Americans Love Wine!

Bella Breakdown There are a few simple pleasures in life that seem to be enjoyed among many Americans, no matter where you come from or who you are. For example, snuggling into fresh sheets at night, enjoying happy hour with friends, going on a fancy date with one’s partner, or settling in to watch your favorite show. However, it seems as though there is one delectable treat that may stand above the rest of the simple pleasures we adults tend to enjoy: sipping a glass of wine after a long day. According to a survey taken of 2,000 Americans,...

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What You Eat Can Affect How You Feel

Bella Breakdown For a long time, vegetables were my enemy. I did not like to eat them because, well, I am ashamed to admit that I was picky. For me, meat, cheese, and carbs were the staples of my diet (yes, not unlike a high school male teenager… don’t judge me). Fortunately, I am rather athletic and I was able to make up for my lack of good diet with regular exercise. But last year, everything changed for me when I started to have dramatic mood swings and feel more sad and anxious than I had felt in a...

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Promote Brain Cell Growth

Bella Breakdown Contrary to popular belief, an old dog can learn new tricks. Science has now proven that your brain can continue to develop after the age of 25, and that growth can be increased by following a few easy rules. Daily rituals such as eating leafy greens, exercising, and getting enough sleep are givens when it comes helping your brain buddy stay strong. On the other hand, some lesser known practices may surprise you. For example, intermittent fasting and eating a piece of dark chocolate once a day can also lead to cerebral advancement. Check out the video...

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Soul Food: More Than Just Delicious

Bella Breakdown February was Black History Month, and with that comes the celebration of Soul Food in cities across America. Few can resist the southern comforts such as fried chicken, mac and cheese, fried okra, and hush puppies, to name a few delicious morsels that originated in the Black South. However, many people eat this food without understanding its complicated beginnings. Stories have been passed down among some black families in the United States regarding the origins of Soul Food. For example, some say that women who where slaves who did not want to work in fields would work...

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Eat This To Promote Healthy Skin

Bella Breakdown When we talk skin care many people think about the endless options of beauty products, but the true secret can lie on your plate. Eat these foods to improve your skin for a glowing, healthy look. If you love avocados then this is some good news for you. Eating avocados can help your body absorb skin-friendly vitamins. Chocolate (believe it or not) can help keep your skin looking flawless with properties that can help ease inflammation without the sugar content of milk chocolate. Eggs are also great for keeping your skin healthy, helping your body to produce...

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Forget Valentine’s Day, It’s All About Galentine’s Day

Bella Breakdown If you’re not feeling Valentine’s Day this year, get your best girlfriends together for Galentine’s Day. Here are a couple of ideas to celebrate love with your best gal pals. Getting a group together for dinner is a fun option, so everyone can go out without feeling left out in the sea of couples. Another creative idea is to do a fun group activity such as bowling or rock climbing for a fun change of pace. If you don’t want to go out for dinner then you can take a cooking class together so you can get...

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Get Over A Crush With These Pointers

Bella Breakdown Having a crush can lead to new-found love, or results in unrequited love. Getting over a crush can be hard, but these pointers can help you get over your crush. Unfollowing them on social media can help you to think of them less and is less likely for them to pop up on your feed. This will also help you to think about them less and focus on your friends more. If your crush lives near you or you see them out a lot, think of ways to avoid seeing them. This will give you the opportunity...

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The Only Recipes You Need For National Pizza Day

Bella Breakdown Forget Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite holidays is upon us. Yes, February 9th is National Pizza Day, and it’s time to start preparing your pizza feast. Gather your friends, break out the wine and settle in for a night of gourmet pizza. Now, the first thing to consider is the crust of course. Feel free to go store bought or homemade (see recipe below). If you are getting pre-made dough, I really like Trader Joe’s fresh dough! Pro tip: you can also go to your local pizzeria and ask to buy some dough. It’s usually around...

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