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Mindful Foods - Part 2

Greetings & Salutations,

I know it seems hard to stick to a diet, so I say don't "go on a diet". Instead, find a way to incorporate healthy foods into your current diet. Why not? Taking foods away from your diet only last for so long before you go back to what you really want, so don't make this a chore. Make this fun and add this second set of super foods into your daily routine (for the first set, check out my previous post "Mindful Foods - Part 1").

As your body is changing, you have to change the way you treat yourself. The body will let you know at some point that it doesn't like the way you have been treating it. So why not start today to prevent that from happening?

Start off small then build your way up to putting these suggested items somewhere on your menu on a weekly basis.

6. Walnuts

Great sources of minerals and antioxidants. Promotes a healthy gut by removing extra bacteria from the intestines. Keeps those pipes clean! You can add crushed or broken walnuts to just about any lettuce-based salad. By crushing them up, they can be used on top of any ice cream or yogurt to jazz up the flavor and texture. Hell, you can eat them raw as I do when I am on the road. They are easy to carry and eat if you get the already shelled at most grocery stores.

7. Blueberries

This is one of my favorite fruits to play with because you can put them into just about anything. I love the vibrant color because it reminds me I am eating something with life giving energy. They can be a little tart but with a little sugar or agave, they taste great. Blueberries help reduce damage to the DNA which helps prevent aging and cancer. You don't even need to cook it! They are already packaged by nature. Try adding a few blueberries to your morning breakfast or to a smoothie instead of having another cup of coffee. You will be glad you did!

8. Turmeric

I have to admit this was not one of my favorite spices a few years back. I had to really seek this one out and find a way to incorporate it into my regular diet but I am so happy I did. This stuff is great! The info in this graphic about it's health benefits inspired me to find new ways to use this unusual spice.

9. Rosemary

This is something that grows wild just about anywhere. I love Rosemary chicken on the grill! How many of us use this wonderful herb on a regular basis? It's so under apprec