Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Meditteranean Diet Guidelines

In my early speel about the YamDaisy idea I talked about Mediterranean Diet Guidelines and Slow Food Principles and found people querying these and saying it was negative to talk about diet and confusing because so few people know what these things are.
Having enough to explain I streamlined to talk about delicious homestyle cooking.
I am concentrating again on the Mediterranean Diet after hearing a great interview on Radio Therapy 3RRR. Catherine Itsiopoulos is a research fellow and dietitian who has studied the effect of the Mediterranean diet on people with diabetes. It made a great difference to their lives.
In the interview she said "We can't all have Greek mothers cooking for us!"
Well, step up YamDaisy cafe!!!!
Wouldn't it be easy for people to be able to get a meal that was so good for their health, at a price they could afford, AND (with exercise the other focus for improving life with Diabetes) that could involve a walk to the cafe and back. plus, they would get usede to the types of meals that they like and help their health, and the YamDaisy cafe could help with recipes and tips for when they do cook at home.
Talk about win win!

Here is some info about the Mediterranean Diet:

A recent study has once again confirmed that people who closely follow ‘the Mediterranean Diet’ live longer than other Europeans (1). So what exactly is the Mediterranean diet and how does it exert this spectacular effect.

The Mediterranean diet is not a specific diet plan or diet program but a collection of eating habits that are traditionally followed by the people of the Mediterranean region. There are at least 16 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and food habits vary between these countries according to culture, ethnic background and religion. But there are a number of characteristics common to them all…(2).

  • A high consumption of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, beans, nuts, seeds, bread and other cereals
  • Olive oil used for cooking and dressings
  • Moderate amounts of fish but little meat
  • Low to moderate amounts of full fat cheese and yogurt
  • Moderate consumption of wine, usually with meals
  • Reliance on local, seasonal, fresh produce
  • An active lifestyle

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