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.

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…

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…