Posted By: Daphne's
Categories: EAT WELL, Healthy Living
Why the Mediterranean Diet can help you... Eat well. Live well.
The world-famous Mayo Clinic has an excellent summary of the Mediterranean diet online and Daphne's California Greek can help anyone implement elements of this eating plan easily and painlessly.
According to mayoclinic.com, "[Most] if not all major scientific organizations encourage healthy adults to adapt a style of eating like that of the Mediterranean diet for prevention of major chronic diseases..." A recent study involving 1.5 million healthy adults showed that a Mediterranean diet, "was associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases."
The best part about a Mediterranean diet is that it's healthy without being restrictive, boring, or difficult to understand. Think flavorful fish and poultry, bright herbs and spice, whole grains, nuts, yogurt, olive oil, red wine... Spend less time with red meat, butter, lard, salt etc. and concentrate on building your meals around plant-based foods -- rather than an outsized lump of fatty meat!
The diet does not limit total fat consumption but it's very important to make wise choices: Avoid hydrogenated oils (trans-fats) and saturated fats. Daphne's menu items and cooking oils are all trans-fat free, with the exception of naturally-occurring trans-fats. And we never use MSG, preferring to coax out natural flavors with herbs, spices, and appropriate cooking techniques.
A few Daphne's menu favorites that typify the Mediterranean diet:
Classic Falafel Pita $5.99, 510 cal
Fire-Roasted Vegetables $1.69, 50 cal
Premium Hummus & Multigrain Pita Chips $1.49 290-360 cal
Rustic Greek Flatbread Pizza $5.69, 460 cal
Grilled Salmon Plate $11.49, 330 cal (+sides)
Three-Course Dinner (w/ Premium Hummus & Multigrain Pita Chips; Grilled Chicken Kabob & Lemon Chicken Soup; Fire-Roasted Vegetables; Tabouli; Caramel Pecan Dessert) $8.99, 820-890 cal
Aside from being easy to follow and very, very tasty, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes getting plenty or exercise and of enjoying your meals with family and friends. Nowhere does the diet suggest "watching more reality TV" or "eating alone in your car in the office parking lot."
Food for thought...
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