Learn About the Mediterranean Diet

Our spring lecture series starts with an introduction to the Mediterranean Diet. Learn about what foods are included and the health benefits of these foods from nutrition coach Conner Middelmann-Whitney, BSc, DipION. Below is a description about what you will learn and a biography of our speaker. To attend, please register here on Eventbrite or go to our Register for Upcoming Events page.

We hope to see you all there!

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The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating which is so healthy that it can cut the risk of a wide range of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and infertility. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been confirmed by hundreds of research studies published in medical journals over the past 70 years, which is why so many doctors recommend this diet to their patients.

What makes the Mediterranean diet so healthy? It’s a combination of factors, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in many Mediterranean foods, the consumption of healthy fats such as olive oil and omega 3s, the moderate intake of red meat and dairy products, and the low consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars that contribute to many health problems in our industrialized western world.

In addition to its health benefits, the Mediterranean diet is delicious! Unlike other health-food regimens (e.g. vegan, low-fat, raw, vegetarian, low-carb or Paleo diets), the Mediterranean diet does not require you to exclude whole food groups from your menu.  The focus is on enjoying the widest-possible range of fresh, seasonal, unprocessed foods, simply prepared.

Indeed, the guilt-free enjoyment of fresh, delicious food lies at the core of the Mediterranean diet, making it easy to adopt and maintain for the long term. This is no short-term “diet,” it’s a way of life.

During this talk you will learn about the Mediterranean diet’s health benefits, particularly with regard to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Key  studies are cited (e.g. the famous Lyon Heart Trial) which confirm the diet’s health-protective benefits and talk about easy ways for Americans to “Mediterraneanize” their diets. Conner will address specific questions that always come up in talks: dairy, meat, sugar, alcohol, organics vs. non-organics. This is followed by 20 minutes of Q&A with the audience.

Biography:  Conner Middelmann-Whitney, BSc, DipION

Conner is a UK-trained and certified nutrition coach and health writer specializing in the Mediterranean diet, and author of the cancer-prevention nutrition guide and cookbook, Zest for Life: The Mediterranean Anti-Cancer Diet (2011). The book was inspired by her own brush with cancer 14 years ago and by the 11 years spent living and eating in the south-west of France before moving to Boulder in 2012.

She also publishes Everyday Mediterranean, a recipe- and meal-planning service for busy people who want to cook healthy, tasty Mediterranean meals from scratch.

For more information about my work, please consult her website, www.modernmediterranean.com

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