SYOSSET, NY – A new study shows that following a Mediterranean diet can help someone live longer, which doesn’t surprise at least one New York registered dietitian.
“This is what we’ve been telling people all along,” says Ashley Olivieri, RD, nutrition coordinator at Syosset Hospital, regarding eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and unprocessed foods, which are part of the Mediterranean diet.
The study found that part of a person’s genes called telomeres do not shorten as rapidly if that person is healthy and does things such as eat a healthy diet.
For those who want to start taking part in this diet, Ms. Olivieri suggests making a gradual change in your diet.
“With any type of lifestyle change, you want to do it slowly,” Ms. Olivieri says. “You want to set attainable, realistic goals so you don’t set yourself up for failure. So try to make a change a couple of times a week when you first start out and then eventually, if you do something every single day for a few months, it can become habit and it becomes your lifestyle.”