 lemon wedge  


1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan

2. Add turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon

3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes

4. Strain tea into a large glass; add honey and lemon wedge.

Although not commonly considered being an allergenic substance; turmeric can have certain side effects on the body, including nausea, dizziness or diarrhea, particularly when consumed in large quantities. Everything should be taken in moderation! Again, please speak with a trusted medical professional before you use turmeric to treat any health condition that you have.



A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

Wellness Wednesday: Why Is It Important To Have A High Fiber Diet?


What exactly is fiber? Fiber is a part of the structure of plants and helps build plant molecules, including cellulose, lignins and pectin. Fiber actually contains zero calories since humans essentially can’t digest it, and although it’s found in carbohydrate foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains; it doesn’t contribute any carbs to our diets. Whole grains are not the best source of fiber, as they contain anti-nutrients and glutinous. 

Fiber can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, and can also improve digestive health. Insoluble fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Soluble fiber soaks up water like a sponge and turns into a gel-like consistency during digestion; it slows the process of digestion and helps your body absorb nutrients. Most people need upwards of 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed.

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Consuming an extra 14 grams of fiber each day can cut your calorie intake by a full 10 percent. Research shows that people who consume more fiber (as low as 20 grams per day) weigh an average of 8 pounds lighter than people who consume low fiber (closer to 10 grams per day).

Things you can do to convert to a high fiber diet:

1. Rather than adding high-fiber foods all at once, add just one or two servings a day to your regular diet for a week.

2. Possibly switching from white to whole wheat or multi-grain bread for your sandwich at lunch, or adding a salad at dinner.


3. Let your body adjust, then add another serving the following week, and so on. Giving your body a chance to get used to processing the increase in fiber will make the transition easier and reduce the amount of intestinal gas you'll have to deal with.

4. Load up on water. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water will help to prevent uncomfortable intestinal gas and bloating.

5. Eliminate other foods that cause gas. If you're already overwhelming your gut with fiber, cut out other foods that create gas. Try limiting or avoiding sugar-free candy and gum that contain sorbitol and gassy carbonated beverages

On a last note, one of the keys to getting ride of that dreaded belly bulge and revealing that coveted six-pack is a diet high in fiber.


Meet Jean Titus

A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Amazing Gifts For An Amazing Man


And it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We just love this time of year, the holiday season puts us in such a merry and bright mood (insert cheesy smiley face emoji). It's also the time of year where we rack our brains trying to get that perfect Christmas gift for the special man in our lives. Parents and kids are easy for the most part but what do you get for your bearded bae? Don't bore this year's tree by putting the same old go to tie, cologne, or sweater under them. Put your man on to some new things! Raise the bar and change the game when it comes men's gifts. How do you do that, what do you do, what do you get? 

Black Men With Beards did a bit of the leg work for you and have put together a luxury gift guide: 7 Amazing Gifts For An Amazing Man.

1.  Nothing is sexier than a man who can cook! And if cooking isn't really his thing but you've been trying to get him in the kitchen more, help him out a bit by inspiring his pallet with a new cook book.  Chef Kenneth Temple released a cookbook just in time for  the holidays, Southern Creole - Recipes from My New Orleans Kitchen. There's so many delicious and easy to follow recipes in this book, no reason to ask what's for dinner in 2018. Cooking a meal together is also some sexy shit; spice of your life in more ways than one this holiday season!


2.  If you care about that man and love his beard, get him a beard kit so he know it's real. All jokes aside, we have always expressed the importance of proper beard care and maintenance. This is the perfect gift for the bearded man who is too manly to up his product game. Nature Boy's Deluxe Beard Kit is packaged beautifully and comes with all the essentials to maintain a healthy flourishing beard. 

3. You can never go wrong with a nice timepiece as a Christmas gift. And it's always special when you can put him on to a new brand. There's nothing more classic than a chocolate leather band and big silver face. We particularly love this piece from Talley & Twine, its distinctive minimalist face trimmed in gold featuring the number seven (the number of divinity btw), makes it a great everyday wear piece.


4. Whether he's a tech man or not this gift here is exciting, especially if he's a Google-gadget-smartphone kinda guy.  Making life easier the Google Home Mini is a must have gadget this holiday season. Completely control your house with voice activated AI functionality of Google Assistance. Ask almost any question and get it answered with the access to Google's massive wealth of knowledge, stream audio, video or images from your smart device, answer and end calls, even order a pizza from the bathroom (ok too comfortable maybe, but you get the point.) This is a cool fun tech gift indeed.   

