15 Easy Ways to Make Your Diet Healthier

Patty James, a certified natural chef in Sebastopol, California and co-author of More Vegetables Please, tells you how to eat better this year.

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Veg Out

Spend 30 minutes twice a week cutting up fresh veggies to have them ready at all times.
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Drink and Be Merry

Don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach; it’s hard on your stomach and burns up B vitamins.
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Make Cookies With Less Calories

Next time you make cookies or cake, substitute half of the butter with applesauce, pumpkin or prune puree. Less fat; more nutrients.
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Indulge With Fruit

Keep seasonal fruit at home and eat it when you’re hungry or when a sweet tooth strikes.
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Shop Smarter

Shop in the outside aisles of the grocery store. Most of the more processed foods are located in the middle aisles.
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Hydrate With Lemon Water

Start your day with a glass of fresh lemon water, 1/2 to 1 juiced lemon in water. Your liver loves it.
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A Better Choice for Salt

Use sea salt instead of the highly processed salt you find in many grocery stores.
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Add Beans

Thicken soups with pureed beans. Delicious and added nutrition.
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Spice Up Your Greens

Add more leafy greens to your life-kale, chard, spinach, radicchio, etc. They are wonder foods! Steam the greens for a couple minutes, drain and set aside. In a pan saute some onions, garlic and shitake mushrooms in olive oil for a few minutes. Add the kale back in, stir and serve.
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Try A Vegetarian Day

Have at least one day a week without meat. Meatless Monday perhaps.
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Eat Your Veggies

Eat raw vegetables every day. Raw veggies contain important enzymes that can be lost when they’re cooked.
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Do It Yourself

Make your own vinaigrette for your salads. Olive and/or flax oil, lemon juice or vinegar, a little Dijon mustard, a minced garlic clove and a little salt and pepper.
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Add Color To Your Diet

Different colored food has different nutrients, so eat from the rainbow. Red peppers, orange carrots, green kale, etc.
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Switch It Up

Vary your food; if you eat it today, don’t eat it for 4 days.
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Plan Ahead

Plan your weekly meals on your day off. Patty James is the author of More Vegetables, Please! Buy it at Amazon here. NEXT: Recipes that help fight belly fat
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