Paraphrasing Dr. Pelletier: “everyone loses weight during a diet because they pay attention to what (and the quantities) of the food they are eating.” Sadly, most modern-day diets are based on the concept of tricking the body to lose weight rather than any natural basis to promote a healthy living style.
The food pyramid provides an easy road map to incorporate healthy meal planning for your family. A simple salad and a vegetable dish can easily be incorporated into your lunch and dinner plans. Fresh fruit is a far more healthy alternative to traditional desserts and provides just the right amount of sugar for breakfast.
Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
It seems that every week, one scientist or another is “discovering” another health benefit of the Mediterranean diet. I take these studies with a grain of salt, but clearly there is overwhelming evidence to support that fact that eating a healthy Mediterranean diet as described above improves your well-being. Found below are some of the more commonly cited benefits of the Mediterranean diet from WebMD:
- Prevent heart disease.
- Lower the risk of a heart attack.
- Lower cholesterol.
- Prevent type 2 diabetes.
- Prevent metabolic syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia
- Parkinson’s disease
- Lowers Obesity
Now, this is a particularly impressive list of serious health problems that can be avoided by adopting a Mediterranean lifestyle. I am not a qualified medical scientist to opine on these claims, but there does seem to be an overwhelming body of evidence to suggest that eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables does improve one’s health. However, please consult your own physician to determine if the Mediterranean diet can be of benefit to you.
In this video below (actually a series of videos), Dr. Oz and some nutritional experts explain some of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. It is a visual focus on what to eat:
Forget Dieting and Eat Healthy
There are hundreds of cookbooks promoting recipes based on the Mediterranean diet. Frankly, most of these cookbooks are not needed. The Mediterranean diet has evolved over centuries by people consuming what what small farms yielded during the season.
There is no need for complicated recipes and menu plans, simply eat more organic vegetables, fruits, and lean meats and avoid sugars and factory-processed foods. A quick look at the food pyramid shown above and Dr. Oz’s simple explanation addresses at least 95% of the issues surrounding the Mediterranean diet.
So, forget more diet cookbooks and enjoy a glass of wine of wine with your next healthy meal.