Mediterranean Diet, Part II

Note: This is not medical advice. I’m talking here about my own personal and family medical history and research I have done into it. Even if your own personal and family history is identical to mine, it cannot work out exactly like mine has.

As I have done more research into the Mediterranean diet, I have found more and more potential benefit for my own health beyond heart health. For example, I have mild arthritis in my hands.

And guess what? The Mediterranean diet seems to lower all of these nifty inflammatory markers in studies. So maybe this will help keep inflammation in my hands down.

And since it lowers inflammatory markers, guess what other health issue I have that involves inflammation? Asthma. And things I’ve been reading say that diets high in anti-inflammatory foods, like the Mediterranean diet, seem to lower asthma symptoms.

Now, admittedly, I’m not perfect at my adherence to the diet. I have a sweet tooth, for example, and so I do finish my day with a few single-serving pieces of dark chocolate candy, like Reese’s Thins.

But my breakfast is cheese and fruit, my lunch is . . . more cheese and fruit (usually with cashews, as well). My dinner is increasingly becoming cheese, vegetables, and lean meat. So I’m not doing too badly.

I researched having my Amazon Link be germane in the form of trying to sell you a bag of Reese’s Thins, but apparently you have to be a member of Amazon Prime to get them. So here’s a Gratuitous Amazon Link: The Lost Hero, the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Two heroes are kind of the titular “lost hero” here. I suspect that Riordan probably meant Percy Jackson, who has disappeared, but this book follows Jason, who has no memory of anything prior to a school field trip to the Grand Canyon. So, even though we know where he is, Jason is also, in his own way, a lost hero.

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