Is the Mediterranean Lifestyle Right for You?
The foods you eat and how you live can improve your memory, help manage blood sugar, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, ward off depression, reduce the risk of diabetes, and minimize bone loss as you age. In addition, daily movement and a shared connection with loved ones enhance the quality of life and promote longevity.
The Mediterranean lifestyle is known as one of health and vitality and is worth exploring if indeed you are curious about the prevention provided by a heart-healthy eating plan.
What is the Mediterranean Lifestyle?
The Mediterranean lifestyle includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, omega 3-rich seafood, nuts and legumes, and olive oil, and it is naturally heart-healthy.
A traditional Mediterranean lifestyle is void of red meat, sugary foods, processed foods, and most dairy (yogurt and cheese in small quantities).
People eat about nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. With its emphasis on produce, the diet is packed with vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants. Animal proteins are more of a side dish in comparison to the abundance of vegetables.
The Mediterranean lifestyle also includes moderate amounts of red wine.
“Moderate” means 5 ounces (oz) or less each day for women (one glass) and no more than 10 oz daily for men (two glasses).
An important aspect of the Mediterranean lifestyle is strong social ties as the cornerstone of healthy living. Meals are often eaten in the company of friends and family.
Adopting a Mediterranean-inspired eating plan is a sure way to increase fresh produce intake, reduce saturated fat, and increase protection against many lifestyle related diseases improving overall health and vitality.
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