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Why is it that vowing to eat better so often feels like biting off more than you can chew? In her latest book, The Lean, wellness expert Kathy Freston presents a 30-day plan for "leaning" into good health—gradually and gently. Here, a few toe-in-the-water tips that are too easy not to follow.


Work two tablespoons of vinegar or a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon into your recipes. These two ingredients have been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and keep blood sugar levels steady—which could help prevent postmeal pangs.


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Kale just might be the super-est of superfoods. Tear it up, toss it in a little olive oil, and roast for 20 minutes at 300 degrees (turning as necessary), for a crispy, nutrient-packed, guilt-free snack. No time to bake? Try New York Naturals Kale Chips or Brad's Raw Leafy Kale.

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Swap a better spread for butter. A healthy amount of saturated fat is around 15 grams a day, and butter packs seven grams (and 102 calories) per tablespoon. Instead, try hummus (25 calories per tablespoon) or pureed avocado (23 calories)—both of which have less than a half a gram of saturated fat.

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