Monday, March 26, 2012

The Mediterranean Diet 101 - Brain Booster, Weight Whittler & MORE!

This is your brain on Brain Food!
Just ate some brain food, (walnuts... it's no wonder they look like wee brains!), and am ready to pump out this blog post on the brain boosting benefits of eating the Mediterranean diet! Last Tuesday, I jumped on the Wellness Week™ Spawagon to give a Mediterranean Diet = Brain Food Wellness Workshop at Nanoosh restaurant. Guests enjoyed delicious and nutritious organic, Mediterranean food and drinks courtesy of Nanoosh, along with free goodies from Gotham Gym, (a free one month membership and personal training session!), Nanoosh bucks (think Monopoly money for foodies), and a coupon from Tatiana's Health and Wellness.

Tatiana Ridley delivering her speech at Nanoosh.

Piggybacking on the brain busting results of a study published in this month's issue of the Archives of Neurology, the Mediterranean diet might protect against blood-vessel damage in the brain, reducing the risks of stroke and memory lossIt's the first study to specifically examine the effects of this diet on the brain's small blood vessels.

If you missed my workshop, I thought you just may want to get your purty paws on my healthylicious™ tips....

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

Abundance of:
~ Vegetables
~ Legumes: Chickpeas, Beans, Peas, Lentils
~ Whole Grains: Bread, Pasta, Brown Rice, Cereal 
~ Fruits
~ Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios 
~ Seeds: Sesame 
~ Olive Oil (extra-virgin)

Moderate amount of:
~ Fish: Salmon, Halibut, Tuna, 
Mackerel, Sardines
~ Poultry 
~ Dairy: Yogurt, Cheese, Eggs
~ Alcohol  

Small amount of:
 ~ Red Meat
Nanoosh nosh. ALL organic!

The French author, Francois de La Rochefoucauld, said: "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." So, if boosting your brain power is a goal of yours, try the Mediterranean diet!

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP