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.

Low-Carb Seafood Chowder with Sausage

As a Chicago native, there's nothing I love more than a bowl of hearty, hot stew or soup during winter months. While chowders are my soup of choice, they generally come with a whole lot of unnecessary carbs. Now, I generally don't shun…

Simple Ways to Enjoy Alcohol Without Gaining a Pound

Occasional drinking has clear health benefits. And, I'll be the first to admit that I enjoy my fair share of whiskey, beer, and wine. Problem is, drinking too much, too often can make it especially difficult to manage your weight (amongst…

The Purple Cookie High-Protein Smoothie

Whether you're constantly on the go or just looking to spice up your diet, smoothies generally make great meal replacements. When it comes to base ingredients, in addition to avocado and tofu, I often recommend including yogurt as a smoothie…

Perfect Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Muffins

Peanut butter is by far one of my favorite treats, as it's a naturally sweet and savory blend of protein and good fats, fiber and countless health-promoting micronutrients. In addition to it's flavor and overall nutritional quality, the versatility…

Turkey and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese

In case you didn't already know, bell peppers are extremely high on the list of nutrient-dense foods, supplying an abundance of vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting antioxidants that promote overall good health. They're also unbelievably…

What Is the Mediterranean Diet and Should You Try It?

If you know me personally or even follow me on social media, you've likely noticed that I eat my fair share of vegetables and fruits. I also eat a lot of nuts and seeds along with sizeable amounts of fish and seafood on a day-to-day basis. These…

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…

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…

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…

Simple Ways to Prepare Healthy Side Dishes for Holiday Meals

We all know that food tends to be 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, eating too much of these foods…

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

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

How Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Saved ME From Domestic Abuse

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. Motivated…

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"…

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…

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…

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…

Stress: A Culprit Behind Weight Gain, Belly Fat, and Chronic Disease

Are you frequently exposed to stress due to work or school, conflicts with family or friends, or even while sitting impatiently in a traffic jam? Although such situations may seem harmless, with prolonged and repeated exposures these simple…

Crazy Delicious and Healthy Main Course Ideas for the Easter Menu

Food is indeed a focal point of holiday celebrations and Easter is certainly no exception. And, as a health expert, lifestyle blogger and avid foodie, I'm always on the hunt for simple solutions that make healthier eating especially easy, effortless…

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…

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,…