Mediterranean Diet For Dummies

Mediterranean Diet For Dummies

Rachel Berman

Language: English

Pages: 312

ISBN: 111871525X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Expert advice on transitioning to this healthy lifestyle

The Mediterranean diet is a widely respected and highly acclaimed diet based on the food and lifestyles common to the people of Greece, Cyprus, Southern France, Spain, and coastal Italy. In addition to being a healthy, extremely effective way of losing weight, the Mediterranean diet is considered an effective means of avoiding or reversing many health problems, such as cardiovascular issues, pre-Diabetes, and obesity.

This hands-on, friendly guide covers the numerous health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and encourages meals that consist largely of healthy foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil and other healthy fats, fish, and foods high in Omega-3 fat content, such as seafood, nuts, beans, and dairy products. Featuring 20 delicious and nutritious recipes and chock-full of tips from consuming the best oils to whether wine is okay with meals (it is), Mediterranean Diet For Dummies serves as the formula for maximizing success in achieving ideal weight and health.

  • Explains how switching to a Mediterranean diet can ward off the risk of many diseases
  • Includes 20 tasty recipes
  • Also available: Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies

If you've heard of this highly acclaimed and publicized diet, Mediterranean Diet For Dummies helps you make the switch.

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can stay active, mobile, and engaged in pursuits that interest you for a long, long time. Three, the healthier you are, the lower your health-care costs, and the more money in your pocket for fun things. Four, although keeping your heart healthy is not an iron-clad guarantee that you’ll live longer, keeping your heart as healthy as possible can keep the Grim Reaper away longer. Finally, and most importantly, nothing slows you down or scares the family like a heart attack. Angina pain,

you have to do to prevent the complications of diabetes described in the preceding sections, and the answer is a fair amount. Diabetes management has three major aspects: monitoring glucose levels, eating a proper diet, and getting sufficient exercise. None of these tasks is particularly easy, but when you weigh the benefits that add up to a longer, better-quality life against the loss of time and money from preventive care, the benefits of preventive care win by a landslide. The following

reproduce plants, fruits, and drupes. The seeds also contain a store of nutrients used by the plant to grow and develop. The nutrients within vary from species to species but are in the form of starches, oils, and proteins. Legumes are plants in the family Fabaceae and include the fruit or seeds or other edible part of that plant family. Legumes can be immature, like peas and green beans, which are harvested before maturation and are typically thought of as vegetables. When legumes are

intake of saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids. (See the earlier section Cooking with healthy fats for info on why balancing fat intake is important.) Red meat used to be a luxury item in rural parts of the Mediterranean, so folks there ate it less frequently. Even though it’s now more accessible to the average Joe, the serving limits have stuck over the years. Before you panic, keep in mind that the Mediterranean diet doesn’t require that you eliminate all red meat. The goal is simply to eat

is almost double that of all other nuts, including almonds and hazelnuts. In addition, unlike most nuts that contain primarily monounsaturated oils, walnuts are composed of mostly polyunsaturated omega-3 oils, and linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid. Therefore, walnuts have particular benefits in terms of reducing inflammation, risk of heart disease, and certain types of cancer. These omega-3 oils also benefit brain health and offer protection from cognitive decline (appropriate, don’t you think,

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