What if we told you there was a simple and delicious way to improve your health? There is, and it’s a secret the people of the Mediterranean have known for hundreds of years. While constantly searching for the latest, life-changing weight loss fad may cause frustrating failure after failure, this time-tested way of life can lead to long-lasting, positive change.
Eat the Rainbow
Fill your shopping cart with a variety of brightly colored foods and reap the rewards of a balanced diet that’s not only nutritious, but also delicious. Long favored by people from Crete, Greece and southern Italy, the Mediterranean diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains while limiting hydrogenated oils and saturated fats. This antioxidant-rich approach can do everything from enhance heart health to promote weight management to lower your risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
We’ve all heard that “beauty comes from within,” but in the case of the Mediterranean diet, this sentiment can be interpreted literally. An increasing body of research indicates that the Mediterranean diet can stop skin damage in its tracks and help offset the effects of aging.
Not only does oxidative damage caused by poor nutrition lead to wrinkles and other pigment issues, it is also a factor in skin cancer. Beneficial antioxidants are an effective methods for protecting your skin from sun while repairing any damage already done. Diets heavy in red meats and processed food, meanwhile, promote inflammation and can actually accelerate the skin aging process.
If dry skin is your concern, the Mediterranean diet’s emphasis on foods containing moisturizing omega-3 fatty acids — such as olive oil, nuts, beans and fatty fish — which improve the feel and appearance of skin.
If you enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, don’t discount the Mediterranean diet. While too much of anything is never good, this way of life allows for a moderate consumption of red wine — up to seven glasses per week. Even better? You can feel great about imbibing thanks to red wine’s high concentration of antioxidant resveratrol, recently touted by Harvard for its exceptional health benefits.
In addition to prioritizing what goes into your body, the Mediterranean diet also stresses other healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as fitness and no smoking. Those who take this proven path to wellness not only report satisfied palettes and healthier bodies — inside and out — but they also enjoy the unique satisfaction that comes with making a commitment to living well.