Eat Med in May

— Written By Emily Troutman
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Whether you’re preparing a meal at home or dining out, the foods you choose can make a real difference. May is International Mediterranean Diet Month, a time to celebrate and learn more about the transformative power of eating the Med Way.

You may have noticed the Mediterranean Diet getting lots of attention on the news recently. That’s because eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease the risk of many chronic diseases, such as some cancers, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

The first of the 7 Simple Steps to eating the Med Way is to change your protein. Check out these tips to make positive changes to your protein intake.

  • Eat primarily plant-based foods.
  • Replace red meat with plant-based proteins, such as beans and legumes often.
  • Eat seafood at least three times per week. Include fatty fish, such as mackerel and salmon.
  • Avoid fried fish.
  • Eat white-meat poultry, such as turkey and chicken, at least twice a week.

The Med Instead of Meds 6-session program was created by a group of nutrition and health professionals from NC State University and NC Division of Public Health. As previously mentioned, eating the Med Way has been proven to protect against chronic illness. In some cases, eating the Med Way may even result in decreasing medications taken for blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes (check with your health-care professional before changing any prescribed medications), hence the name Med Instead of Meds. The Med Instead of Meds program and Resource Guide is available right now for On-Demand viewing at Online FCS Workshops.

Visit Med Instead of Meds for more info on the 7 Simple Steps to eating the Med Way and many Med-approved healthy recipes.

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