The Mediterranean Lifestyle
Olives and olive oil are central to the Mediterranean Diet (we prefer lifestyle). Olives are universally eaten whole, and widely used for cooking and flavoring in the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Olive oil is the principal source of dietary fat used for cooking, baking, and for dressing salads and vegetables. Extra virgin olive oil is highest in health-promoting fats, phytonutrients and other important micronutrients.
The Mediterranean Lifestyle has been studied and noted by scores of leading scientists as one of the healthiest in the world and also the best way to prevent many diseases. The most important are the “brain ictus” or stroke (first cause of death in women and second in men) and the “myocardial infarction” or heart attack (the main cause in men), but there are many more.
The Mediterranean Lifestyle is the best way to live many years with a high quality of life. It is also the best way to keep your body in shape, your skin clean and beautiful and your internal organs working properly. People bound to the Mediterranean Lifestyle have extended life expectancies and a better quality of life. It has been used in the prevention of lung diseases, asthma, many allergies, Parkinson, Alzheimer, and also for preserving bone mass in elderly people. Recently, it has also been linked with low incidences of many types of cancer.
The original Mediterranean Lifestyle characteristics are:
- High consumption of virgin olive oil.
- High intake of vegetables and fruits and legumes.
- Use of non refined carbohydrates (portions to be adjusted to physical activity).
- Consumption of fish, specially oily (or “bluish” one) three or four times a week
- Consumption of milk and derivatives, cheese and yogurt (the original cheese was fresh goat cheese). Keep an eye on the saturated fats of the dairy products. Do not consume too much!
- Three or four eggs per week.
- Moderate consumption of meat and saturated fats (natural, not artificially hydrogenated!).
- One or two small glasses of wine a day, preferably red and at the main meals. White wine and beer are alternatives.