There are some diet regimens deep rooted in the fundamentals. Although the Mediterranean Diet has been around a long a while, its sound principles never get old. I introduced this topic last week on April 17, 2011 and plan to devote more “air time” to it for the weeks to come.
The Mediterranean Diet epitomizes the naturally nutrient rich principles (outlined in post April 19, 2010) by being chocked full of veggies and fruit, nuts, seeds and whole grains along with lean meat, fish, poultry and game. Talk about covering all of the food groups in spades. This regimen’s got it covered and then some.
The food preparations are straightforward making the food taste divine while cooking with olive or canola oil. It is generally higher in “good fats” and lower in “bad fats” offering general disease protection to major risk factors for heart disease, stroke and cancer. It can also protect against obesity and type 2 diabetes with the inclusion of 5-10 fruits and vegetables each day (written about on May 9 and December 7, 2010).
Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that seniors who led a healthy lifestyle — defined as not smoking, eating a Mediterranean-type diet, drinking alcohol in moderation, and engaging in 30 minutes of daily physical activity — significantly increased their life expectancy.
It is truly never too late to change and adopt new positive ways of eating and living. There’s no time like the present to take positive steps in that direction. Hmmmm, I’ll drink to that!!