The Mediterranean Diet

Why is the Mediterranean Diet all the rage?
It's arguably the healthiest diet in the world.  A recent study suggests that it is better for your health than daily exercise alone, and that your risk of heart disease can be cut by nearly half.  Several other studies show a significant reduction in heart attacks and strokes, and even reductions in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in people that adhere to this diet.  You'd be hard-pressed to find a healthier way to eat.
 
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
Imagine yourself on a Greek Island, surrounded by miles of turquoise sea.  The cliffs are dotted with pastel homes.  Dinner is served.  You enjoy a delicious branzino served with lemon, whole grain bread, delicious vegetables, olive oil, and a glass of red wine.  This is the Mediterranean Diet, but in NYC, is more likely to take place in a 120 square-foot NYC studio with sirens blaring.
That sounds delicious.  I'm hungry and want to stay healthy.  More details please.
 
-Include plant-based foods in as many meals as possible: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts
-Add olive oil to most meals
-Try to eat fish at least 2-3 times per week
-Red wine in moderation is thought to be beneficial
-Limit beef to no more than once per week
Bon appetit!
--Michael P. Glick, MD
References:
http://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2015/03/04/16/36/mediterranean-diet-cuts-heart-disease-risk-by-nearly-half/
Nordmann et al., Meta-analysis comparing Mediterranean to low-fat diets for modification of cardiovascular risk factors, American Journal of Medicine, 2011 Sep;124(9):841-51

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