Entries by Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

Why I Preach Moderation as Opposed to Elimination for Good Health

Nowadays, so many foods have been dismissed and put on the hypothetical ‘Do Not Eat List’ list—Almost to the point that many people feel as though there’s nothing left to eat. And, I’m not talking about the laundry list of stereotypically unhealthy foods (white flour, rice and breads, candies, pastries, desserts, sugary cereals, processed meats, junk foods, and soft drinks) either.

How to Work Out Without Losing Weight

Many years ago I exercised for the sole purpose of losing weight and ultimately maintaining a killer physique. Sure, doing so also made me feel strong, energized and completely unstoppable, but in the end, it was all about the build. You see, I had conquered obesity before and was determined to never go there again.

Six Quick and Convenient Foods to Fuel Your Outdoor Runs

Second only to walking, running is indeed the most popular form of exercise worldwide. But, it’s also among the most intense. This holds especially true for outdoor running. Due to its intense nature, if you regularly run outdoors it’s important that you’re properly fueling your body with the right foods. Ideally, any foods you consume […]

Spring Into Action With Three Healthy Tips

Well, it’s officially spring! How are those health-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Have you reduced the amount of sugar in your diet? Have you cut back on fast food? Hopefully, your goals weren’t so lofty that reality has set in and forced you to abandon them. If this is the case, […]

How Malnutrition Drives Food Cravings and Fuels Weight Gain

There’s a very fine line between maintaining a healthy body weight and being malnourished. Truth is, in this day in age when thin is in, a lot of people are simply starving themselves. They are cutting calories too much, eating too little, and, ultimately, depriving their bodies of health-promoting nutrients—All in an effort to maintain […]

Be Responsible: An Argument for Self-Care

I’ve never been shy about voicing my opinions about conventional healthcare, especially when it comes to shortcomings in preventive care quality. If you aren’t familiar with the term, “preventive care” essentially refers to any form of healthcare specifically aimed at ‘preventing’ chronic diseases and serious illnesses.

How Consumer Wearables Can Change the Way People Behave

With widespread promotion of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors, new breeds of fitness trackers, health apps and other self-monitoring options are hitting the consumer market every day. Wearable devices (“wearables”)  like pedometers, accelerometers, heart rate sensors, blood pressure monitors, and all-inclusive smartwatches are among the most common.

How to Perform Cardio Exercise the Right Way

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage your body weight, better your health, and improve your overall fitness levels. In fact, as little as 30-45 minutes of daily cardio can help stave off unwanted weight gain and substantially lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and countless other […]

The Real Nitty-Gritty on Whole Grain Foods

With the widespread popularity of low-carb diets, a lot of high-quality foods have been unfairly demonized. This holds especially true for whole grain foods. Don’t be misled by all the hype, as whole grains are rich in quite a lot of nutrients. Whether you choose quinoa or brown rice, oatmeal or whole wheat breads, they’re […]

Seven Effective Strategies for Naturally Managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition among women between the ages of 12 and 45. Classic symptoms of PCOS include weight gain, insulin resistance leading to high blood sugar, hormonal imbalances (elevated testosterone), menstrual abnormalities, and infertility. For years, I’ve been advocating structured exercise training with strategic eating for many women with PCOS and […]

Three Simple Hacks for a Healthier Labor Day Weekend

It’s Labor Day weekend. The last holiday of the summer season has finally arrived! Believe it or not, I generally suggest giving yourself permission to eat a little more during the holidays. This type of flexibility represents a realistic approach towards a healthy lifestyle. But, I also recommend eating sensibly. This starts by simply being cognizant of what and how much you […]

The Skinny on Being Fat

Think having a “normal” body weight equates to being healthy? If your answer is yes, you’re sadly mistaken. Unfortunately, when it comes to measuring health, many rely solely on the scale. While the scale reading generally provides a quick glimpse into your risk for obesity, your body weight alone is a very poor measure of […]