Healthy Nutrition at Midlife Powered by Your Kitchen

Turning 40 can be quite an ordeal, both emotionally and physically. You might have noticed you are starting to gain weight and you have started paying attention to your body more. Sliding into midlife is a milestone that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially when it pertains to what you eat.

When you are in your early 20’s and 30’s, most people are able to live on the edge and regularly indulge in unhealthy processed food. Fast food joints are somewhat of a daily habit and your body stays about the same weight without even thinking about it. Most of us never imagine that midlife is going to be literally knocking at our door until it happens. Before we know it, we turn 40 and realize that putting on some extra weight isn’t our only problem. Some of us not only start gaining excess weight but also start understanding the risks associated with entering midlife and leading an unhealthy lifestyle.

You might already know that the benefits of eating right can lead to a long, happy life, but you also need to know about the risks that are associated with dining now as you did in your 20’s. Understanding why your metabolism slows down in midlife is essential and now you need to learn what you need to eat to keep it working like a clock.

The simple answer is – watch what you eat.

In the middle part of your life the secretion of growth hormone (GH) declines by about 15% each decade. Less growth hormone means you are left with less muscle mass, and this can slowly lead to more fat. This extra stored fat can lead to several chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and any other silent killers. Whether you are just trying to lose weight or trying to fight off chronic disease during this period of your life, here are some foods we suggest you should consume to start your health journey into midlife.

OATS

Why eat oats?

Not only are oats one of the healthiest grains on earth, but they also have a plethora of nutritious benefits. Many over 40’s studies have shown that we can decrease the risk of chronic heart disease, lower blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol by consuming oats. If this wasn’t reason enough to start introducing oats to your daily diet, then here is one more. Oats can also keep you feeling fuller longer, thus help you control your weight.

How to eat oats?

There are many ways you can enjoy your oats and make it easier to introduce it into your daily diet. While it is important to skip instant oats, you can decide to cook slow cooking oats in a pot or just baked them in the oven. Cooking them in advance and reheating seems to be the most convenient way to always have ready to eat oats on hand and you can let your imagination run wild with the number of healthy goodies you can add in. Try adding some chopped nuts or an array of healthy fruits. Add a teaspoon of granola for that tasty crunch or sprinkle on some nutmeg or cinnamon for that extra touch. You can also get creative and make oatmeal muffins, which are a convenient and nutritious breakfast that the entire family can enjoy.

Fish

Why eat fish?

Consuming fish on a regular basis can do a lot for your overall health; as it is one of the healthiest sources of animal protein we have available today. Fish are loaded with nutritious omega-3 fatty acids that help in the reduction of inflammation, increasing your brain health, and most importantly, reducing the risk of heart disease. Increasing this source of protein in your diet can reduce the chances that linger over the horizon of midlife. As an excellent source of vitamin D, fish consumption can also be a great way to boost your immunity. Healthy levels of Vitamin D are important for the immune system and can help lower your risk of developing diseases such as skin cancer. It’s important to be selective in the type of fish you eat as some fish populations are contaminated from their environment. We recommend always checking for an up-to-date list as this can change frequently. Some of our current favorites are Albacore Tuna, Atlantic Mackeral, Freshwater Coho Salmon, Pacific wild-caught Sardines, wild-caught Alaskan Salmon and Oysters.

How to eat fish?

There are a sea of fish out there and many ways to prepare them. If you are an adventurous fish eater and have no problems eating them whole, then use your knife to open the belly and remove the backbone to prepare your taste buds for ultimate pleasure. If you are not ready to waste your time de-boning the fish, then try eating fish fillets and steaks. There are a lot of options out there, and you can find what works best for you. If you would like to introduce fish to your diet and don’t see yourself preparing this type of meal, take a trip to your favorite seafood restaurant and have it prepared without the butter. And better yet, if you are a five-star chef in the kitchen, get creative and add fish to spaghetti, a plate of veggies, or pair it with a salad and a plethora of fun sauces.

Nuts

Why eat nuts?

Plain and simple, nuts are an excellent source of healthy nutrients needed to maintain good health. Nuts are packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which will decrease the overall risks of any silent killers. They are beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. If this were the only reason to consume nuts, then I would say, forget about it. But they are loaded with antioxidants that protect your fragile fat cells and decrease their oxidation. The best part of all is they can play a significant role in weight loss, which can be an issue for many people in their midlife.

