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The Nutritional Power of Eating Chocolate

Chocolate is by far one of the most popular and sought after indulgences worldwide. In addition to being a valuable source of essential micronutrients like iron and magnesium, chocolate contains powerful all-natural chemicals that prevent disease…

Nutrition Basics: Your Daily Protein Intake

Protein is for everyone, not just athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. It’s one of three vital macronutrients and is primarily responsible for building, repairing, and maintaining virtually all cells in the body. Protein is also…

Quick and Easy Ways to Snack Smarter

As one who diligently follows an intermittent fasting regimen I’m personally not a big fan of snacking. But, every once in a while I’ll have pesky hunger pangs that just won’t go away without some sort of nourishment. Funny enough, a little…

Portion Size Essentials for Weight Management

A lot of people overeat due to a misunderstanding of portion sizes. Portion sizes are often considered serving sizes but they're not the same. Many pre-portioned foods actually contain multiple servings. For instance, the recommend serving…

Protein Shakes and Supplements: Are They Really Necessary?

I’m often asked for my thoughts and advice on protein shakes and other supplements, particularly in relation to losing weight and building muscle. Adequate protein consumption is definitely critical for muscle preservation and, ultimately,…
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Grilled Honey-Mustard Chicken, Steak and Shrimp Kebabs

As one who follows the Mediterranean-style of eating, I can appreciate the nutritional value of a good kebab that supplies healthy portions of veggies, seafood and lean meat. Here’s one of my hearty and absolutely delicious homemade kebab…

Tip to Dieters: Beware of Empty Calorie Foods

These days, so many dieters and weight watchers alike have become completely obsessed with "low-fat" and "low-calorie" products, oftentimes to a point where good nutrition no longer matters. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen folks…

A Simple Guide to Eating Sensibly

I always emphasize that eating sensibly is an absolute must for successful weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. But, what does it actually mean to eat sensibly? Eating sensibly essentially involves incorporating…

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…

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…
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The DASH Pyramid

I've been advocating healthy eating for over 15 years and the DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) eating plan still remains to be among only a few that I've ever endorsed.  This plan was originally developed to protect against…

An Unintentional 20-Pound Weight Loss

I've been actively controlling my weight for over 20 years. It isn't always the easiest task, as I'm naturally big-boned with an extreme pear-shaped figure. I've also suffered with food addiction, a condition that led to my being extremely overweight…