The Mediterranean diet is not exactly a diet, but more of a style of eating. Those people who live in the Mediterranean (Italy, Spain, Greece, and the other countries surrounding the Mediterranean Ocean) on average tend to be healthy. Their diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, olive oil, low saturated fats, littel red meats and lots of unprocessed grains. This style of eating is very effective at reducing chronic, low grade inflammation throughout the body that has become epidemic. This low grade inflammation that is present in most people can flare up many health issues, making the issues worse than they would be otherwise.
This style of eating accompanied by consistent walking rather than driving a block to do an errand, has proven to be very effective in controlling weight and positively affecting processes throughout the body. The foods are very tastey, and you don’t feel deprived eating in this fashion.
The blog I attatched discusses some of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet versus a traditional low fat, heart healthy diet. I have found the traditional heart healthy, low fat diet to be extremely bland and very hard to stick with. If you don’t like the foods then you are not going to eat them and you won’t stick with the diet long term. Not to mention the fact that there is no correlation between eating low fat foods and losing weight. Low fat foods tend to be bland as well. So why eat foods that are bland and will not aid in weight loss? Especially when you can eat tastey foods that are healthy for you. It just takes a little work to figure out a few recipes that you and your family will enjoy. There are lots of recipes on the internet related to the Mediterranean diet. I do not have heart issues and I eat in this manner. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and olive oil to any diet will only make you healthier and feel better. Decreasing the amounts of processed foods, saturated fats, and red meats will only make you feel better and can actually increase your life span.
So check the Mediterranean diet. It is easy to follow, and more of a lifestyle than an actual diet. The pain-free eating system is loosely based on the Mediterranean diet. I have encorporated what I feel are the major points of the Mediterranean diet into the pain-free system. I have worked it into the system with small, easy to follow and easy to encorporate steps that will slowly get you eating healthy over time and it will teach you how to eat healthy long term.
This is a very important point about lifestyle changes versus dieting. If you stick with most diets then you will lose weight. The issue is keeping the weight off. Most diets encorporate drastic changes to get you to lose weight. The problem is that you can’t stick with eating no carbs for the rest of your life. You can’t eat only cabbage soup for the rest of your life. And once you go back to your old habits, you will gain the weight back, and usually more. This is because diets don’t teach you how to change your patterns around that caused you to gain weight in the first place. If you can change around your habits, then you can and will be healthier and feel better for years to come. And you will be able to keep the weight off that you lost in the first place.