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Mediterranean Diet Basics

Mediterranean Diet Basics

Many of your patients who are looking for a healthier eating plan, whether for weight loss or for overall health, have explored the Mediterranean diet. Below is a primer on this regimen so that you can address your patients’ questions and concerns, and help them adopt this program, or one like it, to improve their overall health.

We know that healthy diets should include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, the Mediterranean diet is not a conventional diet in that it incorporates a mix of traditional cooking styles, eating habits, and lifestyle behaviors of people living in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Spain, France, and the Middle East. For millennia, people in this region have enjoyed their traditional foods, leisurely dining, and regular physical activity without considering the healthful properties of their lifestyles.

BBQ Health Risk

Grill It or Kill It

We often turn to our grills for “healthy” food in order to reduce excess fats and oils. But in recent years, there have been so many warnings about barbequed food and carcinogens, in addition to the usual hazards such as undercooked food and backyard fires.

Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

May is international Mediterranean diet month. And it’s worth reexamining this regimen in light of a paper recently published in JAMA. Through observational cohort studies and a secondary prevention trial, an inverse association was noted between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular risk. Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts was found to reduce the incidence of major cardiovascular events.

The Fasting Diet

The Fasting Diet

Straight off the British Isles is another import. It’s not the Beatles or the Rolling Stones; it’s “the fasting diet” and it’s hot. The diet was covered recently by a BBC documentary.

It purports to help patients lose weight quickly by slashing their dietary intake on 2 non-consecutive days per week. This is not a total fast, mind you, just a serious reduction in calories on those 2 days: 600 calories for men and 500 calories for women. To sum it up, for 5 days you eat what you normally consume (don’t gorge, obviously), and on 2 days during the week, not in a row, you do a reduced-calorie fast.

Diet Nation

Diet Nation

In the United States, the diet and weight loss industry is nearly a $61 billion enterprise. In some instances, its purveyors are modern-day equivalents of traveling snake oil salesmen. For a case in point, the new Hollywood diet craze—the HCG fat-burning supplement—promises that with daily sublingual applications of a couple of drops of their product, people can burn up to 2 pounds of fat per day.

Mediterranean Diet 101

Mediterranean Diet 101

Have your patients ever asked you about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? If so, and you weren’t quite sure about the basics, we’d like to give you a quick explanation of the diet.

Mimicking the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy eating and lifestyle habits of the people living in southern Italy, the Greek island of Crete, and other areas of Greece in the early 1960s.

Mediterranean Diet Recipe

Mediterranean Diet Recipe

Have your patients ever asked you about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? If so, and you weren’t quite sure about the basics, we’d like to give you a quick explanation of the diet.Mimicking the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy eating and lifestyle habits of the people living in southern Italy, the Greek island of Crete, and other areas of Greece in the early 1960s.

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