Anyone who has shopped with us in person over the last 2 years knows that we are HUGE fans of the Mediterranean Diet. Though not really a diet but a way of living our physician recommended this way of eating (WOE) for a couple of troubling health markers for both of us. This WOE blends the basics of healthy eating with the traditional flavors and cooking methods of the Mediterranean region. The principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits,and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as hard cheeses and yogurt), moderate red wine consumption, and very low consumption of red meat and meat products.
The Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality in observational studies and there is evidence that the Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of heart disease and early death. The American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association recommend the Mediterranean diet as a healthy dietary pattern that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes and may help with weight loss in obese people.
Various studies by accredited Universities and public health systems around the world have found evidence that practice of a Mediterranean diet could lead to a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, overall cancer incidence, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, and early death.
Overall our LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels have greatly decreased for both of us and I've lost a total of 36 pounds. After doing a keto diet for 6 months my LDL levels more than doubled and there was no appreciable weight loss that could be sustained. Overall this WOE has worked well for both of us but as with all eating plans you should consult with your health care provider.