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Olives and Veggies and Fish, Oh My!

May 29, 2013

imagesI love the Mediterranean diet. What I especially love about it is that it’s not a “diet” at all, but a way of life. And as I understand it, the word “diet” comes from the Greek for “a manner of living” or a “way of life.”

On this non-diet, you get to eat fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, fish and seafood, olives and olive oil and whole grains. You eat eggs, chicken and dairy in moderation, but red meat and sweets hardly at all.

If that sounds like a hardship to you, I invite you to consider the advantages. This is a generous, satisfying eating regimen that is also incredibly healthy. We’ve known for a while that it benefits the heart, and a new study confirms that. But the Mediterranean diet also helps keep your aging brain nimble, according to another study released this month, and can help prevent cancer and type 2 diabetes, too, with its combination of healthy fats, lean protein and fiber-filled carbs.

If you’d like some ideas for setting off on this delicious “way of life,” here’s an article I just published on the Houston’s Chronicle’s website, giving you some lunch or light dinner ideas that mesh with the Mediterranean diet. Mangi, mangi!

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