Today, more than ever, nutrition plays an important role in a balanced lifestyle. It is absolutely essential to the health of all of us, and healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. As the saying goes: You are what you eat! It’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving our health, and boosting our mood. One type of diet that has received particular attention in recent years is the Mediterranean diet. From the prevention of many diseases to dietary therapy, it is gaining increasing acceptance among nutritionists, medical professionals and patients as a beneficial long-term dietary change. A Mediterranean diet rich in micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and olive oil is extremely health-promoting. As several studies have shown, it can be a good strategy for lifelong health.
BUT WHAT EXACTLY DOES A MEDITERRANEAN DIET MEAN?
It is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world. People who eat a Mediterranean diet live longer, report a better quality of life, and are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Mediterranean diet is voted the best diet every year. Strictly speaking it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle that includes healthy nutrition as well as a good quality of life, enjoyment and pleasure.
The transition from a typically Western diet to the Mediterranean diet may seem difficult at first, unless you are used to olive oil, fish and some of the vegetables and spices associated with the Mediterranean region.The emphasis of in-season fruits and vegetables, known as, seasonal nutrition, is a very important aspect of the diet. The Mediterranean region is known for its year-round abundance of fruits and vegetables. Rest assured, you don’t have to adopt a new way of eating and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you like, all at once. Even small changes can have a significant impact. Start with a series of small, manageable steps like adding a salad to your diet once a day. Reduce portion sizes of unhealthy foods. Take your time. Eat with others whenever possible. Limit unhealthy snacking and control emotional eating.
Once your small changes become a habit, you can continue to make healthier choices. It’s never too late to start a Mediterranean diet, but you should do it consistently. A change that is worth it and absolutely delicious! A food list will help you find the right ingredients and get started right away.
BENEFITS OF HEALTHY EATING
Foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help you stay alert and focused and provide you energy.
Healthy foods not only provide the body with the nutrients it needs to function properly, but it also prevents many diseases, such as heart disease, and stroke.
Healthy eating can help you manage your blood sugar levels, reduce your risk of diabetes, and lower your risk of certain cancers.
A healthy diet change can help you maintain your mental health and manage stress.
It can help you get a better night’s sleep and reduce fatigue and irritability and improve your mood.
Healthy eating habits reduce your risk of osteoporosis, as well as reduce your risk of developing hypertension.
Eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can help you stay within a healthy weight range.
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