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18 tips for a healthier life

I am often asked if it is possible to summarize good health behaviors in a few simple rules that are easy to remember. I have tried to recap all that I have learned in this area over the past twenty years of practicing integrative medicine. This gives eighteen tips. I know they work for me. Hope they bring good luck to you too!


Try new foods. So many illnesses and health-related problems could be avoided if we just ate more produce. Replace one thing that you would normally eat with a new fruit or a vegetable. Not only does this keep healthy eating interesting, but you also may end up trying something that you didn’t know you liked.

As often as possible, opt for a main course similar to those before the 1950s: 80% vegetables and legumes, 20% animal protein at most. Exactly the opposite of our national steak and fries, with its lettuce leaf that makes you fi guration and the slice of anemic tomato that accompanies it on a good day. Meat becomes a condiment to add flavor rather than the centerpiece of our plate.

Check food labels for the word “hydrogenated” and eliminate all hydrogenated oils. Dressings, mayo, “butter spreads”, baked goods, cereals, pre-prepared, fried foods, and most restaurant foods usually have these.


Broccoli is an effective anticancer agent and helps detoxify the body, but its effect is even more powerful when combined with onions or garlic - or even tomato sauce. A good habit to adopt: add onions