How to eat nuts?

You have likely eaten a nut or two in your lifetime and know how to spot them when you see them. But in their natural habitat, kernels are covered with a hard outer shell that takes some work to crack open. This might be a fun way to consume nuts, but some of you don’t like to work for your food and can purchase de-shelled nuts that are ready to be eaten. Nuts are seed kernels that are consumed as a snack that you can take with you on a trip, to work, or added to your favorite salad. But you must be careful when consuming nuts. They are high in fat and calories, so you need to be attentive not to over-consume them.

Tomatoes

Why eat tomatoes?

For those of us entering midlife, fruit and vegetable intake is a vital part of the healthy living journey. Tomatoes are no exception, and anyone can benefit from this intensively nutritional plant food that is a perfect answer to fight off many chronic diseases. Tomatoes are tasty and can help decrease the development of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. They are known to maintain healthy blood pressure while supporting vibrant skin, weight loss, and best of all, heart health. According to science consuming just 150ml of tomato juice after an exercise session can help protect against other diseases such as prostate, lung, and stomach cancer. Tomatoes are packed with minerals, vitamins and the potent antioxidant lycopene. Antioxidants cleanup inflammation that cause oxidative stress and reduce potential DNA damage. If this wasn’t enough to convince you to chop up some tomatoes, then read the study on tomato juice and the reduction of cortisol and fatigue. Drinking tomato juice can actually reduce muscle fatigue and cortisol in our blood levels while we exercise.

How to eat tomatoes?

Some of you might enjoy a whole tomato with your meal while others prefer to chop it up in a favorite salad. Whatever your choice will be you can also find it in your favorite Italian cuisine. If the texture isn’t what you are looking for, then look for it in the form of juice, puree or sauce. Consuming tomatoes stewed or slow-cooked boosts the availability of its crucial nutrients. If you have a knack for the kitchen, then you can get creative and eat tomatoes stuffed with your favorite dairy product or throw them on the grill and enjoy their savory flavor at your BBQ. Whatever your taste buds prefer, get creative, and enjoy the many health benefits of this super fruit.

Fruit

Why eat fruit?

Eating fruit is not only tasty but can also boost your immune system. A strong immune system is important for fighting off potential diseases and illnesses that we can develop or pick up during our lifetime. Fruits can enrich your body with a wide range of minerals and other essential vitamins that keep our immune systems working like a clock. Eating the right fruits can help you fight off nasty colds and other ailments that we have a hard time getting over when our immune systems are failing. Fruit not only provides you with energy but also rids your body of unwanted toxins with its high fiber content. Fruit is filled with water, which keeps you regular, allows your skin to maintain hydration and helps you achieve the glowing skin you deserve. Choosing fruit with a low sugar content is important. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and acai are among some of our favorite fruits.

How to eat fruit?

There are a million ways to cut up your favorite fruit and enjoy them just the way you like. Some of us want to savor the moment and bite down on a whole nectarine the old-fashioned way without cutting it up into smaller pieces. Others like to blend frozen fruit into a healthy smoothie. You can cut up a plethora of fruit and make your favorite fruit salad or get creative and blend fruit into a puree, pour into molds and freeze for a frozen popsicle treat. Whatever works for you is what will be the most enjoyable.

Keep up with your journey to excellent health and try to create habits that directly affect your health and well-being in the most positive way. Try to include regular visits to your physician or healthcare professional to prevent any illnesses or diseases that can be cured at the core. Prevention is your best friend, especially at midlife, and eating right will only help you achieve that healthy lifestyle.

Cilantro

Why eat cilantro?

Cilantro is the same plant as coriander, but cilantro refers to the leafy green part of the plant. (We use the term coriander for the seed). People around the world love this popular herb because of its citrusy boost of flavor, but besides its bright and fresh taste, it’s packed with benefits for the body. Cilantro has many critical nutrients as well as a high concentration of antioxidants, which protect against degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Cilantro is believed to bind to heavy metals and help your body get rid of them. It will also protect your heart and balance blood sugar levels. As if that’s not enough, if you’re missing your carrots, you can find vitamin A in cilantro to boost the health of your eyes and skin. If you suffer from heartburn, especially after hot and spicy dishes, add some cilantro to the dish. Cilantro has a cooling effect, and it will allow you to tolerate that hot curry better.

