Orange trees ocean breezes and olive groves. . . If you can not actually be in Spain this summer at least you can eat as you are. Following a Mediterranean diet can make your skin glow improve your health and may also help you lose some weight
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Eat Whole Foods
Exchange processed foods for whole foods. Eat foods as close to their natural states as possible. Avoid it if it comes in a box can or bag and lists more than four to five ingredients. Scrutinize labels and avoid hydrogenated oils high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.
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Change Sweet Drinks
Instead of a caramel macchiato has a classic Spanish cafÃ © con leche and trade in soda water.
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Trade Chips for Nuts
When a craving for a salty snack hits passing chips and head for the nuts. Nuts are a good source of fiber healthy fats vitamins and minerals. Plus they keep you fuller for longer than chips or pretzels.
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More fish and vegetables and less meat
Whenever possible choose fish instead of meat. Fish is a healthy food but be sure to follow FDA guidelines for fish consumption. A serving is about the size of a deck.
Whatever you eat make sure most of your plate filled with fresh vegetables. A green salad drizzled in olive oil and red wine vinegar is a refreshing addition to any meal and Spanish gazpacho makes an excellent side element.
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Instead of cooking with shortening or vegetable oil try olive oil instead. In Spain even fries and eggs cooked in olive oil. It may take some time to get used to the change in taste if you are not used to olive oil but the benefits are well worth it.
Have fruit for dessert
Follow the meal with a piece of fresh fruit to curb cravings for sweets. Oranges are a Spanish favorite.
Take a Walk
An evening walk is another popular Spanish tradition that will complement your new Mediterranean diet. Walking is gentle exercise that will help you relax and unwind. Â ¡Buena Suerte!
Tips and Warnings
Consult your physician before making any changes in diet or exercise.