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.

Is Aspartame Making You Sick and Fat?

I have a confession to make: When I drink coffee, I sometimes add in a packet of Equal low-calorie sweetener. Yes, that would be aspartame. And guess what? My reason for using an occasional packet has absolutely nothing to do with some hidden desire…

Egg-Cellent Breakfast Quesadilla

I generally skip breakfast due to my intermittent fasting regimen. But, I'm still a diehard fan of eggs! Here's one of my personal favorite recipes that's less than 150 calories per serving and packed full of protein making it perfect for…

Breast Cancer in Women: Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention and Survival

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. At the current rate, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in her lifetime. Although the development of breast cancer is quite a complex process that's closely…

Probiotics: How to Up Your Intake of This Friendly Bacteria

It is now widely recognized that probiotics offer a wide range of health benefits. Probiotics are essentially live bacteria that survive in the intestines but they are also naturally housed in fermented foods that have been either produced or…

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Many people completely avoid eating shrimp due to their relatively high levels of cholesterol. But, in spite of widespread belief, the cholesterol housed in shrimp contributes very little, if any, to the development of high-cholesterol and related…
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Rubbed Kale with Butternut Squash

Like most leafy green vegetables, kale is very low in calories, packed full of fiber, and high in key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I personally prefer the taste of raw kale in smoothies and salads but I generally combine it with sweeter ingredients…
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3 Tasty Ideas for Incredibly Nutritious Meal Replacement Smoothies

Whether you're constantly on the go or just looking to spice up your diet, smoothies make great meal replacements. But, it's important to choose the right ingredients in order to boost your intake of essential macronutrients and micronutrients.…

Using an Exercise Ball as an Office Chair

With so many people sitting in chairs and in front of computers these days the back has become one of the most vulnerable areas to chronic pain and muscle injury. One way to potentially counter this problem is by replacing your traditional office…

Chocoholic Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a nutritious and incredibly versatile food that can be enjoyed as breakfast, a snack, or even a dessert. I personally enjoy eating semi-sweetened oatmeal as a stand-alone dish but it's also one of my favorite ingredients to add…

Lobster Grilled Cheese

Growing up, I was a grilled cheese kind of girl, but it was mainly "government cheese" on Wonder bread. This certainly wasn't the healthiest sandwich. Although I've grown up to be more health conscious, every now and then I still crave a…

Red Snapper Vera Cruz

Next to salmon, red snapper is one of my personal favorite fish to eat. It's also an incredibly nutritious, low-calorie source of protein that's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and the potent antioxidant selenium. Here's a mouthwatering…

Three Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in a Healthy Way

Holiday overeating is a major threat to weight management and Memorial Day 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 go in and…

Goat Cheese and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts

During my many years as a vegan, I enjoyed mushrooms in just about every dish. While I'm no longer a vegan, I still regularly include them in many food preparations, especially salads and stuffings. Here's one of my favorite mushroom-packed…

Diurnal Fasting: What It Is and Why You Should Try It

It is well known that regular fasting can help you lose weight and improve your health. But, for many people the sheer act of abstaining from all foods and beverages can be a difficult, if not impossible, process. Those able to fully abstain are…

Eating Without a Conscience: My Personal Battle with Food Addiction

I could easily tell you my upbringing in a food desert on Chicago's South Side contributed to my battle with obesity during my early teen years, but, this was not at all the case. Looking back, I now know I had a severe addiction to food—Very…

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Mushrooms

I regularly include mushrooms in food preparations and they're actually quite high on the list of nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods are essentially those rich in health-promoting macronutrients and micronutrients but relatively low…

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I don't know about you, but bacon just makes everything taste better to me. Still, I seldom eat it as a main course. Instead, I generally treat it as more of a garnish for meats and omelets or a 'salty' seasoning for salads. Funny enough,…

Is Eating Pork Good or Bad for Your Health?

Is eating pork good or bad for your health? This is one of the most common questions I get asked by family, friends, associates, and followers. Pork is undeniably one of the most consumed meats in the world. Still, many abstain for social,…

A Lettuce-Less Salad

Salads are a great way to get more vegetables and fruits into your diet. But, you don't have to settle for bland, boring, flavorless blends. Here's a quick and easy recipe that's bursting with flavor and nutrition. Makes the perfect quick…

Working Out for More Than 50 Minutes a Day May Lead to Early Death? Really?

A while back, Medical Daily published an article suggesting that more than 50 minutes of endurance exercise "may lead to early death" due to overexertion of the heart. While I understand that writers are pressured by the need for a good headliner,…