May is International Mediterranean Diet Month!

May 3, 2022

The Mediterranean Diet reflects a way of eating that is common in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. It is also considered to be a Traditional Diet, which is a pattern of eating inspired by the rich cultural and culinary history and traditions of people around the world.

U.S. News & World Report selected the Mediterranean Diet as the best overall diet for the last 5 years in a row! The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid was created in 1993 by Oldways in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Oldways is a food and nutrition nonprofit that helps people live healthier, happier lives.

Traditional eating patterns emphasize healthy fats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. Here are six suggestions from Oldways to help you make your meals more Mediterranean:

  • Core foods to enjoy daily: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, herbs, spices, nuts, and healthy fats such as olive oil.
  • Aim for twice weekly servings of seafood.
  • Eat moderate portions of dairy foods, eggs, and poultry.
  • Choose servings of red meat and sweets infrequently.
  • Exercise regularly, choosing activities you enjoy.
  • Enjoy meals with others as often as you can.

Click here to view a graphic about the Mediterranean Diet.