A four-year study reported earlier this year in the Annals of Internal Medicine, indicated that type-two diabetics who ate a Mediterranean diet lost more weight and needed less medication than those who followed a low-fat diet.
Reviewing the study, David Gutierrez, staff writer for Naturalnews.com, wrote that “56 percent of the participants in the Mediterranean diet group were able to manage their diabetes without drugs, compared with only 30 percent of those in the low-fat group.” In addition, participants “maintained more weight loss” and saw improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
According to Mayoclinic.com, eating a Mediterranean diet also reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s and incorporates the following:
- regular exercise
- plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
- olive oil and canola oil
- herbs and spices to flavor foods
- Limited red meat
- Fish and poultry at least twice a week
- Red wine in moderation (optional)
I hate to say it, but the above list does not include candy canes, fudge or Grandma’s divinity. Nor does it include fruit cake, thank God. However, sweets are a huge part of our Christmas traditions. To control your sugar fang at the next party you attend, fill your stomach with healthy foods before you sample the treats. And fill your wine glass with water (after you drink a glass of red wine, of course).
Enjoy this beautiful season of celebrating our Immanuel, God with us Savior! Becky