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Six Leafy Greens That Taste Better Than Romaine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have once again warned Americans to stay away from romaine lettuce due to its potential contamination with E. coli. This time around the warning…

Easy Ways to Make Healthier Holiday Sides

We all know that food is a focal point of holiday celebrations. And, high-calorie, carb-rich side dishes are without doubt main staples in virtually every household. But, if you're watching your weight, trying to cut back on sugar, or even just…

The Unexpected Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee Every Day

While often labeled as a "bad" habit, coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world. I've personally been an avid coffee drinker for decades, typically starting most days with 1-2 cups and sometimes enjoying an additional…

12 Foods that Speed Up Recovery After Surgery

Successful recovery from any surgery is highly contingent on the body's ability to control inflammation. This is a normal response and is essentially the body's chief defense mechanism. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and generally include…

Three Simple Hacks for a Healthier Labor Day Weekend

It's Labor Day weekend—The official last holiday weekend of the summer season! For many, it'll also be among the last of epic barbecue and grilling marathon days this year. Believe it or not, I generally suggest giving yourself permission…

Simple Tips for Packing a Healthy Lunch Your Kids Will Eat

"How can I pack a healthy lunchbox for my kids with foods they'll actually eat?" This is by far one of the most common questions I get asked by parents, especially those with really picky eaters. In many cases, getting a child to eat healthy…

Why Water is More Important Than Food

Water is perhaps the most overlooked yet most essential nutrient in a healthy, balanced diet, as nearly every cell, tissue and organ system depends on it. While water doesn't supply the body with energy in the form of calories, the body's actual…

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…

Food, Nutrition and Weight Loss: Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions

These days, it seems like there's always some new "magic bullet" or weight loss secret everybody's talking about. This holds especially true when it comes to food and nutrition practices. Whether be it diets involving severe calorie restriction,…

A Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting: What to Eat for Maximum Results

Previously, I wrote an article introducing the concept of intermittent fasting, explaining exactly why it works, and how it can be especially beneficial for weight loss, long-term weight management and overall good health. In this article, I'll…

Did You Get the Memo? Dietary Cholesterol Is All Good!

Whenever I post pictures of meats, eggs or cheese, there is almost always at least one question or comment about the high cholesterol content of these foods. That's probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of these foods.…

Stress: A Culprit Behind Weight Gain, Belly Fat, and Chronic Disease

Are you frequently exposed to stress due to work or school, conflicts with family or friends, or even while sitting impatiently in a traffic jam? Although such situations may seem harmless, with prolonged and repeated exposures these simple…

Crazy Delicious and Healthy Main Course Ideas for the Easter Menu

Food is indeed a focal point of holiday celebrations and Easter is certainly no exception. And, as a health expert, lifestyle blogger and avid foodie, I'm always on the hunt for simple solutions that make healthier eating especially easy, effortless…
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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…

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…

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…

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…

Eating Unhealthy Foods and Losing Weight: Is This Even Possible?

A while back someone asked me "Is it at all possible to lose weight without eating vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods?" Believe it or not, my answer was a firm "YES!" In fact, many people believe that losing weight requires continuous…

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,…