What foods do you think of when you hear the word “Mediterranean Diet?” Is it pasta, olive oil and hummus? Those are a few plus many more fresh and healthy foods included in this anti-aging diet.
The Mediterranean diet is modeled after the lifestyle of poor rural villagers from the island of Crete during the 1950-60s.
This diet has been known to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s that’s running rampant in America these days.
Fresh produce – are packed full of nutrients; vitamin C, fiber, calcium, potassium and folate. Include vegetables and fruits as a main component of your daily diet.
Fish – eat once or twice a week for the greatest health benefit. Most seafood is lower in calories than other meats and contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids for heart health.
Whole Grains – contain a lot of nutrients; fiber, iron, protein, vitamin B and several essential minerals like; magnesium, selenium, copper, zinc and manganese to help lower your blood pressure and reduce belly fat.
Olive Oil – is full of healthy monounsaturated fats for your heart and contains other disease-fighting antioxidants. Select a high-quality, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil for the most health benefits.
Nuts – include legumes and seeds in this category. Nutrients include; fiber, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, B-complex, protein, antioxidants, minerals. Nuts are heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, protect against cancer and keep you full.
In summary, the Mediterranean lifestyle consists of daily calorie consumption being in balance with daily exercise. Consume fresh whole foods, seafood, healthy fats and stay active to reduce the risk of being overweight or obese. Enjoy life, family and community – work hard and play hard too!
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