The Mediterranean diet isn't really a diet in the conventional sense. You don't have to give up anything or deprive yourself of anything. It isn't a fad or something nutritionists have recently cooked up, it's literally what the people who live in Mediterranean countries have been eating for centuries and since they're known to be healthy people with good lifestyles, the rest of the world has taken notice and started following in their footsteps. So don't be put off by the word "diet", it's really just a way of eating. Read on for the top 10 reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet.
1. You don't have to sacrifice taste. The diet isn't filled with bland, boiled chicken and flavourless vegetables. Herbs and spices are part of the philosophy of the Mediterranean diet. That's why tarragon and other spices are so popular in Mediterranean dishes. Try Veranda Bistro's grilled chicken with spicy tarragon sauce.
2. It doesn't demonise carbohydrates. Whole grains and legumes, like pasta, risotto and couscous are part of the complete meal under the Mediterranean diet.
3. You don't have to give up cheese; cheese, cheese and more cheese! Any cheese! The Mediterranean diet encourages incorporating cheese, dairy and yoghurt in your daily diet.
4. Since you don't have to give up spices, cheese, or carbohydrates, you can incorporate vegetables in a tastier way. Add arugula to a pizza, add a side of steamed vegetables and drizzle with a spicy tarragon sauce, toss a bit of avocado on top of a salad-these are all ways of adding vegetables to your diet in a way that makes them tastier and hence makes you more likely to eat them.
5. It's all about good fats. The body can go into starvation mode and make your metabolism actually slow down if you live without carbohydrates and fats. Good fats like avocados, olives and olive oil are encouraged in the diet.
6. Penelope Cruz follows it.
7. It has proven health benefits.
8. You're allowed to have dessert, although infrequently.
9. Fish and seafood get their own pyramid group. If you're a fan of shrimp, fish, and other seafood you're half way on your way to following the Mediterranean diet. Seafood is a huge chunk of the diet.
10. Eating meals with others and being physically active is part of the diet. What's more to love than a diet that encourages you to eat with others? That's a holistic approach to being healthy.
Are you convinced? Head on down to Veranda Bistro to eat your fill of Mediterranean food.
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