Welcome back everyone!
In our previous blog post here, we emphasized the good elements of the Mediterranean diet and how it helps the overall health, whether you live in the Mediterranean basin or not.
Speaking of proper nutrition, we need to have a snack during the day. Most people consume a variety of ready made foods such as chocolate bars, potato chips (crisps for those in the UK). Try this: instead of having the above, try to replace them to add as a snack a different type of fruit, legume and vegetable each day, which will help your body make the switch more easily. You can also consume red meats, but in small amounts, as well as moderate amounts of poultry and fish, the latter being very rich in omega 3 fatty acids, highly important for the health of your heart.
If you are worried about not getting the necessary amount of protein, do not worry – legumes such as beans, peas, lentils, peanuts and soy contain a larger amount of protein and of a higher quality than red meat, so you are fully covered.
Furthermore, this diet is not at all time-consuming and it takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare a tasty and full of flavour meal. These recipes are fairly simple and easy to make, such as the lentil soup, very appreciated in Greece, as well as diverse vegetable and fruit salads, rich in textures, flavours and colours.
Remember that as long as you provide all the necessary nutrients for your body to function properly, it will adjust perfectly to the new diet, you just have to give it time, taking one step at a time. Your body will thank you later, because this diet lowers by more than 50% early death rates, typically associated with cardiovascular disorders.
Adhering to the Mediterranean diet will prove beneficial not only for your physical health and well-being, but for your mental and emotional health as well, because all these three elements are interconnected.
If you can add a little bit of exercise on a daily basis and proper sleep, in addition to incorporating the Mediterranean diet into your lifestyle, then you will have the perfect combination for an optimum health and wellness until you are old and gray.