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If a healthy lifestyle is one of your key priorities, the Mediterranean diet will appeal to you.
When we think about Mediterranean countries, we immediately think of white sandy beaches, lush greenery dotted with bright flowers, and men and women of a legendary beauty. It's undeniable: this part of the world makes us dream.
What is it about these inhabitants' eating habits? The Mediterranean diet generates interest in North America, as it does elsewhere in the world. It is associated to prolonging longevity and improving health, which has been shown in large scale studies.
In fact, the term "Mediterranean diet" does not refer to a single official diet. It groups together various diets typically rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereal, legumes, grains and nuts. Fish, seafood and poultry are an essential source of protein, while red meat, processed foods, and sources of saturated fat are generally avoided altogether. Olive oil plays a preponderant role, just as does wine in moderate quantities.
Why is life expectancy higher in the Mediterranean region? The answer is not yet quite clear. It is natural to associate the exceptional longevity of those who live along this magnificent sea with their diet. It is questionable whether or not their diet, based on simplicity, moderation and food quality, singlehandedly explains the higher life expectancy of those who exemplify the art of living.
According to some researchers, longevity may be positively influenced by a combination of elements associated with the Mediterranean way of life: diet of course, but regular physical activity, lower stress, and a slower life pace as well. It has been suggested that taking the time to savour food in a friendly setting could also make a difference.
According to current data, adopting this type of diet has a number of benefits on health:
The Mediterranean diet also helps to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Changing your eating habits can be a real challenge. It's better not to change everything at once, but rather to use a step-by-step approach.
Here is some advice to start:
When you adopt a Mediterranean diet, you become creative and begin to enjoy adding variety and colour to your plate, which is more interesting than restrictive diets based on deprivation. This approach is accompanied by an active but relaxed lifestyle. Live better, happier and healthier—it's hard to resist this idea, isn't it?
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about how to adopt a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy through prevention.
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