This is that time of year when many people are waiting for winter to end. We daydream about soft sand under our toes and warm sunshine on our face. Instead, some folks on the East coast get another “snowpocalypse” and soon enough stores run out of hot-chocolate, shovels and flashlights.
Just as we prepare for difficult weather, we need to prepare our bodies for unexpected health challenges. A new research study, published February 25th in the New England Journal of Medicine, found correlation between a Mediterranean diet and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Preventive care, in the form of balancing nutrition, is similar to stocking up before a storm – the storm might only end up with a dusting, but you just can’t afford to take that chance.
Maintaining a Mediterranean diet does not require a huge lifestyle change. Generally, the Mediterranean diet consists of: a high intake of olive oil, fruit, nuts, and vegetables; a moderate intake of fish and poultry; a low intake of dairy products, red meat, processed meats, and sweets; and wine in moderation, consumed with meals.
The merging of these two fields of healthcare- philosophy of treatment and scientific methodology- creates a beautiful and resilient tool for care. Often, people deny such a merging is possible. This article does not come to prove them wrong; but to prove you right.
Reinforce the faith you have in your insights as a mindful RN and continue to sharpen your professional expertise with all the tools available to you. You can assure your patients, they will not get snowed.