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What's the Deal With: The Mediterranean Diet

What's the Deal With: The Mediterranean Diet

Folks are often out pimping their new diet books, trying to make a buck with a fad diet based on the bottom line rather than decreasing your waist size or helping you get healthy. Well, have you heard of the Mediterranean Diet?

Introduced in 1993 by the "nutrition meets gastronomy" group Oldways, Harvard School of Public Health, and the World Health Organization, the Med Diet is a not-for-profit diet. The diet was created in reaction to the non-fat food craze of the early 90s and incorporates good fats, namely olive oil, into meals.

Oldways promotes satisfaction over deprivation and believes eating should not be about denying foods, but instead about enjoying them. Take pleasure in the foods you eat. Notice the foods you put into your body, enjoy and savor them, share a meal with friends, and realize that eating healthy is about management, not banishment.

Here are the basic guidelines of the diet:

  • Make olive oil your primary source of dietary fat
  • Incorporate an abundance of food from plant sources, including fruits and vegetables, breads, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds
  • Eat low to moderate amounts of fish and poultry weekly
  • Eat low to moderate amounts of cheese and yogurt daily
  • Drink a moderate amount of wine (one to two glasses per day for men, one glass per day for women)

Here are a few tips for following the Med Diet:

  • Substitute olive oil for butter.
  • Snack on almonds instead of fat-free cookies.
  • Spread avocado on a sandwich to replace the mayonnaise.
  • This diet is considered
    a healthful diet for heart patients to follow
    . If it is good enough for folks with heart conditions it is good enough for me.

    Curious to see their version of the food pyramid? Then

    To read more about the diet visit Oldways - it is a great website chock full of information.

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Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 7 years
And it totally works. I hardly ever see fat people in Italy or the South of France (well, of course except for those who eat at McDonalds). Also, I eat much more when on vacation in Italy than I do at home (Austria) and it's all very traditional and yes, I hardly ever gain weight.
nurdburd13 nurdburd13 8 years
this makes sense & it sounds pretty easy to follow. nice
Arthur Arthur 8 years
just ordered their book off of amazon. Nice one fit. Thanks!!
kendallina kendallina 8 years
Sounds like a great way of eating.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
I love the ballerina for physical actvity!!!!
ilove2ski ilove2ski 8 years
I'm bad at diets. Thats why I work out all the time. "I wear my sunglasses at night so I can, so I can watch you live and breathe your storylines"
ilove2ski ilove2ski 8 years
I'm bad at diets. Thats why I work out all the time."I wear my sunglasses at night so I can, so I can watch you live and breathe your storylines"
EcannDallas EcannDallas 8 years
this actually makes sense.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 8 years
this actually makes sense.
simplybe1 simplybe1 8 years
This is very similar to a website I found during my surfing called mediterrasian.com. It has a lot of the same general diet guidelines -- except that it also incorporates japanese, indonesian, and chinese (not the greasy stuff) cuisine with healthy greek, provencal, and italian foods. it's a huge variety of foods (with some fantastic recipes and a 7-day guide on how to assimilate it into a busy modern life). It also touches on how one of the most important aspects of the diet is that it is not merely about food, but about how you approach it...it's a lifestyle, something to enjoy, take time with. great website, wholly recommended!
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