#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Diksha Gautham

“The weight room is so intimidating for women and it’s labeled as a “bro section.” A lot of women don’t know where to start and there is a high barrier for entry for a lot of women.”

#NotOvaryacting: 10 Quick and Easy Tips for the Best Health ‘Down There’

No one cares if your mother or aunt powdered her vagina with Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder every day for the past 30 years and is doing fine. This stuff is just bad for you in general. As mentioned before, your vagina is self-cleaning.

The Art of Contentment: Live as You, Forget Others, and Be Happy

I realized that the more I burden myself with the thoughts of others, I will forget that I have thoughts of my own. In an instant, I decided to let go. Let go of the expectations of my peers. Let go of the expectations of my family. Let go of the expectations of other people.

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Punita Mangat

“Fitness was very restricted and frowned upon in my household. When I went through some tough personal times, I found fitness as an outlet. When I hit rock bottom, I realized the only way to go is up.”

Don’t Overlook Your Oral Health: 5 Simple Tips for Improvement

In our South Asian culture, this aspect of health is just not given as much importance as the rest of the body. The mouth is a gateway to the body and infection there can spread to other parts of the body!

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Push to Raise Awareness and Research about South Asian Heart Health

A few years ago, one of my cousins died from a heart attack at age 29. Unfortunately, this is a common phenomenon, with South Asians having the highest death rate from heart disease compared to other ethnic groups.

#BGSpeaksUp: Twitter Chat Sparks an Important Conversation on South Asian Mental Health

The narrative surrounding mental health in South Asian countries is negative at best – and more often nonexistent. As children of those who immigrated from these countries (or immigrants ourselves) we often don’t know how to approach our mental health, or that mental health is even something to consider.

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Sheena Patel

“You’ll start to see life unfold in a different, yet beautiful way when you take control of your mental health and physical health. I believe everyone should do what they love to live the happiest life they can live.”

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Kriti Shastry

“Fitness goals do not have an expiry date; it truly is a lifestyle. So find an activity that you love and follow a diet that suits your lifestyle – this is the only way you will succeed and be happy! Be the best version of yourself.”

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Netania Naik

“Trust the process. People tend to get discouraged from not seeing results in a timely manner, but everyone’s body is different and everyone reacts differently to different exercises and foods. KEEP GOING.”

Dear Brown Girls Who Were Bullied: Here are Five Things to Know

Remind yourself that your bullies’ comments on how you look have no validity to them. Remember that Priyanka Chopra and Nina Davuluri are examples of attractive and successful Indian women who still got bullied.

Closed Doors: 5 Truths I Wish I Could Tell My Parents

I think what parents don’t understand is that we are hungry. But not just for food, necessarily. We’re hungry for positivity. We’re hungry for understanding. We’re hungry for things that can’t physically be fed to us.

Poem: ‘A Hope to Bloom’

I told you I would be fine. And you lost all hope,
As I lay comatose.

Gasping for life, on my death bed, numb, cold,
As dead as a doornail.
I did appear in your dreams, didn’t I?

Honoring National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by Opening Up About Mental Health

The sad demise of US rock star, Chester Bennington, who chose to leave the earth plane in July, still lingers on my mind. A victim of child sexual abuse at 7 years old to a supposed male friend, 10 years his senior. He was afraid to ask for help in case he was deemed as gay or lying. He wasn’t South Asian or a descendant, yet subject to the same taboos that are still deeply ingrained in our culture.

A Menstruation Story: The First Time I Noticed Down There

It all started with a t-shirt. Summer was approaching; clothing was becoming tighter and my t-shirts were clinging to my “budding breasts” as the doctor referred to them.

A letter to my Best Friend Who Committed Suicide

And, it’s worse suffering from a mental illness like depression, if you’re a man. After all, men must not cry. They must not complain.

‘When Did I Become Your Punching Bag?’: The Unspoken Truth of Domestic Violence

I don’t really remember where it all started. Maybe it was when we were arguing that one cold November night. My memory plays games; at times I can feel the winds, hear the hollowness of the winter that resembles but other times, it’s as if someone put snow over my memory like a blanket. That night you got so upset you slammed your own fist down on our dining table.

5 Toxic ‘Good Health’ Habits to Recognize and Change

Yes, it may seem healthy to create goals for yourself, but when you start to look in the mirror, self-loathe, and wish you looked like someone else, there is a real, underlying problem.

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: How You Can Help

Myth: Once a person decides to take their life, there is nothing you can do to stop them. Reality: This is not true. Suicidal thoughts are abnormal and they change constantly.

#NotOvaryActing: My Awkward First Time at the Gyno

I felt like everyone’s eyes were on me. I felt like they could tell I was having problems in my vagina and were judging me for it. I felt ashamed.