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Every year (especially this close to the new year) people around the world decide to adapt to all different types of diets. Some will stop eating carbs. Some will only drink shakes and smoothies. Others will overload on protein. A select few will go vegan. They’re all chasing the same dream: To be healthy and happy while looking and feeling better than ever! Sounds great, doesn’t it? Now…think about never eating another muffin with your coffee or mashed potatoes with your Thanksgiving turkey. That doesn’t sound so great, does it? Exactly. That’s why such a high percentage of individuals that start these fad diets FAIL! You’ve heard it time and time again, “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change”, …but is it really?!? I mean, are you really going to take muffins and potatoes and gravy and all that carb-packed goodness out of your lifestyle? I didn’t think so. That’s why it is essential to find something that’s not only healthy, but also realistic. Realistic doesn’t mean you cut out meat 100%, or even lower your carbs to such a small amount that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Realistic is having a balanced diet full of foods you love. It isn’t impossible to lose weight while eating your favorite foods (unless your favorite foods are a bucket of lard and a side of BBQ chips), and science has just proven that. The amazing part is, you don’t have to buy into some expensive eating plan or workout group to reap all of the benefits.
Fish, root vegetables, rye bread, and black coffee; the main components of a Scandinavian diet. An article from The Independent reports that statistics show the Scandinavian diet is one of the healthiest in the world, but in my personal opinion, it’s one of the tastiest as well. You’ve probably tried a Scandinavian dish or walked past a Scandinavian restaurant at some point in your life, you just might not have realized it at the time. Scandinavian foods are generally tasty, cheap, easy to find, and filled with a lot of history. I say we should dig a little deeper into this subject.
If you are looking to shed some pounds, the Nordic diet might be the way to go! It’s a diet trend that has been taking the UK, the US, Australia, and many other countries by storm, but this “new Nordic diet” is really just a diet consisting of tradition Scandinavian dishes. With healthy fats like fish, very little simple carbohydrates, ample amounts of vegetables, and a wide variety of fruits and dairy making up the everyday eating plan, it isn’t difficult to see why this diet has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease, promote weight loss, and increase the life span. According to the World Health Organization, the women in Norway are some of the slimmest in the world. Only 5.8 percent of the women in that country are considered extremely overweight or obese, and it’s probably thanks to the healthy diet that they have grown accustomed to. The Scandinavian diet isn’t just healthy, it’s got a lot of history behind it as well.
The Scandinavian culture and environment are both closely correlated to the diet of those who live there. Sitting right by the sea, it comes as no surprise that the Scandinavian countries implement hefty amounts of seafood into their diet. According to an article in USA Today, the locals eat some type of fish 3-4 times a week on average. Scandinavian countries are also packed with rich forests. These forests are most likely the reason behind wild game becoming such a staple in the diet. Reindeer, duck, goose, and other game are often brought home to the household dinner table. These might all sound like dinner foods for the average American or Brit, but for the people in these countries, fish can even be the shining star of a breakfast dish. You probably aren’t going to find someone from a Scandinavian country eating bacon and sausage for their morning meal. Some of the traditional dishes might seem a little weird to someone who hasn’t been raised around them, but all in all, Scandinavian food is healthy and satisfying.
Scandinavian dishes are gaining popularity around the world, and for some very good reasons. For the most part the food is cheap, it is healthy, it’s easy to find or substitute, and it tastes like the comfort food that you crave when you’re having a bad day. The Nordic Diet might be something that you would like to research more if you are looking to lose weight, get healthier, increase your lifespan, or just switch up your normal meals. At the rate this trend is growing, it looks like Sweden is about to be known globally for a lot more than Ikea.