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Mediterranean Diet (Prong-4)

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Abstract

The Mediterranean diet is one of the lifestyle modifications recommended in the Mind-Body Wellness Program. It is not simply a diet. It is a lifestyle. It is a stress reducer, both at the cellular level (oxidative stress reduction) and the system level (psychosocial stress reduction). It includes a philosophy to cook and choose foods to eat where the foods themselves and how they are prepared is, itself, medicine. Preparing the food fresh and preserving its nutrient content enable food to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and anti-atherosclerotics, as well as provide vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and the energy needed for health and wellness. The Mediterranean diet is founded on olive, grape, and whole wheat. Aside from these three ingredients, the Mediterranean diet adds polyphenols and resveratrol to the mix to further the benefits of the program.

The Mediterranean diet provides the fuel and raw materials needed to support exercise and the other prongs of the Mind-Body Wellness Program to minimize disease frequency and severity and preserve quality of life. The diet, enjoyed with family and friends, relaxed and including a little wine, is the goal. Reversing the trend, prevalent in the west, of “fresh from the factory” and returning to “factory fresh.” With the Mediterranean diet, the supplements of this program truly are supplements to a healthy diet and not replacements for a healthy diet. Enjoy!

Keywords

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Anti-atherosclerotic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Endothelial function
  • Grapes
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Olive oil
  • Polyphenols
  • Resveratrol
  • Wellness
  • Whole wheat
  • Wine

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    Cholesterol balance is the “good” to “bad” lipoprotein balance (HDL to LDL). The body does need a very little, relatively speaking, of the “bad” cholesterol (LDL), or fat, for normal nerve function. While this is not a specific target, it is a benefit.

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