What do the Mediterranean and Japanese Food Pyramids have in Common?

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As a new mother I am entering the phase where my son will be eating food from my plate, so I am even more inspired to make quick and healthy homemade meals. One of my favorite quick and healthy go to meals is an Asian chicken noodle salad with a peanut sauce base. I found this recipe which pretty closely mirrors how I make my version.

mediterranean food pyramidMy personal definition of healthy eating incorporates the following ideals:

  • As often as possible organic, hormone and pesticide-free products
  • Incorporate unsaturated fats such as fish and vegetable based fats
  • Limit saturated fats such as animal and dairy-based fat
  • Limit processed products as much as possible
  • I believe that breaking my own rules every now and then provides a much needed mental respite.

I don’t believe in diets that eliminate whole food groups. In fact I don’t like the word diet at all. Balance-wise I like my food intake to model the Greek or Japanese food pyramids.

Japanese_food_pyramidJapan and Greece rank among the nations with the lowest heart disease rates. Two things to note:

  1. According to the World Health Organization Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.
  2. Grains are a major component to these food pyramids, the opposite of a trendy diet that rhymes with the word radio.

Eat well and be well!

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