I’m not usually a person to try whatever new diet is on the market– Paleo, gluten-free, South Beach….there’s a lot of fad diets out there and the research can sometimes be misleading.
Recently, an article written in the New York Times described a study (The New England Journal of Medicine) published that promotes HUGE health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean diet full of extra virgin olive oil, fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts, and even a glass (or two) of wine! The research concluded about 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk, if they switch to a Mediterranean diet. Now that’s convincing!!!!
The FITgals decided to put me up to the Fare Challenge and have me test out the Mediterranean diet for a week. I followed a FIT meal plan and was surprised at how yummy everything turned out (see a sample and pics below)! The good news was I already incorporated some of these essentials into my current diet, but it was wonderful to have extra motivation to eat healthy. I followed the meal plan for a week, and I loved it! I lost 2lbs, gained energy, slept better, and ate very colorful plates 🙂 All in all, the Mediterranean diet is more of a healthy lifestyle full of good wholesome nutrient rich foods that satisfy your taste buds while not making you feel deprived. The key to this challenge was having a clear framework and menu for the week in order to make healthier choices… even including my vino! Overall, the Mediterranean lifestyle is an easy AND delicious option!
Sample Menu- Day 1
Breakfast: Spinach omelet w/ 1/4 avocado & tomatoes
Snack: carrots and hummus
Lunch: Arugula Chick Pea Salad, 1/2 sliced apple, 1/4 avocado, evoo & vinegar
Dinner: Grilled Salmon with sautéed spinach and quinoa
Checkout some of the healthy & delicious meals from my menu!
Give it a try and go Mediterranean!