Well Diva Wednesday – Alonia Jones, Destiny Diva – Destined to Love Again

Alonia JonesHey Divas!

This week I want to share with you my Spelman sister, Alonia Jones.

There are people all over the internet claiming to be life coaches, wanting to help you get your life together.  But Alonia is one I can say I have watched grow and create a life for herself that she can use as an example of how to manifest your own customized destiny fit for a Diva.

Alonia is known as the Destiny Diva, and as she puts it, she was “born to inspire”.

I chose to present Alonia to you this week because this week she is celebrating her 2nd wedding anniversary.  I remember a couple of years ago when her wedding pictures popped up in my Facebook newsfeed.  I thought “That’s strange… I thought she was already married”.  Needless to say I didn’t know any of the details, and didn’t ask, as it didn’t overly concern me.  So I clicked LIKE and kept it moving.  But then a couple of days ago I noticed a post about celebrating two years married, and something about reuniting with someone from 30 years ago.  That’s when I put it together.  This woman did what so many women fear. Continue reading “Well Diva Wednesday — Alonia Jones, Destiny Diva — Destined to Love Again” »

Welcome to Well Diva Wednesdays – First Up, Nicole Melton of Melton Digital

Nicole-Marie-Melton-DivaHey Divas!

Yesterday morning I came across a post on Erin Baynham’s facebook page, Scandalous Beauty.  I left my house all smiles after reading the testimony of this extra fly Diva, Nicole Melton.  Nicole tells her story of stepping out of the comfort zone, because, in case you didn’t know, that’s where the blessing is.  We can all use some inspiration at any given time, and I’m thankful to have come across Nicole’s story for me, and for you.

I have to admit my current project (transitioning from Soul Food Therapy to Well Diva Lifestyle) is a work in progress.  I knew I wanted to write a blog post on Wednesdays that had something to do with wellness.  But when I read Nicole’s story, I knew then I wanted to feature a Well Diva each Wednesday.  Yay!  Don’t you just love it??  BTW, my definition of a Well Diva is also a work in progress.  LOL!  But when a woman has a story that tells how she leaned on God for her next step and came out fabulous on the other side, who can deny that she is both doing Well AND a Diva?

I think Nicole’s story excited me so much because it reminds me of my life about 12 years ago.  That’s when I quit my job, packed up and moved from Atlanta to Oakland, 3 weeks later eloped, a year later had my beautiful daughter, all because I trusted Him.  Have you done something so daring because you knew it was God leading you?  I’d love to know about it, and I’m sure the Divas would too.  Share your story below.  You can read Nicole’s story here.

Oh, and Happy Well Diva Wednesday!


Well Diva Wellness Wednesdays and More at Well Diva Lifestyle

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If you haven’t noticed there are some changes going on here.  Sooner or later the new website will replace this one, and we will officially be located at welldiva.com.  Why the change?

1. I had the hardest time communicating the message of Soul Food Therapy when I wanted to cover so much more than food.

2.  I want to create a community of women who want to live well, eat well, and just overall be well.  I think the name Well Diva LIfestyle says that.

3.  I love soul food, but I love so many other foods, so maybe the name Soul Food Therapy was just too narrow.

Change is good, and it’s time for a change.  A few exciting things to come:

Well Diva Wednesdays – You’re already signed up here, so you can expect more regular posts about food and healthy eating, but also healthy thinking, spending, and whatever else I can pass along to you.

The Well Diva Guidebook – It’s coming along and I can’t wait to share it with you!  I can’t give too many details, but when you get it be sure to let me know what you think.

The Well Diva podcast – really excited about this collaboration with my cousin Zahra of The Natural Journey for Life.

The Well Diva Inner Circle – I’m actually in the very early planning stages of this so I’ll share more as it develops.

The Well Diva Retreat – That’s down the road but it will happen.  I’ll be sure to give plenty of notice.

That’s a lot so let me go get busy!  I’m grateful for each of you and would love your feedback on some of the plans in the works.  This is all for you, so feel free to let me know what you think!

Also, if you haven’t taken advantage of the free cleanse starting Monday, you may want to.  Almost 100 have signed up, so I know there are probably more of you out there.  Don’t miss this!  I’m not sure when I will run it again.  Sign up here and be a blessing to someone by sharing the link.

A Parasite Cleanse Saved My Life

9pineappleI have dealt with iron deficiency anemia for years.  Once my iron was so low (hemoglobin of 6, when 12 or higher was the goal) that I was supposed to go for a transfusion.  But instead my holistic diva mama jumped in and nursed me back to health with some high iron liver and onion doses daily for 3 weeks.  Yuck.  But it worked.  However, I stopped eating beef, especially liver, and my iron level started to creep back down.  I have traveled extensively to several countries, have eaten more than my fair share of sushi, and have had pets living in and out of the house.  All of these put me at risk for parasites.  I have never had one doctor even mention this as a possible reason for my chronic iron deficiency, and a host of other embarrassing symptoms that will only be discussed with my cleanse and detox clients.  But after discussing some of these symptoms with a nutrition and wellness colleague, it occurred to both of u that perhaps parasites could be causing me so many problems.

