When you hear the word diet, do you lean back and cringe? You’re not alone. The internet has an onslaught of dieting suggestions, but the majority of them aren’t balanced or sustainable. However, one good eating regimen you can do long-term is the Mediterranean Diet.
➡️ What It Is: This diet is based on the traditional eating habits in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It places emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fish, and olive oil. Low-dairy products are eaten in moderation. Sugars, highly processed foods, refined carbs, or red meats are limited.
➡️ How To Start: Think of your plate like a pie chart. Make half
of your plate fruits and vegetables, one-quarter of your plate whole grains, and one-quarter healthy protein. Swap out your pork or red meat for fish (occasionally poultry). Cook with olive oil instead of butter. When eating cheese, choose strong-flavored cheeses like feta or Parmesan and skip processed cheeses, like American. Trade white rice and pasta for whole grains like bulgur, barley, and farro. Processed cookies, crackers, refined flours, and sugars are not a part of the Mediterranean diet and shouldn't be eaten often.
Tell us in the comments if you like the Mediterranean Diet or are planning to give it a try!
References: American Heart Association & Eating Well
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