WHAT DOES THIS MEAN & HOW DOES IT WORK?
As you see, the Med-Diet is a balanced and healthy combination of carbohydrates, fiber, protein and fats: there’s no refined sugar and/or carbs, and no processed foods. The diet highlights the consumption of healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, and portions are more controlled. In a nutshell:
• Lean proteins high in fatty acids (salmon, herring, sardines, trout) high in Omega-3s which helps to moderate blood pressure, decrease blood clotting, and improve the health of your blood vessels, according to AHA.
•Lots of fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) which translates into plenty of phytonutrients and fiber.
•No saturated fats; only healthy monounsaturated fats from extra virgin olive oil and nuts.
•And yes, some wine please. Science has linked the benefits of having a glass of red wine a day with your meal. Not only because it has antioxidant properties, but because it may lower heart disease as well.
ADDING MORE MEDITERRANEAN TO YOUR DIET
Though healthy diets are good for our overall wellbeing, heart and health, it is worth noting that diets are only one facet of a lifestyle—exercise, spending time with friends and family, taking time to slow down, unwind and connect, are as important as what we eat.