It’s the lifestyle, stupid!

Heh, za tiste, ki se tako radi sklicuejo na mediteransko hrano in pričakujejo, da bodo zaradi dnevnih odmerkov olivnega olja in zelenjave plešoče pričakali 90 let  ali več: ne gre za hrano, gre za način življenja! Če želite živeti tako dolgo kot Italijani ali Španci v idiličnih vasicah iz razglednic, morate tudi živeti tako. Ne smete hoditi v “resne službe”, ne smete imeti stresnega življenja, ne smete delati nadur, ne smete preživljati celih dnevov in noči za računalnikom, pač pa morate cele dneve preživeti na soncu in svežem zraku, vsak dnevni obrok morate spremeniti v dolgotrajno prijetno druženje z družino ali prijatelji, pri tem pa lahko za kosilo ob solati z olivnim oljem pojeste tudi ogromno pašte, svinjskega mesa ali ovčetine. Ribe? No ja, če imate denar. Gre za življenjski slog in ne za hrano.

V glavnem, s sedanjim stilom življenja, ne glede na 3-kratni jogging tedensko in ogromne količine zelenjave, oreščkov in nizkonasičenih maščob, nimate šans, da dočakate 90 let. Tako pravi britanska medicinska odprava (sestavljena iz zvezdniških kardiologov) v Pioppi, majhno mestece južno od Neaplja, ki tam snema dokumentarec…

No, meni prav gotovo ne bo uspelo, čeprav zdaj na primerni geografski dolžini in širini z ženo k olivam in oreščkom srkam dobro rdeče vino. Če bi to počel zadnjih 30 let, nepretrgoma, bi mogoče šlo. Too late. V naslednjem življenju…

For decades, health authorities have argued that the diet of people living in Mediterranean countries, with its emphasis on olive oil, nuts and fresh produce, is a driving force behind the region’s historically low rates of heart disease.

But now a team of filmmakers led by a British cardiologist say that the function of the Mediterranean diet may have been oversimplified. They contend in a new film that the region’s good health is driven not only by food, but by an array of lifestyle factors, some of which they claim have been overlooked.

In their new film, they hope to show viewers how these factors come together to promote longevity and to also clarify some misconceptions about the Mediterranean diet itself.

The new film is called the “Pioppi Protocol,” and it is set in the small town of Pioppi, Italy, just south of Naples. …

Dr. Malhotra visited the Mediterranean with a documentary filmmaker, Donal O’Neill. Together they noticed that a healthful diet was one of many factors that seemed to play a role in the longevity of people in Pioppi, where the average person has a life expectancy of about 90.

They were surprised by how the people they encountered enjoyed and savored their food, turning every meal into an excuse for a social occasion with friends and family. They noticed that people spent a lot of time outdoors getting fresh air. Instead of designating daily periods of time to jog or exercise, they engaged in a great deal of leisurely physical activity like walking and riding bicycles. And they seemed to have low levels of chronic stress.

“We need to redefine the Mediterranean diet,” Dr. Malhotra said. “The truth is that it’s a lifestyle. It’s the whole approach. It’s the food. It’s the social interaction. It’s getting the right kind of exercise. It’s being outside. It’s getting sunlight and sunshine. The question, though, is how can we combine all these lessons from this village with what we know about modern medicine.”

Vir: New York Times

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