8 Black-Owned Wellness Brands You Need to Know
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Mental Health and Wellness.” So, in honor of that, we’re giving you 8 resources that will help you on your wellness journey.
Restaurants & Juice Bars:
Drink Mamey – Portland, OR
Cydnie Smith-McCarthy created Drink Mamey after her father passed away from health problems in 2018. While seeking medical help, her father’s health was constantly dismissed as heartburn or fatigue. The Black community doesn’t receive the same care and attention, and therefore our lives are at risk. Smith-McCarthy is not only creating a brand to help us be healthier humans, but she’s also advocating for better medical treatment for Black people.
Tye’s Tasteful Plateful – Indianapolis, IN
Meal-prepped to perfection, Tye’s Tasteful Plateful gives you Caribbean-inspired meals that are under 500 calories. Their meals vary from vegan to keto to protein pancakes. Plus, you can use their weekly meal preps if you need tasty food on the go!
Best of Both Souls – Charlotte, NC
Alright, alright. This isn’t “healthy” per se, but I can’t pass up on a vegan/vegetarian restaurant whose dishes don’t look or taste vegan! Best of Both Souls is a black woman-owned restaurant that brings the flavor to vegan and vegetarian foods. They have items like Nashville hot chick’n sandwiches and smash burgers. And if you have a sweet tooth, you have to try their ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookies!
Charlotte FIT – Charlotte, NC
“Clear your mind of ‘can’t'”
This Black woman-owned business strives to create workout routines fit for anyone’s fitness goals. All three personal trainers are well certified and use behavioral techniques to help you associate fitness with positive emotions.
MAUSA Health & Fitness Center – Brooklyn, NY
If lifting weights is not your forte, check out this martial arts center located in New York City. They teach jiu-jitsu for children and adults and practice other arts like kickboxing and aikido. Plus, MAUSA has self-defense courses. And don’t be afraid to learn martial arts because their courses are fit for anyone.
Kukuwa Fitness – Online
Online fitness classes are a godsend. So, if you’re interested in them, check out Kukuwa Fitness, an African dance program. Join them in a fun and energetic way to move your body and tackle your fitness goals.
Therapy & Mental Help:
Everyone needs someone to talk to. But, it’s not always that easy. So, it’s always a good idea to seek professional help. These companies help Black individuals who want to better themselves but don’t know how to do it.
Therapy for Black Girls – Decatur, GA
Therapy for Black Girls is an online community catered for Black women and girls. Even though the location is in Georgia, you can still use their “Seek a Therapist” section to find a therapist close to you. Video sessions are also available.
Therapy for Black Men – New York, NY
Therapist Vladimire Calixte noticed that a lot of men of color she was working with have a false image of what it means to be a man. Unfortunately, most men are taught to suppress their emotions. Well, Calixte doesn’t believe in this, and that’s why she created a site dedicated to men and mental help. Similarly to Therapy for Black Girls, you can search for a therapist, a coach, or any other resources to help you through your journey.
Even though this month showcases Black individuals, all members in the BIPOC community should express mindfulness and take care of themselves all year long.
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