The Mediterranean Diet Benefits


The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets out there and it was named the best diet on this article here. It's based on the traditional foods that people who lived around the Mediterranean Sea ate about 50-60 or so years ago. Back then, in the mid 20th century, researchers noted that people in Spain, Greece, and Italy lived longer and healthier than Americans. And they had lower levels of heart disease, the #1 killer. 

So, they set out to find what was so healthy in this part of the world. And the research keeps coming in and it’s pretty impressive.

Eating a Mediterranean diet is linked with

●      Less overweight and obesity (it's better than low-fat diets)

●      Better blood sugar control (for diabetes and metabolic syndrome)

●      Lower risk of heart disease and stroke (and blood markers like cholesterol and triglycerides)

●      Reduced risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases

●      Fewer cancers (breast & colorectal)

●      Less premature death

 Overall, it’s simply really good for you.

PRO TIP: Recent research even links the Mediterranean diet to better gut microbes! This makes sense when you feed your friendly gut microbes their favorite foods including fiber, fruit, and vegetables.  

Here's another bonus: Many people who start eating a Mediterranean diet can stick with it long-term and this great because it isn’t a gimmicky diet where you need to buy shakes or pop a pill. How’s that for a healthy whole-foods health-promoting not-so-restrictive diet?

What to eat and drink on a Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is chock full of healthy whole foods like:

●      Fruits and vegetables

●      Nuts and seeds

●      Legumes

●      Whole grains (I think sprouted, gluten-free are best)

●      Fish and seafood

●      Extra virgin olive oil

●      Herbs and spices

These foods are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber. And they’re often eaten in social settings where the food (and the company) is enjoyed.

The go-to beverage for the Mediterranean diet is water. Coffee and tea are also regularly consumed (without the addition of lots of cream and/or sugar). And yes, red wine (about 1 glass per day) is very commonly enjoyed. Seems like we can have it all in this way of eating!

Some foods and drinks that are eaten in moderation include:

●      Poultry

●      Eggs

●      Cheese and yogurt

Red meat, unfermented dairy (e.g., milk), butter, and processed salt are kept to a minimum. However, experts who are currently researching and seeing great results with higher fat and lower carb diets, argue that including grass-fed, ethically raised meat and organic poultry and eggs are great for health, and I am going to agree with them.

I am all for lowering grains or sticking to the sprouted, gluten free kind once in a while to see a decrease in inflammation, to maintain a healthy gut microbiome and for overall improved health.

If you need a plan to get started in cleaning up your diet for better digestion and overall good health, check out my 10-Day Healthy Gut Reset program here…

What to ditch on a Mediterranean diet

There are many foods and drinks that are not part of the Mediterranean diet. Not surprisingly, this includes many highly processed and unhealthy foods like:

●      Desserts

●      Processed meats

●      Sauces and gravies

●      Sugar-sweetened beverages or fruit juices

●      Refined grains and oils (including hydrogenated oils)

●      Too much table salt (Himalayan and sea salt are good here)

●      Added sugars

The Mediterranean diet also incorporates a different lifestyle. Some things to ditch are being too sedentary, eating alone, and being overly stressed.


The Mediterranean diet is a very healthy way of eating. It is a whole-foods diet based mainly focussed on plant foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains). It also contains fish, olive oil, and herbs and spices.  The Mediterranean diet is high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber; all of which are health-boosting from your head to your heart… and the rest of your body.

Don't forget that health involves more than just food. The Mediterranean lifestyle also incorporates regular exercise, eating with people whom you care about, and overall enjoyment of life.

Do you think you could add or ditch certain foods to get closer to the Mediterranean diet? Do you have a favorite recipe that embodies this way of eating? I'd love to know! Add it to the comments below.

Mediterranean One Pan Roasted Dinner

Serves 4

  •  4 cod fillets

  • 2 handfuls asparagus, ends removed

  • 1 cup black kalamata olives, drained

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise

  • 4 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin

  • 2 tsp dried dill

  • 2 dashes freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 lemon, sliced


Preheat oven to 450ºF and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the fillets in the middle of the pan. Add the asparagus, olives, garlic, and tomatoes around the fish.

Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with dill and pepper. Slice lemon and place one onto each fillet. Squeeze juice from the rest of the lemon onto the vegetables. Roast in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Check if fillets are opaque all the way through and flake easily with a fork. If not, then cook for another few minutes.

Serve & enjoy!

Tip: You can substitute another fish for the cod (e.g., salmon).

‘til next time!