If research constantly pointed to one eating style that offers better health, a sharper mind, and longer life, who wouldn’t want to try it? Studies show that seniors who followed the diet scored better on attention and memory tests, and were more likely to be more active, have lower blood pressure, and feel happier! Add a reduction in frailty, and you can’t help but want to try it.
The Mediterranean diet consists of all things healthy: vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and fish, to name a few. Avoiding red meat, sugar-sweetened beverages, and processed foods are part of the plan, and it recommends drinking plenty of water and a glass of red wine a day. Seniors may want to check that their medications work as well when imbibing with alcohol.
This diet is more a way of eating than strict adherence to specific rules. You can start slowly and incorporate more of the diet with time. For example, cook fish one night a week or replace brown rice with white rice. Purchase fruit and nuts rather than a bag of potato chips for a week. Each little step adds up quickly.
Read HERE for details about the Mediterranean diet. An added benefit is that it recommends you enjoy your meals with friends and families!