How to eat cilantro?

All parts of the coriander plant hold some health benefits! But coriander and cilantro are used differently in cooking and are not interchangeable, so take that into account. For example, fresh cilantro, because it’s so refreshing, works excellent in salsas, sauces, soups, and chutneys. On the other hand, coriander has a warm, nutty taste that will elevate stews and curries. You can add coriander powder at any time, but if you’re using cilantro, add it at the end of cooking to preserve the flavor and its nutrients. Cilantro is a gentle herb, like mint and basil, with tender leaves that won’t tolerate over-chopping or cutting with a dull knife. Cut its leaves gently with a sharp knife so that the flavor stays within the leaves instead of being displaced onto the cutting board. You can add it to Mexican od Thai dishes, or any dishes with cheese, eggs, fish, or beans, as well as a garnish for soups and salads. If you ever get bored of it in a meal, enjoy it in a smoothie![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space alter_height="small" hide_on_mobile="1"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1574806110555{background-image: url(https://vibrantskinbar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/bg-pink.jpg?id=2308) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space alter_height="small" hide_on_mobile="1"][vc_column_text el_class=" usluga"]

Chia Seeds

Why eat chia seeds?

The tiny black or white seeds of the Salvia Hispanica plant have lately been recognized worldwide as a superfood. They come from Central and South America, and legend says that the ancient Aztecs and Mayans used them as a source of energy. That wouldn’t be a surprise, because the tiny seeds are packed with nutrients: they contain fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and all nine essential amino acids. They are great antioxidants as well. Chia seeds can absorb large amounts of water, so because they expand in the stomach, they increase fullness and aid in weight loss. Some of the reasons why you should incorporate chia seeds into your diet in midlife is that they contain nutrients essential for bone health, such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Some studies also indicate that chia seeds can control blood sugar, which is great for diabetics, but their benefits don’t stop there: they keep the gut flora fed and healthy, reduce the risk of heart disease, and overall support increased energy in people consuming them regularly.

How to eat chia seeds?

It is super easy to include chia seeds in your diet! They don’t have much of a taste themselves, so you can add them to virtually anything. Adding chia seeds to any meal won’t affect the taste, but you’ll be blessed with all the crucial nutrients. The instagrammable solution is to sprinkle them on top of yogurt or granola bowls or to make a chia pudding. Mix a quarter-cup of the seeds in one cup of liquid – water, milk, almond milk, or fruit juice. Leave in the fridge for 15 minutes until the seeds have gelled up. You can add fruits or nuts to this pudding and keep it in the fridge for several days. Chia gel can be used instead of eggs in vegan cooking and baking, and you can also use them to thicken sauces. Baking something? Feel free to add chia seeds to your bread and muffins!

Keto, Paleo, Atkins, Mediterranean: Understand the World of Dieting

Are you on a never-ending diet regime, are you hyped up on the latest and greatest diet fads that promise to shed off unwanted fat? If you are, then you can finally rest assured that one of these new diet trends can work for you and your weight loss. Let’s explore the differences between the latest trends in the diet world. You’ve probably already heard the buzz words while at work, during your shopping trip or your quick run to the grocery store: the four not so new diet trends that can work if you find the one that can fit into your lifestyle.

KETO

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Keto is short for the Ketogenic diet, and it is a low carb, high-fat diet that can introduce many health benefits along with weight loss. The diet was introduced as a means to reduce and control seizures in pediatric patients that are diagnosed with epilepsy. Not only can it improve your health, but it will also help you lose the weight you have been trying to get rid of for years. This diet introduces a new lifestyle where you significantly diminish the intake of carbohydrates and replace it with fat. This decrease in carbs throws your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. The most significant benefits that your body can enjoy is that it could help you cut down on processed foods and cause you to eat less sugar, which of course will cause you to start losing weight, because when your body is in ketosis, it’s burning fat instead of glucose. Sounds easy right, well although eating high-fat food sounds enticing, it isn’t so easy to curb your carb cravings.

Pros:

Weight Loss

Getting rid of pounds is the best part of the Keto Diet, getting rid of that weight that has been dragging you down since childhood, childbirth or those recent pounds you threw on from sitting in front of the computer while you snack on a big bag of greasy potato chips.

