Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle Is Still The Best

The Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle has been touted as a healthy way to eat and live. I have always liked the philosophy of the Mediterranean lifestyle. It makes more sense to me than the other diets out there.

You can’t really even call it a diet. It is more of a way of eating, and it can be extended to include lifestyle choices. The Mediterranean Diet consists of eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts, fish, and is rich in olive oil.

It is called the Mediterranean diet because this is how many people who live in the Mediterranean region eat. Ever since it was learned that people in that region tend to live longer and are healthier, scientists have been studying the area trying to ascertain why that is.

Scientists have come to learn that the increased lifespan is due to their lifestyle. This includes eating a heart healthy diet that avoids processed foods and reduces meat and diary consumption. It also includes being active. The people in this region tend to walk a lot and are in general more active than most of us in western societies.

What I like about the diet/ lifestyle is that is not anything set in stone. It gives you a lot of lee-way to make this lifestyle your own. You can make it suit your specific needs. It is a good guide for how to eat, but you don’t have to stick with it 100% of the time. If you eat in this style, then you can eat the junk foods that you want to. But you just have to keep it minimized to once or twice a week. The Mediterranean diet is a good guide for how to eat.

To me, it just makes sense.

Here is a link to an article that appeared on CNN about the Mediterranean Diet:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/health/mediterranean-diet-longevity/index.html

Here is a link to another article that I wrote on the Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle.

Here is another link to another article that I wrote on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle.

 

Anti-Aging, or How to Age Gracefully

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Anti-aging, as a term, or concept, is thrown around very easily these days.

It can be used as an adjective, like “This hemorrhoid cream is amazing, it has anti-aging effects if applied to the face.”

This describes retin-A, a prescription hemorrhoid cream that was found to reduce puffiness and wrinkles in the face. The cream itself does not have anti-aging properties, it just makes one appear younger by temporarily reducing wrinkles.

It can also be used as a concept, in that eating healthy and exercising has anti-aging effects on the body. Leading a healthy lifestyle slows down the aging process. Continue reading Anti-Aging, or How to Age Gracefully

Another Study Proves The Benefits Of The Mediterranean Diet

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Those of you who read my articles and blogs know that I like the Mediterranean diet. I do not like diets or dieting in general. But as a style of eating, I believe that the Mediterranean diet is without equal.

Dieting does not work because eventually you have to stop dieting. You can’t be on a diet forever. Usually once you do stop dieting, all of the weight you lost comes back. This is because you haven’t learned how to eat properly or healthy. Your old eating habits are the ones that caused you to gain weight in the first place. As soon as you go back to your old eating habits, you will gain the weight back that you lost. Continue reading Another Study Proves The Benefits Of The Mediterranean Diet

The Benefits of the Mediterranean Lifestyle

olive oilMany years ago researchers started noticing that those who lived in the Mediterranean live longer than most of us. Since then researchers have been trying to pinpoint what it is about the Mediterranean lifestyle that allows people to live longer.

New inroads into this subject have recently been discovered. Researchers recently found that elderly people whose diets were heavy in nuts and olive oil had less of a chance of stroke than those who didn’t eat nuts and olive oil. Continue reading The Benefits of the Mediterranean Lifestyle

Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, Besides Weight Loss

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I feel that it is more important to feel good and be healthy, rather than to be thin. There is more and more information coming out about proving how we can be overweight, but as long as we are exercising and eating right, we will be healthy and therefore feel good and have less health issues.

The health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet have long been known. A small study just came out that proved that the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet go beyond just weight loss. This study proved that even if you don’t lose weight on the Mediterranean Diet, you will still benefit from it.

Here is an article that discusses the study:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20130501/mediterranean-diet-benefits-heart-even-without-weight-loss-study

Here is a few articles that I wrote about the Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle:

http://www.pain-freelifestyle.com/2013/03/01/the-mediterranean-diet-lifestyle/

http://www.pain-freelifestyle.com/2012/08/15/is-the-mediterranean-diet-right-for-you/