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So Now We're Shaming People for Approaching Fitness While 'Fat'?

Like me, you've probably seen the above image of a 'plus-size' mannequin dressed in fitness apparel, which Nike just recently added to the visual display of a London Oxford Street store. Upon seeing it, my immediate reaction was excitement,…

What Every Woman Should Know Before Taking a Multivitamin

As a healthy lifestyle expert and consultant, avid athlete, wife and mother, I'm always on the hunt for practical and affordable health-promoting products that make it easier for women to live well by putting their wellbeing at the forefront…

How Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Saved ME From Domestic Abuse

Years back, one of my Facebook followers asked me to discuss some ways in which exercise, good nutrition and other healthy lifestyle behaviors could potentially play a role in inspiring people to leave domestic violence situations. Motivated…

How Malnutrition Drives Food Cravings and Fuels Weight Gain

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,…

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…

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…

The Female Athlete Triad: When Too Much of a Good Thing Becomes Bad

In my early 20s, I took the notion of exercising as a hobby to another level. I generally ran during morning hours, averaging in excess of 60-70 miles a week. My evening hours were spent in the gym, during which time I engaged in highly intense…

I'm In My 40s and Getting Belly Fat: What's Up With That?

Belly fat is one of the most common sources of frustration for weight loss seekers, especially women. Indeed, during every lecture, seminar and workshop I've ever given for an audience of women at least one raises the question of how to lose…

Physical Fitness: It Doesn't Have To Be All or Nothing

How many times have you promised to start exercising again on a Monday? Have you ever woken up late for your morning workout, concluded the rest of your week was ruined, and pledged to resume your workout program the following week? I'll bet…

Women and Weight Loss: Act Like a Man and Lose More Weight

Are you exercising regularly and eating sensibly but still finding it difficult to shake the weight? You're certainly not alone. In fact, over the years I've found that a large percentage of individuals with whom I consult are constantly finding…

3 Common Myths About Exercise and Diet Among Women, Debunked!

Between commercial advertisements, magazines and general hearsay, a lot of women fall victim to misconceptions and myths related to health, fitness and weight loss, many of which don't ever seem to go away in spite of science proving them wrong.…

Three Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack

In spite of what many believe, a heart attack is not necessarily a "natural cause" of death. It is usually the first symptom of an underlying problem like heart disease, which is a leading cause of death worldwide for men and women of all ages,…

Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss is Almost Impossible, Please Stop It!

A while back, I reviewed a press release of sorts shared by a member from my Facebook page suggesting that "It's nearly impossible to permanently lose weight." What a silly notion! The fallacy in this bogus argument that permanent weight…

Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Why Being Thin Doesn't Equate to Being Healthy

A while back, former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs caused a major stir when she criticized Sports Illustrated for selecting plus-size model Ashley Graham for one of three covers of its 2016 Swimsuit Issue. Tiegs specifically claimed that the magazine…

Eight Strategies for Naturally Boosting Libido in Women

Reduced sex drive is a common symptom experienced by many women as they move through different stages of life. Technically considered low libido, it can result from complex interactions between multiple factors such as decreased arousal or satisfaction,…

How to Manage Fibroids with Weight Lifting

Fibroids (leiomyomas) are noncancerous growths or tumors that develop in and around a woman's womb (uterus). The exact cause of fibroids is unknown. However, their development and growth are stimulated by abnormal elevations in estrogen, the…

Three Low-Impact Cardio Alternatives to Running

When you think of cardio exercise, running is probably the first thing that comes to mind. It's easy to think this way, as running seems to be the most popular thing to do these days. Whether for weight loss, sport, recreation or charity, running…

Why You Should Lift Weights During Pregnancy

Pregnancy was by far one of the best times of my life but also among the scariest. During this time, I was constantly bombarded with a boatload of conflicting information and advice on what I should and should not do, particularly when it…

Four Simple and Effective Tips for Achieving Permanent Weight Loss

So, you've decided to lose weight. Congratulations! Now, how do you intend on losing the weight? More important, how will you permanently keep the weight off? After working with hundreds of clients over the years and 2,500-plus pounds of fat…

Seven Simple Lifestyle Strategies for Alleviating Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a complex disorder triggered by hormonal changes that typically occur after ovulation. Roughly one in two women experience some form of PMS in their lifetime. The condition itself is associated with numerous unpleasant…