No More Low-Fat Foods

Keto is known as the enjoyable diet if you can do without the carbs, eating things like red meats, fatty fish, nuts, cheese, and butter. Sounds a bit odd that you can stop spending extra bucks at the grocery store on all of the low-fat products that have been a tradition in the past decade for many of us.

Health Benefits

As you have already heard, it has many benefits that can improve your overall health. This diet is believed to have a high impact on the fight against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cons:

Hard to Keep Up With

Because of the hardcore carb blockade, it might be a hard diet to stick to, unless you allow it to become a lifestyle. Unfortunately, many people have considered Keto a yo-yo diet which can lead to wrong results in the future.

Bad Fats

Because of the nature of this diet and the high fat intake, it can lead to an increase of lipids in the patient’s bloodstream. The high-fat effect can also have some negative impacts on heart health.

Food Compulsion

When you are on a strict regime and are monitoring your food intake very precisely, it can lead to stress and frustration. Due to the restrictions and the stress that you might feel when on this diet it can lead to bingeing.

What to add to the shopping list?

So if this diet regime fits into your lifestyle and you are ready to lose some weight, then prepare to feast on fish, cheese, meat, poultry, eggs, plain yogurt, and low-carb vegetables. And let’s not forget what you can’t be feasting on: fruits, bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, and chocolate. In other words, nothing that has any natural or added sugar. You are going to have to stay away from the soda aisle during your shopping trips along with the quick-to-reach chocolate bars at the checkout.

PALEO

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Plain and straightforward, Paleo was introduced to the diet world as an eating plan that replicated prehistoric eating habits. Paleo is a diet plan that consists of foods that were eaten in the Paleolithic era. This diet is pretty easy to follow because it contains consuming lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. All in all, if our ancestors were able to hunt or gather these foods, then it is safe for consumption with this diet. You’ve probably heard this diet considered as the caveman diet, and it is the way to go if you can see yourself in this type of regime.

Losing weight is not the only thing that gets people running to the grocery store to fill their fridge with all of these nutritious ingredients. It has many health benefits, such as improved glucose tolerance, improved heart health, lower triglycerides, and better appetite management.

Pros:

Weight Loss

The nature of this regime will trigger weight loss and improve your sleeping patterns. You might have thought that losing weight was the only thing you needed; but if you are grabbing for minutes to catch up on sleep, throwing out processed foods can help you snooze.

Health Benefits

Back in the day we only longed for the newest diet fad that would help us get into those skinny jeans, but now there are finally choices out there to help you change your eating habits and improve your overall health. This diet can, of course, help you slide into those jeans like you’ve immersed yourself in butter and help people stabilize their blood sugar level, lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Lowering Hunger Pains

We all know what it’s like when you on that new diet and you are ready to throw down a gallon of ice cream only to feel horrible after the fact. With this diet, you can enjoy feeling full longer due to a high intake of nutrients, protein, and good fats.

Cons:

Restrictive Diet

The only way to go with Paleo is to cut out whole food groups such as grains, which raises the risk of eating more meat than your body needs. Some people have a hard time getting creative with their meal plans when they are restricted to eat specific ingredients. Sometimes this can have a negative effect, and people can run into binging episodes.

It’s Expensive

This is a major concern for many of us when we think about our trip to the grocery store. Paleo is known as the diet that can break the bank because it promotes eating from the meat counter and the produce section

Lack of Energy

If you are an athlete, this diet might be a major concern since it might be hard to recover from your exercise session. People who are active need to load up on glycogen to feed their muscles. Since Paleo is a low carbohydrate / high protein diet, it doesn’t help you recover or perform your maximum. Paleo cuts down on calcium, which is also needed for stronger bones, and this can be a downer for many people.

What to add to the shopping list?

This might sound extremely easy, but avoid anything that your ancestors didn’t consume way back when. Your grocery list will be filled with meats, fish, eggs, fruits, nuts, and seeds galore. Oh yes, those healthy fats and oils as well. Keep in mind anything that is processed is not to find its way into your grocery cart. These are products such as sugar, soft drinks, grains, most dairy products, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, and trans fats.

