This is the time of year when many folks’ New Year’s resolutions include shedding a few (or a lot) of those excess pounds. A healthy, balanced diet with proper portion control is the place to start, of course. And starting an exercise program has tremendous health benefits, even beyond the waistline.
You’ve probably heard my mantra for a healthy diet (borrowed from author Michael Pollan): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” To expand on this, we can look to the Mediterranean diet — that style of eating that is based on whole grains, vegetables, nuts, legumes (beans), and smaller amounts of animal-based protein.