Health Benefits of the Amazing Artichoke

One of the oldest foods known to man, artichokes date all the way back to the 300s B.C. Greek philosopher Theophrastus described them in his writings, and the ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes both a delicacy and an aphrodisiac…

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Sustainable Products Protect Your Environment, Health, and Future

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations…”

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Mediterranean Fish – Sinatra Style

As a cardiologist, nothing makes me happier than the combination of heart-healthy fish paired with my favorite superfood, olive oil, for a one-two punch of delicious food that’s good for you! That’s exactly what you’re getting with this simple Mediterranean fish dinner that’s quick to whip up anytime and tastes wonderful. This easy fish recipe is a breath of fresh spring air with sunny lemon olive oil and vibrant organic marinara sauce.

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Quick and Easy Easter Brunch Recipes

If you’re looking for Easter brunch menu ideas or just some healthy Sunday brunch recipes to have on hand, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve put together some delicious recipes to kickstart your brunch with vibrant flavor and healthy ingredients….like nutrient-dense eggs and avocado…

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Celebrating Blood Orange Salad

Nature has a way of getting us through the cold and darkness of winter with vibrant fruits and vegetables, and the intensely-colored blood orange is a stand-out among them! Generally available between December and May, blood oranges are aptly named for their jewel-like blend of burgundy wine and orange colors. Citrusy with hints of raspberry […]

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Winter Squash Recipes Featuring Flavored Olive Oils

Versatile and vibrantly colored, winter squashes like butternut, acorn, and pumpkin have, for centuries, kept us tided over with veggie nutrition through cold weather scarcities. Harvested in the summer and fall, these stalwart winter squashes simply keep so well that they’re available for most of the year. Besides being hearty and reliable, winter squashes are […]

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Why Do We Need Protein in Our Diets?

One of the buzzwords in diet circles these days is “protein.” High protein diets, we’re told, can help us lose weight and beat the effects of aging. Products on grocery store shelves—from frozen entrees to yogurt—tout their protein content. But what exactly is protein? Why do we need it, and how much is best? Most […]

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Whether for warm weather picnicking, or hunkering in with a hearty winter salad, this piquant Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is a high-protein home run. Featuring organic, gluten-free red lentil pasta and cold-pressed oregano olive oil, it’s healthier than traditional white pasta salad with mayo, and I think it tastes amazing too! Dr. Sinatra’s Mediterranean Pasta […]

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Easy Caprese Salad

A simple combination of fresh mozzarella cheese and juicy, ripe tomatoes, Caprese salad is a classic Italian appetizer (“Insalata Caprese”) that’s not only delicious, but really easy to make! There are several ways to make an Easy Caprese Salad…In the video below, I make it with traditional tomatoes, dress it with cold-pressed basil olive oil, […]

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Love Flavored Olive Oil? Our Cold Pressed Is Still Best

As a lover of olive oil, it does my heart good to see so many people embracing it as a flavorful and healthy way to eat. There’s nothing better, in my book, for both the taste buds and…well… every other part of your body!One look at store shelves will tell you just how big olive […]

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Going Beyond Bread with Bread Dipping Spices

I’ll admit it. A few years ago, when I created my Vervana Olive Oil Spices Blend, I had bread on the brain. I just love fresh sourdough bread, especially as a means of soaking up velvety-smooth and peppery-delicious extra virgin olive oil (or, as I like to call it, “liquid gold”). But I wanted to […]

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Dr. Sinatra’s Grass-Fed Beef Taco Recipe

Dr. Sinatra’s Grass-Fed Beef Taco Recipe *Choose organic meats and produce whenever possible* 1 pound grass-fed organic ground beef 1-3 Tbsp EVOO or spicy jalapeño flavored olive oil Mexican Spice Blend Seasoning, 1 to 3 Tbsp, or to taste 1-2 cups shredded red or green cabbage 1-2 cups shredded carrots Natural salt blend, to taste  1-2 avocados […]

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Is Your Pasta Sauce Healthy? Here are 5 Ways to Tell

