The concept of a Mediterranean diet was originally developed in the early 1960s to reflect “food patterns” typical of Crete, much of the rest of Greece, and southern Italy.
It is certainly not a weight-loss regime such as the Dukan or Atkins diets. Actually it is not a diet at all. It’s a healthy eating traditional lifestyle that according to UNESCO (2013) should be preserved and promoted to the next generations.
Go Mediterranean means:
Sit altogether around the table, enjoy your meal and COMMUNICATE!
Get some exercise.
Drink wine in moderation (optional).
Drink plenty of water. No need for sodas.
Pass on the butter and Go Olive.
Use natural herbs and spices to flavor your food and minimize the salt.
Limit red meat to no more than a few times a month.
Chose low fat dairy.
Eat fish and poultry at least twice a week.
Pick seeds, legumes and nuts.
Switch to whole grains.
Pile on fruits and vegetables.