The Mediterranean Style Diet
“Adopting a Mediterranean Style Diet will improve health and well-being.”
Dr. Michael Mosley
The Mediterranean Style diet is inspired by the dietary and lifestyle patterns of Greece, Spain and southern Italy, as research was indicating that people living in these regions were experiencing a lower rate of heart disease, cancer and had an increased life expectancy. Since then, studies all over the world have indicated that by following a Mediterranean diet you can expect to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and increase your life expectancy.
The good news is that following a Mediterranean Style Diet is easy as the food is delicious, the healthy fats and proteins will keep you feeling fuller for longer and your overall health and energy levels should soon start to improve.
What does the Mediterranean Diet involve?
Firstly, it’s about replacing processed foods with fresh whole foods. Swap white pasta and rice with lentils, beans, quinoa, wild rice and buckwheat.
Olive oil and healthy fats such as salmon, tuna and avocado are in. These healthy fats are extremely good for you and will keep you feeling full for longer.
Increase your protein intake. This involves incorporating foods such as oily fish, prawns, chicken, beef, eggs, tofu, edamame beans, dairy and nuts into your diet.
Eating plenty of coloured vegetables. It is especially important to increase your intake of dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and kale, as these are very low in calories and contain essential vitamins.
Snack on nuts, they are a great source of protein and fibre.
Always chose the full fat option. Full fat milk and Greek yogurt are a big part of the Mediterranean diet.
Good news! A little bit of dark chocolate and the occasional glass of red wine with dinner is okay!
Is this just a diet?
No, the the Mediterranean diet is more than just a diet. It’s about developing a set of healthy habits and making permanent changes to your lifestyle.
It’s about avoiding processed foods and sugary snacks, opting for fresh produce to keep you fuller for longer. This means avoiding pre-made meals and fast foods. It also involves keeping active by making small changes to your daily routine, such as always taking the stairs or getting of the bus a couple of stops early and walking the rest of the way.
Lastly, the Mediterranean diet is about eating food and enjoying it.