Trendy diets come and go, but the Mediterranean diet has aged as well as red wine. Or Parmesan cheese. Or balsamic vinegar. Coincidentally, the Mediterranean diet encourages eating all three of these delicious foods and drinks. So, What Is the Mediterranean Diet, Exactly?
An important note to remember is that the Mediterranean diet is not what you traditionally think of as a “diet.” The word diet comes from the Greek word diaita, which means “lifestyle.” The Mediterranean diet, then, is not just a way to eat healthier and cut calories, but it includes the entire culture surrounding food: the harvesting, prepping, cooking, and consuming.
Do you know How to Fight Depression with Food? We live in stressful times, and all that stress can lead to severe bouts of depression. Typically, when we’re depressed, we turn to quick fixes. A tub of ice cream, a candy bar or a box of chocolates. But these only give us a temporary, artificially high, and we feel even worse when the effects wear off.
Depression is thought to be a result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. Three chemicals, in particular, are affected, namely:
Serotonin (regulates emotions, sleep, and appetite)
How does fiber help you lose weight? High fiber foods provide some of the essential substances that our bodies need to process food and it makes us feel full. The good news is that foods high in fiber are so filling, they help with weight loss in the process.
Fiber slows digestion and helps keep blood glucose levels steady for an extended period of time. And because it’s so filling and doesn’t cause a glucose roller coaster ride, it helps keep us from overeating.
I’m sure many of the “diets” you’ve tried in the past made you feel hungry all the time! If you want to lose weight by eating and feeling full instead, you need to get more fiber in your diet.
9 Nutrients Older Adults May Be Missing. Getting adequate nutrition can be a challenge as you get older. With age, the number of calories you need begins to decline. Every calorie you consume must be packed with nutrition to hit the mark.
Even then, you may fall short. As we get older, the body becomes less efficient at absorbing some essential nutrients. Also, the ability to taste food declines, blunting appetite. Some foods become difficult to chew or digest.
Several essential nutrients may be in short supply as you get older. Here are the top vitamins and nutrients to look out for — and how to get enough.
How to Eat Healthily and Live Longer. Do you know that you are what you eat? Eating over-processed, over-packaged and preservative-laden foods has been linked to premature aging and certain diseases. Poor eating habits have been attributed to cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. With all of this information at our fingertips, how do we stave off the next Big Mac attack?
First, consider your health. How do you feel after you’ve loaded up on a fast-food favorite? All of those processed, fried and fatty foods are little more than empty calories that contribute to an expanding waistline and weak body. These overly processed, not-easily-digestible meals cause us to feel sluggish, tired, and heavy. All of these factors contribute to a shortened lifespan.
Raw Water: Is it Safe To Drink? What do you think? I cannot stress enough that you need to do extensive research into any and all “wellness” trends popping up on social media before putting them to the test. While raw water sounds like a good healthy choice, it might be harmful to your health.
For example, drinking unfiltered water sounds great when it’s being described as “pure,” but think about it. Is raw water safe to drink when, in reality, it’s coming from lakes, rivers, or streams that could be contaminated with animal feces, toxic minerals, or even be carrying disease? I sure as hell didn’t think so, and neither do the experts.