Have you recently talk to your doctor or another health professional about healthy eating and healthy living ?  If so, maybe you figured out that all tasty foods are bad for you. No exceptions. Healthy food is unappealing and bland. Unfortunately, dairy, pasta, cheese, sweets, pastry, salt, and alcohol are big no-no’s.

Healthy eating and living, however, doesn’t have to be dull. I tell my friends this all the time! You can eat healthy, wholesome food that is tasty to the palate, appealing to the eye, and live a healthy lifestyle at the same time. Did you know we need at least 40 essential nutrients in our diet to stay healthy? And some experts even make it 90 essentials. Whichever is correct, no single food can offer all nutrients. Try following these tips to a nutrient-rich, healthy diet:

1. Healthy eating requires a great variety of foods. Consume more seafood, whole grains, vegetables, poultry, and some meat and certain fats in moderation.

2. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Our standard diet does not have enough fruits and vegetables. Many people need double the amount of veggies they normally consume. Veggies are low in calories, high in nutritional value, and add much-needed fiber to your diet.

3. Cut your sugar intake. Though we crave it, sugar is bad for us. There’s no getting around that! Cutting back on sugar reduces the risk of diabetes, heart, and weight problems. Watch for added sugar in processed foods, and try to satisfy your sugar craving with fruit.

4. Beware of bad carbs. Replace refined carbohydrates with good complex carbs. Vegetables, fruits, and beans provide good carbs.

5. Moderation is the top secret to healthier eating and living. Reduce the size of your portions. Eat small meals several times a day. That alone may make you lose weight.

6. Hydration, hydration, hydration! Our bodies consist of 57 to 65 percent water. Though we can go without food for 30 days, without water, we can only survive for three days. So, sip clean, cold water frequently during your day. It will keep your body hydrated and happy.

A happy body rewards you with a healthier, happier, and longer life!