Trying to live well? Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin features simple lifestyle hacks, tips and ideas for everyday women looking to get healthy and achieve optimal wellness.

Causes of Low Back Pain: Can Exercise Help?

If you regularly experience pain in your lower back, you're certainly not alone. A large percentage of people experience low back pain and its onset tends to increase with age. There are two types of low back pain: Acute and chronic. Acute…
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The DASH Pyramid

I've been advocating healthy eating for over 15 years and the DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) eating plan still remains to be among only a few that I've ever endorsed.  This plan was originally developed to protect against…

Garlic and Thyme Sautéed Shrimp

While often shunned due to their relatively high levels of cholesterol, shrimp are inherently nutritious and incredibly beneficial for your health. Here's a quick and easy recipe for shrimp that pairs well with a salad, pasta or virtually…
Seafood Chowder

Tomato Seafood Chowder with Turkey Bacon

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 starch. To avoid the guilt, I tend…

Hearty, Healthy Vegetarian Chili

Chili is one of the absolute best ways to get sizeable portions of vegetables in a single dish. Indeed, during my years as a vegan, chili was my old faithful go-to food. If you're a vegan, vegetarian or are just looking to get more veggies in…

Turkey and Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Mushrooms are an incredibly versatile food source that's low in calories, rich in key micronutrients, and suitable for everyday eating. I personally love Portobello mushrooms due to their "meat-like" texture and savory flavor. If you're…

Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies

Oatmeal is an excellent low-calorie source of high-quality whole grains that's also naturally rich in fiber and health-promoting micronutrients. In addition to it's superior nutritional composition, oatmeal is one of the most versatile foods…