Updated March 2023
The Mediterranean Diet is recommended by doctors for good Health and Nutrition.
The great thing about the Mediterranean way of eating is that it’s not really a diet at all but a lifestyle way of eating great food.
Historically, throughout the different countries along the Mediterranean coastal regions, people ate what was readily available in their gardens at the time. They also grew many varieties of fruits and olive trees, as well as different farm animals like goats, pigs, chickens etc. Grape vines and olive groves were grown there for many centuries; hence the wonderful quality wines produced, along with the fantastic abundance of olive oils.
The Mediterranean Way of Life was that of tending to animals, picking fruit, digging and planting different varieties of food crops in the various vegetable gardens. and sharing the produce with those around… with neighbours and at the local markets.
Food was fresh, natural and healthy. This way of life was based around food, fresh from the garden, prepared in the kitchen, then eaten… relaxing with family and friends around the table, enjoying and soaking up the lifestyle.
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet is mostly based on eating large amounts of plant-based foods, along with whole grains, olive oil, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes and flavoured with fresh herbs and spices.
Fish and seafood is recommended to be eaten at least twice a week, followed by poultry, eggs and dairy products, taken in moderate portions daily and weekly.
Red meats and sweets foods to be limited to weekly.
Eight cups of fresh water taken daily and red wine to be taken moderately.
The Omega-3 fatty acids in some of these foods are essential to your body’s health. These fatty acids increase the good cholesterol HDL in the body. The healthy fats in olive oil are great for heart health, as well as weight loss.
Spices are often used instead of using salt, which is much healthier.
Salmon is often a recommended food of choice for the health benefits.
Why Follow a Mediterranean Diet?
If you base your diet around the Mediterranean diet you will not only be eating healthy food packed full of great nutrition, but your healthy lifestyle will greatly improve your overall health and nutrition. Eating slowly and enjoying every morsel while relaxing is highly recommended for health and digestion.
It is also recommended that you buy fresh food, when it is in season and locally where possible. Farmers markets are often great places to buy fresh vegetables and fruit, including herbs for your supply of healthy foods to maintain your healthy Mediterranean diet.
Many towns have set up community gardens where you can grow your own plants and share your produce with other gardeners. This is highly recommended for your own health and wellbeing. Otherwise, set up your own garden plot, get your children involved and grow your own vegies.
Why not try adopting the Mediterranean Diet? The health benefits to you and your family will be profound.