What is the Mediterranean diet? Simply stated, the Mediterranean Diet is the standard diet eaten by people in the Mediterranean region.
The Mediterranean diet is:
- High in fruits and vegetables. Great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- High in fish, nuts, seeds and beans as protein.
- Low in animal protein and high in plant protein. Meat is limited to just a few times a month. Fish, nuts, beans, lentils are eaten in its place.
- High in fish. At least once to twice weekly.
- High in whole grains.
- Olive oil in place of shortening, margarine and other oils.
- Garlic or other spices to liven the taste of food without added sugar, fat or salt
- Glass of wed wine or purple grape juice if wine not best for you
- Low in processed, pre-prepared food
- Clean food, eating close to the earth
Remember the Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle choice not a fad. Exercise and physical activity is part of this healthy lifestyle.
Author: Monique Giroux, MD