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Beautiful songstress and phenomenal vocalist – Tamia
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For the love-starved man who craves the warmth of a good woman, Tamia's songs ignite flames of hope that romance and love still exists.  Songs like "The Way I Love You", "Too Grown For That" and "Can't Get Enough Of You" and “Beautiful Surprise” fuse Tamia's sinfully smothering vocal abilities with Darkchild's signature bounce to every beat.  Don’t forget the woman’s anthem of 2007, that you can hear coming out of every house window and car stereo, “Me” from Tamia's album Between Friends and the recently release, “Give Me You” from her current album Beautiful Surprise.

Between Friends is an R&B guide to the beauty and dynamics of relationships. Mixing the writing styles of Shep Crawford, the producing finesse of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and singer and songwriter, Tamia's maturity as an artist, you will find imagination and fluidity resonate throughout the entire album.

With the release of Tamia's fifth studio album Beautiful Surprise, the singer aurally explores various genres of music, blending her special passion with each style and making them her own.

The Beautiful Surprise

Recording Beautiful Surprise in various cities including Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the multi-talented artist also co-wrote much of the material and serves as executive producer on the project.

Having recruited two-time Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck without You”) as her co-executive producer on Beautiful Surprise, the two worked hard to create a project that is as diverse as it is soulful. “There was a great chemistry between the two of us which made going into the studio a pleasure,” Tamia says.

At the 2013 GRAMMY Awards, Tamia was nominated for two Awards: Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album. The is the FIRST time a Canadian has been nominated in the Best R&B category.

Stepping towards success

Tamia continues to do it all: being a supportive wife to husband NBA star Grant Hill, mother of Myla Grace and Lael.

Investing her own money, without waiting for anyone to propose a new album, Tamia created her very own record label, Plus One Music Group. Tamia has finally been able to make music she wants to create and represent the “real” Tamia. She has involved herself in every aspect of this project, putting forth an album that truly is personal and soulful.

"I'm always going to be that little 6 year-old singing into her brush with her mom yelling, "Tamia, please stop!" Music is just a part of me and everything I do, every step that I take.

“I am still thankful and amazed because I still see myself as that little girl with a brush.”

Tamia's big break came when she was featured on Quincy Jones’ Q’s Jook Joint album, with her own solo effort following a few years later.  During that time frame, this previously unknown singing sensation received three Grammy nominations: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "You've Put A Move On My Heart;" Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocal for "Slow Jams," which she performed with Babyface and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for her work with Brandy, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan on the single "Missing You" from the Set It Off soundtrack. To top it all off, the amazing Tamia was also nominated for her fourth Grammy in 1999 for her duet with Eric Benet, the #1, "Spend My Life With You." 

In 2005, Tamia traveled with a full band to South Africa to perform. "It was amazing from the start to finish.  "It made everything so much more fun; we went to do a 45-minute show, but ended up doing almost two hours. I had a band that loved to play and we just went over there to have one big jam session.

To date, Between Friends has sold more than 600,000 units worldwide and Beautiful Surprise was a success at radio and climbed to #3 on the Billboard charts.

Tamia continues to tour to promote her album and on September 2013, she co-headlined the “Single Ladies” tour with R. Kelly and sold out 23 cities across the U.S. Beginning June 2013, Tamia will headline her Beautiful Surprise tour and travel to New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago, Baltimore, Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia and the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

For Tamia, the future remains a mystery but the best is yet to come.

Artist. Ambassador. Friend.

Tamia is an ambassador for the VH1 Save the Music program, a celebrity friend to the Ronald McDonald House, a board member to Prevent Child Abuse America and also works with the following charities: Habitat for Humanity, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) awareness in Canada, as well as touring an African American art collection around the U.S. Tamia and Grant Hill Foundation. Tamia and Grant were honored this year at the McDonald’s 360 Awards and at Russell Simmons’ “Art for Life” Annual Gala in the Hamptons.

Tamia is currently in the studio working on her sixth album.

Source: Official Website


Healthy Foods That Reduce Stress and Depression Tags: healthy foods reduce stress depression mental wellness word life production feature blog

Rethink your comfort foods

What makes a food calming? Too often, a client will wave me off when I bring up this topic and say, "Oh, Keri, all foods are calming foods. Whenever I'm eating, I feel better." But there's a huge difference between tapping into a food's inherently calming properties and using any food as a kind of emotional anesthesia. That kind of eating may buy you a temporary sense of calm, but it's a quick fix that wears off way too fast. And where does it usually leave you? Weighing more than you'd like and muttering at yourself, "Yuck, how could I have eaten all that?"

