I get regular emails about Nutrition from Nutrition.Guide@About.com. One of the emails today was in regards to the Mediterranean Diet, and by “diet” I mean a food lifestyle, not some crash course.
It gave me a link to this website, which provides information on how people in the Mediterranean region eat. Below is a picture of the Mediterrean Food Pyramid. It’s rich in vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes, and leans on seafood, poultry, eggs and dairy products for its protein. Notice that its primarily whole fruits and vegetables and not juices. Also, notice that you don’t see sodas or other calorie dense beverages; you’re limited to water and a little wine (check with your doctor first on this one; wine is optional).
Finally, notice that the base is a physically active lifestyle! So, get active and enjoy healthful food choices!
Feb. 17, 2010: Blankenship said…”Also, the countries around the Med have their biggest meal of the day around 2pm instead of late in the evening when the calories just stick to your body. =) And they eat 5 times a day, don’t eat out as much as Americans do and the portions are a lot smaller!” (She grew up in Spain.)