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How to Boost the Flavor of Your Foods Without Salt

Growing up in Chicago, I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s house. I have very fond memories of tasting fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from her garden during the warmer months of the year and the cantaloupe and honeydew melons she bought from…

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…

Reconsidering Pork as Part of a Healthy Diet

A while back I wrote an attention-grabbing article entitled "Is Eating Pork Good or Bad for Your Health?" Since this article was originally published dozens of people have written me with counterarguments largely based on prevailing misconceptions…

Simple Ways to Prepare Healthy Side Dishes for Holiday Meals

Food is indeed a focal point of holiday celebrations and high-calorie, carbohydrate-rich side dishes are without doubt main staples in virtually every household. Unfortunately, if you’re watching your weight, eating such foods can be quite…

How Different Types of Fiber Affect Your Health

The average American diet is severely lacking in fiber. This is not a good thing, as regular intake of fiber has been shown to promote weight loss and reduce the risk of numerous diet-linked chronic diseases including colorectal and pancreatic…

How Pescatarian Diets Can Be Good for Your Health

In my nearly 20 years of both professional and personal experience in health, fitness and nutrition, I’ve vetted just about every diet plan that exists, from low-carb ketogenic diets to those involving point systems and prepackaged meals.…

How Drinking Red Wine Every Day Supports Good Health

Occasional alcohol consumption has proven health benefits. This holds especially true for red wine, as it contains numerous all-natural chemicals that help prevent disease and promote overall good health. Interestingly enough, both the alcoholic…

A Few Good Reasons to Enjoy a Glass of Sicilian Wine

A while back I had the pleasure of attending Wines of Sicily, a special wine tasting event in Chicago that showcased a wide range of ingenious, delicious dry white and red Sicilian wines designated by the Sicilia DOC consortium of wine producers.…
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Why I’ve Swapped Out Greek Yogurt for Icelandic Skyr

As a long-time health professional and lifestyle blogger, I attend a ton of events and trade shows in order to stay in the loop with the latest and greatest health-promoting products on the market. Months back I was invited to a special event…

Mercury in Seafood: What to Eat and What Not to Eat

Those of you who either know or follow me are probably aware that I’m an absolute seafood fanatic. This is with good reason too, as seafood is an excellent low-calorie source of high-quality protein, health-promoting fats (omega-3 fatty acids),…

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…

Cruciferous Vegetables: Nature’s Secret Weapons to Fighting Cancer

People often ask me, "What foods prevent cancer?" This is always a difficult question for me to answer. Aside from the fact that I’m not an oncologist, on both professional and personal levels, I’ve encountered so many health-conscious…

Simple Tips for Adding Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Consuming dietary fat is critical for maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. This holds especially true for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (omega-3) fatty acids, which are generally classified as "healthy" or "good" fats. Monounsaturated…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Fueling Your Run: What to Eat Before a Race

Most marathons are held during the early morning hours when temperatures are mild. Although not always necessary, eating breakfast prior to a race can be quite beneficial, especially if your run covers a distance of 5 miles (8K) or more.…