A huge nutrition study out of Spain was published in 2013, delivering some wonderful health news. The New England Journal of Medicine offered compelling evidence to prove that the Mediterranean Diet delivered an approximately 30% lower chance of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke. Researchers for the Harvard School of Public Health, the Cambridge Health Alliance, the British Medical Journal and others have reported similar findings.
Younger looking and stronger skin, healthy weight loss and improved mental functioning have also been linked to a diet rich in plant foods, vegetables and fruits, the right kinds of fish, good fats and whole grains. These are the basic ingredients the Mediterranean Diet revolves around. So, how do you get the Mediterranean Diet on your team? Put the following 5 simple steps in practice, and your brain, heart and entire body will begin feeling and looking healthy and fit.
1Don’t be afraid of fat.
The key here is in knowing what fats are good for you, and which are bad. Saturated and trans fats? Very bad, and found in way too many processed foods. They are unhealthy for your heart, and lead to obesity and other health problems. Nuts, extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seeds and avocados are “good fats”. Start swapping these out immediately.