So I did it – I got mad as hell at the thought of something living off of me and giving me nothing but grief in return.  So I removed sweets except for a couple of fruits from my diet, all meat, and starch, and drank the nastiest concoction of herbal teas on the face of the earth – for 2 weeks.  And that’s when it all happened for me.  You may recall a while back when I lost a bunch of weight as a result of going gluten free, but I still had the kangaroo pouch and anemia.  Well that disappeared with the two week cleanse I did with an emphasis on getting rid of the freeloading parasitic bastards.

I will be discussing some of the symptoms nobody wants to talk about in a google hangout this weekend with some detoxing diva friends who have signed up for the chat.  Then we will do a free 14 day parasite cleanse together.  If you’d like to join us, sign up here.  I’m not charging a thing this time for the info I will share with you although I know the value of it, so it certainly won’t hurt to join us.10cayenne

Have you ever done or thought about doing a parasite cleanse?  Do you know the symptoms?  If so, share below.  And I’ll see you at the hangout.

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Minister Ginger London

I recently had the honor of speaking with Minister Ginger London of Ginger London Ministries.  What a great time I had chatting with her in celebration of Women’s History Month.  We mainly discussed being a woman entrepreneur, and the importance of taking care of the temple.  This was an awesome sister chat that I was truly blessed to have had the chance to be a part of.  I think maybe I value female connections so much because I grew up as the only girl, with two brothers who would lock their door when they heard me coming. LOL!  Anyway, the audio is here for your to enjoy, and share.

Overweight? You Might Have Food Allergies

As I shared a few days ago, I used to struggle with my weight.  But what I didn’t tell you is the weight was the least of my troubles.

A couple of years ago I started having chest pains, mainly upon awakening in the morning.  This was accompanied by nausea.  This went on pretty consistently for about a month.  I thought there was something wrong with my heart.

The pains became more frequent.  So I finally decided to see a doctor for an EKG. Continue reading “Overweight? You Might Have Food Allergies” »

Black Girls Eat Healthy Too!

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Just a little note to let you know about a great new venture – our new meetup group!  Yay! This is an opportunity for those of us in the SF Bay Area to get together and do some healthy fun activities together, like cooking classes, farmer’s market visits, restaurant reviews, and whatever you’d like to suggest. Join the meetup website, then join Green is the New Black – Black Girls Eat Veggies Too.  Our first outing will be this Saturday.  Once you sign up you’ll be notified of all upcoming events.  I look forward to living healthy with you!

Second Sunday’s with Crystal – Forgiving Yourself Begins Today

forgiveOne of the main reasons that we cannot prosper spiritually and emotionally is because we continue to abuse ourselves for the mistakes and errors in judgment we have made or the sins we have committed.  When we begin to follow Christ, our sins are forgiven.  We are a new creation.  (II Corinthians 5:17)  We still must deal with the consequences of our actions, but those consequences are separate from God’s forgiveness.

The adversary enjoys reminding us of the past.  The enemy reminds us of the people we hurt and the lies we told.  The consequences of our bad behavior must be addressed.  We must seek the forgiveness of those who suffered, directly and indirectly, because of our misdeeds.  Once we have sought that forgiveness, we must not wallow in the sins of the past.  When we fail to forgive ourselves, we help the adversary in the attacks.  We do damage to ourselves.  We cannot move forward with God’s blessings if we do not know God’s promises to us.  We cannot achieve prosperous living because we do not feel worthy of receiving God’s promises.

In Psalms 103:12, we know that “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”  With this scripture, we learn one of God’s many promises to us.  Our sins have been removed from us when we give our lives to God.  Our sins are erased from our lives when we repent and begin leading a life that pleases God.  When we start to believe that God has forgiven us completely, we can begin to forgive ourselves.  Forgiving ourselves is a vital part of the journey towards spiritual and emotional prosperity.  We cannot reach our destination without forgiving ourselves.  Start this process today and encourage others to do the same.  Be blessed as you increase your focus on your spiritual and emotional health. Remain encouraged.

Second Sunday’s with Crystal are posts written by Crystal Cochren of www.myfaithandfitness.com.

Whole Foods Market Oakland has a brand new Wellness Club!

In case you haven’t heard, Whole Foods Market in Oakland has a brand new wellness club!  

Courtesy of Michael Jefferies, Whole Foods Wellness Club Lecturer

One of only five wellness clubs, Whole Foods Market Oakland opened it’s wellness club a couple of weeks ago, offering cooking classes, yoga, and more! Continue reading “Whole Foods Market Oakland has a brand new Wellness Club!” »