NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans created New Year's health and wellness resolutions this week, but studies show that after six months, only eight percent succeed (Journal of Clinical Psychology).
Past President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Connie Diekman, a registered dietitian and author, suggests making resolutions that are small, achievable and maintainable. She also highly recommends that those looking to get healthier incorporate a Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle.
"The Mediterranean Diet isn't a traditional 'diet' that emphasizes restriction and deprivation; it's about making smarter choices and moderation. It's a lifestyle," says Diekman. "The lifestyle highlights eating more whole grains, fruits, greens and healthy fats, and less meat and sweets. It also recognizes the importance of being active and enjoying meals with family and friends. It even includes small amounts of wine. It's social, healthy, delicious and do-able."
The Mediterranean Diet has been studied and noted by scores of leading scientists as one of the healthiest lifestyles in the world. Recently, The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that helps shape the country's official dietary guidelines suggested that Americans follow a Mediterranean-style diet.
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases (British Medical Journal).
While fruits, vegetables, grains, olive oil and spices are the base of the diet, Diekman acknowledges it's currently easier to find ready-to-eat Mediterranean products and snacks.
Ready-to-eat hummus, Greek yogurt and Mediterra Nutrition Bars fall well within the dietary guidelines. In fact, Mediterra is the first nutrition bar based on the Mediterranean diet and feature ingredients native to the Mediterranean region including sesame seeds, sundried tomatoes, capers, black olives, kale, Greek honey and more. Mediterra bars provide the Mediterranean Diet with on-the-go convenience. The bars are all-natural, non-GMO and Gluten-Free. The MSRP is $1.99.
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SOURCE Mediterra Nutrition