Mediterranean eating

Who would have thought that a diet high in fats and carbs and prescribing wine would be a good idea. Sound like a fib? Not so, according to one of our blog readers.

Eva Alexander writes on the wonders of the Mediterranean Diet. She’s passionate about people eating well and sent us some interesting information. According to Eva, benefits of adopting this way of munching include naturally increasing your metabolism and reducing your risk of heart disease. Nice.

The Mediterranean eating recommendations are a far cry from the cut-carbs-and-starve method:

1.    Eat 5 times a day (snacks at 11:00 and 18:00)
2.    50% carbohydrates, 30% fats and 20% proteins
3.    Use only olive oil and replace sugar with honey
4.    Eat white meat (chicken and fish) only once a week
5.    Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day
6.    Eat red meat, eggs and cheese in moderation (but do eat them)
7.    Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, breads, cereals and potatoes
8.    Have a glass of red wine daily
9.    Eat things high in omega-3 acids and vegetable oils (nuts, seeds and olive oil)
10.  Exercise regularly – a minimum of a one-hour walk (or equivalent) daily

The Mediterranean diet is often questioned as it is high in fats, but they’re healthy fats (poly and monounsaturated only). Also questioned is the wine prescription, but according to Eva it is healthy for us to get up to 5 percent of our daily calorie intake from wine (which boils down to one glass of red wine with supper).

No pills, no hunger pains. AS far as healthy eating recomendations go, we think this sounds pretty good.