The Power of the Pineapple

You may find it hard to believe that something as juicy and refreshingly sweet as pineapple could actually be good for you. Due to its unique composition of nutrients, this tropical fruit has long served therapeutic purposes in traditional medicine. Regularly eating pineapple naturally boosts immunity and fights disease, aids in protein digestion, and greatly alleviates the effects of inflammation associated with injury and inflammatory disorders like arthritis.

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The Ideal Elliptical Stride for Working the Glutes

The elliptical trainer is an excellent low impact alternative to the treadmill in that you can get in a great full body workout without placing undo stress on your joints. Most elliptical trainers allow you to adjust the cross ramp angle to target the lower body muscle groups, including your legs, thighs, and glutes. Check out this clip to see the ideal elliptical stride for working the glutes. 

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The “Freshmen 15”: Six Simple Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight

With every passing year a new pool of incoming college freshmen are faced with the sudden risk of double digit weight gain commonly known as the "freshmen 15". While some folks call it fiction, the fact of the matter is that many students do experience weight gain during the first couple of years of college oftentimes due to a newly found food independence and subsequent changes in customary eating patterns, social influence, peer pressure and even stress. Given the ever-lurking threat of the dreaded freshmen 15, here's a crash course on avoiding all that unnecessary weight gain.

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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 paying a visit to the local Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. For years my friends have been singing the praises of this restaurant and I had to see what all the fuss was about. Knowing that this wouldn’t be a nutritious indulgence, I got in some mileage on the Walk of Fame before sitting down to eat.

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A Simple Guide to Eating Sensibly

I always emphasize that eating sensibly is an absolute must for successful weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health. But, what does it actually mean to eat sensibly? Eating sensibly essentially involves incorporating a diet that’s rich in nutrient-dense foods, which are those that supply an abundance of high-quality "nutrients" relative to the number of calories they provide. It’s actually simpler than you might think. Here’s my quick and easy guide to sensible eating.

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Diurnal Fasting: What Is It and Why You Should Try It

Traditional fasting reduces the risk of numerous chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. However, most people find it quite difficult to completely abstain from foods and beverages for an extended period of time. Those who do abstain often enter starvation mode, which is associated with extreme hunger, cravings, and in some cases, binge eating upon completion of fasting. If you’re interested in taking full advantage of the health-enhancing effects of prolonged fasting, but are afraid that you won’t be able to adhere, diurnal fasting is an excellent alternative.

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The Best Exercise Equipment for Toning Your Hips

When it comes to toning your hips you need to choose resistance training equipment that allows you to work all of the major muscle groups in this area. These muscle groups include the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings as well as the muscles located on your inner and outer thighs. Check out this clip for some of the best equipment and exercises for toning your hips.

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A Working Professional’s Guide to a Better Back

With so many working professionals sitting in chairs and in front of computers these days the back has become one of the most vulnerable areas to pain and muscle injury. This holds especially true for the lower back, a complex structure of vertebrae (bones of the spine), intervertebral discs (cushions that sit between vertebrae), muscles, tendons, and ligaments that bears much of the body’s weight.

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The Truth About Colonics

Many years ago, I played secret shopper and became a victim of fraudulent activity masked as 'colonic' cleansing. I pretended that I knew nothing about the human body and proceeded to ask a 'colon tech' about the logic behind the colonic cleansing process (also known as colon irrigation or colon hydrotherapy). Subsequently, I participated in the process so that I would have had the full experience when I criticized it later.

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Health and Fitness Tips: April 2012

A Point to Ponder:

While a daily exercise bout is great, research shows that it is counterproductive if you’re seated at a computer or on a couch for the majority of the day. In fact, every hour you spend in a seated position increases your risk of heart disease by nearly 20% and your risk of early death from all preventable diseases by more than 10%, even if you exercise regularly. With that said, in addition to regular exercise, be sure to incorporate more spontaneous physical activities into your daily routine in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This can be as simple as using the stairs or walking during work breaks.  Use a pedometer in order to monitor your daily physical activity behaviors both inside and outside the gym and see how every step counts.

