A Way of Eating
Originated from the healthy eating habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, Southern Italy, Spain and France, the Mediterranean diet is perhaps the world’s healthiest diet.
People around the Mediterranean love to eat and know that eating well brings happiness. Quality goes clearly over quantity. No wonder that the lowest worldwide rate of obesity, heart disease and alcoholism are found here.
There is a huge variety of fresh and healthy food available throughout the Mediterranean. Traditional meals include a high proportion of olive oil, fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, fresh fish, dairy products (like yogurt and cheese) toped off with a moderate consumption of wine.
The benefits of eating like a Mediterranean are enormous:
- reduced risk of depression
- improved weight loss
- reduced levels of inflammation
- prevents Alzheimer’s disease
- reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- reduced risk of stroke
- prevents premature death
Switch to olive oil
Olive oil delivers healthy monounsaturated fats. Go for four to six servings per day (a serving could be 1 tsp. of olive oil or 5 olives)
Eat everything fresh
Eat more fish
Aim to eat two or three times a week
Eat whole grains
Avoid refined carbs, which lack nutrients
They are a great source of fibre, protein and also provide healthy fats and antioxidants. Eat at least twice a week a serving of legumes and a small portion of nuts daily
Eat herbs and spices
They are full of antioxidants and inflammation-fighting effects
Enjoy fruit for dessert
Fruits are a good supply of energy
Yoghurt and fresh cheese contain beneficial bacteria that contribute to the digestive health
Sip a little wine
Antioxidant nutrients in red wine can slow down the progression of arteriosclerosis
Savour every bite
Eating more slowly and mindful helps to eat less and healthier
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The Mediterranean is one of the cleanest, nicest, happiest and healthiest place to live on Earth, thanks to a balanced lifestyle, beautiful nature and exceptional climate.