Having been a nurse of over 30 years I have seen first-hand the effects of unhealthy diets and lifestyle choices. Helping people after they are ill is satisfying in itself. But even better, I believe is helping them learn about healthy lifestyle choices before they get sick. We all know that we shouldn’t smoke, drink and do drugs. But what are some of our healthy lifestyle choices? Just the other day I was thinking about my new business “Carlsbad Food Tours” and how going on one of our tours is actually a healthy lifestyle decision. Here are the top 10 reasons “Why going on a food tour can be a healthy lifestyle choice”.
- It is a walking tour – 2 – 2.5 miles round trip
Walking is a step in the right direction as they say. So make a healthy decision and go on a walking tour. Walking is the most popular physical activity among adults. Taking a walk is low cost and doesn’t require any special clothes or equipment. Walking lowers your risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. It also strengthens your bones and muscles. Walking can also help you burn more calories and lift your mood.
- Small Frequent Meals
Eating small frequent meals are better for your metabolism. Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help to stabilize your blood glucose levels; this can be especially helpful for people with diabetes. Eating small frequent tastings will also spread the absorption of nutrients more evenly throughout the day. This leads to a smoother insulin response which is beneficial for blood glucose control. On our food tour we eat small food tastings then walk and eat again, it takes us 3 hours to eat our meals. Small meals also help active people and those with high energy requirements meet their calorie needs more effectively.
- Healthy food tastings: Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating, plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and a delicious glass of red wine. And those of you familiar with the Mediterrean diet will understand the benefits of fresh fruits, vegetables and marinara with your meals, good and healthy. Our tour has several Italian restaurants as tasting locations and they are delicious.
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer. It has also been found to reduce the incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the Mediterranean diet as an eating plan that can help promote health and prevent disease.
- Red wine health benefits:
Wine tasting from a local urban winery is included on our tour. The winery specializes in small lot of handcrafted red wines. Red wine has a powerful antioxidant in it called resveratrol which protects against cell damage and prevents age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s. Resveratrol is responsible for the heart healthy benefits, including improved physical performance and muscle strength; it mimics the effects of exercise on the body.
- Olive Oils
Olive oils are a major component of the Mediterranean diet. It is also the main source of dietary fat in the Mediterranean diet. Populations from that region have longer life expectancies. The polyphenols in Olive oil are the antioxidants responsible for the longevity benefits and lower levels of chronic illness.
Olive oils helps prevent strokes, lowers risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. Olive oils also help maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Olive oil protects against Alzheimer’s, pancreatitis and ulcerative colitis.
- Vegetarian Tastings – health benefits
Studies have shown that vegetarians have a much lower risk of becoming obese, developing diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. They also have a lower risk of cancer.
- Carlsbad Alkaline Mineral Water
Alkaline mineral water has been found to slow the aging process, regulate the body’s pH level and prevent chronic diseases like arthritis and cancer. Alkaline water has a pH of 8-9. Regular tap water is generally closer to a pH of 6-7. Studies have found that drinking alkaline water can help deactivate pepsin which is the main enzyme that causes acid reflux. Studies have also showed it to be beneficial to those that suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
- Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. It is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, favanols and catechins. Dark chocolate improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure and raises the HDL level in your body.
- Resting between walking
Research shows that short periods of rest between exercises is very important. Resting allow one to take it easy and relax the muscles so that they can recover quicker.
- Social Interaction
The benefits of being social include the reduction of risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s. It has also been found to lower blood pressure. Social interactions are noted to reduce the risk of depression related to social isolation and loneliness. It also helps keep your brain from getting rusty, but it is most effective when coupled with an overall healthy lifestyle including a nutritious diet and physical activity.
Carlsbad Food Tours encompass a healthy lifestyle choice. It is a guided walking tour of 2-2.5 miles with 6-8 stops for healthy Mediterrean tastings including olive oil, red wine and vegetarian meals. The tour also includes historical stops, rest points and miracle water tastings from the Carlsbad Alkaline Mineral Spa. There is also plenty of social interaction during the tour. To top of the tour we end at the Carlsbad Chocolate Bar for a tasting of dark chocolate, yum. Now that you know all the health benefits of coming on the tour, schedule your tour today: