We are tired of hearing about the Mediterranean diet. We promise one last time, but a different one.
The Mediterranean diet is based on the eating patterns in the Mediterranean region and focuses on fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and healthy fats. A diet not invented, but discovered, is now recognized as one of the healthiest dietary patterns. The difference, it is not limited to number of days, or any other typical diet schedule, it’s a forever kind of thing. To get the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet, you need to embrace the lifestyle.
More important than the food, the company.
There are no food restrictions in the Mediterranean diet. Everything is pretty much allowed. It focuses on grains and vegetables, fiber and lean proteins from nuts and seafood, and far less on fatty meats. But beyond sharing a meal, the Mediterranean culture cultivates a balanced social life and a certain connectedness to the people who matter. Meals are not rushed in front of the computer and shoved down as quickly as possible. Lunch can be a 1 ½ to 2-hour event. And
yes, we get a daily glass of red wine, to help the socializing 😉 That’s the life!
Healthy in an intrinsic way
Classified it as “heart healthy” due to its likelihood to reduce the risk for heart diseases. A recent study published in the New England Journey of Medicine found that incorporating more olives and nuts may help reduce the risk of heart disease by about 30% in who are at high risk.
Skip the gym. Just move, naturally.
Mediterranean people do not specifically spend two hours a day for heavy lifting at the gym. But, that doesn’t make them inactive.
Mediterranean people are not definitely gym-lovers. The 80% of the people who newly joined the gym on January will drop off by mid February, already done.
Supporting the natural movement, a moderate exercise like a daily walk, is an effective and sustainable healthy habit.
Nothing is too convenient, so moving is a natural practice for people of the Mediterranean. Walking as a mean of transport is very common if not necessary, offering an efficient form of daily exercise. An early morning run on the beach or a walk after dinner is common practice. And when they want to do something leisurely, they go out for a walk. Less stress, more living outdoors.
Don’t give up with munchies, make them healthier.
Getting obsessed with over eating low-fat here, low-fat there makes no sense in the Mediterranean area.
Meals are centered round seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Condiments, cookies, and crackers, if they exist are reduced to be enjoyed sparingly.
We would be lying if we said chocolate, cakes and pastries never made an appearance, but a piece of fresh fruit or dried fruit was a more regular dessert choice.
And the most important, fresh.
This area is rich in olive groves, offering a plentiful supply of fresh olive products. The sea offers fresh fish, shellfish and other seafood, while local markets sell fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh and homemade are the two words that best describe home cooking near the Mediterranean.
Mediterranean people don’t buy too much of any one ingredient. The whole concept of buying in bulk remains foreign to them. Eating freshly matters, and they don’t mind making multiple trips to the market, on foot, mostly.
The Mediterranean Diet is not an effort, rather a daily practice for many Europeans. An ever-present reminder of how
life should be: healthier, more relaxed, and more balanced between work and play.