Eat your way strong, happy, attractive and lean
April 23rd, 2013
10:15 AM ET
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There's a food movement afoot: Eating well to look, feel, and perform our very best is hot.

And as Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama alike are showing us, this isn't a matter of choking down foods because they're good for you. It's about filling your plate with delicious fare.

"Food, if it's chosen well, can reshape our medical destinies for the better," says Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. It can also improve our mood and focus. Here's how to graze your way to a supercharged you.

Power up: Your stamina

Artichokes. If you've been huffing and puffing up the stairs lately, try these spiky-leafed vegetables. They're loaded with magnesium, a mineral vital for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including one of the most important - generating energy, says Forrest Nielsen, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research nutritionist."If you're not getting enough magnesium, your muscles have to work harder to react and you tire more quickly."

And about 68% of us aren't getting our proper share of this mighty mineral. For women, the goal is 320 milligrams (mg) per day. One medium artichoke gets you 77 mg of magnesium (a good deal for only 60 calories!). Other top sources include nuts, legumes, and whole grains.

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  1. afireworkinprogress

    This is so absolutely true. My whole life has completely changed from eating healthier. Not only did I lose a ton of weight, I also have more energy, a clearer mind, I sleep better, and I feel amazing. Food is fuel and if we are getting the nutrients we need, we are firing on all cylinders. I will never stop praising the benefits of wholesome, natural foods.

    April 27, 2013 at 8:01 am |
  2. Sam

    I believe that Michelle Obama FILLS her plate with delicious fare, as the article says; that it is healthy food, not so much, judging from her pant size.

    April 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
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    April 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  4. tom LI

    yeah by the time you prepare fresh artichokes, your not hungry any more...

    April 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
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