During a wonderful sesshin in Maui, I was introduced to the most wonderful salad and way of eating. Colorful with the variety of veggies – bok choy, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, carrots and avocados. Simple, common ingredients. Our tenzo (temple cook) told me about a book called "The World's Healthiest Foods" by George Mateljan. It's full of common sense with explanations on why these foods are so good for you.
There are instructions on healthier ways of cooking: Healthy sautéing in broth, then drizzling olive oil over the dish to reap the benefits of the beneficial oil. Quick boiling retains the nutrients in vegetables and quick.
We've been eating this way for about a week and we've noticed increased energy and overall just feeling good. You never feel deprived. I actually get tired of chewing all those veggies even though they are delicious. I've been shopping at the Farmer's Market and love using all the local stuff.