I’ve never been shy when it comes to sharing stories about my Italian heritage and my love of traditional Italian food. But once I get specific about my favorites, a lot of people are surprised that I regularly include pasta and red sauce on my menu. Sometimes I’ll have the sauce as much as 2-3 […]

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Short on Time? Try this Simple Chicken Soup Recipe

You’ve been working long hours and/or caring for children, temps outside are frigid, and your loved ones are under the weather. Nothing sounds better than hot chicken soup for dinner, but you want something healthy and fresh – not from a can. And a good, healthy chicken soup takes significant time and energy to make…Or […]

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Spiced Winter Tea

When winter sets in, I love to warm up with a cup of Spiced Winter Tea. While you can make it with black, ginger or green tea, I like to use green tea because it offers more health benefits than almost any other tea.  Loaded with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, green tea is especially good for the […]

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Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not a big proponent of sugary desserts, and generally advise that sweets be eaten in strict moderation. Even so, a sweet tooth will strike from time to time for us all, and I do believe that there are ways to indulge without throwing all caution to the wind. There is a middle ground where […]

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COOC-Certified EVOO – The Difference that Matters

As a cardiologist and nutritionist who grew up in an Italian household, I make no secret of my love for extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). It’s as close to the perfect “superfood” as you can get, with its antioxidant phenol content and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. This is why, for years, it’s been the cornerstone of […]

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Habanero Honey Chicken Recipe

As football season heats up, I like to get cooking and make traditional game day favorites with a healthy twist….like fiery buffalo chicken. My habanero honey recipe (below) is made with all white meat tenders drenched in smooth, buttery habanero hot sauce featuring habanero flavored olive oil and sweet raw honey. If you’ve ever made […]

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Hearty, Healthy Egg & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

Growing up, my mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and she insisted I eat scrambled eggs and toast every morning. Although it’s now up for debate how important breakfast really is, I believe as a cardiologist and nutritionist that having a morning meal is good for your health. The catch […]

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Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

I just love warm, bubbly, rich-and-hearty eggplant Parmesan. An Italian classic and personal favorite, eggplant Parmesan can be nutrient-packed and healthy with the right ingredients and culinary know-how… How to Make Healthy Eggplant Parmesan First the bad news… Traditional eggplant Parmesan often brings unsavory ingredients to the table, like deep-fried eggplant. Deep frying and pan […]

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You Can’t Beat the Health Benefits of Beets

There are quite a few vegetables that fall into the “love ’em or hate ’em” category, and beets are probably right at the top of this list. Some people enjoy their “earthy” taste, while others simply aren’t fans. But for how polarizing of a vegetable it is, one thing’s for sure: the benefits of beets […]

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The Secret to Healthy Pasta Dinners

Traditional (white flour) pasta has garnered a pretty bad reputation over the last several years… As a high-carb food, it can spike blood sugar and insulin levels, so eating too much of it too often can set your body up for inflammation-related diseases and make you gain weight. Yet for centuries, pasta has been part […]

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Iced Mint & Honey Green Tea

Have sizzling summer days got you overheated and thirsty? Cool down and quench your thirst with some iced green tea! Not only refreshing, green tea is loaded with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, which help promote healthy aging in just about every way you can imagine. Specific to the heart, green tea contains theobromine, which relaxes the blood […]

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Forest Bathing: Enjoying Nature’s Health Benefits

Some people can’t see the forest for the trees. But others…well, they see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and savor every bit of beauty, serenity, and nature that the forest has to offer. These people take part in a Japanese ritual called shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” The concept of forest bathing (aka forest therapy) […]

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8 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

Backyard barbecues are the perfect combination of summer fun, tasty food, and good times with loved ones. As an avid cook, I enjoy my barbecue outings as much as the next person. However, I have few words of caution – from a health perspective – along with some healthy BBQ tips to help you feel […]

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Natural Salt vs Table Salt

Even though I’m a cardiologist, you won’t hear me telling anyone to totally avoid salt. Despite what half the doctors in this country will lead you to believe, salt – as the main source of sodium in our diets – is essential to life. All unprocessed salt has a similar chemical makeup—it consists mainly of […]

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Go Crazy for Cauliflower Rice

Although devoid of color, cauliflower makes up for its lack of personality with powerful nutrition – it’s really one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. In fact, it’s been one of my top healing foods for decades, and for good reason. In addition to being an excellent source of fiber, cauliflower boasts a number […]

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Why Walk Barefoot this Summer?

