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.

Be Responsible: An Argument for Self-Care

I've never been shy about voicing my opinions about conventional healthcare, especially when it comes to shortcomings in preventive care quality. If you aren't familiar with the term, "preventive care" essentially refers to any form of healthcare…

Simply Delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte

Tis' the season for pumpkin spice-flavored everything! This holds especially true for all things coffee. Whether lattes, cappuccinos or plain old coffee, pumpkin spice varieties are on the menu of just about every major coffee shop chain. Problem…

The Real Nitty-Gritty on Whole Grain Foods

With the widespread popularity of low-carb diets, a lot of high-quality foods have been unfairly demonized. This holds especially true for whole grain foods. Don't be misled by all the hype, as whole grains are rich in quite a lot of nutrients.…

Drinking Fresh: The Real Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Juicing

Vegetables and fruit are undoubtedly an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, as they are naturally potent sources of disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. While a daily intake of at least five or more servings is ideal…

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…

Better Than Ramen Edamame Vegan Pasta

Growing up, instant ramen noodles were among my most favorite comfort foods, especially the beef and chicken flavors. Who would have thought something so tasty and satisfying could cost just 50 cents to a dollar a pack? I also thrived on ramen…

What the Health: When Advocacy Goes Wrong

I've received dozens of emails asking me to review What the Health, a follow-up food documentary from the creators of Cowspiracy, which is currently available on Netflix. I honestly didn't want to watch it. From the teaser trailers and social…

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…

How Malnutrition Drives Food Cravings and Fuels Obesity

There's a very fine line between maintaining a healthy body weight and being malnourished. Truth is, in this day in age when thin is in, a lot of people are simply starving themselves. They are cutting calories too much, eating too little, and,…

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…