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.

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…

The Female Athlete Triad: When Too Much of a Good Thing Becomes Bad

In my early 20s, I took the notion of exercising as a hobby to another level. I generally ran during morning hours, averaging in excess of 60-70 miles a week. My evening hours were spent in the gym, during which time I engaged in highly intense…

Effective Strategies for Avoiding Hypertension

Just over a year ago, my father suffered a stroke caused by unchecked hypertension. For years my siblings and I urged him to seek some form of therapeutic intervention in order to manage his high blood pressure, but to little avail. Over time,…

Garlicky Teriyaki Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry preparations are a great way to get sizeable portions of vegetables in a single dish. Ingredients like bell pepper, green cabbage, mushroom, onion, carrot, broccoli, garlic, and ginger, are among the tastiest. At the start of my weight…

Garlic: Mother Nature's Underground Pharmacy

For centuries, garlic has been used worldwide as a natural treatment for a range of chronic diseases and illnesses, as it has potent anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, due to its powerful healing properties,…

Hearty Grilled Vegetable Skewers

I absolutely love grilling vegetables and they're so much healthier than traditional side dishes like potato salad and macaroni & cheese. To boost the overall nutritional value of veggies, I generally prepare them with high-quality fruit…

Watcha Drinking? Let's Talk About Green Tea

Tea is undoubtedly one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world. And among the hundreds of different kinds of tea that offer medicinal benefits, green tea is one of the most prized for its multitude of health-promoting qualities.…

Oatmeal Basics: Understanding the Differences Between Oats

Oatmeal is an excellent source of whole grains as it is naturally low in calories and incredibly rich in valuable nutrients. It's an especially unique cereal in that it comes in many forms including old-fashioned oatmeal, quick cooking oats,…

Savory Sweet Apple Walnut Tuna Salad

I grew up eating lots of tuna salad—the "chunk light" version, which my mom drenched in mayonnaise, seasoned with a little some of everything, and served with Ritz Crackers (never bread). Even through my college years I maintained a real fondness…

High Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol? You're certainly not alone, as this chronic health condition (also known as hypercholesterolemia) affects more than 70 million adults (over 30%) in the United States alone. Although heredity and…

10 Superfoods That Make Healthy Snacks for Kids

If you're a parent, I'm sure you're always on the hunt for healthy kid's snacks? With good reason too, as healthy foods in general give kids all the day-to-day energy they need and supply the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients…

A Great Way To Spice Up Your Water

Are you aware that water is valued as an essential nutrient? While not a provider of calories like the macronutrients or rich in antioxidants like many micronutrients, the body's actual need for water far outweighs that of any food. In…

Brussels Sprout, Cauliflower and Shiitake Fusilli

As one who follows the Mediterranean style of eating, I make it a practice to enjoy pasta preparations from time to time. I personally prefer dishes that include lots of vegetables and extra virgin olive oil for added health benefits. If you're…

Mighty Meat Bison with Mushroom and Onions

Bison is one of the healthiest red meats you can eat, as it's organically raised, primarily grass-fed, and delivers a rich balance of high-quality protein, healthy fats, and essential micronutrients. It's also among the most flavorful of…

What You Should Know About Carbs and the Glycemic Index

For decades, carbohydrates (carbs) have been given a bad reputation. Please don't be misled by all the hype. In and of themselves, carbs are an important component of a healthy, well-balanced diet as they represent the body's primary source…

Go Red: 5 Ways to Eat Your Way to Better Heart Health

February officially marks American Heart Month and red is the symbol of awareness. Heart disease and related complications (heart attacks and strokes) are leading causes of death worldwide killing about 600,000 people annually in the United…

Intense Exercise Training During a Juice Fast? Is This Even Possible?

Fasting with fresh vegetable and fruit juices is generally an excellent method of detoxing or a suitable way to introduce a comprehensive lifestyle change (diet modification, exercise training or weight loss). What's cool about juice fasting…