There are many reasons the the Mediterranean diet is the #1 among the 40+ diets examined by experts and the US News and World Report. It is a sensible and joyful way to eat that prioritizes wholesome ingredients and focuses more on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, along with lean proteins from fish and poultry and good fats from things like extra virgin olive oil.
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Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan
First, let's ditch the word "diet!" Eating the Mediterranean way is not a diet in the restrictive sense with a big list of "dos" and "don'ts". It is a sensible eating pattern that focuses on wholesome ingredients and bold flavors. And it is more about making daily healthier choices that honor your body and allow you to enjoy long-term benefits. How do you follow this way of eating?
- Eat MORE: Vegetables, greens, fruits whole grains, beans, nuts, and legumes.
- Eat MODERATELY: Lean proteins from fish and some poultry and dairy.
- Eat LESS: Red Meats and Sweets (sweets are often eliminated if you’re following a stricter Mediterranean diet.)
- Use quality extra virgin olive oil regularly.
- Avoid processed foods
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