With the number of seniors increasing, the interest in diet and how it affects your health is also increasing. Older adults are looking for ways to improve their diets in order to retain their cognitive abilities as they age. They want to be healthy seniors and live as long as possible. A lot of interest has been shown in the diet of those who live in areas of Greece and elsewhere in the Mediterranean. They have some of the lowest rates of dementia worldwide. Most seniors who live in these areas say it is their diet that is the reason for their good health.
What is in the Mediterranean Diet and how can it keep your body healthy, especially your brain?
- Add more fruits and vegetables. Start slowly by adding extra vegetables to sandwiches and soups. Try olive oil instead of vegetable oil or butter.
- Fish instead of red meat. The Mediterranean Diet includes lots of fish. Try switching over from red meat slowly. Add more poultry to your diet instead.
- Ideas for snacks. Try nuts, raisins, seeds and extra fruit. Wholegrain crackers or your own homemade trail mix also make healthy snacks.
The Mediterranean Diet is a plant based diet that includes fruit, vegetable, beans, nuts and whole grains. It also includes pasta and rice as well as bread dipped in olive oil. A glass of red wine is also fine to have occasionally. This diet is considered heart healthy and contains very few unhealthy foods with trans fats. Olive oil is the primary source of fat. Season your meals with herbs and spices instead of salt. Try eating more meals with friends and family. Your food should be enjoyed slowly. Many people these days rush their meals and because of this make unhealthy food choices. To read more on the Mediterranean Diet and how it can help you, click here.
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