Getting healthy the Med way

Published 6:51 am Monday, June 12, 2023

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Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. The Mediterranean-style eating pattern incorporates the basics of healthy eating that are traditional practiced in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious and satisfying. Foods that were once thought of as too high in fat or unhealthy, including nuts, olive oil, olives and whole grains, become an everyday diet staple.

Recently, 12 folks participated in the seven-week Med Instead of Meds program taught by Dee Furlough – NC Cooperative Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Dare and Tyrrell counties. Each week, participants learned more about the Mediterranean way of eating through educational lessons, hand-outs, plenty of questions and hands-on cooking.

The results were phenomenal! Pre and post tests showed that participants increased their daily intake of fruits and vegetables, reduced their intake of solid fats for more heart healthy olive oil and ate less beef and pork in favor of more seafood and poultry.


Courtesy NC Cooperative Extension

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Testimonials included, “During this entire program, eating healthier has made me feel lighter, healthier and good about my overall health choices.” “I learned that meal prepping enables me to quickly put a healthy meal on the table. It has made a difference in my life.” “I learned ideas for adding more vegetables into recipes I already use.”

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– Submitted by Dee Furlough – NC Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Dare and Tyrrell counties.