Science is showing more and more that what you eat can make a significant difference in your health and well-being. Eating a diet that’s good for you doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes the rules seem complex and overwhelming, but the basic principles of good nutrition are easy. You don’t have to become a food faddist or give up everything you like. Here are some tips, based on the latest scientific evidence. Choose foods that are low in fat, preferably fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes . Try to replace animal protein foods with foods made from soy. You’ll get just as much protein and won’t get the cholesterol, fat, and toxins contained in some animal products. If you eat dairy products, try tomake sure they’re nonfat. Avoid using oils for cooking or salad dressings, because they’re 100 percent fat. Whenever possible, eat and prepare fresh foods, rather than processed foods that contain chemicals, preservatives, and sugar. Also try eating meals without watching TV, talking on the phone, driving, or reading, because you’re not really focusing on what you’re eating. You may eat less and enjoy it more, as well as improve digestion. If you find that you’re using food as a way to satisfy your emotional needs more than physical ones, you may want to consult a health care professional to find out what’s eating you!