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5. Gym bags are not for traveling. I repeat gym bags are not for traveling. Whether it's overnight or for the weekend, throwing your belongings in a sweaty gym bag days are long gone when there's some amazing manly duffle and traveling bags out there. We can't take our eyes off the Overnight Satchel in this muted green color from the design duo Want Les Essentials. This gift packs a pretty nice price tag so fellas if she gets you this, next trip is on you! 


6. There comes a time when as a grown man you put away the sneakers and throw on the hard soles.  You don't go cheap on what you eat or what you put on your feet, especially when it comes to dress shoes. The Jon, equestrian inspired chocolate leather boots from Armando Cabral is sleek and classic. The design and quality screams distinguished gentleman. 


7.  Beaded bracelets stacked with style are still all the rage when it comes to subtlety accessorizing a man. The sleek unique boldness of this Ryan G. holiday collection stack screams black, power, and king! 

Did we mention most of these brands are BOBs, and you know we love that! 'Tis the season for patronizing black owned businesses. 

Wellness Wednesday: Why Ginger Should Be Apart Of Your Diet


Ginger is one of the most ancient spices worldwide. It has become well-known for its health benefits, we which include its ability to boost bone health, strengthen the immune system, increase appetite, prevent various types of cancer, improve respiratory conditions, aid in digestion, eliminate arthritis symptoms, relieves pain related to nausea and flu, lowering levels of inflammation, reducing exercise-induced pain (soreness) and enhances sexual performance.
Ginger has multiple health benefits that are great for everyone, but it has unique properties, which might benefit ageing men dealing with their physical and mental well-being. Ginger inhibits the build up of cortisol, which can cause weak erections or erectile dysfunction and works to maintain healthy blood pressure, and reduces cholesterol, which if both are high, can reduce the flow of blood into the penis.
Ginger supplements are made from dried or fresh ginger root or from a steam process of the oil. You can find ginger extracts, tinctures, capsules, oils, and tea. To reap ginger health benefits, be sure to not take more than 4 grams of ginger daily, including from food. The suggested dose is 75 to 2,000 mg of standardized ginger (4% volatile oils or 5% compounds including gingerol or shogaol) in divided doses taken with food.
Here are a few ways to incorporate ginger into your diet...
1. Soup- Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings an extra zest to your hot, creamy winter soups.
2. Brew it: An ideal natural remedy to clear up congestion or the onset of a sore throat is fresh ginger   tea. An upset belly can also benefit from fresh ginger.
3. In stir-fries - Almost every stir-fry could use a little grated or even minced ginger to spice things up.
4. Blend it: For a little detox in your smoothie, consider blending in some fresh ginger (piece of ginger, size of your thumb).
Make sure to discuss with your physician before beginning on a regimen of ginger, particularly if you have preexisting conditions (especially heart diseases) or are taking some medicines. There may be interaction between ginger and certain medicines such as drugs used to treat diabetes and blood thinners. Taking ginger in excessive amounts, instead of bringing ginger benefits for men, can result in symptoms of bloating, heartburn and an upset stomach.

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Meet Jean Titus

A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

Wellness Wednesday: How Exercise Can Help With Depression


Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.
Depression manifests physically by causing disturbed sleep, reduced energy, appetite changes, body aches, and increased pain perception, all of which can result in less motivation to exercise. It's a hard cycle to break, but getting up and moving just a little bit will help. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.
People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. And it’s also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges.
Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins; powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good.
Here are some exercises that can help with depression.:
Running is one of the best exercises for your health: It can torch calories, reduce food cravings, and lower your risk for heart disease. Running for just five minutes a day might even help you live longer, according to 2014 research. Running may make it easier for you to fall asleep at night, which benefits your overall mental health by improving memory, lowering stress levels, and protecting against depression.
The ancient practice of yoga can have a wonderful effect when it comes to mental health, being beneficial not only for those who suffer from depression but also for those diagnosed with anxiety or neurosis. Practiced on a regular basis, it reduces the overall levels of stress. At the same time, it can improve the overall cognitive functioning, so you do not have to ask yourself how to improve your memory anymore. Yoga allows one to concentrate on breathing while slowing down and calming an otherwise agitated mind.
Dancing is one of the pleasures of life and, at the same time, an excellent type of physical exercise. When you hear your favorite music, and you begin moving your body to the rhythm, nothing else matters during that time. You are transported into another world and, suddenly, your negative thoughts are no longer important. Dancing increases the level of self-esteem, being particularly recommended to those who suffer from anxiety or depression. It is fun, easy and allows you to get in touch with your relaxed side.
Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression. Being in the present moment can help you cultivate gratitude and focus on the good things and people you have in your life – something that’s liable to be forgotten amid the heavy fog of negative thoughts that loop in our mind during a period of depression.


