4: Green and Red : Tea and Wine!
If ever there was an elixir of life, green tea comes pretty close to it! Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, it gives improved brain-function, weight-loss and cancer-fighting abilities. The bioactive compounds reduce risks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Red wine consumed in moderation lowers cholesterol and protects against heart-disease, combats infections, tooth-decay and promotes sleep. It’s great for your skin. Trust the French to get it right!
Have you included green tea and red wine in your diet? Do you see any difference?
5: More on Red Wine
Red wine is a great source of reservatrol, a powerful antioxidant that fights cancer and heart-disease.
Taken in moderation, preferably no more than a glass a day, red wine has therapeutic effects that make you feel relaxed and busts stress. Red wine works best with a whole-grain, low-carb, low-fat diet like the Mediterranean one, and is a great accompaniment to any kind of cuisine.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive habit – have you tried your locally-produced reds?
6: The Whole Story
Whole-grains have had a rather bad press, but new studies show that they’re packed with nutrients, vitamins, trace-minerals and antioxidants.
Avoid them if you have gluten-intolerance or celiac disease. Whole-grains have all parts of the kernel: bran, germ and endosperm, so they digest slowly, promote good bacteria, their slow-release helps stabilize sugar-levels and they’re full of fiber – soluble and insoluble, help digestion. Think oats, bulgur, brown-rice, whole-wheat, barley, corn.
Do you enjoy cooking whole-grains? Share some of your favorite recipes.