Ready to achieve optimal wellness? Here you will find simple strategies, ideas and tips that’ll help you build healthier habits, stress less and start living a more balanced life.

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…

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…

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…

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…

10 Tips for Keeping You and Your Family Healthy During the Holidays

The start of November marks the beginning of the holiday season. And, I'm sure you already know that holidays and social eating go hand in hand. Problem is, with all the rich foods and sweet indulgences that surround families during holiday…

Breast Cancer in Women: Healthy Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention and Survival

Women often ask me what kinds of foods they should eat or what types of exercises they should do to prevent breast cancer. Not at all surprising, as breast cancer is the most feared cancer among women. Indeed, 1 in 8 will be diagnosed in her…

How Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Saved ME From Domestic Abuse

Quite a number of years back, one of my Facebook followers asked me to discuss some ways in which exercise, good nutrition and other healthy lifestyle behaviors could potentially play a role in inspiring people to leave domestic violence situations.…

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,…

The Unexpected Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee Every Day

While often labeled as a "bad" habit, coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world. I've personally been an avid coffee drinker for decades, typically starting most days with 1-2 cups and sometimes enjoying an additional…

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…

BMI Isn't the Best Measure of Obesity or Health: So Why Are We Still Using It?

Wonder why you're getting on the scale at every single doctor's office visit? Whether for a routine medical exam or a general sick visit, your body weight is almost always one of the first things measured. This measurement is sure to be followed…

Three Simple Hacks for a Healthier Labor Day Weekend

It's Labor Day weekend—The official last holiday weekend of the summer season! For many, it'll also be among the last of epic barbecue and grilling marathon days this year. Believe it or not, I generally suggest giving yourself permission…

The Freshmen 15: Simple Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight

With every passing year, a new pool of incoming college freshmen are faced with the sudden risk of double-digit weight gain commonly known as the "freshmen 15". While some folks call it fiction, the fact of the matter is that many students do…

Simple Tips for Packing a Healthy Lunch Your Kids Will Eat

"How can I pack a healthy lunchbox for my kids with foods they'll actually eat?" This is by far one of the most common questions I get asked by parents, especially those with really picky eaters. In many cases, getting a child to eat healthy…

Why Water is More Important Than Food

Water is perhaps the most overlooked yet most essential nutrient in a healthy, balanced diet, as nearly every cell, tissue and organ system depends on it. While water doesn't supply the body with energy in the form of calories, the body's actual…

Your Ultimate Guide to Making Incredibly Nutritious and Super Delicious Smoothies

Whether you're constantly on the go or just looking to spice up your diet, smoothies make great meal replacements! But, how do you create the perfect blend? In some cases, your smoothies might be too bitter or tart. In other cases, they might…

Chicken and Kale Street-Style Tacos

I've always been a fan of tacos. From soft to hard shell, traditional to creative, meat-filled to meatless, I've tried just about every type of taco there is. Authentic "street tacos" are my personal favorite, though you generally won't find…

Three Simple Tips for Living Healthy in the Summer

With the summertime here and in full effect I hope you're sticking with your New Year's resolutions to stay healthy and physically fit. Given that the summer is a season of vacations, picnics, cookouts, happy hour, pizza by the slice, ice cream,…

Unbelievably Delicious Ways to Build a Healthy Salad

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me "I can't go on a diet because I hate salads" I'd be a very wealthy woman! Indeed, salads are among the most common go-to dieting foods for people who are trying to lose weight or even maintain…

What Every Woman Should Know Before Taking a Multivitamin

As a healthy lifestyle expert and consultant, avid athlete, wife and mother, I'm always on the hunt for practical and affordable health-promoting products that make it easier for women to live well by putting their wellbeing at the forefront…