Many of your patients who are looking for a healthier eating plan, whether for weight loss or for overall health, have explored the Mediterranean diet. Below is a primer on this regimen so that you can address your patients’ questions and concerns, and help them adopt this program, or one like it, to improve their overall health.
We know that healthy diets should include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, the Mediterranean diet is not a conventional diet in that it incorporates a mix of traditional cooking styles, eating habits, and lifestyle behaviors of people living in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Spain, France, and the Middle East. For millennia, people in this region have enjoyed their traditional foods, leisurely dining, and regular physical activity without considering the healthful properties of their lifestyles.