Meet Jean Titus

A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

BEARDOLOGY by Beaute Dior: A Personalized Beard Experience and Grooming for Black Men


It comes as no surprise that beards are the trend and pretty much used in marketing campaigns all over (hey Shea Moisture) because lets be honest, we absolutely love beards right! But as much as we adore them, who's responsible for the proper TLC that allows black men and their beards to flourish for our oogling consumption? Just a few years ago men were just out here growing beards and having their barbers tend to them; and if you ask most men, setting an appointment for a "beard treatment" isn't the first, second or third thing people think of in regards to the upkeep of beards. However, there are some amazing estheticians and lady barbers who are passionate, equipped with training and who also have continuously educated themselves on hair and skin, particularly catering to black men. 

We set our focus on the services of Dominique aka Beaute Dior. She's created a service package focused on the care and maintenance of beards, and has dubbed herself and earned the name of a "Beardologist". She provides luxury maintenance and growth enhancing beard treatments and  facials for men in the Indianapolis area.


We asked Dominique why she decided to focus on beards, and she had this to say: I realized that there really weren't any customized services of sorts catering to that particular need for men. Men were relying on a barber to help maintain and sometimes grow a beard when the actuality of it was that beard growth really started with the health of the skin."

She knew there were men who would not only benefit from the very customized experience but she also new she could assist in a ways that promoted overall skin health.

We caught up with her to get some tips for for those guys who are currently participating in #NoShaveNovember, and those of you who are in need of a little go to for the winter months. 


It's better to moisturize your beards with a beard butter daily than it is an oil. Although there are many benefits to a daily beard oil, for optimal moisturizing, a beard butter tends to be lighter and seeps down into the pores without clogging them. Make sure you work the butter deep into the skin underneath your beard for optimal benefits.


Washing your beards with shampoo may get it clean, but could also be doing damage at the same time. Often these products aren't formulated with the key ingredients needed for a healthy beard. Dominique recommends using an all natural beard wash on your beard will do your beard due justice in not only cleaning but aiding in maintaining its moisture too. 

Beardology Tip:  Only wash your beard 2 to 3 times per week. Over washing is a thing and it can cause your hair to dry out more, defeating the purpose.


Some may say this is a personal preference but for the sake of logic, combing is far less harsh on the beard than brushing. Brushing especially with the wrong kind of bristle brush can pop or pull out hairs causing potential ingrown hair. Combing is a less harsh approach and allows you to start from the root, stimulating the follicles to enhance growth. Dominique recommends a wooden beard comb over plastic or metal options.


Dominique recommends that men exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating assists in the sloughing off dead skin cells, especially underneath and around the area of your beard. The build up of dead skin cells can lead to oily clogged pores. Exfoliating also promotes healthy skin as well as hair growth. If you don't know how to exfoliate, that is definitely a reason to book a beard treatment asaptual.


That's like a no brainer during November right, but if you must take to it, clip and trim preferably with shears. Tell your barber stay away, line ONLY and do not touch it. 

If you are in the Indianapolis area, you can experience this customized service during the month of November with 50% off gentlemen by booking by clicking here. Take advantage and treat that beard the way it needs deserves!

Wellness Wednesday: Physical Fitness And Your Libido

The goal of exercise is to obtain a healthier lifestyle. Exercise is a powerful tool in the development of muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness, mind-body coordination and stress relief. Exercise also has been proven to increase sex drive for men.

Working out three to four times a week can do a lot to help your sexual technique, flexibility, and endurance. Here are a few exercises that are guaranteed to improve your libido...

1. Weight Lifting:

Weight lifting causes the body to produce testosterone, which is the primary precursor for the male sex drive. To improve your sex life, do some push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches. These muscle-building exercises can help lead to better sex by strengthening the shoulders, chest, and abs. Strong upper body strength can increase stamina since these muscles are used during intercourse.

2. Kegels: 

Doing Kegels is considered a good sex exercise for men because these exercises can help endurance and control by toning the pubococcygeus (PC) muscles — the ones that let you stop the flow of urine mid-stream. Kegels strengthens the muscles in your body’s pelvic floor, which can lead to better sex. Men can use Kegels to delay ejaculation by contracting these muscles just before orgasm.

3. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training):

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© Black Men With Beards 2017 // Quinn Gordon

Doing interval training will increase your stamina and endurance. And you can do intervals just about anywhere -- outside on a track, at the park or on a bike, elliptical, stair climber or treadmill. HOW TO DO IT: After your warm-up, start your intervals at full speed, going as hard and fast as you can, and push yourself for at least 30 seconds. Then back off for a minute or two. Repeat this several times. Add these to your workout a couple of times a week and soon you’ll be ready to go longer or be ready whenever your partner wants to go again.

4. Yoga:

Yoga will help your flexibility, which can result in better sex. Some experts say it can also improve your stamina in the sack by drawing your energy in and up. Yoga poses that improve pelvic muscles are recommended, such as the Bow Pose, Peacock Pose (also called the Forearm or Elbow Balance), and Shoulder Stand.

Having a healthy diet can naturally increase your libido, boost your reproductive health and spark your sexual appetite. Improve your overall performance by adding these foods to the menu...


1. Watermelon:

This fruit is rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that helps improve blood flow to the sexual organs. L-citrulline optimizes blood flow in the body by first converting to L-arginine and then to nitric oxide, which is involved in dilation of the blood vessels. Low levels of nitric oxide are associated with mental and physical fatigue and sexual dysfunction.

2. Blueberries:

Blueberries are high in antioxidants and have the capacity to relax the blood vessels, thereby allowing improved circulation. This, in turn, means better blood flow to the sex organ and stronger erections. Blueberries also rule when it comes to the boosting the dopamine levels, as they give the body a greater ability to release this hormone.

3. Asparagus:

Asparagus has been considered a successful aphrodisiac. This vegetable is rich in potassium and folic acid, a B vitamin that helps increase the production of histamine, which is important for a healthy sex drive.

4. Avocados:

Avocados are rich in vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help increase overall energy. B6 also helps regulate prolactin, a libido enhancer. Avocados are also rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which helps to increase testosterone production.

Having a heightened libido can be extremely healthy, physically and mentally. There are so many benefits such as improved mood, better sexual performance, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and even burning calories. A low or malfunctioning libido can contribute to severe health conditions, so make sure you maintain a healthy libido, so you can lead a happier, more satisfying life. 


A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!

Why Stretching Is Important For Men


Good flexibility promotes healthy muscles and joints. Improving and maintaining a good range of motion in your joints can enhance your quality of life. Improving the elasticity of muscles and connective tissue around joints allows greater freedom of movement and enhances your ability to participate in many types of sports and perform activities with greater ease. Optimal flexibility also makes activities of daily living such as bending, turning, and lifting easier to perform. Participating in a regular stretching program increases circulation to the muscles being stretched, helps decrease low back problems, improves postural alignment, promotes graceful body movement, can improve self image, and helps to maintain proper motor skills throughout life.

Improving your bending ability is crucial for more than just preventing injury. In fact, flexibility training is an important aspect of gaining strength and size. The typical lifter spends most of their day outside of the gym hunched forward over a computer further deteriorating any chance at proper posture. Outside of just preventing injury, having better posture helps to show off the muscular physique you worked so hard to build. Proper flexibility also goes hand in hand with full range of motion exercises like squats and deadlifts, which are major muscle builders. Having tight hips and shoulders can inhibit proper form and limit your fitness.

So, what are some different ways to stay flexible? The best way to maintain flexibility is to stretch regularly. Whatever your age, you must incorporate stretching at least once a day. Even if it is not part of an exercise regimen, there are several simple stretching exercises that you can do at your desk or even in front of the TV. If time is short, focus on stretches that work the larger muscle groups such as shoulders, hamstrings, hips and lower back, and calf muscles. It is these areas that are prone to stiffness and soreness, as we grow older. But remember to always be careful to not overdo it. 

There are several ways to improve your flexibility. Stretching and exercise help considerably but you also need to keep an eye on your diet and nutrition. Eating junk food and snacking on fatty and sugary snacks can make matters worse. You can promote fitness by combining a balanced diet (full of fresh fruits and vegetables) along with nutritional supplements that support joint health and improve your mobility. Incorporating things like ginger and turmeric in your diet and supplementing with fish oil can go a long way in improving your joint health.

Although there are physiological changes that occur, as we grow older, regularly stretching and performing range of motion exercises can improve flexibility at any age, helping to increase longevity and enhance overall quality of life.


Meet Jean Titus

A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!