Trying The Mediterranean Diet

A Mediterranean diet might just be a good diet if you are looking for a very healthy, and heart friendly diet. The diet is full of all the healthy basics of eating along with plentiful uses of olive oil, and a glass of wine now and then. It incorporates the cooking habits of the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, and the recipes are great tasting and great for your body too.

There are many studies in that show that a traditional diet of the Mediterranean areas does reduce the risk of heart disease. One study analyzed over 1.5 million healthy adults and the results overwhelmingly demonstrated that this type of diet reduced the incidence of heart disease and cancer, along with a reduction of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

This is a diet that can be followed by the whole family, children and adults alike, to maximize the nutritional needs of the family, while at the same time, create meals that are tasty, wholesome, and healthy for everyone.

A Mediterranean diet puts emphasis on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. As a case in point, Greek residents average six or more servings per day of fruits and vegetables, which are very rich in antioxidants.

Most of the grains in the Mediterranean areas are largely whole-grain, and bread is an important part of the diet. The bread is dipped into olive oil, and not used with margarine or butter, which contains trans fats or saturated fat.

Included in the Mediterranean diet are nuts, which are in themselves high in fat, but it is the right kind of fat that the body needs. Even so, nuts are very high in calories, so they should be eaten sparingly, but they are very good for you anyway.

Herbs and spices are used as flavor enhancers instead of salt, another healthy, and very tasty practice. Salt tends to raise blood pressure, so the lack of it is a good thing.

A Mediterranean diet is mainly made up of fruits and vegetables, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, whole grain bread, herbs and spices, fish, seafood, lamb and olive oil. There is very little sugar consumed in this diet as those who have a sweet tooth can get that attended to with the fruits.

Fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, oysters and clams make up most of the meat needs.

A Mediterranean diet can literally save your life if you are borderline overweight and all stopped up with all of the American Food you have eaten in the past. This diet could save your life.

The French Pastry Walking Diet

I gotta say, one of the absolute best things about being in France is window at the local boulangerie. So many delicious looking pastries just waiting for me to try them! And let me not forget the fresh cream! They make hands down the best fresh cream for pastries here in France. I do not think that I have ever had any that tastes better than what I have had here. Even the fast food type of shops make it very well.

Of course, it doesn’t take many pastries and fresh cream toppings to start seeing your waist line expand. And I tell ya, when you do freelance writing online like I do, that means lots of sitting at the computer and not moving around much. So all those calories from the pastries can really start to be seen. Plus, experts say that sitting too much is bad for your health!

Well, I might not be able to prevent needing to sit at the computer most of the day, but I do believe that I found the secret to the French diet. I mean, everyone always wonders why French people can eat all that bread, pastries and rich sauces and not be overweight. Here is the answer – walking.

Yup, walking.

Since so few people use cars to get around, there is a lot of walking everywhere. And that walking is exercise and exercises helps to keep the pounds off. In fact, once I started taking walking breaks each day, I began to notice some definite differences in my waistline. And no, I have not cut back on my pastry consumption. I mean, how can you? They are so freaking delicious!

So, that is my take on the French diet secret. Of course, everyone has their theories on why the French are slim, so take your pick from them. I just know what works for me while I am here in France. And think about it – we don’t do that much walking in the US in the normal day to day. Just from our car into the office and from our car to our front door. And sometimes from our car to the store front door. That is not a lot of walking right there.

I suggest that you take my little French diet secret and try to apply it to your life no matter where you live. You just might learn that you can indulge in more sweets without gaining weight or seeing your waist expand!