Entries by Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

Get Fit at Home Without Working Out

Many people don’t like gyms. Honestly, after years and years of being an unapologetic gym rat, I’ve personally crossed over to a point that over 80% of my workouts are performed either outdoors or at home using my own personal exercise equipment (free weights, an elliptical trainer, and a stationary bicycle).

5 Reasons to Enjoy a Piece of Chocolate Today

Chocolate is one of the most popular and sought after indulgences worldwide. In addition to being a valuable source of essential micronutrients like iron and magnesium, chocolate contains powerful all-natural chemicals that prevent disease and promote overall good health. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t feel an ounce of guilt when treating yourself to […]

The Truth about Dietary Cholesterol

Whenever I post pictures of meats, eggs or cheese, there is almost always at least one question or comment about the high cholesterol content of these foods. That’s probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of these foods. Indeed, such foods have long been viewed as dietary bogeymen of sorts, […]

Nutrition and Weight Loss: Debunking the Myths

These days, it seems like there’s always some new “magic bullet” or weight loss secret everybody’s talking about. This holds especially true when it comes to food and nutrition practices. Whether be it diets involving severe calorie restriction, very low-carbohydrate eating or excessive detoxing and cleansing, just about everything has in some way been endorsed […]

Is the Ketogenic Diet Worth Trying?

If you’re a fitness enthusiast, weight loss seeker or general health information consumer, you’ve likely heard of the ketogenic (keto) diet. You’ve probably also heard some amazing success stories where people have lost in excess of 1-2 pounds a day while following this particular diet.

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.