The Mediterranean Diet, Intangible Heritage of UNESCO, is one of the healthiest dietary patterns in the world.
The Mediterranean Diet is neither a weight-loss regime nor a prescriptive diet; it is a style of living and eating where large amounts of fruits and vegetables, legumes such as beans and lentils, nuts, whole grains and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) are abundant.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating primarily plant-based foods. Fish, poultry and dairy products (mainly cheese and yogurt) are consumed in moderation, and the consumption of red meat is limited. Processed foods are not part of this healthy lifestyle.
Backed by scientific research
Scientific research has proven the many advantages of following a Mediterranean style of eating and living including healthy weight management, heart health and mental health to name a few.
For links to scientific publications highlighting some of the many advantages of the Mediterranean diet go to the PREDIMED study.
For a collection of news articles about some of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet see my compilation below:
Not a restrictive diet
The Mediterranean diet is healthy yet indulgent, with a huge amount of delicious meals what makes it easy to be sustained over long periods of time as an appealing lifestyle.
The Mediterranean diet is much more than just a tasty and healthy dietary pattern. It is a balanced lifestyle that not only includes healthy and indulgent recipes and cooking methods, but also celebrations, customs, local products, daily exercise and many other activities.
Hospitality, conviviality and the transmission of recipes from generation to generation they all are an important part of the Mediterranean Diet.
If you have ever wondered how you can incorporate a Mediterranean style diet into your everyday meals, you can find plenty of healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes from the Mediterranean cuisine on my blog Tasty Mediterraneo.
I offer nutrition and health coaching specialized in the Mediterranean diet. If you are interested in learning more about my services check my Nutrition & Health Coaching page.
Enjoy healthy eating and the Mediterranean lifestyle!