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How can I get more heart-healthy foods in my diet?

While there's no shortage of tasty, heart-healthy foods, it can still be a challenge to fit them into your diet on a daily basis. According to Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet and nutrition advisor at Golden Door fitness resort and spa in Escondido, California, it's well worth the effort, and simple strategies can make it easier. "Nutritious food is our best defense when it comes to health, and one of the very few parts of our world we can control," she says. "You can't change your age or your genes, but you can make positive, delicious, and health-enhancing choices around food. It's not an all-or-nothing proposition. Small steps and strategies do add up. Eat a fruit and veggie at every meal, an herb and/or a spice at every meal, and a soup and/or a salad at every meal."

When it comes to eating well, do it bite by bite, meal by meal. Don't sweat a less than healthy choice now and then. Just make sure more of your food choices are healthy -- versus unhealthy.

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