Protect your heart, eat Mediterranean

Ingredients of the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is known to be good for people’s health and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. But does this also count for people who already have a history of cardiovascular diseases? A new study reveals that it does…

The Study undertaken by Giovanni de Gaetano of the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy, shows that those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, can still benefit from eating a Mediterranean diet; lowering the risk of mortality in the years to come. It is said that it may be even more effective than some cholesterol-lowering medications. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. De Gaetano’s study followed 1,200 people with a history of cardiovascular diseases over seven years. Results reveal that those who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had a 37% lower risk of mortality. What is the Mediterranean diet? The Read more

A healthy approach to your holiday

a pineapple made to look like a woman lying in the sand, wearing big white sunglasses, a purple orchid in its leaves, and draped with an orange and pink sarong

Many of us are taking holidays this time of year and, along with the travel, sightseeing and relaxation, the restaurants, picnics and get-togethers with friends and family abound with tasty food temptations. With the exception of those going on spa, cycling or adventure sport holidays, most vacationers are at risk of putting on a few extra pounds. In fact, a UK study found that British holiday-goers gained between 5 and 8 pounds after a two-week trip[i].

There’s no need to panic and cancel your picnic plans. With a little planning and knowledge you can have your cake- or mojito, or ice cream- and eat it too. That’s why in today’s post we take a closer look at certain foods considered “healthy” and those considered “unhealthy”. As with most things, the key is moderation. Fruit True, it’s natural sugar, but fruit contains sugar all the same. With our daily sugar consumption already higher than many of us realize, eating too much fruit can take us over our daily limit. More than 5 piece of fruit, especially “sugary” tropical fruits Read more

Healthy eating at Christmas

Healthy christmas

Christmas is already here. Of course, it is the time of year that everyone has been waiting for, but it is also the time of year that can be most damaging for our health because we drink too much and eat too much unhealthy food.

Once Christmas is over, all this can have unwelcome consequences and we must be careful especially if we have some type of digestive disorder, but also if we have some other type of condition, such as diabetes or heart problems. Healthy eating is not difficult As we have said before in the pages in this blog, we must realise that healthy food is essential for our health. Generally speaking, healthy eating should be based on using unsaturated fats (olive oil, oily fish) rather than on unhealthy fats. When it comes to cooking, it is best to use the oven and steam food Read more