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Strict Mediterranean diet offers big health boost

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:35am

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Just as study after study is proving, a strict Mediterranean diet offers big health boost.    Its beneficial effects on cancer and heart disease prevention are well documented.

A Mediterranean diet, however, can be a stumbling block for some dieters.   Growing up in the Midwest, fish wasn’t a major player in my diet–that is if you don’t count Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks.  Meat and potatoes were a way of life.  To suddenly be given a standard of beef once or twice a month is a transition requiring some measure of will power.  The diet also limits dairy products and alcohol.

The facts can’t be denied.  Participants in the study saw reduced levels of heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.  All are good reasons to make the diet a lifestyle.  I have to admit though, reducing dairy products is perhaps more of a challenge than I might like.

I love cheese.  I love yogurt.  I can work on the increase of fruits and vegetables okay.  I cook almost exclusively with olive oil.  I have cut down substantially on beef.  So, I’m getting there.  I suppose in the end though, one must look at what works for oneself.  The Mediterranean diet provides guidelines for making good choices.

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