Dan Buettner, in his recent TED talk that shared lessons learned in the study of vibrant centenarians, noted that longevity is 10% genetics and 90% lifestyle choices. Second on his list after meaningful social connections was “Eat Wisely.”

Of course, we’ve all heard the message that we need to pay attention to what we eat, in tandem with leading an active lifestyle, but what does that actually mean in an everyday practice? How can we get to that place where the Greek physician Hippocrates’s admonition, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” has a real and profound impact on our own lives?

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