The mediterranean pyramid

Previous studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also effective in reducing heart attacks and strokes as evidenced by recent studies done by the American Heart Association.

As an introduction, I will share with you the Mediterranean food guide pyramid, that encompasses the whole idea of this diet.

As you can see, there is no shortage of food, we will not be starving ourselves that’s for sure! I come from a family of long standing obsession with food, I love food, enjoy eating it, and preparing it for others.

The Mediterranean diet I was brought up on has proven to be one of the healthiest around. The richness and amount of food ( fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, legumes, and vino off course!) we can have is amazing. Don’t get scared by this pyramid, it works like magic, and once you get used to it, you wont revert to your old ways.(Because it is so easy!)

If you look at the pyramid, you will notice at the bottom that the daily exercise is of a great importance: we will get to that tomorrow in a post all about it. Don’t freak out, it’s very simple, you don’t need to go to the gym 7 times a week!

At the opposite end of the pyramid, you will notice the small amount of meat; yes, meat is very rare in the Mediterranean diet, you will have to cut down little by little and reduce your intake, but look on the bright side, so many other choices!! And note too the healthy choice of fat; olive oil! I will be talking about its benefits in another post very soon.

I will be posting later on recipes that include all the vegetables, legumes (grains), poultry, fish and some meat used in this diet and you will see how easy and realistic it is to incorporate into your own life.

 

 

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One Response to “The mediterranean pyramid”

  1. Mariana Garriott February 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi. Revolutionary blog. I’m looking forward to the next blog post.

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