May is the National Mediterranean Diet Month! However, just because May is the National Mediterranean Diet month does not mean we shouldn’t focus on eating this way year-round.
Here at Healthy Living Dallas we encourage a modified Mediterranean Diet. What does this mean? A modified Mediterranean diet has the same phytonutrient -rich vegetables and fruits, but with reduced meat portions/servings focusing on mostly organic meats and dairy, limited amounts of red wine, and fewer starches (sugars) than typically found in a traditional Mediterranean diet.1 We also focus on lowering one’s intake of processed foods and refined sugar.
People in the Mediterranean region with healthy lifestyle habits who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fish are thought to be amongst the healthiest people in the world.1 Possible health benefits of following a modified Mediterranean type eating pattern include lowering inflammation, lowering cholesterol, weight loss, better glycemic control, reduction in certain types of cancer, and improvement in cognitive function. Observational cohort studies and a secondary prevention trial have shown an inverse association between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular risk.2
Here are some tips to try at home that are Mediterranean Diet approved:
To further understand the science behind our program please visit: http://www.healthylivingdallas.com/science-behind-our-program/.