The busyness of our lives that comes from the demands of our workplace and families has changed our relationship to food and our ability to eat well while meeting our individual nutritional needs.
ARTichalk helps recover balance in our lives by restoring a positive relationship with food.
Today’s lifestyle is characterized by readily available foods and widespread physical inactivity. Although this lifestyle – eating foods that immediately satisfies and sedentary habits – might give us a mental sense of satisfaction, it does not correspond to true health and wellness.
Modern eating habits have gradually transitioned from whole natural foods to processed foods increasingly enriched with higher levels of protein, saturated fats, sugars and calories exceeding healthy levels and undermining the nutritional value of food. These days, opportunities to mindlessly consume processed foods multiply while the time we give to activity and exercise dwindles to just a few minutes a day or a few hours a week. This conundrum leads to a caloric imbalance between the foods we ingest (caloric intake) and the energy we expend (calories burned) which manifests in an unhealthy and unappealing increase in weight. Therefore, in conjunction with an extension of life expectancy through medicine, we are living in a state of “apparent well-being,” where in reality we live with an increased risk of chronic illness and decreased quality of life due to problems such obesity, diabetes, metabolic diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic health problems.
But these are all preventable problems. Solid scientific evidence has proven there is a close link between diet and health. A balanced diet and an active lifestyle are the best allies for the prevention of chronic-degenerative disease. And it is the Mediterranean diet that is considered across the international scientific community as the single most capable model for preventing chronic illness and disease, and enabling us to live full quality lives well into our years. The Mediterranean diet - which naturally emphasizes whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, and good fats such as found in extra virgin olive oil – is known for its high content of quality nutrients and compounds (including antioxidants, fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids) which are direct contributors to the reduction of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and cancer.
Effective and healthy diets are not prescriptive models. The Mediterranean Lifestyle is a personal alignment of natural active living and good foods that meet our individual nutritional needs. Effective and healthy diets are not disruptive to our lives. The Mediterranean Lifestyle is simple
and sustainable by engaging our cultural and social beings naturally, taking advantage of the seasonality and regionalism of fresh whole foods, and guiding us to moderation in consumption by inspiring hospitality and community around our meals.
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