I go barefoot whenever I can. Why? I love the way it feels, and I know it’s better for my body because that’s how I was made to walk (not in shoes). But most importantly, because I want my dose of vitamins G and D. And now, during the warm summer months, it’s a perfect […]

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Spring Has Sprung Recipes – Featuring Basil & Rosemary

After a seemingly endless winter, it’s exciting to see new Spring greenery shooting up everywhere! Fresh, herbaceous flavors have taken center stage in my kitchen, and are at the heart of some delectable Spring recipes I want to share with you… Minty Melon with Basil Salad A refreshing twist on classic fruit salad, this simple, […]

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Lemon and Rosemary Oil Recipe – Power Greens

Dark leafy greens can be a tough sell – to adults and children alike! But, as with most vegetables, dressing greens up with bold flavors and healthy oils can make all the difference. This simple, delicious Power Greens recipe with lemon and rosemary oils does just that! My favorite greens are kale, spinach and chard. […]

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Quinoa Tabbouleh – A PAMM Recipe

Many years ago, while en route to Vermont for a weekend getaway, my family and I discovered a hidden gem of a pit-stop – a Middle Eastern restaurant called Haji’s Place. For us, it was a wonderful introduction to (then-exotic) foods like hummus and baba ganoush, which were served in giant wooden bowls with lavash […]

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7 Tips for Making Healthy Meatballs and Pasta

Although I’m not a huge meat eater, I’m Italian, and love making healthy baked meatballs. First of all, they are amazing with the right marinara sauce and pasta – always a crowd-pleaser! Click here to skip right to Healthy, Baked Meatballs Recipe But baked meatballs don’t just add deliciously hearty flavor to pasta – they […]

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5 Healthy and Easy Chocolate Desserts

Although I generally advise against eating sugary foods, I do believe that you can indulge your sweet tooth once in a while without going overboard, and that there are delectable ways to make your favorite sweet treats a whole lot healthier! When it comes to healthy dessert recipes, I’m a big fan of dark chocolate […]

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Healthy Guacamole & “Chips”

When paired with fresh, organic vegetables instead of deep-fried tortilla chips, this guacamole is one of the healthiest dishes you can eat! Packed with nutrients like glutathione, vitamin E and potassium, satiating avocados can increase absorption of beta carotene, which is found in some of our chip substitutes: red peppers and carrots. Not only are these “chips” full […]

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Turmeric Milk – My Favorite Winter Warmer

There’s nothing like hot milk to warm you up when the weather outside puts a chill in your bones. Turmeric milk is popular in yoga circles, and once I made this recipe, it became my new warm milk go-to. Try it, and you may never drink hot chocolate again! A good source of protein and […]

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Mediterranean Chicken & Lentil Pasta Bake

While traditional comfort foods satisfy your taste buds and can bring back wonderful memories that make you feel good, they are notorious for containing lots heavily-processed ingredients, bat fats, sugar and too much salt – not what the doctor ordered. Why not comfort your body instead with clean, whole, nutritious foods that aren’t full of […]

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Hearty Italian Meatloaf with Oats

An Italian and gluten-free spin on a classic favorite, this simple meatloaf with oats recipe brings  satisfying nutrition and deliciously hearty flavor to the table. I love a good meatloaf, but I enjoy it even more when it packs the extra power of a high vibrational marinara sauce. One serving of this healthy meatloaf offers […]

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Warm Up With Hearty Winter Soup

There’s nothing quite like the slow warm-up from the inside out when eating a delicious and hearty winter soup. I love soups because they’re a great way to pack a lot of healthy nutrition into a single dish and they’re satisfying. Not to mention they make your house smell amazing while you’re cooking. Two of my […]

