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Quarantine time.....maybe time to have fun with Mediterranean cuisine?

There are a lot of "diets" to choose from, in today's world. Which one is the best for us? 

"Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you."

                                                        Joan Rivers

While each type of diet, or what I would prefer to call as "lifestyle" has it's positives and negatives, it really should be individualized based on what each person needs, other health issues and most importantly......what each person likes! Here is a little information on one of them....more to come on this soon.

Mediterranean Cuisine

This type of cuisine includes about 35-40% healthier fat. Whole grains (such as quinoa, barley, oatmeal), fruits (berries, oranges), vegetables (spinach, squash), legumes, nuts (almonds, walnuts), monounsaturated oil (olive oil, avocados), fish and seafood, red wine in moderation, poultry, dairy (yoghurt, cheese) and infrequent red meat are some components of this type of lifestyle. 

One of the major studies, PREDIMED study showed 30% lower risk of first heart related event, and 40% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes with this lifestyle. Another study, Lyon Heart Study showed 50-70% lower risk of recurrent heart related conditions. Mediterranean cuisine also helps with......weight loss, and tastes great (this is the best part-woohoo!)

So this quarantine time maybe a great time to experiment with healthy grains like quinoa, barley. We will soon be posting some recipes, and also having in-person or virtual workshops about Mediterranean Cuisine and other types of healthy eating options, at our clinic, starting in May! Come join us! Until then......happy healthy cooking!!


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