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How To Establish Your Weight Training Goals and Schedule

Establishing Your Weight Training Goals

Defining and setting your personal weight training goals is an essential first step in the process of establishing a solid workout routine. When establishing your initial goals, I recommend focusing on the reason(s) you are engaging in this activity in the first place. Identify your expected benefits and create a "big picture" for yourself. Doing this will help you stay on course throughout your journey and keep you motivated as you experience setbacks along the way.

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Infographic: 20 Workout Myths and Misconceptions That Can Hinder Your Results

Between commercial advertisements, magazines and general hearsay, novice and experienced fitness enthusiasts alike continue to fall victim to misconceptions and myths specifically related to exercise. Check out this interesting and very enlightening infographic by Cruze Fitness, which highlights 20 workout myths and misconceptions that can dramatically hinder progress towards your fitness goals.

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

Healthy foods give children the energy they need on a daily basis as well as the vitamins and minerals that help their bodies and minds to develop and mature. When it comes to promoting healthy eating habits among children certain foods need to be readily available in the house for quick and easy to prepare meals and snacks. These foods include:

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5 Simple Ways to Add Flaxseed to Your Diet for Weight Management

Regularly eating flaxseed supports weight management and overall good health but many people just don’t know how to eat them. In fact, if you’re trying to add flaxseed to your diet, at first glance you might be a little intimidated by the way they look. Grocery stores house flaxseed in brown and golden colors and in whole and ground form so what do you do with them? The good news is that they’re all equally nutritious so it really depends on your taste preferences. If you’re in need of good ideas, here are five quick and easy ways to incorporate flaxseed into your diet, particularly for weight management.

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

The holidays are a popular time for eating socially. Unfortunately, with all the rich foods and sweet indulgences that surround families during holiday parties, gatherings and events combined with those lazy days spent indoors, the threat of weight gain is always lurking. Although tempting, it’s important not to let the holidays become a free-for-all. Consider these quick and easy tips for keeping you and your family in good health over the holiday season.

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How Exercise Helps In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

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 with breast cancer in her lifetime. Although breast cancer development is quite a complex process that is closely linked to genetic factors, evidence has long suggested that when coupled with regular screening examinations, healthy lifestyle choices can still greatly influence breast cancer occurrence and treatment as well as survival from the disease.

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

A while back, I reviewed a syndicated article online 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, the notion that longer duration exercise is hazardous to heart health is both inaccurate and highly misleading. This article is burdened by two primary misinterpretations and I’ll address both.

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Waiting to Exhale: My “Core Fusion” Experience

I’m a runner. I’m a weight lifter. I climb stairs on a regular. I’m as fit as I can be, right? Well of course, I’m Nina Cherie, PhD!

However, the art of muscle confusion never ceases to amaze me.

On May 22, 2013, I attended the Women’s Health Magazine and Exhale Spa’s “Fusion Fest” event in Chicago with the purpose of meeting with “The Next Fitness Star” finalist Tarrah Lee. I had also planned to get my workout on by taking some of the core classes offered by Exhale Spa.

Wow, was I in for a surprise.

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Building Your Triceps Muscles

The triceps muscles are located on the back of the arm and are essential for performing physical activities that require pushing (opening doors, pushing a shopping cart or a lawn mower). In addition, the triceps play a major role during many sports including basketball, baseball, boxing, swimming, golf, and tennis. During most pushing motions, the triceps work in conjunction with the muscles of the chest and/or shoulders.

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Waterleaf: The Perfect Restaurant for the Nutritionally Conscious Foodie

If you’re ever in or around the Dupage County area in Chicago’s Western Suburbs you absolutely must check out one of my new favorite eateries – Waterleaf Restaurant. As a research scientist and true advocate of health and wellness, this wonderful establishment of modern fine dining encompasses a combination of three things I utterly love: academics, education, and of course, nutritiously delicious food. 

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Exercise vs. Physical Activity for Weight Loss

There has been some chatter on the web about the notion that losing weight only requires one to ‘diet’ and ‘move’ (move meaning being physically active). It has also been suggested that exercise isn’t an essential component in the weight loss equation. This misconception about exercise is what prompted me to respond in this video clip.

