Hippocrates said food is medicine—make sure it’s good medicine.
Research has shown time and time again that what you eat can impact your risk of a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia and certain cancers. But “diet” has such a negative connotation—deprivation, boredom, rice cakes.
I prefer to think of the term not as a “you can’t have this” philosophy but more as a sustainable, enjoyable way of eating that fuels your body. I don’t buy into one-size-fits-all fads like high-fat, low-carb, Paleo or gluten-free (unless you have Celiac disease). Certain people do well on these while others don’t. You have to figure out which one works best for you and your lifestyle.
My go-to diet recommendation is what I call a moderation-based diet—everything in moderation. The way of eating I like best is the well-researched Mediterranean diet. It’s high in plant-based foods (fruit, veggies, seeds, legumes) as well as fish and poultry, and low in red meat and processed foods. Click here to find out more. One thing I know for sure: If you give your body good food, it works better and can even heal itself.