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Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talk ACEs.



Be mindful of the basics

We’ve all heard it a million times. Eat more fruits and veggies. Drink more water. But there are reasons these basics bear repeating.


Water keeps our body functioning properly. And plant-based foods – like veggies, fruits, whole grains, and vegetable oils – are packed with phytonutrients. These are powerful, disease-fighting compounds that are only found in plants (fun fact – they’re also what give veggies and fruits their color, flavor, and smell).


Studies have shown that eating more fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains is linked with a decreased risk of many health conditions associated with ACEs, and can improve our overall health.

Put it into practice

Instead of thinking along the lines of all or nothing, good or bad, think of your choices on a less or more scale as you learn about what makes you feel better or worse.


Try to drink more water and less soda.


When reaching for a snack, lean towards plant-based foods like nuts (if they’re safe for you) or yogurt and less on processed foods like chips or candy bars.


With meals, consider reorganizing the way you fill your plate. Instead of starting with meat and thinking of vegetables as sides, think of the vegetable as the main focus, with meat, chicken, or seafood as sides along with some sort of whole grain, like brown rice or quinoa.
Of course, many of us have different nutritional needs and preferences. If you have any questions or concerns, consider consulting a doctor or trained nutritionist.