Foods You Can and Can’t Eat
When you follow the Mediterranean Diet, you’ll be eating more veggies, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes. These are the base of every meal, and fresh fish or seafood is encouraged a few times a week. Poultry and high-quality dairy are also enjoyed moderately. (Skip the meats if you are meat-free!)
Red meats and sweets aren’t forbidden per se, but they are considered as foods you should eat only sometimes. And of course, healthy fats are a must, which is why olive oil and olives themselves, avocados, nuts, and seeds are used as the primary healthy fats for this diet.
See? You get to eat good food! But there are a few things that aren’t supported on the Mediterranean Diet. No processed foods or meats, no added sugars, no sweetened beverages (we’re looking at you, soda!), no refined grains or oils, and no trans fats.
Why the Mediterranean Diet is Great
With the Mediterranean Diet, you get a lot more flexibility and fewer restrictions. There’s no counting or tracking, so it’s easy to follow. Because of this, it’s a more sustainable option when you’re looking to get healthy.
Remember, good health isn’t only losing weight to get to a healthy number on the scale for your size. It’s about keeping your heart and organs in good health, too.
It reshapes the way we look at diets. It’s time we threw out the notion that diets should be something restrictive and tedious and delved into a delicious plate of Mediterranean-inspired food.