By focusing on local produce and preparing foods together with others, simplicity reigns when it comes to the Mediterranean diet. For example, when you’re eating tomatoes in season, a bit of salt, olive oil, and fresh basil is all you need to make a delicious dish. Likewise, if meals are prepared at home, it’s unlikely that they’ll be filled with processed ingredients and additives. The Mediterranean diet also recommends using herbs and spices to flavor dishes, reducing unnecessary salt or fat (via the Mayo Clinic).
Since the Mediterranean diet doesn’t drastically restrict certain foods, it’s more achievable than trendier diets. Additionally, there’s plenty of room to personalize the menu, thanks to the wide range of foods considered suitable. This also reflects its various influences, since the Mediterranean diet is at the heart of cuisines from vastly different countries such as Morocco, Greece, Italy, and Spain. However, nutrition scientists at Harvard suggest that unless portions are controlled, overeating could be a potential risk since there are no serving size recommendations.
In a time when fad diets are the norm and food manufacturers are increasingly catering to dietary extremes (how many Keto bars can they make?), the Mediterranean diet sounds overwhelmingly normal. While it doesn’t make grand promises about shedding weight, its appeal as a natural lifestyle choice that can be sustained makes it worth a try. If you can’t live in a beautiful country overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, why not live like you do?