KNIFE Steak and Seafood: Honest-to-Goodness Wholesome Food with a Modern Twist

I think I might have found one of the best restaurants in Chicago – And I’ve had some great food! Founded by mother-son duo Paula and David Byers along with Executive Chef Tim Cottini, KNIFE is a newly opened steak and seafood spot featuring…

How Eating Sushi Can Help You Lose Weight

I am an absolute lover of Japanese food, especially sushi. From the divine taste and texture to the artistic presentation, sushi just makes for an amazing dining experience. My husband and I recently dined at Miku Sushi, a great little spot…

Choosing the Healthiest Options at Fast Food Restaurants

By all accounts, Chicago is among the best food cities in America. It has also repeatedly been flagged as one of the "fattest". Unsurprisingly so, as the second city is well known for iconic pizza, hot dogs and Italian beef, none of which are…

Yard House: Traditional Food Favorites with a Healthy Twist

As a health-conscious foodie, I’m always on the lookout for fun and creative foods that satisfy my diverse palate in the healthiest possible ways. I recently had the pleasure of dining at Yard House, a casually chic yet cozy restaurant and…

Healthy Eating Tips for Gaining Weight on a Budget

While on "foodie duty" at a new upscale-casual eatery in the Chicagoland area, I had a brief, albeit thought-provoking, conversation with my waiter, Joseph. What sparked this conversation was my mentioning the intermittent fasting style of eating…

A Unique Approach to Making Healthy Eating Delicious, Sustainable and Fun

On October 2, 2015, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a special seasonal fundraising event put together by Green City Market, a nationally recognized Chicago-based non-profit organization that generally serves to provide a convenient…

That Sugar Film: The Not-So-Sweet Truth About Sugar

While spending a warm, sunny morning at a local Starbucks with my biweekly Caffè Latte, I couldn’t help but notice this late 30-something woman with her daughter and two sons ranging in age from about 8 through possibly 12. A nice-looking…

Celebrating Mother’s Day with a 5K Race

How will you spend your Mother’s Day this year? Mine will be spent running in the 2014 Run Like a Mother® 5K race to be held in Hinsdale, IL. As an avid athlete, wife and mother, I can’t think of a better way to spend this wonderful holiday. All…

Does Massage Therapy Really Improve Blood Flow?

Do you regularly incorporate massage therapy into your health and wellness regimen? Perhaps you’re one of the more than half of Americans (including myself) who’d love to see massage therapy fully covered under your insurance plan. Unfortunately,…

My Love-Hate Relationship with the Nike+ Fuelband

As an exercise scientist, fitness enthusiast and die-hard Nike fan, I’ve been a devoted user of the Nike+ Fuelband since its original launch in 2012. The primary reason for my initial investment was by far its accelerometer capabilities. There…

Oceanique: A Fun and Surprisingly Nutritious Dining Experience

Once a quarter, one of my closest girlfriends and I get together for a ladies' night out of sorts that’s usually centered around food and drinks. As a healthy foodie, choosing the right settings for social eating and drinking can sometimes…

Delightful Pastries: An Enjoyable Healthy Eating Experience in Chicago

Is it at all possible to combine the words "nutritious" and "bakery" into a single sentence? Believe it or not, it is! Last week I was invited to attend a tasting at Delightful Pastries, a popular Chicago bakery located in the historic Old Town…

Using Water Resistance to Tone Up, Boost Your Metabolism, and Lose Weight

If you're overweight, have joint problems or are just bored with your current workout routine, water resistance exercise may work for you. This type of exercise allows you to work out easily without the discomfort and strain on your muscles…

How To Get Your Sexy Back

The back workout should indeed be one of the most extensive during resistance (weight) training yet many people only work a very small fraction of their back. This holds especially true for women. Strong, well-developed back muscles are critical…
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Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles: A Dining Experience I'll Never Forget

To culminate an excellent scientific meeting in downtown Los Angeles, I decided to spend my last day in The Golden State by taking the Metro over to Hollywood for a little site seeing. Naturally, no visit to Hollywood would be complete without…
Major Conditions Associated with Low Back Pain Nina Cherie Franklin

Major Conditions Associated with Low Back Pain

Learn More About Low Back Pain At some point in time, almost everyone will experience low back pain as its prevalence greatly increases with age. To learn more about preventing and/or treating low back pain, visit The National Institute of Neurological…
The DASH PYRAMID Nina Cherie Franklin
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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…
Sample Weight Training Log

Sample Weight Training Log

Measuring your progress during weight training is a great way to reinforce achievement of your goals. Measuring your progress during weight training is a great way to reinforce achievement of your goals. A training log is one of many common…