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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 be a challenge, especially now since I’m physically preparing for the 2014 Mrs. Illinois International Beauty Pageant

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BeTwixed, Bothered, and Bewildered

A while back I was talking to my husband about a bad habit that I’d picked up when I was pregnant. Before I tell you what it is, let me tell you a little bit about me. I’ve always been extremely structured and very disciplined when I put my mind to something. Even when I had weaknesses, they were consistent. I loved salty foods as a child, as opposed to sugary snacks, so that’s all I ate. In fact, up to the time I was pregnant, I didn’t eat sweets at all. Talk to anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that this is a true fact.

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Belly Fat: Five Ways to Lose the Pooch

These days belly fat is indeed one of the most widely targeted areas of the body among men and women alike. Walk into any gym and you’ll find countless people spending a large majority of their workout time engaging in 'belly fat boot-camp' on "ab" prefixed machines while simultaneously downing placebo meal replacement shakes that promise to 'melt away' the fat.

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Dieting, Making It Work For You

The myriad of dieting gimmicks floating around in the mainstream media is one of today’s most annoying trends. Most popular dieting programs (Nutrisytem, Jenny Craig, The Atkins Diet, and The Zone Diet) appeal to people’s vanity with claims that promise a substantial amount of weight loss in a given amount of time which leads to Americans spending an estimated $42 billion annually on weight loss foods, products, and services. Unfortunately, dieting for the purpose of good health is rarely, if ever, emphasized. This is primarily because "dieting" isn’t a long term approach to good health.  

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Top 10 Healthy Halloween Candies

Well, it's that time of year again when many kids and grown folks alike indulge in Halloween candy and other sugary foods. Now, I'm as health conscious as they come but let's be real, most kids don't want to see those bagged pretzels and peanuts on Halloween. With that said, here are 10 of the better candy choices for parents, calorie counters and health conscious chocolate lovers.

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How to Make Candied Sweet Potatoes in a Healthy Way

A few years back one of my clients asked if it were possible to cook candied sweet potatoes in a "healthy" way? I chuckled a little at first, as the words "candied" and "healthy" generally contradict each other.

However, after having heard her usual recipe, roughly comprised of "ten or so cups of sugar" and multiple sticks of butter in one of those full size deep table pans, I realized that her question was asked with good reason. Unfortunately, this woman is not at all alone, as many people have been raised to believe that candied sweet potatoes should be prepared this way, touting that they only eat them 2 or 3 times a year as an excuse for indulging.

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Building Sculpted Shoulder Muscles

The shoulders, or deltoids, are basically made up of three parts: the front, middle, and rear deltoids. To completely train the deltoids you must perform exercises that develop each of these parts. Strong deltoids are essential for performing many physical activities that require overhead arm motions like hanging curtains, painting, washing walls, swimming, and throwing.

Related Article: Six of the Best Exercises for Sculpting Lean Arms

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Six Ways to Prevent the Onset of Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by excessive swelling and extreme tenderness in the joints, most often the metatarsal-phalangeal joint of the big toe. The signs, symptoms and general manifestations of gout are closely linked to poor dietary patterns and its occurrence has also been shown to parallel that of many lifestyle-related conditions including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

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It’s Not Baby Fat: The Real Reasons Your Child is Gaining Weight

Standing 5 feet 6 inches and approaching 200 pounds during my late adolescent/early teenage years, I can still recall the many times that family members referred to me as having "baby fat". Even at my young age I remember being annoyed by this statement, as in my heart, I knew that my ever-expanding waistline was solely due to all the fast food and junk food I regularly indulged in day in and day out.

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

Between commercial advertisements, magazines, and hearsay, women often fall victim to misconceptions and myths in regards to health, fitness, and weight loss many of which don't ever seem to go away in spite of science proving them wrong. Over the years I’ve continued to be amazed by the vulnerability of some when it comes to misconceptions specifically related to exercise and diet. In fact, here are 3 myths that I debunk on a regular basis:

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Using an Exercise Ball as an Office Chair

With so many people sitting in chairs and in front of computers these days the back has become one of the most vulnerable areas to chronic pain and muscle injury. One way to potentially counter this problem is by replacing your traditional office chair with an exercise ball. When properly seated on an exercise ball your core muscles become activated, which may improve your sitting posture, balance, and overall stability. Check out this clip to learn how to use an exercise ball as an office chair.

