Interested in living a Mediterranean lifestyle? Here are all the ins and outs you need about the best Mediterranean food to eat, how to get started with Mediterranean cooking, and what to put on your Mediterranean menu. With these tips, following a Mediterranean lifestyle, or even a vegetarian Mediterranean diet is oh-so possible!
I just got back from
my annual nutrition
conference, where I
learned about all the nutrition and food trends that are going to be hot in the coming year. And guess what? The Mediterranean diet isn't going out of style anytime soon. And you know, it just
happened to be crowned the best diet of 2019 by U.S. News & World
Report. So yeah,
it's pretty awesome.
OK great, but what exactly is the Mediterranean diet and how do you follow it? The thing about the Mediterranean diet is it's more of a lifestyle plan (meaning you can follow it forever and ever, and I highly doubt you'll ever get tired of it) versus an actual diet. So this also means that there's no single or "best" way to follow the eating style. And ta-dah! That's where I come in. This week, I'm giving you all the guidance you need on eating like a true Mediterranean by sharing the foods to load up on, ones to eat in moderation, plus energizing snack ideas. But first, I'm explaining the pros and cons (to be transparent, there are very few cons) of the Mediterranean diet to help you decide if this eating style is right for you.
By the way, if you love structure, take a sec to check out my new mix-and-match printables for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacktime, and beyond. My general nutrition guidance more or less follows the basics of the Mediterranean diet, so these ideas will help you stick to a healthy eating style with much.less.stress.
What Are the Pros and Cons of the Mediterranean
When it comes to what and how to eat, new trends seem to pop up daily. So how do you figure out which fads to follow and which ones you're better off skipping?
One food trend that continues to gain traction is the Mediterranean Diet, consisting primarily of balanced whole foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, fish, nuts, and whole grains. I love both the delicious flavors and the many health benefits of Mediterranean-style eating. It's safe to stay that the Mediterranean Diet is one nutrition trend that's here to stay! In fact, it's not really a "diet" and is much more of a lifestyle, which is what I prefer!
Even when it wasn't in the news so much, the Mediterranean diet has been popular for decades and decades and decades. What are the pros and cons of a Mediterranean lifestyle? You're in luck because I'm laying out all the facts on the eating style's health benefits, plus any drawbacks to consider, in my Food Network article. Spoiler: In addition to health perks, the Mediterranean diet offers benefits for the planet.