About the Mediterranean Diet

mediterranean dietI’ve always associated the Mediterranean Diet with olives, cucumbers, feta cheese and red wine. Overall, however, the diet also encompasses a surprisingly large proportion of grains and fats.

Most of the foods in the diet are vegetables and nuts, and many can be easily made at home. The diet is nearly exclusively plant-based, although it does include some fish and occasional meat. It also includes some saturated fats and sweets, which I’m sure the majority of people appreciate.

Personally however, I don’t feel well when I eat gluten, which has naturally minimized the grain in my diet, although I’m a big fan of dietary fat, balancing food ratios and minimizing processed food. It is important that every individual eat food that makes them feel energized throughout the day. The Mediterranean diet has become a model for healthy dieting according to recent research reports.

There is a mountain of data showing a host of positive health effects from eating a Mediterranean Diet. [1] One study shows that the diet reduced subjects’ cardiovascular disease, including minimizing the risk for stroke. [2] Another study demonstrates that it is great at reducing adverse symptoms of menopause for women. [3] In fact, this diet has been so well-researched and is considered so healthy by the scientific community that it was even used as the definition of a healthy diet to determine if study participants were eating healthy in an overall study linking lifestyle behaviors to mortality.[4]

All in all, the Mediterranean diet is really more of a lifestyle. It includes leisurely food preparation and dining as a family, as well as eating mindfully so that you appreciate the food and the company you keep. The lifestyle also includes regular exercise, which I’m sure has contributed to the positive image of the diet as well as the great results from recent research.

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