It’s not a diet per say, It’s a complete lifestyle makeover. Period. Consuming a Mediterranean diet can lead to a longer, healthier life and why because it propagates replacing empty processed foods with well-prepared natural foods. Unlike any fad diets like the keto diet, this lifestyle is actually healthy for you in the long term.
One of the most well-known proponent of Mediterranean diets is, Hollywood star Penelope Cruz, who at 41 year of age looks like she is aging backwards. This is what the diet does to you. It gives you opportunity to reap fruits from foods with their entire goodness. Mediterranean is a lavish lifestyle that many dream of. Most importantly, the diet plan inspires people to slow down and enjoy every meal.
Foods You Should Eat
As noted, the Mediterranean diet focuses on plant based foods. It encourages consumption of the following:
- Fruits and vegetables: antioxidant-rich produce
- Healthy fats: including avocados, nuts and olive oil (no butter!)
- Whole grains such as rice, pasta and bread (unrefined and served with olive oil, not butter)
- Omega 3-rich fish animal proteins such as poultry, eggs and dairy while red meat shouldn’t be eaten more than a few times per month.
- Water as the primary beverage, but one to two glasses of wine a day are allowed for men and one glass a day for women.
- The plan also encourages daily physical activity.
Foods You Should Avoid
While it’s not generally a prohibitive diet, there are a few categories of food to avoid: added sugar, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods.
3 Reasons Why Mediterranean Diet Should Be Incorporated
1) Good For People: Longer lives, lower risks of heart disease in diabetes, and healthier brains and bodies during aging are just a few of the health beneﬁts ascribed to this time-tested eating pattern.
2) Good For Planet: The Mediterranean Diet traces its roots back to a time when people were more connected with the food producing process. Because 24-hour convenience stores, meal deliveries, and fast food weren’t an option.
3) Good for Pockets: The journey toward healthy eating doesn’t have to cost a fortune. To see if traditional ways of getting healthy meals on the table stand up to modern food economics.
According Dr Khalid Al Madani, consultant in clinical nutrition and vice-president of Saudi Society for Food and Nutrition. “Fast food, unhealthy habits and a sedentary lifestyle are the norm among too many GCC residents and it's having a huge impact on the overall health of the region," "There are proven links between eating a Mediterranean-style diet and lower rates of diseases and longer life expectancy. Through education and public policy, we hope GCC residents will fully understand the impact their daily choices can make on their long-term health," he said.