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.

It's Not Baby Fat: The Real Reasons Your Child is Gaining Weight

Standing 5 feet 6 inches and approaching 200 pounds during my late adolescent/early teenage years, I can still recall the many times family members referred to me as having "baby fat". Even at my young age I remember being annoyed by this statement,…

How to Make Candied Sweet Potatoes in a Healthy Way

A few years back one of my clients asked if it were possible to cook candied sweet potatoes in a "healthy" way? I chuckled a little at first, as the words "candied" and "healthy" generally contradict each other. But, after having heard her…
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Home-Style Pressure Cooked Pinto Beans with Smoked Turkey

Like other types of beans, pinto beans are an incredibly cheap yet all-too commonly forgotten source of protein. They are also rich in countless health-promoting micronutrients including B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron.…
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Herb-Crusted Wild Salmon with Sautéed Bok Choy and Mushrooms

Whether your nutrition goals are centered on losing weight or just improving your health, wild salmon is among the best and most essential 'superfoods' to regularly include in your diet. By pairing this fatty fish with amazingly nutritious veggies…

Seven Food Labeling Tactics That Are Making People Sick

For well over 20 years the eyes and ears of dieters, health enthusiasts and the general public have been continuously bombarded with confusing and oftentimes misleading packaging and labeling information courtesy of the food and beverage industry.…
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Citrus Honey Glazed Golden Beets

Beetroot (beet) is a beneficial source of countless essential nutrients. It's also an incredibly rich source of important antioxidants like betaine and beta-carotene, which have been shown to enhance liver health and protect against heart disease…

Osteoporosis: What It Is and How to Prevent and Treat It

I recently overheard an older African-American woman tell a group of her friends that she "doesn't drink milk or eat yogurt because [she] isn't worried about osteoporosis". While it might've sounded funny to some, I was actually quite alarmed…

Dietary Sugar: The Good, The Bad and The Unnecessary

Sugar is by far the most widely used additive in foods and beverages across the nation. If you're like many people, you may be taking in way more sugar than you realize. In fact, the average American consumes about three pounds of sugar in a…

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

You've probably heard a lot about the many benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. But, do you actually know what they are and why they're so beneficial? Also known as omega-3s, these essential fatty acids collectively include alpha-linolenic…

What You Need to Know About Being "Big-Boned"

Ever heard the statement: "I'm not fat, I'm just big boned?" Perhaps you've even said it yourself. Unfortunately, the "big-boned" theory is one that's all too commonly misconstrued by people as justification for being overweight or obese when,…

Eight Super-Simple Ways to Get More Veggies Into Your Diet

Like many folks, I used to hate vegetables and then, oddly enough, I became a vegan. Now, that was well over a decade ago. While I'm no longer a vegan, my past adoption of this lifestyle truly changed the ways in which I approached and embraced…

Easy-to-Find Foods That Should Always Be on Your Grocery List

If you're trying to eat healthy but having a difficult time finding the right foods to buy, a trip to the grocery store can be quite intimidating. For weight management, disease prevention and overall good health, it's important to eat a wide…

The Nutritional Power of Eating Chocolate

Chocolate is by far one of the most popular and sought after indulgences worldwide. In addition to being a valuable source of essential micronutrients like iron and magnesium, chocolate contains powerful all-natural chemicals that prevent disease…

Nutrition Basics: Your Daily Protein Intake

Protein is for everyone, not just athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. It's one of three vital macronutrients and is primarily responsible for building, repairing, and maintaining virtually all cells in the body. Protein is also an…

Quick and Easy Ways to Snack Smarter

As one who diligently follows an intermittent fasting regimen I'm personally not a big fan of snacking. But, every once in a while I'll have pesky hunger pangs that just won't go away without some sort of nourishment. Funny enough, a little…
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Grilled Honey-Mustard Chicken, Steak and Shrimp Kebabs

As one who follows the Mediterranean-style of eating, I can appreciate the nutritional value of a good kebab that supplies healthy portions of veggies, seafood and lean meat. Here's one of my hearty and absolutely delicious homemade kebab recipes…

A Working Professional's Guide to a Better Back

With so many working professionals sitting in chairs and in front of computers these days the back has become one of the most vulnerable areas to pain and muscle injury. This holds especially true for the lower back, a complex structure of vertebrae…

Low-Sugar, Diabetes-Friendly Smoothie Recipes

Whether you're constantly on the go or just looking to spice up your diet, smoothies generally make great meal replacements. But, if you're trying to reduce your sugar intake for diabetes prevention or management, it's important to choose your…

Couch Potatoes Don't Have A Long Shelf Life: Get Up and Do Something

In order to clock in extra steps, I typically park my vehicle far away from every destination. However, on one particular morning I didn't. This was the day I made a decision to never, ever do it again. It was about 10:00am during which…

A Deliciously Creamy Spinach and Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

High-protein smoothies are commonly touted as the best thing since sliced bread, especially among weight loss and fitness enthusiasts. Unfortunately, many people view a "high-protein smoothie" as one that's primarily comprised of protein powder,…