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The Virtues of the Mediterranean Diet

I READ SOMETHING RECENTLY THAT WAS PRETTY EYE OPENING…IT SAID THAT ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE POPULATION HAS AN EATING PATTERN THAT’S LOW IN VEGETABLES, FRUITS, DAIRY AND OILS. ARE THEY NOT LISTENING TO THEIR MOTHERS THAT YOU HAVE TO EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES EVERYDAY!

AND HERE’S ANOTHER EYE OPENER…BUT NOT REALLY THAT SURPRISING…THAT “MOST AMERICANS EXCEED THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADDED SUGARS, SATURATED FATS AND SODIUM…HOW LONG HAVE DOCTORS BEEN SAYING THAT AMERICANS NEED TO SHAKE THE SALT HABIT?! WITH THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET, IT’S ABOUT USING LESS SALT AND REPLACING IT WITH INGREDIENTS LIKE HERBS AND HEALTHY SPICES.
THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET IS NUTRIENT RICH, AND A VIABLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THOSE SHIFTS TO EAT BETTER AND MORE HEALTHFULLY. I KNOW EATING THIS WAY HAS HELPED ME KEEP MY WEIGHT STEADY, I HAVE, THANK GOD NO CHRONIC DISEASES, AND I KNOW THAT EATING THIS WAY HELPS TO LESSEN THE RISK FOR CHRONIC DISEASE, AND I’M MEETING MY NUTRIENT NEEDS.

OF COURSE EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, BUT IT’S HARD TO ARGUE WITH A HEART-HEALTHY DIET, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT HEART DISEASE IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY. AND IN FACT…RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE TRADITIONAL MEDITERRANEAN DIET REDUCES THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE…AND CANCER…AS WELL AS ALZHEIMER’S AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE.

AND THAT’S BECAUSE THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET INCORPORATES CLEAN, FRESH FOODS. THE BASIS FOR HEALTHY EATING. AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE OLIVE OIL, A HEALTHY MONOUNSATURATED FAT THAT OUR BODIES NEED TO FUNCTION AT AN OPTIMUM LEVEL. SATURATED FATS LIKE BUTTER AND RED MEATS ARE KEPT TO A MINIMUM…THIS WAY OF EATING PROMOTES HEALTH.

OLIVES, FISH, WHOLE GRAINS, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, FRUITS, VEGETABLES, HEALTHY SPICES, FALAFELS…IT’S ALL DELICIOUS AND GOOD FOR YOU, THAT’S A COMBINATION THAT’S HARD TO RESIST!

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