The Mediterranean diet is a diet specific to the region of the Mediterranean, and what is locally grown and produced. Most commonly this is thought of as the diet that was seen in Greece and Italy in the 1960’s. However, this is still relevant to what is locally grown in the region, though unfortunately, these regions now also see significant levels of imports and industrially produced foods.
These foods are making both the people and the environment of these communities sick – and this means, it’s time to go back to what nature gives us!
What does it include?
- Fruits and Veg
- Beans and Legumes
- Nuts and Seed
- Fresh Herbs
- Sheep/Goat Dairy products
- Whole Grains
- Minimal Red Meat
- Occasional Glass of Red Wine
What Does it NOT include?
- Processed foods
- Refined sugars and carbohydrates
- Processed meats
Why Should I Do This?
- It has continuously been ranked for decades internationally by doctors, nurses and researchers to be the overall healthiest diet
- To be one of the best for treatment/prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and Pre Diabetes
- To have the highest level of compliance: This is about abundance, community, and appreciating food – NOT restriction!
- May help reverse metabolic syndrome
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Reduces the risk of Heart Disease
- More effective than compared diets for weightloss
Interested in incorporating some Mediterranean Dishes into your diet? Start HERE with 20 simple and budget friendly recipes to choose from!
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