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Hammer Curls

Hammer curls are great for sculpting the forearm muscles and they also works the biceps on the front of the arm (learn how well-developed biceps can reduce the appearance of jiggly arm flab by clicking here).

This exercise is very easy to perform. Simply stand or sit on an exercise ball while holding a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing in.

To complete the movement, curl the dumbbells towards your shoulders either simultaneously or alternately and then return to the starting position.

It’s important to keep your abdominal muscles engaged while performing this exercise.

You should also keep your elbows as close to your waist as possible during the movement (click here for more exercises that work the arms). 

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you.  If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise.  However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.

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Weight Training 101: What You Need To Know Before You Lift

Weight training fundamentals tend to be a mystery for many people. Both novice and experienced weight lifters alike struggle with certain basics like proper exercise selection and execution as well as manipulating repetitions and sets, even though they believe they’re doing things right. Oftentimes, beginners have no clue when it comes to weight training and resort to spending valuable time watching and emulating more experienced lifters. Unfortunately, some of these 'experienced' individuals don’t know what they’re doing either.

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Exercise Tip: A Great Way to Sculpt Your Glutes and Quads

Squats are one of the best exercises for working the muscles of your lower body, mainly your glutes and quads. If you have difficulty performing squats, try exercise ball squats. Exercise ball squats allow you to work your lower body muscles while providing added stability and support for your back and knees. You can perform exercise ball squats in a gym or at home.

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My Unintentional 20-Pound Weight Loss

I’ve been actively controlling my body weight for nearly 20 years and it isn’t easy as I’m a big-boned, pear-shaped woman who fights the disease of obesity every day. However, I’ve found great solace in managing my body weight and ultimately my health with sensible dietary strategies and a large volume of exercise. Over the years, I’ve learned some things about myself when it comes to eating:

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Sample Weight Training Log

Measuring your progress during weight training is a great way to reinforce achievement of your goals. A training log is one of many common methods by which you can do this. The following is a sample log with all weight training fundamentals included (click here for specific information about exercises, sets, reps, and other weight training fundamentals):

Sample Weight Training Log

For more of the latest and greatest in health, fitness, and nutrition, "Like" me on Facebook at Nina Cherie, PhD of Complete Health Solutions and follow me on Twitter at @NinaCheriePhD.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you.  If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise.  However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.

 

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Drinking Smoothies with Diabetes: What You Should Know

Recently I met with one of my clients who was extremely excited about his new hobby – making "healthy" smoothies. For the sake of privacy, I’ll call him Clarence. Over the course of my consulting with him, Clarence had successfully lost weight and lowered both his blood pressure and cholesterol levels to the point that he’s now able to reduce his usage of medications. This is fantastic considering that Clarence is well in his 70s. 

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How to Exercise with Water Dumbbells

Water-based exercise is an excellent form of cardio that works all the major muscle groups and burns calories while significantly elevating the heart rate, thereby improving your overall level of fitness. Using water dumbbells allows you to perform full-body resistance training which greatly increases the intensity of your workout while also providing a toning effect. Check out this video clip to learn how to exercise with water dumbbells.

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Eat Less and Boost Your Nutritional Intake with Small Bites

Chicago is indeed one of the best cities for foodies, there’s no doubt about that. But, as a nutritionally conscious foodie, I always make an effort to get the most nutritional bang for my buck when dining away from home. Prior to this week, my food choices have been limited to seafood, Japanese sushi, Spanish tapas and vegetarian cuisine. Now, however, with the arrival of Bites Asian Tapas on Chicago’s North Side, I have a wide variety of new foods to choose from. 

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How to Lift Weights Without Bulking Up

I always emphasize that resistance training (weight lifting) is one of the most important components of an exercise program, as it helps in the maintenance of a healthy body composition. An ideal body composition is one that encompasses a high percentage of lean mass (muscle and bone) and a low percentage of fat mass relative to overall body weight. Unfortunately, many people tend to avoid weight lifting for a fear of "bulking up" or "getting bigger". If this is a concern, follow these simple tips to avoid such effects.

