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 neighborhood on the city’s North Side. Although this bakery has been widely popular among health conscious folks in the Chicagoland area for over a decade, it was the very first time I’d ever dined there.


How to Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet

More and more research suggests that healthy fats should be incorporated into the diet in order to improve cholesterol. Cholesterol is primarily comprised of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and HDL ("good") cholesterol. High cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much LDL cholesterol in your blood. Buildup of LDLs in the blood leads to plaque formations in your arteries that cause heart attacks and strokes. However, having high HDL levels is ideal as this good cholesterol is responsible for removing LDL from arterial walls. 


Why I’ve Swapped Out Greek Yogurt for Icelandic Skyr

As a seasoned health professional and lifestyle blogger, I attend a ton of events and trade shows in order to stay in the loop with the latest and greatest health-promoting products on the market. I was recently invited to a special event showcasing the innovative talents of Siggi Hilmarsson, the man responsible for bringing an Icelandic-style yogurt called "Skyr" (pronounced skeer) to the United States.


A Fresh Spin on Cycling for Exercise

I've been an avid runner for more than half my life but I'll admit that it’s taken a bit of a backseat since I purchased my first hybrid bike and started an outdoor cycling regimen.

I initially set out to buy a simple road bike for family rides with my husband and son. But, after test riding numerous brands and models, I decided to commit to purchasing a long-lasting, high-quality bike that’s versatile enough for fitness cycling, charity rides and general commuting.


Major Conditions Associated with Low Back Pain

At some point in time, almost everyone will experience low back pain as its prevalence greatly increases with age. Exercise plays an essential role in both the prevention and treatment of low back pain but to learn more about this condition, visit The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Major Conditions Associated with Low Back Pain Nina Cherie Franklin

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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.


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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