Planting The Seed To A Healthy Lifestyle

Planting the seed to a healthy lifestyle with Lou Cordone

I remember my New Year’s resolution so clearly. I was edging towards 60-years-old and retiring from my high-stress corporate job that took 70-hours off my life every week. It was at beautiful Byron Bay, specifically Belongil Beach, where I decided I needed to make drastic changes in my life – especially with my Type 2 diabetes.

After being diagnosed in my early 40s, my diabetes progressively got worse over the years. I became dependent on insulin… something that is not common of Type 2. In the 10 years leading up to my diagnosis, I was working almost double the average work week, I’d taken up smoking, drinking and only eating once a day. Mix that with not knowing Type 2 was prevalent on my father’s side and you’re not exactly looking at a recipe for success.

My path to change was not for the faint of heart and required perseverance. My health and fitness have bounced around on the spectrum… dramatically. As a young man, I was at the top of my game and had engrained into me that carb-loading was the was the way to go. Of course, when work came before workouts later in life, I became out of shape. Fast forward to retirement and I’m back to where I was… with a few grey hairs.

A change in mindset combined with physical activity, gave me the motivation to do a complete overhaul of my diet. The Ketogenic diet introduced me to the wonders of olive oil. I was consuming around 1L to 1.5L (2L in extreme cases) in a month! Something I believe significantly reduced the levels of insulin required to manage my disease.

Originally resveratrol (a plant compound that acts like an antioxidant) was dubbed to be the elixir of youth with its abilities to increase sirtuins, something that you want when it comes to anti-aging. It is an ingredient that can be found in red wine… but to drink the 1000mg of resveratrol that I personally take you’d need to drink around 50 bottles a day. Which of course is not feasible for anyone! However, virgin pressed olive oil has slid past as the cream of the crop as a natural powerhouse producer of polyphenols which are packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.

Whilst I love olive oil on my food, with the amount that I ingest per month it becomes a lot easier to take it in 20-40ml capsules. This was a process that I was having to do myself but it can be quite tedious when you’re in a hurry to get somewhere.

As an avid olive oil lover, I was thrilled to discover ellinol – Mediterranean wellness capsules were launching in Australia. The new supplement gives you all the goodness of the Mediterranean diet without needing to change up your diet. You’re getting all the goodness of those essential organically grown and harvested ingredients such as citrus polyphenols in one capsule which is just ideal for those who are time-poor, but still health conscious.

My advice to those looking to change is just to start. Set small achievable goals to start with, and just remember that changes you make now are going to give you a more enjoyable future. As a man who was on the top of the ladder, sometimes you need to climb back down and plant a seed to achieve a healthier lifestyle and future.

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Embracing the Mediterranean diet – the Aussie way

Households are guilty of opting for convenience over nourishment when life gets busy, but these choices can severely limit the nutrients our bodies need to function optimally. In fact, more than two thirds of Australians are not maintaining a diet that supports the required intake of 5 major food groups and worryingly, less than 10% of Australian adults eat the recommended intake of vegetables per day.

With mainstream media flooded with the next new diet trend, it’s difficult to understand which diet will work best for the individual. The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the worlds healthiest dietary patterns due to a combination of foods rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Renowned by nutritionists and health experts alike, the Mediterranean diet is a nutritionally sound option for those looking to improve the quality of life for the dieter.

Clinical Nutritionist, Angela Emmerton says that a low intake of processed food and red meat is a central part of the Mediterranean diet, coupled with a wide variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables, oily fish, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, and extra virgin olive oil.

“The Mediterranean diet has long been hailed as providing a wealth of health benefits. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables and seafood, alone is a healthy habit to adopt but this along with low intakes of processed foods and red meat can really make a huge difference to your overall wellbeing.

“This kind of balanced diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive function decline4 and research even shows that people who follow the diet during midlife have up to 46% greater likelihood of healthy ageing,” says Ms Emmerton.

“The best way to translate this style of eating for Australians is to embrace the core ingredients, such as using extra virgin olive oil as the main source of healthy fat, increasing the intake of seasonal fruit and vegetables and cutting back on highly processed foods,” she said.

But preparing and eating foods associated with the Mediterranean diet is now not the only way to reap the rewards of the diet and its health benefits. New to Australia and in the form of a capsule, ellinol contains ingredients made from a formulation of Mediterranean extra virgin olive oil and concentrated extracts found in pure natural foods such as apples, oranges, and grapes.

“Having access to the key active ingredients via an easy to consume capsule, means Aussies can reap the benefits of this tried and tested diet with ease,” she says.

This Mediterranean Day (28th November), ellinol is encouraging Aussies to consider how nutritious their diet is and unlock the vitality and longevity of the Mediterranean diet in one easy step.

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