Dr. Nina C. Franklin

Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

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10 Superfoods That Make Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy foods give kids the energy they need on a daily basis while also supplying the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that help their bodies and minds to develop and mature. Since most are constantly on the go with school and play, snack time is one of the absolute best times to introduce healthy foods into their diets....more

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....more

East-West Curried Seafood Stew

 Are you a fan of bouillabaisse? Well, prior to meeting my husband, I’d actually never had bouillabaisse, which is surprising since I’ve always been quite the foodie. Now, I’m somewhat of a connoisseur. Bouillabaisse is essentially a type of seafood stew that’s packed full of veggies, beans, herbs and spices. Using a pressure cooker to prepare such stew can substantially reduce your cooking time while also preserving all the savory flavors. Here’s a fun and delicious pressure cooker bouillabaisse recipe that’s perfect if you’re in the mood for something exotic: "East-West Curried Seafood Stew"....more

How to Make a Traditional Conch Salad from Scratch

 If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting any one of the 30 or so inhabited islands of the Bahamas, you have likely either had or heard of conch salad, as it’s indeed their signature dish. Now, a good conch salad is one that’s packed full of raw/live conch, veggies, citrus juices and zesty spices for maximum flavor and utterly enjoyable satiation. During one of my visits to the beautiful island of Nassau, I had the privilege of having a full batch of traditional conch salad made fresh for me by Mr. Tyrone Culmer, one of the towns best culinary talents, as part of an exclusive event catered by Circa1890 Lounge....more

Fat-Shaming: Are Legitimately Unhealthy Fat People Hiding Behind the Term?

The Urban Dictionary has defined 'fat-shaming' as "a term made by obese people to avoid the responsibility to actually take proper care of their body". As an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, and research scientist who studies obesity and one who’s battled the disease all my life, I’m not diametrically opposed to this definition in cases where the term 'fat' isn’t used maliciously....more

Six Effective Ways to Lose Weight after Having a Baby

When it comes to pregnancy there is one common question asked by new moms, veteran moms, and moms-to-be: "How do I get my body back after having a baby?" While there’s no single formula that works for all women, I can definitely provide some real insight from my own unique personal and professional experiences....more

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....more

A Scandalous Workout

On January 11, 2013, a day after the Season 2 premier of ABC’s "Scandal", I had a little venting session on Facebook. My rant was specifically directed towards the large volume of women inside and outside my circle of family, friends, and clients who had tuned in to the show....more

City Farming: A Real Solution for the Englewood Community and Other Urban Food Deserts in Chicago

 On June 18, 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a special event held at a local City Farm fresh market situated in Northeast Chicago. This event was generously sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly for the purpose of supporting Resource Center’s latest initiative in sustainable urban farming....more