The Mediterranean Diet Offers a Healthy State of Mind

Bursting with flavor, the Mediterranean diet can help keep you healthy without spending a bundle.

Diet fads come and go, but one of the few with staying power has been the Mediterranean diet: emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients flavored simply with olive oil and herbs, plenty of seafood, vegetables and fruit, and not much red meat or processed food. Letting the seasons guide you to flavorful fruits and vegetables keeps your diet fresh and diverse. 

It’s not just what you eat, but how you eat, according to dietitian and writer Ellie Krieger. The watchwords of the Mediterranean diet are quality and taste. She points out that in Italy, paying attention to good food is central to the way of life. For example, there’s no word for “foodie” there, because it applies to everyone. 

Krieger also advises following Italians’ cue and eating seasonally, savoring meals rather than rushing through them, and paying attention to how food makes you feel, not only how it tastes.

It's easy to eat well on a budget when you try the Mediterranean diet. Shop at a farmers market to get inexpensive fruits and vegetables in season.

Eating well doesn’t need to cost a lot, even when you’re trying the Mediterranean diet. Stroll through a farmers market for fresh, local foods at good prices. Check out “5 Tips to Eat Healthy on a Budget” to learn more.   

Find out more details on the Mediterranean diet at The Washington Post

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