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Happy New Year - Here's to a Healthy New You!

It's funny how all year you live one way and then at the strike of 12:00am on January 1st we expect to completely change who we are and how we live our life. Many of us publicly declare drastic life changing resolutions that we have every intention on following starting the new year. These may include increasing daily physical activity, learning a new hobby or language, reading more books, traveling abroad, saving financially, or completely changing your diet.  Now, a few weeks into the new year, how many have followed through 100% on these resolutions? Odds are not many. Studies show that only 8% of people who make New Year's Resolutions will still be committed by the end of the year.


Here at Market Street Viera, we pride ourselves for being part of that 8%. Our resolution is to daily carry out the mission to welcome, to care, to serve. I care greatly for all our residents, their family, guests, and staff members. I proudly serve through my passion and talents in culinary arts where I welcome all to experience the freshest available products from local sources and harvesting herbs from our very own Market Street gardens. Research has shown that these kinds of foods promote healthy brain function.


The Alzheimer's Association continues to fund studies exploring the influence of exercise, diet, social and mental stimulation, and other factors in the development of Alzheimer's. It suggests that heart-healthy eating, found in the Mediterranean Diet may also help protect the brain. Did you know that we incorporate elements of the Mediterranean Diet throughout the day? This heart-healthy eating includes limiting the intake of sugar and saturated fats and making sure to eat large variety of fish, lean meats, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The Mediterranean Diet has proven to reduce incidence of cancer, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease.


If living healthier is part of your new year's resolution, here are some helpful tips on how to incorporate some of the Mediterranean Diet basics into your own diet and life. Soon you will be on track for a healthy new you:

• Focus on in-season, plant-based foods; fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts


• Replace butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil and canola oil


• Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods


• Limit red meat to no more than a few times a month


• Eat fish at least twice a week


• Enjoy moderate portions of cheese, yogurt, eggs, and poultry


• Eat fruit for dessert and limit other sweets


• Drink plenty of water.


• Get plenty of exercise


• Take time to enjoy food in the company of others



From the kitchen of Chef Ryan Gorsuch,

Market Street Viera