Updated: Feb 1, 2020
The Mediterranean Diet is inspired by the healthiest traditional foods, lifestyle habits and agriculture of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, such as Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Egypt, and Morocco, as well as 16 other coastal countries.
Scientists and health experts all over the world agree that the Mediterranean diet is not one of but the healthiest diet for overall health and longevity and that it promotes heart health. For the second consecutive year since 2018 the US News and World Report ranks the Mediterranean diet as No.1 diet for healthy eating as well as ranking No.1 in other sub-categories; the diet that is easiest to follow, best for heart health, best for diabetes, and the best plant-based diet.
However, I'm here to tell you from experience that the Mediterranean diet is more than just a diet, it's a lifestyle.
The word "diet" originates from the Greek word diaita which means "way of life"