enough switching to a Mediterranean Diet does not mean heading off to
Ibiza with a bag of ecstasy tabs, ten of your mates and a map of the local night clubs… Which, lets face it, is a bit costly and a bit complicated. The real
Mediterranean Diet is in fact simplicity itself...
With its emphasis on health and happiness and not weight or obesity or counting calories, the
Mediterranean Diet is about more than good food. It is about
enjoying your food with family and friends, and including physical activity in
your daily routine.
OK, so it is important that the diet protects us from heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease, but the pleasure of eating good food and feeling well is also important. And it’s simple, low cost and easy to keep up. (Or maybe the best thing about it is that you can have a glass of wine and a handful of nuts and call it health food!).
It simply means using more vegetables and less meat in your diet. The role of plant based diets in cardiovascular health is also explained clearly in an ABC News discussion with Joan Sabaté the Nut(ty) Professor
For more on how to incorporate health and fitness in your daily life have a chat withn Cindy Dring, Health Promotion Officer, NUI Galway Student Services
Remember staying in good physical and mental health can be very simple and a lot of fun. If you’ve found this article useful you may want to check out