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.

Is Eating Pork Good or Bad for Your Health?

Is eating pork good or bad for your health? This is one of the most common questions I get asked by family, friends, associates, and followers. Pork is undeniably one of the most consumed meats in the world. Still, many abstain for social,…

A Lettuce-Less Salad

Salads are a great way to get more vegetables and fruits into your diet. But, you don't have to settle for bland, boring, flavorless blends. Here's a quick and easy recipe that's bursting with flavor and nutrition. Makes the perfect quick…

Working Out for More Than 50 Minutes a Day May Lead to Early Death? Really?

A while back, Medical Daily published an article suggesting that more than 50 minutes of endurance exercise "may lead to early death" due to overexertion of the heart. While I understand that writers are pressured by the need for a good headliner,…
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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…

Tips for Implementing Healthy Eating Habits Into a Child’s Lifestyle

There's absolutely no denying that healthy foods give kids the energy they need to function day-to-day. Good foods also supply all the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) needed for their bodies and minds to develop and mature. When it…

Tips for Implementing Physical Activity Into a Child’s Lifestyle

Daily physical activity undeniably supports healthy growth and development among children. It also reduces the risk of obesity and chronic health problems during childhood (and adulthood). When it comes to promoting physical activity behaviors…

Fitting Healthy Eating Habits and Physical Activity Into a Child’s Lifestyle

A while back one of my Facebook followers asked a question regarding practical ways parents could implement healthy eating and physical activity habits into their children's "busy school lifestyle." I decided to bypass the quick answer and…

Causes of Low Back Pain: Can Exercise Help?

If you regularly experience pain in your lower back, you're certainly not alone. A large percentage of people experience low back pain and its onset tends to increase with age. There are two types of low back pain: Acute and chronic. Acute…
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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…

Garlic and Thyme Sautéed Shrimp

While often shunned due to their relatively high levels of cholesterol, shrimp are inherently nutritious and incredibly beneficial for your health. Here's a quick and easy recipe for shrimp that pairs well with a salad, pasta or virtually…

Hearty, Healthy Vegetarian Chili

Chili is one of the absolute best ways to get sizeable portions of vegetables in a single dish. Indeed, during my years as a vegan, chili was my old faithful go-to food. If you're a vegan, vegetarian or are just looking to get more veggies in…

Turkey and Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Mushrooms are an incredibly versatile food source that's low in calories, rich in key micronutrients, and suitable for everyday eating. I personally love Portobello mushrooms due to their "meat-like" texture and savory flavor. If you're…

Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies

Oatmeal is an excellent low-calorie source of high-quality whole grains that's also naturally rich in fiber and health-promoting micronutrients. In addition to it's superior nutritional composition, oatmeal is one of the most versatile foods…