There are so many diets out there to choose from, that it can be really hard to know which one is best. As we all have different biochemistry that makes us unique, no one diet will suit everyone. However, the mediterranean diet has shown time and time again that it is a way to stay healthy, happy and full of life!
So, why is this diet so beneficial for so many? Well, in my opinion to start, it consists of all unprocessed foods, that are free from additives, preservatives, colourings and are very close to nature. This way of eating includes foods such as: fruits, non-starchy vegetables such as (broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, artichokes and tomatoes), nuts, seeds, olive oil, beans (particularly chickpeas and lentils), whole grains, fish, seafood, eggs (free range), yogurt (probiotic), herbs, spices, fresh water, red wine (one glass daily), and limited tea and coffee. These foods are packed with anti-inflammatory, nutrient rich antioxidants, with healthy fats and fiber to help feed the body what it needs. This can help protect against diabetes, obesity, heart disease, alzheimer’s and more.
So, what are the real benefits in eating this way? Well, because it’s low in sugar and harmful additives it can help you lose weight in a healthy way and keep you full, (due to the nutrient dense foods). It’s also just a very satisfying way to eat – this way of eating can be sustainable and rewarding! It improves heart health, lowers blood pressure and lowers cholesterol due to all the healthy omega 3s from the fish, nuts, seeds and beautiful olive oils! This way of eating can also help with memory, improve mood and protect against cancer due to the balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, the antioxidants found in the fruit, vegetables, olive oil and red wine, and the high amount of fiber to feed the good bacteria.
So, why not try the Mediterranean diet and see how you feel? With all the proven benefits to lower inflammation, reduce oxidative stress and help promote a healthier weight, it’s worth looking into!