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Three Smart Strategies for Exercising with a Lung Condition

When compared to the average person, individuals with lung conditions (chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema) use way more energy during breathing. Such breathing problems are primarily a result of narrowing and inflammation (swelling) of the lung's airways. In general, exercise and other forms of physical activity are critical for good health and can play a significant role in the prevention of lung problems. However, the wrong types of exercise can induce inflammation and trigger breathing difficulties. Here are three smart exercise strategies that can help alleviate inflammation, labored breathing, and other symptoms of common lung conditions.

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Is Aspartame Making You Sick and Fat?

I have a confession to make: When I drink coffee, I prefer to add an Equal low-calorie sweetener to it. Yes, that would be aspartame. And guess what? My reason for using an occasional packet of Equal has absolutely nothing to do with a desire to avoid carbs, spare calories, or even lose weight. Quite frankly, I just prefer the quick burst of sugariness that this particular sweetener provides in my coffee – only my coffee. That’s it!

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Health and Fitness Tips: July 2012

A Point to Ponder:

The first half of the year has come and gone. Many of you are likely experiencing success in keeping a new year's weight loss resolution. If this is the case, try not to reward your efforts by splurging with unhealthy foods that are high in fat and sugar. Using food as a reward feeds the notion that dietary discipline is a temporary behavior rather than a lifestyle change. Try choosing other methods for rewarding your success like getting a massage or shopping for a new outfit.

How Healthy Eating Habits Can Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a complex disease characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is a leading cause of death worldwide and most people with the disease have type 2 diabetes. While the development of type 2 diabetes is closely linked to genetic factors, when coupled with regular physical activity, nutritious eating habits can greatly influence the occurrence of the disease by promoting healthy blood sugar levels. To reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, implement the following dietary strategies into your lifestyle.

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Health and Fitness Tips: March

A Point to Ponder:

Your environment may not always support your efforts to be healthy but the fact of the matter is that you are in charge of your own lifestyle behaviors. Healthy living is all about choice.  You have many opportunities to make positive lifestyle choices about what you eat and what you do.  In order to be healthy in the long-term, you need to make the best choices whenever possible.  Remember this next the time you "SUPER SIZE IT" or take the elevator instead of the stairs.

 

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Establishing a Weekly Workout Plan

People often ask me for advice and tips on starting a workout routine for weight loss, fitness, or general health. I always emphasize that the most effective way to lose weight and maintain your overall health and fitness is to moderately reduce your daily calorie consumption while engaging in cardiovascular (cardio) exercise and resistance (weight) training programs.

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3 Common Behaviors That Sabotage Healthy Eating

Your attempts to eat healthy can be thwarted by a lack of understanding of what makes foods "healthy" in the first place. Some foods are considered healthy because they promote proper functioning of the body while others are labeled "healthy" simply because they are lower in calories. It's important to understand that healthy foods are not always fair game and abusing them can do more harm than good when it comes to your efforts to eat healthy. Here are three common behaviors that can really sabotage healthy eating.   

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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, in all actuality, they are simply carrying too much body fat. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are certainly people with a predisposition to carrying excess fat and many who naturally have big bones, so being slightly overweight may be inevitable for some. However, the average person is not predisposed to weighing in excess of 300 pounds.

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Seven Food Labeling Tactics That Are Making People Sick

For well over 20 years the eyes and ears of dieters, health enthusiasts and the general public have been continuously bombarded with confusing and oftentimes misleading packaging and labeling information courtesy of the food and beverage industry. Unfortunately, successful employment of such tactics and resultant changes in peoples’ everyday food intake patterns have paralleled the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other diet-related health problems.

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

Back in 2007 while pregnant with my son I found out I had a single uterine fibroid that increased in size throughout the progression of my pregnancy. I didn’t sweat it as my obstetrician-gynecologist assured me that the fibroid would shrink after childbirth. It did. Unfortunately, my fibroid issues took a real turn for the worst from 2010 to 2012 during which time I had three consecutive miscarriages.

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Black Hair vs. Health: Do We Sacrifice Our Health for Our Hair?