Stressful events—and they don't even have to be big, just the daily hassles of life—cause our cortisol levels to rise. Cortisol causes food cravings, and in women those cravings tend to be strongest for carbs, especially sweet foods, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. The more of them we eat, the worse our mood gets. As if that weren't bad enough, the cortisol then makes more trouble for us, triggering an enzyme in our fat cells (it converts cortisone to more cortisol). Since our visceral fat cells (the ones in our abdomen, packed around our vital organs) have more of these enzymes than the subcutaneous fat cells (the fat on our thighs and butts, for example), stress causes many women to accumulate more belly fat. The more stress, the more this abdominal, or central, obesity occurs. Some research has found that these belly fat cells, which have been linked to a greater risk for heart disease and diabetes, have four times as many cortisol receptors as regular fat cells.

So when I talk about calming foods, I don't mean so-called comfort foods. I mean meals and snacks that will truly soothe and calm you. Whether it's because of the specific nutrients they provide or the steady, reliable source of energy they give you, they'll get you through the day feeling focused, even, and balanced—so you'll have the ability to conquer anything.

Adapted from the Slim Calm Sexy Diet


I know, these slender stalks are known to make your urine smell funny. But they are high in folate, which is essential for keeping your cool. I like them steamed, then added to salads. I also love them broiled until crisp. Go ahead and eat as many as you'd like.


These creamy fruits stress-proof your body. Rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage, avocados also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. A single serving (about one-quarter of an avocado) has plenty of B vitamins, too. Remember, this may technically be a fruit, but I count it as a fat, so use portion control. Thin sliced on sandwiches, it adds a whole new layer of flavor.


Blueberries have some of the highest levels of an antioxidant known as anthocyanin, and they've been linked to all kinds of positive health outcomes, including sharper cognition. But all berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress. German researchers tested this by asking 120 people to give a speech, then do hard math problems. Those who had been given vitamin C had lower blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol after the stressfest. Substitute berries for any other fruits on the plan whenever you want. I like to nibble on them frozen, too.


I love all nuts. They're great snacks, and because they are crunchy and a little salty, they cure many cravings. For those trying to lose weight, they're such a potently satisfying combo of protein and fat that it's hard for me not to recommend them at every single meal. (You do have to watch portion size though, since they are high in calories.) Cashews are an especially good source of zinc—a 1-ounce serving has 11 percent of your RDA. Low levels of zinc have been linked to both anxiety and depression. Since our bodies have no way of storing zinc, it's important to get some every day. Trade cashews for other nuts on the plan when you're in the mood. Coarsely chop a handful and toss them into a chicken stir-fry.

 Chamomile tea

This is probably one of the most recommended bedtime soothers around. I've always loved it because the flowers are so pretty, like tiny daisies. But now there's more evidence than ever that chamomile calms. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania tested chamomile supplements on 57 participants with generalized anxiety disorder for 8 weeks, and found it led to a significant drop in anxiety symptoms. Of course, I'd much prefer you drink it in tea form—that way, you'll get the warm, wonderfully calming feeling of holding a mug of tea as you sit in a quiet spot before bed. And yes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there is some evidence that, in addition to calming nerves, chamomile promotes sleep. Just pour a cup of boiling water over 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons of the dried flowers (you can buy chamomile either loose or in tea bags at health food stores) and steep for 10 minutes. Try having a cup every night: Turn off the TV, the computer, and your phone, and settle down for a peaceful end to the day. It's nice iced, too.


Besides the healthy antioxidants in this treat, which push chocolate to the top of most heart-healthy food lists, it has an undeniable link to mood. A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine reports that both women and men eat more chocolate as depressive symptoms increase. Of course, we've all been there, polishing off an entire package of chocolate after a bad day. But there's evidence that, in moderation, chocolate does actually make you feel better.

Dark chocolate, in particular, is known to lower blood pressure, adding to a feeling of calm. It contains more polyphenols and flavonols—two important types of antioxidants—than some fruit juices. You can safely allow yourself dark chocolate as a snack once a week, or as a conscious indulgence, and still stay on track with your weight loss results. I always keep a few squares in my bag.


