I always feel inspired by the Mediterranean – the blue sea, friendly people, gorgeous landscape, and the food! Oh, the food! It turns out their diet consisting mainly of whole, real foods, such as olive oil, lots of fruit and veg, whole grains, fish, and a glass or two of red wine, really not only tastes good but is SO good for you.
Cardiovascular disease, namely heart disease and stroke, continues to reign as the leading cause of death in Canada and the United States. Yet this is a lifestyle disease that can be largely prevented by not smoking, making healthful choices, increasing physical activity, and maintaining healthy weight. When it comes to your diet, reducing processed foods, refined and hydrogenated oils, as well as simple sugars, will go a long way in reducing your heart disease risks.
So how should we go about eating? Research demonstrate the Mediterranean way of life and food is particularly good when it comes to reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. In particular, the antioxidant effects of all these nourishing foods be giving the best boost to a healthy heart. As the saying goes, you are what you eat.
And as an added bonus, the antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine, has been shown to provide heart-health benefits. I will cheers to that!
Other lifestyle modifications, such as increasing body movement/exercise, getting plenty of sleep, not smoking, and reducing stress all help keep your heart in tip top shape.
In an era where healthy living has become a priority, there is without a doubt what you put in your mouth each day, and how you choose to live will impact your overall being. The benefits you will reap from a few simple, healthy – and might I add – delicious changes to your diet will be felt in so many other ways. Eating healthy has never felt better.