At each meal, pile half your plate with veggies. "A high intake of the phytochemicals found in plants is absolutely key for good health," says Kathie Swift, R.D., founder of MyFoundationDiet.com. "This supports a more alkaline cellular environment, which is optimal for disease protection."
When you're craving sweets, skip the cookies and candy and reach for a juicy piece of fruit. "Fruit is the ultimate sweet food -- that's why nature provided it for us," says Swift. Try a spear of pineapple or a few chunks of frozen mango.
"Honey's another great way to disarm a sweet craving," adds Swift, who recommends choosing the raw, organic, locally harvested variety. To turn off a craving for salty foods, Swift suggests chewing on a one-inch square of nori (a type of seaweed available in sheet form) or redirecting the craving with a bitter food (such as lemon or vinegar).