Like many plants, garlic is jam-packed with powerful antioxidants. These chemicals neutralize free radicals (particles that damage our cells, cause diseases, and encourage aging) and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage the free radicals cause over time. Among the compounds in garlic is allicin, which has been linked to fending off heart disease, cancer, and even the common cold. Because stress weakens our immune system, we need friends like garlic, which can toughen it back up. As long as you saute it in broth, not oil, you can add it liberally to all the meals on the plan.

Grass-fed beef

Grass-fed beef is not only better for the planet, it's also better for people. It has more antioxidants—including vitamins C and E and beta-carotene—than grain-fed beef, and doesn't have added hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs. And while it's lower in fat overall, it's about two to four times higher in omega-3s. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that healthy volunteers who ate grass-fed meat increased their blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and decreased their levels of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. These changes have been linked with a lower risk of a host of disorders, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, and inflammatory disease. Grass-fed beef is pricey but well worth the occasional splurge. (If you're really gung-ho on the concept, check out local sources for "cowpooling," where you go in with others on shares of grass-fed cattle.)

Green Tea

While it does contain caffeine, green tea also has an amino acid called theanine. Researchers at the University of Illinois say that in addition to protecting against some types of cancer, this slimming food is a brain booster as well, enhancing mental performance. Drink two cups each day.


Talk about comfort food! A complex carbohydrate, oatmeal causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Not only does serotonin have antioxidant properties, it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress. Studies have shown that kids who eat oatmeal for breakfast stay sharper throughout the morning. And beta-glucan, the type of soluble fiber found in oatmeal, has been shown to promote greater satiety scores than other whole grains. Make a batch of the steel-cut variety on the weekend, store it in the fridge, and microwave it on busy mornings. It keeps beautifully, and in fact, that's how restaurants often prepare it.


Another vitamin C powerhouse, oranges have the added benefit of being totally portable. That tough skin keeps them protected while they're bouncing around in your purse or backpack, meaning you can tote them anywhere. Experiment with all the varieties—clementines, tangelos, mineolas.


The sweet flavor of walnuts is so pleasant, and it's nice to know they've been proven to provide a bit of a cognitive edge. They contain alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid, and other polyphenols that have been shown to help prevent memory loss. Researchers at Tufts University found that animals that ingested walnuts even reversed some signs of brain aging. To bring out their flavor, I toast them for 10 minutes, then chop them and add them to salads. (Check out these 3 Heart-Healthy Walnut Recipes.)


And you thought oysters were only good as aphrodisiacs! They belong here, too, because they're the Godzilla of zinc: Six oysters, which is what you'd typically be served in a restaurant as an appetizer, have more than half the RDA for this important mineral. I think they're best served on ice with nothing but a lemon wedge.

Published May 2012, Prevention

By Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN




Stress Related Issues Misdiagnosed Tags: stress related issues misdiagnosed word life production news



 Stress puts a toll on your body. When a person becomes stressed, the brain signals a release of adrenalin and cortical.These are hormones that boost our blood sugar and oxygen levels, push more blood to the brain, and the result is increased alertness. The average "adrenalin rush" experienced while in traffic supplies enough glucose to keep you running for a mile.

In the short termstress suppresses the immune system, increasing the risk of infections; slows down the body's rate of repair; slows down the metabolism; robs the body of vital nutrients. And the symptoms can be: recurrent headaches; vague aches and pains; dizziness; heartburn; muscle tension; dry mouth; excessive perspiration; pounding heart; insomnia; fatigue.

Medium term,as we become more and more stressed out, our body begins to adapt to the high level of stress hormones. As a result we feel increasingly anxious, fatigued and prone to mood swings.

Long-term stress: promotes rapid ageing; leads to weight gain or loss; increases the risk of developing osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and digestive problems.

When we find ourselves stuck in the stress response and it is chronic, we become exhausted and depleted of vitamins and minerals. Our energy plummets and our body’s ability to produce adrenalin decreases. Consequently our emotions take a dive and we may experience anxiety, fear, restlessness, irritability, anger, and depression. There is only one problem that lies between those factors.  Patients are often misdiagnosed because many doctors are unaware of the stress related issues, but are very aware of the symptoms that can be caused by so many other things.  As an end result they prescribed medications that suppresses the body’s conditions, but further puts the body in more danger.  If you would like to learn more about prescription medications or know someone that are addicted, please visit www.hopeby thesea.com. If you would like to learn more about stress and the effects that it has on your body, please visit www.medicinenet.com

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