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Why Women Should Be Concerned About Gout

Just recently, an old friend told me she'd converted to vegetarianism due to recurrent bouts of gout. More shocking than the fact that this 'meat-loving' friend of mine was now a vegetarian was the fact that she'd actually contracted gout. I…

Osteoporosis: What It Is and How to Prevent and Treat It

I recently overheard an older African-American woman tell a group of her friends that she "doesn't drink milk or eat yogurt because [she] isn't worried about osteoporosis". While it might've sounded funny to some, I was actually quite alarmed…

What You Need to Know About Being "Big-Boned"

Ever heard the statement: "I'm not fat, I'm just big boned?" Perhaps you've even said it yourself. Unfortunately, the "big-boned" theory is one that's all too commonly misconstrued by people as justification for being overweight or obese when,…

Couch Potatoes Don't Have A Long Shelf Life: Get Up and Do Something

In order to clock in extra steps, I typically park my vehicle far away from every destination. However, on one particular morning I didn't. This was the day I made a decision to never, ever do it again. It was about 10:00am during which…

African-American Women Have A Harder Time Losing Weight? Give Me a Break!

Years back, I reviewed a press release of sorts on the Huffington Post suggesting "African-American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories". The information…

Six Effective Ways to Lose Weight after Having a Baby

When it comes to pregnancy, there's one common question asked by new moms, veteran moms, and moms-to-be: "How do I get my body back after having a baby?" While there's no single formula that works for all women, I can definitely provide some…

What You Can Do About Uterine Fibroids: My Personal Insights and Professional Advice

Back in 2007, while pregnant with my first and only child, I found out I had a single uterine fibroid. Throughout the progression of my pregnancy, this fibroid continued to increase in size. But, I didn't sweat it. My obstetrician-gynecologist…

What It Means to Have an Apple-Shaped Body

After many years of providing educational seminars, lectures and workshops on a wide range of health, fitness and nutrition-related topics, one of my personal favorite points of discussion is the "apple-shaped" figure. At some time or another…

A 3-Day Weight Training Workout for Women

Are you one of the many women who shy away from weight training out of the fear of "bulking up"? Are you one of the many women who shy away from weight training out of the fear of "bulking up"? For successful weight loss, weight management,…

Breast Cancer in Women: Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention and Survival

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. At the current rate, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in her lifetime. Although the development of breast cancer is quite a complex process that's closely…
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Stop Calling Me Skinny!

Have you recently experienced a dramatic weight loss and now sense that people are treating you differently? Are you suddenly hearing things like you're "getting too skinny" or you "look sick"? If the answer to either of these questions is…

Eating Without a Conscience: My Personal Battle with Food Addiction

I could easily tell you my upbringing in a food desert on Chicago's South Side contributed to my battle with obesity during my early teen years, but, this was not at all the case. Looking back, I now know I had a severe addiction to food—Very…

Eight Reasons Why Women Should Weight Train

Are you skeptical about weight training? Do you think it's too hard or that it'll bulk you up? Perhaps, you just find cardio exercise to be a better use of your precious workout time. For a lot of women, the answer to these questions  is…