July 20, 2021

Polyxenia Renal: Quality of life

From Mediterranean Diet to Mediterranean Lifestyle

Ioannis Griveas, MD,PhD

Consultant Nephrologist,

Medical Director “Polyxenia-Renal” Dialysis Unit

The Mediterranean diet was not invented, but discovered. It has been not only a diet, but also a lifestyle  especially in Greece where sunny weather, large coast line favours its dominance in habits and culture of the region.

It is based on the eating patterns in the Mediterranean region and focuses on fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and healthy fats.  It is recognized as one of the healthiest dietary patterns, classified as “heart healthy” due to its likelihood to reduce the risk for heart disease.

Mediterranean lifestyle:  what does it mean?

Outdoor exercise- Get extra  Vitamin-D from the sun- Avoid overusing digital technologies if you want a true Mediterranean Lifestyle affect

One or more relaxing meals a day with your family or friends-helps mentally- help slow down eating and prevent overeating.

Avoid fast-paced lifestyles, jumping from one event to the next.

Taking care of your mental and physical health.

Enjoy a happy life.

Along with being careful about your time and setting do-able goals, another way to foster your personal sustainability is to check in on your overall lifestyle. This might seem too much to take on. Cultivate a “Mediterranean Lifestyle”

The Mediterranean Diet and Haemodialysis patients

This diet may help reduce phosphorus intake by limiting processed foods that contain phosphorus additives. The reduction in processed foods can allow patients to enjoy small portions of beans, nuts and dairy, which contain phosphorus.

Another benefit of the diet is a reduction in sodium intake. Processed and fast foods are often high in sodium. A Mediterranean diet focuses on fresh whole foods that are often naturally low in sodium.

Get familiar with Kidney-friendly whole grains include barley, buckwheat, bulgur, wild rice and whole wheat. Try to add to your diet at least 1-2 tablespoons virgin olive oil. Low fat Greek yogurt is an excellent choice. Greek beans and lentils are a great source of fiber and protein.