There’s no real definition of the Mediterranean diet, no single model, it’s more a lifestyle based on a southern European approach which includes food obtained from livestock, fishing, and agriculture from the different countries of the south.Mediterranean diet being neglected
Sadly, the healthy eating styles and traditions of the Mediterranean diet are being neglected, fast food is gaining popularity and with that comes the obvious- we are getting fatter. And, because we’re all in a hurry these days, we’re losing the habit of sitting down and enjoying mealtimes.We're lucky here in the south, it’s really easy to follow the Mediterranean; the choice of fruit and vegetables is endless especially in our open air markets.
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Here’s why we should take a second look at the Mediterranean diet:1. No food restrictions
The great thing about the Mediterranean food plan is that there are no strict laws on what we should eat and what we shouldn’t. Instead the diet focuses on the variety of fresh vegetables and fruit and encourages us to experiment with locally sourced products.2. Healthy
Originally known as the "Poor Man’s diet" because it did not include a lot of meat, only a bit of fish but lots of seasonal fruit and vegetables this is the diet that has proved to reduce heart disease as well as number of medical conditions brought on by western lifestyleKey ingredients
--Healthy olive oil is the main fat in Mediterranean cooking, in salads, even used by some on bread instead of butter.
--Lots of fruit and vegetables low in fat and high in fiber such as courgettes, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, melons.
-- Fish packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.
--Nuts aren’t to be consumed every day but around 2- 3 times a week.
4. PleasureThe Mediterranean diet is not only about food but a lifestyle where families take time to eat together, not in front of the television but around the table. It’s this sharing which creates a deep appreciation of food.
Forget about fad diets, study the Mediterranean diet pyramid, a doable, easy, and versatile plan. Start making healthy choices and enjoying meal times.