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Food as Medicine, Mediterranean Style

 04/19/2016  |  Nutrition

People love food. It’s a fact, we love to eat. Food and eating can mean so many things—it’s nurturing, pleasurable, fun, communal, comforting. It signifies culture, community, tradition and family. But what is food really all about?

For many Americans, food has become something more than what it is intended to be—nourishment and fuel. Properties of food have been shaped into chemical compounds that may taste good but have little if any nutritional value. Salt, sugar, fat and artificial colors and additives are processed into foods to make them more appealing, have a longer shelf life and cheaper to produce. Some of these foods shouldn’t even be called food at all! In fact, junk food is the opposite of what food should be; whole, real, grown and raised humanely. It may taste good, but it has little to no nutritional value and can add a lot of calories to your daily intake.

Food has become big business and has become so complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. It can really come down to a simple concept: the result of the nutrition you consume is really your state of health. Basically, if you eat better you’ll feel better!

For most people, Mediterranean-based menu that is rich in extra virgin olive oil, lean fish and seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables is key in a food as medicine approach.

A Mediterranean meal plan can help with weight management. It can also assist in remedying common health problems like arthritis that are associated with inflammation that is often a reaction to eating the wrong kinds of food. Plus, sticking with Mediterranean food choices will give you more energy and all around improved wellness.

It’s easy to start eating the Mediterranean way. The key is to prepare and shop smart. To get you started, download this shopping list. It’ll help you save time at the grocery store so you can stock up on good foods to prepare at home.

Here’s to feeling better!