Rich in whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables which slows digestion, controls blood sugar and prevents diabetes. Replaces red meat with fish, reducing heart disease risk. Has foods rich in monounsaturated fats and anti-inflammatory properties like olive oil and nuts. Uses herbs instead of salt and organic instead of processed foods keeping food light and fresh.
Living on the shores of the Mediterranean and having been exposed to the western diet and lifestyle, I can tell you that the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are not only the result of the food that we eat but more importantly the way we eat it and the lifestyle that comes from living on this side of the world.
The lifestyle is about sharing family meals, eating more mindfully and focusing on the act of ingesting the food, as opposed to mindlessly munching in front of the TV pass satiety levels. It is about home cooked meals, fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables instead of takeouts, restaurant foods, canned and frozen foods.
7 Reasons To Switch To A Mediterranean Diet
– People who adopt a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular related deaths than those who follow a typical low fat or low cholesterol diet.
– By replacing red meat with fish and poultry, you can further reduce the risk of CVD.
– It is a diet high in monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, nuts and fish which can have anti-inflammatory effects.
– It is a diet low in salt. The excess is replaced by herbs which can add a lot of flavors to regular dishes such as pasta and stews.
– You avoid processed goods, which are high in saturated fats and salt, and replace them with fresh and homegrown fruits and vegetables.
– You share meals with others and foster a deep appreciation for the pleasure of eating healthy and delicious foods, which is just as important for your health.