Best Diets: The Mediterranean Diet


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The Mediterranean diet has sprung up again as the über popular diet. After a February study showed that following a Mediterranean diet could greatly reduce heart disease, it suddenly seems as though the diet is everywhere, and we’re glad about it. First of all, it’s a diet that focuses on health, not weight, and that’s super important when it comes to teaching your kids about nutrition and treating your body right through feeding them. Secondly, this diet promotes the consumption of healthy fats like olive oil and nuts. Yum! Finally, this diet is all about balance, and allows those good fats to be accompanied by whole grains, lean meats, and a glass of wine. We can’t argue with that! Frankly, it’s a great approach to food and to family dinners, and we’re excited to see it spread.

 

We were thrilled, then, to get the opportunity to hear what nutritionist and gut specialist Stella Metsovas had to say about the Mediterranean Diet and all those delicious healthy fats. Metsovas is a globally recognized media health expert and advocates for what she calls the Paleo-Mediterranean Diet. She “combined the evolutionary principles of Paleolithic nutrition along with the best diet known to mankind—the Mediterranean diet.” The resulting diet is the same as the one traditionally found in the villages of Southern Europe.

We cut our conversation with Metsovas down to the top three questions we have about why the Mediterranean diet (or the Paleo-Mediterranean diet) is so great. We assume you have the same questions! Read on for the answers…

The Mediterranean Diet maintains that it’s okay to eat healthy fats, but don’t the calories add up? “I’ve had this conversation all too often and wish fat wasn’t the enemy,” Metosovas says. “People fear fat, mainly, because of its calorie density. What they might not realize is how you physiologically use calories from fat versus protein or carbohydrate.” Wait, what? Apparently, “carbohydrates can keep you from burning fat by suturing fat cells. Fat will keep you fuller longer by adjusting hormone levels. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be careful about servings of fat.”

What about wheat and dairy? We’ve grown accustomed to thinking of those things as the enemy, too, what with the new Wheat Belly diet and the popularization of veganism. “The correct way to be free of gluten containing foods is to consume complex carbohydrates coming from vegetables and low-allergenic sources like quinoa and rice,” Metsovas says. So many foods bearing the gluten-free and vegan labels are processed, like vegan cheeses and gluten-free breads. The Mediterranean diet includes wheat and dairy in moderation, and only the best kinds.

Stella Metsovas’ Tips on How to Eat Every Day
-Buy foods with one ingredient 90 percent of the time
-Don’t fall for the quick fix. It doesn’t exist.
– A calorie isn’t just a calorie… Pick foods rich in quality fats, protein, and clean- burning carbohydrates.
-Use a pedometer to track your activity throughout the day. You should adjust your carbohydrate intake based on those levels. If you’re between 3,000 – 6,000 steps-per-day, keep your carbohydrates intake very low.

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