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5 High Vibe Easy Appetizer Recipes

Here are five easy appetizer recipes that I love to serve guests, each incorporating high-vibrational foods or ingredients you can savor and feel good about enjoying. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Prepare, serve, and celebrate – Mangiare! Nutty, Herbaceous Olive Oil Dip (Makes 1 cup; serves 8-12 people.) Look no further for a cold party […]

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For the Love of Lemons

I’ll be honest. Whenever I hear someone repeat the old saw, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” I’m not sure whether to smile or shake my head. On one hand, I’m a huge believer in always looking for the positive in life. On the other, the saying paints lemons in a negative light. And […]

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High Vibrational Is the New Organic

There’s a saying that “everything old is new again.” We see it with art, fashion, design, and I personally see it play out time and again in the health world. Take yoga, for example. It actually goes back to ancient India, yet only became popular in the West in the mid-20th century. And it still […]

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Honey Pumpkin Pie

Who doesn’t love a slice of pumpkin pie during the autumn holidays? This high vibrational pumpkin pie recipe features raw honey and organic cream, instead of sugar and canned condensed milk, as well as a gluten-free crust. Enjoy! For the gluten-free crust, you’ll need: 1 cup gluten free oat flour ½ cup almond flour 1 […]

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Vegetarian/Vegan Chili

Jam-packed with lycopene-rich tomatoes, magnesium-fiber-and-protein-filled beans, and peppers and carrots that are brimming with carotenoids, this vegetarian (and vegan) chili is one of my PAMM Diet all-stars! It’s a quick and easy way to help meet your veggie quota while warming your soul on a darker, colder late-fall or winter day. I especially love that […]

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Dr. Sinatra’s High Vibe Broccoli Recipes

As those of you with children or grandchildren likely already know, broccoli can be a tough sell at dinnertime. Aside from Brussels sprouts, there’s no other veggie that can incite such powerful expressions of disgust, especially on finicky faces. And for some adults too, which is terribly unfortunate, as broccoli is one of the healthiest […]

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Pepper Pays Off When It Comes to Health

Nature – with her unparalleled array of antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral-packed plant-foods– is, indeed a true healer. Some of her most potent nutrients are probably sitting in your fridge or kitchen cabinet right now. You probably already know that herbs like garlic and spices like turmeric offer all sorts of health benefits. But did you […]

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Marinara “Soup”

Having had the pleasure of making fresh, marinara sauce for my family over the past 4 decades, I’ve learned that some people like tomato sauce and some don’t (usually kids). Other people just want the sauce, sans pasta. My daughter, for example, always preferred a bowl of fresh, marinara sauce which she could dip fresh baked Italian […]

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Farmed Vs. Wild Caught Fish

How to Choose and Cook the Healthiest Fish I had the pleasure of cooking with one of my good friends recently, actress Suzanne Somers. We had a blast talking about the health benefits of fish, olive oils, herbs and spices, and we were able to capture our cooking moments and tips on video for you. […]

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Dr. Sinatra’s Spicy Chicken Soup

This immune-boosting spicy chicken soup helps you eliminate sinus and lung congestion, and tastes great, especially if you enjoy hot-n-spicy foods! You’ll need: *Choose organic items whenever possible* 1 whole organic chicken or chicken parts (with bones) 1 medium to large onion, chopped 3-6 carrots, peeled and chopped 3 to 6 stalks of celery, chopped […]

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Salmon Niçoise Salad

Salmon provides a twist on this classic French dish, where tuna is the main catch. For convenience, you can always use canned salmon instead of fresh salmon. Substituting lettuce with spinach adds more antioxidants and phytonutrients to this already healthy meal which is full of fiber, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Salmon Niçoise Salad *Choose […]

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Dr. Sinatra’s Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe

When it comes to creating a delicious, healthy, and satisfying pasta dish, combining a high-protein pasta with organic, high vibrational marinara sauce, a quality protein and a vibrant vegetable is the way to go! That is exactly what I did for this zesty and hearty shrimp fra diavolo. I love this dish because shrimp are […]

