5ws Guide on Mediterranean Diet

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet is not a “fad,” but a long-term solution: Eat low-glycemic-index foods to help you keep your metabolism steady, feel full longer and eat less. Low-glycemic foods break down slowly, allowing you to feel satisfied and lose weight at the same time. Examples include berries, citrus, apples, pears, vegetables, legumes, minimally processed grains, oatmeal, nuts, hummus, kidney beans, and chickpeas.

Who should be interested in the Mediterranean diet?

You, me, and anyone who wants to cook and eat real, healthy, whole, unprocessed foods that bring your weight, health, and life back to their prime. We all know that eating the right fats, reading labels, and watching carbs is beneficial, but what does that really mean? We go to the grocery store and we fill up our carts with products we either know or think we know, are good for us. But are they really? The Mediterranean diet offers many healthy options, no matter what your taste palate. It balances carbohydrates with grains, good fats and proteins, promoting optimal health and natural weight loss.

Why Mediterranean diet?

How about, why not? How about cooking like a Greek islander, or learning a gourmet dish from Spain or Italy? Eating like a Greek is not only healthy, it’s delicious. In Spectrum Health’s “Eating the Mediterranean Way” classes, we share techniques that will turn you into the gourmet foodie you are, or that you always wanted to be. Plus, you’ll impress your friends and family in the kitchen. The Mediterranean diet provides an excellent foundation on which to build your cooking knowledge and meal prep expertise.

When a person needs Mediterranean diet??

Realistically, we can follow it every day. And since it’s proven to help us live longer, healthier lives, we should. By incorporating techniques that improve our eating behaviors—meal planning, food choice, cooking prep—we can reap a lifetime of benefits.

Where should we prepare it?

In the kitchen, the heart of the home, and just about everywhere else. The Mediterranean diet fits busy, healthy lifestyle, whether you’re learning the art of cooking at home or you’re working to educate yourself on healthy food choices when dining out.

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