I have trained and/or provided consultations to hundreds of black women for well over 10 years and about 80 percent of them have, at some point, used hair-related excuses for rescheduling or even canceling their sessions. Ironically enough, those women of color who were compliant either had natural hairdos (dreads or kinky twists), braids, fades, or European-like hair (commonly defined as "good hair"). What is it with hair and exercise when it comes to black women? Do we sacrifice our health for our hair?

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Exercising To Lower Cholesterol

In addition to eating the right foods, you can greatly improve your cholesterol with regular physical activity in the form of exercise. In fact, exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce triglycerides (fat in the blood) and increase HDL ("good") cholesterol. There are two types of exercise that are especially beneficial: cardiovascular   exercise and resistance training.

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A Simple, Effective Abdominal Workout

The abdominal muscles (or 'abs') are basically comprised of three parts: the rectus abdominus (commonly called 'the six pack'), obliques (internal and external), and transverse abdominus. Strong abs (in conjunction with the muscles of the lower back) are essential for performing many physical activities that require turning, twisting, and bending. The abdominal muscles also play a crucial role in stabilizing the spine, preventing the occurrence of lower back pain.

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Eliminating Cardio Exercise for Weight Loss?

Just recently, a member from my Facebook page asked me the following question regarding the role of cardio/running in weight loss: 

"I would like your take on a couple of articles that have been floating around the Internet about eliminating cardio/running ["Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Cardio" and "Why Women Should Not Run"]...I just started training for the Chicago Marathon and am inclined to stress fractures, although, I think I have figured out how to keep from getting injured. I rest more often in between long and/or hard runs, I don't run anywhere near concrete and I have added other bone strengthening exercises to my regimen. Is there any empirical data that supports or denies the claim that cardio (not walking or sprinting) should be eliminated for the purpose of losing weight...?" 

I’ll address the primary points in sections starting with cardio.

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Drinking Pink: The Disease-Fighting Power of Rosé Wines

Rosé wines ("pink" or "blush" wines) are some of the most underrated and overlooked wines in the United States. As main dietary staples in Provence these wines offer a crisp, acidic yet mildly sweet flavor that pairs very well with nutrient-rich Mediterranean foods like fresh vegetables, olive oil, and fish. In spite of being an avid wine drinker and one who follows a Mediterranean-style diet, I too am guilty of undervaluing rosé wines, often limiting myself to reds and whites. Not any more!

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3 Tasty Ideas for Incredibly Nutritious Meal-Replacement Smoothies

Whether you're constantly on the go or just looking to spice up your diet, smoothies make great meal replacements. Choosing the right ingredients can greatly boost your intake of protein, healthy fats, high-quality carbs, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Here are three simple recipes for incredibly delicious and nutritious smoothies. For each recipe, add all the ingredients to your blender in the order in which they are listed.

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Three Effective Ways to Slim and Tone Your Inner Thighs with Dumbbells

When it comes to slimming the inner thighs and burning fat in this area many people think about those inner and outer thigh machines at the gym. Contrary to popular belief, there's no way to spot reduce inner thigh fat. However, you can perform targeted resistance exercises to sculpt the inner thigh muscles giving them a slimmer shapelier appearance. Check out this clip in which I demonstrate three that are highly effective. 

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Stress: A Major Culprit Behind Weight Gain, Belly Fat, and Chronic Disease

Are you frequently exposed to stress due to work or school, conflicts with family or friends, or even while sitting impatiently in a traffic jam? Although such situations may seem harmless, with prolonged and repeated exposures these simple stressors can set off a progressive cascade of events leading to unhealthy weight gain, poor health and, ultimately, disease.

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Three Simple Tips for Living Healthy in the Summer

With the summertime here and in full effect I hope you’re sticking with your New Year’s resolutions to stay healthy and physically fit. Given that the summer is a season of vacations, picnics, cookouts, happy hour, pizza by the slice, ice cream, sugary frozen beverages, and lazy days outdoors, it's easy to slack off from practicing the healthy behaviors that brought you to where you are today.

As you’re enjoying your summer, take full advantage of everyday opportunities to remain healthy. Here are three quick and easy tips for doing this.

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