ATKINS

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If you ever explored different diets on the market, you’ve had to hear of Atkins, and it has gone through many changes over the last decade. The Atkins diet was initially introduced to the diet world by a physician by the name of Dr. Robert Atkins, who wrote a best-selling book to replicate his theory. The Atkins diet was and is known worldwide and is known as a low-carb diet that helps you lose unwanted weight. Like most other new diet trends, it allows you to eat as much protein and fat as you want just as long as you curb those foods that are high in carbohydrates. This diet is quite flexible, and it works for many people because you do not have to count calories. Because you are not tracking every calorie that you are consuming, it can be considered as the non-restrictive diet.

Pros:

Weight Loss

The Atkins diet has been around for some time now, and there is a significant history of weight loss while on this regime. Now it is all up to you and your lifestyle and how you can incorporate this diet to trigger weight loss that can stay off if you maintain a healthy grocery list. You can shed unwanted weight because your food choices are limited, and you end up eating less due to the added protein and fat that will keep you feeling satisfied longer. It can, in other words, curb your hunger pains.

Improved Health Benefits

With this diet, like others, when you are eating healthy, you can increase your overall health. But with Atkins, you could improve severe conditions like metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart health that leads to cardiovascular disease. And let’s not forget to mention the increase in keeping you diabetes-free.

No Need to Count Calories

As if being on a diet wasn’t hard enough with calorie counters in your phone, beeping and alerting every few hours or so since you forgot to add in how many calories you consumed on your lunch break! With this particular diet plan, you can save some time during your busy schedule to read a book or take a quick stroll around the block instead of inputting your daily calories. The main focus is eating the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, and not how many calories you are absorbing.

Cons:

No Fruit & No Grain

Some people can’t get enough of their fruits, and if you are one of them, then this isn’t the diet for you. Many health institutions will suggest that you consume about 2 cups of fruits per day, but with Atkins, this is restricted in the early stages of the diet regime. If you are a lover of your grains, then it might be hard to adapt to this diet. With Atkins, you are to become grain-free to see any weight loss.

Possible Side Effects

If you are an “American Food” eater and you begin the Atkins diet, you might experience fatigue because of the drastic decrease of carb intake. Your body might experience some side effects as your body is trying to adjust using fat as a source of energy. Constipation, halitosis, and dehydration can result in these specific dietary changes. Don’t forget hunger, mood swings, and irritability.

Difficult to maintain

Remember all those burgers you devoured on your lunch break or at your local diner? Well, forget about them quickly. When on Atkins, you might experience horrible separation anxiety from specific foods or products. The reason this diet might be hard to turn into a long term lifestyle change is that all the foods available while you are out socializing or on your night out with friends are Atkins restricted foods. If you can’t keep pasta, pizza, bread, and chips out of your life, then this might be a hard battle to fight.

What to add to the shopping list?

Your shopping list might be straightforward here, with a cart full of foundational vegetables, fish, shellfish, poultry, meat, eggs, cheese, and cream. Fats and oils need to find their place as well. The aisles you need to avoid are the grains section, fruit and juice stands, nuts and seeds along with the sugar section. If you can find a way to add cooking to your daily routine, it might be easier to grasp this diet regime.

Mediterranean Diet

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If you’ve searched high and low for an eating plan with a heart-healthy outcome, then this diet might be custom fit just for you. The Mediterranean diet conforms to traditional foods that people from the regions such as Greece and Italy used to eat back in the '60s. Even though this diet isn’t a new way of life for people of this region, it became attractive to the U.S. and Northern European countries in the ’90s. Because of the significant observation that coronary heart disease was triggering fewer deaths in the Mediterranean provinces. Embracing this eating plan will not only improve your heart health; it is also a delicious and enjoyable way to enjoy traditional cuisines that originate from the bordering countries of the Mediterranean coastline. Even if there aren't any strict guidelines to follow with this eating regime, you will find that you can sustain a healthy lifestyle by eating foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nut and seeds, and olive oil. Other factors, such as physical activity and social support, tie in very well with this type of diet. Physical activity seems to come naturally with this regime as the food you are eating make you feel energized to move your way down the path of better health. If you are interested in maintaining a balanced healthy heart lifestyle change, then these tips will get you started on the right track.

Pros:

Maintain a healthy heart

As you’ve already heard, people from the Mediterranean region are less likely to suffer from heart disease as they do in other parts of the world. Studies believe that it is directly related to their particular eating habits. Because we all can’t just pack up our suitcases and move there, we can learn from them and incorporate it into our daily eating habits. This diet is not just a diet; it can be a complete revolution to your eating habits. This diet can proactively have positive impacts on the bad cholesterol you might intake daily. Because this lowers the accumulation of deposits that affect your arteries, it will help your heart pump with satisfaction. Not only is the overall well-being of our heart vital to us, but you can also decrease the chances of falling ill with diseases like cancer and cognitive disorders such as dementia or Parkinson’s.

Achieve radiant skin

You’ve probably met people from this part of the world and wondered how they maintain a radiant glow, taking years off their look. This type of eating method is rich in olive oil consumption which has a direct effect on the look of our skin, due to the traces of Vitamin E and antioxidants found in such ingredients. These vitamins help nourish and hydrate skin, erasing the signs of age. Another prominent cause of radiant skin is the consumption of foods such as tomatoes which is a must in most Mediterranean cuisines. They not only help protect our skins fragile cells; they can also help fight the effects of skin cancer due to sun exposure.

Live a long happy life – improve your mood

Increased happiness might sound hard to believe, but eating healthy and eating the Mediterranean way can improve your mood. For the people who suffer from many mental health issues such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety, they can enjoy the mood-boosting benefits associated with this diet regime. Dopamine is a chemical responsible for increased body movements, a mood regulator, and directly accountable for the mind and thought processing. When feeling depressed and un-energetic, you can directly blame the decrease of dopamine nourishing your brain. Because the Mediterranean way of eating encourages a diet that contains healthy fats and foods filled with probiotics, your body can produce vast amounts of dopamine which will keep your brain happy and satisfied. We all know that happiness is the medicine we need to cure any ailments or issues we might be facing. Happy people are more apt to increase their physical activity which will only make it easier to achieve lifelong health.

Cons:

Hard to Keep Up With

You might live a Westerner lifestyle so it might be hard to keep up with this type of diet regime. Some people believe that adopting the usage of olive oil will make them feel like they are on a Mediterranean diet. But it doesn’t stop there; fast food joints need to be wiped out of your daily routine. Finding a restaurant that fry or douses salad with olive oil might be incredibly hard to find on your drive home from work. The grocery store is your best bet, or if you live in an area with a farmers market, then it might be a more accessible regime to follow. The Westerners of the world crave convenience rather than food, so it might be hard to change your eating habits. Especially if you don’t organize yourself to make shopping a fun way to obtain healthy ingredients and an ongoing lifestyle change.

Increased grocery bills

The Mediterranean diet is high in pricey foods such as fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and olive oil. The cost can be a primary concern for many of you. Eating healthy and improving your overall well-being can come with a price tag, but you need to weigh the benefits and the risks associated with an unhealthy eating process. Grocery trips can take a bit longer as you may have to visit multiple chains searching for better prices. Searching for a variety of fish might take longer than searching for red meats that shouldn’t be a large part of our daily consumption in the Mediterranean way of life. Overall you can make it work and keep costs low if you take more time to organize your shopping list.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol consumption is not frowned upon in this diet regime, so it might not work for everyone. It is believed that when alcohol is consumed as part of a balanced meal all while integrated with daily physical activities and social experiences, it can have increased health benefits on your overall well-being. However, some people, when consuming alcohol, causes an increase in smoking and unsafe habits such as driving. We all know that the two should never mix, especially if you have a family history of alcohol addiction or tendency to fall off the right track when consuming alcohol.

What to add to the shopping list?

If this diet sounds like something you can embrace and introduce into your overall lifestyle, then this will keep your heart pumping properly and reducing the risks of heart disease. Not only will it keep you healthy, but it will also keep your tummy satisfied with the tasty cuisines of the Mediterranean coast. It is time to clean out the pantry and part ways with sweets and processed foods and open the doors to vegetables, fruits, and whole grains galore. Olive oil will take a considerable section of your pantry along with nuts and seeds to help you stay healthy. The one item that shouldn’t be a problematic purchase since it is enjoyable and gives you time to take a breather at the end of a long day is the red wine.

We are all created equal, well, yes. But we all react to different eating habits in our own way. It is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle and look your best by eating the right foods. If you are looking to lose some weight or just looking to get fit and healthy, take a journey, and do some more evaluating on which diet works best for you and your body type. Whatever you chose, keep in mind it will only give you results if you stick to it religiously.