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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 and generalizations…

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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…

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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 problematic, particularly when they…

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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. I also…

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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 and non-alcoholic constituents of red…

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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),…

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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 and omega-3 fatty acids are predominantly housed…

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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…

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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. In addition to their unique nutritional…

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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 acid…

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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. But this can…

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Beware of the Grocery Store Tasting Station

Are you one of the many folks who love to frequent the grocery store for the sole purpose of getting free samples of meats and cheeses, cereals, snack foods, pre-packaged meals, and desserts? Be careful, as just a few…