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Diet Plans And Menus - Consider The Cretan Diet

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Diet Plans And Menus - Consider The Cretan Diet

Author : Levi Reiss   Top Author

Submitted : 2013-12-28 11:51:05    Word Count : 428    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   weight loss, diet menus, healthy diet plan, meal plans, quick weight loss diet, sample menus, diet planner, fitness, exercise, cretan diet

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The Cretan Diet is inspired by the menu of Crete, one lovely Greek isle. It is based on a regime rich in vegetables, fruits, grains, olive oil, some dairy products, fish, and seafood. Foods rich in saturated fats such as red meat, cold cuts, sunflower seed oil, and butter and rapidly digested sugars such as pastries, ice cream, and carbonated drinks should be avoided as much as possible.

Cretan dieters eat a lot of unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids that are thought to help prevent cardio-vascular incidents. It is recommended to eat fish two or three times a week. Wine has several positive properties such as reducing infection and being an antioxidant. So dieters are encouraged to drink a small glass of red wine with lunch and dinner. While wine is recommended, it is not mandatory. Dieters should get 25 to 30% of their calories from lipids, 55% from glucides, and 15% from proteins.

Limit your consumption of animal products. Saturated fatty acids, as found in animal products, increase the level of bad cholesterol and may harm arteries. This diet calls for reducing their consumption. Products based on goat and sheep milk are encouraged. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables because they offer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibers. You are suggested to consume 400 to 500 grams, about a pound, of fresh fruit daily. Wine has several positive properties such as anti-infection and antioxidants. This diet calls for a small glass of high-quality red wine during the meal. However, wine is not mandatory.

The Cretan Diet claims to reduce the possibility of some cancers, to fight against cardiovascular problems including high blood pressure, and to slow down the mental degeneration of the elderly. Among its advantages are the wide variety of permitted foods. Wine lovers will be happy about the Cretan Diet's policy on wine. A disadvantage perceived by some is the lack of meat.

Here is a sample menu For breakfast enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with goat's milk, an apple, and tea or coffee. For lunch start with grated carrots, and then have a soy steak with bell peppers and boiled potatoes. Dessert is strawberries. A glass of red wine. For supper have grilled sea bream accompanied by steamed spinach. Dessert is fresh pineapple. A glass of red wine.

A quick look at the Amazon website showed a few books on the Cretan diet. One paperback recipe book, I really don't know why, cost an amazing $133 new.

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Levi Reiss wrote or co-authored ten computer and Internet books and teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his wine, diet, health, and nutrition website http://www.wineinyourdiet.com and enjoy his general diet and nutrition articles. His major wine website http://www.theworldwidewine.com features weekly reviews of $10 wines.

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