Brooks & Crowley January 2018

The Heart- Healthy Lifestyle Improve Your Health With the Mediterranean Diet

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Nuts and seeds

Calorie-cutting diets have become a thing of the past. Instead of depriving our bodies of nutrients, we’ve turned to lifestyle changes. Losing weight and reaching a healthy nutritional balance isn’t easy, and a few months of eating 1,000 calories per day just doesn’t cut it. Enter the Mediterranean diet, a lifestyle change that’s become quite popular and effective. This diet is inspired by the traditional eating habits of people in southern Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Spain. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is a realistic and sustainable way to reduce disease- causing inflammation and lose weight, and it is one of the most heart-conscious ways of eating.

your main source of protein and eat mostly plants and whole grains, the Mediterranean diet is far less expensive than processed foods. Some Mediterranean diet enthusiasts may believe that if a daily glass of wine is good for your heart, then three glasses per day is okay, too. While moderate amounts of red wine certainly have unique heart benefits, drinking too much has the opposite effect. The Mayo Clinic recommends no more than 5 ounces of wine daily for women and men over 65, and no more than 10 ounces per day for those under 65. Anything more is bad for your heart. But even if you switch over to Mediterranean- friendly recipes, your work doesn’t stop there. It’s also important to mirror the other ways Mediterraneans live their lives. When it’s time to eat, don’t rush or watch TV. Sit down, relax, and enjoy a leisurely meal with others. And of course, get plenty of exercise.

Legumes and beans

Herbs and spices

Whole grains

Wild-caught fish and seafood

High-quality, pasture-raised poultry, eggs, cheese, goat milk, and yogurt Red meat, but only on special occasions

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Daily glasses of red wine

Following the Mediterranean diet has many benefits. The Mayo Clinic credits this lifestyle with reduced instances of cancer and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. In addition, women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra- virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may have a reduced risk of breast cancer. But there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding this lifestyle change. Many people believe it costs a small fortune. However, if you craft meals with beans or lentils as

The Mediterranean lifestyle promotes heart-healthy foods, including the following:

Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens and non-starchy veggies

Olive oil

The Clock Is Running Down ...

When you are injured, a lot of things happen at once. Medical treatment starts immediately, which could mean transport in an ambulance to the hospital. You might end up talking to the police, or you might be concerned about the well-being of other people at the scene. But something else has occurred as well. An hourglass has turned over, and the sands are starting to trickle. When those sands stop trickling, you will no longer be able to get legal recompense for what happened to you. That’s because there’s a statute of limitations in Massachusetts on how long you can wait before filing a personal injury suit. In most cases, this statute is three years, and the clock starts ticking as soon as the injury happens. That means the

day after your injury, whether you’re resting up at home or in the hospital, you only have two years and 364 days to file a claim. That may seem like a lot of time, but it’s easy to get buried under bills, backed up with work, and otherwise distracted. It’s also easy not to realize the extent of your injuries until well after the accident. You may shake it off at the time and deal with the consequences months — or even years — down the road. By then, it could be too late to get justice. What can you do about this? There are a few things. The first is to seek medical evaluation and treatment from your own physicians after an accident or injury. You may be in worse shape than

you think, and you need a comprehensive picture of your medical situation and treatment for your own safety and for any claim you may want to file. Next, as soon as you can, get in touch with a personal injury attorney about your potential claims and cases. This is a good idea anyway, since you don’t want to be dealing with insurance companies by yourself. An attorney will be able to give you the comprehensive legal picture, just as a doctor gave you the medical one. No matter what the situation, when the sand is piling up in the bottom of the hourglass, it’s good to have a lawyer on your side!

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