Video: Simple Steps to Follow the Mediterranean Diet

This video shows you how to ease into a heart-healthy Mediterranean-style of eating.

If you’re looking for a way to eat healthier, look no further than the Mediterranean diet. Research shows it may help you feel better and live longer by lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

A Mediterranean eating style means you’ll make plant-based foods a bigger part of your diet, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains. You’ll also include healthy fats and lean protein, such as olive oil and fish. 

If you’re ready to give the Mediterranean diet a try, watch this video for tips on making these healthy additions to your diet:

  1. Nuts and seeds. Add someheart-healthy fat and fiber to help lower cholesterol, but since nuts are high in calories, limit yourself to no more than a handful a day. 
  2. Fish. Try to eat fish instead of meat at least twice a week. It’s low in calories, high in protein and packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. 
  3. Vegetables. Aim for 8 servings a day. Choosing a variety of colors will provide lots of nutrients and fiber. 
  4. Homemade salad dressing. Store-bought dressing is full of sugar and preservatives that your body doesn’t need. Watch this video for an easy way to make your own dressing. It’s easy and tastes better, too.
 

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Date Last Reviewed: March 13, 2018

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