Entries by Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

Good Versus Bad Fats: What You Need to Know

Health enthusiasts and weight loss seekers have a tendency to shun fatty foods due to their relatively high calorie counts. This is one of the reasons why “fat-free” foods are such a hot commodity in the health food industry and weight loss market. But contrary to popular belief, in spite of the relatively high calorie content […]

Six Leafy Greens That Taste Better Than Romaine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have once again warned Americans to stay away from romaine lettuce due to its potential contamination with E. coli. This time around the warning specifically includes all types of romaine harvested from California such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, […]

Easy Ways to Make Healthier Holiday Sides

We all know that food is a focal point of holiday celebrations. And, high-calorie, carb-rich side dishes are without doubt main staples in virtually every household. But, if you’re watching your weight, trying to cut back on sugar, or even just trying to make healthy choices, eating too much of these foods can certainly be […]

Simple Habits That Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Over 450 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number that’s projected to double within the next three decades. Remarkably, 90-95% of people with diabetes have the form known as type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, a largely preventable condition in which inadequate carbohydrate metabolism results in chronically high blood glucose (sugar) levels (hyperglycemia).

Are You Drinking Smoothies or Sugar Bombs?

A while back I met with a longtime client who was extremely excited about her new hobby, making “healthy” smoothies. For the sake of privacy, I’ll call her Karen. Over the course of my consulting with Karen, she’d successfully lost weight and lowered both her blood pressure and cholesterol levels—so much so that she was able to reduce her use of medications. […]

Are Cheat Days Good or Bad for Your Diet?

Time and time again I’ve seen fitness gurus and weight loss enthusiasts proudly posting images depicting tons of unhealthy foods on various social media platforms during their so-called “cheat days”. You too may have ascribed to occasional cheat days and even posted a few images yourself. This is not surprising as some of the more […]

Red Meat: Friend or Foe to Your Health?

Red meat has hit the headlines once again with controversial new guidelines suggesting there’s no longer a need to cut back on it. Needless to say, this has caused a massive uproar among leading health and nutrition scientists and experts, and, at the same time, created more confusion amongst the general public.

How Stress Almost Wrecked My Life

You can eat kale and quinoa every day, and even have the perfect workout routine, but if you’re constantly under stress and doing little to manage it, you’re still putting your health at risk. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience.

12 Foods that Speed Up Recovery After Surgery

Successful recovery from any surgery is highly contingent on the body’s ability to control inflammation. This is a normal response and is essentially the body’s chief defense mechanism. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and generally include swelling, pain, and loss of function. In spite of these undesirable effects, the inflammatory response must be […]

How Performing Too Many Sit-Ups and Leg Raises Can Be Bad For You

Many people spend large chunks of their valuable workout time repeatedly performing trunk-flexing exercises like sit ups and leg raises in an effort to develop sexy, flat abdominal muscles. Generally speaking, these are the superficial muscles that people can see like the rectus abdominis (“six pack”) and obliques (those “hands-in-pockets” looking muscles underneath the love handles).