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Tips for wholesome eating

Your body will feel slow and sluggish if you eat nutrient-dense food. Here's how to get in the habit of eating well.

* Reduce Sodium (salt) to help prevent water retention and high blood pressure. Look for the "low sodium" label and season meals with a few grains of course sea salt instead of cooking with salt.

* Enjoy good fats. Reap the rewards of olive oil, avocados, salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and other monounsaturated fats. Research shows that the fat from these delicious sources protects your body against heart disease by controlling "bad" LDL cholesterol levels and raising "good" HDL cholesterol levels.

* Fiber up. Avoid constipation, lower the risk of chronic diseases, and feel fuller longer by increasing fiber intake. Your go-to fiber-foods are raw fruits and veggies, whole-grains, and beans.

* Cook smart. The best way to prepare veggies is by steaming or sauteing in olive oil-it preserves nutrients. Forget boiling-it leeches nutrients.

* Try to include five colors on your plate. Fruits and veggies rich in color correspond to rich nutrients (think: blackberries, melons, yams, spinach, tomato, zucchini.

(Information taken from Mature Living)

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