There has been a lot of buzz in the last few years about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
It now looks like the hype may be true, and that there are some serious health benefits from adopting this kind of diet.
It has been associated with a reduction in cholesterol, heart disease, cardiovascular mortality, cancer, and other diseases.
One of the best things about this “diet” is that it isn’t really a diet at all — it is a way of life in which food is appreciated.
The focus is not on restriction (thank goodness), but rather on making good choices.
Ultimately the bottom line is to eat as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible. The other main components of this diet are:
- Get lots of exercise
- Eat mostly plant-based foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes)
- Use olive oil rather than butter or margarine
- Use herbs and spices rather than salt as flavoring
- Limit the amount of red meat consumed (only a few times a month)
- Eat more fish and poultry
- Drink red wine (in moderation).
You can follow this link to the Mediterranean diet food pyramid:
It is important to note that a big piece of this diet is the social aspect. Rather just focusing on what is being eaten, there is great emphasis on leisurely dining and the experience of enjoying the meal. There is also a great awareness of the importance of getting regular physical activity.