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3 Tricks to eat healthy and live longer

The YOU Docs
By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz

Ending each day with a big bowl of ice cream and a side of Oreos may sound great, but routinely eating lots of high-fat dairy foods puts your risk of dying young 40 percent higher than that of people who eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry and low-fat dairy.

Those stats come from a new study that concludes a healthy diet makes you feel better and live longer. But if knowing meant doing, we'd all drop from a size 16 to a 6 and stay there. Here are three easy ways to help you with the "doing" part:

  1. Don't skip breakfast: Whole-grain cereals and low-fat proteins such as eggs fill you up and keep blood sugar levels stable.
  2. Make smart swaps: Choose fish instead of meat (salmon burgers over beef), sliced fresh turkey over processed meats, olive oil instead of butter, juicy berries over cookies, baked/steamed/grilled over fried.
  3. Eat healthy fats first: About 20 minutes before a meal, have six walnuts, 12 almonds or 20 peanuts (only 60-75 calories). These crunchy bundles of heart-healthy fats, protein and fiber take the edge off so you eat less.