The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world – having been found to reduce heart disease, dementia, depression and even shows that those who follow a Mediterranean diet have a higher life expectancy. If you are trying to live a healthier life, the Mediterranean diet is easy to follow – and delicious.
The Mediterranean diet is popular in countries such as Greece, Croatia, Spain and Italy, and is very simple. One large part of the diet is consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables – which are of course very healthy components of this diet. Another staple to this diet is olive oil, with extra virgin olive oil being preferable for the most health benefits, as it is rich in antioxidants. Importantly, when it comes to meat, a Mediterranean diet consists of very little, if any, red meat (a contributor to heart disease and certain types of cancer), moderate amounts of poultry, and high quantities of fish and seafood. Dairy products are also consumed in moderation. Any grain eaten is usually wholegrain, and refined, processed carbohydrates such as white bread are avoided. It is evident that the main premise of this diet is to eat nutritious, unprocessed whole foods, and avoiding foods that are processed, contain added sugars, and are refined. In terms of drink, water is most common, with one glass of red wine per day being considered the norm. To reap the benefits of this diet you don’t have to follow it strictly however. Simply reducing the amount of red meat in your diet, and adding seafood/fish two times a week is enough to improve your health. Also, switching out fizzy drinks for water will have drastic positive effects on your health.
This diet is healthy, easy to adopt, and does not leave you feeling hungry. I love following a Mediterranean diet in the warmer months of the year, especially as the heat can suppress my appetite and I don’t want to eat hot meals. Alongside the diet is recommended that you of course engage in some physical activity, even if it is only light.