Low fat, high protein, this Beach, that Beach, what’s my blood type…Is there any way eating right could get any more confusing? I really don’t believe eating well has to be so difficult. Fortunately we do have science to rely on and I will let you know a bit about that. There are two eating patterns supported by studies. For now I will start with the Mediterranean Diet (and elaborate on the second, the DASH in a later blog).
The Mediterranean Diet has been shown to lower the rate of heart disease, reduce the risk of cancer, depression, & metabolic syndrome. It has been shown to reduce the risk of “all-causes of death” by 20% for women!! It has also been associated with a reduced risk of debilitating chronic diseases common in older age, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
So what makes up a “Mediterranean Diet?” Think more fruits and vegetables, OLIVE OIL, more WHOLE grains, more fish, less REFINED carbs, less red meat. MORE NATURAL FOODS. My simple test is “would my great-great grandmother recognize this as food?”
I will elaborate in future blogs because I truly believe this is one of the fundamental keys to our improved health.