A healthy lifestyle begins with a healthy diet. The Mediterranean diet provides such a diet. High in vegetable and fruit consumption while low in meat intake, research supports the link to longevity.
A variety of fruits and vegetables have been identified as being high in antioxidants. Surely, it makes sense to consume more of the foods touted as preventing cancer, diabetes, and other conditions. Likewise, consuming less of the foods associated with heart disease and high cholesterol is equally important. London researchers found that a diet including five daily servings of fruits and vegetables reduced stroke risk by 25%.
A change in your at-home cooking can have a positive impact. Simply by cooking exclusively with olive oil you can gain its benefits. In meals requiring a fat with a higher smoke point, canola oil is a good substitution. Also, try and include a fruit or vegetable with each meal. Remember a serving is not very big. A healthy serving of freshly-steamed vegetables can easily provide two servings.
Gentle reminders like a filled fruit bowl in plain view can add additional daily servings to your family’s diet. Nuts can provide the good monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that make up a healthy Mediterranean diet. Eating healthy can be as simple as having the right foods around.