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.

Don't Be Afraid To Skip Breakfast

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." This is an all-too-common phrase that I secretly dislike, as the supposed benefits of eating this traditional morning meal have been totally misconstrued by both health experts and enthusiasts. Skipping…

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…

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…
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Protein-Rich Tacos with a Homemade Seasoning Mix

I'm an absolute and all-around 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. In my home, we have "taco night" once or twice a month during which time…

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…

Juicing Vs Blending: Which is Really Better for You?

I've been a huge fan of juicing since Jay Kordich pitched the "Juiceman" juicer in the early '90s. So much so, that I once partook in a 21-day juice fast, which ultimately led to my converting to veganism. Although I've since introduced seafood,…

Top Down or Bottom Up: Things to Consider Before Getting a Colonic

As a scientist and health expert, I'm often asked about the benefits of regular "colon cleansing" for detoxification and general health purposes. Colon cleansing is basically an umbrella term that encompasses a number of different procedures…

You Won't Believe It's Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

I absolutely love eating pistachio nuts! And, though I've never been a huge fan of sweets, I will devour some pistachio ice cream. Needless to say, when I was introduced to a new recipe for homemade pistachio ice cream, I jumped at the chance…

Are Processed Meats Really Bad for Your Health?

Processed meats are among the most commonly consumed foods around the world. Interestingly enough, they are also among the latest dietary boogeymen, with linkages to cancer, heart disease, and even premature death. While some processed meats…

Triple Chocolate Protein Balls

Eating the right amount of protein, fat, and fiber helps to stabilize blood sugar and boost fat burning throughout the day. Luckily, adding more of these nutrients to your diet doesn't have to be a complicated process. Whether you're looking…

The Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon

Growing up in the Englewood community of Chicago, I spent a lot of time at my grandma's house. Grandma's garden was one of the biggest and best in Englewood, stocked full of collards, pole beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and even sunflowers. Every…

Three Healthy Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Holiday overeating is a major threat to weight management and the Fourth of July is certainly no exception. Still, at the end of the day, managing your weight is all about maintaining a healthy balance between the amount of calories that…
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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,…

Almond Chicken with Peaches and Roquefort

As a lifestyle blogger and absolute foodie, I'm always trying different cuisines and creating innovative food experiences at home. Interestingly enough, I've eaten just about every type of food from all the major food groups but whether I'm…

Refreshingly Guilt-Free Cocktails for Summer

Alcoholic cocktails are often the focal point of social events and gatherings, especially during the summer months. But, if you're watching your weight, constantly indulging can put a real hurt on the calorie budget. Among all alcoholic cocktails,…

Forget the Sugar, Eating Carrots is Good for You

Often referred to as the "King of Vegetables", carrots are among the world's most popular health foods. And, believe it or not, carrot juice is as beneficial as the carrots themselves. But, interestingly, carrots are frequently shunned for being…

Simple Tips for Choosing the Best Breakfast Foods

Breakfast is presumed to be the most important meal of the day. But, for many, "breakfast" is generally comprised of heavily processed and refined cereals, cereal bars, and pastries with a little fruit on the side. When it comes to weight management…

Hearty Chicken Cobb Salad

Those of you who either know or follow me are fully aware that I love a good salad. The classic Cobb salad is among my most favorite preparations and it's incredibly nutritious. Here's a recipe for my 'Hearty Chicken Cobb Salad', which only…

Are Diet Soft Drinks a Healthy Choice?

I was recently asked my opinion on drinking diet soft drinks. The person specifically wanted to know if there's anything wrong with enjoying a diet soda in the morning for a quick caffeine boost. Initially, this question was somewhat difficult…

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…