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Why Olive Oil Is My Favorite Superfood

I’ve been in love with olive oil for a very long time, since I was about 7 years old. Both my Sicilian-born grandfather and my father were magicians in the kitchen, conjuring up the most savory and delicious sauces, soups and pastas a hungry family could ever wish for. My father added olive oil to […]

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Your Good-Vibe Shopping List

When it comes to health strategies that really work, I’ve distilled them down into 3 key habits: (1) Be heart-focused. (2) Nourish your body and mind. (3) Live a healthy-vibe life. These essential habits, which I call the “Dr. Sinatra Way” are easy to incorporate into your daily routine and they can help you live […]

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Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken *Choose organic meats and produce whenever possible* 2 pounds chicken breasts 1 ½ Tbsp of my EVOO 1/2 cup mild or medium salsa 1 4 oz. can mild diced green chilies 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained 1 tsp Salt Blend 1 tsp of Pepper & Juniper blend […]

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Dr. Sinatra’s Grass-Fed Buffalo Tenderloin

Buffalo tenderloin is not just a leaner alternative to steak tenderloin, it is also higher vibrational than conventionally raised beef. Why? For one, all buffalo is grass-fed, which means you’re getting omega-3s, a type of fat your body needs. Buffalo (also known as bison) is also raised without the use of GMO growth hormones, making […]

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Dr. Sinatra’s Artichoke Salad

Full of bold flavors, this salad is a great way to incorporate artichokes into a main meal. Not only will it hopefully delight your palate, but it can also help you stay healthy. How? Artichoke hearts help promote detoxification by supporting liver function. Onions contain compounds that support heart health. Red bell peppers are full […]

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Mediterranean Gazpacho

I’m a huge fan of tomatoes – they are absolute nutrition powerhouses, full of vitamins and heart-healthy antioxidants like lycopene (which also gives tomatoes their red color). While I can’t get enough of them in marinara sauce,  I also LOVE eating them raw as gazpacho – a refreshing, cold tomato soup. On hot summer days, […]

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Dr. Sinatra’s Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette

This zesty high vibrational dressing will wake up your taste buds with lemon olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey. Use it to enliven broccoli, spinach salad, chicken and more! Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette 2 to 4 tsp apple cider vinegar 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maple syrup or Honey […]

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Hearty and Easy Risotto-Stuffed Peppers in Basil Sauce

This dish is simple to prepare, uses a variety of colorful, wholesome foods and some of my favorite flavors: basil, Tuscan seasoning, and my Vervana California Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is the perfect recipe for whipping up a hearty and easy dinner for two, for your whole family, or even for yourself to […]

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The Secret to Vitality: High-Vibrational Living

Do you ever wonder if authentically happy, healthy-looking people have a secret that they’re not sharing? That they know something you don’t? As a cardiologist and anti-aging physician who’s spent a career connecting the dots between physical, metabolic, emotional, mental, and even spiritual aspects of health, I’ve realized that the big “secret” to a full […]

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Bring Your A-Game Healthy Chili Recipe

Never underestimate the power of a healthy chili recipe to nourish and satisfy your hungriest fans…Although my favorite time to make chili is in the fall or winter, when I have friends and family over to watch football, I love to make chili all year round. It’s full of the protein I crave, and is […]

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7 Ways to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy

In my four-plus decades of practicing medicine, I’ve learned that the things you do every day all eventually add up, and can “make or break” your health. Here are seven steps you can take to get healthy and stay healthy. 1. Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Most people go on diets to lose weight. And, sure […]

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5 Things to Know Before Using Olive Oil

The good news about olive oil – a cornerstone of the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet and one of my most-recommended superfoods – just keeps coming. Even the FDA now recognizes that:“Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease […]

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Delicious Salad Recipes with Olive Oil Dressing

A salad can be one of the healthiest dishes in your diet – or it can be a diet nightmare! Whether it’s a hit or a miss depends largely on what toppings  and dressings you pick. The veggie part of the salad is pretty easy to get right. Try to select darker greens for the […]

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