This Summer I’m Going On A Mediterranean Diet – Here’s Why
I’ve never been a fan of the word “diet.” Somehow that word always gives me a bad taste in my mouth. I hear “I’m going on a diet” and think “I’m going to eat processed food I don’t like so that I can lose a bunch of weight quickly.” That just sounds sad.
The Mediterranean Diet
Instead of dieting, I like to spice it up by eating fresh, nutritious food that will nourish my body. Cue in the Mediterranean Diet and my favorite restaurant, Luna Grill. The Mediterranean diet focuses on eating minimally processed, plant-based foods, plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, bread and olive oil with a low intake of dairy products and red meat.
Being a busy mama of two, I can use all the fresh help I can get. There are weeks where I waste so much money on fresh produce because I’m too tired or too busy to cook it. Fail. Instead of stressing over spoiled food, I’ve learned from my short-comings and just grab Luna Grill instead.
Why I love Luna Grill so much.
Everything on their menu is to drool for. I always get the salmon plate because I’ve never had a better salmon and can’t pass up the opportunity. This last time we went Trav ordered a delicious Mediterranean salad then added a ground sirloin kabob. Ladies, I will say the best part about being in a relationship or married is when you can steal some of your husband’s food and he can’t say anything about it. The kids ordered a pita melt which came with yummy crisp carrots and French fries.
Their food is fresh, fast, and delicious! We can either order Togo or dine in. It’s a casual dining experience (aka great for families) and I know I’m still feeding my family healthy nutritious foods. I’ll admit, there are times when I don’t want to cook. I’m just exhausted, I’ve run out of ideas, or I forgot to grocery shop.
Benefits of being on a Mediterranean Diet
Studies show that basing your diet around the Mediterranean way decreased your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
I started eating a Mediterranean diet by accident and stayed by choice. I love fish, fresh produce, fruit, and try to avoid dairy as much as possible. The key isn’t to starve yourself to lose weight. The important thing to remember is that your body need nutrients; not processed foods. Our bodies are machines and the more premium fuel (food) you put into it, the better it’s going to run.
Better food = more energy, longer life, less health issues. Count me in!
May is Mediterranean Diet Month
Which means there’s no better time to embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle. One of the main foods I think of when I think “Mediterranean” is hummus! Luna Grill’s organic hummus is a delicious plant-based protein made with chickpeas, lemon and spices. This Thursday, May 13, (International Hummus Day)Luna Grill is offering anyone who dines with them a FREE small plate of their new Harissa Hummus . The harissa sauce is made in house using peppers, jalapeno, cilantro and spices and then it’s served on top of their traditional organic hummus. Stop by your nearest Luna Grill on May 13, 2021 (add link to location finder) and grab yourself a plate of brand-new Harissa Hummus (dine-in only).
Quick and Easy Swaps
Aside from eating at Luna Grill or grabbing some of their food to-go, here are some quick swaps to start implementing the Mediterranean Diet ASAP.
- Swap butter and cooking spray for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Since olive oil is calorie-dense, I found an olive oil spray bottle on Amazon and keep it next to my stove.
- Opt for plant-based protein like chickpeas, lentils, hemp seeds, and quinoa. I like to prep these ahead of time and will add chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa to my salads or add the hemp seeds to my parfaits.
- Try some fish and consciously limit red meat.
- Fat isn’t bad! Eating healthy fats like avocado, salmon, olive oil, and eggs give your brain and joints the juiciness they need to thrive.
- Avoid sugar and highly processed foods. These types of foods are “quick fixes” – they trick your body into thinking its full but it’s only for a short period of time till you’re hungry again. Whole foods keep you fuller longer and being fuller longer = less calories and less calories = weight loss.
Have you tried the Mediterranean Diet yet? Did you like it?