What is diet?
Ancient Greeks had perfectly defined it: “diaitia”, diet, identified the concept of lifestyle with perfect harmony between pleasant nourishment and energy expenditure.
They suggested the everyday life should be as dynamic as possible, eating with taste as well as moderation and variety.
Today the word diet for many is a threat, a punishment, a deprivation: something to fear, from which to stay away.
We need to rethink the diet as a real journey to reach our goals, which do not necessarily have to be linked to the kilograms that appear on the scale, but to health and wellbeing.
Nutrition must contribute to improving the quality of our lives in a lasting and effective way. And this is the goal of every nutritionist.
The modern diet is not a list of foods to be taken and food to avoid, but a progressive tool to take charge and to accompany the final stabilization of those who want to achieve well-being and health at the table, discovering more and more pleasure every day to eat healthy.
If the goal is weight loss, the loss of 1-3 kg per month should be considered sensible. There are rather restrictive diets, not very flexible and aimed at a much faster weight loss. In the long run this can lead to a lack of essential nutrients. Furthermore, with rapid weight loss, instead of reducing fat, water and muscle mass are lost.
Only with a correct, complete and balanced diet the body becomes efficient and able to work efficiently the whole day, even managing to reach the priorly set goals.
The Mediterranean Diet
The term Mediterranean Diet refers to a set of skills, knowledge, practices and popular traditions that involves territory and cooking, taking into account the seasonality of vegetables and fruits, fishing, conservation, transformation, preparation and the consumption of food, without forgetting the conviviality at the table.
The food pyramid of the Mediterranean diet collects guidelines that help us to use food in the most correct way, in a historical period in which we can have products with the most varied characteristics.
The structure of the pyramid sees the food that make up a main meal at the base and, gradually rising, what we need to complete the meal, distributed accordingly to the recommended consumption frequency (daily or weekly).
The pyramid also highlights the importance of physical activity, of conviviality at the table and the habit of drinking water, suggesting to prefer the consumption of local products on a seasonal basis.
Dentistry and nutrition
Proper nutrition prevents caries risk and keeps your mouth healthy. For this reason, Dentist and Nutritionist can work together, both aiming to patients’ health.