Many 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.
Those of you who read my articles know that I am a fan of the Mediterranean lifestyle. The diet itself isn’t really a diet. It is a lifestyle. It is a style of eating that focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts, fish, whole grains, and whole/ unprocessed foods. There is less of a focus on dairy products, meat and pastas. To me it just makes sense that eating this way is going to be healthier than eating processed, fatty, fried foods.
The Mediterranean lifestyle also promotes walking and being active. It is the combination of consistent, healthy eating and staying active that allows these people from the Mediterranean to live longer than us in western societies. This style of eating decreases inflammation. The less inflammation in your body, the better you will feel, and the slower you will age.
The trick is doing it consistently. If you can eat healthy 80% of the time, and be active most days, then you will have more lee-way to eat bad for you foods occasionally.
I like the Mediterranean lifestyle because it gives you lee-way to figure out what you want to eat, and what you like to eat. As long as you eat within the parameters of what is considered the Mediterranean diet, you will be healthy.
I feel that this lifestyle is good for most people. Most of us will benefit from eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, more fish, more olive oil and nuts. Most of us will feel better and have less aches and pains when eating this way. As one researcher said, it won’t hurt you to eat this way. It will only help you.
Eating healthy and staying active to reduce pain, feel good, and live longer is the Pain Free Way.
Here is a link to an article about the study:http://www.webmd.com/stroke/news/20130813/mediterranean-diet-may-counter-genetic-risk-of-stroke
Here are a few other articles that I have written about the benefits of the Mediterranean lifestyle: