Four Ways to Embrace the Mediterranean Diet Lifestyle
The Mediterranean diet is not just a way of eating, it’s a way of life.
By Vicki Martinez
People from the Mediterranean are some of the healthiest in the world. The Mediterranean population has lower incidences of diabetes, lower rates of cardiovascular disease, is less obese and lives longer. The Mediterranean diet of fresh produce, grains, pulses, seafood, nuts and olive oil is the foundation, contributing to this extraordinary health profile.
But there are a few extra ingredients that need to be added to create the perfect recipe for health. It’s the Mediterranean way.
The Mediterranean Way to Get Around
In the Mediterranean region, walking is a normal (if not necessary) form of transportation, and it's not uncommon for people to travel by bike.
People walk down to the local market to browse the fresh fare, often taking a walking detour to visit a friend. Families spend more time together outside, at the park or walking in their neighborhood, than they do inside watching TV.
The combination of fresh air, sunshine, and natural body movements turns regular, daily exercise into something to look forward to and enjoy.
The Mediterranean Way to Shop
Those daily walks to the market serve a dual purpose because, for Mediterranean folks, fresh produce and other ingredients are important. Buying in bulk is not a common practice. Using seasonal ingredients is a standard for the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean Way to Eat
To the people of the Mediterranean, mealtime is more than sitting down to eat healthful Mediterranean-style dishes. There's no rush to devour whatever's on the plate, moving on to the next to-do-list item.
Mealtime is a chance to savor the flavors of freshly prepared food. But it’s also a time to enjoy conversation as much as the cuisine.
The Mediterranean Way to Relate
Social interaction is a staple of the Mediterranean lifestyle. The dinner table is more than a place to eat. It’s an opportunity to connect with friends and family. Mediterraneans carve out time in their day to spend with others. Cultivating relationships is as important as cultivating the foods that make the Mediterranean diet one of the healthiest in the world.
As it turns out, the recipe for health is simple: Mix one part Mediterranean diet with one part Mediterranean lifestyle; serve daily.
Mediterranean Meal Plan
A week of healthy, fresh and flavorful recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.