The last three weeks, we celebrated August Wellness Month with a look into exercise, mindfulness meditation and social connection. As a company who values the health, wellness and happiness of our people above all, this week we’re going to talk about another element we can use to fuel our wellness journey: the food we eat.
Two years ago, the American Cancer Society reported a strong correlation between obesity and cancer. Obesity is rapidly surpassing smoking as the number one prevention for cancer in the United States. We often hear we should be eating paleo, low carb, low sugar, vegetarian, vegan; the list goes on and on. It may seem difficult to narrow down the “ideal diet” to factor into our unique, individual tastes and lifestyle choices. Today we are going to highlight data from the National Institute of Health to support one of the many options for fueling our body with nutritious food to support our wellness long term.
Studies from the National Institute of Health found the Mediterranean diet to be one of the most efficient in terms of nutrition, weight loss and longevity. It also reduces the likelihood of diabetes and heart disease. In one study, participants on a Mediterranean diet resulted in a 25% reduction in cardiovascular disease.
The traditional Mediterranean diet has a strong plant-based component consisting of whole foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. While red meat, sugar and salt are rarely consumed, fish and poultry make up a large portion of the traditional Mediterranean-inspired diet. If we find ourselves hungry between meals, we can curb our appetite with a handful of nuts, vegetables or fruit to satisfy any cravings. Fueling our body with nutritious food does not have to uproot our lifestyle. An easy way to stay on track during your wellness journey is to record food intake.
In today’s digital age, there are many ways to take control of monitoring what we use to fuel our body. Here are some popular apps to record our food intake:
We hope you enjoyed our month-long wellness celebration! As we continue to get moving, mindful, build social connections and fuel our bodies, we hope you remember wellness is a lifelong journey— let’s enjoy it!