WHAT IS THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET?
The Mediterranean is simply a diet based on the traditional foods and flavors within the Mediterranean region. It is a heart-healthy way of based on studies that identified lower coronary heart disease rates in Greece and Italy as compared to Europe and the Americas.
The lifestyle goes further than just diet and also emphasizes sharing means with friends and family, staying active with physical exercise and enjoying a glass of red one. One of the keys is enjoying the food and enjoying the company while eating the food. Makes sense when we think about how stress hurts the heart – right?
HOW DOES THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET WORK?
With a focus on vegetables and plant-based ingredients, the Mediterranean diet flips the typical American diet upside down. The poultry, fish, eggs, and beans are limited and the focus is put on vegetables. Red meet is rarely eaten and dairy is limited. The diet won’t shed massive weight in a short time, but it will become a flavorful lifestyle that is good for your heart and waistline. The weight will drop because people can stick to the style of eating because the food is flavorful and healthy.
WHAT FOODS CAN BE EATEN ON THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET?
The Mediterranean diet mainly includes:
- eating fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains daily
- eating poultry, fish, eggs and beans weekly…yes weekly
- limited amounts of dairy
- limited red meat consumption
WHAT FOODS ARE RESTRICTED ON THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET?
Sugar is a definite no-no. Limit refined or processed foods including grains and oils. Avoid foods with trans fat. Eliminate processed meat and limit red meat.
WHO SHOULD TRY THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET?
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WHO WOULD HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME IMPLEMENTING THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET?
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