"Life can be even shorter if you aren't eating healthy foods," Albers says. "Remember that obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death after smoking. If you find yourself falling for this line, consider whether you are depriving yourself too much. Balance healthy foods with small portions of yummy snacks. You're right—life is too short to give up good foods. Instead, savor small portions of the treats you love."
Delicious food can be in the eyes, er, tastebuds of the beholder, Bushard says. "Fresh, healthy foods taste much better than junk if you take just a little time to learn what those foods are and how to prepare them."