When it comes to ‘the good of our health’ many factors should be considered – from the lifestyle we lead to the food we eat, from the medical facilities we can access to the amount of stress we have to deal with on a daily basis. The good news is that living in Turkey can be good for your health in many ways.
Firstly, the pace of life in the entire Mediterranean region is far more laid back than we are used to in the Europe. The emphasis is on savouring life rather than rushing through it. This attitude extends throughout Turkey – perhaps with the exception of the main cities where life does seem quite frenetic – so you avoid stress simply by relaxing into the lifestyle that others around you enjoy.
Until you are living a reduced-stress-lifestyle it cannot be emphasised enough how much of a positive impact this can have on your health. Your blood pressure could benefit, your overall physical and mental wellbeing could benefit – and if nothing else, you will certainly find you have far more time to actually look around you and enjoy the life that you have chosen for yourself.
Secondly the local produce in Turkey is often organic, it is always widely and abundantly available at local markets, and if you shop like Turkish people and buy what’s in season or on special offer from the local butcher, baker and greengrocer, (or across the stalls in the marketplace), you will naturally be eating well and healthily. They say a Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest – so quit the weekly Indian takeaway and fish suppers in favour of salads, grilled fish and lean meat when you move to Turkey – all eaten at a very leisurely pace so that better dig