What is it about the Mediterranean diet that is SO healthy?
Study after study reveals notable benefits of the Mediterranean diet for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s -- so many chronic diseases. This breast cancer prevention study zeroed in on olive oil. And while the olive oil is most certainly effective, I’m equally sure that it’s only part of the reason. We Americans always look for the one magic bullet to solve our problems! But the beauty of the Mediterranean “diet” is that Mediterranean cultures have orchestrated the whole health package: diet PLUS lifestyle.
The following list will probably include most of your favorite foods. These are the foods we look forward to, that we get excited about eating. Who looks forward to eating kale or kidney beans? We are very conditioned that these foods are treats, special behavior rewards and that best bite of the meal. Unfortunately our bodies feel a bit different than our taste buds feel about these foods.