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  • Writer's pictureRichmond Grapevine

Eat Greek Once a Week!

Did you know that sticking to a Mediterranean diet can lower your risk for heart disease while also adding up to six years to your life expectancy? It is true and why we say “Eat Greek Once a Week!”

Many doctors and dietitians recommend a Mediterranean diet to prevent disease and keep people healthy for longer. A Mediterranean diet is a way of eating that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, and it includes less ultra-processed foods and meat than a typical Western diet. Essentially, following a Mediterranean diet means eating in the way that the people in the Mediterranean region traditionally ate. A Mediterranean-style eating pattern prioritizes the following food.

  • A variety of fruits and vegetables

  • whole grains

  • legumes

  • healthy fats like olive oil and nuts

  • moderate amounts of seafood

  • low amounts of dairy and red meat

  • red wine in moderation

What are Blue Zones?

A distinct version of the Mediterranean diet is followed on the Blue Zone island of Ikaria, Greece. What is a Blue Zone? Blue Zones are areas of the world where people live the longest lives, consistently reaching age 100! Again, their diet emphasizes olive oil, vegetables, beans, fruit, moderate amounts of alcohol, and low quantities of meat and dairy products. So, while you might not live in a Blue Zone come see us for our delicious healthy meals and who knows we just might be your little fountain of youth secret! :) OPA!

8 Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

1. Low in Processed Foods and Sugar 2. Helps You Lose Weight in Healthy Way 3. Improves Heart Health 4. Helps Fight Cancer 5. Prevents or Treats Diabetes 6. Protects Cognitive Health and Can Improve Your Mood 7. Might Help You Live Longer! 8. Helps You De-stress and Relax

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