The Mediterranean Diet isn’t a “diet” at all. It’s not a new trend or fad diet to lose weight. It’s a way of eating and living a healthy lifestyle. The Mediterranean diet is known as one of the healthiest diets in the world.
Many of us make resolutions for the New Year. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight or go on a diet. It’s very ambitious to make resolutions. It shows that you want to make changes for the better. Nothing wrong with that. The problem lies in the size of our resolutions. Sometimes, we make our goals too large and unobtainable.
We all want to eat better and live a healthy life, right? So, instead of forcing yourself to go on a diet (deprivation is a negative emotion), how about making changes to your diet? We suggest that you take small strides to make positive changes. Incorporating healthy foods in your daily eating routine will make you feel better about yourself. In turn, feeling positive about yourself will make it easier to continue making the changes you need to obtain successful and long term results.
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet consists of consuming healthy foods including olive oil. Olive oil is the main source of fat used in the Mediterranean diet. However, in order to see healthy results, you need to incorporate more than just olive oil into your diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy products are consumed daily. The main source of protein comes from poultry, fish, and legumes. Red meat is not eliminated entirely, but is consumed in low amounts. This style of eating will incorporate the right nutrients, fiber and antioxidants into your diet resulting in a healthier you.
Let’s Get Started!
Here’s an excellent and informative article from The Mayo Clinic that includes a food pyramid that will help you understand the way you should eat and what you should eat to gain the health benefits that the Mediterranean diet offers.
The Mediterranean diet features olive oil as the primary source of fat. Olive oil provides monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels when used in place of saturated or trans fats. “Extra-virgin” and “virgin” olive oils, the least processed forms, also contain the highest levels of the protective plant compounds that provide antioxidant effects…. Read More
Making It Work
Overwhelmed? Don’t be! This is a great way to start the New Year! Remember to take small steps to reach your goal. As always, ask your physician for guidance before making any changes to your diet and eating habits.
Cheers to a Healthy and Happy New Year!
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