Do you want to embrace a diet that’s sustainable and provides you with an enjoyable way of life? Whilst the Mediterranean Diet doesn’t gain as much hype as the notorious and generally short-lived Keto or Paleo trends, it does pack a punch when it comes to your long-term health.
Described by the World Health Organisation as a “dietary pattern”, the old-school Mediterranean Diet lays its foundation on vegetables, fruits, seafood, beans, nuts and whole grains with moderate amounts of dairy, poultry and eggs.
Like many diets, a combination of food groups like this is a fantastic way to lose or maintain your weight. What makes the Mediterranean Diet superior is that it positively impacts your life down the track.
With the help of some healthy fats obtained from fish and olive oil, this eating style has also been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, slow down blood pressure, reduce inflammation and sometimes lower the level of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (aka the bad cholesterol building deposits in your arteries). And the best thing is you don’t need to cut out alcohol! Opt for some red wine every now and then to satisfy that after-work ‘me time’.
Where to get started? If you’re seeing a combination of vegetables, fruit and protein on your plate, you’re doing a good job. All you need to do is alter your consumption or add some more food groups. Here are some pointers to get you on track:
- Increase your fruit and veggie intake – this means eating more than the 2 and 5 you probably grew up on. But this is easy – jazz them up with some herbs and spices!
- Swap out your red meat burgers for some just-as-satisfying fish tacos
- Healthy fats are your friend. The Mediterranean Diet stands by olive oil
- Dabble in some dairy, but don’t overdo it
- Choose whole grains over processed forms of wheat
- Drink plenty of water!
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