Do you make a New Year resolution every year? And then never keep it?
I don’t think I’ve ever actually seriously thought of one, but this year I would really like to stick to two. The first is to write one blog post per week here, I hope it will help me do more research, learn more and share the knowledge.
The second one is, I think, an essential choice we should all make from 2020 onwards – eat less meat in general, focus on a plant-based Mediterranean diet, and when eating meat and eggs, choose it only from a sustainable agriculture.
I just started to read a fantastic book from one of the researchers of the PREDIMED study – a very extensive cohort study on cardiovascular health and obesity based on the Med diet with extra virgin olive oil, where this plant oil has shown incredible results in reduction of any cardiovascular disease incidences, reduction in diabetes, weight problems etc.
The book is called Salud a Ciencia Cierta, basically meaning Health with scientific proof. It’s all about the Mediterranean diet, a sustainable lifestyle for the human body and the ecosystem of the earth, as it is based on the consumption of local whole food products, nothing industrially produced, mainly plant-based, very little meat, some fish, and extra virgin olive oil.
When we hear the word diet, we immediately think of some food restriction, calory counting or such, but the truth is that the correct diet should be your lifestyle, it should also be enjoyable, because if the food you eat brings you nightmares since it’s not satisfying enough or you’re starving, there is a pretty big chance you will not stick to it, and I’m sure soon there will be researches on emotional stress following certain absurd diets that are torture.
The Mediterranean diet can be characterized by 14 points of dietetic advice, if you adhere to at least 11 of those, you significantly decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and weight problems. There is no calorie counting, just normal food consumption, but WHOLE FRESH PRODUCTS. And of course regular physical activity.
So stay tuned for the next post where we will go through all the 14 points. Maybe we’ll cook something together as well, and visit some interesting local producers too 🙂
Have a great year! And let’s be more mindful, more healthy, more sustainable in 2020! That doesn’t mean less tasty… 🙂
P.S. Don’t worry, wine is great for you (in moderation, of course!)