Mediterranean Food, Mediterranean Life!

medddiBeing that we are a healthy lifestyle blog focused on Mediterranean food we wanted to address the question “what’s so great about Mediterranean diets?” For the past couple of years many Americans have discovered that incorporating a Mediterranean diet into their eating plan improves their life overall. People are excited to eat at our restaurant, Mezza Grill, because of its Mediterranean options that help you feel refreshed and ready to kick-start your day! But why does Mediterranean food start the cycle towards a healthy lifestyle? Read on and you’ll find out!

What’s considered Mediterranean?

Before we can address the benefits we need to understand what exactly is Mediterranean food. Webmd.com says that, “when we think of the Mediterranean diet, we picture Europeans leisurely dining on meals of fish, vegetables, fruits, olives, and crusty whole-grain bread dunked in olive oil, along with a glass of wine.” Key food groups within Mediterranean diets include fruits, vegetables, and grains. The grains are usually whole grain and are not eaten with butters or margarine. Nuts are also a key food group, but it is important to eat all of these foods in moderation (we’ll explain this more in future blog posts).

Mayoclinic.com explains some of the key components of a Mediterranean diet to give you a better picture:

  • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

The Benefits

Now that you’ve got a better idea of what is in a Mediterranean diet I bet you’re excited to know what’s so great about this diet. An interesting thing I’ve found on webmd.com is that healthy people who follow a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Already it sounds like a Mediterranean diet has great benefits. This diet plans also reduces the risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

Because a Mediterranean diet is high in protein, digestion is slowed down and prevents wild swings in blood sugar. Although this diet is high in fat it is low in saturated fat which reduces the risk of stroke and obesity. People have even discovered that eating more olive oil and nuts lowers cognitive decline and improves brain aging!IMG_1633

Bringing it all together

Not only do you need to practice a Mediterranean lifestyle but you must incorporate an active lifestyle as well. Eating well is only half the journey, you must continue to the start the cycle towards a healthy lifestyle by eating well and being active. Remember to get off the couch and be productive, and as a reward eat a great Mediterranean meal.

Be sure to keep reading our posts and comment your thoughts! And don’t forget to send in your testimonial on how you have started the cycle towards a healthy life. You can share how you practice a Mediterranean diet and we will feature you on our blog! Find more details on the side bar on our homepage. Eat well, live well, and start the cycle today!

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