In general, this type of diet is low in saturated fat and high in fiber.
A Mediterranean diet may help your brain. Research has linked this diet to lower incidence of Alzheimers disease. The diet also may help slow the decline in what are sometimes called normal memory problems of aging.
If you want to follow such a diet, here is a short summary of it:
- Make fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts and seeds about half of what you eat each day.
- For your fat intake, mostly use olive oil, which is unsaturated.
- Use small amounts of cheese, yogurt, poultry and eggs.
- Eat plenty of fish.
- Eat red meat only occasionally.
- Drink red wine, but in small amounts with meals.
To gain the most benefit, put some physical activity into your daily routine. It doesnt take much three brisk walks per week is a good place to start.
We strive for many of these habits every day, but find them hard to accomplish. Its worth it. You increase your chance of living longer and healthier. You are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer and possibly brain disease. And good health certainly makes that extra time more enjoyable!
One might say its a "no-brainer." Combining a healthy diet and regular physical activity boosts your chance of having good health later in life. And the earlier we adopt these habits the better. Start with tonights dinner!