Entries by Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

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.

Holiday Weight Gain: Eating Too Much, Doing Too Little or Stressed Out?

The holiday season is a popular time for binge eating and drinking, which oftentimes leads to unwanted weight gain. No surprise there. But, overeating and over-drinking aren’t always the culprits, as numerous other factors like physical inactivity and otherwise sedentary behaviors (more sitting and lying down) also play major roles. Still, of all the factors that […]

Six Leafy Greens That Taste Better Than Romaine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently warned Americans to stay away from all Romaine lettuce due to its potential contamination with a form of E. coli previously linked to a multi-state outbreak of foodborne illness. Though they’ve since scaled back, saying that certain Romaine lettuce is […]

Five Lifestyle Habits That Can Help 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 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes, a largely preventable condition in which inadequate carbohydrate metabolism results in chronically high blood glucose (sugar) levels (hyperglycemia).

Five Tips For Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

With all the freshly baked cookies, cakes, and pies surrounding you during the holiday season it’s probably not the best time of the year to start a rigorous weight loss program. But, there’s absolutely no reason why you have to pack on any extra pounds. In order to manage your body weight during the holidays, some […]

Food, Nutrition and Weight Loss: Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions

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 […]

Veggie-Packed Turkey Chili

For many, fall is the season for pumpkin spice-flavored everything. For me, the fall season is all about the chili! In addition to being the perfect cool-to-cold-weather comfort food, when prepared with the right ingredients, chili can also be the ultimate superfood. Not convinced? Take a stab at my veggie-packed turkey chili recipe and see what […]

Did You Get the Memo? Dietary Cholesterol Is All Good!

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, […]

Are You Cheating Your Health for 10,000 Steps?

For years, the pedometer has enjoyed widespread popularity amid health, fitness and wellness entities and enthusiasts due to its low cost, relative ease of use, straightforward feedback, and clear-cut message to users: “10,000 steps a day” for good health. Moreover, the advent of the pedometer has undoubtedly raised people’s awareness on the importance of walking for […]

Five Surprisingly Nutritious Post-Workout Drinks

If you regularly engage in intense exercise training, it’s important to pay close attention to what you consume after your workouts. This holds especially true for workouts lasting longer than an hour, as there arises a need to replenish the water, carbohydrates and electrolytes lost during prolonged physical activity.

A Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting: What It Is and Why It Works

Chances are you’ve heard of intermittent fasting, as it’s an emerging health and fitness trend that’s garnering quite a lot of attention these days. In case you aren’t familiar with the concept, “intermittent fasting” is essentially an umbrella term referring to any dietary regimen that involves “intermittent” cycling between periods of fasting and eating (“feasting”).