Physical Health: Being As Healthy As Possible

I talk a lot about mental health, but not as much about physical health. Physical health is literally just as important as mental health. One can and will affect the other if it they aren’t being carefully monitored. Understanding what your body needs when and where it needs it, is crucial to knowing if something’s wrong. Most ailments and sicknesses can be taken care of if caught in enough time. No one likes to address certain issues within the black community when it comes to health.

I eat soul food but I don’t eat it as often at all, I try my hardest to stay away from fast food (although I had some today.) There are things that I no longer eat because I started realizing how dangerous they could be to the system. The body just naturally doesn’t mesh with some foods. I’m not vegan or a vegetarian but I’m soooo close to trying it out it’s not even funny.

Don’t get me wrong I loooovvvvveeeee food, I mean I was once 235 pounds at my highest from like 190/195. Honestly what made me start taking my health seriously and lose the weight was, one day I was lying down in bed like normal and I couldn’t breathe. When I say I couldn’t breathe, I sounded like I was exercising and I clearly wasn’t. I was wearing a size 18 in pants and I have always been on the heavier side but not like that. Honestly I lost the weight both in a healthy and unhealthy way, I won’t sit here and lie and say I ate my fruits, vegetables, and exercise and it just fell off. It took its toll on my mental health and at one point I even lost weight to gain it right back.

Remember when I said mental health and physical health are as important as each other? The weight was brought on by me stress eating and eating through my emotions. All I’m saying is take care of yourself! Don’t forget to feed your soul not just your body. I love the quote that says are you eating to live or living to eat?


Thank you for reading I appreciate everyone who takes the time. I don’t think people understand how much ‘For Black Girls With Issues’ means to me. This is my baby and I can’t wait to watch it grow!

Published by Mariah Eskridge

Hello I'm Mariah Eskridge and my goal is to encourage those who otherwise wouldn't have the support. I graduated from Illinois State University in May 2019 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Accounting. I've been faced with plenty of situations that I would've loved having someone that I can relate to.

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