Health & Fitness: Special Diets

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The Mediterranean Food Guide Pyramid

The Mediterranean Food Guide Pyramid is based on the dietary traditions of the Greek island of Crete, other parts of Greece, and southern Italy around 1960, when chronic diseases such as heart disease [more…]

The Role of Antioxidants in the Mediterranean Diet

A plant-based diet such as the Mediterranean diet offers a plethora of nutrients that can help your body stay healthy. These plant foods are loaded with antioxidants. [more…]

Maintain a Healthy Weight with the Mediterranean Diet

Although any diet in which you consume fewer calories than your body needs can result in weight loss, the particular foods that make up the Mediterranean diet, the way the foods are portioned and balanced [more…]

How Olive Oil Is Made

The Mediterranean diet includes a lot of olive oil and the health benefits derived from it. You may be curious to know how olive oil is made, from tree to bottle. Here's how: [more…]

Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet

Mostly all of the fat calories from the Mediterranean diet come from olive oil, fish oil, and nuts. Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that, on average, about 30 percent of your calories should come [more…]

How Much Olive Oil Should You Eat?

As with anything, eating too much olive oil isn’t good for you, even if you are eating the Mediterranean way. Although you need a certain amount of fat in your diet, getting too much contributes excess [more…]

Integrating Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes into Mediterranean Fare

Whether nuts, seeds, and legumes are the main event of a Mediterranean meal or a part of a snack or side dish, they’ll certainly complement your diet with a variety of nutrients and flavor. Here, you discover [more…]

Eating Local: An Overview of Mediterranean Produce

Including fruits and vegetables at every meal comes naturally in the Mediterranean lifestyle, and soon enough, it’ll be second nature for you, too! One reason the people of Mediterranean countries eat [more…]

The Benefits of Fruits and Veggies in the Mediterranean Diet

Instead of blindly following advice to get between seven and ten servings of fruits and veggies every day (people in the Mediterranean get an average of nine servings per day!), it’s important to understand [more…]

Ways Everyone Can Eat More Grains, the Mediterranean Way

Hearing all about the grains of the Mediterranean is one thing, but realistically incorporating them into your diet is another. You may feel like you need to be a [more…]

Seafood and the Mediterranean Diet

Conveniently close to the Mediterranean sea, it’s no surprise that people in the Mediterranean eat mostly locally sourced seafood. Seafood, both fish and shellfish, are consumed several times per week. [more…]

Factoring Wine into the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is not a “diet” in the commonly accepted definition of the word; it’s really a lifestyle. And nothing epitomizes that more than the fact that wine has its place in the standard Mediterranean [more…]

Making the Switch to the Mediterranean Diet — Happily

Food is more than just fuel for your body. If you’ve grown up with a traditional Western diet, adopting the Mediterranean diet will be quite a change and will involve some key trade-offs: [more…]

How to Cook with Mediterranean Herbs and Spices

People in the Mediterranean use an abundance of fresh herbs and spices in their cooking. Besides providing taste, color, and aroma, herbs and spices also add health benefits to your meals. [more…]

How to Cook Mediterranean-Style Whole Grains

Although people on the Mediterranean coast frequently use pasta, they also consume many other grains, such as bulgur wheat, barley, and cornmeal. When you aren’t used to eating these grains, you may not [more…]

How to Cook Mediterranean-Style Beans and Lentils

People in the Mediterranean often eat less meat, so they depend on plant-based protein foods like beans and lentils. In addition to acting as a protein source, beans and lentils are also packed with fiber [more…]

Changing Your Life for Health and Happiness the Mediterranean Way

The Mediterranean diet is about more than food. It’s a way to embrace life to the fullest, to find peace and happiness in everyday events, and to stay active and engaged in meaningful ways. In fact, the [more…]

How to Eat the Mediterranean Way on a Budget

The Mediterranean diet won’t break the bank, even though in most parts of the country, fresh seafood is a costlier alternative to hamburger; leaner cuts of meat are typically more expensive than fattier [more…]

Hard-to-Find Mediterranean Cuisine Ingredients

One of the big differences between the North American lifestyle and that of the Mediterranean is where people shop for food. Many people in the Mediterranean, whether they live in large cities or small [more…]

Strive for Health with 7 to 10 Servings of Fruits and Veggies

Consuming seven to ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day as recommended for the Mediterranean diet may seem like a lot, but it doesn’t have to be such a challenge. [more…]

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Top 10 Herbs and Spices

Herbs, spices, and lots of flavor — those are the things you’ll discover when you partake of Mediterranean cuisine. For thousands of years, herbs and spices have been incorporated into Mediterranean dishes [more…]

11 Effective Ways to Give Your Life a Mediterranean Boost

Even if you’re not ready to commit full-time to the Mediterranean diet, you can still reap health benefits by making small changes. The following list offers ten easy suggestions that will give your diet [more…]

5 Health Benefits Linked to the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has long been touted for providing health benefits, such as reducing coronary artery disease and decreasing the risk of some cancers. Including fresh vegetables and fruits, legumes [more…]

How the Mediterranean Diet Can Minimize Your Heart Disease Risk

Many key aspects of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle can really help you reduce your risk for developing, as well as the progression of, heart disease: [more…]

Mediterranean Diet Components That Reduce Your Stroke Risk

Specific research has shown that the Mediterranean diet is inversely related to your diastolic and systolic blood pressure. That means you can keep your blood pressure within normal limits — and, therefore [more…]

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