The best way to lower the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and several other chronic health conditions is by changing your diet. One diet that doctors keep recommending year after year is the Mediterranean diet. Why do they love it so much?
It’s a Diet Low in Saturated Fat
Saturated fats are not something you eat a lot of on the Mediterranean diet. The fats you do eat come mostly from fish, poultry breast, and olive oil. They’re healthier options.
Instead, you’re eating fruits and vegetables and fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. All of those are known to help with chronic health conditions. Not only have studies found that the Mediterranean diet may help lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, but the anti-inflammatory foods help with rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s a Diet That Focuses on Grains and Vegetables
Whole grains and vegetables are a big part of this diet. Your parents are going to be eating meals like grilled cod with ratatouille over whole-grain gnocchi. They will enjoy rich seafood stews that are packed with vegetables in a tomato and garlic broth.
The fiber found in whole grains helps prevent constipation. It’s also beneficial at lowering the risk of certain cancers. Colorectal cancer is one of the cancers that fiber is believed to help reduce the risk. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts also help lower the risk of certain cancers.
It’s a Diet That Isn’t Too Restrictive
One thing that makes dieting hard are restrictive rules. Like any diet, the Mediterranean diet does have rules. Red meats and sugary treats are limited and shouldn’t be eaten more than once a month.
-Snacks are encouraged. After a meal, an hour or two later, your parents will have snacks like roasted almonds, a small bowl of mixed olives, or skewers of grilled garlic mushrooms.
-However, it’s not very restrictive beyond that. You are encouraged to have a glass of red wine each day. You’re meant to eat lots of vegetables. You enjoy seafood regularly. Whole grains are encouraged.
-Do your parents have a harder time sticking to a new diet? Do they hate cooking and tend to slip back into bad eating habits? Home care is designed to help them with everything from housework to meals.
Let a caregiver take over meal preparation for your mom and dad. Caregivers can shop for ingredients, prepare the meals, and clean up after. Call a home care agency to learn more.