Celebrate American Heart Month by visiting with your Lower Sioux Community Health Dietitian, Stacy Hammer and learn how to eat healthier for your heart!
One scientifically proven way to reduce your risk for heart disease is by following the Mediterranean Diet. Following are a few tips on what the Mediterranean diet is and how you and your family can get started on making changes in your meal planning.
- The Mediterranean diet is not a “diet,” but rather a way of eating based on the traditional foods of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
- The Mediterranean diet is plant based, relying mostly on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. The diet has a few animal based foods thrown in occasionally.
- One of the largest factors of the Mediterranean diet is that vegetables are a main course.
- Home cooked meals are a staple. The Mediterranean diet is about real, fresh, and seasonal ingredients.
- The Mediterranean diet is also minimally processed, meaning less added sugars, salt or chemicals in foods.
Contact Stacy Hammer, RDN, LD at: 697-6193 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.