Making The Change to a Mediterranean Healthstyle

Lisa Says: This was very much a part of our lifestyle change after Rex was diagnosed. It’s intimidating at first so starting with one or two things at a time is PERFECTLY OK. At least start getting the chemical cuisine out of what you eat – there are many natural alternatives for snacks but BEWARE and READ THE LABEL. See our post on “Top 10 food additives and what they do to your body”.

“Making The Change to a Mediterranean Healthstyle” excerpted from What Would Jesus Eat by Dr. Don Colbert

1. Eliminate all processed foods from your cupboards, and start over. Toss all potato chips, corn chips and other snack foods with hydrogenated fat, cookies, cakes, candies, crackers, high-sugar cereals, white bread, highly processed foods, and high-sugar foods.
Also toss all oils other than olive oil, including any salad dressings, lard, Crisco, and other products that have hydrogenated fat.
Begin to buy only whole-grain food items and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Stock your shelves with olive oil, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

2. Cook and bake with whole-grain products. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, and nuts.

3. Substitute olive oil for butter, margarine, salad dressings and other oils. Avoid all fried or deep-fried foods.

4. Limit cheese intake to small amounts of parmesan or feta cheese (used on main dishes or salads). Do not eat block cheese.

5. Eat low fat, plain yogurt, add fruit, and sweeten with Stevia (a natural substitute for sugar that has no harmful side effects).

6. Choose fish and poultry over red meat, and eat meat sparingly.

7. Cut out sugary sweets.

8. Enjoy a glass of red wine with lunch or dinner.

9. Exercise regularly – walk more.

10 Make dining an experience that you enjoy with others. Slow down your eating, savor your food, and enjoy sharing life with family and friends.

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