Becoming the Happiest YOU
A balance of healthy meals, physical activity and relaxation are all part of living the Mediterranean Lifestyle. Broken down into three components, this lifestyle includes: enjoying strong and frequent social connections, diet, and engaging in regular activities and exercise. It’s not just about eating more fish and incorporating olive oil into your diet. In order to get the full health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet, you need to embrace the lifestyle.
The Mediterranean Region is considered the Mediterranean Basin that borders the Mediterranean Sea and includes parts of seven countries: France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.
When eating the Mediterranean way, meals are not rushed and there is no prepping for your next meeting or eating in front of the computer or television. Meals are an Eating Healthy, Being Active Becoming the Happiest YOU activity, an event. It’s a way for family and friends to spend time together and enjoy each other while appreciating the good, flavorful food being consumed. Numerous studies have shown that following a plan like the Mediterranean Lifestyle can have such a positive impact on decreasing diseases, such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and dementia.
The Mediterranean Diet was discovered to have particular health benefits by Ancel Keys, an American physiologist who studied the influence of diet on health in the 1950’s. He made this discovery while studying the health of poorer populations in Southern Italy in comparison to the more affluent in New York. He found the Italian populations had lower levels of cholesterol and a low rate of coronary heart disease.
It is now recognized as one of the healthiest dietary guides which incorporates colorful, fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and healthy fats into the meal plans. There is a very low consumption of red meats, poultry, butter, refined grains and processed foods. The Mediterranean Lifestyle is not an effort, rather a daily practice across many regions. This diet has proven to be successful, offering significant health benefits, while allowing so much flexibility. Adopting this in one’s life can be advantageous at all ages.
Please consider joining us at the Huntington at Nashua on Thursday, February 28th at 11:00am as we prepare to kick off National Nutrition Month and host a free “Healthy Habits for Longer Life” Open House. Learn to make informed food choices and healthy eating practices that focus on the Mediterranean diet model for its health benefits: longevity, weight loss and disease prevention.
Please R.S.V.P. by calling Mary Ann at 603.821.1200.