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Last Updated on May 3, 2020
How many times have you heard of certain diets being some sort of “miracle diet” that is the answer to weight loss? Well, if you don’t live under a rock, you hear it all the time. But the only thing about these diets is that you hear about them for a while and then you don’t hear anything else about them… it’s almost as if the diet never existed in the first place. That’s a commonality found in dieting trends.
Dieting trends are just like any other trend. In the world of fashion, chokers were in for a while and then everybody stopped wearing them. In the world of cars, it was a big thing to have really big rims on your cars but now you rarely see cars like that… the same thing goes in the dieting world. There was once a time where people were trying all kinds of ridiculous diets to be thin but today, more and more people are embracing their curves and indulging in diets for its health benefits, not so much to get thin fast anymore.
With information at our fingertips, people are becoming more educated on what it means t be healthy and live a healthier lifestyle and they are learning that it’s not all about going to the gym and sweating it out… they’re quickly learning that in order to lose weight and to do it in a healthy way and amount of time, you have to start in the kitchen. That reason alone is why so many people have taken a liking to the Mediterranean Diet.
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
A Brief History Lesson
The Mediterranean Diet is a diet that originates from the eating patterns and traditions of the people living in the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. To them, the foods they ate were simply their way of life, not some diet… which ironically, in Greece, the word “diet” actually means “way of life.” But to them their foods weren’t anything special… it was all they knew to eat, you know?
It wasn’t until the 1960s when researchers discovered that those people living near the Mediterranean Sea had far less cardiovascular issues than those living in northern Europe. Once researchers made this medical discovery, they turned the foods and meals that the people in the countries of Spain, Turkey, Greece, and other surrounding countries, into the Mediterranean Diet.
How to Change Your Eating Habits to the Mediterranean Way
Did you know that the reason why most diets fail is because of longevity and sustainability? The traditions and eating patterns of the Mediterranean Diet has been around for thousands of years and is still relevant today so, there’s your longevity. The fact that’s it’s been around for so long means that people are able to incorporate it into their daily lives no matter how busy they get, so there’s your sustainability.
If you indeed want to start the Mediterranean Diet and incorporate it into your daily life there are a few things you’ll need to do.
Start Cooking With Olive Oil
If you’re one who cooks with vegetable oil or canola oil, make the transition to extra-virgin olive oil. It has so many great health benefits too. It’s rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which is good for your cholesterol. In fact, it improves lipoprotein function in individuals who are at high risk for cardiovascular issues, according to the American Heart Association.
Eat More Fish
Although the diet is primarily plant-based, fish is one of the biggest sources of protein in the Mediterranean Diet, along with chicken… this diet tends to stay away from red meats. Foods like salmon, sardines, clams, and tuna are all staples to have in your kitchen pantry to make delicious Mediterranean dishes. Also, you want to make sure you have chicken in stock too… there is a delicious Italian baked chicken recipe you have to try as a great introductory meal to the Mediterranean diet.
Find Sugar Substitutes
The Mediterranean Diet is not a fan of sugar, so you will definitely need to get comfortable with sugar substitutes. If you’re someone who’s tried a low-carb diet, then finding sugar substitutes won’t be a big deal for you. Luckily there are lots to choose from… you just have to find which one suits your taste buds for the meal you’re making.
Get Acquainted With Beans
Beans are you’re number one source of protein with this diet, chickpeas especially. But, you can literally incorporate any type of bean you like and it will be Mediterranean friendly. From salads to soups, you’re going to consume lots of beans in this diet, so if you don’t like beans, you might need to look at another diet. There are Mediterranean meals that are made from beans too so before you throw in the towel because of the beans, at least try a few recipes first to see how you like it.