When it comes to following a strict diet and exercise routine, for many, it seems more effort than it's worth. Our health is important, and we all need to find a diet and healthy lifestyle which is easiest for us. But sometimes it's more effective to eat healthy food simply and take part in sports or activities which we enjoy rather than a grueling workout routine.
If you keep an eye on your calorie intake, you'll find that you can still enjoy your favorite foods by just substituting some of the ingredients for healthier options. In doing so, you can have decent-sized portions, tasty meals, and still enjoy some of your favorite treats.
In Greece, a lot of the food is organic and includes plenty of leafy greens, fruit, and other veggies, and fresh fish from the sea. A Mediterranean diet, also known as the Greek diet, in fact, is one of the healthiest which you could ever choose.
It's worth taking a look at the Mediterranean diet pyramid. It starts off with a daily activity at the bottom of the pyramid, which is considered a vital part of your routine. Foods at the bottom of the pyramid indicate those which are eaten more often, while those at the top of the pyramid, not being as regular in the diet.
At the bottom of the pyramid are foods which are eaten throughout the course of the day, such as, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, couscous, and whole grains. Next on the pyramid are your fruit, veggies, as well as beans, legumes and nuts which should be included in your daily meals, and of course, as light snacks too.
The next level includes fats, such as olive oil and dairy products like cheese and yogurt for daily consumption. Then, moving onto the top portion, these foods need only be eaten weekly or monthly. Foods which should be eaten weekly, include fish, poultry, eggs and sweets. Right at the top of the pyramid are our red meats which should be the smallest part of your diet and should only be eaten a couple of times a month.
The Mediterranean diet also includes water as an essential part of your daily fluid intake, and wine in moderation.
So, why not go back to you roots and give our Greek diet a try, and see how you feel?