Ready to achieve optimal wellness? Here you will find simple strategies, ideas and tips that’ll help you build healthier habits, stress less and start living a more balanced life.

The Ultimate Salad for People Who Hate Salads

Salads are undeniably the most common go-to food for people trying to eat healthy or lose weight. Problem is, many fall into the same ole salad rut. You know what I mean—adding fat-free dressing to a big bowl of lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber,…

Is the Ketogenic Diet Worth Trying?

As more people look to reverse quarantine weight gain, I've gotten a lot of questions about going keto. Going "keto" essentially means adopting what's now known as the "ketogenic" diet. Whether you're trying to lose weight or improve your health,…

Go Red! Eat These 5 Foods for a Healthy Heart

February officially marks American Heart Month and red is the symbol of awareness. Heart disease and related complications (heart attacks and strokes) are leading causes of death worldwide killing about 600,000 people annually in the United…

5 Reasons to Enjoy a Piece of Chocolate Today

Chocolate is 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 and…

Nutritional Considerations When Eating Vegan

I'm often asked my opinion on vegan diets. Honestly, I'm all for them, especially for reasons related to environmental welfare, animal rights, religion and/or chronic disease prevention. In fact, those of you who either know or follow me…

Reflections on ‘Living’ Since My Father’s Death

I recently stumbled upon the following text message correspondence between me and my father. Okay, maybe, I didn't stumble upon it—I sort of looked for it and found it. Happened over five years ago. So, let me put it in perspective and provide…

Good Versus Bad Fats: What You Need to Know

Health enthusiasts and weight loss seekers have a tendency to shun fatty foods due to their relatively high calorie counts. This is one of the reasons why "fat-free" foods are such a hot commodity in the health food industry and weight loss…

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain By Stressing Less

Weight gain is quite common during the holiday season. While it's often linked to overeating, overdrinking, or otherwise overindulging, these aren't always the culprits. In fact, physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors (more sitting and…

Six Leafy Greens That Taste Better Than Romaine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have once again warned Americans to stay away from romaine lettuce due to its potential contamination with E. coli. This time around the warning…

Easy Ways to Make Healthier Holiday Sides

We all know that food is a focal point of holiday celebrations. And, high-calorie, carb-rich side dishes are without doubt main staples in virtually every household. But, if you're watching your weight, trying to cut back on sugar, or even just…

Simple Habits That Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Over 450 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number that's projected to double within the next three decades. Remarkably, 90-95% of people with diabetes have the form known as type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, a largely preventable…

Are You Drinking Smoothies or Sugar Bombs?

A while back I met with a longtime client who was extremely excited about her new hobby, making "healthy" smoothies. For the sake of privacy, I'll call her Karen. Over the course of my consulting with Karen, she'd successfully…

10 Tips for Keeping You and Your Family Healthy During the Holidays

The start of November marks the beginning of the holiday season. And, I'm sure you already know that holidays and social eating go hand in hand. Problem is, with all the rich foods and sweet indulgences that surround families during holiday…

Breast Cancer in Women: Healthy Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention and Survival

Women often ask me what kinds of foods they should eat or what types of exercises they should do to prevent breast cancer. Not at all surprising, as breast cancer is the most feared cancer among women. Indeed, 1 in 8 will be diagnosed in her…

How Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Saved ME From Domestic Abuse

Quite a number of 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.…

Red Meat: Friend or Foe to Your Health?

Red meat has hit the headlines once again with controversial new guidelines suggesting there's no longer a need to cut back on it. Needless to say, this has caused a massive uproar among leading health and nutrition scientists and experts, and,…

The Unexpected Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee Every Day

While often labeled as a "bad" habit, coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world. I've personally been an avid coffee drinker for decades, typically starting most days with 1-2 cups and sometimes enjoying an additional…

12 Foods that Speed Up Recovery After Surgery

Successful recovery from any surgery is highly contingent on the body's ability to control inflammation. This is a normal response and is essentially the body's chief defense mechanism. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and generally include…

BMI Isn’t the Best Measure of Obesity or Health: So Why Are We Still Using It?

Wonder why you're getting on the scale at every single doctor's office visit? Whether for a routine medical exam or a general sick visit, your body weight is almost always one of the first things measured. This measurement is sure to be followed…

Three Simple Hacks for a Healthier Labor Day Weekend

It's Labor Day weekend—The official last holiday weekend of the summer season! For many, it'll also be among the last of epic barbecue and grilling marathon days this year. Believe it or not, I generally suggest giving yourself permission…