Jan 16, 2015

What is Mediterranean Diet?

Relaxing at the Mediterranean sea side

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The Mediterranean Diet is more than a diet. It is a lifelong living style. You have to adopt it, as a religion. Decades ago, it was the natural way of life of many people around the Mediterranean Basin, especially in Spain, Italy and Greece. High activity, Mediterranean nutrition, anti stress attitudes and not much money shaped a culture that was declared on 2010 Immaterial Human Heritage by UNESCO. By the way, it is the only diet to have been awarded this recognition. Unfortunately, the original diet has changed in the mentioned countries, where many responsible people are struggling to return to what is considered to be the healthiest nutrition pattern in the world. The best anti aging and long life culture!

The Mediterranean Diet is the best way to live many years with a high quality of life. It is also the best way to keep your body in shape, your skin clean and beautiful and your internal organs working properly. It the best diet to lead you to a proportional weight and don’t endanger your health with urgent and unbalanced malnutrition. These fad diets may allow you to lose a few pounds, for a time, a weight that you will regain later after having lost part of your health. You may not know immediately, but the aftermath will come later.

There is something that you should take into account. The Mediterranean Diet is free, without any supplements or packs. Consequently, there is not any economic interest behind it. The only money you are going to spend is your own investment in adequate and fresh food, fruits and vegetables.

The Mediterranean Diet is also the best way to prevent many diseases. The most important are the “brain ictus” or stroke (first cause of death in women and second in men) and the “myocardial infarction” or heart attack (the main cause in men), but are many more. It has been proved the crucial role of the Mediterranean Diet in the prevention of the metabolic syndrome (some health disorders of which the most noteworthy are too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure and/or insulin levels and unbalanced levels of cholesterol. So it has been in the prevention of lung diseases, asthma, many allergies, Parkinson, Alzheimer, also for keeping the bone mass in elderly people. Recently, it has been related the Mediterranean Diet with low incidences of many types of cancer.

A man is having a heart attack in the street, attended by a young lady

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The original Mediterranean Diet characteristics are:

1. High consumption of virgin olive oil.

2. High intake of vegetables and fruits and legumes.

3. Use of non refined carbohydrates (portions to be adjusted to physical activity).

4. Consumption of fish, specially oily (or “bluish” one) three o four times a week

5. Consumption of milk and derivates, cheese and yogurt (the original cheese was fresh goat cheese). Keep an eye on the saturated fats of the dairy products. Do not consume too much!

6. Three or four eggs per week.

7. Moderate consumption of meat and saturated fats (natural, not artificially hydrogenated!).

8. One or two small glasses of wine a day, preferably red and at the main meals. White wine and beer are alternatives.

9. Nuts as snacks.

10. In “special occasions” Mediterranean traditional desserts.

Of course, if you want to reduce your weight, you will have to choose the less caloric nutrients. Or just do the opposite, if you want to increase it.

People bound to Mediterranean Diet have a 70% more of expectancy of life and an 80% of better quality life, supposing they do not smoke. By the way, if you want a healthy life, what is the use of smoking? This is another effect of the Mediterranean Diet. Most of the real followers of this style of life do not smoke of stop doing it. The physical activity and a bigger awareness of the importance of health are the main drives.

However, being a Mediterranean Diet follower not only means choosing your food. It is also of capital importance knowing what you should avoid. They are the artificial products that did not exist fifty or sixty years ago: artificially hydrogenated products and derivates, and anything suspected of containing  trans-fats. In USA, It is compulsory from January 1st 2006 to indicate in the labels the trans fat proportion. You should choose products with 0% of trans fats. Nevertheless, you have to take into account that 0% means right up to 0.49 grams per serving. If the serving is small and you take many, you may be eating a lot of these fats. They are responsible for increasing the bad cholesterol (LDL) and reducing the good one (HDL), apart from other supposed negative effects that are being investigated.

Considering that the Mediterranean Diet is an extremely significant cultural element, it has to be learned as soon as possible. Parents have to learn how to manage their children food habits. They have to learn how to avoid manufactured products and substitute them by fresh and natural food. Stop buying wrapped things and give them instead an apple, a banana or a homemade sandwich. Be careful with the main meals, and supervise the schools lunches. It is of utmost importance. Remember that your body and brain age will depend on what you eat!

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