Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Mediterranean Diet

Healthy eating is more than a is a lifestyle. You need to make the choice to eat healthy foods for a healthy body. Processed foods are loaded with added chemicals, sodium and preservatives, which can lead to weight gain. Processed meats (think packaged deli) are filled with nitrates and sodium. Both can lead to bloat and weight gain. The Mediterranean Diet is based on whole, natural foods. It consists of lots of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, fish, good fats and whole grains. Most of these do not come out of a box. Some lean protein choices are chicken, lean beef, fish, egg whites, fish. When choosing grains (starch carbs), go with whole wheat, brown or black rice, sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta. The body needs carbs to function. Ever notice that when you are tired, you usually crave carbs? Your body uses carbs for energy. And yes, you read it right, the diet includes eating fat- good fats. Some good sources are fish oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, flaxseed, and avocados. Eating clean whole foods doesn't mean you can never have another slice of pizza (the horror!), it just means that you limit how much of it you eat. Tune in tomorrow and learn how to start a new and healthy life!

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