Try the Mediterranean Diet!!

By: Sandra Goldstein

The Mediterranean diet is one of the hottest things you can do today as any experienced dieter may tell you. It' quite easy to follow as its less restrictive than other diets and wine consumption is encouraged (with moderation, what did you think?)

Many individuals whether being medical professionals, nutritionists and dieters seem to believe this is the ideal diet if you want to maintain a healthy weight; keep your blood pressure lowered and minimize your risk of coronary heart disease.

I would like to point to the basics of this wonderful and unique diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables reign supreme, a large amount of vegetarian dishes are traditionally prepared with fresh produce, plenty of fish, some poultry and little beef or pork. It does sound extremely healthy and the fact is, they do have fruits and vegetables which are in season year round. As many people know, this isn't the case in Europe and the Unites States. It's not likely for anyone living in these regions to discover organic produce at reasonable prices.

One thing which irritates me when it relates to the Mediterranean diet is that olive oil is considered to be an ultimate source of phenolic compounds. It' known to help reduce cholesterol and decrease the risk of the development of certain types of cancer. It's wonderful to replace animal fat with unprocessed vegetable fat. Olive oil is not the only thing that which can help you if you are after more phenolic compounds in your diet.

Phenolic compounds could be found in berries, prunes, red grapes, red grape juice, kiwifruit, currants, apples, apple juice and tomatoes. A note to any Med diet fan - red wine is not necessary, red grapes and red grapes juice will be just adequate if you aren't comfortable with daily alcohol consumption. The last thing which stands between many of us and this diet is time. This diet can take lot of time.

You must prepare every single meal from fresh produce. If you've ever traveled to that region of the world, you'll notice people true to their roots and traditions cook with fresh produce for every single meal. In addition, it should not be discounted that life on the Mediterranean is generally conducted at a slower pace than life in the United States and Western Europe.

Another important factor of this diet is not only what they eat, but also how they eat it. Many people in the Mediterranean are consuming their healthful meals during a long and relaxing midday break.

Reducing unhealthy stress may help keep your heart healthy and certainly cut down on the amount of stress-induced eating that we do, whether or not we eat Mediterranean food.

A good diet plan will make the transition from a dedicated evening eater to a healthy morning eater seem easy and enjoyable. And the whole purpose of a diet plan is to make life and food enjoyable even when it's served in small, healthy bites. Dieting is supposed to be fun, to make you feel happier, healthier and ready to try even more nice new things in your life!

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