Inside the Mediterranean Diet!
You have probably heard a lot about the Mediterranean diet lately. I know I have! So I wondered what made this diet so special. For one, it’s based on a heart-healthy eating plan. I guess if you are going to start somewhere, that is a good place to start. When I learned it’s also about incorporating olive oil and a glass of red wine I thought….I’m in!
One study had overwhelming evidence that the Mediterranean Diet had lowered the risk of heart disease in over 1 million healthy adults.
So what is this diet all about? According to the MayoClinic.com it has a few key components:
-Plenty of exercise
-Eat primarily plant-based foods
-Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor food
-Limiting red meat to only a few times a month
-Eat fish and poultry at least twice a week
-Drinking red wine in moderation
Nuts are also a big part of the Mediterranean diet. But you should avoid candied, honey roasted and heavily salted nuts.
Here’s what it looks like in an eating pyramid
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